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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Beyond the SEA Webinar – April 15, 2015 – SIS Social Media Outreach – Recording Now Available

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Noon to 1:00pm (EST) – Recording

Presenter: Jamie Peacock, MLS, New Media and Communications Librarian, Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator at

Summary: In this webinar, Jamie will present Specialized Information Services’ (SIS) Social Media Outreach and discuss how it grew and changed over the past few years. She will touch on how SIS uses info cards to increase visual appeal, and SIS’s move away from Facebook and utilize Pinterest, Twitter chats, and other social media to network.

Presenter Bio: Jamie is a New Media and Communications Librarian at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), in the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division. Her interests include electronically-mediated communications, knowledge management, and workflow design. She leads the SIS Social Media team and co-chairs the NLM New Media Practitioners Group. She also manages NLM’s health information outreach to family caregivers, their supporters, and advocates.

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.

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National Social Work Month 2015

Written by: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A). You can contact Sheila at:

The National Association of Social Workers is celebrating its 60th anniversary during Social Work Month, March, with the official theme of “Social Work Paves the Way for Change.” The theme underscores what social workers have done over the past six decades to bring about positive change in our world, and helps us all remember those who help make things better without much compensation for their efforts. The overall goal is “to educate the public about how social workers and the association have brought about major positive social changes, improved the lives of individuals and families, and will continue to do so in the future.”

Along with an interactive timeline of social work efforts over the last 60 years, the website offers a journalism project, a history poster, testimonial videos, a downloadable template to send to government officials to encourage recognition for the profession, downloadable logos for promotional materials, an array of merchandise bearing those logos, and even a section to spotlight media efforts that positively portray the profession. Social workers are encouraged to produce videos showing the value of NASW, “an opportunity to participate in the anniversary celebration and help build a vision for NASW in its next 60 years.”

This celebration allows us all to examine the crossover and joint missions of social work and public health. “Social work originated and grew up alongside public health in the early 20th century, when social workers partnered with doctors to combat sexually transmitted diseases and other infectious diseases and to improve maternal/child health in settlement houses,” Betty J. Ruth, a Clinical Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, explains in an article in Social Work Today. The two fields intersect for a “contemporary, integrated, trans-disciplinary approach to preventing, addressing, and solving social health problems,” according to the Public Health Social Work website, and more than a few schools offer a dual degree in both fields. The University of Georgia is one of these schools, and their program overview explains that social work tends to address intervention at an individual (micro) level while public health focuses on the goal of prevention at the population (macro) level. The American Public Health Association (APHA), has a Public Health Social Work Section that “establishes standards for social work in health care settings; contributes to the development of public health social work practice and research; and promotes social work programs in the public health field.”

National Social Work Month is a great opportunity to consider how both the fields of social work and public health have bettered our world, and to recognize that both professions have a social justice component that is necessary for the improved health of all.

SE/A Survey Series Professional Development Award Winner: Pam Queen, Athens Regional Medical Center, Medical Library

In February, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) staff requested participation in a series of short surveys. Four surveys were sent out—each one addressing a different topic – education, funding, network and exhibits, and communication yielding a total of 235 responses.

Participants were able to enter their name into a drawing for a $1500.00 Professional Development Award for each survey completed. NN/LM SE/A is pleased to announce that Pam Queen at Athens Regional Medical Center, Medical Library in Athens, GA is the winner of the Professional Development Award! The drawing was captured on screen and can be viewed here.

We received many great responses to each of the surveys and collected some great comments and feedback from the region. Thank you to all who participated in the SE/A survey series!

Questions about the survey or contest can be directed to Andrew Youngkin, Outreach/Assessment Coordinator at

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine to Co-Host Webinars on Newly-Released Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application


Time: March 24th, 2015, 3:00-4:00 EST and March 26th, 2015, 11:00-12:00 EST

Learn how to use CHSI for community health assessment and as a tool to raise public awareness of the range of factors that influence health.

This webinar will provide an overview of the new features and redesign of CDC’s Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 online web application. Learn first-hand from experts who developed CHSI 2015 about how best to use this redesigned and newly released web application.

Webinar Agenda

  • Brief History of CHSI
  • Summary of the Redesign Project
  • Overview of New Features

What is New for CHSI 2015?

The new features include:

  • Updated peer county groups
  • Summary comparison page
  • Indicators benchmarked against those of peer counties, the median of all U.S. counties, and HP 2020 targets
  • Interactive Census tract maps and indicators for sub-populations to identify potential health disparities

Registration Information

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015
  • 3:00 pm  |  Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  |  1 hr
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Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
  • 11:00 am  |  Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  |  1 hr
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About CHSI 2015

CHSI 2015 is an interactive online tool that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes that describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.  CHSI 2015 supports comparisons to peer counties, HP 2020 targets and national performance, and is designed to complement other available sources of community health indicators including the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.  First issued in 2000, CHSI 2015 represents the collaboration of public health partners in the public, non-profit and research communities.  Visit the new CHSI Web application today!

Information about the webinar is also available here:

Funding Opportunity: New BD2K RFA – Supporting Biomedical Data Repository Interoperability

Application Receipt Date(s): April 20, 2015 


NIH is accepting administrative supplement requests to support projects that will establish or improve interoperability among NIH funded biomedical data repositories. Improved interoperability is expected to lead to increased efficiency of repositories’ operations and cost reductions, which are significant factors of the NIH’s long-term sustainability plans for the biomedical data repositories.

Each supplement request should be associated to a collaborative project consisting of a biomedical data repository supported by an active NIH-funded parent grant, and one or more collaborating sites that together implement the interoperability goals of this FOA. The collaborating sites may be other biomedical data repositories, or may provide computational tools and data standards, or perform other activities that facilitate interoperability among data repositories. Supplement requests will only be accepted from active NIH-funded parent grants that primarily support biomedical data repositories with an overall annual budget above $500,000 in direct costs.


Please direct all inquiries to the BD2K program contact Valentina Di Francesco AND to the Program Officer listed on the Notice of Award of the parent award.

BD2K Program/Scientific Contact: 

Valentina Di Francesco National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Telephone: 301-496-7531| Email:

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