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SEAside Webinar – Culturally Competent Care For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Gender- Queer People: Research, Resources, and Practice Guidance

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 3 PM ET

Presenter: Amy Wilson-Stronks, MPP, CPHQ

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen at This webinar is co-sponsored by the LGBT SIG of the Medical Library Association.

Summary: Quality health care requires that care be delivered timely, safely, effectively, efficiently, equitably and in a patient-centered manner. However, there is strong evidence that people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender-queer (LGBTQ) and people who are affected by differences in sexual development (DSD) experience disparities in care. What can health care organizations, clinicians, and the healthcare team do to better understand the needs of sexual and gender minorities so that care can be improved? What resources are available?

This webinar will present an overview of the LGBTQ and DSD population groups and their specific healthcare needs, challenges, and opportunities.  The primary focus will be to share resources that should be available in every medical library to support quality care for LGBTQ and DSD people. Additionally, the webinar will be an opportunity for participants to share thoughts and experiences and ask questions about how they can support access to existing practice guidance and guidelines for the healthcare team and patients.

Presenter Bio: Amy Wilson-Stronks, MPP, CPHQ is an experienced quality improvement professional, health services researcher, and health policy analyst who advocates for improvements in patient safety and advances in equitable care for vulnerable populations. She is the Principal and Founder of a boutique healthcare firm and spends her professional time “working collaboratively and acting collectively to improve healthcare by putting patients in patient safety.” 

Amy served on advisory panels of the Office of Minority Health, The National Medical Association, The Hastings Center, The Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index, The Joint Commission, and the Association of Professional Chaplains. She served on the Boards of the GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare, and was a founding board member of the ALS Association’s Greater Chicago Chapter. She currently serves on The Advisory Board of NCIHC, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, and The Advisory Board of PULSE NY. Amy was the Project Director for Health Disparities at The Joint Commission and served as the principal investigator of several pivotal studies including The Hospitals, Language, and Culture: A Snapshot of the Nation (HLC) study.

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?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
  • 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.)

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Request for Nominations: The 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine are seeking nominations for the 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award, for outstanding outreach librarians serving rural or underserved populations, was established in the early 1990s to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. (1908 – 2008). A world-renowned American cardiac surgeon, innovator, medical educator, and international medical statesman, Dr. DeBakey worked tirelessly in numerous capacities to improve national and international standards of health care. We are honored to present the Award to a practicing health sciences librarian who works in the tradition of the incredible advances and medical innovations of Dr. DeBakey to provide valuable health information to underserved and rural populations. The recipient of the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award is publicly recognized at the FNLM Annual Awards Dinner in 2016 in Washington, DC.


  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these.
  • Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
    • The official nomination form (E-mail below for the application form.)
    • A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than 5 pages please
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • All nominations must be received by May 1, 2016 via mail, fax, or email (details below):

Mail: Friends of the National Library of Medicine; 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500; Bethesda, MD 20814

Email:, Fax: 301-657-1296

NLM Releases New Health Literacy Tool Shed Website

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of the Health Literacy Tool Shed:

The Health Literacy Tool Shed is a free, user-friendly, unique, curated online database of more than 100 empirically validated health literacy instruments. The Tool Shed serves as an interactive, one-stop shop where researchers use provided filters to select a health literacy research instrument.

The Health Literacy Tool Shed provides background information about each instrument and enables users to compare them.

‘The new Health Literacy Tool Shed helps users choose the right instrument for their research or practice. It also helps researchers assess core issues, such as the impact of health literacy on health outcomes and health care utilization,’ says Robert A. Logan Ph.D., senior staff, National Library of Medicine.

“Understanding what affects health, how to navigate the health care system, or how to manage a chronic health condition can have a major effect on a person’s health outcomes. NLM hopes this new resource will help researchers provide new insights into how to ensure clear communication within health care settings and how to increase health literacy throughout populations,” says Betsy Humphreys, acting director, National Library of Medicine.

Each instrument within the Health Literacy Tool Shed is peer reviewed by health literacy research experts including: Michael Paasche-Orlow, M.D., M.P.H., Boston University School of Medicine; and Lauren McCormack, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., RTI International. The selected instruments vary in terms of user accessibility and cost, as mandated by the original investigator.

The website was developed following user-centered design methods to ensure the site’s relevant and ease of use.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. NLM is the world’s largest medical library, with nearly 22 million items in its collection. A leader in information innovation, it is the developer of electronic information services used by scientists, health professionals and the public around the world.

NN/LM and NLM Thanksgiving 2015 Schedule

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

The NN/LM, SE/A staff would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

The National Library of Medicine will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving.  NLM will be open for business on Friday, November 27, 2015.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, SE/A Region offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving.


Thursday, September 24th, 2015





PRINCETON, NJ (SEPTEMBER 23, 2015)—More than 750 electronic resources from 15 vendors are available to all medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) through the Fall 2015 Offer curated by the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI). Two factors allow participants to realize a costs savings of 15-70% off resources’ regular pricing—negotiations by the HSLANJ GLI, and the leveraging of group purchasing power since more than 120 medical and hospital librarians regularly participate.

To receive a copy of the Fall Offer, please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MAR and SE/A, fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources. The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

Managed by medical librarian and HSLANJ Executive Director Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, the GLI is guided by a committee comprised of librarians from different-sized health facilities in the regions served. Contact Robert about scheduling a meeting or presentation about the GLI, at your next chapter, state organization or local consortium meeting.

The deadline to participate in the Spring Offer is Friday, October 30. Check the nonprofit organization’s website,, for more information and FAQs about the GLI.

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.



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