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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Send in Questions for the RML Cooperative Agreement Webinar

This is a reminder that the National Library of Medicine is holding a “Nuts and Bolts” Technical Assistance Webinar to help you apply for the cooperative agreements and supplements for the Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and Offices.

You are encouraged to submit questions by 12 PM ET, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 to:

The Technical Assistance Webinar will be held on:

Please refer to the National Network Office page for additional information related to the Network program and funding opportunity announcement.

Free Webinar: Introduction to Public Health

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Greater Midwest Region (GMR) would like to invite you to their free Lake Effects Webinar on Public Health.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Jacqueline Leskovec, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator, at

Summary: Cortland Lohff, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Environmental Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health will present basic principles of the field, including those principles that set it apart from other areas of medicine. He will speak on important sources of literature and information for those in Public Health.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Cort Lohff currently serves as the Medical Director for Environmental Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health. In that role he oversees and provides support to a number of public health programs and participates in a number of initiatives involving environmental health. Prior to coming to Chicago, Dr. Lohff served for 5 years as the State Epidemiologist in Vermont and for 4 years as the Deputy State Epidemiologist in Iowa. Dr. Lohff received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, his M.P.H. from the University of Michigan and completed his residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the New York State Department of Public Health/University at Albany School of Public Health.

To register for this webinar, please visit: An e-mail confirmation with webinar sign in information will be provided prior to the start of the webinar.

Upon completion of this webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

April NIH News in Health Now Available

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services





Check out the April issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

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Click here to download a PDF version for printing.Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunities for Regional Medical Libraries Open until July 24, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities are open for applications until July 24, 2015:

The RMLs are the backbone of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The overarching goal of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Eight health sciences libraries will function as the RML for their respective Region. The RMLs will coordinate the operation of a Network of Libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs. The RMLs will ensure a continuity of quality service for core programs of the NN/LM, and cooperatively design, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to serve the health information needs of health professionals and the public in the future.

Helpful Links:
NLM Extramural Program:
NLM National Network Office:
Applying for a grant FAQs:
Send questions to:

We are offering the following opportunities to learn about the current RMLs and how to apply to a cooperative agreement:

Technical Assistance Webinar (this will be recorded for future viewing)
When: Thursday April 23, 2015, from 3:00-4:00pm ET
Where: Webinar URL –, Teleconference number: 1-866-579-8110 Participant Code: 571542
We encourage you to submit questions in advance by email to:

2015 Annual Meeting of the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and Centers, Austin, TX (held in conjunction with the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting)
When: Friday, May 15, 2015
Where: Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
Time: 9:00 am—5:30 pm
Go to the NLM Technical Bulletin for a complete agenda.
Note: The 3:30 pm—5:30 pm session in Room 12A, “Applying for Regional Medical Libraries Cooperative Agreements (UG4)” and Q&A with NLM Extramural Program will be transcribed and posted after the meeting.

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics, and health information technology.

Keeping in the Loop Post-Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Keeping in the Loop Post-Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Written by: Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A). You can contact Terri at:

In this era of health care reform following the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there are many challenges and opportunities for libraries to engage the public and help them become more active partners in their health care. Consumers need resources and assistance to fully utilize the benefits of and understand the complexities of health care. For libraries serving hospitals or other health care organizations, libraries can assist in efforts needed to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the ACA. Even if you’re unable to actively participate now, simply keeping up with the issues and news about the ACA and health care reform is a way we can continually assess and create new opportunities for the library to be involved.

Subscribing to newsletters or electronic discussion lists that alert users to webinars or other learning resources is a great way to keep up with the changes and requirements of institutions, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Learning Network (MLN). Here, for example, is a webinar for participants on ACA Provider Compliance Programs entitled “Affordable Care Act Provider Compliance Programs: Getting Started.” Fierce Healthcare released an interesting report titled, “Healthcare compliance post-ACA: Challenges and Opportunities [Special Report].” This report focused on the challenges and opportunities organizations face regarding ACA compliance; specifically the increased role that Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) are undertaking to comply with the intense regulation expectations and the large number of disciplines this needs to incorporate.

For those serving consumers, OCLC’s WebJunction has a program devoted to the role of libraries as key resources and contributors to community health. “Health Happens in Libraries” supports public library staff with resources to respond confidently to requests for health information. The program is run in partnership with ZeroDivide and is funded from a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. They provide many great tools and resources, including regular webinars and ideas for getting involved, regardless of the type of library in which you work. Please visit, “Health Happens in Libraries” to get more information. Additionally, the American Library Association has a site dedicated to the Affordable Care Act and further resources.

The Affordable Care Act continues to provide many opportunities for libraries to support internal staff and the public as well as provide outreach as an engaged partner in health care. It’s important that librarians continue to be informed and remain in the loop with changes, trends, and opportunities that the health care law and reform provide as we go forward. Please consider additional ways that you can be involved.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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