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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

NN/LM MAR Boost Box Webinar: The SHARE Approach – Putting shared decision making into practice

The SHARE Approach – Putting shared decision making into practice (Boost Box) / November 10, 2015 noon-1pm ET – Shared Decision Making (SDM) occurs when a health care provider and a patient work together to make a health care decision that is best for the patient. Research shows that SDM has measurable impacts on cost, quality, and outcomes. This presentation will highlight Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s SHARE Approach, which is a free to use evidence-based model for implementing shared decision making. / No registration required.


National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month (NNAHM) is a time to recognize the accomplishments of this country’s first inhabitants. As the early inhabitants of this great land, the native peoples of North America have their own tribal orientations, language origins, and cultural histories. Today, many healing techniques that are practiced have been adopted from traditions that originate from various Native American tribes. This year’s NNAHM theme, “Tribal Diversity: Weaving Together Our Traditions,” highlights spirituality as an inseparable element of healing in medicine. Healing the physical parts of a patient is not enough; one must acknowledge the importance of emotional wellness, as influenced by Native American rituals and traditions.

This month is dedicated to building new avenues of opportunity for Native Americans by making critical investments to improve health, to strengthen tribal communities, and to promote educational opportunities at the NIH. Maintaining an inclusive biomedical research workforce with a diversity of talent is critical to the NIH mission of fostering new discoveries and promoting the highest level of scientific integrity to improve our nation’s health. NNAHM allows the opportunity for every individual to learn more about the distinctive backgrounds and heritages of Native Americans.

I encourage everyone in the NIH community to show their support during National Native American Heritage Month by actively engaging with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s (EDI’s) social media campaign. To continue our inclusion efforts, on November 2, we will launch a month-long Twitter campaign ( More information is located on the Strategist for the Native American Portfolio website ( Together, let’s celebrate the many achievements made by Native Americans.

Sincerely yours,

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, National Institutes of Health

The Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy Project Webinar: A Focus on Older Adults

The Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy Project Webinar: A Focus on Older Adults New!

Register Now | November 16, 2015 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

On Monday, November 16 Healthy People 2020 will present a webinar focusing on legal and policy issues faced by older adults. This webinar is the second in a 3-part series offered by the American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section’s Public Health and Policy Interest Group along with CDC’s Public Health Law Program and HHS’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP).

This webinar will explore potential solutions and interventions to address various legal and policy issues that older adults face. Participants will also hear about insights and lessons learned from the ABA’s National Aging and Law Conference and ODPHP’s Healthy Aging Summit.

Register Now!

Apply to Attend the Winter 2016 Online Class “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching”

Health science librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required.

The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course encompasses visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice and places a strong emphasis both on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies and a working molecular biology vocabulary, through self-paced hands-on exercises.

This course is a prerequisite for the face-to-face workshop, Librarian’s Guide to NCBI. Participants who complete the required coursework and earn full continuing education credit will be eligible to apply to attend the 5-day Librarian’s Guide in the future if they so choose.

This course is offered online (asynchronously) from January 11 – February 19, 2016.

The course format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises. The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

Due to limited enrollment, interested participants are required to complete an application form. The deadline for completing the application is December 7, 2015; participants will be notified of acceptance on December 21, 2015.

The course is offered at no cost to participants. Participants who complete all assignments and the course evaluation by the due dates within the course will receive 25 hours of MLA CE credit. No partial CE credit is granted.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Questions? E-mail the course organizers at

Registration Open for November 12th Webinar “PubMed for Scientists”

On November 12th, NCBI will present “PubMed for Scientists”, a webinar that will show you how to search biomedical literature more efficiently with PubMed. NCBI staff will teach you how to search by author, explore a subject, use filters to narrow your search, find full text articles, and set up an e-mail alert for new research on your topic. Finally, we will answer your questions about searching PubMed.
Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. The webinar and any materials will also be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page by clicking the Archived Webinars & Courses tab. You can also check the Webinars & Courses page to find information about future webinars.

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