California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County due to the Thomas Fire, in San Diego County due to the Lilac Fire, and in Los Angeles County due to the Creek and Rye Fires.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has compiled resources to assist with response and and recovery from the latest California wildfires. Information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted Federal, state, and local governments and organizations.
Key National Resources
- NLM Fires and Wildfires Information Guide
- Content syndication—embed the content of this page on your own website, to get automatic updates and new resources
- NLM Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events
- 2017 California Wildfires (Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response)
- Disaster Distress Helpline (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- Call 1-800-985-5990 toll-free, 24/7
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor
Key California Resources
- California Office of Emergency Services Wildfires Resource & Information
- City of Los Angeles Creek Fire Emergency Updates and Information
- California Statewide Fire Map
- City of Los Angeles December 2017 Fires
- WIFIRE Firemap Research Project (including recent smoke concentrations, air quality)
- Air Quality: AirNow from the Environmental Protection Agency (Search by Zip Code or State)
- Search NLM Disaster Lit database
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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce a partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program (All of Us), part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Through this collaboration, NNLM’s Regional Medical Libraries and National Offices will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries.
Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter, Lydia Collins discusses “Raising Awareness During the Opioid Crisis: One Library @ a Time,” including her attendance at the Reading Public Library’s open forum on opiate addiction. Bonus: read our Member Spotlight on Nathaniel Thomas, Supervisor of Reference Services at Reading Public Library, to learn more about Reading’s efforts, and sign up for Lydia’s class on tween/teen substance awareness, coming up next week on December 13th! Details below.National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.
Upcoming NNLM Webinars for Public Health – MARquee News Highlights
An NNLM RD3 Update – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR
New on YouTube: TechTime: Designing Conference Posters in PowerPoint, November 28, 2017National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News
When Good Enough—Isn’t – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
We Clue You In about NLM Tours…and Invite You to Join Us! – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine
New Ideas at the NLM: Graphic Medicine – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
– NIH Director’s Blog
Check out the December 2017 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Managing Diabetes: New Technologies Can Make It Easier,” and “Battling a Bulging Hernia: Don’t Ignore Your Groin Pain“. Other topics this month include family health history, medical scans, and the science of health.NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities
All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that we have a new class registration system which 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!
How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization – December 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Have you been having trouble advocating for or implementing health-literacy initiatives in your organization? You are not alone. The good news it that by integrating health literacy, you can both better protect your organization and improve patient engagement and outcomes. This webinar will introduce the health policies and regulations that support integrating health literacy into health systems, and it will provide actionable tips for helping you do so in your organization.
Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations, particularly related to Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness, and National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies, and where to locate free materials.
2018 MeSH Highlights – January 5, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Join NTO and NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature the change of contraindications from subheading to MeSH heading; new publication types; updates to classification of isotopes and radioisotopes; additional terminology for viruses, smoking, and sugars; and restructuring in plant and animal taxonomies. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.
MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NTO for this webinar to find out!
Chickasaw Nation Tackles the Opioid Epidemic -January 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding. Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. The webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.Other Items of Interest
Job Posting: Cataloging/Interlibrary loan librarian, #17-22025, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola NY
The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries: An American Libraries Live Webcast – December 11, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Many libraries are finding themselves caught right in the middle of the opioid epidemic. This crisis creates a variety of issues for librarians—we find ourselves faced with security questions, questions about treatment, questions about community resources and even medical questions. It can be tough to know how to address these issues and where to begin. Join ALA for this discussion with experts who can speak to the unique concerns that come with the obligation to serve our communities in this time of crisis.
MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)
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 Item of Interest
- The NNLM SEA and DOCLINE Coordination Offices are closed Friday, December 22, 2017 – January 1, 2018 for winter break. Our offices will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News
- NNLM Partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program Announced
- SEA Pilot Project: Join our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Facebook Group
- NEO: Meet Susan Wolfe, The NEO’s New Evaluation Specialist Susan Wolfe
- NTO: PubMed for Librarians Winter 2018 Live Edition Begins January 10
- Library Journal: National Library Partnership Tackles Health Literacy Gap
Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*
On-Demand Asynchronous Moodle Course
Online Asynchronous Moodle Course
- GMR: Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health (December 11 – December 31)
- GMR: From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information (January 3 – 31)
- SEA: From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health on the Internet (January 8 – 29)
Webinars: December 11-15
- SCR: How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization (December 13, 10 AM CT/11 AM ET)
- MAR: Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) (December 13, 2 PM ET)
- PNR: There’s an App for That! Consumer Apps for Health & Fitness (December 13, 1 PM PT/4 PM ET)
Webinars: December 18-22
- MCR: Navigating WebEx (December 20, 11 AM CT/12 PM ET)
Webinars: January 1-5
- NTO: 2018 MeSH Highlights (January 5, 1 – 1:30 PM ET)
In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. Visit the NPHCO Calendar for training opportunities available.
Recordings Available on YouTube**
- Tech Time: Designing Conference Posters in PowerPoint
- Patient Safety: High Reliability in Health Care
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News
- NIH Director’s Blog: Snapshots of Life: Growing Mini-Brains in a Dish
- NIH News in Health – December 2017 Issue Available
- NIH MedlinePlus – Fall 2017 Issue Available
- NIH’s All of Us Research Program Partners with the National Library of Medicine to Reach Communities through Local Libraries
- NLM Announces 2018 Michael E DeBakey Fellows in the History of Medicine
NLM Technical Bulletin
- RxNorm December 2017 Release
- CORE Problem List Subset of SNOMED CT Available for Download
- New Program Release Features in VSAC
Focus on Data
- BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Series – Year 2 Lectures Announced
- Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians (Applications Open December 12, 2017)
- Love Data Week (February 12 – 16, 2018)
- NNLM: An NNLM RD3 Update
Focus on Precision Medicine
- NNLM Partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program
- Healthcare IT News: Future-Proofing Precision Medicine: IT Leaders, Clinicians, and Patients Must Prepare for Changes
- All of Us Research Program: Frequently Asked Questions
Focus on Substance Use Disorder
- NIH Director: Testimony on Addressing the Opioid Crisis in America: Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery before the Senate Subcommittee
- ALA News: The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries: An American Libraries Live Webcast (December 11, 1 PM ET)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Monitoring the Future 2017 Survey Results (December 14, 11 AM ET)
- Circulating Now: Archiving HIV/AIDS on the Web
- Circulating Now: New Ideas at the NLM: Graphic Medicine
- DataScience@NIH Blog: Reflections on the “Managing Digital Objects” Meeting
- NLM in Focus: We Clue You In about NLM Tours… and Invite You to Join Us!
- NLM Musings from the Mezzanine: When Good Enough – Isn’t: On the Importance of Librarians in the Age of Google
NNLM SEA Communications
* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities
- All sessions listed below 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 accountprior to registration.
- Visit the NNLM Training Opportunitiesto 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.
** 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.
Join the NLM and NNLM Training Office for two upcoming training events in January, introducing you to 2018 MeSH and how to adjust to MeSH changes in PubMed searches and alerts.
NLM Webinar: 2018 MeSH Highlights
Date and time: Friday, January 5, 2018, 10:00 am PST
Join NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature will be followed by questions and answers.
NNLM Class: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
Date and time: Friday, January 19, 2019, 10:00 am PST
Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Find out how this affects your PubMed searches.
Recordings of both sessions will be posted after the events.
Join the NLM and NNLM Training Office for two different training events in January, introducing you to 2018 MeSH and teaching you how to adjust to MeSH changes in your PubMed searches and alerts.
Event #1: NLM Webinar: 2018 MeSH Highlights
Date and Time: Friday, January 5, 2018, 1:00 PM ET – 1:30 PM ET
Join NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature:
- The change of contraindications from subheading to MeSH heading
- New publication types
- Updates to classification of isotopes and radioisotopes
- Additional terminology for viruses, smoking, and sugars
- Restructuring in plant and animal taxonomies.
- Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.
To register, go to: https://nnlm.gov/class/2018-mesh-highlights/8055
A recording of the presentation will be posted following the event.
Event #2: NNLM Class: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
Date and Time: Friday, January 19, 2018, 1:00 PM ET – 2:00 PM ET
Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated:
- How does this affect your PubMed searches?
- What happens when a term gets changed added or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy?
- How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches?
- How do you check your saved searches and alerts?
- Join us for “MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching” to learn the answers.
To register go to: https://nnlm.gov/class/mesh-changes-and-pubmed-searching/8043
This class incorporates content from the previous class Advanced PubMed: MeSH (https://nnlm.gov/classes/advanced-pubmed-mesh).
A recording of the presentation will be posted following the event.
The NNLM SCR is pleased to welcome Kelly Wonder who will serve as the Social Media Assistant.
Prior to working for the NNLM SCR, Kelly worked in the non-profit sector for an organization that serves those impacted by domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking. While there, she directed their volunteer program and trained advocates to provided crisis intervention services in emergency settings. Kelly was also active in training new recruits at the Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in best practices for interacting with victims.
Before joining the non-profit sector, Kelly spent nearly 10 years as the Marketing Director for a private practice group of orthopaedic surgeons with locations covering Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky.
She is very active volunteering in her community and has served on the board of directors for the Evansville Youth Hockey Association and Autism Evansville. Kelly has also given her time to the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center, Albion Fellows Bacon Center, the Arthritis Foundation, and United Way.
Kelly is very excited to join the NNLM SCR in enhancing public health.
Contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the full day on August 2nd, 2017, Connie Schardt presented her popular continuing training course, “Evidence-Based Practice and the Medical Librarian” at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, thanks to the Health Sciences Information Section (HSIS) of the North Dakota Library Association (NDLA) and a Professional Development Award from the GMR.
HSIS applied for this award as an opportunity for librarians of all stripes in our state to learn more about helping patrons find high quality health information. Health sciences librarians, many of whom are new professionals, were of course invited, along with librarians from all other institutions, public or academic, in the region, since that the need for quality health information is not only a concern of health sciences libraries.
Participants, including HSIS members, academic librarians in other specialties, and faculty members, all came from institutions around the state to learn about evidence-based practice. This included identifying study designs and understanding when and why they are used, searching for evidence in PubMed, and critically appraising articles. Each part of the course had an opportunity for participants to practice and apply new skills, making it both effective and enjoyable.
For those who attended and had been in the health sciences library profession for some years, the course was a great refresher and reminder of some of the aspects of evidence-based practice that are easier to forget, particularly the definitions of some of the statistical concepts like absolute and relative risk. The course was also useful to newer professionals who may have had a basic understanding of evidence-based practice now rounded-out and made applicable to their jobs.
Whether doing one-on-one research consultations or classroom instruction, after completing this course the information participants and I share with patrons is much more in-depth; not just confidently demonstrating how we find, evaluate and think about health information, but why it is important. Evidence-based practice helps patients and their providers work together to address their specific health concerns in a way that works best for the patient.
After the course, it is easy to see why Connie Schardt’s course has been so popular for so long—it takes what can seem like very specialized knowledge and breaks it down to make it easily understandable and pertinent to our day-to-day jobs as librarians. We HSIS NDLA members are thankful to Connie, UND and the GMR for making this opportunity possible.
For those interested, the course will next be offered online from February 19th to April 15th; find more information here: https://sils.unc.edu/programs/ebm.
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December 3-9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the National Library of Medicine offers resources to learn about the flu vaccine on MedlinePlus and through resources available in multiple languages on HealthReach. Materials about flu vaccines on HealthReach include illustrated handouts to educate people about the seasonal flu, a poster in multiple languages on how to fight the flu, and vaccine information statements about the flu vaccine:
- Influenza (10 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout educates people about influenza, also called the flu or seasonal flu, which is an infection that starts in the nose, throat, and lungs, and is caused by a number of viruses. It explains how the flu virus is spread, and describes its signs and symptoms.
- Fight the Flu Poster (19 languages) – This poster uses illustrations to educate people about four steps they can take to stop the spread of flu. It shows covering a cough, hand washing, staying at home when sick, and getting vaccinated.
- Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) — Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (Inactivated or Recombinant): What You Need to Know (38 languages) – This two-page Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) educates people about the inactivated or recombinant influenza (flu) vaccine, which is injected.
- Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) — Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (Live, Intranasal): What You Need to Know (23 languages) – This two-page Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) educates people about the live attenuated influenza (flu) vaccine (LAIV), which is sprayed into the nose and may be given to healthy, non-pregnant people ages 2 through 49.
Start off the new year with a fresh round of PubMed for Librarians Live. Our Winter 2018 session begins Wednesday, January, 10 with the Introduction, and carries you straight through to February 14, where we’ll close with a heartfelt look at Customizing my NCBI. We’ve noted one related, non-series event on the list below, where the experts at NLM reveal new MeSH updates for 2018. It’s an event you won’t want to miss! Take one, take them all, we guarantee you will learn at least one new thing:January 10 – Introduction to PubMed January 17 – MeSH January 19 – WINTER BONUS! – MeSH changes and PubMed Searching with the National Library of Medicine January 24 – Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) January 31 – Building and Refining Your Search February 7 – Using Evidence-Based Search Features February 14 – Customization with My NCBI Register here Related: How to register on our shiny new website About PML: PubMed for Librarians consists of six 90-minute segments. These six segments are be presented live via WebEx and recorded for archival access. Each segment is meant to be a stand-alone module designed for each user to determine how many and in what sequence they attend. CE credit is available for recorded classes.
Do you keep track of your daily steps? Do you calculate your carbohydrate intake? Do you keep track of how much (or how little) you sleep? Are you using an app to keep track of your health or are you still trying to figure out which ones to use? The next PNR Rendezvous webinar session may help you and your patrons navigate the sea of apps.
When: Wednesday, December 13 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT
How to connect: No registration required. Information to connect is on the PNR Rendezvous webpage
Today mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of wellness applications? Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help patients and patrons make informed decisions about the apps that they choose to download. This webinar focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provide information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.
Presenter: Emily Hurst, Head of Research and Education at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University
The NEO welcomes our new evaluation specialist, Susan M. Wolfe. Susan will be contributing her evaluation expertise to the National Library of Medicine’s recently announced partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program. a landmark effort to advance precision medicine. The All of Us program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, engaging with one million or more volunteers nationwide who will sign up to share their information over time. NLM and All of Us will work together to raise awareness about the program and improve participant access through community engagement efforts with public libraries across the United States. You can read more about the All of Us partnership here.
Susan is an evaluator and community psychologist who works with local, state, national, and international organizations through her consulting firm, Susan Wolfe and Associates. She formerly served as program analyst for the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General; director of a longitudinal homelessness research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; and assistant director of research for a large community college district. A teacher and writer, Susan has been an adjunct lecturer with several universities and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. She has a PhD in Human Development from the University of Texas at Dallas, an MA in Ecological (Community) Psychology from Michigan State University, a BS in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Flint, and a diploma from the Michigan School of Beauty Culture.
What exactly is a community psychologist?
Most disciplines within psychology are focused on individuals. Community psychologists go beyond the individual to look at the individual in interaction with the environment. Environment includes the social, cultural, economic, political, and physical environmental influences. We work to promote positive change, health, and empowerment at the individual and systemic levels.
How does being a community psychologist affect your evaluation work?
Community psychology provided me with a great foundation for evaluation work. My training included a lot of research and evaluation methods and ecological theories. These theories remind me about how interconnected everything is and that when you change something in the world, because of the interconnectedness, something else is likely to be affected. For example, when gentrification occurs in neighborhoods we often think of that as a good thing because it revitalizes the neighborhood and prevents further decline. However, on the other hand, many people are displaced as rents rise and they can no longer afford to live there, and some become homeless. When I evaluate a program, I automatically start looking at it within its context, including where it fits within a system, how it affects the system, and how the system affects the program. I also add a racial equity and social justice perspective to my work where it is applicable.
What is one of your favorite evaluation experiences?
I’ve had too many favorite experiences, so I will describe my most memorable. I was working for the U.S. Department of Health and Human services when Hurricane Katrina struck. One of the tragedies from the hurricane was the deaths in nursing homes, which prompted a request for an evaluation of nursing home emergency planning among the Gulf States. I was appointed as co-lead for the study, which had a very tight timeline. We incorporated a lot of context measures into the design. Team members did site visits to all the Gulf States. Data collection was interesting, but also emotionally taxing as we witnessed the devastation to the sites and the people who lived there – especially in Louisiana and Mississippi. We talked with nursing home directors, emergency managers, mayors, police chiefs, nursing home ombudsmen and many others and learned a lot about the complexity involved in making the decisions whether to evacuate or not, and then implementing the plans either way. There are risks if they stay, and other risks if they leave, so it isn’t simple.
What made that experience so special?
The report received a lot of attention and we were left with a feeling that we produced a report that could make a difference. Our team received the Inspector General’s Award for Excellence in Program Evaluation for it.
What attracted you to the All of Us Research Project?
I was excited at the prospect of being involved in a project of such significance for medical practice. For the past several years I have done a substantial amount of work with health disparities. The idea that so much data will be gathered to enable scientists to learn more about individual and group differences across multiple levels (biological, environmental, behavioral) will, hopefully, help to reduce and eliminate the disparities. How could I not be attracted to this!
What bit of personal information would you like to share to help us know you better?
I am really introverted, although most people don’t believe me when they meet me. I love working at home with just the company of my Chihuahua, Chiweenie, and cat. I like to travel a lot, all over the country and world. I crochet mediocre things for my family – like blankets and hats, and I like to hang out at home, cook, clean the kitchen, and watch TV. I am married to Charles, have two grown children, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and another grandchild on the way.
Final note: Susan works remotely for the University of Washington Health Sciences Library from Cedar Hill, Texas, and can be reached at email@example.com.
The National Library of Medicine Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) has announced a new user interface that displays program releases of value sets on the VSAC homepage. Additionally, the page has a sleek new look and intuitive filters for program-related value sets. All functionality and underlying data remain the same. The new user interface displays current program releases, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) Value Sets and Health Level Seven International Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (HL7 C-CDA) Value Sets, and introduces the newest program release of value sets, CMS Hybrid Value Sets. Core Clinical Data Elements and Hybrid Measures use a set of core clinical data elements, clinical variables from electronic health records (EHRs), that are routinely collected and can be extracted for use in risk-adjusted hospital-level hybrid outcome measures.
Learn more about creating a program release of your value sets in VSAC, display your published value sets in a program release on the front page of VSAC, and enable easy search and download for your value set consumers! Send any questions and feedback to NLM Customer Support.
NIH Request for Information (RFI) on the Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) Strategic Plan (FY 2018-2022)
A Request for Information (RFI) has been issued to invite comments and suggestions on the first National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) Strategic Plan, to solicit input from stakeholders, including members of the scientific, tribal, advocacy, and patient communities; basic, clinical, and translational scientists; as well as other interested members of the public. Feedback is requested on five strategic priorities under consideration for the first THRO Strategic Plan. These themes are intended to stimulate new research areas, priorities, and approaches to help put science to work to improve the health of tribal communities.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks to improve, promote and strengthen communication between NIH and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, as well as communication among its Institutes, Centers and Offices (ICOs), on Indigenous health research and discoveries. The development of culturally-driven practice and research is vital to improve AI/AN health, build trust in the relationships between NIH and AI/AN communities, and facilitate further integration and collaboration among the AI/AN communities and the NIH ICOs as they develop research that will be accepted by and useful to AI/AN communities.
Responses should be submitted by January 8, 2018. Responses will be acknowledged with receipt of an electronic confirmation. All submissions will be considered but will not be confidential. Responses to this RFI are voluntary. Do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, trade secret, or sensitive information in your response. The responses will be reviewed by NIH staff, and individual feedback will not be provided to any responder. Inquiries should be directed to the Tribal Health Research Office.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) website offers free professional development opportunities each month for public health professionals and librarians. During December 2017, attend free NNLM webinars related to high reliability in healthcare organizations, community response to substance misuse, apps related to consumer health, and how to search ClinicalTrials.gov:
Today! Moving Towards High Reliability in Health Care – December 5, 2017, 2:00PM ET – In this session, characteristics of high reliability organizations will be discussed and the types of practical strategies that health care organizations can adopt to move towards these characteristics.
Tomorrow! A Community Effort: Responding to Substance Misuse – December 6, 2017, 2:00PM-4:00PM ET – Part 1: Responding to the Crisis of Addiction in Our Communities – In this session we will cover a variety of approaches that address misinformation, harm reduction efforts, and support for persons in recovery, and will explore a range of resources available to professionals, community organizations, and individuals struggling with addiction. Part 2: Substance Misuse Prevention: A Community Effort – The Howard County Health Department offers monthly Opioid Overdose Response trainings to the public. These trainings teach how to give Naloxone (a safe and effective antidote for opioid overdose) and rescue breathing to an overdosing person until help arrives. Providing naloxone and rescue breathing can be the difference between life and death. Come learn how libraries and community groups can also be of value in preventing substance abuse, misuse and addiction.
ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – December 7, 2017, 11:00AM – 12:00PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic.The 1 credit webinar covers the materials in a survey format with polls and exercises.
Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) – December 13, 2017, 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET – This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. The sample topic for this session is Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness to offer libraries and other organizations ideas for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (January 22-28, 2018).
There’s an App for That! Consumer Apps for Health & Fitness – December 13, 2017, 4:00PM – 5:00PM ET – Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help patients and patrons make informed decisions about the apps that they choose to download. This webinar focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provide information about recommended apps.
Many older Americans take multiple medications — but only about one-third ever discuss possible interactions between drugs, a new poll finds. The poll was conducted by the university’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. It was sponsored by AARP and Michigan Medicine, the university’s academic medical center.
“Interactions between drugs, and other substances, can put older people at a real risk of everything from low blood sugar to kidney damage and accidents caused by sleepiness,” said Dr. Preeti Malani, who directed the nationwide poll.
FDA.gov recommends before taking a drug, ask your doctor or pharmacist the following questions:
- Can I take it with other drugs?
- Should I avoid certain foods, beverages or other products?
- What are possible drug interaction signs I should know about?
- How will the drug work in my body?
- Is there more information available about the drug or my condition (on the Internet or in health and medical literature)?
There are also online tools available that can help inform about possible interactions. AARP and WebMD both have drug interaction checkers which allow users to enter their medications to screen for possible interactions.
Alison Bryant is senior vice president of research for AARP. “Even with trackers and systems in place, patients need to be open with their providers and tell them all the medications and supplements they’re taking, including herbal remedies,” she said.
NLM’s MedlinePlus team has announced the release of an enhancement that allows users to choose what they want to print from a health topic web page: just the summary text, or the full page including the summary and all links. Users need to click the grey printer button on the page to choose an option:
A dialog will open allowing the choice of “Topic Summary only” or “Full topic including all links.” This feature is available on both English and Spanish health topics.
NOTE: The browser File menu > Print option will print the full page without giving the user these options. This feature is only available via the grey Print button on the MedlinePlus web page.
Last winter, I joined the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region. I had a solid background in libraries. I worked in public libraries from 1996-2008, and in a hospital library from 2008-2016. I was very familiar with NNLM NER, but I knew less about other regional and the national offices. I subscribed to the NNLM YouTube page to have easy access to recorded NNLM webinars. At the end of September, I viewed this webinar from the National Library of Medicine, Midcontinental Region (MCR).
I encourage you to watch it!
During the webinar, Dr. Graber mentioned the upcoming Diagnostic Error in Medicine 10th International Conference in Newton, MA. The preconference, Patients as Partners in the Diagnostic Process, was free. Lucky me! If I was willing to give up a Saturday (and I was), I could easily drive to this event.
Dr. Graber welcomed us to the preconference, giving us background information about The Society to Improve Diagnosis. Established in 2011, one strategic priority is to engage and integrate patients and their families into diagnostic improvement efforts. In partnership with the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and the Jefferson Center, the Society was funded in 2015 by the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) to look at the problem of diagnostic error from the patient’s perspective. The result was this report: Clearing the Error: Patient Participation in Reducing Diagnostic Error.
My ears perked up when Dr. Graber referred to a recently published commentary: Graber, M., Rusz, D., Jones, M., et al. (2017). The new diagnostic team. Diagnosis, 4(4), pp. 225-238. doi:10.1515/dx-2017-0022.Abstract
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in the recently issued report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care outlined eight major recommendations to improve the quality and safety of diagnosis. The #1 recommendation was to improve teamwork in the diagnostic process. This is a major departure from the classical approach, where the physician is solely responsible for diagnosis. In the new, patient-centric vision, the core team encompasses the patient, the physician and the associated nursing staff, with each playing an active role in the process. The expanded diagnostic team includes pathologists, radiologists, allied health professionals, medical librarians*, and others. We review the roles that each of these team members will need to assume, and suggest “first steps” that each new team member can take to achieve this new dynamic.
*Please note that I’ve bolded the words medical librarians.
At the lunch break, I mentioned to my table mates that public librarians might play a role as well. I spoke with them about the collaboration between the Public Library Association and NNLM to prepare librarians for handling health information questions. One person was perplexed by this concept. She associated librarians with fictional books, not health and wellness. Others were more intrigued. Or more polite!
I have lots to share about this preconference. Look for future blog posts about the role of patients, families and librarians in the diagnostic process.
From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:
NIH’s All of Us Research Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have teamed up to raise awareness about the program, a landmark effort to advance precision medicine. Through this collaboration, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has received a $4.5 million award to support community engagement efforts by public libraries across the United States and to improve participant access.
“We want to reach participants where they are. For many people in the country, including those with limited internet access, one of those places is the local library,” said Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program. “We’re excited to work with the National Library of Medicine to make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to take part.”
This partnership is a three-year pilot program, with several objectives:
- To increase the capacity of public library staff to improve health literacy.
- To equip public libraries with information about the All of Us Research Program to share with their local communities.
- To assess the potential impact of libraries on participant enrollment and retention.
- To highlight public libraries as a technology resource that participants can use to engage with the program, particularly those in underserved communities affected by the digital divide.
- To establish an online platform for education and training about All of Us and precision medicine, with resources for members of the public, health professionals, librarians and researchers.
- To help identify best practices in messaging and outreach that lead to increased public interest and engagement in the program.
“Libraries serve as vital community hubs, and this collaboration presents a perfect opportunity to help the public understand how health research impacts all of us,” said Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., director of NLM. “Working with our vast network of public libraries, we hope to contribute to medical breakthroughs that may lead to more tailored disease prevention and treatment solutions for generations to come.”
The All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies to learn more about the biological, behavioral and environmental factors that influence health and disease. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future.
Amanda J. Wilson, head of NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, and Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., chief engagement officer of the All of Us Research Program, lead the new partnership.
Learn more about the partnership from the NIH Press Release.
Through a collaboration with the All of Us Research Program, NLM’s National Network of Libraries of Medicine has received $4.5 million to support community engagement efforts with public libraries across the United States to improve health literacy and to improve participant access to the All of Us Research Program. The All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future. For more information on the partnership see the NLM press release. /ch
MedlinePlus released a print enhancement that will allow users to choose what they want to print from a health topic web page: just the summary text, or the full page including the summary and all links.
Users need to click the grey printer button on the page to choose an option.
A dialog will open allowing users to choose “Topic Summary only” or “Full topic including all links.”
This is available on both English and Spanish health topics.
Note: The browser File menu > Print option will print the full page without giving the user these options. This feature is only available via the grey Print button on the web page.