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Upcoming Online Classes

SE/A would like to announce registration for 4 upcoming online classes:

April 28–May 26, 2014: Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts?: Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine (8 MLA CE)

The goal of this class is to increase understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Participants will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. They will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies.


  • Have knowledge of the definition and types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).
  • Have greater knowledge of the history of CAM and its impact on medical practice.
  • Have greater understanding of usage of CAM.
  • Increase confidence in evaluating health websites
  • Increase skills in avoiding “bad science” found on the Internet or in the news.
  • Become more proficient in searching for evidence of the effectiveness of CAM

CE contact hours count towards Consumer Health Information Specialization from the MLA. Interested participants may register at: or contact the class facilitator, Terri Ottosen, at

May 02-30, 2014: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians (4 MLA CE)

This session is only open to participants in the SE/A region (MD, VA, DC, WV, NC, SC, GA, MS, AL, FL, PR & USVI). is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. As of July 2013, provided access to more than 149,000 study records and more than 9,500 studies with summary results. is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. This course is divided into three self-paced modules that each contains a PowerPoint lecture, reading assignments, and a discussion assignment.

  • Module 1 will explain what a clinical trial is and why is a significant resource.
  • Module 2 will demonstrate ways to search and interpret studies with results on
  • Module 3 will discuss the number of records with results and the unique position of health science librarians to provide education and to advocate for the results database and submission requirements.


  • Learn about the significance of
  • Search and interpret the results database
  • Be informed about the number of study records with results, and
  • Learn how health sciences librarians can advocate to clinical researchers the importance of complying with the results submission requirements mandated by federal law.

Interested participants may register at: or contact the class facilitator, Andrew Youngkin, at

June 02-27, 2014: Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends (2014 edition) (4 MLA CE)

This class, updated with new topics for 2014, is intended to provide a fun, fast-paced, and informative introduction to and update on today’s hottest technology trends. Program participants will be able to identify technology trends and they will understand how these trends will impact or can be integrated into traditional library services. Content will be presented with a “can-do” focus intended to encourage participants to investigate at least one technology for implementation in their institution. Course structure will include brief vignettes and demonstrations of a wide variety of technologies.

Interested participants may register at: or contact the class facilitator, Andrew Youngkin, at

June 02–July 28, 2014: Health & Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services (12 MLA CE)

This course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. The course starts by preparing you with tools to learn the demographics and health status of people in your community.


  • Explain the concept of consumer health and how the library helps to build healthy communities.
  • Explain the difference between literacy and health literacy.
  • Feel comfortable and confident providing health reference to diverse users.
  • Understand the ethical and legal issues about providing health information.
  • Evaluate the quality of health information in a variety of formats, and teach users how to recognize the elements of trustworthy materials and the warning signs of dubious health information.
  • Identify and choose authoritative health information resources that are appropriate for particular users.
  • Apply criteria for collection development of consumer health materials.
  • Plan health-related programming and events.

CE contact hours count towards Consumer Health Information Specialization from the MLA. Interested participants may register at: or contact the class facilitator, Terri Ottosen, at

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) have chosen the theme Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow in recognizing April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Find their toolkits, resources and outreach ideas on Healthfinder.

These additional resources are designed to educate children and teens about the dangers of alcohol abuse:

Alcohol, Peer Pressure, and Teenage Under Age Drinking; The Cool Spot

FTC Consumer Information: Dangers of Teen Drinking

Too Smart to Start 

Underage Drinking resources for Teachers (including classroom materials and lesson plans)

NLM Resources for National Minority Health Month

The HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has released a statement declaring April a time to “commemorate National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minorities.”

This year’s theme is Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity.  The theme emphasizes the “critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities.”  This health observance supports the HHS goal of achieving “a nation free of disparities in health and health care.”

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has several free health information resources that support eliminating minority health disparities.  These resources include multicultural health Web sites, minority health information handouts, and HIV/AIDS information and funding.  To find these resources, click on the Web links below:

NLM Asian American Health Web Portal

NLM American Indian Health Web Portal

NLM Arctic Health Web Portal

Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN)

NLM HIV/AIDS Information: African Americans

NLM HIV/AIDS Information: Hispanics/Latinos

NLM Minority Health Information Handouts

NLM AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

NLM MedlinePlus “Health Disparities” Health Topic

2014 Preparedness Summit Observations

By Tony Nguyen, Outreach/Communications Coordinator, NN/LM SE/A Region

I had the privilege to attend the Preparedness Summit, a national conference in the field of public health preparedness. This four-day annual event provides one of the only cross-disciplinary learning opportunities in the field designed to meet the growing needs of the preparedness community. At the conference, I met with Stacey Arnesen and Elizabeth Norton from the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) and supported their exhibit.  Additionally, I was able to learn about the resources available through DIMRC and attend some of the sessions at the conference in my free time.

The first seminar I attended was presented by DIMRC called “Where to Find: How to Navigate the Information Maze to Access Evidence-based Public Health Preparedness Information.” This 3.5 hour workshop was designed to help attendees identify and evaluate authoritative sources of information, locate gray literature using the Disaster Lit Database, utilize tools such as the A-Z topic pages on disasters and emergencies , and learn about the benefits of specific disaster and emergency preparedness apps.

One workshop I found particularly interesting was “Reaching Across the Great Divide: Fostering Dialogue Between Public Health Practitioners and Academic Institutions.” This was mostly related to Non-Profit Organizations partnering with Academic Institutions in order to better prepare a community in the event of a disaster. I was curious as to what methods were utilized to develop a partnership with a new organization. One speaker mentioned a 3-tiered approach where they probed the other institution to determine if a partnership was feasible, then they mapped out the potential benefits between both groups, and finally developed a mutually beneficial partnership between both organizations that would also benefit the community. Additionally, another speaker suggested that organizations consider past relationships, as they may lead to better implementation of new partnerships. In order to make meetings worthwhile, knowing what resources and ideas can be provided ahead of time can improve the dialog between organizations. What followed were demonstrations of tools developed from collaborations, one of which is the LEgal Network Analyzer (LENA), a project developed by the Public Health Adaptive System Studies (PHASYS). This is a software tool designed to assist with analyzing and comparing emergency statuses, regulations, and policies.

While I know it’s not feasible for many health information professionals to attend the Preparedness Summit, there are still ways in which you can become aware of and more involved in the event of an emergency. I would encourage you to participate in the Medical Library Association’s Disaster Information Specialization Program. For many individuals unable to attend classes in person, all of the Basic Level Courses requirements and many of the Advanced Level Courses are available for free at any time.

Overall, I found the Preparedness Summit an informative and positive experience. Speaking with many of the attendees at the DIMRC exhibit allowed me to test my knowledge as I demonstrated many of DIMRC’s resources and apps. Additionally, the sessions I managed to attend were beneficial in understanding the issues and potential solutions developed to address the needs of the community during an emergency or disaster. I thank DIMRC for the opportunity to learn from them first hand and participate at the Preparedness Summit.

National Public Health Week

The first week of April is National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Association to recognize the contributions of public health and to shine a spotlight on issues important to our nation’s health. This year’s theme is “Public Health: Start Here.”  Visit the website ( today to get involved; helpful Toolkit ( and a list of Books & Resources ( to assist in raising awareness about public health and prevention.

There’s still time to become a partner and make sure your organization receives the latest messages and materials from the APHA; add your organization or community’s NPHW events to the official calendar ( so they can be better publicized and everyone can celebrate your successes; take action by sending messages to members of Congress on a variety of current public health issues via the APHA website, (, and attend an APHA event such as the NPHW Twitter Chat on Wednesday, 4/9.

Each day of the week will focus on a different aspect of the overall theme. The themes are linked here with information and resources to help in addressing each one within your community.

  • Monday, April 7Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home. Let us show you around.
  • Tuesday, April 8Don’t panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action. We’re here to help you weather the unexpected.
  • Wednesday, April 9Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority. Let us show you where you fit in.
  • Thursday, April 10Eat well. The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex. We can guide you through the choices.
  • Friday, April 11Be the healthiest nation in one generation. Best practices for community health come from around the globe. We have a world of public health to show you.