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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: http://healthliteracy.bu.edu/.

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 https://www.nlm.nih.gov/ 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.

750+ RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO LIBRARIANS IN FALL 2015 GROUP LICENSING OFFER

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

HSLANJ

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT:
KAREN HENDRICKS
HENDRICKS COMMUNICATIONS
717-253-3553

750+ RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO LIBRARIANS IN FALL 2015 GROUP LICENSING OFFER

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 rtmackes@gmail.com).

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, hslanj.org, 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.

 

 

National Health Observances – September 2015

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of September. By supporting National health Observances, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.

Contact the sponsoring organization to request outreach materials and information.

Source: 2015 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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://youtu.be/CiNNJufHEXU

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.

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340-01 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.