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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Webinar: Framing the Future of Education for Public Health in the 21st Century Where We’re Headed – December 4, 2014

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Richard Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD
Professor and Founding Dean
Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Cynthia Wilson, EdD
Vice President of Learning and Research
League for Innovation in the Community College

This free webinar will present overall findings of the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) 2014 report “Future of Education for Public Health in the 21st Century,” with special emphasis on the future role of community colleges and the health education profession.

An application has been submitted to award up to 1 .0 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for certified health education specialists (CHES), master certified health education specialists (MCHES), and those certified in public health (CPH). SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated multiple event provider of CECHs by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

**Fees apply for CHES credits. This webinar will be recorded and available in SOPHE’s Center for Online Resources & Education (CORE) in 2 weeks.

Registration Information


More NIH Funding opportunities to support NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Research Education for developing educational resources for information professionals


This funding announcement seeks applications for the development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that covers a comprehensive set of topics related to the management of biomedical Big Data. The primary audience for this course is librarians and information specialists, who could use these materials as the basis of training and services to graduate students, faculty, research staff and administrators at their organizations. However, the resource should also be usable by any of these audiences for self-instruction. Application due date: March 17, 2015


This funding announcement seeks applications for the development of curriculum modules that can be used by librarians and other information specialists to prepare researchers, graduate students and research staff to be full participants in the global community that maintains and accesses digitally-stored biomedical Big Data. Application due date: March 17, 2015

National Library of Medicine and National Network of Libraries of Medicine, SE/A Region Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The NN/LM, SE/A staff would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

The National Library of Medicine will be closed on Thursday, November 27, 2014 in observance of Thanksgiving.  NLM will be open for business on Friday, November 28, 2014.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, SE/A Region offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Share Your Success: Outreach to South Carolina Families Affected by Autism


Liya Deng, and Stan Trembach,, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Four years ago, Liya Deng and I, at the time public service librarians at an academic library, thought about expanding library services beyond academia to include previously underserved and marginalized populations. From the NN/LM SE/A Public Health Coordinator at a library conference, we learned about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A) and the funding opportunities available to its members. We decided to apply for one of those awards, leveraging Liya’s knowledge of government information resources and my instructional experience to reach out to economically challenged communities across the state of Georgia. We received our first State and Regional Exhibiting Award in spring 2010 and implemented the “Tips for a Healthy U” project promoting a healthy lifestyle and the use of reliable National Library of Medicine (NLM) electronic health resources to community members suffering from diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

What followed was a long-term relationship with NN/LM SE/A that resulted in three other health literacy and community outreach projects. So, four years later, in spring 2014, we found ourselves in a different setting (the University of South Carolina), in a different capacity (doctoral students), but still very much passionate about issues of health information literacy and improving lives of underprivileged or medically underserved community members. Our journey through the doctoral program at USC has led us to work closely with special needs populations, particularly children with developmental and learning disabilities, and we have seen the need to provide access to reliable authoritative health information for such children, their parents, and caregivers. In March 2014, we applied for the NN/LM SE/A Express Mobile Technology Project Award aimed at enhancing the accessibility of health information to South Carolina families affected by autism.

Once the funding was secured, we began developing partnerships with local autism advocacy organizations, such as the Autism Academy of South Carolina and the South Carolina Autism Society, to widen the scope of our project as far beyond the Columbia area as possible. The key to success for us has been in these collaborative efforts that resulted in an outreach initiative covering the entire state of South Carolina, from the coastal Low country to the Midlands region. The support from NN/LM SE/A enabled us to design health information literacy instruction sessions for the parents, service coordinators, and care providers of autistic children. We planned to teach our audiences how to use iPads or their own mobile devices while concentrating on such NLM resources as Mobile MedlinePlus, PubMed for Handhelds, and Drug Information Portal Mobile. Each training session involved live demos, discussions, and hands-on activities to allow the participants ample time to get familiar with the mobile devices and specific NLM mobile applications.

While the project is still underway, we have already seen great enthusiasm from our target communities, as well as the potential for replication and amplification, which was especially evident during a meeting with five regional autism office administrators at the South Carolina Division of Disabilities and Special Needs in Columbia, SC. The participants are to complete a pre- and post-session test to monitor their comprehension of the training content.

The highlight of the project has been our work with the staff and parent mentors of the South Carolina Autism Society. The diverse range of services offered by this organization will ensure the long-term sustainability of our efforts. The Society acts as the primary autism advocacy agency in our region and focuses on providing quality education and support to enable each individual living with autism to reach their maximum potential.

Providing adequate access to information resources on autism is an important part of care for nearly 70,000 people living with some form of this disorder in the state of South Carolina. Promoting awareness and the use of autism-related NLM mobile resources is one of the ways in which we, as information professionals, can help address one of the more fundamental needs of this special population, and we would be remiss not to continue work in this direction. We are appreciative of NN/LM SE/A’s support of our efforts and look forward to doing more to improve the quality of life of persons with special needs, both in our region and beyond.


Share Your Success: A College of Medicine Library Creates a Bridge with “Color My World Healthy”

Written by: Elaine Evans, Consumer Health Information Specialist, East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine Library, Johnson City, TN

Up until 2008 the Quillen College of Medicine and the College of Medicine Library were viewed as off-limits to community residents. Around that time one of the NN/LM SE/A instructors came to our library to teach a class. During the course of the class she mentioned funding opportunities through NN/LM. As a staff person, I timidly asked if only librarians could apply. Her answer not only changed my life but also made consumer healthcare information available to the underserved populations of the Johnson City, TN area.

We applied for the Color My World Healthy sub-contract award through NN/LM which provided the vehicle we needed to reach the grass roots and minority populations of our community. Now we needed a driver – a chauffeur if you will. Librarians and staff, who were not afraid of driving in the fast lane, brought easy to understand, yet credible healthcare information to the underserved. Many options had been tried in an effort to reach the community; such as, pamphlets, brochures, and fliers. We could never be sure that these were read or understood. The award provided computers, books, DVD’s, a free standing sphygmomanometer, and healthcare classes to the busiest Park & Recreation Center in Johnson City. So began the “Color My World Healthy” satellite library at Carver Park & Recreation Center. All these things are wonderful within themselves, but somehow we still needed one-on-one and small group help.

Since our library is part of Quillen College of Medicine, we thought how wonderful it would be if we opened this teaching opportunity up to the medical students. This is when the “Color My World Healthy” library blossomed. What was once just computers and information, has turned into an educational “community service”. Medical students partner with our library and teach credible healthcare information classes at City Park and Recreation Centers, senior center, and local churches. This had never been done before in our area. Now the “untouchable” became touchable, and what seemed “impossible” became doable. Yes, we reached a new user population that the library had never reached before. (See photo below.)


The results: for the past three (3) years the medical students have used this as part of their “community service” which hones their clinical and professional skills. It has sharpened the teaching abilities of librarians and staff. We have touched every walk of life in that our classes include seniors, teens, kids, men, women, and multiple ethnic groups. Health topics include major health diseases and conditions, and those specific to minority races, population or genealogy. The community embraced us; the students are eager to teach classes as a community service, and pass the torch on to each new class entering medical school.

Community comments:

  • “Where have you been all this time?”
  • “Color My World Healthy” is a hidden jewel.”
  • “Thank you for helping me understand how to take care of myself.”

This excerpt from a letter written by a volunteer at the Carver Park and Recreation Center says it all:

“Due to the volunteer efforts of the ETSU students in the healthcare fields we now have a core group of about ten teens who have persisted over the past two years in their interests to pursue various healthcare professions. One young lady is interested in pediatrics; a fifteen year old boy is interested in corrective plastic surgery, others in heart surgery and nutrition, and so on. We hope that these teens will be a part of our first crop of home grown medical professionals, and most of them have expressed a desire to practice their particular specialties right here. These under-served youths did not consider/imagine such possibilities until your students worked with them and helped them understand that college and a medical career was possible for them too if they want it and work for it.”


Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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