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SEA Currents

Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated.  Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on our NLM Disaster Health home page.

Please share these resources freely!

These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as:

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Social media resources for situational awareness

To keep up-to-date on these and other Disaster Health resources, please sign-up for our email updates.

National Health Observances – February 2016

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of February. 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: 2016 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources

We have all been hearing more about Zika virus disease transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The National Library of Medicine has gathered together these resources to assist public health departments, health care providers, librarians, and others seeking authoritative information on the virus and disease.

General Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

World Health Organization (WHO)

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), World Health Organization

National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIH Director’s Blog

National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

 Public Health England

U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) – PubMed Citations

GenBank, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Pregnant Women and Zika Virus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization

National Library of Medicine – PubMed Citations

Information on Zika for Health Care Providers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization

National Library of Medicine – PubMed Citations


World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization

Laboratory Detection and Diagnosis of Zika Virus

Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization


World Health Organization

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Surveillance and Control of Mosquito Vectors

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Resources on Zika virus infection in Portuguese

Portal da Saúde

World Health Organization/Organização Mundial da Saúde

Resources on Zika virus infection in Spanish

Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization


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

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.)

Test your connection:

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NN/LM SEA Offices Closed

We are closed due to the extreme amount of snow received over the weekend in Baltimore, MD where our offices are located.  We hope to reopen as soon as possible. If you have any issues with DOCLINE, please email them to Ashely Cuffia at (link sends e-mail).  If you need to reach any of our staff, we are monitoring our email.  Thank you.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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