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NNLM Region 6 Launch Webinar

GMR News - Tue, 2021-06-08 09:26
NNLM Region 6 Launch Webinar June 23, 2:00 – 3:00 CT

Come hear about plans for the “new” Region 6 Regional Medical Library (RML). You’ll get to meet staff, hear about some exciting new plans and initiatives, learn about our subaward timeline, and share your comments, questions, and feedback! We hope you can join us.


Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
Please click this URL to join. https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96741525353?pwd=MVp2SGdqSHEyRmNtWUxwc2RhQVNSUT09

Passcode: NNLMR6

Or join by phone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782

Webinar ID: 967 4152 5353


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Changes in Health Services Research Support at NLM

GMR News - Thu, 2021-06-03 10:11

Based on input from the Health Services Research (HSR) community on how to better serve their needs and make HSR information easier to discover, NLM will discontinue four standalone HSR products on September 14, 2021. The affected resources are:

    • HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress)
    • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources)
    • HSRIC (Health Services Research Information Central)
    • PHPartners (Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce)

Details are in the latest NLM Technical Bulletin:

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Transition Updates from Region 6

GMR News - Wed, 2021-05-26 09:26

As many of you have discovered over the past few weeks, NNLM is undergoing some significant changes. Martha Meacham, NNLM’s Project Director, provided a nice overview of these changes during NNLM Day @ MLA’21. I encourage you to view the slides and recording (once posted) from her presentation if you missed it!

In the next few weeks, you’ll also be able find a recording of Region 6’s update. During our session, we had the opportunity to share about our strategic vision for the RML over the next five years.

In the meantime, we wanted to update everyone on some questions that we’ve been receiving:

  1. I noticed the website still refers to the old region names. What gives?
    As NNLM begins its new 5-year funding cycle, the office that manges the website has changed host locations (Pittsburgh to Baltimore). There’s been a significant amount of work taking place to transfer servers and technology for the past month. We expect by mid-June that a new NNLM web experience will launch.


  1. When will courses and webinars start taking place?
    Some regional webinars will start happening in June, but most courses won’t launch until sometime in July after the new website and registration system is up and running. We encourage you to check out NNLM’s YouTube page to view recordings of past webinars!


  1. I’m trying to get my Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS), but there aren’t live courses. Can I get it from watching the recorded webinars?
    Yes! A select number of recorded webinars are eligible. Check out this CHIS Learning Plan (PDF) for more details.


  1. Our library participated in the GMR Reciprocal Group (GMRRG) through DOCLINE. What’s happening with the group now that the GMR is Region 6?
    The GMRRG is actually not an official RML/NNLM group. It was set up as an optional group years ago and has remained a popular group for lending among libraries within the previous 10-state region. We are working to help identify someone to take the lead of this group and manage it moving forward.


  1. Speaking of DOCLINE, what’s happening there?
    As part of the new NNLM, some DOCLINE activities are moving back into the region. Each RML has a designated individual to serve on NNLM’s DOCLINE Coordinate Committee (DCC). While things are just getting started, we’ll be able to provide more updates as the DCC forms. In the meantime, if you have any DOCLINE questions, please send them to: Region6-RML@uiowa.edu We’ll route to the appropriate person!


  1. What about NLM print lending or scanning? We’re having to turn down requests from researchers because NLM has the only copies, and we can’t access them.
    Unfortunately, we don’t have any updates on when ILL staff at NLM will return to their work spaces. You can write to NLM’s Help Desk for more information: https://support.nlm.nih.gov/support/create-case/


  1. We’re interested in securing funding through NNLM. Is Region 6 offering subawards this year?
    We sure are! Check out this blog post to learn more.


  1. So, what’s new with Region 6? Can we hear more about your plans for the next year and beyond?
    We have some exciting new plans for the five years, but you’ll also notice familiar faces and a continued commitment to serving the needs of our members. We’ll be offering a Region 6 Update on June 23 at 2:00 CT/3:00 ET. Here, you can learn more about our team, hear about our plans for the next year, and ask questions and provide feedback. We hope you can join us! More details will be posted via our Weekly E-Newsletter.


  1. My question wasn’t on this list. How can I get in touch?
    Please e-mail our office at Region6-RML@uiowa.edu


  1. How can I make sure I’m in the know with what’s happening at Region 6 and NNLM?
    First, make sure you’re subscribed to our Weekly E-Newsletter. Once subscribed, you can also sign up for our targeted monthly newsletters focused on health professionals, public librarians, and academic and health sciences librarians. You can also keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter!
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A Data Visualization Journey

GMR News - Mon, 2021-05-24 08:25

In November 2019, I was awarded a scholarship by NNLM-PNR (Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) to attend a data visualization workshop titled “Accessing, Analyzing, and Visualizing IPUMS Data” in Denver, CO. The workshop, hosted by PolicyViz, was facilitated by Jonathan Schwabish, Urban Institute; David Van Riper, IPUMS; and Jose Pacas, IPUMS. I was eager to attend as I was on a journey to learn two new skill sets: data visualization and teaching data visualization to others – and the experience did not disappoint. First, the venue chosen was very cool – General Assembly reminded me of something out of the Grizzle Campus from Parks & Recreation – complete with glassed-in classrooms, concrete floors, and a café that sells sparkling waters you’ve never heard of before. Our workshop had only six attendees, which really personalized the experience. My co-students ranged from educators to business analysts – and we had a good laugh during introductions when we realized that two instructors and myself were all from the University of Minnesota (I flew all the way to Denver to learn from folks on my own campus – and it was totally worth it!).

There were quite a few significant takeaways.

  • Sketching. One of the first exercises we did was to use post-it notes to sketch as many different ways to visualize a particular scenario as we could imagine. This simple exercise stretched my creative limits and reinforced the importance of experimentation and imperfection in data visualization. I had attended one other workshop that required a similar exercise, and I found these experiences so valuable that I decided to add them to the data visualization workshop that I would teach at my institution.
  • Data sources. Unexpectedly, I also learned a lot about publicly available health data which I was previously unaware. IPUMS data is produced and managed by my own institution – which is especially convenient for me! When imagining what type of data visualization workshop I would teach, I had not considered data sources, but the real-world health data featured in this workshop was an excellent use-case. It helped me to recognize the practicality of a workshop utilizing publicly available data.
  • Tools. I left the workshop with a number of tools, including a practice toolkit (digital files), a data visualization chart guide, and Jonathan’s textbook “Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks.” The book and chart guide, in particular, have been invaluable in developing my own data visualization workshop.
  • Teaching model. The full-day workshop flew by; in part, due to the smartly organized teaching model. There were fun exercises where we pushed our creative boundaries, lecture that incorporated attendee feedback, follow-along data analysis, and interesting and accessible (in terms of being easy to understand for newcomers) data visualization techniques explained. I knew that I could not follow this exact model when I teach my own one-hour workshop, but I did incorporate three of these techniques: creative sketching, audience feedback throughout, and accessible visualization examples.

What ever came of this experience? A professional development leave, two data visualization workshops, and a guide for other libraries looking to expand their data visualization services. “Accessing, Analyzing, and Visualizing IPUMS Data” was one of many courses, workshops, and presentations I attended in preparation, but it was significant in it’s contributions. In July 2020, I was awarded a six-week professional development leave to create two data visualization workshops. I relied heavily on Jonathan’s book for my workshop titled “Data Visualizations: Design Principles & Targeted Messaging to Effectively Communicate Your Research” and used the real-world data concept for my workshop titled “Introduction to Tableau.” I teach each of these workshops once per semester to an interdisciplinary and interprofessional audience, and both are well attended. Both of them are also constantly evolving based on feedback and new learning experiences. I look forward to teaching them in-person some day! A final output was the Data Visualization Services Toolkit for Libraries – a guide for any librarians or libraries seeking to develop or grow data visualizations skills and services.

Shanda Hunt, MPH
Public health librarian & data curation specialist
Health Sciences Library, University of Minnesota

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Call For Applications Coming!

GMR News - Thu, 2021-05-20 11:06

Welcome to the new, yet familiar, NNLM Regional Medical Library. Formerly known as GMR, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa serves as Region 6 under its second five-year cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine.

Also new, but recognizable, is Darlene Kaskie, who has transitioned from NNLM All of Us to the Region 6 Community Engagement Coordinator. In this role, she looks forward to broadening access, use, and understanding of information and digital literacy with diverse populations for health equity in the seven states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

One way to fulfill this scope of work is through funding. In early June, Region 6 will announce a Call For Applications of five awards.

Region 6 Funding Breakdown Grid

Priority will be given to submissions from community- or faith- based organizations located in Medically Underserved Areas or applicants who are collaborating with organizations that have intimate knowledge of the health information needs of their community and how best to deliver meaningful programming.

If you are searching for a community partner or evidence-of-need, the Underserved Health Communities Guide may be of help. It has been updated with recent census data, county health rankings, and community stories and maps of Medically Underserved Areas and Populations to inform proposal goals and outcomes. And more stories are forthcoming!

Proposed Funding Timeline for Performance Period October 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022

Region 6 Award Timeline

If you have ideas for projects, speakers, toolkits, or technology that meet our criteria for direct engagement with diverse communities for health information outreach, you may contact Darlene Kaskie at darlene-kaskie@uiowa.edu prior to submitting your proposal. She is happy to discuss with you.

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Share your Research and Innovative Practices at the 2021 MCMLA/Midwest Joint Chapter Meeting!

GMR News - Wed, 2021-05-19 10:29

The Joint Research Program Committee invites poster, paper, and lightning talk abstract submissions on any health sciences librarianship topic for the 2021 MCMLA/Midwest Joint Chapter Meeting. The meeting will take place virtually from October 13-15, 2021.

Submission to present at the MCMLA/Midwest Joint Chapter Meeting is open to members and non-members of MCMLA and the Midwest Chapter. Papers will have 20-30 minutes for their presentation, while lightning talks will have 5-10 minutes. Posters will be available in an online tool with optional audio narration. For accepted submissions, at least one author should be in attendance at the virtual conference.

Submission of work that has previously been presented at MLA but not at MCMLA/Midwest Chapter is welcomed and encouraged for this year’s joint meeting. Both program descriptions and research projects are encouraged. Feel free to forward this announcement to potentially interested parties that may not have received this email.

Deadline for submissions is June 4th. Early submissions are welcomed and appreciated. Acceptance decisions will be sent out by July 30th.

Never submitted a structured abstract for a conference before? Join us for an informal Structured Abstract Brown Bag on May 21, 1pm CT (12pm MT, 2pm ET). We’ll talk about requirements for conference abstracts, types of presentations, and answer any questions you may have. Session will be recorded. (Link to join the Zoom meeting: https://umn.zoom.us/j/93414540324?pwd=Zi9jWWpxcHA2ak9LTTJEcmZuMVlKZz09)

Please contact Research Program Committee co-chairs Emily Vardell (evardell@emporia.edu) or Jolene Miller (Jolene.Miller@utoledo.edu) with questions.


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Ohio Health Sciences Library Association Spring 2021 CE Course: Drawn to Graphic Medicine

GMR News - Fri, 2021-05-14 14:07

The Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA) gratefully acknowledges Region 6 for the Expert Speaker Award in support of its Spring 2021 CE Program presenters: Kathryn Houk, MLIS, MPH, AHIP, CHIS I, Assistant Professor and Health Literacy and Community Engagement Librarian at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas Health Sciences Library and Ariel Pomputius, MLIS, health sciences liaison librarian at the Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida–Gainesville.  They presented their 1.5 credit MLA CE course Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship on Friday, April 30 from 10:30 am to noon Eastern via a Zoom meeting room (provided courtesy of OhioNET). OHSLA advertised the course to its own members and also via the Midwest Chapter MLA and the Academic Library Association of Ohio listservs.

The instructors clearly value interactivity and designed activities that engaged the class participants. For instance, in addition to providing lists of resources for course participants, the instructors gave the participants the opportunity to recommend resources.  Furthermore, those taking the course had the opportunity not only to analyze a sample graphic, but also to draw their own comic.  The drawing exercise was especially well-received; several of the artists enthusiastically opted to share their drawing with the entire class and to describe what it depicted.

There were several course objectives, but two of the most timely and critical were 1) to demonstrate how comics appeal to a variety of audiences, including both clinicians and health consumers and 2) to discuss how comics can amplify marginalized voices or ideas in health and healthcare. Based on the course evaluations, these objectives were achieved.

There were 33 registrants for the live webinar, 4 of whom were not members of OHSLA.  As of this writing, a total of 17 OHSLA program evaluation surveys have been submitted. The course and the instructors were rated very highly on the evaluation survey. The rating for relevance of content and information averaged 8.81 and the expertise of presenters averaged 9.75, both out of a maximum possible ranking of 10.

Those who chose to comment on the course had good things to say. Here is a sampling:

  • “This course helped me to see that comics can be a very valuable method of information transfer. There is a language and vocabulary to graphic information. I would like to learn more, especially on how to get students drawing to express their ideas. We rely almost totally on the written word for information exchange. I was surprised by how many of my colleagues actually are quite fluent in graphic information portrayal.”
  • “I attended out of curiosity and could immediately see the value of incorporating graphic medicine into presentations, classes, and orientations. The presenters made it fun and interesting. Appreciated the hands on aspect as well.”
  • “…Both presenters were very knowledgeable and personable and did a great job at presenting information. I think this would be outstanding as an in-person class but it worked well in the online format as well. I went into the class thinking it wouldn’t be that relevant to my work/library but they provided great examples and ideas I can see implementing in my institution.”

OHSLA received permission from the instructors to record the course, and MLA confirmed that OHSLA may offer MLA CE credit for watching the recording of the course for up to one year from the date of the live course (Apr. 30, 2022).  Anyone who is interested in the taking the course may register to watch the recording (fee: $20) at the OHSLA website on the Drawn to Graphic Medicine CE (Recorded OHSLA Spring 2021 Session) page.

Submitted by Ximena Chrisagis, M.S. (LIS), M.A., OHSLA 2020-21 President Elect/Program Chair

Self-portrait, Kathryn (Katie) Houk

Self-portrait, Kathryn (Katie) Houk










Self-portrait, Ariel Pomputius

Self-portrait, Ariel Pomputius










The self-portraits are the copyright of each artist and are used in this post with the artists’ permission

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NNLM Day @ MLA’21

GMR News - Thu, 2021-05-13 06:59




It is a time of transformation and growth for NLM’s Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). Throughout its 61-year history the network has excelled at its mission to advance the progress of medicine in communities throughout the United States, and improve public health by serving librarians, researchers, clinicians and the public. View the network’s impact and accomplishments in the 2020 Annual Report.

We invite you to join us on May 17, 2021 at the Medical Library Association’s 2021 Annual Conference to learn about the future of NNLM, including its new configuration, partnerships and opportunities available. NNLM Day @ MLA’21 begins at 11:00am CST, with a national discussion about the next NNLM, followed by one-hour sessions for each of NNLM’s seven regions.

Learn more and view the schedule!


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Join us and bring your thread of knowledge to help us stitch our Region 4 fabric.

MCR News - Wed, 2021-05-12 18:56

Let’s talk! Come meet your Network of the National Library of Medicine staff for the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota (Region 4). We want to meet you, hear your ideas, and answer your questions. The meeting is free for anyone to attend.



Region 4 Preview

Monday, May 17

1:30 – 2:30 pm MDT

12:30 – 1:30 pm AZ Time


Meeting Link:


Meeting ID: 161 422 8020 Passcode: 396922


For more information on regional and national sessions of NNLM Day at MLA, visit https://www.nlm.nih.gov/oet/exhibits/mla/2021/nnlm-day.html.


Want to stay connected with Region 4 on the latest news? Sign up for the Region 4 listserv at https://lists.hsc.utah.edu/wws/subscribe/nnlm_region4

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NCBI Midwest Workshops Registration Now Open

GMR News - Tue, 2021-05-04 09:28


Registration is now open for the virtual NCBI Midwest Workshops hosted by the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library. Below is the schedule and registration of events.




  • Tuesday, June 15 — 9am-12noon ET
    Getting Started With NCBI Data in Python
    Learn how to tackle bigger biomolecular datasets more reliably with the power of Python programming. This workshop is designed for biologists without programming experience
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Heart-Mind Connection at the Sacramento Public Library

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2021-04-30 17:45

by Katie Ball
Special Projects Associate
Sacramento Public Library

The Sacramento Public Library (SPL) received a 2020-2021 Outreach Mini Award from the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM PSR). This award was used to produce resources and programming for the Heart-Mind Connection (HMC). The goal of the HMC was to emphasize the connection between good heart health and a healthy brain, as well as the benefits of lowering blood pressure for improved long-term health for patrons of all ages. The HMC also addressed the current need for virtual mind and body wellness programming and equipped the public with health resources and medical tools. We aimed to reach our goal by providing the following activities:

  • Virtual Yoga: We held two 6-week sessions of Body Positive Yoga with local yoga instructor, Kirsten Johnson. Participants learned about the benefits of yoga on the NIH Wellness page.
  • Virtual Zumba: We held two 6-week sessions of Virtual Zumba with local Zumba instructor, Molly Giger. Participants learned about the benefits of regular exercise for heart health on the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute page.
  • Senior Health Kits: Utilizing our curbside pick-up service, we distributed Senior Health Kits, which were tote bags filled with theWhat to do for Senior Health book from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, a pill splitter, a travel alarm clock, a pill organizer, and printouts on senior-focused health care and tips for better brain health.
  • Family Health Kits: Utilizing our curbside pick-up service, we distributed Family Health Kits, which were backpacks filled with the What to do when your Child is Sick book from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, a plastic medicine spoon, a digital thermometer, a healthy recipe book, and a packet of information with tips for parents and guardians, including children’s exercise and nutrition ideas and how to stay healthy during Covid.

    Family Health Kit

  • Fidget Blanket Project: We introduced a new opportunity for volunteers to create fidget blankets at home. We provided participants with a kit of “fidget” supplies and fabric, and they lent their time and talents to sew a blanket. Finished blankets were then donated to various memory care facilities in the Sacramento area.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor Kits: To encourage patrons to educate themselves on their heart health at home, we introduced blood pressure monitor kits to the library collection. The kits include a wrist blood pressure monitor, instructions for how to take their blood pressure, a log to record their readings, and heart health tips from the NIH.
  • Mindfulness Film Screenings and Discussions: We held three virtual mindfulness programs aimed at children, teens, and adults, which included a screening of short films from our partner, TakeCare.org. The screening was then followed by either a demonstration or discussion related to the film’s theme.
    • Children: Screening of “Just Breathe” with a breathing demonstration from children’s mindfulness organization, YoReMi.
    • Teens: Screening of “Nature: No App Required” with a presentation on healthy living in a digital world from SPL staff.
    • Adults: Screening of “Night After Night” with a presentation on better sleep tips from Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Lori Roberto.

  Senior Health Kit

One of the successes from the HMC was the popularity of the Senior Health Kits and Family Health Kits. We used our Curbside Communicator system to ask if patrons would like to receive either of these kits at the time they were at the branch to pick up their hold items. This option provided a nice surprise to the patron, as they weren’t expecting to receive these kits. We were able to distribute over 160 Family Health Kits and 130 Senior Health Kits within 3 weeks at 10 branches throughout Sacramento County. Staff shared feedback that patrons enjoyed the items, the kits went quickly, and that they liked the chance to give something away during this time.

With the constant changes that occurred as Covid-19 precautions were put into effect throughout Sacramento County, SPL was unable to hold any in-person programming throughout the grant period. While this meant we couldn’t hold the fidget blanket workshops or blood pressure screenings, we were presented with the opportunity to introduce an array of health and wellness classes to our audience. As a result of the positive responses and feedback we received from class participants, we plan to expand our virtual programming to offer exercise and mindfulness classes for all ages. We will also keep the fidget blanket volunteer project going, as volunteers were eager to create blankets and there are many memory care facilities in our area that would benefit from having these blankets for their patients. We plan to seek out additional opportunities to share relevant resources developed in the HMC in future partnerships, outreach events, and other health-related programming.

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Expanding Telehealth Services at Rural Hawaii School-Based Health Clinics

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2021-04-28 12:48

by Dr. Marita Padilla, PsyD, ABPP
Staff Psychologist
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC)

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth rapidly emerged as the standard of care for primary and behavioral health services. Telehealth not only offered a safer alternative to in-person services for both patients and providers, but also reduced barriers to access to appropriate medical, behavioral health, and health education services, particularly in low-income, rural areas. Many of the youth in the communities served by Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) struggled to sufficiently access telehealth services for a variety of reasons.

The grant funding provided by the NNLM allowed our school-based clinics to acquire the necessary technology to sufficiently provide telehealth services as a means to ensure youth have a safe, confidential location to meet with a medical provider, behavioral health provider, and/or health educator.

This project was not without challenges. Despite our project being relatively simple on paper (request for funds to complete a one-time technology upgrade in order to sufficiently provide telehealth services to youth in rural Hawaii), several unforeseen circumstances posed challenges. One such challenge, and probably the most impactful, was the limited supply of equipment nationwide, likely due to several businesses transitioning from in-person services to online. I, as well as our agency’s IT department, worked tirelessly to try to order/acquire computer workstations; however, the shortage significantly delayed the ability to order the needed technology to start our project. As it stands, we ordered everything needed, but are still waiting for receipt of some of the technology ordered simply because supply and demand are still playing catch up.

A photo of a computer monitor and keyboard on a desk. This monitor and keyboard are the telehealth kiosks used in the school-based health clinics. There is a telephone next to the kiosk and a chair at the desk.

Sample Telehealth Kiosk that will be offered in each of our
School-Based Health Clinics.

A second challenge was the rapid and prolonged closures of the schools prevented access to our clinic space to accurately assess our technology needs. When we initially submitted our application for grant funding, we postulated what might be needed to support our efforts. At that point, it was still early in the pandemic. The longer we were out of the schools and away from our clinics, the more we realized the needs differed from what we originally might need. Once we acclimated more to providing telehealth services, we were able to properly assess our needs and adjust accordingly. For this challenge, we were very fortunate to have worked hand-in-hand with our NNLM coordinator to amend our project, to ensure the ability to best serve our youth.

To date, we completed the crux of our project, which was to upgrade our technology in order to be able to provide telehealth services to youth at school-based clinics. Our project, and the impact of this award, will continue as we receive the technology and create spaces for our youth to confidentially access healthcare services.


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Action Health Partners Technology Improvement Award

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-04-27 14:27

Action Health Partners in Wenatchee, Washington received a Technology Improvement Award from the NNLM PNR to improve their website in order to provide greater information on and access to AHP services, and better engage and build relationships with volunteers and donors. Here is a report of their project from Paige Bartholomew, Network Support Services Program Coordinator.

Increasing Service Access and Building Relationships Through a Website Update

In 2018, Action Health Partners underwent an organizational rebrand process when the current organizational services no longer aligned with the original charter. Since the rebranding, the Action Health Partners’ website had not had the opportunity to fully reflect those changes.

Redesigning the website to make their services and programs more accessible was a priority for staff as they recognized that a lack of clear understanding of the services provided can be a barrier for accessing programs and building meaningful relationships. Action Health Partners serves a multi-county region in central and eastern Washington State where most counties served are designated as medically underserved areas, according to HRSA. Due to the vast rural geographic area served and the COVID-19 pandemic, it was important to have an updated website to help residents know the services available to them and how to safely access them.

The two goals for the project were: one, improve the Action Health Partners website to provide greater information on and access to services; and two, better engage and build relationships with volunteers and donors. Engaging and building relationships is imperative for Action Health Partners’ long-term success. As a non-profit, relationships with donors are important for financial sustainability and relationships with volunteers are important for greater access and reach of services.

Action Health Partners worked with Lake Chelan Creative Marketing to redesign the website. A website workgroup was formed to guide and oversee the website update process, consisting of five staff representing the various programs. Program leads were asked to review the old website verbiage on their program pages and make any changes they saw fit. New content was created as well. The workgroup revised the website content and verbiage before sending it to Lake Chelan Creative Marketing in November 2020. Lake Chelan Creative Marketing took the website content and verbiage and used their expertise to help make it more appealing. There were four rounds of website edits before the website was launched in March 2021.

The website has vastly improved. Action Health Partners’ three core service networks all have their own webpages with program content and contact information; prior to the update, two of the three core service networks were represented. To better engage and build relationships with volunteers, Action Health Partners consolidated the multiple website “Contact Us” form into one volunteer interest form making it easier for potential volunteers to get involved. A “Donate” page was created to better connect with donors. Bablic was selected as the website’s translation services where the website can be translated to Spanish and Russian.

Since the website launched in March, there has been in increase in website traffic. Prior to September 2020, over the course of a month Action Health Partners approximately got 200 unique visits and 500 page views. For the month of March 2021, there were 382 unique visits and 1,127 page views.
This project helped Action Health Partners make their services and programs more accessible to residents and start building better relationships with potential donors and volunteers. It would not have been possible without the dedication of Action Health Partner staff and Lake Chelan Creative Marketing.

Check out the updated Action Health Partners website.

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Join our Team! The GMR is Hiring

GMR News - Fri, 2021-04-23 08:07

The University of Iowa Libraries seeks a Medical and Academic Library Outreach Coordinator to work in the Regional Medical Library (RML) located at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Reporting to the RML Associate Director, the Medical and Academic Library Outreach Coordinator will engage individuals and organizations across Region 6 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) through training, coaching, and partnership outreach. NNLM is a network of libraries and information centers administered by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with a mission to provide U.S. health professionals and consumers with equal access to biomedical and health information resources. Learn more and apply here.

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NNLM Redraws Its Map

MCR News - Wed, 2021-04-21 18:08

Map of New NNLM RegionsNetwork of the National Library of Medicine members who are used to working with the MidContinental Region – particularly those in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri – will see shifts in their service contacts as the network redraws its map and enters a new five-year funding cycle in May.

Members will still find themselves with plenty of support from NNLM after the change. Access to National Library of Medicine resources like PubMed and MedlinePlus will not be affected.

NLM, part of the National Institutes of Health, will enter into new agreements with the academic health sciences libraries throughout the country that serve as Regional Medical Libraries for NNLM. Seven RMLs will serve more than 8,000 NNLM member libraries and organizations across the country beginning in May, consolidated from eight under the previous arrangement.

“Professional, knowledgeable staff will remain a core part of NNLM’s service to libraries in all the regions,” said John Bramble, associate director for the MidContinental Region. “The faces, names and email addresses of your points of contact may change depending on where you are located.”

The University of Utah’s Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library has served as the RML for the MidContinental Region since 2001 will continue in that role in a new Region 4 through 2026.

Three states from the current MidContinental Region – namely, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado – will be merged with New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota to form Region 4. Meanwhile, the states of Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri will be moved from the MidContinental Region into a new Region 3 with Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

NNLM will continue to offer its members funding for health information access and other projects related to the improvement of public health, as well as professional training, opportunities to connect with health sciences libraries and health-related information centers in each region, and access to free educational and print materials including NLM traveling exhibitions.

NNLM’s main goals are to work through libraries and other members to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through information. Through meaningful engagement strategies the NNLM increases health information access and use for all audiences, including underrepresented populations.

The reorganization reconfigures regions and reduces disparities between regions in two ways – total population served and number of member libraries and organizations supported.

The NNLM design remains the same with this FOA, comprising grantee staff operating RMLs, national offices, and national centers. RMLs remain an integral component of NNLM that serve as regional hubs for Network members; assess, interpret, and reflect all community information needs in the region; develop, foster, and maintain relationships between and among NNLM and members in the region; and reach all communities in the U.S.

For 2021-2026, the current NNLM Evaluation Office is transformed into a new, separate NNLM Evaluation Center that brings more expertise, innovation, and focus to analyzing and reporting the effectiveness, value, and impact of the Network’s regional and national programs and activities. The change also allows NNLM to strengthen its evaluation program and encourage innovation.

For more information please see the Announcement.

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On being a Catalyst for Community Health

MCR News - Tue, 2021-04-20 17:55

Melanie Newell is a C4CH (Catalyst for Community Health) Grantee at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is a service associate in Lincoln City Libraries, in Lincoln, NE.

C4CH (Catalysts for Community Health) is an Institute of Museum and Library Services Community Catalyst Project Grant initiative led by Dr. Jenny Bossaller and Dr. Denice Adkins of the University of Missouri’s iSchool, and Deborah Ward and Christine Pryor of MU Libraries and supported by an advisory board and one amazing graduate assistant. C4CH endeavors to use the talents of emerging LAM professionals to “spark” change in communities by bringing together existing ideas, energies, pieces and structures that when combined strengthen their impacts on communities. The support that we have is unmatched and allows us to make significant strides in our communities. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to brag about it here!

Now that I am in my fourth semester of this unique program, I can’t imagine my library education without this special training and emphasis on community health, and yet I know that few of my peers are going to have the perspective of community health in their library career paths. This initiative makes me feel like a seed that is being planted in my community. Our specialized training has included emphasis on evaluating our communities for areas of high need in relation to health, health literacy, and access to health and healthcare. We have learned how to use consumer health resources to help with health-related reference questions in libraries, how medical libraries are supporting public libraries and health initiatives across the country, and how public libraries can tap into these resources.  The skills I’ve obtained are not widespread in the public libraries I’ve been affiliated with so far, and I can be a new proponent for this type of library service. I am walking a not well-trodden path, which comes with some level of challenge and uncertainty, but I’ve been able to do it with the network of support that has been set up by the grant. In orienting us toward community health, all our training is moving through the community health filter, resulting in outcomes that are affecting our local libraries and communities.  Our projects and papers directly serve our local communities.

For me, it was when in our reference course, and learning about “information encountering” and serendipitous learning that happens in libraries that I began my journey into the project I’m doing for C4CH.  I realized that the serendipitous encountering of information can have a major influence on people’s knowledge and lives.  What if people in libraries encountered more health information unexpectedly?  What if they were at the library to get a bus schedule, but picked up a pamphlet on infant choking that saves the life of a baby?  Or they see information on quitting smoking and learn about the local Quitline, enhancing their chances of success .  I immediately knew I wanted to get more printed health information into people’s hands through libraries.  When I started doing more research, I realized I was on the right track, as health information produced by libraries is much more likely to be at the right literacy level and in more languages than health information coming from doctors’ offices. From there, as a component of my C4CH education experience, I was connected to my mentor, Margie Sheppard, of the NNLM MCR. We came up with the idea of creating a tool-kit for public libraries to access and print health information for their patrons.  I am working to localize this tool-kit to include local and community resources unique to the locale of Nebraska libraries and Nebraska communities.

Nebraskans tend to like things that are by and for other Nebraskans.  That’s our culture around here; we take real pride in our independent achievements. That is why the tool-kit taps into local health departments, organizations and local medical librarians.  I also know that one barrier to offering health programs and resources in libraries is the time it takes for library staff to learn these skills. That is why the tool-kit I’m creating is designed to be catchy, quick, attractive and accessible.  It is intended to consolidate information in such a way that it doesn’t waste any of the precious time of the busy librarians in my state.  It is my hope that by localizing information and resources on how to provide printed health materials in libraries and framing it in a way that is by and for Nebraskans, it will expand the landscape of printed health materials and encourage librarians to take new stock in health promotion in the public libraries right here in my locale, the great state of Nebraska.

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

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

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

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

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

Click ’View Profile’

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

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

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NNLM Training Program is Taking a Short Pause

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

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

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

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

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

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Reflections on Graphic Medicine and Medical Libraries

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

by Renée A. Torres, MLIS
San Jose State University

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

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

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

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

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

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LA’s Chinatown COVID-19 Relief Program – Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)

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

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

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

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

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

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