Skip all navigation and go to page content

SEA Currents

Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

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


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine to Co-Host Webinars on Newly-Released Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application

Friday, March 20th, 2015


Time: March 24th, 2015, 3:00-4:00 EST and March 26th, 2015, 11:00-12:00 EST

Learn how to use CHSI for community health assessment and as a tool to raise public awareness of the range of factors that influence health.

This webinar will provide an overview of the new features and redesign of CDC’s Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 online web application. Learn first-hand from experts who developed CHSI 2015 about how best to use this redesigned and newly released web application.

Webinar Agenda

  • Brief History of CHSI
  • Summary of the Redesign Project
  • Overview of New Features

What is New for CHSI 2015?

The new features include:

  • Updated peer county groups
  • Summary comparison page
  • Indicators benchmarked against those of peer counties, the median of all U.S. counties, and HP 2020 targets
  • Interactive Census tract maps and indicators for sub-populations to identify potential health disparities

Registration Information

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015
  • 3:00 pm  |  Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  |  1 hr
  • Register
  • After your request has been approved, you’ll receive instructions for joining the meeting.

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
  • 11:00 am  |  Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  |  1 hr
  • Register
  • After your request has been approved, you’ll receive instructions for joining the meeting.

Can’t register? Contact support.

About CHSI 2015

CHSI 2015 is an interactive online tool that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes that describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.  CHSI 2015 supports comparisons to peer counties, HP 2020 targets and national performance, and is designed to complement other available sources of community health indicators including the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.  First issued in 2000, CHSI 2015 represents the collaboration of public health partners in the public, non-profit and research communities.  Visit the new CHSI Web application today!

Information about the webinar is also available here:

Tools You Can Use: Kahoot! – Game-based Blended Learning and Classroom Response System

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Written by: Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region
Contact Tony at:
Looking for a new gamification tool for your class? Check out Kahoot!






Kahoot! is a learning game which consists of multiple choice questions – as a quiz, discussion, or survey – in any topic, language or ability. It’s projected at the front of the classroom and played by the whole class together in real-time (answered on their own personal device.) Kahoot! offers the opportunity to interest and engage students during class or review content previously taught.

Using this tool gives you the opportunity for the following:
• Use a simple “drag n drop” function to create and manage “Kahoots” in the form of quizzes, surveys, or polls related to specific topics.
• Locate other public “Kahoots” and duplicate and edit them to suit your class needs.
• Use images, videos, photos, screenshots for your questions.
• Recall and repeat use of your “Kahoots” when needed.
• Access from any location with proper technology.






You can learn new tips about Kahoot! by following them on Facebook, Twitter, blog or YouTube channel. To get started, a user’s guide is available for download.

Usage and Observations
Currently Kahoot! is available for use for free. Participants do not need an account to join. Students visit and enter in a game pin and personal nickname to enter. Participants can use any smart phone device, tablet, or laptop with internet access to play. A video demonstrating how Kahoot! works is available for you to view as well.









Once all students have joined, you can then start the “Kahoot.” Each quiz session can have up to 10 questions with 4 answer choices each. As participants see a question projected onto a screen, they’ll have a time limit to answer the question.








After participants answer each question, instructors get an instant snapshot of overall understanding. As participants see their results, instructors could use this to help instigate classroom discussions or assist in topic reviews.








Additionally, the top 5 players in the game are displayed at the front to help motivate competitive students in the class.








Students have the ability to rate each quiz upon completion. Teachers have the ability to download participant results to get a complete overview of how they did. Results can also be directly downloaded into a Google Drive account as well. More information regarding Kahoot! can be found in their FAQs.

Overall, I found this tool straight forward and easy to use. The time consuming part would be to consider what questions to ask, whether or not to use images or YouTube videos, and multiple answer options. I encourage you to check out Kahoot! and share your thoughts as well.

Advanced PubMed® Tips, Tricks, and Tools: MeSH

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for a new online class, “Advanced PubMed Tips, Tricks, and Tools: MeSH.”

Format: This is a FREE 90-minute online class using Adobe Connect. It is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Description: This class covers several advanced concepts in the use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for searching via PubMed. Topics include annual updates to MeSH, the effective use of subheadings, free floating subheadings, and examples of commonly confused terms.

Experience Level: Intermediate; this course is intended for those with at least beginning knowledge of PubMed and MeSH.

When: Choose from four upcoming dates in April and July 2015.

To register: Visit . Class enrollment is limited, so register now!
Questions? Contact the NTC trainers at

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