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The Importance of NIH Funding to Each State

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is the nation’s medical research agency. The NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers including the National Library of Medicine (NLM). According to the NIH website, NIH-funded medical research has significant positive impacted the health of Americans today. The NIH is the largest source for funding for medical research in the world. This funding creates hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs by funding thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe. Budget cuts at the national level can greatly impact the funding that important medical research receives at the NIH.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) was funded in 1912 and today is the nation’s largest coalition of biomedical researchers and is now recognized as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers. FASEB recently updated their NIH State Information Factsheets which provide information on NIH funding in each state. The factsheets are presented as easy to read and print PDFs with a summary of funding information and how this funding benefits the economy of the state.

Additional tools about the impact of NIH funding are available from FASEB. FASEB makes available tools for advocating for resources for scientists as well as a toolbox for those visiting or writing their Congressional representative.

 

 

 

 

New TOXNET SCR CONNECtions webinar recording now available

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TOXNET has had a complete redesign. What are the changes?  Where are your favorite databases?  Can you still search all databases at once?

On the June 18th SCR CONNECTions webinar, Karen Vargas answered all these questions and many more.  Did you miss the webinar?  A recording of the session is now available along with a link to presentation materials.

Join us July 16th for the next SCR CONNECTions webinar!  As always the webinars are free and open to all.

Navigator Funding Opportunity Announcment for 2014-15

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a recent funding opportunity intended to support Navigators providing health insurance enrollment assistance in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014 – 2015. Navigators provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   You may learn more about this opportunity here: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=93.332 

Many libraries have actively partnered with Navigator organizations in their communities to support outreach, education, and enrollment in the health insurance Marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act. Libraries have contributed in many ways, such as providing space for Navigator information sessions, making library computers available for enrollment sessions, and sharing resources from Navigators in person and online. HealthCare.gov defines Navigators as: An individual or organization that’s trained and able to help consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. These individuals and organizations are required to be unbiased. Their services are free to consumers.

The funding opportunity is available to all eligible individuals, as well as public and private entities, applying to serve as Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace. It is open to new and returning Navigator applicants; applications are due July 10, 2014.

Health Insurance Marketplace

New NN/LM SCR Class: From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health

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The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce a new class:

“From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health”

http://nnlm.gov/training/ebph/

Description

Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.  The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

 

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Define and describe evidence-based public health
  • Identify a public health need and formulate an answerable question
  • Locate and search applicable literature and resources (such as PubMed, PubMed Health, The Community Toolbox, and others)
  • Understand the importance of evaluation and locate helpful resources

This class is face-to-face.

This class will be available for 3 and 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Interested in having this free class taught at your library?   Email us: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/trainreq.html

NLM Presentations at MLA Recordings Available

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Every year at the MLA Annual Meeting, the National Library of Medicine holds a variety of presentations in their exhibit booth to bring users up-to-date on NLM databases and services.  The recordings of the 13 presentations are now available from the NLM Technical Bulletin.   Learn about:

  1. The ACA, Hospital Community Benefit and Needs Assessment: NLM Resources
  2. Beau-TOX: TOXNET Gets a Facelift
  3. MedlinePlus: Usability, Mobile & Responsive Design
  4. Modernizing History: The New (and much improved) IndexCat Interface
  5. My NCBI Update: SciENcv & NIH Public Access
  6. NLM Resources & Electronic Health Records: MedlinePlusConnect, RxNorm & UMLS
  7. NLM Resources Used in Disasters
  8. PubMed Commons
  9. PubMed Health
  10. PubMed Update
  11. RDA One Year Later
  12. Still Scanning After All These Years: New Digital Projects from HMD
  13. Using the ClinicalTrials.gov Results Database

Digital Preservation and Access Award Recipient Announced

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The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014-2015 Digital Preservation and Access (DiPA) Award:

Organization: Scott and White Healthcare Foundation, Temple, TX

Title of Project: “Moulage 3-D Digitization and Preservation Project”

Responsible Investigator: Erin S Norris, Archivist

Description: The Richard D. Haines medical Library at Scott & White will purchase high quality desktop computers, advanced 3D software, and image capture equipment including a high resolution digital camera and lighting equipment to take high resolution images of 300 wax medical moulages created between 1934 and 1955. The result will be an online resource featuring 3D images of the moulages. Moulages are wax anatomical models.

$300 Million Available to Expand Services at Community Health Centers

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More than $300 Million has been made available to help the nation’s community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services.

Nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21 million patients in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.  The health center program is administered by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These funds will allow health centers to expand services to better serve newly insured patients.

Health center grantees requesting expanded services funds must demonstrate how these funds will be used to expand primary care medical capacity and services to underserved populations in their communities.

For more information on this funding opportunity announcement, please visit
http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/es/esinstructions.pdf.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and Community Health Centers, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/healthcenterfactsheet.pdf.

To learn more about HRSA’s Community Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.

Hurricane Season 2014

NOAA 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook image and graph

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season has arrived and forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict a near or below normal season. Predictions include anywhere from eight to thirteen tropical storms, three to six hurricanes, and one to two major hurricanes.  The driving force behind this year’s anticipated slow season is the development of El Niño this summer. El Niño “causes stsronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes”.

Despite these predictions, it is still always important to be prepared in the event of a hurricane or hurricane-related disaster. Hurricanes often cause other types of emergency situations, including storm surge and inland flooding.

To help you plan and be ready in case of a hurricane or hurricane related disaster, here are some useful resources:

Also, be sure to visit previous Blogadillo posts from the NN/LM SCR for additional resources!

Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award Recipients

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Electronic Consumer Health Outreach (ECHO) Award:

Organization: The Alliance of Border Collaboratives, El Paso, TX
Title of Project: “Provision: Capacity Building Assistance Project”
Responsible Investigator: Rebeca Ramos
Description: The goal of this project is to increase awareness and utilization of NLM resources to Community Health Workers (Promotores) and the general population of El Paso County, TX and Dona Ana County, NM through development of training tutorials and community presentations. Development of training materials/tutorials will have a specific focus on information related to diabetes and mental health.

Organization: University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, Albuquerque, NM
Title of Project: “Good Information for Good Health: Online Continuing Education for New Mexico Health Professionals”
Responsible Investigator: Gale Hannigan
Description: The goal of this project is to develop and make available accredited continuing education online modules that highlight NLM information resources. The content will be designed specifically for New Mexico primary care providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.

 

 

Measles Cases Reach 20-year High

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first five months of 2014 (January 1 – May 23) saw 288 cases of measles in 18 states and a total of 15 outbreaks — the highest number of cases in twenty years. Because the majority of these cases have been “associated with international travel by unvaccinated people”, the CDC’s concern is that those persons intending to travel internationally be sure that their vaccinations are up to date.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. With the rise in cases, it is more important than ever to be familiar with the signs and symptoms. Often, it begins with a fever and soon a cough, runny nose, and red eyes develop. A rash of tiny red spots breaks out beginning at the head and soon spreads to the rest of the body. This disease is incredibly serious for children as it can often lead to a number of other complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis and in some cases, even death.

Until recently, cases of measles in the United States have not been very common due to vaccination. However, measles is still common in many other countries so it is important to make sure that everyone in your family is vaccinated before travel. In particular, the CDC has issued a travel notice about measles in Philippines.

For more information about measles, vaccinations, and travel visit these pages from the CDC:

Measles Overview

Measles in the Philippines – Travel Notice

CDC Features – Measles Immunization