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2018 NACCHO Preparedness Summit Round-Up

NER News - Fri, 2018-05-18 15:07

The 2018 NACCHO Preparedness Summit (April 17-20, 2018-Atlanta, GA) was my first chance to tell people about the emergency preparedness resources available from NLM including DIMRC and MedlinePlus.

  1. Check out the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) to find resources for preparedness professionals, community organizations and the general public on preparing your community and your family for natural and man-made disasters.
  2. MedlinePlus has health information in plain language, including information on disaster preparedness for families and communities.

I also got to hear about free resources available from organizations across the US.

  1. Do you need to find a way to collaborate across departments? Or between organizations? Let Mesa County, CO teach you how to use FREE Google tools to do everything from mapping and tracking resources to putting up a website.  Learn more on their interactive Google site.
  2. Do you live in a rural area and want to help your community plan for disaster recovery? Check out the toolkit created by the Texas Chapter of Planners4Health (a project of the American Planners Association).  The toolkit lays out best practices for bringing rural communities together after an emergency to help in the recovery.
  3. Do you work with older adults? Do you want to help them prepare for emergencies?  Check out the interactive toolkit from the RAND Cooperation to find out how your organization can help prepare older adults for emergencies and help make them more resilient.

Before joining NNLM-NER in February, I worked for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health on public health preparedness projects including teaching people how to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. It was great to be able to bridge my past in public health preparedness and present with NNLM-NER by meeting folks at the 2018 NACCHO Preparedness Summit.  And I’m looking forward to continuing to bring NLM and NNLM resources to public health and preparedness professionals.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – May 18, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-05-18 07:54

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.  

Top Items of Interest

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Asynchronous Online Moodle Courses

Webinars: May 28 – June 1

Webinars: June 4-8

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars and classes.

Past Webinars Available on YouTube** 

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

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Focus on Research Data Management

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guideto 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 recordings from NNLM available on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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NNLM PSR Mini-Award Highlights for Mount Saint Mary’s University “Mount Wellness” Training Project

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-05-17 16:09

by Rebekah Tweed Fox
Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Los Angeles, CA

In 2017, Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) launched a comprehensive wellness movement, “Mount Wellness,” to help its community become, and remain, healthier. The MSMU Libraries, in an effort to support the campus initiative, created a plan to reach students through their own wellness efforts in three different ways.

Mount Saint Mary's Exhibit DisplayMSMU Libraries’ Mount Wellness Display

The MSMU Libraries received an outreach mini-award from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region, and with this support, the first goal was to create and promote a physical space within the J. Thomas McCarthy Library dedicated to healthy furniture and the promotion of reliable medical resources. Next, a drop-in workshop was conducted within the library, for students, faculty, and staff. The workshop introduced the MSMU community to the new active space and demonstrated MedlinePlus as a valuable alternative to other less reliable web resources, or Googling, for everyday medical queries. Lastly, the libraries partnered with the Wellness Department by adding a librarian-led training one-shots for campus Peer Wellness Advocates. These MSMU peer coaches worked with fellow students to promote a healthier student life. The library viewed this opportunity as an opportunity to branch out to other students, who may never use the library.

Peer Wellness Advocate Training
In the Fall of 2017, the MSMU Wellness Department hired eighteen students to act as Peer Wellness Advocates for other MSMU students and to discuss wellness related issues and promote healthy campus life. We believed that working with these students, and training them to use reliable research resources, would be a valuable tool for their work. In November of 2017, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Rebekah Tweed Fox, held three one-hour training sessions to teach the Peer Wellness Advocates the basics in how to navigate MedlinePlus. During these training sessions, she covered common “Googleable” questions, such as “how to treat symptoms of the common cold” and “common reasons for a headache.” Other highlights of the instruction session included navigating the Spanish language resources and how to locate printouts for students seeking specific information.

NLM ResourcesMedlinePlus Bookmarks & Raffle Prizes

At the end of April, we followed up with our Peer Wellness Advocates to see how they used MedlinePlus throughout the spring semester. The students overwhelmingly agreed or strongly agreed that the training helped their ability to find useful health information, that they used at least one tool demonstrated in the session during the semester, and that they planned to use MedlinePlus in the future. We viewed this response as very positive feedback and will plan on hosting additional trainings for new Peer Wellness Advocates next fall.

Wellness in the Library Workshop and “Healthy Furniture”
MSMU Libraries used funds from the NNLM mini-award to purchase two standing desks, a bike peddler, an air stepper, two balance disks, two standing mats, and two standing desk converters. The libraries additionally used funds to design and order a poster and popup banner for use at future MSMU Wellness fairs. On Tuesday, March 23, we held a drop-in workshop in the McCarthy Library to promote MedlinePlus and showcase our new “healthy” furniture. We held the event shortly during and after a campus-wide farmers market. We thought this would help encourage students, with healthy eating on their minds, to stop by and try out the new furniture. We additionally held a raffle for two Hydro Flasks to encourage students to sit through a fifteen-minute discussion of MedlinePlus and to ask follow-up questions on how the website could be utilized. Overall, we had around twenty students drop in for the workshop. We received positive feedback on the new furniture, with multiple requests for more exercise equipment in various additional areas of the library.

In conclusion, we viewed all three aspects of our project as a success! Anyone wishing additional project information may feel free to contact at Rebekah Tweed Fox.

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NLM to Discontinue PubMed Health on October 31

PSR News - Thu, 2018-05-17 15:11

The National Library of Medicine has decided to discontinue PubMed Health effective October 31, 2018, as the majority of information it provides is available in more heavily used NLM resources, such as PubMed, Bookshelf, and MedlinePlus. By focusing attention on these highly used platforms, NLM will be able to better serve users and meet the needs for access to quality health and medical information.

PubMed Health was introduced eight years ago as a portal for systematic reviews as well as consumer health information. Systematic reviews have been, and will remain, findable through PubMed, and the full text (when available) will continue to be accessible through Bookshelf. One simple way to limit PubMed search results to systematic reviews is to mark the check box for them in “Customize” under “Article types,” located in the top left corner of the search results page. The decision to discontinue PubMed Health and focus on NLM highly used platforms aligns with the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, which outlines interdependent goals, including Goal 2: to “Reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.”

Within the next year, PubMed will be adding “Systematic Review” as a Publication Type [pt], which will allow users to find systematic reviews by including the phrase in their search query (e.g., breast cancer AND systematic review[pt]). Also within the next year, PubMed will include a default check box for systematic reviews. You can get a sense of how that will look by visiting PubMed Labs, NLM’s Web site for experimenting with potential new features and interfaces for PubMed. Most of the consumer health information in PubMed Health, such as information on diseases, conditions and medications, is available through MedlinePlus. NLM remains fully committed to providing health information for patients and the general public. Key publications in PubMed Health that provide education on understanding and interpreting research, such as Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics and Testing Treatments: Better Research Through Better Healthcare, will continue to be available on the Bookshelf.

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All of Us

SCR News - Thu, 2018-05-17 11:28
Diverse group photo

“All of Us Participants” via allofus.nih.gov, April 2018, Public Domain.

Over the past couple of weeks, you may have hear about a new research program that the NIH has launched.  All of Us endeavors to enroll 1 million or more adults to participate in a research study.  Data from this study will be used to further advance the practice of precision medicine.

Precision medicine allows doctors to determine treatments that are likely more effective for individuals, taking into account their genetics.  Although this approach to medicine is not new, advances in research have significantly fast tracked the progress of it.

A set of core values is guiding the development and implementation of the All of Us Research Program:

  • Participation is open to all.
  • Participants reflect the rich diversity of the U.S.
  • Participants are partners.
  • Participants have access to their information.
  • Data will be accessed broadly for research purposes.
  • Security and privacy will be of highest importance.
  • The program will be a catalyst for positive change in research.

To learn more about All of Us, view this video or visit the website.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Thu, 2018-05-17 10:26

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

Spotlight

NLM @ MLA 2018: attending the Medical Library Association conference in Atlanta, GA? Stop by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit booth 145 to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics. You can also talk to MAR staff at the booth about funding, training, and current initiatives!

  • Sunday, May 20 from 1:00-2:00 PM: Executive Director Kate Flewelling
  • Monday, May 21 from 10:00-10:30 AM and 1:30-2:00 PM: Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Health Programming Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). Review of applications begins June 27, 2018, and will continue until filled.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Opioid Misuse and Addiction Resources in Multiple Languages – MARquee News Highlights

Connect with MAR: MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Check out the schedule of upcoming conferences where you can meet and greet with our staff.

NLM/NIH News

NIH Draft Strategic Plan for Data Science: Suggestions for Optimizing ValueNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Ill-Conceived, Well-Drawn Graphic Medicine Program Draws FansNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Love…at the 2018 Orphan Film SymposiumCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Tagging Essential Malaria Genes to Advance Drug DevelopmentNIH Director’s Blog

The National Library of Medicine is accepting applications to its Michael E. DeBakey fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2019. Application materials must be submitted by September 28. Read the full NLM announcement for more information and instructions on how to apply.

The NLM History of Medicine and Graphic Medicine websites have receive 2018 awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. Read the full announcement to learn why these websites were awarded ‘excellence’ and ‘distinction’.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds – May 29, 1:00-2:00 PM – The Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds project enabled Torrance State Hospital patients to learn how to access reliable health information to implement a healthy lifestyle. Patients participated in goal setting, technology instruction, exercise, learning about MedlinePlus and have performed simple research assignments. Join MAR for this webinar to learn more about the program and how it impacted Torrance patients and staff.

NNLM Resource Picks: Healthy Aging – Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information – May 30, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join PSR for this next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series. This session will focus on seniors’ use and access to quality health information, highlighting resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and MedlinePlus.

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 4-29, 2018 – Join GMR for a 4 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency and humility, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources. This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.

Pride at the Library: LGBTQ Programming For All Ages – June 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The LGBTQ community is an underserved and vulnerable population, often facing misinformation and censorship. Libraries have a unique capability to reach out to this group, providing a safe space to access materials and gather together, as well as provide education to the larger community. Sponsored by MAR, this talk will discuss how to develop engaging LGBTQ programming for all ages, gain the support of your administration, locate community partners, promote your programs, deal with media attention, and manage complaints.

PubMed for Librarians – Introduction to PubMed – June 6, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Join NTO for this synchronous, online course to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

LGBTQ Communities: Your Best Resource to Reduce Health Disparities  – June 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – With special attention to health justice among communities of color and LGBTQ populations, this webinar by SEA will explore how the lack of information, data, and resources directly affects the health, social and economic parity for these communities. You will learn about the importance of understanding local LGBTQ community resources and other non-traditional sources can be the best tool to reduce health disparities.

Just Talk About It: Using Mental Health Education to Prevent and Treat Substance Use Disorder – June 12, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by NER, Carl Antisell from the Minding Your Mind organization will share the story of his journey through addiction to recovery. Carl will discuss what to look for as warning signs of potential mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and crisis. Learn to look beyond the stigma associated with mental health, and use strategies with students, friends and family to address signs of difficulty using vocabulary that invites engagement and that shows empathy, care and respect.

A New Kind of Village: Combating Loneliness among Older Adults – June 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Loneliness among the aging population has been shown to have health risks equivalent to those of smoking and diabetes, with an overall 26% increase in mortality. Join SCR for this webinar to explore how government agencies, solution providers, healthcare, education and multiple other industries can act together to develop solutions designed to help people rebuild social connections and engagement with their communities.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Check out the new City Health Dashboard—an online resource from the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health. The dashboard contains community-level health, social, and economic data for the nation’s 500 largest cities! this resource reports on 36 key measures of health, such as obesity and opioid overdose deaths, as well as the conditions that influence health such as housing affordability, third grade reading proficiency, and income inequality.

Notice: the AHRQ National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC, qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov) Web site will not be available after July 16, 2018. Details.

Data Catalog Collaboration Information Session at MLA – May 21, 2:30-3:25 PM ET – Is your library interested in highlighting research data generated at your institution? Are you invested in helping researchers share and discover data that is not readily accessible elsewhere online? Come learn about implementing an institutional data catalog and the collaborating group of librarians that support it at an information session at MLA 2018 in Atlanta.

Introduction to Software Carpentry for Librarians – May 24, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET – Join the ACRL University Libraries Section for an introduction to Software Carpentry for Librarians by Cam Macdonell and Clara Llebot Lorente. The rise of carpentry workshops in academic libraries comes out of scientists long standing need to effectively adopt and apply computing skills to their research practices. Assistant Professor Cam Macdonell will orient participants to the rise of carpentry education, how librarians can get involved, and carpentry communities’ future directions. Data Management Specialist Clara Llebot Lorente will discuss how she applies carpentry in her credit graduate course, during professional consultations, and in projects with university partners.

AHRQ Employees Exemplify Public Service – AHRQ Views

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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PubMed for Librarians

NTO News - Thu, 2018-05-17 09:13

PubMed for Librarians is a series of 5 free, online CE classes that begins on June 6, 2018. Each class is 90-minute long and offers 1.5 MLA CE credits. Learn something new, revisit what you know, remember what you forgot. Click here to register

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Telehealth 101

SCR News - Wed, 2018-05-16 17:47

PictureYou may have heard terms like telemedicinetelehealth, or mhealth in discussions around providing clinical care or education from a distance. MedlinePlus defines telehealth simply as “using electronic communications to provide or get health care services.” Some definitions that might be found in around telehealth policies and legislation include: 

  • Synchronous – live video and/or audio 
  • Asynchronous – also known as “store and forward” and not live 
  • Remote home monitoring – monitoring things like glucose or heart pressure from a distance 
  • Originating site – where the patient is located 
  • Distant site – where the provider is located 

Telehealth may also include services like getting text message reminders to take medicine or consults done over video conferencing (although it can be found being used interchangeably with telemedicine or mhealth). The potential benefits that MedlinePlus also outlines are: 

  • Avoid having to travel (including money spent on traveling) 
  • Expert care from an out-of-state specialist 
  • Helps older adults or those with mobility issues 
  • Regular monitoring of health problems without frequent appointments
  • More independence and less hospitalization for people with chronic diseases 

Insurance doesn’t pay for all services and, depending on the state, the ability to practice or receive telehealth services comes with certain restrictions. The Center for Connected Health Policy published a document last year that examines each states laws. You can find that document here: 

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies: A Comprehensive Scan of the 50 States and District of Columbia (Fall 2017) – Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center (external) 

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Funding Awarded for Digital Health Literacy Workshops

GMR News - Wed, 2018-05-16 10:45

The GMR office is excited to announce that Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) has been granted a Health Information Outreach Award for its project, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust.

Background:

A recent WHL survey of literacy tutors found that a significant number of their adult students wish they could do better in finding online information on health symptoms, resources to help them stay healthy, and resources in other languages. Nearly half also wanted help scanning health websites to find what’s relevant to them. These needs may result in part from the fact that those with low literacy use websites different. They find scanning difficult, have problems searching, are less likely to scroll, and are easily overwhelmed by dense text, small font size, and too many links.

Project Description

Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) will offer 32 “digital health literacy” workshops for consumers most at risk for low health literacy, including seniors and individuals with low literacy. Workshops will be offered in collaboration with community partners that are scattered across the state and will include non-profit literacy councils, public libraries, Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), senior centers, Indian tribes, refugee organizations, and community health centers. A second project component involves providing 4 regional workshops for librarians, especially in rural areas, on how to effectively help persons with low health literacy find trustworthy health information.

Outcomes

Funding for this project will assist in achieving four overarching goals:

  1. Help consumers, especially from underrepresented populations and those at risk for low health literacy, identify and effectively use trustworthy sources of on-line health information.
  2. Increase use of the internet for health information as a result of increased consumer confidence.
  3. Assist community librarians in their ability to help consumers identify trustworthy sources of health information and to offer an ongoing program for their communities.
  4. Help consumers find, use and understand tools and resources available through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and National Library of Medicine.
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2018 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship 2018

MCR News - Tue, 2018-05-15 18:24

Eric Dishman, Director, All of Us Research Program, delivered the 2018 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship 2018 on Wednesday May 9, 2018. His lecture was titled: Precision Communications for Precision Health: Challenges and Strategies for Reaching All of Us. Recording

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Contribute to PubMed 2.0 development!

MCR News - Tue, 2018-05-15 18:18

PubMed Labs, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pubmed/, is the platform NLM is using to test and identify functionality and features for PubMed 2.0 (to be released in December 2018).  Through PubMed Labs, NCBI is taking into account user feedback, user requests, and usage data to inform development. Quick Facts about PubMed Labs:

  • Has the same data as PubMed
  • Not all functionality in PubMed is available in PubMed Labs (e.g., advanced search)
  • 4,000 unique users per day use PubMed Labs
  • Cloud-based
  • Solr for search and indexing

Kathi Canese, NCBI, will be at MLA and giving presentations and answering questions at the NLM booth about PubMed Labs. Her presentation will also be available online in the NLM Technical Bulletin: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma18/ma18_mla_invite.html

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5 Free (online) PubMed CE Webinars from the NNLM Training Office

MCR News - Tue, 2018-05-15 18:12

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) is offering a series of 5, free, online CE webinars called PubMed for Librarians (PML). Take one or more (or all) of the classes. Follow the links to register.

Details are below. All times are Eastern (please adjust for your local time zone).

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction (1.5CE)
June 6, 2018 1 PM – 2:30 ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-librarians-introduction-pubmed/8416
Learn the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE
Brief introduction to MeSH, Automatic Term Mapping and Subheadings
Citation sensors

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH (1.5CE)
June 13, 2018 1 PM – 2:30 ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-librarians-mesh/8417
Learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database
4 different types of MeSH terms
We’ll investigate the structure of the MeSH database (spoiler alert…it’s a hierarchy) and look at the components of a MeSH record.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (1.5CE)
June 20, 2018 1 PM – 2:30 ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-librarians-automatic-term-mapping-atm/8418
Learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database.
Learn how ATM helps you search effectively with keywords.
We will also look at the MeSH explosion feature
We will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed (spoiler alert…there’s a phrase index)

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search (1.5CE)
June 27, 2018 1 PM – 2:30 ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-librarians-building-and-refining-your-search/8419
This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively.
We will look at Coordination techniques used by the Indexers
We’ll explore the Index feature to build a search
We will explore the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries as tools for building a focused search.

PubMed for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features (1.5CE)
July 11, 2018 1 PM – 2:30 ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-librarians-using-evidence-based-search-features/8420
Looking for a specific type of study? This class will explore the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing clinical studies
We’ll explore 3 PubMed features that facilitate searching for literature that supports evidence-based medicine
Explore the Clinical Queries tool that includes a Systematic Review search hedge (PubMed calls it a filter)

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NLM History of Medicine and Graphic Medicine Websites Receive Awards

PSR News - Tue, 2018-05-15 16:25

Two National Library of Medicine websites have been honored with 2018 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), an assembly of professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. In the award category for government websites, the website for the National Library of Medicine exhibition Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn! earned an award of excellence, and the website for the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine earned an award of distinction. Link Studio, an interactive design and medical illustration company, designed both websites in collaboration with National Library of Medicine staff.

The Exhibition Program of the National Library of Medicine creates lively and informative exhibitions and educational resources that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the collections of the National Library of Medicine. This most recent exhibition, Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn!, explores the emerging genre of medical literature that combines personal narratives and the comic medium. The special display on which the website is based, can be seen in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division reading room through January 3, 2019. The traveling adaptation of Graphic Medicine can be seen in libraries across the country. The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. The website provides information about and access to the Library’s historical collections which span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe.

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New tool for community-level health

MCR News - Tue, 2018-05-15 14:29

The City Health Dashboard—an online resource with community-level health, social, and economic data for the nation’s 500 largest cities—was launched today by the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and in partnership with NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the National Resource Network, the International City/County Management Association, and the National League of Cities.

The dashboard reports on 36 key measures of health, such as obesity and opioid overdose deaths, as well as the conditions that influence health such as housing affordability, third grade reading proficiency, and income inequality.

Read the complete launch announcement.

 

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5 Free (online) PubMed CE Webinars from the NNLM Training Office

SEA News - Tue, 2018-05-15 10:05

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) is offering a series of 5, free, online CE webinars called PubMed for Librarians (PML). Take one or more (or all) of the classes. Follow the links to register.

Details are below. All times are Eastern (please adjust for your local time zone).

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction (1.5 CE)

June 6, 2018 1 PM – 2:30 ET

  • Learn the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE
  • Brief introduction to MeSH, Automatic Term Mapping and Subheadings
  • Citation sensors

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH (1.5 CE)

June 13, 2018 1 PM – 2:30 ET

  • Learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database
  • 4 different types of MeSH terms
  • We’ll investigate the structure of the MeSH database (spoiler alert…it’s a hierarchy) and look at the components of a MeSH record

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (1.5 CE)

June 20, 2018 1 PM – 2:30 ET

  • Learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database.
  • Learn how ATM helps you search effectively with keywords.
  • We will also look at the MeSH explosion feature
  • We will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed (spoiler alert…there’s a phrase index)

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search (1.5 CE)

June 27, 2018 1 PM – 2:30 ET

 

  • This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively.
  • We will look at Coordination techniques used by the Indexers
  • We’ll explore the Index feature to build a search
  • We will explore the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries as tools for building a focused search.

PubMed for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features (1.5 CE)

July 11, 2018 1 PM – 2:30 ET

  • Looking for a specific type of study? This class will explore the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing clinical studies
  • We’ll explore 3 PubMed features that facilitate searching for literature that supports evidence-based medicine
  • Explore the Clinical Queries tool that includes a Systematic Review search hedge (PubMed calls it a filter)
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SEAside Webinar: Gauging the Quality of Open Access References in PubMed: The MEDLINE, PubMed Central, and PubMed Connection – June 21, 2 PM ET

SEA News - Tue, 2018-05-15 09:58

Date/Time: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Presenters: Carolann Lee Curry, Library Assistant Professor, Reference & Outreach Librarian and Anna Krampl, Library Assistant Professor, Head of Public Services & Reference Librarian, Skelton Medical Library, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Ashley Cuffia.

Presentation Summary: The rise of open accessing publishing has brought with it many advantages, including faster publication and enhanced visibility and impact of one’s research. However, along with its benefits, the publishing model has also seen significant abuses. The issues of what constitutes reliable and scholarly from potentially predatory and fraudulent grows more complicated every day. With the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, a significant number of open access contributions have been deposited in PubMed Central, making this a relevant concern for those working in the health sciences and biomedical fields. This session will explore the relationship between MEDLINE, PubMed Central, and PubMed and the implications of questionable citations from potentially predatory journals in PubMed search results.

Presenter Bios: Anna Krampl serves as the Head of Public Services at the Mercer University Skelton Medical Library in Macon, Georgia. She is a member of the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA) and currently serves as secretary. She is also a member of the  Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA) and the Medical Library Association (MLA). Her research interests include evidence-based medicine, telehealth/telemedicine, literature searching, and scholarly communications.

Carolann Lee Curry works at the Mercer University Skelton Medical Library in Macon, Georgia as the Reference & Outreach Librarian. She is an active member of the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA), currently serving as the Continuing Education Chair, is an active member of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA), currently serving on the Public Relations and Membership committees, serves on the MLA Books Panel, and also serves on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Southeastern Atlantic (SEA) region’s Medical Library Program Advisory Committee. Her research interests include evidence-based medicine, searching the medical literature, scholarly communication, health information literacy, and consumer health outreach. Outside of professional activities, Carolann is an avid horror movie and book fan and enjoys spending time with her husband in their ever-growing multi-cat household in Lizella, Georgia.

Upon completion of the SEAside Webinar, each participant will receive 1.0 contact hour of continuing education credit award by the Medical Library Association. Participants will receive a code to which they will enter in medlib-ed.

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Community Questions: Spring Allergies, Lyme Disease, Natural Remedies

NER News - Mon, 2018-05-14 12:45

Last week, I met with staff at the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee (CEOC) for a MedlinePlus training. CEOC is an anti-poverty agency which seeks to “empower people and mobilize resources to fight poverty’s causes and impacts through education and organizing.” My goal was to share information about freely available health information resources for 1) personal staff use and 2) raise awareness of a possible resource for the greater community.

City sidewalk

Central Square, Cambridge MA

I began the training with an overview of MedlinePlus and the advantages of this website over commercially sponsored websites. I used slides to go through a compare-and-contrast exercise. Next, I pulled up MedlinePlus and asked the staff for health topics.

The first topic was seasonal allergies. Not surprising. Many of us were sniffling as pollen wafted through the lovely spring air. We explored the Allergy Health Topics page. I demonstrated toggling between the English and Spanish language versions. We looked at allergy triggers (did you know that Asian ladybugs are a trigger for allergies?), and allergy treatments. We talked about the increasing acceptance of using neti pots as a treatment protocol for allergies. We reviewed an antihistamine drug comparison chart from Consumer Reports.

We turned to the topic of Lyme disease, and looked at images of the telltale rash. We reviewed the best ways of removing ticks. We skimmed information from the CDC on post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. This led to a discussion on natural remedies.

We talked about scientific evidence for natural remedies. Chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy are relatively safe methods of supporting your body in healing. I cautioned against the use of herbs, vitamins, and supplements without checking on potential interactions with medications. We took a look at resources available in MedlinePlus, including links to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

One staff member stumped me on a question about traditional medicine from her country of origin. I promised the group that I would use the subscription database Natural Medicines for further investigation.

Natural Medicines

The remedy is moringa, a plant grown in Asia, Africa and South America. Neither MedlinePlus nor NCCIH have entries on moringa. My search in Google brought up hits from Wikipedia, WebMD, Medical News Today and a host of marketers for natural remedies. I explained to the group that I’d rather consult an evidence-based subscription database before I shared any information about this remedy.

Natural Medicines is my favorite subscription database. Here’s what I learned about moringa: traditionally, moringa is used for anemia, arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, digestive disorders, headaches, heart problems, and reproductive issues. Moringa is applied to the skin for infections and injuries. As food, the seed pods are prepared like green beans and the leaves like spinach. When eaten as food, moringa is likely safe. Root extracts are possibly unsafe. Moringa interacts with drugs for hypothyroidism, liver disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should be cautious. Specifics are listed in the Natural Medicines monograph.

As this level of information is not freely available on the internet, I promote the use of libraries as a way to access this information without a subscription fee. Contact us to learn more.

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Employment Opportunity: Health Programming Coordinator, NNLM MAR

MAR News - Mon, 2018-05-14 12:00

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Health Programming Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) through a cooperative agreement, HSLS serves as the regional medical library headquarters for the Middle Atlantic Region, one of eight regions in the NNLM nationwide program. NNLM MAR comprises Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The NNLM mission is to ensure health professionals, researchers, the public health workforce, patients, families and the general public have access to quality health information.

The Health Programming Coordinator develops and promotes existing health programming utilizing National Library of Medicine and other reliable health information resources for use in public library, K-12 and community settings.

This position is one of a team of five coordinators reporting to the NNLM MAR Executive Director.

The position involves substantial travel that will include site visits, exhibits and teaching, primarily within the states served by NNLM MAR. Depending on budget, the incumbent travels 20-25% of the time.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develops partnerships with local, state and national organizations to improve access to consumer health information.
  • Leads the development of health programming for summer reading programs as part of a national partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program.
  • Creates innovative health programs with an emphasis on National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health information resources.
  • Promotes health programs created by NNLM staff and subcontractors through the NNLM website, Programming Librarian website, and other venues.
  • Teaches existing and creates new classes for the Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization.
  • Exhibits at national, regional and local conferences and meetings reaching target populations; submits workshop proposals to offer health programs and/or present.
  • Solicits applications from Network members for outreach awards to conduct health information programming; serves as liaison and monitors progress and follow-up for outreach awards.
  • Contributes articles as appropriate to the MAR Newsletter and publications that reach target populations, such as public library staff and teachers.
  • Serves as primary staff contact and provides support to the NNLM MAR Outreach to Consumers Special Advisory Group.
  • Provides consultation on developing and applying effective evaluation techniques for health information programming.
  • Works collaboratively with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and other NNLM Regions on developing training and outreach programs that build on areas of expertise, and shares information to promote best practices and to mitigate duplication of effort.
  • Assists as needed with other NNLM MAR outreach and network activities to promote NNLM and NLM resources, programs, and services.

Required qualifications

  • MLS from ALA-accredited institution, M.Ed, MPH, MS in Health Education, or equivalent advanced degree.
  • Extensive experience developing and implementing innovative and inclusive health programming in a public library, community-based or K-12 setting.
  • Passion to improve the capacity and confidence of diverse and marginalized populations to use health information to improve their and their family’s health.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to plan and implement programs and prioritize projects.
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment.
  • Proficiency in software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Web-based applications for teaching and learning.
  • Strong service orientation and ability to work effectively with colleagues, health professionals and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community.

Qualified candidates should submit applications via email document attachments to Kate Flewelling, NNLM MAR Executive Director at flewkate@pitt.edu. Include cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin on June 27, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Minimum starting salary is $54,000. This position is currently funded through April 30, 2021. Position is a full-time, non-tenured faculty librarian. The University of Pittsburgh is an EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled Employer. The University supports diversity initiatives and encourages minorities to apply. For more information, refer to the University’s required workplace postings.

For more information about NNLM MAR, visit https://nnlm.gov/mar.

For more information about The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, visit https://www.hsls.pitt.edu.

For more information about the University of Pittsburgh, visit http://pitt.edu/about.

Pittsburgh, PA is an attractive city with a reasonable cost of living. Money magazine recently ranked Pittsburgh as the most livable big city in the Northeastern United States: http://time.com/money/3989171/best-big-cities-2015/. See other Pittsburgh Accolades and Awards at the Visit Pittsburgh website.

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Opioid Misuse and Addiction Resources in Multiple Languages

MAR News - Mon, 2018-05-14 10:37

In response to the current opioid crisis, the National Library of Medicine partnered with Healthy Roads Media to produce a collection of materials that teach people about opioids and opioid misuse. The collection of Opioid Misuse and Addiction Resources has 22 easy-to-read handouts, videos, and audio recordings in English and Spanish.

Opioids

  1. Basics
  2. Pain
  3. Prescription opioid medicines
  4. Opioid pain medication management
  5. What you should know if your child is prescribed opioids for pain
  6. Getting rid of unused opioids

Opioid addiction

  1. What is drug addiction?
  2. Why do people take drugs?
  3. Opioids and the brain
  4. Why do some people become addicted to drugs, while others do not?
  5. The effects of opioid misuse on the body
  6. Fentanyl
  7. Heroin
  8. Prescription opioids and illegal opioids – What is the connection?
  9. Comorbidity or dual diagnosis
  10. Pregnancy and opioids
  11. Drug abuse and adolescents
  12. Stigma and opioids

Opioid treatment

  1. Treatment basics
  2. Medications and behavioral therapies
  3. Drug abuse treatment as part of healthcare
  4. Preventing overdoses and overdose deaths

HealthReach offers easy access to free, quality, multilingual, multicultural health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). You can find culturally relevant information in multiple languages and formats about health conditions and wellness topics; print or download documents, view illustrations, listen to audio and watch videos.

HealthReach is also easy to use on tablets and mobile devices. Locate resources at point of need, everywhere with streamlined search features and results pages. All content is created or reviewed by medical professionals for quality and accuracy. Detailed abstracts, date of most recent medical review, and translation methods are provided for every resource.

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SCR CONNECTions Webinar – A New Kind of Village: Combating Loneliness among Older Adults – June 13, 2018 11 AM ET

SEA News - Mon, 2018-05-14 09:18

Title: A New Kind of Village: Combating Loneliness among Older Adults

Guest Speaker: Sheila Zinck, Advocacy Programs Manager, IBM

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Time: 10am CT / 9am MT

Description: Loneliness among the aging population has been shown to have health risks equivalent to those of smoking and diabetes, with an overall 26% increase in mortality. In the report, “Loneliness and the Aging Population: How Businesses and Governments can Address a Looming Crisis,” IBM’s Institute for Business Value examines how organizations can better understand this issue and take action to mitigate it. Join us as we explore how government agencies, solution providers, healthcare, education and multiple other industries can act together to develop solutions designed to help people rebuild social connections and engagement with their communities.

Speaker Bio: Sheila leads research and analysis for accessibility initiatives and collaborates with clients, partners and universities to build new innovations supporting people of all ages and abilities. Her past studies include the 2016 “Outthink Aging” report, which examines how cognitive technologies can improve the lives of older adults. Sheila can be reached at zincks@us.ibm.com.

For more information: https://nnlm.gov/scr/professional-development/connections. No registration is required for this class.

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