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Migration to DOCLINE 6.0 Expected in Early 2019!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-12-12 18:35

In November 2018, DOCLINE libraries were sent email invitations to preview DOCLINE 6.0. The email provided users instructions to test their new Google login accounts and to review and update their library and holdings information. If you have not accessed DOCLINE 6.0, here are some helpful resources and video tutorials:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently working with third-party ILL software vendors to ensure their systems are compatible with the new DOCLINE. They are also validating the routing algorithm that matches borrow requests to lenders to ensure that this functionality is working properly. Once this work is complete, NLM expects to migrate to DOCLINE 6.0 in early 2019.

Refer to the DOCLINE 6.0 FAQs page for more information. If you need assistance, please reach out to the National DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) or write to the National Library of Medicine Help Desk. The NDCO will be closed from Monday, December 24, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019, and will return to normal office hours on Wednesday, January 2.

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Recording for the Wikidata, Librarians and Research Data Management Webinar Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-12-12 17:41

The archived recording of the December 7 session for the NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series is now available. The topic is “Wikidata, Librarians and Research Data Management,” and is presented by Katie Mika, Wikidata expert and librarian from the University of Colorado Boulder. This webinar introduces the WikiCite initiative to build a database of open citations to support free and computational access to bibliographic metadata and identifies simple, high impact ways to get involved. As experts in the intersection of bibliographic metadata, information discovery, and interdisciplinary research, librarians are a tremendous resource for this community. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Newly Maintained MEDLINE for 2019 MeSH Now Available in PubMed

PSR News - Wed, 2018-12-12 17:38

MEDLINE/PubMed citations and the MeSH translation tables are now updated to reflect 2019 MeSH with full searching functionality for Supplementary Concept Record (SCR) data and mapping. The citations newly indexed with 2019 MeSH since November 27 are available for searching in PubMed. NLM has resumed daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed. Now that end-of-year activities are complete, MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2019 MeSH vocabulary. Visit MEDLINE Data Changes—2019 for details on the data changes.

Other pertinent articles:

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AiCPG Announces Launch of New Clinical Practice Guideline Clearinghouse Coming in 2019

PSR News - Wed, 2018-12-12 17:30

The Alliance for the Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (AiCPG) has just issued a press release announcing the launch of a new medical guideline tool, “Guideline Clearinghouse 2.0,” scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. The resource is designed to replace the best features of AHRQ’s National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC), which is no longer supported. Until the launch occurs, a searchable database of over 1,000 archived summaries previously published in the NGC is available. Also currently available is a compiled list of free medical guideline tools.

The AiCPG is a non-profit organization, governed by medical societies, with a mission dedicated to systematically promoting the availability, dissemination, and implementation of clinical practice guidelines to improve patient outcomes. AiCPG’s new clearinghouse will provide free access to thousands of summarized full-text clinical practice guidelines, with the planned addition of hundreds of new guideline summaries in the coming months. Registration is not required in order to access the guideline summaries.

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The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster Webinar Series

MCR News - Wed, 2018-12-12 17:21

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster Webinar Series

Instructor: Margaret Foster, MLIS, MPH, Associate Professor and Systematic Reviews and Research Coordinator, Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library

Time: Every third Thursday, Jan-May 2019, 1-2:30pm CT / 12-1:30pm MT

Social Media Hashtag: #piecesQA

Series Description: Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted. There is a constant need for education and discussion. In each live session of this monthly limited-run webinar series, Margaret Foster draws from her expertise to discuss issues, provide examples, and demonstrate the steps of her Pieces process, as described in her book Assembling the Pieces of Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians. This second run of the original series will provide more practical examples for conducting each step of a systematic review as well as look at other types of reviews. Sessions will occur on the third Thursday of every month from 1pm – 2:30pm CT. The webinar will highlight the following topics:


  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Plan: Developing your topic, framing the question, selecting a standard and output
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 – Identify: Developing your search, documenting
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 – Evaluate: Screening tools
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 – Collect: Coding and synthesis
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Explain & Summarize: Reporting and dissemination, series wrap-up

What are you hoping to learn from this series? Let us know! You can submit your responses to our survey here.

Speaker Bio: Margaret Foster is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and serves as the Systematic Reviews and Research Coordinator at the Medical Sciences Library with a joint position at the School of Public Health.  Her work with systematic reviews began more than a decade ago while completing her Masters of Public Health.  In her current position, she provides consultations for researchers in medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, education, and other disciplines and has published over 30 articles applying or describing systematic review methods and evidence-based practices. In addition, she is a co-founder of the Medical Library Association Systematic Review Special Interest Group and developed a popular continuing education course about systematic reviews which has trained over 1000 librarians.

Full details on the series as well as login information for the first session can be found here:

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Upcoming MeSH Webinars: 2019 Highlights and PubMed Searching in January 2019

SEA News - Wed, 2018-12-12 12:31

Please join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Training Office for two events in January 2019, introducing you to 2019 Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) and teaching you how to adjust to MeSH changes in your PubMed searches and alerts. Registration is required (see below).

  1. NLM Webinar: 2019 MeSH Highlights
    Join NLM staff for a highlight tour of the 2019 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature:
  • Addition of systematic reviews publication type
  • Additional clinical trial publication types
  • Subheading changes for manpower, secretion, and utilization
  • Additional terminology for data, neoplasms, and other topics.

 Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Date and time: Friday, January 4, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
To register: 


  1. NNLM Webinar: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
    Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Join us for “MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching” to learn:
  • How does this affect your PubMed searches?
  • What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy?
  • How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches?
  • How do you check your saved searches and alerts?

This class includes some content from the class Advanced PubMed: MeSH

Date and time: Friday, January 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
To register:



For more information about 2019 MeSH, see MEDLINE Data Changes – 2019 and What’s New in MeSH.

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Webinar Now Available Online: LactMed and Livertox

MCR News - Wed, 2018-12-12 12:27

Do you want to locate information on drugs, dietary supplements, and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers might be exposed? Have you been asked to find information about drug induced liver injury caused by prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbals and dietary supplements? If you answered “yes” to one or both, this webinar is for you. We were fortunate to have James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA  and Philip O. Anderson, Pharm.D., FCSHP, FASHP as presenters to provide an in-depth tour of LactMed and Livertox.

To view the webinar, please visit our YouTube channel at

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Tools for Teachers: Environmental Health

MCR News - Wed, 2018-12-12 12:12

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has great activities and resources you can use with your class to stimulate learning about environmental health issues. Visit to learn more.

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Free, Online MeSH Webinars by the National Library of Medicine: 2019 Highlights and PubMed Searching in January 2019

MCR News - Wed, 2018-12-12 12:07

Please join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Training Office for two events in January 2019, introducing you to 2019 Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) and teaching you how to adjust to MeSH changes in your PubMed searches and alerts. Registration is required (see below).

  1. NLM Webinar: 2019 MeSH Highlights
    Join NLM staff for a highlight tour of the 2019 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature:

    • Addition of systematic reviews publication type
    • Additional clinical trial publication types
    • Subheading changes for manpower, secretion, and utilization
    • Additional terminology for data, neoplasms, and other topics.

Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Date and time: Friday, January 4, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
To register: 

  1. NNLM Webinar: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
    Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Join us for “MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching” to learn:
  • How does this affect your PubMed searches?
  • What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy?
  • How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches?
  • How do you check your saved searches and alerts?

This class includes some content from the class Advanced PubMed: MeSH

Date and time: Friday, January 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
To register:

For more information about 2019 MeSH, see MEDLINE Data Changes – 2019 and What’s New in MeSH.


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PNR Funding Opportunities

PNR News - Tue, 2018-12-11 19:37

The NN/LM PNR is pleased to invite applications for a new funding opportunity to support health science library partnership projects. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis until January 11, 2019.  Check this out if you want funding support to partner on research and data projects or events within a performance period ending September 30, 2019.

Also, funding from Year 3 of our grant is still available to support assessment and planning; or mini-outreach awards. Applications will be considered anytime until March 1, 2019, and your  award can be approved for a no-cost extension until September 30, 2019.

We request that you please inform us in advance if you intend to apply for any of these opportunities, at least 3 weeks before you submit.  Please submit your statement of intent to apply to

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Register Now for Two January Webinars: 2019 MeSH Highlights and PubMed Searching Impacts

PSR News - Tue, 2018-12-11 18:28

Join the National Library of Medicine and NNLM Training Office for two events in January 2019, covering an introduction to 2019 Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) and adjusting to MeSH changes in PubMed searches and alerts.

  1. NLM Webinar: 2019 MeSH Highlights
    Date and time: Friday, January 4, 2019, 10:00 – 10:30 AM PST
    Join NLM staff for a highlight tour of the 2019 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature:

    • Addition of systematic reviews publication type
    • Additional clinical trial publication types
    • Subheading changes for manpower, secretion, and utilization
    • Additional terminology for data, neoplasms, and other topics.

    Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

  2. NNLM Webinar: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
    Date and time: Friday, January 11, 2019, 8:00 – 9:30 AM PST
    Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Join this session to learn:

    • How does this affect your PubMed searches?
    • What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy?
    • How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches?
    • How do you check your saved searches and alerts?

    This class includes some content from the class Advanced PubMed: MeSH.

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NLM Announces 2019 History of Medicine Lecture Series

PSR News - Tue, 2018-12-11 13:40

The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division has announced the 2019 History of Medicine Lecture Series. All lectures are free, open to the public, and held in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Lectures are also live-streamed globally and archived by NIH VideoCasting, which is made possible through a generous gift to the NLM from the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Foundation.

The centerpiece of the 2019 series will be Viral Networks, Reconnected: A Digital Humanities/History of Medicine Research Forum, a special program reuniting three scholars who participated in the January 2018 Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, which was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a grant to Virginia Tech, and hosted by NLM. Christopher J. Phillips of Carnegie Mellon University, A. R. Ruis of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sarah Runcie of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will share the progress of their research and their thoughts about the future of digital humanities and the history of medicine. This special program will be held on Thursday, April 4, from 2:00–4:00 p.m EDT. It is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, as part of the partnership between NLM and NEH to collaborate on research, education, and career initiatives.

The Lecture Series will also feature the following presentations. Interviews with the speakers in the History of Medicine Lecture Series are published in Circulating Now, the blog of the NLM History of Medicine Division. Explore interviews with past lecturers on the blog and stay informed about the Lecture Series on Twitter at #NLMHistTalk.

  • Thursday, February 28: Oliver Gaycken, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Core Faculty in the Film and Comparative Literature Programs of the University of Maryland, speaking on Fantastic Voyages Through the Historical Audio-Visual Collections at the National Library of Medicine, involving a series of case studies this extraordinary and world-renowned audio-visual collection.
  • Thursday, May 23: Andrew T. Simpson, PhD, 2017 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine, and Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Duquesne University, offering the 3rd Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine on Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and His Influence in the Changing Business of Healthcare and the Delivery of American Medicine.
  • September 19: Miriam Posner, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Information Studies Department of the University of California Los Angeles, offering the 11th Annual James H. Cassedy Lecture in the History of Medicine, on Mind-Body Problems: Lobotomy, Science, and the Digital Humanities. Dr. Posner’s lecture is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities.
  • Thursday, October 17: Ted Brown, PhD, Professor of History and Medical Humanities, University of Rochester, offering a special lecture in honor and memory of Elizabeth Fee, PhD (1946–2018) on The World Health Organization’s Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978: What Was It Then, Where Is It Now?
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Library Carpentry – Scholarship Recipient Post 4

NER News - Tue, 2018-12-11 11:30

This is the fourth blog post in a series authored by 7 individuals who received scholarships from the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM NER) to attend the Library Carpentry Training held at Brown University on October 22nd and October 23, 2018. In this installment, a scholarship, Renee Walsh, describes the Library Carpentry training process.  Please watch for more posts about resources from this event and views from scholarship recipient’s in the upcoming weeks.


Renee Walsh
STEM and Data Management Librarian
U Conn Library

Attending Library Carpentry at Brown University was a great chance for me to reconnect with librarian colleagues and improve my skills in using the shell, the command line, Git, and OpenRefine. These skills require a lot of repetition and focus to master and understand. Currently, I am working on becoming a certified Carpentries instructor, so it is very helpful for me to watch other instructors teach the curriculum. I thought all of the instructors: Joshua Dull and Kate Nyhan from Yale University, and Kristen Lee from Tufts University, were very helpful and clear in their instruction. This event was held in a visualization room at Brown University library. The screen was very large, making it easy to read when an instructor was live-coding. Live-coding is a principle of instruction in the Carpentries, which is comprised of Software, Data, and Library Carpentry. The idea behind live coding is that you are following the instructor in live-time as they work. Carpentries classes also have helpers walking around to help attendees who have questions or who get stuck. The instructors distribute two different colored sticky notes to participants: for example pink means that you have a problem, but yellow means everything is going well. Red and green sticky notes are less commonly used, because they are problematic for colorblind attendees. At the end of each lesson, attendees are encouraged to write one positive and one negative thing about the lesson.

The Carpentries have recently merged together, but the curricula for each carpentry remains different. The training at Brown was made up of four lessons: introduction to data for librarians, a shell lesson, an intro to Git, and a lesson on using OpenRefine to tidy data. I thought the trainings were very helpful, however, the only downside is that you cover a lot of material over a short period of time. It really is necessary to continue working at each skill beyond the workshops in order to retain the material learned. This might be difficult for someone whose daily work schedule does not allow time for working on functions, loops, and using the command line. In closing, I would like to thank NNLM New England for the funding that helped me to pay for one night in a hotel in Providence during the training. I would encourage other librarians to participate in a training in the future. NESCLiC, the New England Software Library Carpentry Consortium, is a great group of individuals trained in the Carpentries who work at libraries in our region.


For more about Library Carpentry or other upcoming events, please visit the NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

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Pennsylvanians can Receive Naloxone for Free on Thursday

MAR News - Tue, 2018-12-11 10:29

From the Pennsylvania Press Room:

The Wolf Administration will provide naloxone for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment.

“The life-saving medication naloxone is essential for all of us to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We want to ensure that through this opportunity for free naloxone, we can save more lives and get more Pennsylvanians into treatment. Keeping naloxone in your home, work or even in your car can make the difference between someone getting into treatment or dying from this disease.”

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued a standing order prescription to any Pennsylvanian to get naloxone at a pharmacy for anyone who may need it.

“Naloxone has one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system and save someone’s life, “Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It is impossible to get someone in to treatment who is dead. Every Pennsylvanian has a role to play as a potential first responder and can save a life by having naloxone on hand and using it if they come across someone who has overdosed.”

Since November 2014, more than 20,000 people have been revived with naloxone by police officers and EMS providers in Pennsylvania.

“One of the biggest misconceptions of individuals battling substance use disorder is that they want to die, when the vast majority of overdose deaths are accidental,” said Drug and Alcohol Secretary Jen Smith. “We do not stand a chance in overcoming this epidemic if we are unable to help individuals into treatment. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to help their loved ones in their time of need.”

In addition to being able to get naloxone for free on Dec. 13, it is available at most pharmacies across the state year-round. Naloxone is available to many with public and private insurance at pharmacies for free or at a low cost.

Additional information on Stop Overdoses Week and naloxone can be found on the state’s website at

EDITOR’S NOTE: Naloxone kits will be distributed for free between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted on December 13 at the locations below. No appointments are necessary.

Adams County: Adams County State Health Center – 424 E. Middle St., Suite 1, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Allegheny County:

  • Allegheny County Health Department Immunization Clinic, Hartley Rose Building – 425 First Ave., 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Duquesne University Pharmacy – 1860 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Focus on Renewal Community Resource Center – 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136
  • Millvale Community Center – 501 Lincoln Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15209
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church – 4048 Brownsville Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15227
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church – 220 8th St., McKeesport, PA 15132
  • Turtle Creek Fire Department – 125 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, PA 15145

Armstrong County: Armstrong County State Health Center – 245 Butler Rd., Suite 1, Kittanning, PA 16201

Beaver County: Beaver County State Health Center – 500 Market Street, Suite 104, Bridgewater, PA 15009

Bedford County: Bedford County State Health Center – 130 Vindersmith Ave., Suite A, Bedford, PA 15522

Berks County: Berks County State Health Center – 625 Cherry St., Room 401, Reading, PA 19602

Blair County: Blair County State Health Center – 615 Howard Ave., Suite 101, Altoona, PA 16601

Bradford County: Bradford/Sullivan County State Health Center – 142 Colonial Dr., Towanda, PA 18848

Bucks County:

  • Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission – 600 Louis Dr., Suite 102A, Warminster, PA 18974
  • Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center – 1286 Veterans Hwy., Suite 6D, Bristol, PA 19007
  • Quakertown Branch of the Bucks County Free Library – 401 W. Mill St., Quakertown, PA 18951

Butler County: Butler County State Health Center – 100 Brugh Ave., Suite 201, Butler, PA 16001

Cambria County: Cambria County State Health Center – 184 Donald Ln., Suite 1, Johnstown, PA 15904

Cameron County: Cameron County Recreation Center – 300 S. Chestnut St., Emporium, PA 15834

Carbon County: Carbon County State Health Center – 281 N. 12th St., Suite A, Lehighton, PA 18235

Centre County: Centre Life Link EMS – 125 Puddintown Rd., State College, PA 16801

Chester County: Chester County Department of Health – 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 290, West Chester, PA 19382

Clarion County: Clarion County State Health Center – Applewood Center, 162 S. 2nd St. Suite D, Clarion, PA 16214

Clearfield County: Clearfield County State Health Center – 1125 Linden St., Suite 1, Clearfield, PA 16830

Clinton County: Clinton County State Health Center – 215 E. Church St., Lock Haven, PA 17745

Columbia County: Columbia County State Health Center – 327 Columbia Blvd., Suite 2, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Crawford County: Crawford County State Health Center – 847 N. Main St., Suite 101, Meadville, PA 16335

Cumberland County: Cumberland County State Health Center – 431 E. North St., Carlisle, PA 17013

Dauphin County: Dauphin County State Health Center – 30 Kline Plaza, Harrisburg, PA 17104

Delaware County: Delaware County State Health Center – 151 W. Fifth St., Suite 1, Chester, PA 19013

Elk County: Elk/Cameron County State Health Center – 778 Washington Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857

Erie County: Blasco Library, 160 E. Front St., Erie, PA 16507

Fayette County: Fayette County State Health Center – 100 New Salem Rd., Suite 102, Uniontown, PA 15401

Forest County: Forest County State Health Center – 305 S. Elm St., Tionesta, PA 16353

Franklin County: Franklin County State Health Center – 375 Floral Ave., Suite 1, Chambersburg, PA 17201

Fulton County: Fulton County State Health Center – 182 Buchanan Trail, Suite C, McConnellsburg, PA 17233

Greene County: Greene County State Health Center – 101 Greene Plaza, Waynesburg, PA 15370

Huntingdon County: Huntingdon County State Health Center – 6311 Margy Dr., Suite 1, Huntingdon, PA 16652

Indiana County: Indiana County State Health Center – 75 N. 2nd St., Indiana, PA 15701

Jefferson County: Jefferson County State Health Center – 200 Prushnok Dr., Suite 202A, Punxsutawney, PA 15767

Juniata County: Juniata County State Health Center – 809 Market St., Port Royal, PA 17082

Lackawanna County: Lackawanna County State Health Center – Scranton State Office Building, 100 Lackawanna Avenue, Room 110, Scranton, PA 18503

Lancaster County: Lancaster County State Health Center – 1661 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602

Lawrence County: Lawrence County State Health Center – 106 Margaret St., New Castle, PA 16101

Lebanon County: Lebanon County State Health Center – 9 N. 9th St., Lebanon, PA 17046

Lehigh County:

  • Lehigh County State Health Center – 3730 Lehigh St., Suite 206, Whitehall, PA 18052
  • Allentown City Bureau of Health – Alliance Hall, 245 North 6th St., Allentown, PA 18102 from 11 am to 5 pm

Luzerne County:

  • Luzerne County State Health Center – 665 Carey Ave., Suite 2, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706
  • Wilkes-Barre City Health Department – 71 N. Franklin St., Kirby Health Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Lycoming County: Lycoming County State Health Center – 1000 Commerce Park Dr., Suite 109, Williamsport, PA 17701

McKean County: McKean County State Health Center – 84-90 Boylston St., Bradford, PA 16701

Mercer County: Mercer County State Health Center – 25 McQuiston Dr., Jackson Center, PA 16133

Mifflin County: Mifflin County State Health Center – 21 S. Brown St., Suite 2A, Lewistown, PA 17044

Monroe County: Monroe County State Health Center – 1972 W. Main St., Suite 102, Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Montgomery County:

  • Montgomery County Office of Public Health – Norristown Center, 1430 DeKalb St., Norristown, PA 19404 from 8 am to 4 pm
  • Montgomery County Office of Public Health – Pottstown Center, 346 King St., Pottstown, PA 19464 from 8 am to 4 pm
  • Montgomery County Office of Public Health – Willow Grove Center, 102 York Rd., Suite 401, Willow Grove, PA 19090 from 8 am to 4 pm

Montour County: Montour County State Health Center – 329 Church St., Danville, PA 17821

Northampton County:

  • Northampton County State Health Center – 1600 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042
  • Bethlehem City Bureau of Health – 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem, PA 19404

Northumberland County: Northumberland County State Health Center – 247 Pennsylvania Ave., Sunbury, PA 17801

Perry County: Perry County State Health Center – 153 Red Hill Road, Newport, PA 17074

Philadelphia County:

  • Holmesburg Library – 7801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19136 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • Lucien E. Blackwell West Library – 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19139 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • McPherson Square Library – 601 E. Indiana Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • South Philly Library – 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19139 from 11 am to 5:30 pm

Pike County: Pike County State Health Center – 10 Buist Rd., Suite 401, Milford, PA 18337

Potter County: Potter County State Health Center – 295 U.S. Route 6 West, Suite 1, Coudersport, PA 16915

Schuylkill County: Schuylkill County State Health Center – One Norwegian Plaza, Suite 103, Pottsville, PA 17901

Snyder County: Selinsgrove Center – 1000 Route 522, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Somerset County: Somerset County State Health Center – 651 S. Center Ave., Somerset, PA 15501

Sullivan County: Dushore Fire Department – 212 Julia St., Dushore, PA 18614

Susquehanna County: Susquehanna County State Health Center – 157 Spruce St., Montrose, PA 18801

Tioga County: Tioga County State Health Center – 44 Plaza Ln., Wellsboro, PA 16901

Union County: Union County State Health Center – 1610 Industrial Blvd., Suite 100, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Venango County: Venango County State Health Center – 3298 State Route 257, Seneca, PA 16346

Warren County: Warren County State Health Center – 2027 Pennsylvania Ave. East, Warren, PA 16365

Washington County: Washington County State Health Center – 167 N. Main St., Suite 100, Washington, PA 15301

Wayne County: Wayne County State Health Center – 615 Erie Heights, Honesdale, PA 18431

Westmoreland County:

  • Westmoreland County State Health Center – 233 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601
  • Monessen State Health Center – 1 Wendell Ramey Ln., Suite 140, Monessen, PA 15062

Wyoming County: Wyoming County State Health Center – 5632 State Route 6, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

York County:

  • York County State Health Center – 1750 N. George St., York, PA 17404
  • York City Bureau of Health – 435 W. Philadelphia St., York, PA 17401
NLM/NIH Resources on Opioids

Learn about Opioid Abuse and Addiction from MedlinePlus, in both English and Spanish.

Opioid Overdose Reversal with Naloxone – from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), learn about the different methods of administering naloxone, the risks and potential side effects.

Youth Drugs and Your Body – this NNLM program-in-a-box includes resources and materials to provide substance use awareness in your library or community organization, focusing on tweens/teens.

NNLM Webinar Recordings:

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Wash Your Hands

SCR News - Tue, 2018-12-11 04:00

Despite widespread knowledge of the importance of handwashing… [a] study showed that only 31% of men and 65% of women washed their hands after using a public restroom (CDC Handwashing).

Germs can make people sick. Handwashing is recognized as an effective way to reduce germs and preventing the spread of infection. Researchers estimated that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented.

Handwashing education can help the health of a community and also the workplace. Sick employees may spread illness to others at work. Properly washing one’s hands with soap is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness to others. A study promoting clean hands in corporate environments showed that fewer employee illnesses leads to less use of sick days. Frequent and proper hand washing can save both time and money (and maybe an actual headache!).

For hand washing “Do’s and Don’ts” see the Mayo Clinic recommendations. For a video on proper handwashing, watch the video: Fight germs. Wash your hands.

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NNLM Reading Club Book Kits: Family Health History

MAR News - Mon, 2018-12-10 07:00

Book clubs provide a space that encourages engaged conversations and allows for people to connect with one another. The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network has developed the NNLM Reading Club as a way to build and support conversations around important health topics. The goal is to support libraries’ health literacy efforts and address local communities’ health information needs, through the fun and intimacy of a book club. The NNLM Reading Club offers a selection of three different book titles, along with corresponding free, ready-to-use materials designed to help promote and facilitate a book club discussion on a health issue or topic. This program-in-a-box includes 8 copies of each of the following items, all of which are tucked inside a handy library bag and shipped to the requesting library:

  • the selected book
  • discussion guide
  • MedlinePlus flyer
  • NIH MedlinePlus Magazine
  • additional material in support of the health topic

Any NNLM MAR member organization (membership is free!) is eligible to apply for one free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit through April 30, 2019. Due to the expected high demand, public libraries will receive priority status in the selection process, but all are welcome to apply. To request your NNLM Reading Club Book Kit, complete the online application form.

For questions, additional information, or special accessibility requests that would facilitate better participation of the book club for your patrons, please contact NNLM MAR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Veronica Leigh Milliner at Visit the NNLM Reading Club page to browse the current selections and featured topic of Family Health History.

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Focused Outreach to Bangor (ME) Public Library

NER News - Sat, 2018-12-08 16:53
Photograph of the Bangor Public Library in Maine.

Bangor (ME) Public Library, June 2018

Last June, I took a drive up to Bangor, Maine to set the groundwork for this year’s Focused Outreach work. NNLM NER is putting the spotlight on the work of Bangor-area librarians for 2018-2019.

We interviewed nine librarians at various Maine locations, including two hospital libraries, two urban libraries, two rural libraries, a community college library and a state library. We looked at data from the U.S. Census, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, local newspapers and local community health needs assessments. Bangor-area librarians identified these health priorities: mental health; disability; substance use; sexual abuse; violence; trauma; poverty and suicide. Data supported these reports, and revealed concerns about child welfare, obesity, alcohol-impaired driving and sexually transmitted infections.

Upon recommendation of library personnel, NNLM NER funded staff training on homelessness for Bangor Public Library. Additionally, we conducted PubMed training specifically for academic and hospital libraries in Maine, and will cover the costs of twelve new iPads for the library at Eastern Maine Community College.

Staff Training at Bangor Public Library

I returned to Bangor on Dec 4, 2018 to attend the staff training at Bangor Public Library. Josh D’Alessio, from Penobscot Community Health Care, opened the morning by saying that libraries and homelessness go together like peanut butter and jelly. I found this to be a lighthearted approach to starting the conversation about the challenges of serving vulnerable populations. Josh gave us a clear and succinct history of homelessness in the United States. He talked about Maine’s current plans to address issues surrounding homelessness.  Much of this involves coordination of services. Public libraries are important community partners in this effort.

Bruce Hews from Hope House gave helpful tips for engaging library patrons in conversation before giving the “rules”, such as no sleeping in the library. He assured us that rules are fine. We need to prepare ourselves with easy conversations starters before following up with the rule. His example was joke-y and sports-related (we don’t allow Yankees fans in the library). Ben Treat, Library Director of Bangor Public Library, encouraged staff to think about what conversation starter might work best for them.

After a break, Dan Fleming and Dan Wendell from Shaw House joined us to share ideas about serving vulnerable youth. Library staff spoke about common challenges and concerns. Krissy Gleason, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Maine, gave some context for understanding homelessness.

At this point, the training session seamlessly moved into brainstorming ways in which the library could support Shaw House and Hope House, as well as how these organizations could support the library. Outreach staff from Shaw House offered to stop into the library to check on high-energy youth. They encouraged library staff to contact them before situations escalated to the 911 level. Library staff offered to schedule the computer lab for Hope House staff to help those needing to fill out applications for housing and jobs.

Throughout the training, I heard staff from Bangor Public Library, Shaw House and Hope House say “I didn’t know that you did that!” From my vantage point, I saw the power inherent in bringing everyone together. I was gratified that funding from NNLM NER supported a starting point for future collaboration.


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NNLM SEA Digest News – December 7, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-12-07 09:55

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


Funding Opportunities

Apply by December 11, 2018

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars December 7 – December 11

Webinars December 12

Webinars December 13

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

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

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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Join Dr. Francis Collins on Facebook Live!

SEA News - Fri, 2018-12-07 08:55

Date: Monday, December 10, 2018

Time: 3:15 – 3:45 PM ET

Inspiring and fostering today’s students in STEM careers to serve as the next generation of scientists is important to our nation’s future. To that end, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins will host a conversation with middle school students to answer their questions about becoming a scientist, and discuss the excitement of pursuing a career in biomedical research. This conversation, featuring Johnson Creek Middle School in Wisconsin, will be livestreamed on Facebook.

NIH is the largest public supporter of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $30 billion in to achieve its mission to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. For over a century, NIH scientists have paved the way for important discoveries that improve health and save lives. Comprised of 27 Institutes and Centers, NIH conducts and supports basic, clinical, and translational biomedical research, and investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for common and rare diseases.

We invite you to stream this Facebook Live on December 10, 2018 from 3:15 – 3:45 pm ET. You can learn more about the event on our event page. Post any questions you have in the comments section during the livestream. Dr. Collins will respond to as many as he can.

To stream the event, please visit:

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Thu, 2018-12-06 11:46

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


Join NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Milliner as one of the panelists for the ALSC webinar: Leadership in Youth Services Part 2: Leadership in Action on December 11 at 2:00 PM ET. Working with children in a library setting provides vast opportunities to create and hone leadership skills if you know where to find them. By cultivating these skills in yourselves and others, you will elevate your profession and your community by creating and implementing beneficial programs and services. This webinar will provide you with the tools you need to recognize these skills within yourself and within your role in the children’s department. This is a free webinar, preregistration is highly suggested.

Help Shape the Next Decade of Healthy People: Submit Your Comments – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments on the proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030. Public comment is an essential part of developing Healthy People. Previous public comments on the Healthy People 2030 framework helped shape the mission, vision, and goals of Healthy People 2030. Members of the public — both individuals and organizations — are now invited to review and submit comments on the proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives through January 17, 2019.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Join NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Veronica Milliner, and other members of the American Library Association’s New Members Round Table for a Twitter chat on Friday, December 14 at 2:00 PM ET. The topic will be: What Kind of Librarian Are You? Whether you are still in library school or a librarian still trying to find their path, join us for a discussion in discovering what type of library you want to work in and what kind of librarian you want to be. Share stories of how you found the job you love, share tips for finding where you want to be, and more. Follow the discussion and join us on Twitter! #NMRTchat

It’s National Influenza Week! – MARquee News Highlights

Holiday Meals and Food Allergies/Special Diets – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Big Data and Bias – NER Update

On Behalf of HSLANJ – Many thanks to all librarians who participated in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Fall 2018 Offer via the Group Licensing Initiative. We appreciate the continued support and growth. Group purchasing power benefits more than 130 hospitals throughout a 20-state area of the U.S. Please note: we anticipate releasing the Spring 2019 Offer on March 15. We look forward to negotiating with vendors to once again cultivate a list of quality resources for your consideration. Just a reminder: No “membership” is required; all medical librarians in the NNLM MAR, SE/A and NER Regions are welcome to participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative. For more information, contact Project Manager Robb Mackes: (570) 856-5952 or

New on YouTube: Inside Our Minds, November 16, 2018


With GratitudeNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Cataloging and Metadata News—2019NLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

Apply for the 2019-2020 NLM Associate Fellowship Program – The National Library of Medicine is currently accepting applications for their Associate Fellowship Program, a one-year residency program for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. The program combines curriculum and project work and is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more about this opportunity and submit your application before January 25, 2019.

ToxMystery, a game about chemicals in the household, will be retired on December 31, 2018. The game was built in the Adobe Flash, a format not supported on tablets, most Web browsers, and other educational devices. For learning activities about chemicals and environmental health, visit the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Kids’ Pages and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Learning and Teaching portal.

NIH News in Health: Check out the December 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Plan Your Plate: Shifting to a Healthy Eating Style,” and, “Safe Sleep for Baby: Reducing the Risk of SIDS.” Other topics include probiotics to stop Staph, inspiring others to move more and eat better, and personal stories about participating in clinical research.

NLM Introduces “Exhibitions Connect,” a New Opportunity for Institutions Hosting NLM Traveling ExhibitionsExhibitions Connect, an NLM Exhibition Program opportunity, provides curated collections of informative and promotional materials related to the topics explored in NLM exhibitions and tailored to host venue patrons. Additionally, it promotes collaboration with National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

Wikidata, Librarians and Research Data Management -December 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join PNR for the next segment in the NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) series, a collaborative, bimonthly offering intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. This session will host Wikidata expert and librarian Katie Mika, who will introduce the WikiCite initiative to build a database of open citations to support free and computational access to bibliographic metadata and will identify simple, high impact ways for to get involved. As experts in the intersection of bibliographic metadata, information discovery, and interdisciplinary research, librarians are a tremendous resource for this community.

From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources – December 11, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. Sponsored by NER, this session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

Cultural Competence and Its Effect on Healthcare: Notes from the Field – December 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – As a health care provider, it is important to know your community and the culture of the community. How you respond to certain situations can impact the health of the community. While cultural competence is important within underserved communities, it is also important in providing care to mainstream communities as well. Join SCR for this webinar that will discuss the terms cultural competence and cultural humility and the implications of these terms. This session will also discuss how a person becomes culturally competent and the biggest indicator of cultural competence.

How to Bring Extensions to Your Library: Highlighting Programs from Penn State Extension – December 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Extension offices are trusted partners for libraries of all kinds! They are strong community resources, and in addition to providing practical, trusted information to communities, can offer incredible educational opportunities for libraries. Join MAR for this webinar to hear how Penn State Extension partners with libraries in Pennsylvania by offering programs like Dining with Diabetes, and Penn State Nutrition Links. Learn about these programs, and how programs like these could benefit your patrons.

Health News Review: Critically Analyzing Information in the News – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The public is exposed to a tsunami of health information in the news on a daily basis, including much information which is contradictory or misleading. Sponsored by GMR, this session will introduce attendees to, an award winning resource designed to help the public critically analyze claims about health care interventions in the news. provides an objective, independent analysis of health care journalism, advertising, marketing, and public relations and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Emergency Preparedness) – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. The sample topic for this session is Emergency Preparedness to offer libraries and other organizations ideas for emergency preparedness programming for individuals, families and organizations.

Other Items of Interest

Job posting: Data and Evaluation Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA), University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL)

New HHS Checklist Helps First Responders Ensure Language Access and Effective Communication During Emergencies – HHS News

Advancing the Science of Moving Research into Practice – AHRQ Views

Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative – Compendium, News for Pennsylvania Libraries

Implementing upstream approaches to build a healthier Middlesex County – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation is leading a two-year project that unleashes the skills and talents of public librarians to advance health equity among residents of Greater Middlesex County. The project mobilizes a grassroots health literacy initiative called Just for the Health of It created by the East Brunswick Public Library, a single branch public library in central New Jersey.

NACCHO Model Practices Awards Program – The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 Model Practices Program. The program honors and recognizes outstanding local health initiatives from across the nation, and shares and promotes these practices among local health departments through the Model Practice Database. The deadline for submission is December 12, 2018.

ALA’s New Member’s Round Table (NMRT) is now accepting applications to the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award. Given on an annual basis, the award provides $1,000 to help offset the cost of attending ALA Annual Conference, which takes place this year in Washington, D.C. from June 20-25, 2019. Shirley Olofson passed away while serving her term as NMRT president. The NMRT honors Olofson’s leadership and commitment to the profession with this award given in her memory. The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Funding Opportunity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Health Data for Action: Leveraging Health Data for Actionable Insights (Data Access Award) (HD4A) program will support innovative research that uses the available data to answer important research questions. Applicants under this Call for Proposals (CFP) will write a proposal for a research study using data from one of the following four data providers: the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), OptumLabs, CareJourney, or athenahealth. The proposed studies should enable relevant, innovative, and actionable research that uses the available data to answer important, policy-relevant questions. Successful applicants will receive access to these data, which are described in greater detail in the CFP. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2018.

ALA’s New Member’s Round Table (NMRT) is now accepting applications for the NMRT Professional Development Grant. Given on an annual basis, the award is intended to help offset the cost of attending the ALA Annual Conference. The upcoming Annual Conference will be held June 20 – June 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The $1,000 award covers limited fees related to airfare, lodging, and conference registration. You must be a current NMRT member to apply. Member dues are $15. To join, visit the ALA website and follow the “Join ALA” link. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2018.

The Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) at the Fogarty International Center at NIH is collecting case examples of health research in humanitarian crises, focusing on specific challenges and strategies for this type of research. Full details are available in the call for cases. This is a part of a broader project on Advancing Health Research in Humanitarian Crises and was also described in a recent blog post associated with Humanitarian Evidence Week and Evidence Aid. The call for case examples is written broadly, to include examples of health research conducted in armed conflict, forced displacement, natural disasters, and major disease outbreaks, in low, middle, and high-income country settings. The deadline for submission is January 21, 2019.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program provides grants to support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

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