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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Winter 2020 Now Available Online!

PSR News - Fri, 2020-01-17 15:04

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The Winter 2020 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is recording artist and Broadway actress Jordin Sparks, who wants more people to talk about sickle cell disease. After losing her stepsister to the disease, Jordin works to remove the stigma and give more patients a voice. In addition, the issue features articles on heartburn, improving endometriosis diagnosis through research and awareness, finding self-confidence with vitiligo, and more.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s latest medical research and healthcare information. To receive a print version, use the order form to have the magazine delivered to your home or office. It ships four times a year and is free to subscribers.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2020-01-17 13:11

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Spotlight

What Will 2020 Bring? – Learn about some of the upcoming construction, projects, and advancements planned at the National Library of Medicine this year. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote health, fitness and nutrition in the new year? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

Raise Awareness of Substance Misuse with the NNLM Reading Club – looking for easy and free health programming? Check out the latest NNLM Reading Club book kit, which includes book selections, a discussion guide, and materials to talk about substance misuse.

NLM/NIH News

A Real-Time Look at Value-Based Decision Making – All of us make many decisions every day. For most things, such as which jacket to wear or where to grab a cup of coffee, there’s usually no right answer, so we often decide using values rooted in our past experiences. Now, neuroscientists have identified the part of the mammalian brain that stores information essential to such value-based decision making. – NIH Director’s Blog

‘Barbed-wire disease’ during the First World War – Even before the guns fell silent in Northern France and Belgium on November 11, 1918, the prevalence of mental disturbance among young men who experienced artillery bombardment and combat in the trenches of the western front was grabbing the attention of the international scientific community. What became known as ‘shell shock’ had a major impact on the way medical experts viewed the consequences of modern warfare for the future of their profession—and for the future of humanity in general. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Actress Jordin Sparks Talks About Sickle Cell Disease in NIH MedlinePlus Magazine – The current issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine brings you recording artist and Broadway actress Jordin Sparks sharing her family’s experience with sickle cell disease. Sparks opens up about honoring her late stepsister, giving more patients a voice, and reducing stigma. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Stick With Us! Why Your Long-term Participation Matters – The All of Us Research Program

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently covered updates to the new PubMed.

Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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January 2020

Stronger Together: Healthcare Coalitions in Rural and Frontier Areas – January 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Natural and man-made emergencies can have complex and devastating effects for any jurisdiction. However, rural and frontier communities face unique challenges to preparing for and responding to potential threats. Healthcare coalitions (HCCs) are multidisciplinary groups that include representatives from public health, emergency management, emergency medical services, hospitals and other community partners. Through the HCC, these organizations are able to enhance jurisdictional preparedness and response capabilities by coordinating planning efforts; creating and sharing resources and best practices; hosting trainings and conducting exercises; and providing technical assistance to enhance stakeholder preparedness programs. Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), in this presentation the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and HCC representatives will provide an overview of the strengths and challenges experienced by rural and frontier HCCs and discuss how these groups work to make their communities more resilient.

That’s Not Funny! Or is it? – January 22, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for the next installment in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webinar series. To be truly socially just do you have to eradicate humor? Let a trained professional explain how humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event. How can we plan better, intervene when something isn’t right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If we think before we joke – we can still joke.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

Exceptional Lives – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest Julie McKinney, Health Literacy Specialist and Director of Product Content at Exceptional Lives, Inc., for this webinar. Exceptional Lives is a not-for-profit organization which provides easy-to-read information for parents and caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their free online tools help families find the resources they need and walk them through the complicated processes of getting services and benefits for their child. The tools are developed using health literacy principles, and include comprehensive step-by-steps Guides as well as a searchable Resource Directory of local providers and support services. This webinar will discuss the need for this type of resource and include NLM and other government resources that are relevant to the topic.

NNLM Resource Picks: Bookshelf – January 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for the next installment in this collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring National Library of Medicine resources. Bookshelf provides free access to the full text of books and documents in the biomedical and life sciences as well as health care, medical humanities and social sciences. Through integration with other NCBI databases, such as PubMed, Gene, Genetic Testing Registry, and PubChem, Bookshelf also provides reference information for biological, chemical and other biomedical data and facilitates its discovery. This webinar will provide an overview of Bookshelf, including why it is a trusted resource of reference and health information, how it is related but different from PubMed Central and PubMed, and how to best find and navigate the content it archives.

Data Presentations: The Good, Bad and Unethical – January 30, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and Massachusetts Health Science Library Network (MAHSLIN) for a presentation on the Edward Tufte One Day course on Presenting Data and Information workshop. Edward Tufte’s course has a focus on fundamental design strategies for information displays such as tables, diagrams, charts and data visualizations. This class will focus on Mr. Tufte’s evaluation of data visualizations, ethics of data visualization design, and the pitfalls of PowerPoint. This presentation will provide a fun and informative overview of the class, tips on how to spot deceptive data visualizations and evaluate data presentations.

Struggles and Strategies for Survival Beyond the Walls of Jail – January 30, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for this webinar to hear a personal story of substance use disorder and incarceration from Louie Diaz, a substance use disorder counselor and re-entry specialist with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office. Louie will discuss the work he is doing in Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts to address the addiction crisis, and what it was like to be followed by a film crew for 5 years during the making of a documentary. He will also share why the film is important as we begin to treat substance use disorder as a public health issue instead of a law enforcement issue.

February 2020

Food for Thought: Creating Resilient Rural Communities – February 6, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A lack of access to fresh food leads to an increase in obesity, diabetes, and other health concerns. The Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) and the Comfort Food Community food pantry teamed up to address these and other challenges (adult literacy, food scarcity, food waste, food access, rural food deserts, and transportation) by launching the Fresh Food Collective Farm-2-Library initiative. They reduced food waste by gleaning produce from local farms, then distributed the produce through small, rural libraries where food scarcity, limited food pantry access, and transportation all limit access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In the first year, nearly 2,500 pounds of fresh produce were distributed, bringing new faces into the library, creating and deepening relationships with the community fostering renewed interest in library services from populations that were previously reluctant users. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this webinar to learn more about this project.

Framing the Future of Partnering with Your Community – February 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Discover how to engage and create long lasting partnerships with community members while disseminating consumer health information. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will discuss the difference between engagement and outreach, building trust within your community to support impactful collaborations, and creating and finding community engagement resources. This presentation will also review and discuss key takeaways from several community health engagement initiatives including helpful strategies learned and finding positive aspects from events that did not go as planned.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – February 17-March 8, 2020 – You’re a library worker – you’re already helping those in your community find health information. What are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join NNLM for this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? This class will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

The Importance of Digital Literacy and Its Impact on Understanding Health Information – February 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Technology is continuing to improve, and more and more people are looking online for health information, managing care, and trusted advice. Despite the increasing use, there is a digital divide for many individuals that greatly impact their ability to find and access trusted quality health information. Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. Join this webinar with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) to learn about digital literacy strategies to make digital health resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing – February 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR). What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies that can affect health through changes to health behaviors, clinical care, social and environmental factors, and the physical environment. From the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. This class will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use CHRR as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour, including 1 advanced level CECH. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Genetic Testing – February 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Advertising for DNA testing companies proliferates the media these days, but many individuals spit or swab, and then wonder how to get beyond their ethnicity results. The first questions usually asked regarding genetic testing are: “Where should I test?” and “I got my results, now what?”. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), participants will explore these questions and more in this presentation, as an introduction to the world of DNA and interpreting test results. More advanced tools will be introduced that are fun and give the researcher real information they can use. If you have tested, review your results before the session.

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community for Public Libraries – February 24-March 22, 2020 – Do you work in a public library? Are you interested in engaging with other public librarians and staff members to improve your knowledge and comfort with health and wellness related reference and services? Join NNLM for this free online course for public librarians to create a cohort learning experience. Over four weeks this class will explore consumer health, health reference in a public library environment, free health resources for library staff and patrons, and developing health and wellness related programming. This course offers 12 MLA CE credits and covers the five competencies required for Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) level 1.

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – February 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Citizen science is happening all around you! Citizen science is an amazing way to participate in research efforts, and it can often be done from a mobile device, from one’s home, or from a library. In this class with the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – February 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), this class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

*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

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AHRQ Advances New Frontiers in Digital Healthcare – AHRQ Views

Free eBook, Take Us to a Better Place – Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sign up to receive a free download of Take Us to a Better Place, a soon-to-be-released collection of 10 short stories that touch on topics as wide-ranging as health care, immigration, cultural identity, and gentrification.

Assessing Culturally Appropriate Treatment in Communities of Color: Role of Providers to Improve Quality of Care for Opioid Use Disorder – January 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the HHS Office of Minority Health, this webinar is the third of a three-part webinar series for providers aimed at raising awareness about and addressing opioid-related disparities among racial/ethnic minority populations. This webinar will highlight the use of the National CLAS Standards to improve engagement and care of racial/ethnic minority patients with an opioid use disorder. Speakers will discuss how their population or community-specific program has improved OUD treatment by using culturally and linguistically approaches/strategies. This webinar will be offered for Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credit, and is eligible for 1.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit through Meharry Medical College.

Ready, Set, PrEP Webinar – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – What is the new Ready, Set, PrEP program and how does it work? How does it fit into the federal plan to end the HIV epidemic in the United States? And how can you help implement it in your community? Public health and healthcare service providers, including staff from local health departments, community-based organizations, sexually transmitted infection clinics, community health centers, Title X clinics, and substance-use-disorder treatment providers can learn the answers to these questions by joining this webinar. Sponsored by the HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP).

Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal – February 13, 2:00-3:30 PM ET -You don’t need to take years of statistics to gain a significant amount of useful knowledge. With a basic understanding of the core concepts and principles of statistics, you’ll gain the confidence to tackle a wide range of stats questions. You’ll also be able to assess the quality and value of research, locate specific methodological papers, and communicate research conclusions to users. This webinar takes a gentle approach to teaching you about study design, probability, sampling, distributions, generalizability, hypothesis testing, and other basic concepts in statistics. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant – The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. View the full award guidelines and apply by February 3, 2020.

Summer Health Professions Education Program – Share this opportunity with college students interested in the Health Professions! Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this free summer enrichment program is designed to improve access to information and resources for college students that identify with groups that are underrepresented in the health professions. The program includes academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics; learning and study skills development; clinical exposure through small-group rotations in healthcare settings, simulation experiences, and seminars; career development sessions directed toward exploration of the health professions, the admissions process, and the development of an individualized education plan; a financial literacy and planning workshop that informs students of financial concepts and strategies; a health policy seminar series to expose scholars to a larger view of healthcare, health systems, and the social determinants of health; and an introduction to interprofessional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions. Applications are due February 5, 2020.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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Getting the Most from NNLM: Evaluation Planning

NER News - Fri, 2020-01-17 08:57

Funding is open for the 2020-2021 year and part of the application process asks you to outline how you will evaluate your project.

Evaluation can be daunting and it’s often not as fun as the rest of the project, but it’s an important step to demonstrate project impact and value to your community, your organization and to funders, both current and future.

Use the 4 Steps to an Evaluation Plan from NEO to make evaluation planning easier.

Step 1: Community Assessment helps you gauge the information and programming needs of your community.  You can survey your community yourself or find community health assessments or plans from other sources to help you support the priorities of your project.

  • County Health Rankings: Provide a snapshot of how where people live, learn, work and play influences health. They provide a starting point for change in communities.
  • Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA): CHNA is required for all tax-exempt hospitals and must take input from “persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital facility, including those with special knowledge of or expertise in public health.”
  • You can find local health data and health improvement plans by searching your location + community health data. For example, here’s the Building a Healthy Community information for Worcester, MA.
  • Healthy People 2020: Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People also gives you access to health data for HP2020 objectives, including on the national and state levels and on health disparities.

Step 2: Make a Logic Model-Logic models help you plan and clarify visually how your activities and outcomes are linked to make your project successful.

Step 3: Develop Measurable Objectives for Your Outcomes-Learn the difference between Goals (specific results from the project) and Objectives (specific steps that lead to the success of the project goals).

Step 4: Create an Evaluation Plan-Write plans that will evaluate the process you outlined in your logic model in Step 2 and your outcomes from Step 3.

For more information on program evaluation, download Evaluation guides for Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects from NEO.

And access NNLM’s On Demand EvalBasics classes to learn more.

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New PubMed Update: Items Per Page, Sort Options, See All Similar Articles, and More!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-01-16 18:56

Several features have been updated in the new PubMed, including options to customize the number of items per page, sort by publication date, reverse sort order, see all similar articles, and download the Results by Year timeline. The National Library of Medicine is continuing to develop features in the new PubMed site, and this new version of PubMed will eventually replace the legacy PubMed. Visit The New PubMed is Here for more information.

Sort by Publication Date and Reverse Sort Order

Use the Display Options menu (located under the gear button) to change how results are sorted. Sort options now include Publication Date in addition to Most Recent and Best Match. When sorting by Publication Date or Most Recent, use the ascending/descending button to show the newest or oldest results first. For more information, visit “Sorting your results” in the PubMed User Guide.

Customize number of items displayed per page

You can also use the Display Options menu to change the number of citations displayed per page:

1. Click the gear button in the upper right corner of the search results page
2. Select the number of citations to display per page: 10, 20, 50, 100, or 200

For more information, visit “Showing more results” in the PubMed User Guide.

Persistent display preferences

Changes to display preferences such as sort by, items per page, and filters will be active for subsequent searches until browser data and cookies are cleared. Display format defaults to Summary for each new search. For more information, visit “Enable Cookies” in Browser Advice for NCBI Web Pages.

Similar articles

You can now view and refine the complete set of similar articles for a citation. Use the “See all similar articles” link on a citation’s abstract page to display the similar articles as a new page of results. For more information, visit “Similar articles” in the PubMed User Guide.

Download Results by Year Timeline

Use the download button to create a CSV file of the Results by Year timeline. For more information about the Results by Year timeline, visit “Searching by date” in the PubMed User Guide.

For further details and illustrations, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin. For more details on the features in the new PubMed, view the recorded webinar A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals.

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February & March CHES Opportunities from NNLM

MAR News - Thu, 2020-01-16 16:03

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant WritingFebruary 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – This session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies (i.e., policies, programs, systems & environmental changes) that can affect health through changes to: health behaviors; clinical care; social and environmental factors; and the physical environment. Our Guest speaker from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator, Erin Seger will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use countyhealthrankings.org as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities.

CECH Approved: 1
Advanced CECH Approved: 1

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Describe how to use What Works for Health when writing a grant proposal
  2. Define the evidence ratings in County Health Rankings What Works for Health
  3. Describe at least three examples of past NNLM-funded projects that relate to the evidence categories in What Works for Health

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public HealthFebruary 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

CECH Approved: 1
Advanced CECH Approved: 0

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe evidence-based public health
  2. Identify a public health need and formulate an answerable question
  3. Locate and search applicable literature and resources

Health Statistics on the WebMarch 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

CECH Approved: 1
Advanced CECH Approved: 0

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

  1. Identify selected key websites for use in the location of data sets and statistics for use at the local, state and national level, including PHPartners and MedlinePlus.
  2. Discuss of the types of data sets and statistics available on the Internet.
  3. Define the 4-step process used to successfully locate relevant health statistics for a particular circumstance or issue.
  4. Describe where to locate additional health statistics training through the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., these programs are designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Advanced level CECH is indicated on a course by course basis above.

Reach out to Erin Seger, MPH, CHES at ers166@pitt.edu with any questions about receiving CECH for these courses.

If you want to learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in your area, find your region on our website.

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Free NNLM Reading Club Book Kits to Libraries in the MidContinental Region

MCR News - Thu, 2020-01-16 12:35

Library book clubs can add titles on critical health topics to their discussion list using free NNLM Reading Club book kits now being offered by the NNLM MidContinental Region.

What is the NNLM Reading Club Book Kit?

Each kit contains eight copies of a “ready-to-use” title along with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support health information needs in their communities. The book club allows readers to discuss health and wellness topics relevant to them as well as discover NIH National Library of Medicine consumer health resources.

Each book title is chosen based on the health topic that aligns with National Health Observances like Healthy Aging Month, Americans With Disabilities Act Day, or American Heart Month.  Libraries can choose from three recommended titles for each topic.

What comes in the NNLM Reading Club Book Kit?

Each kit contains:

  • 8 books, regular print*
  • 8 bookmarks
  • 8 discussion guides
  • 8 NIH MedlinePlus Magazines
  • 8 NIH All of UsResearch Program brochures
  • 8 reading club book bags
  • 1 library book bag

*When available, alternative formats such as large print and audio may be substituted upon request.

How are the Book Kits funded?

The NNLM Reading Club Book Kits are made available with funds from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NIH All of Us Research Program. By submitting an application, you agree to promote NLM resources and raise awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program by sharing brochures and information included in the shipment. Within eight weeks of receiving the book kit, you will be asked to complete a short survey about the NNLM Reading Club.

Does my library qualify for a kit?

To be eligible for a kit, your library must be an NNLM organizational member. If you’re not a member, no worries! Becoming a member is easy and free. Visit nnlm.gov/mcr/members to get started.

How do I apply?

To receive a kit, you’ll need to fill out and submit an online application found here. Since there is a limited supply of kits available, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and each library can only receive one kit between now and April 30, 2020.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Samantha Nunn at sam.nunn@utah.edu or visit our website at nnlm.gov to learn more.

 

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Update: Puerto Rico from Region II Head Start Association

SEA News - Thu, 2020-01-16 10:31

Below is an update from Andrew R. Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-Paramedic, Chief, Preparedness, Health & Environment, Region 2 Head Start Association.

We spent today in the area around Guanica, Las Piedras, Sabana Grande. At the request of the local municipality, we were invited to use the post-disaster self assessment form (designed for the Choose Safe Places project from ATSDR), to conduct some initial assessments with Head Start staff. These individuals had attended one of our pilot/training sessions in December – and reached out after the earthquake to see how the form could be used to help with an initial evaluation of their programs post-disaster. As of now, none of these programs are operating. No children are attending these programs, as earthquakes / aftershocks continue to impact the southern part of Puerto Rico. To give a sense of scope/scale – in the past 24 hours there have been 20 earthquakes. These ranged from a 2.6 all the way up to a 5.2. This is creating a challenge – as sites are needing nearly daily re-evaluation to determine whether they are safe or not. As soon as one site is inspected, within a few hours another strong earthquake hits – causing the need for another evaluation.

Families are scared and they understandably do not necessarily want to send their children into an environment that would be unsafe. Nearly 10,000 individuals are living in government-created ‘tent cities’ or simply sleeping outside of their own property in tents. They fear that their buildings/structures may not with stand the next quake, and feel it is far safer to sleep outside. The mental health impacts are huge. Today, after the 5.2 and subsequent power loss – Jessica Irizarry (PR DOH) and I witnessed women weeping inside the Head Start HQ Office in Guanica. The continuing stress and toll on mental health can’t be understated – as folks have been living with daily earthquakes since December 28th. Those in the tent cities established by the government are receiving basic comfort and supplies. Food and water access for them is not an issue. For folks on their own, we did find a few places today that lacked running water and reliable electric service.

Several of the sites we visited today did have cracks in the walls, some had cracks in the supporting structures. We are not engineers – and are certainly not trying to become engineers – but it was clear that some/all of the Head Start programs should be inspected by a professional engineer before children are allowed back inside. One of the other issues that we have seen is the creation of tent cities near Head Start properties. In Guanica – the tents are literally up against the playground of the Head Start facility. It would be very difficult to reopen these programs with the tents still occupied.

In terms of the piloting of the Post-Disaster Self Assessment Form – all parties have found it to be a very helpful tool. It is filling a gap that existed and providing individuals with a reference for things to be thinking about when assessing their programs. It has also been rewarding to see the programs looking at this tool with a different set of eyes. Since the tool was produced after the hurricanes – many viewed it as a hurricane-only tool. Now that they are looking at it from an earthquake lens – they are seeing the form as more ‘all hazards’ – which was always our intent.

At the request of PR DOH, we did create a simple google form that mirrors the self-assessment form – that allowed us to use PR DOH tablets to enter the data real-time during the assessments. This was a big win and made things much simpler than just using them in paper form. This real-world application has elicited some additional comments and feedback – both from the owner/operators and from PR DOH – which we will be adding to our overall pilot feedback.

We are headed out to the mountain towns tomorrow to get a sense of the damage and needs there. Today we did find most major roads passable – with sporadic bridge/overpass closures (so they could verify that they are structurally sound).

Below are a few photos to give you a sense of some of what we are seeing.

Below are also two videos from head start programs today. Special thanks to Jessica Irizarry – from PR DOH Crisis Program Management Office – she spent the entire day with us today in the field visiting these sites (we left San Juan at 5:30am).

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What Will 2020 Bring for NLM?

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-01-14 19:53

In a recent blog post, NLM director Dr. Patti Brennan highlighted some of NLM’s accomplishments in 2019. So, what’s on tap for 2020? First, as NLM prepares for major renovations to its Building 38, most of the staff, including Dr. Brennan, will move to other office space on the NIH campus for about two years. That will be enough time to implement a major redesign of the first floor of the 60-year-old, architecturally dramatic but not really fit-for-purpose workspace to make more efficient use of the space, add modern office layouts and meeting spaces, and modernize the HVAC systems. Also, NLM will continue to grow its Intramural Research Program (IRP), which focuses on computational biomedical and health sciences. Two new tenure-track investigators were hired this past year and one or two more are expected to be added in 2020. The IRP brings together two NLM divisions, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, specifically the Computational Biology Branch, and the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, which emphasize discovery based on molecular phenomena and clinical information. There will also be greater alignment of training efforts, including an expansion of the public-facing parts of training.

NLM will continue to make biomedical and health information literature available to the public, scientists, and clinicians, with a greater emphasis on public access and open science. The entire PubMed Central (PMC) repository of full-text literature is already freely available to the world, and with the increasing interest in open access to government-supported research findings, this repository is expected to grow. PMC will grow in new ways, too, such as enhancing the discoverability of data sets in support of published results made available with articles as supplementary material or in open repositories, and supporting greater transparency in scientific communication through the archiving of peer review documents. Many NLM resources will be moved to the cloud and continue to support efforts to make strides through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative to accelerate discovery by harnessing the power of commercial cloud computing. This will not only offer some logistical savings, it will also increase the discoverability of NLM’s resources.

NLM will play a bigger and more vital role in big science as it unfolds at NIH. Intramural researchers are expanding the application of deep learning technologies to clinical, biological, and image data. In collaboration with the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy, NLM will build and release new tools to help researchers leverage the FHIR standard to make clinical data more accessible for research, and to improve phenotype characterization. These initiatives will accelerate data sharing by advancing standard approaches to research data representation. And finally, NLM will advance its impact on and outreach to professional and lay communities around the country. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has exciting plans to expand its training in research data management and to provide local health information education and support to help health care providers working with American Indian and Alaska Native populations address challenges such as mental health and HPV-related cancer.

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Now You can Request NLM and Libraries Transform Banners for Loan Online!

SEA News - Tue, 2020-01-14 12:14

Do you have a health fair or other health event coming up? First come, first served, you can now request American Library Association (ALA) Libraries Transform banners and National Library of Medicine (NLM) informational banners to add some pizazz to your gathering via our Online Request Form!

Libraries Transform banners range in size from small table-top banners to large banners that stand over 6 feet tall. Choose from statements like:

  • Because Health Care isn’t One Size Fits All
  • Because Libraries are Partners in a Healthy Community
  • Because Language Shouldn’t be a Barrier to Health
  • (and many more!)

Or, choose a two-sided NLM banner that highlights the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and trusted health information, some featuring MedlinePlus, PubMed and other reliable NLM resources.

We have limited supplies of banners so expect to deny some requests, but we will fill as many as our inventory allows at any given time. We hope these banners will enhance the experience for you as well as your community members – Make your request here:

NLM and Libraries Transform Banners – Online Reservation Request

Thank you for all you do to boost the health literacy of your communities!

NLM Banners

NLM Banners

Libraries Transform Banners

Libraries Transform Banners

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Consumer Health Minute: CSLP and Summer Reading

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-01-14 04:00

Already thinking about your library’s summer reading program? Well, so is the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). The NNLM has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) to add a healthy aspect to your library’s summer reading program.

NNLM and CSLP partnership began in 2018 which resulted with the first program manual for the 2019 theme, “A Universe of Stories”. The manual included activities such as making stardust playdough and making food for space.

This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Story!” and NNLM has put together a number of activities related to all types of stories while learning about health. Libraries can integrate the tooth fairy myth with the activities highlighting the importance of dental health. Hold a healthy eating book club using Jack and the Beanstalk or Stone Soup for inspiration.  A program focusing on germs hand-washing after a Sick Simon storytime.  NNLM’s programming sheets include planning preparation tips as well as additional resources.

Learning about how to be healthy through stories and fun activities is a great way to encourage your patrons to improve their health. Visit the NNLM Health Programming for Summer Reading web page today!

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NNLM Reading Club Helps Spark Conversation on Substance Misuse

SEA News - Mon, 2020-01-13 10:15

January often brings a time of reflection and fresh starts to a new year. Some may be struggling with issues of substance misuse and need resources to learn more about it – whether it has touched them directly or they just want to understand the topic better, especially from a first-person point of view.  Because substance misuse doesn’t take a holiday, any week is a good week to discuss substance misuse, addiction disorders, and treatment choices for both young and old.

To help get the conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Substance Misuse. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding Substance Misuse resources. Short on time?  No worries! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

January Reading club selections

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka l Blackout by Sarah Hopola l Dreamland (YA version) by Sam Quinones

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2020-01-10 14:54

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

Spotlight

Raise Awareness of Substance Misuse with the NNLM Reading Club – looking for easy and free health programming? Check out the latest NNLM Reading Club book kit, which includes book selections, a discussion guide, and materials to talk about substance misuse.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding and Professional Development Opportunity: The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) have invited applications for their two-day interactive, hands-on Library Carpentry workshops in Baltimore, MD and Salt Lake City, UT this spring. Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. The goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. Submit an application today, January 10, 2020 to receive professional development funds that support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians – Apply today, January 10, 2020 to participate in a rigorous, 9-week, online training course with the NNLM Training Office (NTO). This course goes beyond the basics of research data management, providing an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. Participants who complete all components are eligible to receive 36 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote health, fitness and nutrition in the new year? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) – Continue the Conversation, HIV/AIDS Community Information from NACC

Health Education And Literacy – The HEAL Project – NER Update

Puerto Rico Hit by 5.8 and 6.4 Magnitude Earthquakes – SEA Currents

NLM/NIH News

Celebrating 20 Years of ClinicalTrials.gov and Looking to the Future – As ClinicalTrials.gov celebrates its 20th anniversary on February 29, 2020, NLM is asking for your input on how it can best continue to serve your needs for many more years to come. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Seeing the Cytoskeleton in a Whole New Light – The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) recently held its Green Fluorescent Protein Image and Video Contest. Over the next few months, the NIH Director’s blog will feature some of the most eye-catching entries—starting with this video that will remind those who grew up in the 1980s of those plasma balls that, when touched, light up with a simulated bolt of colorful lightning.  – NIH Director’s Blog

Revealing Data: Charting Pain in 1879 – Rollin Robinson Gregg was a well-known homeopathic physician in the United States who believed, “Wherever there is suffering to be relieved, there MUST be a remedy for it.” Gregg felt that he and his fellow homeopaths themselves were suffering from symptoms of confusion and memory impairment from the exhaustive reference volumes they relied upon to for patient care. Gregg decided that charts were the remedy for what would now be recognized as “information overload.” – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Happy New Year! – NLM in Focus shares a few stories about some of the National Library of Medicine’s people, services, and products that are making a difference in scientific discovery and public health and educating the public. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

January 2020

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – January 16, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.

2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 17, 9:30-11:00 AM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. 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? Join NLM staff for this webinar to learn more.

Stronger Together: Healthcare Coalitions in Rural and Frontier Areas – January 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Natural and man-made emergencies can have complex and devastating effects for any jurisdiction. However, rural and frontier communities face unique challenges to preparing for and responding to potential threats. Healthcare coalitions (HCCs) are multidisciplinary groups that include representatives from public health, emergency management, emergency medical services, hospitals and other community partners. Through the HCC, these organizations are able to enhance jurisdictional preparedness and response capabilities by coordinating planning efforts; creating and sharing resources and best practices; hosting trainings and conducting exercises; and providing technical assistance to enhance stakeholder preparedness programs. Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), in this presentation the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and HCC representatives will provide an overview of the strengths and challenges experienced by rural and frontier HCCs and discuss how these groups work to make their communities more resilient.

That’s Not Funny! Or is it? – January 22, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for the next installment in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webinar series. To be truly socially just do you have to eradicate humor? Let a trained professional explain how humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event. How can we plan better, intervene when something isn’t right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If we think before we joke – we can still joke.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

Exceptional Lives – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest Julie McKinney, Health Literacy Specialist and Director of Product Content at Exceptional Lives, Inc., for this webinar. Exceptional Lives is a not-for-profit organization which provides easy-to-read information for parents and caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their free online tools help families find the resources they need and walk them through the complicated processes of getting services and benefits for their child. The tools are developed using health literacy principles, and include comprehensive step-by-steps Guides as well as a searchable Resource Directory of local providers and support services. This webinar will discuss the need for this type of resource and include NLM and other government resources that are relevant to the topic.

NNLM Resource Picks: Bookshelf – January 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for the next installment in this collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring National Library of Medicine resources. Bookshelf provides free access to the full text of books and documents in the biomedical and life sciences as well as health care, medical humanities and social sciences. Through integration with other NCBI databases, such as PubMed, Gene, Genetic Testing Registry, and PubChem, Bookshelf also provides reference information for biological, chemical and other biomedical data and facilitates its discovery. This webinar will provide an overview of Bookshelf, including why it is a trusted resource of reference and health information, how it is related but different from PubMed Central and PubMed, and how to best find and navigate the content it archives.

Data Presentations: The Good, Bad and Unethical – January 30, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and Massachusetts Health Science Library Network (MAHSLIN) for a presentation on the Edward Tufte One Day course on Presenting Data and Information workshop. Edward Tufte’s course has a focus on fundamental design strategies for information displays such as tables, diagrams, charts and data visualizations. This class will focus on Mr. Tufte’s evaluation of data visualizations, ethics of data visualization design, and the pitfalls of PowerPoint. This presentation will provide a fun and informative overview of the class, tips on how to spot deceptive data visualizations and evaluate data presentations.

Struggles and Strategies for Survival Beyond the Walls of Jail – January 30, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for this webinar to hear a personal story of substance use disorder and incarceration from Louie Diaz, a substance use disorder counselor and re-entry specialist with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office. Louie will discuss the work he is doing in Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts to address the addiction crisis, and what it was like to be followed by a film crew for 5 years during the making of a documentary. He will also share why the film is important as we begin to treat substance use disorder as a public health issue instead of a law enforcement issue.

February 2020

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – February 3-March 17, 2020 – Join NNLM for a 6-week course that helps health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. This class will start with an overview of data science. Participants will learn about big data from a systems perspective, dig into how big data impacts patients and researchers, think about the role of librarians in supporting big data initiatives. The class will finish with an opportunity for you to develop an action plan based on course content.

Food for Thought: Creating Resilient Rural Communities – February 6, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A lack of access to fresh food leads to an increase in obesity, diabetes, and other health concerns. The Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) and the Comfort Food Community food pantry teamed up to address these and other challenges (adult literacy, food scarcity, food waste, food access, rural food deserts, and transportation) by launching the Fresh Food Collective Farm-2-Library initiative. They reduced food waste by gleaning produce from local farms, then distributed the produce through small, rural libraries where food scarcity, limited food pantry access, and transportation all limit access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In the first year, nearly 2,500 pounds of fresh produce were distributed, bringing new faces into the library, creating and deepening relationships with the community fostering renewed interest in library services from populations that were previously reluctant users. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this webinar to learn more about this project.

Framing the Future of Partnering with Your Community – February 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Discover how to engage and create long lasting partnerships with community members while disseminating consumer health information. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will discuss the difference between engagement and outreach, building trust within your community to support impactful collaborations, and creating and finding community engagement resources. This presentation will also review and discuss key takeaways from several community health engagement initiatives including helpful strategies learned and finding positive aspects from events that did not go as planned.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – February 17-March 8, 2020 – You’re a library worker – you’re already helping those in your community find health information. What are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join NNLM for this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? This class will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

*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

Job Postings:

Applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to Your Teaching – January 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you teach or plan to teach, ACRL Information Literacy Framework threshold concepts will help you promote deep learning in your students. Threshold concepts are the ideas in a discipline that are passageways to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within the discipline. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to integrate threshold concepts into your courses, guest lectures, one-shot sessions, and any other form of teaching you do. As part of the webinar you’ll develop learning outcomes for a class assignment, and you’ll begin to integrate threshold concepts into your instruction using active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Building Effective and Innovative Partnerships – January 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join LibraryWorks and Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, for a discussion on how to seek opportunities for your library to strengthen existing relationships and reach out to new groups at the state and local level. This webinar will discuss strategic partnerships, implementing innovative outreach strategies, and determining which partnerships will be the most effective and meaningful for your library to pursue. Sponsored by LibraryWorks; $49 per person.

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant – The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. View the full award guidelines and apply by February 3, 2020.

Summer Health Professions Education Program – Share this opportunity with college students interested in the Health Professions! Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this free summer enrichment program is designed to improve access to information and resources for college students that identify with groups that are underrepresented in the health professions. The program includes academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics; learning and study skills development; clinical exposure through small-group rotations in healthcare settings, simulation experiences, and seminars; career development sessions directed toward exploration of the health professions, the admissions process, and the development of an individualized education plan; a financial literacy and planning workshop that informs students of financial concepts and strategies; a health policy seminar series to expose scholars to a larger view of healthcare, health systems, and the social determinants of health; and an introduction to interprofessional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions. Applications are due February 5, 2020.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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

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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 10, 2020

SEA News - Fri, 2020-01-10 09:40

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.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars January 16 – January 21

Webinars January 22 – January 29

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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Request a Training From an NNLM SEA Coordinator

SEA News - Thu, 2020-01-09 12:30

Are you interested in hosting a training or continuing education opportunity for your organization, library, or institution? As a member of NNLM SEA, you can request a FREE class to be taught by one of our Coordinators! (Not already a member? Join today. It’s free!)

Training opportunities are available as webinars or in-person sessions, and are available to receive MLA CE credit. (Please Note: In-person sessions must be requested at least 3 months prior to the anticipated target date. Exceptions may be made based on availability.) 

To request a training, please complete the online submission form: Request an NNLM Class

Below you will find a selection of classes and topics available from the NNLM SEA coordinators. If you have other topics or NNLM classes in mind, let us know in the submission form and we can work together to find the best session for your organization. 

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers 

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

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

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health

Graphic Medicine

Health Literacy

Improving Health Information on Wikipedia

National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources

PubMed.gov

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community

Wellness in the Library Workplace

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

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Raise Awareness of Substance Misuse with the NNLM Reading Club

MAR News - Thu, 2020-01-09 12:10

January often brings a time of reflection and fresh starts to a new year. Some may be struggling with issues of substance misuse and need resources to learn more about it – whether it has touched them directly or they just want to understand the topic better, especially from a first-person point of view. Substance misuse doesn’t take a holiday – any week is a good week to discuss substance misuse, addiction disorders, and treatment choices for both young and old.

To help get the conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources Guide for Substance Misuse. Choose one of three featured books:

  • Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • Blackout by Sarah Hopola
  • Dreamland (YA version) by Sam Quinones

For each of the featured book selections, you can download a discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding Substance Misuse resources. Short on time? No worries! You can apply to receive a free NNLM Reading Club book kit that includes everything you need to host a book club, delivered to your institution.

three books for substance misuse awareness

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka l Blackout by Sarah Hopola l Dreamland (YA version) by Sam Quinones

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Webinar: 2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching

MCR News - Thu, 2020-01-09 12:08

Friday January 17th – 7:30-9 MT/ 8:30-10 CT

Register

 

Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. 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?

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NLM Request for Information Solicits Feedback on the Future of ClinicalTrials.gov

MCR News - Thu, 2020-01-09 12:03

ClinicalTrials.gov celebrates its 20th anniversary on February 29! The resource is also embarking on a multiyear modernization plan. As part of this effort, NLM has issued a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting feedback on the future of ClinicalTrials.gov. Responses must be submitted by March 14. For all the details and link to the RFI, visit the most recent post from the NLM Director’s blog, https://nlmdirector.nlm.nih.gov/2020/01/07/celebrating-20-years-of-clinicaltrials-gov-and-looking-to-the-future/.

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Webinar: Stronger Together: Healthcare Coalitions in Rural and Frontier Areas

MCR News - Thu, 2020-01-09 12:02

Tuesday, January 21, 12 MT/1 CT

For full details and to register: https://nnlm.gov/class/stronger-together-healthcare-coalitions-rural-and-frontier-areas/20620

Overview:

Natural and man-made emergencies can have complex and devastating effects for any jurisdiction. However, rural and frontier communities face unique challenges to preparing for and responding to potential threats. Healthcare coalitions (HCCs) are multidisciplinary groups that include representatives from public health, emergency management, emergency medical services, hospitals and other community partners. Through the HCC, these organizations are able to enhance jurisdictional preparedness and response capabilities by coordinating planning efforts; creating and sharing resources and best practices; hosting trainings and conducting exercises; and providing technical assistance to enhance stakeholder preparedness programs. In this presentation, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and HCC representatives will provide an overview of the strengths and challenges experienced by rural and frontier HCCs and discuss how these groups work to make their communities more resilient.

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how healthcare coalitions in rural and frontier areas to support and maintain preparedness.
  • Explain lessons learned, best practices and barriers to healthcare coalitions in rural and frontier areas.
  • Identify strategies to becoming involved with local healthcare coalitions and the benefits to organizations for being a member.
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Online Course – Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Librarian Roles

MCR News - Wed, 2020-01-08 15:49

Join us for the Big Data in Healthcare:  Exploring Emerging Roles course that will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. The 6-week course will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities. We’ll start with an overview of data science and then learn about big data from a systems perspective, dig into how big data impacts patients and researchers, think about the role of librarians in supporting big data initiatives, and finish with an opportunity for you to develop an action plan based on course content. (6 MLA Continuing Education Credits)

Registration is limited to 50 participants. Register at: https://nnlm.gov/class/big-data-healthcare-exploring-emerging-roles/15911

Class Date: Feb 3, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020

 Instructor(s):

Kirsten Burcat, MLIS, Data & Evaluation Coordinator
Derek Johnson, Health Professionals Outreach Specialist
Donna Harp Ziegenfuss, MS, EdD, Data Science Coordinator

Contact:

Derek Johnson

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Announcing the January 2020 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

MCR News - Wed, 2020-01-08 13:43

January often brings a time of reflection, and fresh starts to a new year. Some may be struggling with issues of substance misuse and need resources to learn more about it – whether it has touched them directly or they just want to understand the topic better, especially from a first-person point of view.  Because substance misuse doesn’t take a holiday, any week is a good week to discuss substance misuse, addiction disorders, and treatment choices for both young and old.

To help get the conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Substance Misuse. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding Substance Misuse resources. Short on time?  No worries! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

 

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka l Blackout by Sarah Hopola l Dreamland (YA version) by Sam Quinones

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