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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

Upcoming Funding Deadlines, Webinars, and Online Classes

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We recently discovered a technical error preventing many of our subscribers from receiving e-mail notifications of our SEA Currents articles. We encourage you to visit SEA Currents and browse through several of the articles published over the last several weeks. Here are a few highlights that may interest you:

Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Free Webinars

Upcoming Online Classes

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) have chosen the theme Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow in recognizing April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Find their toolkits, resources and outreach ideas on Healthfinder.

These additional resources are designed to educate children and teens about the dangers of alcohol abuse:

Alcohol, Peer Pressure, and Teenage Under Age Drinking; The Cool Spot

FTC Consumer Information: Dangers of Teen Drinking

Too Smart to Start 

Underage Drinking resources for Teachers (including classroom materials and lesson plans)

Registration open for 2014 NN/LM SE/A Consumer Health Online Classes

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The new 2014 online consumer health schedule is now available at: Along with the dates and descriptions of the classes, there is a link on the page to register online. Each class provides continuing education contact hours from the Medical Library Association (MLA) and counts toward the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). A link is also available on the page to learn more about MLA’s CHIS program. Please contact Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, for more information or questions.

What We Learned: Exhibiting at a Nursing Conference

Friday, June 28th, 2013

By David Midyette, Outreach and Communications Coordinator

SE/A coordinators exhibit at over 20 conferences every year, and many of those are for nursing associations and groups. Personally, I find these groups very interesting and quite diverse. Recently, while exhibiting at a nursing conference in Nashville, TN, I had the pleasure of speaking with many nurse educators about NLM and the resources we offer. While it was great to hear how much they love us and how they frequently use MedlinePlus and Pubmed, it was even more rewarding to help them discover new resources for their students.

To a person, they all commented on how their students lack awareness about toxic substances their incoming patients might have encountered. The discussions centered on teaching new nursing students about collecting patient histories and other intake information. I showed them ToxTown ( and they were rather excited to have such a well-developed resource to share with their students and incorporate into their own curricula. They really appreciated having teacher resources to easily incorporate into their classes, the ability to direct students to an interactive website, and the wealth of supporting information at an accessible level.

Naturally, this led to a second discussion about another valuable resource, GeneEd ( Again, they loved the resources for teachers and the clear, accessible layout of the site. In particular, they liked that they could use the site to provide a refresher for their students, and in some cases, expose their students to the basics of genetics. The majority of their students are coming straight from high school and they felt that the site meshed well with the educational levels of incoming students without overwhelming them. One particular segment of GeneEd that they particularly liked was the section on Biostatistics. More than one of them remarked that they could benefit from the section in refreshing their own understanding of the topic.

I had the pleasure of speaking to nearly 100 people at this conference, and with over 300 visitors to the booth it was a very successful event for SE/A. The nursing community has a wide range of interests and it is very rewarding to show nurses in clinical practice how we can help them with databases like LactMed (, LiverTox (, and DrugInfo ( Additionally, there was great interest in MedlinePlus Connect ( and Clinical Trials (

MedlinePlus Connect is becoming increasingly important to nursing as Electronic Health Records have become ubiquitous in clinical settings. Many of the nurses I spoke with were familiar with EHRs but had little knowledge of where the patient care resources were coming from in the systems used by their institutions. Connecting a familiar resource (MedlinePlus) with direct patient care through an EHR system really resonated with them, and they had questions about how to make it happen. Having cards on the topic made it much easier to provide them with basic information that they could take back to their administrators and IT groups.

Clinical Trials is evolving into a well-rounded research database as more and more results are added. The attendees appreciated the ability to connect their patients to potential trials related to specific conditions, and those who were conducting research appreciated being able to connect to results and data in such a direct fashion.

It is truly amazing to get out of the library and into the places where practitioners, researchers, and educators gather to discuss issues crucial to their profession. Being able to help them at a place and time when their minds are focused on their practice and profession in such a directed manner is a unique opportunity for sharing the wealth of resources and services from NLM. If you would like to get involved in exhibiting, we offer exhibit awards throughout the year ( If you have any questions, want to exhibit with us, or just want to drop in at an exhibit, check with me ( and I can provide you with more information.


National Public Health Week - April 1-April 5, 2013

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

by Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

The first week of April is National Public Health Week (NPHW)! This annual event is organized by the American Public Health Association to recognize contributions and to spotlight issues important to the nation’s health. This year’s theme is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money,” developed “to highlight the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending,” per their website, Books and resources, a planner’s guide and toolkit, media outreach materials, legislative information, downloadable logos and many other resources are available. For events across the country, see the calendar at

Each day of the week will focus on a different aspect of the overall theme:

  • Monday, April 1 – Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family: Health and safety begin at home. Make prevention a fun family tradition.
  • Tuesday, April 2 – Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School: Schools are the perfect setting for improving child health. Plus, children’s health is a rallying point few can ignore.
  • Wednesday, April 3 – Creating a Healthy Workplace: Wellness and safety in the workplace are good for health and for business. Let’s make prevention work for us.
  • Thursday, April 4 – Protecting You While You’re on the Move: Safety on the go is often in our own hands, but it’s also tied to community design. Together, we can turn our streets into roads to better health.
  • Friday, April 5 – Empowering a Healthy Community: Support public health efforts that create healthy opportunities for all. Good health is a community affair.

Does your organization have something special planned for National Public Health Week? Send us information about your activities so we can recognize the great efforts in the Southeastern Atlantic Region. Email Sheila Snow-Croft 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