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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Request for Applications: Biomedical Data Science Training Coordination Center

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Program is seeking applications for a Biomedical Data Science Training Coordination Center (TCC).  The TCC will:

  • Coordinate across the BD2K Training Consortium to enable the exchange of ideas and best practices about training in the data sciences, both within the BD2K Training Consortium and in the broader biomedical research community.
  • Facilitate the discovery, access, and citation of educational resources through the development of a living educational resource discovery index (ERuDIte).
  • Personalize the discovery of biomedical data science educational resources.
  • Facilitate outreach and engage with the data science training community to identify and hold relevant workshops.
  • Facilitate and support biomedical research training collaborations through short-term rotations into biomedical data science labs.
  • Evaluate supported activities.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange a call with Program staff prior to submission of applications by sending a request to bd2k_training@mail.nih.gov.

 

Carol Shreffler, Ph.D.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

 

Michelle Dunn, Ph.D.

NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science

Mississippi Public Health Association awarded American Public Health Association’s Outstanding Affiliate of the Year

Written by: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Congratulations to the Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) for being named the American Public Health Association’s Outstanding Affiliate of the Year! The announcement was made on November 15th at the Council of Affiliates Awards Reception at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

This award is given to an APHA Affiliate “that provides a model for other affiliates for work or project(s) of high value in the field of public health.” MPHA states that a cumulative effort over the past five plus years garnered this award, and explains that the efforts to develop and sustain MPHA can be highlighted in 5 key areas:

  • Building the Foundation
  • Making a Difference
  • Learning to Grow
  • Selling the Message
  • Keeping it Going

Building the Foundation:

MPHA improved its infrastructure to include a business plan, a part-time Executive Director, several part-time contract staff, a new membership database, and an email system.

Making a Difference:

MPHA strengthened and expanded its advocacy efforts by establishing an Annual Legislative Agenda, appointing a policy intern to track key legislation, developing an Advocacy Toolkit to arm members with advocacy skills, and creating a system of Action Alerts to notify members to contact their legislators. These advancements, along with strategic partnerships, allowed MPHA to successfully prevent any cuts to the Mississippi State Department of Health in 2012.

Learning to Grow:

In the past five years, the Mississippi Public Health Conference and Business Meeting has become the premier public health event in Mississippi. The conference provides three keynote sessions and over 15 concurrent workshops to over 400 health professionals. MPHA also implements National Public Health Week activities across the state each year and sponsored seminars on water fluoridation for Mississippi water system operators. They co-sponsored the Mississippi Health Summit from 2011 through 2013, which brought 150 stakeholders together to learn and develop health strategies, and co-sponsored a state-wide education event titled “The Power of Municipalities & Community Leaders to Protect the Health of Mississippians” in 2014.

Selling the Message:

In 2013, MPHA received a 3 year grant from The Bower Foundation and began a communications overhaul. During the initial year of the grant, MPHA rebranded itself as the First Line of Defense for public health in Mississippi; rolled out a robust new website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed; produced over 15 testimonial videos; developed new marketing materials; and hired a part-time Communications Coordinator, Agusta Callaway.

Keeping It Going:

“This award from APHA is an honor and a tribute to the incremental progress we have made. We want all of our members to share this outstanding achievement and continue to support your professional association” stated Buddy Daughdrill, Executive Director. “Let’s get everyone more involved to keep moving forward.”

Share Your Success: 2014 Winners Announced

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A) is pleased to announce that Everly Brown at Health Sciences and Human Serves Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore and Dianne Johnson at Coy C Carpenter Library, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC have won our National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM) Share Your Success drawing for a $1,500 MLA 2015 travel scholarship. They will be able to charge up to $1,500 for airfare, hotel, and per diem to the NN/LM SE/A for the MLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

We want to thank everyone who submitted a story about your success. We had a large number of submissions this year, and for that, we are grateful. You made National Medical Librarians Month one of the more successful ones in our history. Congratulations, Everly and Dianne. We’ll see you in Austin, TX!

 

Upcoming Online Classes Available for Registration

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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region would like to announce registration for a number of upcoming online classes starting in January and February.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Chemicals, Drugs, and Genetics, Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond

Public Health Information on the Web

  • January 20 – February 10, 2015
  • Thursday Webinars: January 22, 29, and February 5 (12-1pm ET)
  • Sheila Snow-Croft: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu
  • 4 MLA CE

Grants and Proposal Writing

  • February 10 – March 3, 2015
  • Thursday Webinars: February 12, 19, and 26 (12-1pm ET)
  • Sheila Snow-Croft: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu
  • 4 MLA CE

We will announce the Consumer Health Information Specialization Classes in January 2015.

Registrations for online classes are accepted up to 1 week after start date of the class, unless otherwise noted.

What I learned at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2014 meeting

By: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

This year’s APHA meeting had the theme of “Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-being,” and many of the sessions I attended addressed these issues. During the opening session, APHA’s Executive Director, Georges Benjamin, MD, announced the APHA goal to create the healthiest generation in American history within one generation. He was then followed by announcements from other leaders who are taking steps to make this goal a reality. From the Partnership for a Healthier America looking at campus food and physical activity to Louisiana’s Well-Ahead initiative that celebrates voluntary changes to become more healthy, there are many out there taking those necessary baby-steps and celebrating good decisions. Our culture of personal freedom need not pull us down; positive improvements are possible. A session on “Healthography and the Food Environment” discussed research of the New Orleans food environment, access to healthy food, and unhealthy marketing in vulnerable neighborhoods. The results were not surprising; people in minority and low-income areas are exposed to more unhealthy marketing and have less access to fresh fruits and vegetables than those in more affluent areas. Only the areas in New Orleans with the most tourism escape this reality. As a vegetarian seeking healthy dining options while attending the conference, I personally saw the changes that have been made since I last visited the Big Easy over a decade ago. There are more options, but much education and effort will be needed to continue down the path to better health. Building the databases full of information and learning from this research are key to bringing in funding and conducting projects that can help bring about desired change.

Along with addressing grim realities and watching as colleagues struggle to change the world, this conference had lots of local music and fun. Jazz bands opened and closed big sessions and made impromptu appearances throughout the week. Also, I truly enjoyed dinner Sunday evening with this year’s Sewell Stipend recipients. The Sewell Memorial Fund’s mission is to “increase librarians’ identification with the medical and health care professionals they serve,” and the stipends, provided by the Public Health/Health Administration Section of the Medical Library Association, help defray the cost of attending APHA annual meetings. http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/activities/sewell-stipend/

Another highlight of this year’s meeting was getting to hear Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson talk about her book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” Wilkerson is an eloquent and knowledgeable speaker; she spent 15 years researching and writing and interviewed more than 1200 people for this masterpiece, according to her website http://isabelwilkerson.com. After the session, I started reading this book and have to admit that I had little prior knowledge about the migration of African Americans from the South to the North. Many of her words have remained in my mind since hearing her speak, and the book is fascinating. Our work with health disparities means we understand how crucial a role geography and social status play in health and well-being, and the factual characters in Wilkerson’s book epitomize these facts.

Although the APHA annual meeting is huge and often threatens to overwhelm, I always return to my office afterwards feeling refreshed and with a clearer vision of what I want to achieve in this position. It’s important to network and meet others with similar tasks and goals and to get a sense of the overall successes of colleagues and the field itself. This year was no different; from the powerful speakers down to the small sessions and paper and poster presentations, the energy and dedication of this nation’s public health workforce is inspiring.

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