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Important information about your NNLM.gov Profile – Take action by April 30th!

MCR News - Mon, 2021-04-19 18:19

Due to upcoming system upgrades on nnlm.gov, your current transcript of NNLM classes will not be available after Friday, April 30th, 2021. Your NNLM Class Transcript lists all NNLM classes you have registered for since December 2016. If you want to keep a copy of the classes you’ve taken over the past 5 years, follow these steps to download a copy:

Log into your nnlm.gov account (bottom right of page)

Scroll down to ‘My Profile’ (bottom right of page)

Click ’View Profile’

Print or save the webpage, or copy and paste it into an editing software of your choice.

Again, you will no longer be able to access your NNLM class history after Friday, April 30th. Please take action before April 30th if you wish to keep a personal copy.

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NNLM Training Program is Taking a Short Pause

MCR News - Mon, 2021-04-19 18:18

The NNLM training program is taking a short pause this April/May. Critical system upgrades will allow the NNLM to continue offering the free, high quality training you have come to know and love.

How will this affect you? NNLM class registration and access will be unavailable starting April 16, 2021. Class offerings will incrementally re-open starting in May, and will continue throughout the summer.

How can you continue to connect with NNLM during this break? You can subscribe to the NNLM YouTube Channel. There are a multitude of previously recorded classes, many of which are available for MLA CE credit.

Contact nto@utah.edu with questions, and see you again soon!

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Reflections on Graphic Medicine and Medical Libraries

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2021-04-16 20:09

by Renée A. Torres, MLIS
San Jose State University

Diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), antiracism, and social justice are buzzwords in higher education and libraries right now. However, as a new graduate from San José State University’s School of Information, I am keenly aware that library and information science (LIS) professionals must actively work toward making these terms actionable. How do we situate ourselves in these conversations and activities? Through my research project for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) BIPOC LIS Student Professional Development Award, I have discovered Graphic Medicine can be used in healthcare and health sciences education to help nurture culturally competent care and empathy.

Increasingly, libraries are building up their Graphic Medicine collections and making them accessible and discoverable. For example, during my internship, fall 2020, at University of Southern California’s (USC) Norris Medical Library I began my investigation into Graphic Medicine and ultimately proposed the creation of a research guide on the topic. The research guide aimed to define Graphic Medicine, pull together titles from across the USC Libraries, provide recommended search terms, and additional resources. While building the guide I focused on highlighting diverse experiences and health conditions that are often stigmatized, ranging from antiracism to eating disorders, and HIV/AIDS. I felt it was important to organize the titles by these topics as a way to show users the wide array of topics and perspectives rather than assuming connections.

Coinciding with the development of this research guide, I applied to and was awarded the newly created Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) BIPOC LIS Student Professional Development Award. This award, mentorship, and support encouraged me to continue my research and apply to conferences. Many Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color LIS students and new professionals lack the funding and support to conduct research and attend conferences – myself included. The award reaffirmed that I am pursuing a career and research that is valued and needed. Also, connecting with the other awardees was empowering and motivating as we all pursued different research topics but we connected by our dedication to education and outreach to underserved communities.

With renewed vigor, I utilized PubMed to discover ongoing research by LIS and healthcare professionals about the use of Graphic Medicine in health science education and library programming and outreach. In particular, a number of recent studies have shown that medical humanities, including Graphic Medicine, can provide health science students and clinicians with space and time to learn, reflect, and reconnect with how patients and their caregivers experience health and wellness holistically. Engaging with Graphic Medicine also allows room for reflection on their own educational and professional experiences. One area that needs more research, and potential support, is how Graphic Medicine can be used to create open dialogues surrounding inequity, racism, and social justice in healthcare. In my preliminary research into works related to these topics the same authors, such as Whit Taylor, are the main sources for comics related to black health and wellness. More intersectional titles and studies are needed to understand how Graphic Medicine can be an effective tool for DEI education.

In the future, after securing a health sciences library position, I hope to continue my research on Graphic Medicine and develop more programming and outreach. I would like to develop a book club similar to NNLM’s New England Region (NER) Book Club Kits, Graphic Medicine art therapy sessions for health science students, creating library exhibits, and developing interdisciplinary relationships with art and health science students and faculty.

The post Reflections on Graphic Medicine and Medical Libraries first appeared on Latitudes.
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LA’s Chinatown COVID-19 Relief Program – Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2021-04-16 14:22

by Sissy Trinh
Executive Director
Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)

While COVID-19 presented numerous challenges, one of the largest issues facing the public health sector was the lack of consistent messaging by government agencies and officials. Nowhere was this more acute than for members of the public who faced language and technology barriers. The lack of translated materials and non-web based public health strategies meant that residents with language and tech barriers were often relying on misinformed neighbors and outdated information.

The Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA) stepped in to fill this void by partnering with NNLM PSR at UCLA. SEACA created a COVID relief/mutual aid program in March 2020 to distribute PPE, groceries, and public health information in Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English for the low-income residents of Chinatown Los Angeles. However, because SEACA was not a public health organization, finding accurate, accessible, and up-to-date public health information proved difficult, especially given how quickly the science was evolving along with conflicting public health orders. The NNLM PSR staff were able to provide crucial support by sourcing culturally and linguistically appropriate information based on the Chinatown community’s current needs and conditions. For example, public health directives such as “go grocery shopping once every two weeks” was impractical because so many Chinatown residents live in overcrowded housing or in Single Room Occupancy units and storing that much food was not possible. Instead, NNLM staff found and shared flyers on how large families and families with essential workers can protect themselves from COVID. This allowed SEACA to avoid acting as amateur epidemiologists/public health experts and instead to focus on its strengths – acting as a crucial lifeline to residents who had limited access to other sources of information.

As a result of this award, SEACA was able to successfully distribute culturally and linguistically relevant information about COVID-19, All of Us Research Program information, and supplies to Chinatown community members.

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Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander American Health Information Resources

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2021-04-16 13:20

NNLM PSR staff stand in solidarity with the AAPI community in response to the growing awareness and call to action against Anti-Asian Violence. This article includes resources to learn more about overall health and mental health within Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander American communities, relevant webinars, reading materials, research articles and organizations, as well as cultural competency trainings.

Statements on Anti-Asian Violence from LIS Organizations

We stand with the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence:

The Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) recognizes and strongly condemns the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes that have permeated our country over the past year. Our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities have been deeply impacted by attacks that have caused physical and psychological harm. While reported incidents number in the thousands, recent assaults against our elderly and others include attacks on a 52-year-old woman who was shoved in Queens, an 83-year-old woman punched on public transit in San Diego, a 91-year-old man, a 60-year-old man and 55-year-old woman shoved in Oakland’s Chinatowna 61-year-old man in Brooklyn whose face was slashed while riding the subway, a 36-year-old man stabbed in Manhattan’s Chinatowna disabled 51-year-old elementary school teacher’s aide beaten by his own cane in LA Countya 27-year-old Air Force veteran beaten in LA’s Koreatown and the deadly assault of 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee in San Francisco. In addition, various press reports and anecdotal evidence point to many more incidents of anti-Asian assaults, violence and harassment that have gone unreported.

In May of 2020, we denounced the rise in xenophobia and racism due to coronavirus-related hostility, disinformation and racism. The violence has only grown worse over the past year. We know that these issues are not new, as our communities have been subjected to violence and stereotyping throughout U.S. history. We will continue to simultaneously call out anti-Blackness in our communities and offer our support to our Black colleagues, while recognizing the intersectional nature of white supremacist culture and oppression. APALA is inspired by and grateful for the work of our activist colleagues who eloquently spoke about these issues in Letter to Asian Diasporic Library Workers.

APALA, one of the six National Associations of Librarians of Color, stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities. We urge our library community to stand with us by publicly condemning anti-AAPI racism through visible actions, which we encourage you to share here. We offer to our communities, educators and library workers our 2021 COVID-19 anti-xenophobia and anti-racist information resources and COVID-19 Anti-Asian Racism Resources for K-12. We call on our partner organizations and allies to join forces with us in battling discrimination, xenophobia, and white supremacy.

Additionally, here is up//root’s Letter to Asian Diasporic Library Workers.

Informational Resources

  1.  Asian American Mental and Behavioral Health (HHS Office of Minority Health)
  2. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Mental and Behavioral Health (HHS Office of Minority Health)
  3. Asian American Health (MedlinePlus.gov)
  4. Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health (MedlinePlus.gov)
  5. Mental Health (MedlinePlus.gov)
  6. How to Improve Mental Health (MedlinePlus.gov)

Online Trainings/Webinars

  1. APALA Webinar: Addressing the Stigma: Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Asian/Pacific American Communities (sponsored by NNLM PSR)
  2. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competency for the Information Professional
  3. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competencies and the Strategic Prevention Framework
  4. NNLM Webinar: Perspectives in Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility
  5. HHS: Think Cultural Health – Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
  6. Cultural Humility: Essential Foundation for Clinical Researchers
  7. Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series (American Public Health Association)

AAPI Resources from Member Libraries

  1. Los Angeles Public Library API Solidarity Statement and Booklist
  2. San Jose Public Library AAPI Statement and Booklist
  3. Las Vegas-Clark County Library District AAPI Resource page

Organizations

  1. National Institute of Mental Health
  2. HHS Office of Minority Health
  3. National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  4. Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

PubMed Articles

PubMed Search for AAPI Health articles

  1. Lu W, Todhunter-Reid A, Mitsdarffer ML, Muñoz-Laboy M, Yoon AS, Xu L. Barriers and Facilitators for Mental Health Service Use Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Adolescents: A Systematic Review of Literature. Front Public Health. 2021 Mar 8;9:641605. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.641605. PMID: 33763401; PMCID: PMC7982679.
  2. Naito T, Chin J, Kim TU, Veera S, Jeannette M, Lomiguen CM. Further Reduction in Help-Seeking Behaviors Amidst Additional Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in Asian Populations: A Contemporary Review. Cureus. 2020 Nov 12;12(11):e11455. doi: 10.7759/cureus.11455. PMID: 33329953; PMCID: PMC7733772.
  3. Yu N, Pan S, Yang CC, Tsai JY. Exploring the Role of Media Sources on COVID-19-Related Discrimination Experiences and Concerns Among Asian People in the United States: Cross-Sectional Survey Study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Nov 6;22(11):e21684. doi: 10.2196/21684. PMID: 33108307; PMCID: PMC7652591.

 

These resources were curated by NNLM PSR Associate Director, Nisha Mody, and Associate Fellow, Sharon Han.

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CHIS Learning Plan Interim Guidance April 2021

GMR News - Fri, 2021-04-16 11:29

Many of our classes will pause Friday, April 16 – Monday, May 17, 2021, as NNLM refreshes for a new 5- year cycle. Recordings for select CHIS classes are available on YouTube during the pause. Contact nto@utah.edu for information about obtaining continuing education credit.

What is CHIS?

CHIS stands for Consumer Health Information Specialization, a program by the Medical Library Association (MLA). CHIS is recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills through training about providing health information services to consumers. NNLM provides free, online training in support of CHIS.

Why Get a CHIS?

Library workers know the value of accurate information. Enhance and expand your skills with evidence-based knowledge and resources that will make you a confident, expert provider of health information to your community. CHIS shows employers, colleagues, and the public that you are committed to offering quality consumer health information services, and to staying current with consumer health information resources, technologies, and services.

How to Earn CHIS credits Level 1

12 hours of approved continuing education, must cover CHIS core competencies 1-5

  1. Know the Community
  2. Know the Health Consumer
  3. Knowledge of Subject Matter and Existing Resources
  4. Health Information Evaluation
  5. Communication and Instruction
Level 2

12 additional hours of continuing education, cannot be classes you took to earn Level 1, must cover competencies 6-8

6. Literacy and Health Literacy

7. Technology and Health

8. Ethical and Legal Issues

To Earn CHIS Level One or Two

Take any combination of the classes below to cover the competencies required. See this grid for which competencies these classes cover and to track your credits. Take the remaining number of CE hours you need either from the courses in any list below.

Classes with CHIS Competencies

Watching any of the following recordings for CE:

Take Any Of These On-Demand Classes

Contact nto@utah.edu to claim your CE credits and follow the instructions provided. 

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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 16, 2021

SEA News - Fri, 2021-04-16 10:33

Welcome to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

The NNLM will begin the next five-year cooperative agreement period beginning May 1. Due to the new structure of the regions, this will be the final SEA Weekly Digest. It has been a pleasure serving as the Regional Medical Library for the Southeastern Atlantic Region. The University of Maryland, Baltimore looks forward to serving as the Regional Medical Library for Region 1 beginning May 1. We look forward to connecting with Network Members in Region 1!

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars April 20 – April 21

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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NNLM Training Program is Taking a Short Pause

NTO News - Thu, 2021-04-15 12:38

The NNLM training program is taking a short pause this April/May. Critical system upgrades will allow the NNLM to continue offering the free, high quality training you have come to know and love.

How will this affect you? NNLM class registration and access will be unavailable starting April 16, 2021. Class offerings will incrementally re-open starting in May, and will continue throughout the summer.

How can you continue to connect with NNLM during this break? You can subscribe to the NNLM YouTube Channel. There are a multitude of previously recorded classes, many of which are available for MLA CE credit.

Contact nto@utah.edu with questions, and see you again soon!

 

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BLOSSOM Symposium Recordings and Wrap Up

GMR News - Wed, 2021-04-14 09:31

BLOSSOM: Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness, a free virtual symposium, sponsored by NNLM, for library staff focused on their health and wellness took place over three days, March 24, 25, and 26. The virtual symposium brought together experts on morale, invisible services, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care in libraries. The symposium provided library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to improve library staff health and wellness.

Over 6,000 people registered for the event, and almost 3,000 attended live. Those attending the event live could receive eight continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA).

Recordings on the original symposium site have been viewed hundreds of times. Now the recordings are available, without registration, on the NNLM YouTube channel. Each recording provides CE from MLA. If you would like to CE, please email the National Training Office at nto@utah.edu.

 

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PNR Weekly Digest: April 13, 2021

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-04-13 10:48

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has awarded a new five-year cooperative agreement grant to the University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences Library to lead the NNLM Regional Medical Library (RML) Region 5 serving a six-state region including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States. Region 5 is part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), which will include 7 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as of May 1, 2021…read more regarding this announcement on the blog

Important Information about your NNLM.gov Profile – Take action by April 30th!
Due to upcoming system upgrades on nnlm.gov, your current transcript of NNLM classes will not be available after Friday, April 30th, 2021. Your NNLM Class Transcript lists all NNLM classes you have registered for since December 2016. If you want to keep a copy of the classes you’ve taken over the past 5 years…learn how to get the list of your past NNLM classes on the blog

*We Can Do This! COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Resources
he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services We Can Do This COVID-19 public education campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing…read more about how you can support this effort on the blog

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account 

Telehealth in Rural Public Libraries
Learn how a rural library partnered with the University of North Texas Health Science Center to launch a pilot telehealth program. In rural communities, libraries often have the fastest internet connection in town together with digital literacy to assist users. Rural Americans face health inequities that result in worse health care outcomes than their peers in more populated areas. The presentation will include a discussion of logistics, and the role of health and digital literacy in telehealth. April 14 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Social and Environmental Determinants of Maternal Health Disparities and a Roadmap to Effective Solutions: This Emerging Trends webinar series presentation will describe historical and contemporary pathways by which features of the physical and social environments likely contribute to maternal health disparities. Potential interventions along with priorities for future research will also be described. April 20 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19: Join the next PNR Rendezvous webinar to learn how Library Journal 2021 Librarians of the Year launched and lead an international network of librarian volunteers in a new role: emergency responders in the COVID-19 pandemic. April 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Tips and Tools for Closing the Digital Health Divide Webinar Series
Join NNLM All of Us, Wisconsin Health Literacy, and community subject experts to discover health literacy insights, best practices, videos and guides, designed for meaningful and effective engagement with diverse populations. These tips and tools for your health literacy toolkit are available in both English and Spanish. If you work with patients, community members or library patrons, this training is for you! This free, four part webinar series will be held April 19, 20, 21, 22. 4.0 MLA CE Contact Hours will be awarded for successful completion of this series. Learn more and register 

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

*Addressing COVID Vaccination Rates in Underserved Communities Data, Tools, and Supporting Information: Join the American Public Health Association, the GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health, MDB, and SSF, in a free 90-minute webinar explaining tools and approaches to raise vaccination rates in underserved communities. April 16 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. PT. Register

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

“NIH Strategically, and Ethically, Building a Bridge to AI (Bridge2AI)”, from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements

NLM Issues Notice of Special Interest for a New NNLM Data Science and Services Center

Updated CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization) Learning Plan Available

Join SciStarter and the Network of the National Library of Medicine for Gaming 4 Science Day from April 15 at 11:00 p.m. to April 16 10:59 PM PT

*Pictures of the Pandemic

*“Mapping Severe COVID-19 in the Lungs at Single-Cell Resolution”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH begins study of allergic reactions to Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines

*NIH experts call for accelerated research to address concurrent HIV and COVID-19 pandemics

Drug prescriptions in older adults with dementia

NEI (National Eye Institute) joins call for standardization of ophthalmic imaging devices

NIA (National Institute on Aging) study identifies FDA-approved drugs that may also be helpful for dementia

NIH scientists try a new twist on using ‘personalized’ stem cells for studying dementia

Request for Proposals: Health Disparities Codeathon, proposals due April 26

FYI:

Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW)
Black Maternal Health Week takes place every year from April 11 –17. The month of April is recognized in the United States as National Minority Health Month – a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. Additionally, we are joining dozens of global organizations who are fighting to end maternal mortality globally in advocating that the United Nations recognize April 11th as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks. Learn how to participate, get the toolkit, and more on the Black Mammas Matter Alliance website

Register to Attend MLA ’21 vConference
Conversations and connections. Energy and insights. Connections and interaction. MLA’s 2021 virtual conference will give you can’t-miss value: research and projects from your colleagues; interactive learning sessions; plus the latest innovations from exhibitor partners. This year’s Medical Library Association’s annual conference includes a variety of events throughout the month of May. Visit the conference website to learn more and register.

Rural Queer History: Hidden in Plain Sight
False narratives about queer populations’ absence from rural places are still present today. But there are scholars and activists who try to paint a fuller and truer picture. Read the full article on The Daily Yonder

Looking at the Rural Homelessness Experience: Definitions, Data, and Solutions
Though often considered an urban problem, homelessness also affects rural individuals and families, impacting their health and well-being. A Vermont nonprofit leader shares her organization’s work using the evidence-based solution Housing First and reminds us that for many, homelessness is just “one catastrophic event away.” Read the full Rural Monitor article

*When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions—like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in public places until we know more. These CDC recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings.

*Vaccines for COVID-19
Visit the CDC website to learn more about vaccines and where to find where to get the vaccine. Information is also available for health professionals.

Earth Day is April 22
Earth Day is an annual event that began in 1970 and is a time to learn about how we can protect the earth, bring awareness to environmental health issues, and work together to protect earth’s resources. Both the EPA and earthday.org provide resources and tools for the classroom and the public.

National DNA Day, April 25
National DNA Day is a unique day when students, teachers, and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics. The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. This annual celebration offers students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about the latest advances in genomic research and explore what they may mean for their lives. Unlocking Life’s Code provides online resources for the classroom or for the public to learn and appreciate advances in genomics.

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NIH CEAL Content Toolkit

GMR News - Tue, 2021-04-13 08:13

The NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities focuses on addressing misinformation around COVID-19, engaging trusted partners and messengers in the delivery of accurate information, and educating communities on the importance of inclusion in clinical research and its discoveries to overcome COVID-19.

This toolkit includes infographics, videos, toolkits, social media and key digital links that you can share with your communities. These resources are also available on the CEAL website at covid19community.nih.gov

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NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-04-12 11:57

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has awarded a new five-year cooperative agreement grant to the University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences Library to lead the NNLM Regional Medical Library (RML) Region 5 serving a six-state region including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States. Region 5 is part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), which will include 7 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as of May 1, 2021.

The core mission of the NNLM is to improve access to the highest level of evidence-based health information, with an emphasis on reaching the most underserved communities. The NLM grant funds the UW RML’s Region 5 program Reaching More People in More Ways to advance data driven health, health equity and health literacy through community-driven outreach that equitably informs U.S. researchers, health professionals, librarians, educators, and the public about the NLM’s products, information services, funding, professional development, and training. The program also provides direct funding (grants) to regional partners to improve access through technology and provide training to equalize and enhance access to health information for everyone – from clinicians to patients and to the general public.

UW has hosted the RML for 5 states in the Pacific Northwest Region (AK, ID, MT, OR, and WA) since the program’s inception in 1968.  The geography of the grant has largely remained unchanged in the last 53 years.

Beginning in May 2021, under the new redistributed geography of this grant, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon will be served by the NNLM Region 5 Regional Medical Library at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library; and Idaho and Montana will be served by the NNLM Region 4 Regional Medical Library at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

Region 5 (RML: University of Washington, Health Sciences Library) includes: 

  • Alaska 
  • California 
  • Hawaii 
  • Nevada  
  • Oregon 
  • Washington 
  • U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific 

 

Region 4 (RML: University of Utah, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library) includes: 

  • Arizona  
  • Colorado 
  • Idaho  
  • Montana 
  • New Mexico 
  • North Dakota 
  • South Dakota 
  • Utah 
  • Wyoming 

 

We appreciate many years of partnership with libraries and organizations in Idaho and Montana and know you will be served well by our colleagues in Region 4! 

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Funding is Coming – Start Thinking of Projects

NER News - Sat, 2021-04-10 07:16

hand holding coinsNNLM Region 7 (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont) is excited to share that the Request for Proposals (RFPs) for funding in the upcoming year (2021-2022) will be formally posted in early May. Proposals will be due in mid-June.  Awarded projects will start July 1, 2021 and run through April 30, 2022. Award categories include Health Outreach: $20,000, Technology Improvement: $10,000, Data Science: $15,000, Professional Development: $5,000.

NNLM Region 7 is particularly interested in projects relating to rural health, substance use disorder, graphic medicine, and health outreach to speakers of other languages/English as a second language programs and audiences.

As the NNLM transitions into the new cycle, the formal RFPs will be posted on the new website in early May along with the specific RFPs associated with each award type.

NNLM Region 7 invites the opportunity to discuss project ideas and answer your questions related to the upcoming funding cycle. Contact Jessica.Kilham@umassmed.edu for additional information.

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We Can Do This! COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Resources

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2021-04-09 13:59

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services We Can Do This COVID-19 public education campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing.

You’re invited to support the effort by joining the COVID-19 Community Corps. As a member, you’ll receive timely, accurate information to share with your communities, family, friends, and neighbors. By encouraging them to get vaccinated, you’ll help protect them – and allow all of us to safely gather together again.

The We Can Do This website features resources in 8 languages and across a number of different formats, e.g. shttps://wecandothis.hhs.gov/ocial media, radio ads, videos, tv-ads, fact sheets etc. Check it out and share!

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NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements

SEA News - Fri, 2021-04-09 13:30

The National Library of Medicine has awarded five-year cooperative agreements to seven institutions selected to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and four  institutions selected as National Coordinating Offices in the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The agreements begin May 1, 2021.

The NNLM is NLM’s “field force” of trusted ambassadors that leverages more than 8,000 organizational members representing resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), public libraries, and community-based organizations.

RMLs coordinate the operation of a network of libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs. RMLs ensure a continuity of quality service for core programs of the NNLM, and cooperatively design, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to advance the health information needs of health professionals and a diverse public. Each National Coordinating Office performs a unique set of functions, but all serve to support and inform the work of the RMLs.

2021-2026 Awardees

Regional Medical Libraries:

Region 1: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and District of Columbia
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Baltimore, MD

Region 2: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands
Medical University of South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina Libraries
Charleston, SC

Region 3: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Gibson D. Lewis Library
Fort Worth, TX

Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, UT Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States
University of Washington
Health Sciences Library
Seattle, WA

Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
University of Iowa
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
Iowa City, IA

Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lamar Soutter Library
Worcester, MA

National Coordinating Offices:

NNLM Web Services Office (NWSO)
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Baltimore, MD

NNLM Training Office (NTO)
University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, UT NNLM Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO) University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lamar Soutter Library
Worcester, MA

NNLM Evaluation Center (NEC)
Northwestern University
Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center
Chicago, IL

Since its original authorization by Congress in the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, the NNLM has worked to equalize and enhance access to health information and data throughout the United States. This Network is vital in NLM’s outreach efforts to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing education and access to information for U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public. NNLM’s main goals are to work through libraries and other members to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, promote health literacy, and advance health equity through access to trusted, quality health information.

During the previous (2016-2021) grant period, the RMLs awarded more than 1,338 subawards to NNLM members. The RMLs, in collaboration with funded NNLM members, conducted more than10,000 training events and other outreach and engagement activities reaching more than 108,000 health professionals, librarians, and members of the public.

Information about the Network of the National Library of Medicine and the Regional Medical Libraries is available at www.nnlm.gov.

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Paula Mozen, Director of LIFE INTERRUPTED, Shares Her Filmmaking Journey

MCR News - Fri, 2021-04-09 11:52

In this post, Paula Mozen, Director of the documentary LIFE INTERRUPTED, shares  the story of her journey with this film about the experiences of three breast cancer survivors. Portions of the original post have been edited for clarity.

I was a documentary filmmaker long before I became a breast cancer survivor. When I was first diagnosed, I wanted to take care of my situation and move on. The last thing I wanted to do was to make a film about it, a project that I knew would take several years to fundraise and complete. As time passed and I gained perspective on my own situation, I realized I was NOT alone; there are hundreds of thousands of us out here. In the United States, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2021, an estimated 330,000 new cases will be diagnosed.

Breast Cancer is indeed an epidemic. It can be found across all age, gender, socio-economic, ethnic, and geographic groups. It does not discriminate; however, as we know, access to quality healthcare can be very discriminatory.

MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

Holding these truths together plus having the inside track to my own experience, I decided to make the film I wish I could have seen when I was diagnosed – both times. I wanted LIFE INTERRUPTED to put a face to the statistics and tell meaningful stories in order to inspire change.

Breast cancer patients are often asked to make their own choices in terms of treatments available. The moment the diagnosis is received, each person must gather information and make life-altering decisions under extreme emotional duress, all in a relatively short period of time. While individual circumstances are unique, hearing about the personal journeys from articulate women who have traveled this road before is invaluable for navigating treatments and keeping hope alive. Knowledge is power; the successful prevention and treatment of breast cancer depends on this.

Persistence is a common theme for indie filmmakers and breast cancer survivors alike. Just when you think you are finished, there is usually another mountain to climb.

From Berkeley to Berlin to Beirut and back to Bozeman, MY LIFE INTERRUPTED was screened, was reviewed, and won several awards at festivals. After these events, I wanted to connect directly with audiences who cared about the themes and issues the film covered, including healthcare advocates, providers, and survivors. My hope was to provide empowerment for survivors to be self-advocates  and to share with family members, advocates and healthcare providers what it truly means to survive breast cancer.

I learned about the All of Us Research Program (http://joinallofus.org/nlm) and partnership with NNLM through Julie Sherwood, the Partnership & Community Engagement Manager for the Wichita Public Library. After a series of emails, a partnership was formed that would involve collaborations with NNLM staff from throughout the organization, including Brittney Thomas, Brian Leaf, Linda Loi, Darlene Kaskie, Michele Spatz, George Strawley, Asih Asikin-Garmager, Richard McLean, Helen Spielbauer, Rachel Maller, Holly Stevenson, Laura Bartlett, and Frost Keaton.

Beginning March 3rd through April 15th, NNLM and I look forward to presenting the LIFE INTERRUPTED Virtual Screening Series which includes live interactive panel discussions in partnership with The Black Women’s Health Imperative, The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Asian Health Coalition, Henry Ford Health System, Greensboro AHEC and Nashville Public Library.

During the panel discussions, hear from medical or research professionals who specialize in breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and advocates who represent populations historically underrepresented in medical research. Panelists will share their experiences and knowledge on diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, living with breast cancer, advancing treatments and cures for breast cancer, and advocating for precision medicine and diversity of medical research through programs like All of Us.

It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to work with the entire team so far, a group of talented, motivated and detail-oriented individuals who are dedicated to creating the best possible audience user experience. Everyone is focused on making each event engaging, interactive, relevant and accessible. To work with a team like this is – well – a filmmaker’s dream come true; we are all on the same page, doing the right thing for the right reasons, all to empower patients and share meaningful stories.

Thank you to Paula Mozen for the work she is doing and for contributing to this blog post. We look forward to seeing the great things that come from this project.

Below are all the upcoming free virtual screenings and LIVE Q&A panel discussions. For more information or to attend any of these upcoming events, visit watch.eventive.org/lifeinterrupted.

Free Virtual Screenings  continues through April 15.

LIVE Q&A Panel Discussions

Monday, April 15 at 2 pm MT presented by Greensboro AHEC and Nashville Public Library

For more information on the film LIFE INTERRUPTED and to sign up for the free screening, click here: https://watch.eventive.org/lifeinterrupted. .

Remember to follow the NNLM MCR on Twitter.

 

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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 9, 2021

SEA News - Fri, 2021-04-09 10:16

Welcome to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars April 12 – April 14

Webinars April 20 – April 21

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2021-04-09 07:30

These are the final postings for the 2016-2021 cooperative agreement (CA). Thank you for reading!

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://covid19.nih.gov/

Introducing Region 7: Starting on May 1, the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School will be serving the following states for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM): Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. For more information, read their recently published blog post.

NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements: The National Library of Medicine has awarded five-year cooperative agreements to seven institutions selected to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and four institutions selected as National Coordinating Offices in the NNLM. The agreements begin May 1, 2021. For more information on the awardees, please refer to the NLM press release.

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

Important information about your NNLM.gov profile – Take action by April 30th – NTO News

Enhancing Information Access in a Hospital Setting – NER Update

Goddard Public Library: Fitness Fridays – MCR News

Lessons Learned Thanks to the NNLM MCR Professional Development Award – MCR News

NLM/NIH News

NIH News in Health: Read the April 2021 issue, featuring, “Good Sleep for Good Health: Get the Rest You Need,” and, “Pregnancy Check-Ups: Healthy Start for Mom and Baby.”

NIH Strategically, and Ethically, Building a Bridge to AI (Bridge2AI)NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

New Initiative Puts At-Home Testing to Work in the Fight Against COVID-19NIH Director’s Blog

Lessons Learned About Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 PandemicNIH Director’s Blog

Pictures of the PandemicCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced that the RxNorm April monthly release is available for download and includes a new Qualitative Distinction modifier.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

April 2021

Transgender Health: Focus on Mental Health & Resiliency – April 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Telehealth in Rural Public Libraries – April 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

NIH Grants 101 and the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program – April 14, 12:00 PM ET

Diagnostics and Disease Management Tools for Use in Underserved Populations: An NHLBI Research & Implementation Workshop – April 14-15

Tips and Tools for Closing the Digital Health Divide Webinar Series – April 19-22, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Social and Environmental Determinants of Maternal Health Disparities and a Roadmap to Effective Solutions – April 20, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Developing Catalysts for Community Health in the Library Profession – April 20, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

PNR Rendezvous: Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19 – April 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out our list of on-demand classes that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

The Fundamentals of Library Program and Service Evaluation – April 27, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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Reminder: Join the NNLM SEA Healthy Haiku Contest!

SEA News - Thu, 2021-04-08 14:23

During the month of April, we will be sharing Healthy Haikus created by YOU! In honor of National Poetry Month, NNLM SEA is hosting a Healthy Haiku contest for our members. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive free registration to the  ALA Annual 2021 or MLA ‘21 virtual conference*!

Use this creative outlet for your pandemic angst, healthy-living tips, ailment woes, or anything at all that is health related. Make it light or make it heavy, funny or serious, but make it!

The Rules

Write a three-line poem, following the syllable pattern 5-7-5. No need to rhyme, just go with the flow!

We ask you to write
On health, pets, COVID-19
Please share your haiku!

Need inspiration for topics? Check out the April National Health Observances, including:

  • National Public Health Week
  • National Minority Health Month
  • Every Kid Healthy Week
  • DNA Day
  • Patient Experience Week
How to Enter
  • Share your haikus now through April 30th on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Make sure your post is “viewable for the public” so we can see your submission.
  • Tag @NNLMSEA onFacebook or Twitter and include #HealthyHaiku.
  • If applicable, tag your library or organization.
  • Individuals can share up to three unique haikus.
  • We’ll reshare your posts so that others can see your creativity!

Don’t want to use your own social media account? E-mail your healthy haiku to Liz Waltman (ewaltman@hshsl.umaryland.edu) who will share it on our social media accounts and credit you with your submission.

Have fun and we look forward to reading all the amazing haikus!

*Conference registration is for one person and is non-transferable.

Margherita pizza with the haiku 'I ate the whole thing...Why, oh why, did I eat it? Pandemic comfort.'

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Important information about your NNLM.gov profile – Take action by April 30th

NTO News - Thu, 2021-04-08 10:19
TAKE ACTION BY APRIL 30TH!

Due to upcoming system upgrades on nnlm.gov, your current transcript of NNLM classes will not be available after Friday, April 30th, 2021.
Your NNLM Class Transcript lists all NNLM classes you have registered for since December 2016. If you want to keep a copy of the classes you’ve taken over the past 5 years, follow these steps to download a copy:

  1. Log into your nnlm.gov account (bottom right of page)
  2. Scroll down to ‘My Profile’ (bottom right of page)
  3. Click “’View Profile’
  4. Print or save the webpage, or copy and paste it into an editing software of your choice.

Again, you will no longer be able to access your NNLM class history after Friday, April 30th. Please take action before April 30th if you wish to keep a personal copy.

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