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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for April, 2014

UPDATE: HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative’s Deadline is Being Extended

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Thanks to positive, overwhelming interest, the deadline for participation in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative’s Spring 2014 Offer is being extended from its original date (Friday, April 25) to Friday, May 9.

This allows an extra two weeks for all participants in the MAR and SE/A to contact Robb with additional questions and then complete and submit their Offers.

This is likely to be a record-breaking Offer in terms of the number of participants as well as resources being licensed. Many thanks for being a part of it–and grateful “thank you’s” to all participants who have already submitted their Offers.

Those still considering participation are encouraged to contact Project Manager Robert T. Mackes with any questions. (rtmackes@gmail.com/(570) 856-5952)

New Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfofunding.html.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps.gov: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8342e7f3a5ed717efa31cea5c8f4f879&tab=core&_cview=0

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”, please visit http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2014disasteroutreachrfq.html.

The National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov ) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, and other resources.

 

Upcoming Online Classes

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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.

Objectives

  • 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: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html or contact the class facilitator, Terri Ottosen, at tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

May 02-30, 2014: ClinicalTrials.gov: 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).

ClinicalTrials.gov 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, ClinicalTrials.gov provided access to more than 149,000 study records and more than 9,500 studies with summary results. ClinicalTrials.gov 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 ClinicalTrials.gov is a significant resource.
  • Module 2 will demonstrate ways to search and interpret studies with results on ClinicalTrials.gov.
  • 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.

Objectives:

  • Learn about the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov.
  • 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: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html or contact the class facilitator, Andrew Youngkin, at ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html or contact the class facilitator, Andrew Youngkin, at ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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.

Objectives:

  • 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: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html or contact the class facilitator, Terri Ottosen, at tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine.