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

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The recording for this webinar is: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p8hjxw02w1y/

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 npatters@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/
  • 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: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

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: tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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.

National Library of Medicine and National Network of Libraries of Medicine, SE/A Region Office Closed for Independence Day Weekend

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.   The NN/LM SE/A offices will reopen on Monday, July 6, 2015.

National Health Observances – July 2015

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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

Call for Applications: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2015-2016

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through July 20, 2015.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged to apply.

Sixty-seven fellows and fifty-seven different mentors have participated in the program since its beginning. To date, twenty-seven of sixty-one graduate fellows have received director appointments. Overall, 75% of fellow graduates have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.

Download the program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, carol_jenkins@unc.edu.

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