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Save the Dates: 2015-2016 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Course

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
“…by far the best educational experience I have had in my years of being a librarian.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever had such a comprehensive professional development opportunity.”
[I am] “confident going back to my institution and teaching these resources as well as starting an information service.” 
               — Comments from recent class participants

Are you a health science librarian in the United States who offers (or wants to offer) bioinformatics services at your institution? The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015-2016. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel, lodging and related costs are at the expense of the participant.

There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:

  • Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course. Successful completion of this pre-course is required to continue to Part 2.
  • Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Previous graduates of the “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” online course are encouraged to apply and may audit Part 1 in preparation for Part 2.

Interested in taking only the online version of the “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” course? Watch for an upcoming second announcement of an offering in January – February, 2016.

Important Dates:
Monday, August 10, 2015 – Application materials will be posted, linked from a detailed announcement here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Monday, September 14, 2015 – Application deadline.
Monday, October 5, 2015 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed.
Monday, October 26, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins.
Monday, March 7, 2016 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM.

Mark your calendars for this extraordinary training opportunity!

National Health Observances – August 2015

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of August. Click on each topic to learn more and consider promoting one or more of these health observances within your institution.

Beyond the SEA: August 19, 2015 – Caring for You, Caring for Me: Outreach to Caregivers – an NN/LM SE/A Funded Project.

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Noon to 1:00pm (EST)

Presenter: Karen Marshall, J.D., Founder and Executive Director, Kadamba Tree Foundation, Washington, DC.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator at

Summary: Karen Marshall of the Kadamba Tree Foundation will discuss her organization’s NN/LM SE/A funded project to expand an adaptation of the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving’s “Caring for You, Caring for Me” Education and Support Program for Family and Professional Caregivers (CYCM). Researchers have found that caregivers need to obtain information about various aspects of their caregiving roles as well as experience support and linkage with other caregivers. To meet these needs, Kadamba Tree has adapted CYCM’s skill building modules to also help caregivers become effective gate keepers of quality health information for their families. Ms. Marshall will discuss the program goals and Kadamba Tree’s partnerships with local community-based health and advocacy organizations to deliver the program.

Presenter Bio: Karen Marshall, J.D., Founder and Executive Director of the Kadamba Tree Foundation, a nonprofit located in Washington, DC offers education and support programs to family caregivers. She received her law degree from Duke University School of Law and is a former family caregiver. In addition to being a certified facilitator of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving’s (RCI) evidence-informed “Caring for You, Caring for Me Program,” she is also a certified interventionist for RCI’s evidence-based Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregivers Health (REACH) intervention.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL:
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection:

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Consumer Resources: Health Care Costs

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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:

Health care is expensive. Even those of us lucky enough to have health insurance, can be challenged when it comes to managing our healthcare expenses. Health consumers have long had issues trying to figure out how much doctor visits or hospital stays will cost them, but increasingly that is changing. There are several consumer resources that allow individuals to compare charges for common procedures and potentially save -money.

Healthcare Bluebook is an organization where the founders purport the idea of “creating fairness in the healthcare marketplace” citing the secrecy of health costs which “puts everyone from consumers to corporations at an unfair disadvantage, leading to gaps in quality of care and much higher costs.” On the organization’s “Why Transparency” page, it notes that prices for the same in-network procedure can vary by over 500%, so chances are; you’re paying more than you have to for a medical service. The fair price is the “reasonable amount you should pay for a medical service. It’s calculated from a nationwide database of medical payment data and customized to your geographic area.” The example on this page is for an MRI, which ranged from the low of $330 to a high of $2470.”

Another site, Consumer Cost Lookup, is dedicated to sharing information about healthcare prices and health insurance. In the organization’s mission, they strive to “bring transparency and clarity to healthcare costs and health insurance information through consumer tools and resources, data products and research support.” They use a “database of billions of billed medical and dental services to populate their free website, which allows consumers to estimate and plan medical and dental expenses and to better understand and navigate the healthcare system.” The tools are also available in Spanish and through an app available for download through the Apple App store and Google Play. They also have a helpful section on making smarter healthcare choices with a series of guides and videos that use “plain speak” to explain health insurance, including insurance terms and how to deal with denied claims and how to use your flexible spending plan.

Becoming a smarter healthcare consumer and researching the potential expenses ahead of time, allows consumers to be prepared and ensures participation in medical-decision-making. It can also help when comparing facilities, thereby potentially saving thousands of dollars. Getting the best quality and best price helps keep healthcare consumers and their wallets healthy.

July NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, July 6th, 2015

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 July issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research: To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark



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