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Free Webinar: Introduction to Public Health

Monday, April 13th, 2015

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.

National Health Observances – April 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of April. Click on each observance to learn more to consider promoting within your institution.

National Social Work Month 2015

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Written by: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A). You can contact Sheila at:

The National Association of Social Workers is celebrating its 60th anniversary during Social Work Month, March, with the official theme of “Social Work Paves the Way for Change.” The theme underscores what social workers have done over the past six decades to bring about positive change in our world, and helps us all remember those who help make things better without much compensation for their efforts. The overall goal is “to educate the public about how social workers and the association have brought about major positive social changes, improved the lives of individuals and families, and will continue to do so in the future.”

Along with an interactive timeline of social work efforts over the last 60 years, the website offers a journalism project, a history poster, testimonial videos, a downloadable template to send to government officials to encourage recognition for the profession, downloadable logos for promotional materials, an array of merchandise bearing those logos, and even a section to spotlight media efforts that positively portray the profession. Social workers are encouraged to produce videos showing the value of NASW, “an opportunity to participate in the anniversary celebration and help build a vision for NASW in its next 60 years.”

This celebration allows us all to examine the crossover and joint missions of social work and public health. “Social work originated and grew up alongside public health in the early 20th century, when social workers partnered with doctors to combat sexually transmitted diseases and other infectious diseases and to improve maternal/child health in settlement houses,” Betty J. Ruth, a Clinical Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, explains in an article in Social Work Today. The two fields intersect for a “contemporary, integrated, trans-disciplinary approach to preventing, addressing, and solving social health problems,” according to the Public Health Social Work website, and more than a few schools offer a dual degree in both fields. The University of Georgia is one of these schools, and their program overview explains that social work tends to address intervention at an individual (micro) level while public health focuses on the goal of prevention at the population (macro) level. The American Public Health Association (APHA), has a Public Health Social Work Section that “establishes standards for social work in health care settings; contributes to the development of public health social work practice and research; and promotes social work programs in the public health field.”

National Social Work Month is a great opportunity to consider how both the fields of social work and public health have bettered our world, and to recognize that both professions have a social justice component that is necessary for the improved health of all.

SE/A Survey Series Professional Development Award Winner: Pam Queen, Athens Regional Medical Center, Medical Library

Friday, March 20th, 2015

In February, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) staff requested participation in a series of short surveys. Four surveys were sent out—each one addressing a different topic – education, funding, network and exhibits, and communication yielding a total of 235 responses.

Participants were able to enter their name into a drawing for a $1500.00 Professional Development Award for each survey completed. NN/LM SE/A is pleased to announce that Pam Queen at Athens Regional Medical Center, Medical Library in Athens, GA is the winner of the Professional Development Award! The drawing was captured on screen and can be viewed here.

We received many great responses to each of the surveys and collected some great comments and feedback from the region. Thank you to all who participated in the SE/A survey series!

Questions about the survey or contest can be directed to Andrew Youngkin, Outreach/Assessment Coordinator at

Congratulations to the 2015 MLA Awards, Grants and Scholarships Recipients!

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Medical Library Association (MLA) awards, grants and scholarships! Many of this year’s recipients are within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A):

Awards and Honors

Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship

  • Geneva Bush Staggs, AHIP, Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile

Janet Doe Lectureship for 2016

  • M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Ida and George Eliot Prize

  • Tara Brigham, Winn Dixie Foundation Medical Library, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
  • Elizabeth Connor, AHIP, Daniel Library, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston


  • Cheryl Rae Dee, FMLA, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, and Florida State University, Lakeland
  • Julia Shaw-Kokot, AHIP, FMLA, Retired, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Murray Gottlieb Prize

  • Elena Safia Azadbakht, Joseph Anderson Cook Memorial Library, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

Grants and Scholarships

Continuing Education Awards

  • Jennifer S. Walker, AHIP, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grants

  • Krystal Bullers, AHIP, Shimberg Health Sciences Library, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Suhua Caroline Fan, Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis

Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship

  • Alyson Gamble, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL

David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship

  • Emily Mazure, AHIP, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University, Durham, NC

All recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX, on Monday, May 18th, from noon to 1:30pm. Please take a moment to congratulate them!

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland