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Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

National Health Observances – May 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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

Reminder – SEAside Webinar: May 6, 2015, 1:00 PM (EST) – Introduction to Survey Methods

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Recording Available:

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:00 PM EST

Presenter: Jessica Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Andrew Youngkin at

Summary: This webinar, co-sponsored by the MAC MLA Research & Assessment Committee, will provide an overview for anyone aspiring to develop effective surveys for research, assessment, or other purposes.

Bio: Jessica Brown is a faculty member in the Division of Gerontology, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She is also a primary faculty member of the Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Health Science programs.  She earned her PhD in Psychology with a focus in Behavioral Medicine from UMBC.  One of her courses is Health Survey Research Methods which is available to masters and doctoral students annually.

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 your phone, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

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2015 NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course

Monday, April 20th, 2015

2015 NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course

Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will again host a course on the science of health disparities this summer. The course will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from August 3, 2015 to August 14, 2015.

This two-week intensive course will provide specialized instruction on the concepts, principles, methods, and applications of health disparities science, practice, and policy. It will also integrate principles and practice of community engagement. Nationally and internationally recognized experts in health disparities science will lead individual sessions.

Cost: The course is free, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for transportation, room and board.

How to Apply: Please visit the NIMHD Course webpage at: for information on the online application process (NOW OPEN).

Application due date: The due date for application submission is Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (11:59 pm EST).

Application Information: The following comprises the application packet:

Completed online application must include:

  • Relevant professional experience (250 word limit);
  • Educational history including honors and awards (250 word limit);
  • Essay describing interest in the course and how it will contribute to work/future career goals in the area of health disparities (350 word limit); and
  • Letter of recommendation addressing in concrete and specific terms strengths, personal qualities, and relevance of course for career trajectory (350 word limit).

**Once the applicant submits the application, it will generate an automatic e-mail to the applicant’s reference, requesting a recommendation. An application is not complete until the reference submits the letter of recommendation.

Course Contact

Keeping in the Loop Post-Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Keeping in the Loop Post-Affordable Care Act (ACA)
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:

In this era of health care reform following the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there are many challenges and opportunities for libraries to engage the public and help them become more active partners in their health care. Consumers need resources and assistance to fully utilize the benefits of and understand the complexities of health care. For libraries serving hospitals or other health care organizations, libraries can assist in efforts needed to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the ACA. Even if you’re unable to actively participate now, simply keeping up with the issues and news about the ACA and health care reform is a way we can continually assess and create new opportunities for the library to be involved.

Subscribing to newsletters or electronic discussion lists that alert users to webinars or other learning resources is a great way to keep up with the changes and requirements of institutions, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Learning Network (MLN). Here, for example, is a webinar for participants on ACA Provider Compliance Programs entitled “Affordable Care Act Provider Compliance Programs: Getting Started.” Fierce Healthcare released an interesting report titled, “Healthcare compliance post-ACA: Challenges and Opportunities [Special Report].” This report focused on the challenges and opportunities organizations face regarding ACA compliance; specifically the increased role that Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) are undertaking to comply with the intense regulation expectations and the large number of disciplines this needs to incorporate.

For those serving consumers, OCLC’s WebJunction has a program devoted to the role of libraries as key resources and contributors to community health. “Health Happens in Libraries” supports public library staff with resources to respond confidently to requests for health information. The program is run in partnership with ZeroDivide and is funded from a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. They provide many great tools and resources, including regular webinars and ideas for getting involved, regardless of the type of library in which you work. Please visit, “Health Happens in Libraries” to get more information. Additionally, the American Library Association has a site dedicated to the Affordable Care Act and further resources.

The Affordable Care Act continues to provide many opportunities for libraries to support internal staff and the public as well as provide outreach as an engaged partner in health care. It’s important that librarians continue to be informed and remain in the loop with changes, trends, and opportunities that the health care law and reform provide as we go forward. Please consider additional ways that you can be involved.

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine seek your nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.


  • 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.
  • Nominations 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.
  • Nomination must be made in writing and include the following information:
    1. Official nomination form
    2. Five page description of the nominee’s achievements
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Additional information (no more than 5 pages double-spaced) that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

Nominations must be received by June 1, and can be submitted via mail, email or fax:

Friends of the National Library of Medicine

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500

Bethesda, MD 20814

Fax: 301-657-1296


Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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