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NNLM SEA Funding Announcement: All of Us Health Ambassador Award

SEA News - Mon, 2020-06-29 14:33

The All of Us Research Program’s goal is to learn how differences between us might lead to different types of treatments. With a goal to have one million people participate in this study, researchers may use this information to improve the health for everyone. As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) is pleased to offer the All of Us Health Ambassador Award.

Amount: Up to $19,000

Awards Available: 3

Application Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00pm Pacific Time.

The purpose of the SEA All of Us Ambassador Award is to support libraries for projects that improve health information and digital literacy, improve access to, awareness of, and skills to locate high quality biomedical and health information, and improve understanding and importance in participation of clinical trials, including All of Us through a train-the-trainer model. As an ambassador, you may be asked to support additional outreach to help train and empower NNLM Network Members in your local community.

Potential Project Ideas

Project proposals should focus on the following project ideas:

  • Purchasing web-accessible computers/tablets for libraries that will be used for offering trainings on NLM databases and NNLM professional development courses.
  • Presenting training using one of the NNLM consumer health classes at local library professional development in-service meetings or library organizational events, or virtually.
  • Training unaffiliated, minority, urban or rural health professionals and All of Us partners in effective use of electronic health information resources for evidence-based practice, with an emphasis on NLM databases and resources.

Preference will be given to libraries and organizations with established relationships with public libraries and should be mentioned within the proposal.

Projects must also provide awareness of All of Us, such as including the use of informational materials about All of Us in programming, events, classes and other activities offered as part of the project or distributing All of Us brochures to patrons. Standard informational materials will be provided to awardee at no cost. Applicants are encouraged to utilize resources available from the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network and, when possible, partner with other All of Us partners in the community. SEA staff will help connect you with potential All of Us partners.

SEA staff are available for consultations. Please email NNLM SEA to schedule an appointment.

Please visit the All of Us Ambassador Award description and the FAQ document for details regarding the award, eligibility, and to access the application.

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Apply to Host a Library Carpentry Workshop for Your Organization!

SEA News - Mon, 2020-06-29 10:15

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern Atlantic region (SEA) is pleased to offer Library Carpentry workshops for up to ten SEA member institutions to support the development of data science and computational skills.

Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.

Note: Library Carpentry workshops are traditionally offered face-to-face, but they’ve been adapted to an online format. Due to COVID-19, the NNLM SEA strongly recommends organizations host remote sessions.

Logistics

Workshops are approximately 16 hours long. For remote workshops, the Carpentries organization recommends four 4-hour sessions. Workshops can accommodate up to 20 learners. We encourage workshop hosts to invite information professionals from neighboring institutions to fill the 20 spots if your organization is unable to fill all spots. The Carpentries organization requests two months of planning time for each workshop.

If you are selected, the Carpentries organization will provide for remote workshops:

  • Four instructors to lead lessons
  • Planning, scheduling, and registration support
  • An informational webpage for your workshop participants
  • Pre and post workshop evaluation

You will be responsible for:

  • Providing your own video conferencing platform (Zoom, WebEx, etc.) if possible (accommodations can be made if you do not have access to a video conferencing platform through your organization)
  • Finding two volunteers who are familiar with the subject matter in the lesson plans, to attend the workshop as helpers
  • Advertising your workshop to potential participants
  • Completing an Activity Report for NNLM SEA after the event

If you are interested in hosting an in-person workshop before April 30, 2021, please discuss additional requirements and considerations with the Carpentries organization if awarded.

More Information

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. Biomedical and health sciences librarians and LIS students are encouraged to participate.

In this interactive, hands-on workshop you will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:

Eligibility

Your organization must be a NNLM Network Member. If your organization is not a Network Member, they can join for free!

All participants must be prepared to observe The Carpentries Code of Conduct in workshops.

Apply Now

Applications are open now! The deadline to apply is Friday, July 3, 2020.

For questions, please contact Kiri Burcat and Tony Nguyen.

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Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative

SCR News - Mon, 2020-06-29 05:55

We are happy to bring you a series of guest blog posts that will highlight some of the completed projects from Year 4 subawardees. We hope you enjoy this little peek into what network libraries are doing with their funding; perhaps you will even get some inspiration for your own future projects! 

This week’s post comes from the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

In the spring of 2019, flooding along the Arkansas River Basin did an estimated $3.1 billion in damage across Oklahoma and Arkansas, according to the National Center of Environmental Information.  After the flood water receded, the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative stepped in to assist individuals affected by the flooding with education on chronic diseases and mental health.

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative is a sponsored program of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s Section of Geriatric Medicine, within the College of Medicine.  The program uses a multifaceted approach focused on improving the health and quality of life of older Oklahomans and their caregivers through community-based health education and outreach.

OHAI’s statewide senior health network includes Centers of Healthy Aging in five regions across the state. Each center offers educational programs geared toward seniors, caregivers and professionals throughout their respective regions. Programs include topics ranging from healthy aging to assisting individuals living with chronic diseases.

Thanks to a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, OHAI was able to provide two different programs to individuals who were affected by the flooding in the Arkansas River Basin.  This funding allowed OHAI to provide Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind and Diabetes and Beyond. The funding also allowed OHAI to provide Aging Simulation in Sensitivity Training  to health care providers in the Tulsa metro area.

Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind helps older adults understand the many ways they can maintain a healthy brain. Through more than a dozen methods – such as establishing good habits and routines, physical activity and nutrition – participants will learn how to improve their physical and mental health.

The Diabetes and Beyond programs provide comprehensive education on how to better manage diabetes. Through this interactive class, participants will take control of their health by learning how to help control their diabetes with proper diet, exercise and medication.

The Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training provides a general overview of many of the chronic conditions affecting older adults. ASiST provides hands-on exercises that are meant to show what it’s like to handle everyday tasks while dealing with such challenges. This training allows for discussion on how age-related health challenges may impact elders’ autonomy and ability to live independently. The training also allows participants to consider solutions and supports currently available to elders — and brainstorm other potentially successful interventions. Sharing their experiences with their peers helps them process lessons learned in a meaningful, memorable way — even as the training directs their focus to positive problem-solving.  As a result, providers become more compassionate and effective in their work.

The funding allowed OHAI to provide additional information and education on disaster preparation while educating individuals on the different resources provided by the Network of the National Library of Medicine. OHAI educators provided training to over 50 individuals throughout the affected region.

Thank you, OHAI! 

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Welcome Nora Barnett, New GMR Outreach Coordinator!

GMR News - Fri, 2020-06-26 15:00

Nora headshot

 

On behalf of the GMR, I’m happy to introduce Nora Barnett, MSLIS, AHIP as our new Outreach Coordinator! Nora is joining the GMR remotely from Portland, OR where she will work for the full performance period (don’t forget her Pacific Time Zone!). In Portland, Nora has most recently served as the head librarian at the Birthingway College of Midwifery, where she taught courses on Information Literacy and NLM resources, including LactMed, ToxNet, and PubMed.

In addition to her MSLIS from Florida State University, Nora has completed coursework in public health from Boston University’s School for Public Health. Nora will focus most of her efforts working to engage the public health workforce. Nora can be reached at: nora-barnett@uiowa.edu. Please join me in welcoming her to NNLM!

Derek Johnson, MLIS
Interim Associate Director
Network of the National Library of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa
319-335-4997

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NNLM SEA Digest News – June 26, 2020

SEA News - Fri, 2020-06-26 11:41

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars July 8 – July 14

Webinars July 15 – July 16

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

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

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2020-06-26 08:00

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

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Introducing the NNLM Public Health Webinar Series: This new webinar series includes regular training on a range of health information topics relevant to the public health workforce. If you’re a public health professional, mark your calendar for the second Wednesday of every other month from 2:00-2:45 PM EST starting July 8, 2020. Join us to learn about topics such as data in community health assessment and finding health information related to emergency preparedness. More topics will be announced soon!

Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about how to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, give your eyes a break, recognize Lyme disease, and more!

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

Upcoming CHES Continuing Education Opportunities – MARquee News Highlights

Funding Spotlight: Modeling Responsive Librarianship in a Pediatric Behavioral Health Facility – SEA Currents

Lyme Disease: A Community-Based Citizen Education Project – Midwest Matters, from GMR

African-American/Black Experiences and Anti-Racism in Graphic Medicine – NER Update

Join the RD3 Content Advisory Board – SEA Currents

New on YouTube: Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy, June 11, 2020

NLM/NIH News

NIH One Step Closer to Speeding Delivery of COVID-19 Testing Technologies to Those Who Need It Most Through RADx-UPNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

How We Help the Body Breathe – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Swimming with the High-Tech Sharks to Improve COVID-19 TestingNIH Director’s Blog

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021

NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Funding Opportunity Announcements

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

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

July 2020

Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data – July 8, 2:00-2:45 PM ET

Getting Started with Information Outreach in your Community: An Introduction – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – July 10-August 7, 2020

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis – July 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

How PubMed Works: Introduction – July 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

NNLM Reading Club Presents… The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19 – July 14, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This – July 15, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts – July 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

Food Literacy for Families, Libraries, and Communities: South Carolina Read Eat Grow – July 16, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information – July 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines – July 20-August 14, 2020

How PubMed Works: MeSH – July 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

How PubMed Works: ATM – July 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”) – July 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

August 2020

Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services – August 3-August 28, 2020

Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine: Discovery, Access, and Beyond – August 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned – August 12, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

AHRQ Health Literacy Funding Opportunity

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA)

Find the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Search Strategy That Works for You – July 8, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice and Policies – July 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Philadelphia FIGHT’s HIV Prevention & Education Virtual Conference – June 1-June 30, 2020

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Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons / Encuentre Información de Salud Confiable en Español para Sus Usuarios

SEA News - Thu, 2020-06-25 11:27

When library patrons ask you for health information in Spanish about COVID-19 or other issues, NNLM has resources to get you started.

Available tools range from Spanish-language videos featuring Latino medical professionals to resources selected by trusted members of the Spanish-speaking community. The materials come from reliable sources like the National Library of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many of these resources are recommended by promotores, members of the community who serve as connections between them and healthcare systems, information, and resources. Because promotores are the heart of their communities, they are able to deliver assistance where it is needed the most.

Vision y Compromiso (VyC), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, training, and most importantly celebrating promotores across the nation. Vision y Compromiso is marking 20 years of work devoted to improving the lives and health of their communities.

In response to the pandemic affecting Spanish-speaking communities Vision y Compromiso developed a series of webinars for participants to learn about trusted places to find health information, myths about COVID19, and how to take care of oneself during these safer at home times.

You can find the recorded webinars and resources on the Vision y Compromiso COVID-19 page. The NNLM PSR shares the promotores mission of building healthier communities and created a page with Spanish Language COVID-19 health information materials to support Spanish speakers as well. The PSR has previously collaborated with promotores, described by Yamila El-Kkayat, in this video about outreach work in Arizona.

The JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health at Kansas University Medical Center has created JUNTOS Radio, an ongoing series of podcasts in Spanish on health topics. The podcasts feature interviews with Latino health professionals about issues of concern to the Latino community in Kansas and elsewhere.

JUNTOS partnered with a health sciences librarian to include credible and authoritative consumer health information resources that were relevant to the different health topics discussed in each episode. Brenda Linares, health sciences librarian at the A.R. Dykes Library, pictured below, also recorded a Health Literacy and evaluating websites episode.

Topics so far include COVID-19, child obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and exercise at home. Each podcast also includes information on the All of Us Research Program, an effort to enlist one million or more people from across the U.S. to help speed up medical research by sharing their medical information.

They are posted on Podbean, iTunes and in video format on YouTube and Facebook. You can access the podcasts at the JUNTOS Podbean page, on iTunes, on the JUNTOS YouTube channel for the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health, or on the JUNTOS Facebook page.

To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

Encuentre información de salud confiable en español para sus usuarios

Cuando sus usuarios le pregunten por información de salud en español sobre COVID-19 u otros temas, la NNLM tiene los recursos que usted necesita.

Los recursos incluyen videos en español con médicos profesionales latinos y una selección de recursos en español seleccionados por miembros de la comunidad de habla hispana. Estos materiales vienen de fuentes fiables como la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de Estados Unidos y los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades.

Muchos de estos recursos son recomendados por las promotoras, quienes son miembros de la comunidad que sirven como conexión entre el sistema de salud, la información, y los recursos disponibles. Como las promotoras son el corazón de sus comunidades, ellas tienen la capacidad de llevar y dar asistencia donde la comunidad lo necesite.

Visión y Compromiso (VyC), es una organización no lucrativa dedicada a apoyar, entrenar, y sobre todo celebrar a las promotoras en toda la nación estadounidense. Visión y Compromiso esta celebrando sus 20 años de trabajo y devoción a mejorar las vidas y la salud de su comunidad.

En respuesta a la pandemia que esta afectando a la comunidad de habla hispana, Visión y Compromiso desarrollo una serie de seminarios web (webinars) para que participantes aprendan sobre lugares de confianza para encontrar información de salud, mitos sobre COVID-19, y cómo cuidarse uno mismo durante este tiempo de quedarse en casa.

Usted puede encontrar las grabaciones de estos seminarios web (webinars) y recursos en la página web de Visión y Compromiso sobre COVID 19. La NNLM PSR comparte la misión de las promotoras de formar comunidades saludables y ha creado una página en español sobre COVID-19 con información de salud y material que apoya a la comunidad de habla hispana.  LA PSR previamente ha colaborado con promotoras. Usted puede ver este video donde Yamila El-Khayat, habla sobre su proyecto y trabajo en Arizona, con las promotoras.

JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Kansas (University of Kansas Medical Center), ha creado JUNTOS-RADIO, una serie de podcasts en español con varios temas de salud.  Los podcasts cuentan con entrevistas con profesionales latinos de salud donde hablan sobre temas de interés para la comunidad Latina en Kansas y otros lugares.

Los temas cubiertos hasta hoy incluyen el COVID-19, la obesidad infantil, la enfermedad de Alzheimer, la hipertensión, y cómo hacer ejercicios en casa.  El equipo continúa produciendo más podcasts con otros temas relevantes para la comunidad Latina. Además de cubrir cada tema en español, cada podcast también incluye información sobre el programa Científico All of Us (All of US Research Program), el cual es una campaña que pretende inscribir a un millón de personas de todo Estados Unidos para ayudar a acelerar la investigación médica,  compartiendo información médica.

Estos podcasts, están disponibles en PodBeaniTunes, y también en el formato de video en YouTube y Facebook.  Usted puede verlos o descargarlos desde la página de JUNTOS-RADIO Podbean, en iTunes, en el canal de YouTube de JUNTOS,  y en la página de Facebook de JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina.

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New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians Goes Virtual

NER News - Thu, 2020-06-25 09:31

Guest post from Jennifer Chaput about the Virtual New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians that took place on June 11, 2020. Find more information and a link to all the recordings https://sites.google.com/view/nesciboot/home 

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians, now in its 12th year, went virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated closures. The traditional format for the conference is two and-a-half days of in-person sessions and activities held at a college or university campus in the region. After campuses were closed in the spring of 2020, the planning committee regrouped and decided to host a virtual one-day conference.

The topics chosen for the virtual bootcamp reflect the current moment in time and included speakers on Virology, Vaccine Development, Libraries Making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and Institutional Review Boards. Our speakers came from around New England and allowed attendees to get a variety of perspectives on science and research in this challenging time.

Dr. Bob Rawle of Williams College began the day by speaking about viruses and the mechanisms of viral infection. While he doesn’t work specifically with coronaviruses, he provided a great overview of what a virus is and what it’s made of, and how viruses infect the body. This talk was engaging and gave background that would be useful for the next speaker.

Dr. Wilmore Webley of UMass Amherst then spoke about vaccine development. Again, while his work does not focus on coronaviruses, he was able to explain the process of how researchers determine what will stop a virus from reproducing in the body, and what needs to be added to a vaccine to make it successful. A takeaway that I found useful to think about is that vaccines do not protect you from getting infected, they protect you from the pathology of the virus and from the illness it causes. Dr. Webley ended with a summary of what the current state of vaccine development for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID19. There’s a lot of work still to be done, but researchers are working hard and constantly collaborating and learning from each other as part of this effort.

The Makers Making PPE panel had speakers giving a perspective on how the community stepped in and began helping healthcare workers and the public get needed PPE. Dennis Spencer of the UMass Amherst Maker Lab, Rebecca Meehan and John Walsh of the Woburn Massachusetts Public Library, and Nancy Maier of Knockout Designs all spoke about their process and what PPE they produced. Nancy Maier spoke about being a hardware fabrication business in a small community and sharing finished items around town and getting to know her community. Woburn Public Library is known for having a maker space and for their 3D printing capabilities, and were happy to produce face shields and other items for nurses and healthcare workers. UMass Amherst was able to leverage their connections, and share patterns and finished items with national networks of makers.

The last speaker panel was on Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and how the pandemic has affected their work. IRBs review and approve any research with human subjects. Dr. Allison Blodgett spoke about UMass Medical School and UMass Medical Center, and Dr. Julie Simpson spoke about the University of New Hampshire (UNH). It was informative to have perspectives from a large medical school and medical center, and also from a smaller state university working with mostly psychological research. Research shutdowns during the pandemic stopped a lot of research, but not all of it. At UMass, the hospital participated in both Remdesivir and convalescent plasma trials for COVID-19 patients. While working remotely was a challenge for their group, they were still able to approve these studies very quickly so that patients could get treatments.. Dr. Simpson from UNH spoke about changes to in-person research they conduct, such as psychology students who volunteer for studies having left campus causing that  research to shut down. Other studies, such as with elderly patients, will have to be reconsidered in the future to look at personal risk and safety requirements such as social distancing and PPE.

In between speaker sessions, short recorded interviews called “Tales from the Frontlines” were played. These interviews included perspectives from healthcare and emergency workers, restaurant owners, grocery store workers, and others who continued to work during the pandemic shutdowns. These stories were moving and impactful and showed a different side of life during the pandemic.

The virtual Boot Camp reached a much bigger audience than the traditional in-person conference. A typical Boot Camp has 60-70 attendees from the New England region. Over the course of virtual boot camp we had 581 unique attendees, from all over the world, who watched all or some of the sessions! It was great to reach such a wide audience and provide a free professional development opportunity while people are working remotely.

The 2021 New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians will be hosted by the University of Connecticut Library from June 2-4, 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

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Upcoming CHES Continuing Education Opportunities

MAR News - Thu, 2020-06-25 06:00
Introducing the NNLM Public Health Webinar Series!

The goal of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals, including public health professionals, with equal access to biomedical information. NNLM’s new public health webinar series aims to fulfill NNLM’s mission through regular training on a range of health information topics relevant to the public health workforce.

As the Public Health Foundation states, “a well-prepared public health workforce is the foundation of a healthy community”1. Through this new webinar series, NNLM hopes to address the 2014 Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals related to the need for a public health workforce that is competent in locating health information and using data resources.

If you’re a public health professional, mark your calendar for the second Wednesday of every other month from 2:00-2:45 PM ET starting July 8, 2020. We hope you’ll join us to learn about topics such as data in community health assessment and finding health information related to emergency preparedness. More topics will be announced soon. If you’re interested in continuing education, every webinar offered as part of this series will offer .75 CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists!

Our first webinar, Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data, will discuss health information and data as it relates to community health assessment. Our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Martiniano, will highlight reasons for conducting a community health assessment, the parties involved, and how to define a target community. The focus of this session will be identifying data issues and locating primary and secondary data to best describe the health of your community. You’ll also learn about prioritizing and contextualizing your findings once you’ve collected your data.

Upcoming CHES Eligible Webinars

Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free, live webinars.

NNLM Public Health Webinar Series- Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the DataJuly 8, 2020, 2:00-2:45 ET – During this session you will learn about health information and data as it relates to community health assessment. The speaker will highlight reasons for conducting a community health assessment, the parties involved, and how to define a target community. The focus of this session will be identifying data issues and locating primary and secondary data to best describe the health of your community. You’ll also learn about prioritizing and contextualizing your findings once you’ve collected your data.

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the organizations needed in developing community needs assessments
  2. Develop and identify the community and/or population being assessed
  3. Identify data issues and the data needed for community needs assessments
  4. Describe how to contextualize and prioritize findings

CECH: .75
Advanced CECH: 0

Using the Community Tool Box to Support Health Education and Health Promotion EffortsJuly 15, 2020, 4:00-5:00 ET – The Community Tool Box is a web site that serves as a significant source of information, training and tools for community health improvement worldwide. Our approach to community health improvement is to build the capacity of community members to identify their health issues, the root causes, and to adapt approaches that work to their context. This webinar will provide an overview of the contents of the web site and our approach, with relevant examples from communities in the USA and elsewhere. We will discuss examples of how we worked with librarians in the past, and opportunities to collaborate in the future to address the variety of community health crises facing us today.

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how the Community Tool Box is used in library and public health programs.
  2. Describe how community capacity building empowers community change.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Recorded Webinars Available for CHES CECH

Did you miss a live class? The recorded webinars listed below are available for CHES CECH. Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free training opportunities. Please note: you can only get credit from recorded classes if you have not previously received credit for attending the live webinar version.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant WritingRecording available for CHES CECH until 8/19/2020 – This session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies (i.e., policies, programs, systems & environmental changes) that can affect health through changes to: health behaviors; clinical care; social and environmental factors; and the physical environment. Our Guest speaker from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator, Erin Seger will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use countyhealthrankings.org as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 1

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will:

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

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health Recording available for CHES CECH until 8/26/2020 – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

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

Health Statistics on the Web – Recording available for CHES CECH until 9/5/2020 – This course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

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

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health InformationRecording available for CHES CECH until 12/2/2020 – This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, and migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the United States
  2. Explain the difference between cultural competence and humility and how they influence workplace environments
  3. Identify reliable websites that provide quality health information in multiple languages
On-demand CHES Eligible Courses

Learn on your own time! Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free, on-demand courses.

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health: An Introduction to MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj – The course is designed to teach public health professionals and librarians to use MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj to find reliable health information and data related to population health and Healthy People 2020. This asynchronous course is offered through Moodle using Storyline Articulate software. Please note that the content in the course is for basic/beginner users of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss population health and its relation to Healthy People 2020
  2. Describe the purpose of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj databases
  3. Identify when to use each database based on the information need
  4. Perform advanced searching techniques to identify more accurate results

Serving Diverse Communities: Accessing Health Information in Multiple Languages -This online, asynchronous course is designed to provide attendees with some basic statistics on individuals with limited English proficiency in the United States and demonstrate how to use resources from the National Library of Medicine to access reliable health information in multiple languages. Attendees will learn about data from the American Community Survey and U.S. Census Bureau, and then receive demonstrations on how to access reliable health information in multiple languages through the National Library of Medicine’s HealthReach and MedlinePlus databases.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current population of non-native English speakers in the United States
  2. Identify at least three online resources for accessing health information in multiple languages
  3. Analyze resources to access reliable health information in multiple languages

Serving Diverse Communities: Building Cultural Competence and Humility into the Workplace – This online, asynchronous course is designed to provide attendees with an introduction to the concepts of culture, cultural competence, and cultural humility. Participants will learn about some of the current critiques to using cultural competence principles and how cultural humility can be supplemented to create a more accepting, welcoming, and reflective working environment. Short demos of Think Cultural Health, PubMed, and Project Implicit are included to showcase three external resources that can be used to further explore this topic.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define culture, cultural competence, and cultural humility;
  2. Describe the differences between cultural competence and humility; and
  3. Utilize three online resources to help build a more culturally competent and humble workplace.

Serving Diverse Communities: Finding Data on Health Disparities– This course is designed to introduce attendees to health disparities and how the social determinants of health contribute to an inequity in health. Participants will be shown demonstrations on how to utilize tools from the National Library of Medicine, the Office of Minority Health, and HealthyPeople.gov to locate data on health disparities.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss health disparities in public health
  2. Identify at least three online resources for accessing health disparity data
  3. Analyze resources to access data on health disparities

 

References:

  1. Public Health Foundation (n.d.). Workforce Development. Retrieved from: http://www.phf.org/focusareas/workforcedevelopment/Pages/default.aspx

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

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

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

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Funding Spotlight: Modeling Responsive Librarianship in a Pediatric Behavioral Health Facility

SEA News - Wed, 2020-06-24 14:14

Guest Post By:

Natalie Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and MLIS Program Coordinator, University of South Florida
Denise Shereff, AHIP, Instructor II, University of South Florida
Peter Cannon, Ph.D., Communication Officer, University of South Florida

In March 2019, researchers from the University of South Florida’s School of Information’s Responsive Librarianship Lab (RLL) embarked on a project to build a library for the pediatric patients of a local behavioral health facility, the Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Recovery Center. The facility is a 72-bed, co-ed facility and the only freestanding psychiatric hospital in Pasco County, FL. Up to 25 pediatric patients, ranging in age from 5-17 years, can be served at a time for short-term, acute care. Before beginning this project, the pediatric patients only had access to a small bookshelf of books to read during their ample free time. Using Responsive Librarianship (RL), a data-driven research scheme dedicated to the delivery of personalized library services in response to an individual’s mental health concerns, our research group proposed to build a small library for the use of pediatric patients while they are at the facility.

After meeting with administrators and the professional care staff, we were given the go-ahead to start amassing books and technology, and to take steps toward building a catalog for the pediatric section of the facility. The initial cost was low: researchers drew on experiences from building a library and catalog at the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, Inc. (DACCO) facility in Tampa, FL and we were also able to use books previously held in the collection of the Henrietta M. Smith Library at the University of South Florida’s School of Information. However, we lacked funds to purchase technology to assist in using the catalog on-site and adding digital devices to circulate. With grant funding from the NNLM Southeast SEA Project Award, we were able to purchase this technology and thus were better situated to meet our project goals, which included:

  • Creating a mental health literacy bibliotherapy scheme to deliver texts and library services to the pediatric residents, increasing their ability to recognize, prevent, and manage mental health conditions, thereby empowering them to understand the resources available to them when in their greater community and
  • To develop a model for delivering mental health literacy services through a variety of media as well as adopting new procedures for the delivery these services through mobile technologies.

Starting in late June 2019, the project team began staffing the library multiple times per week. Though, circulation is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we anticipate beginning services again as soon as the facility’s pandemic restrictions are lifted. Between June and March, the HRC had 1016 lendings, circulated 241 titles, and served approximately 558 patrons at the facility. These numbers include only the analog materials. The 17 available Kindles have been circulated 88 times. (Each Kindle, purchased with grant funds, has several books pre-loaded. Patrons are not allowed to access the Internet or download additional books). Researchers regularly conduct readers’ advisory and conduct Responsive Librarianship, assisted by the Decision Support System Catalog (DeSSCat). The DeSSCat now has over 461 individual texts tagged with relevant topical codes and is searchable by the librarian on duty on a computer used in the facility.

In addition to library circulation and readers’ advisory, team members have developed four group session plans focused on the interaction between health literacy, creative expression, reading, and information seeking behavior. These plans were used in four, 30-minute group sessions. Perhaps most relevant to the goals of this particular grant, on November 25, 2019, the team conducted its first mental health literacy program focusing on finding internet sources for topics such as depression. Seven pediatric residents participated in the group activities designed to evaluate predetermined sources (including NLM resources). Individualized attention was made possible for one participant who was unwilling to participate in the group activities through personal interaction with a team member for evaluation of websites using a tablet purchased through this grant.

Overall, we feel the project continues to be a successful example of how responsive librarianship can work in a pediatric hospital environment, providing a valuable benefit to the patients in the facility. For more information, please visit the RLL website (https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/departments/information/research/library-science.aspx)

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Lyme Disease: A Community-Based Citizen Education Project

GMR News - Tue, 2020-06-23 12:54

We at the GMR office are pleased to announce that the University of Minnesota-Duluth has been granted a Health Information Outreach award to support their research into Lyme disease:

Description – This project is a concerted effort to tackle the emerging epidemic of Lyme disease in the upper Midwest. Dr. Ben Clarke and his team at the University of Minnesota-Duluth will be promoting awareness of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through educational outreach activities, a citizen-science program, and an undergraduate research experience. The primary component of this research project comes in the form of distributed tick-kits. These kits contain: information cards on tick/Lyme disease identification, a tick removal ‘key’, collection tubes, and mailing envelopes. Volunteer residents and visitors of Minnesota’s northeast Arrowhead region will utilize these kits to capture ticks, record attendant information, and mail them back to the research team for analysis.

Objectives – This project aims to empower the community to help with research to 1) Raise public awareness to Ixodes (ticks). 2) Educate Arrowhead Region residents about Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases.  3) Educate the public about countermeasures to tick-borne disease exposure. 4) Engage public in health-related citizen science. 5) Provide biomedical research opportunities for college students. 6) Create Lyme disease risk maps of the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota.

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African-American/Black Experiences and Anti-Racism in Graphic Medicine

NER News - Tue, 2020-06-23 11:51

In light of recent events including police brutality and ensuing protests, the staff at NNLM NER stand with the Black and African American community. My colleagues in other NNLM regions curated lists highlighting Black/African-American Health and Anti-Racist resources:

  • Pacific Southwest Region with links to African American mental health, anti-racist reading materials, cultural competency, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health.
  • Middle Atlantic Region with links to resources related to mental health, funded projects, cultural competency, racism in science and more.
  • Greater Midwest Region with links to resources related to mental health, anti-racist reading, NLM African American and race history and more.

In the interest of sharing different resources and with NER’s special initiative focused on graphic medicine, I felt it was important to share graphic medicine by and about Black/African-American health, as well as anti-racist graphic medicine resources.

Graphic Medicine is comic books and graphic novels that cover topics of health and wellness.  The visual format makes the information easier to understand and digest.  By reading a personal, non-fiction story, we can learn about issues we may not have experienced ourselves.  These stories can also help us feel less alone in our own lives.

From traditionally published graphic novels to webcomics and self-published works, below are some examples of graphic medicine works and resources that address Black/African-American health and race or racism.

Whit Taylor is a cartoonist and public health professional who has graphic medicine works that often include historical and scientific context for public health and healthcare concepts.

Using statistics, historical records and stakeholder interviews, We Are Wynadotte (Kansas City, KS) created two comics on redlining and how the practice continues to affect the health of their community.

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the Graphic Novel Round Table curated a reading list of graphic novels that highlight Black experiences.  Here are three examples of graphic medicine works on the list:

Looking to make your graphic medicine collections and programming more inclusive? My PSR colleagues hosted a webinar on Inclusive Graphic Medicine in August, 2019.

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PNR Weekly Digest: June 23, 2020

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-06-23 11:02

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Announcing NEW NNLM PNR Funding Opportunities
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), is pleased to announce the following funding opportunities:

  • Community Health Award
  • Professional Development Award
  • Technology Improvement Award

Read the blog post for more information and to apply

Join us for an author talk: The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19
The NNLM Reading Club announces the launch of NNLM Reading Club Presents…. NNLM Reading Club Presents… are web-based author talks that highlight timely health issues brought to light by the NNLM Reading Club. First session July 14. Learn more about this webinar series on the blog

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!: Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This session contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here! Part of the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt” webinar series. July 15 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

How PubMed Works: NNLM National Training Office is offering the How PubMed Works series in July. Each session is 90-minutes and offers 1.5 MLA CE. Register for each separate session:

Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines: This 4 week online course introduces learners to the environment of health reporting. Learn how health is reported in the news, how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories, and the consider the impact of celebrity illness on health reporting. Class runs from July 20 – August 14. (4 MLA CE) Register

Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services: Centered around eight core competencies, this interactive 4-week online course provides a rich learning experience to build all the essential skills for providing consumer health information services. Course runs from August 3 – 28. (12 MLA CE) Register

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

Dismantling Institutional Racism in your Library: From Theory to Practice: One of the major barriers to dismantling institutional racism is a lack of effective vocabulary, analysis, and principles. Libraries have the potential to be at the forefront of efforts to dismantle racism in our country.Tobin Miller Shearer, PhD, introduces you to training on field-tested and research-based concepts you can use to address both issues of institutional racism in your own organization and in the communities to which you connect and serve in this Niche Academy webinar. June 23 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

What will it take to create health equity for sexual and gender minority young people: In this talk, Dr. Mustanski will describe his research examining multi-level drivers of health disparities among young MSM and his program of research that uses community-engaged methods to create, test effectiveness, and now study the implementation of eHealth approaches to HIV prevention. The talk will conclude with a model of the multilevel changes that will be necessary to allow sexual and gender minority youth to have an opportunity to attain their highest level of health. June 30 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

Earlier this month the National Library of Medicine issued its Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the upcoming NNLM Cooperative Agreement in 2021-2026, there are some big changes, including:

  1. The number of regions will be reduced from eight (8) to seven (7). The current Pacific Northwest Region will be divided among Region 5 (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific; and Region 4 (Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) and
  2. A name change: NNLM now stands for the Network of the National Library of Medicine.

Additional information can be found in the NNLM Organizational Workbook

“Graduation 2020: Tradition in the Midst of Change”, from the NLM Director’s blog

New BLAST default parameters and search limits coming in September

Revealing Data: Learning About Zika

*“Genes, Blood Type Tied to Risk of Severe COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

NIH announces new Transformative Research Award program for ALS

“Clear Health” from NIH is a good place to start if you or someone close to you has received a recent diagnosis, or if you are curious because you heard about a disease, disorder, or condition on the news or from friends and want a good place to find the basic information

National Eye Institute establishes office of regenerative medicine

*Funding opportunities: COVID-19 testing for underserved populations

* NIH Clinical Trial Evaluating Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin for COVID-19 Closes Early

Nerve stimulation helps manage pain without opioids

*NIH launches analytics platform to harness nationwide COVID-19 patient data to speed treatments

*COVIDsearch- COVIDsearch is intended to provide a unified means of searching across available research preprints, publications, and clinical trial information

*Building a COVID-19 Analytics Platform to Turn Clinical Data into Knowledge

New Scholars Program for Current College Students or Trainees, submit application between July 15 – September 1

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

  • The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published a blog that informs consumers about health care scams during the COVID-19 pandemic: Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Scams, Fraud, & Rumor During an Emergency.
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has released a resource guide that addresses the issues disproportionately affecting communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus Equity Considerations.
  • The Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement Research Center has archived their 2-part discussion on how misconceptions about COVID-19 contribute to prejudice against Asian Americans and how this affects their health and well-being: Not a Virus: Asian Identity and COVID-19, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • And the Aspen Institute has published a guide that sets out how various sport and recreation activities can be enjoyed while minimizing transmission or contraction of COVID-19: Return to Play: COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool.

Washington Medical Librarians Association online business/networking meeting
WMLA has cancelled its annual conference due to COVID-19 and has scheduled an online business meeting and networking opportunity. Also, renew your membership and WMLA welcomes new members who are working in health information for biomedical personnel, patients, students, and the public. The online event is June 26 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. PT. Learn more on the WMLA website

Masculine Norms and Men’s Health: Making the Connections
The Masculine Norms and Men’s Health: Making the Connections report, published by Promundo in collaboration with the Global Action on Men’s Health and the Movember Foundation, provides an overview of men’s health globally and illustrates the direct connections between masculine norms and health-risk behaviors including poor diet, substance use, occupational hazards, unsafe sex and limited health-seeking behavior.

Black Male Achievement City Index: The Promise of Place
The Campaign for Black Male Achievement has developed an index that scores 50 cities on a scale from 1 to 100 according to their visible level of engagement and committed action on behalf of Black men and boys. Cities were scored using the following indicators: demographics around race and gender, city-led commitment to supporting and addressing individual and systemic challenges facing Black men and boys, local presence of national programs, initiatives and organizations supporting Black men and boys, and targeted philanthropic funding.

*20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good
Parents and other caregivers are seeking resources to help them hold children through the current, terrible wave of racialized violence, which is exacerbated by the tensions and vulnerabilities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As scholars, writers, and parents who use books to connect with our children and spark conversations with them, we’ve developed this book list to help engage the broad range of emotions and needs of diverse children in our multiracial society.

*Front Lines and Fault Lines: Embarking on the next great era of library services
Chicago—like Detroit, Milwaukee, New York City, and rural Louisiana and Georgia—is a place where African Americans, along with Latinos, are dying from COVID-19 at disproportionately higher rates, and the symbiotic relationship between information access and public safety has become abundantly clear…This moment presents libraries with the opportunity—the mandate, really—to advance a new library service model, one that reaches far beyond the library building and becomes ubiquitous in public life. One that reaches the people on the front lines, those straddling the fault lines of who is—and isn’t—informed and equipped to weather emergencies and public health crises. Read more of ALA  Executive Director Tracie D. Hall’s American Libraries article

*Reopening Gets Real: Libraries enact post-pandemic plans to keep workers and patrons safe 
As parts of the country begin to reopen, libraries are slowly restoring services. For many, contactless or curbside pickup is the first service to return, but some have begun opening buildings to staff and visitors. Read the American Libraries article

*New Genomics: Insights Articles – The High School Student Edition
This month, Genomics: Insights features articles from high school students focusing on current areas of science research with global relevance. The topics explored include the creation of a COVID-19 vaccine, the prediction of structural changes to viral proteins caused by genetic mutations, and how genetically engineered bacteria can solve the plastic pollution crisis. Great inspiration for teachers exploring ways for their students to communicate and write about science topics. Submissions for the August 2020 edition are being accepted through July 15.

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Join the RD3 Content Advisory Board

SEA News - Tue, 2020-06-23 10:31
The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Resources for Data Driven Discovery (RD3) web portal fosters learning and collaboration in data science and data management.

The Research Data Management Workgroup of the NNLM is recruiting Advisory Board members to be part of a committee that reviews and suggests resources for the RD3 web portal. If you are interested in being part of the RD3 Content Advisory Board send your name to Mary Piorun at mary.piorun@umassmed.edu by July 1st with a brief narrative (less than 300 words) explaining your interest.

Meetings will be monthly until all current resources have been reviewed, and quarterly thereafter.

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Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons / Encuentre Información de Salud Confiable en Español para Sus Usuarios

SCR News - Tue, 2020-06-23 05:05

This post comes to us from our friends in the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region and MidContinental Region. Although this content did not originate locally, we think it is relevant to many communities in the South Central Region.

Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons

When library patrons ask you for health information in Spanish about COVID-19 or other issues, NNLM has resources to get you started.

Available tools range from Spanish-language videos featuring Latino medical professionals to resources selected by trusted members of the Spanish-speaking community. The materials come from reliable sources like the National Library of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many of these resources are recommended by promotores, members of the community who serve as connections between them and healthcare systems, information, and resources. Because promotores are the heart of their communities, they are able to deliver assistance where it is needed the most.

Vision y Compromiso (VyC), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, training, and most importantly celebrating promotores across the nation. Vision y Compromiso is marking 20 years of work devoted to improving the lives and health of their communities.

In response to the pandemic affecting Spanish-speaking communities Vision y Compromiso developed a series of webinars for participants to learn about trusted places to find health information, myths about COVID19, and how to take care of oneself during these safer at home times.

You can find the recorded webinars and resources on the Vision y Compromiso COVID-19 page. The NNLM PSR shares the promotores mission of building healthier communities and created a page with Spanish Language COVID-19 health information materials to support Spanish speakers as well. The PSR has previously collaborated with promotores, described by Yamila El-Kkayat, in this video about outreach work in Arizona.

The JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health at Kansas University Medical Center has created JUNTOS Radio, an ongoing series of podcasts in Spanish on health topics. The podcasts feature interviews with Latino health professionals about issues of concern to the Latino community in Kansas and elsewhere.

JUNTOS partnered with a health sciences librarian to include credible and authoritative consumer health information resources that were relevant to the different health topics discussed in each episode. Brenda Linares, health sciences librarian at the A.R. Dykes Library, pictured below, also recorded a Health Literacy and evaluating websites episode.

Topics so far include COVID-19, child obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and exercise at home. Each podcast also includes information on the All of Us Research Program, an effort to enlist one million or more people from across the U.S. to help speed up medical research by sharing their medical information.

They are posted on Podbean, iTunes and in video format on YouTube and Facebook. You can access the podcasts at the JUNTOS Podbean page, on iTunes, on the JUNTOS YouTube channel for the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health, or on the JUNTOS Facebook page.

To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

Encuentre información de salud confiable en español para sus usuarios

Cuando sus usuarios le pregunten por información de salud en español sobre COVID-19 u otros temas, la NNLM tiene los recursos que usted necesita.

Los recursos incluyen videos en español con médicos profesionales latinos y una selección de recursos en español seleccionados por miembros de la comunidad de habla hispana. Estos materiales vienen de fuentes fiables como la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de Estados Unidos y los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades.

Muchos de estos recursos son recomendados por las promotoras, quienes son miembros de la comunidad que sirven como conexión entre el sistema de salud, la información, y los recursos disponibles. Como las promotoras son el corazón de sus comunidades, ellas tienen la capacidad de llevar y dar asistencia donde la comunidad lo necesite.

Visión y Compromiso (VyC), es una organización no lucrativa dedicada a apoyar, entrenar, y sobre todo celebrar a las promotoras en toda la nación estadounidense. Visión y Compromiso esta celebrando sus 20 años de trabajo y devoción a mejorar las vidas y la salud de su comunidad.

En respuesta a la pandemia que esta afectando a la comunidad de habla hispana, Visión y Compromiso desarrollo una serie de seminarios web (webinars) para que participantes aprendan sobre lugares de confianza para encontrar información de salud, mitos sobre COVID-19, y cómo cuidarse uno mismo durante este tiempo de quedarse en casa.

Usted puede encontrar las grabaciones de estos seminarios web (webinars) y recursos en la página web de Visión y Compromiso sobre COVID 19. La NNLM PSR comparte la misión de las promotoras de formar comunidades saludables y ha creado una página en español sobre COVID-19 con información de salud y material que apoya a la comunidad de habla hispana.  LA PSR previamente ha colaborado con promotoras. Usted puede ver este video donde Yamila El-Khayat, habla sobre su proyecto y trabajo en Arizona, con las promotoras.

JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Kansas (University of Kansas Medical Center), ha creado JUNTOS-RADIO, una serie de podcasts en español con varios temas de salud.  Los podcasts cuentan con entrevistas con profesionales latinos de salud donde hablan sobre temas de interés para la comunidad Latina en Kansas y otros lugares.

Los temas cubiertos hasta hoy incluyen el COVID-19, la obesidad infantil, la enfermedad de Alzheimer, la hipertensión, y cómo hacer ejercicios en casa.  El equipo continúa produciendo más podcasts con otros temas relevantes para la comunidad Latina. Además de cubrir cada tema en español, cada podcast también incluye información sobre el programa Científico All of Us (All of US Research Program), el cual es una campaña que pretende inscribir a un millón de personas de todo Estados Unidos para ayudar a acelerar la investigación médica,  compartiendo información médica.

Estos podcasts, están disponibles en PodBeaniTunes, y también en el formato de video en YouTube y Facebook.  Usted puede verlos o descargarlos desde la página de JUNTOS-RADIO Podbean, en iTunes, en el canal de YouTube de JUNTOS,  y en la página de Facebook de JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina.

To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version of the podcast, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

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Top Physician-Executive To Discuss COVID and the Digital Doctor

MCR News - Mon, 2020-06-22 12:26

Dr. Robert Wachter, author of “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age,” will open a new series of online author presentations next month with a discussion of digital health and health technology that will also touch upon the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chair of the Department of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and one of the nation’s most influential physician-executives, Dr. Wachter will read briefly from his book and answer questions submitted by participants.

The talk will take place on July 14 at 1 p.m. Mountain Time, 2 p.m. Central. For information on how to join the free webinar, please visit https://nnlm.gov/class/digital-doctor.

The event is part of the new NNLM Reading Club Presents… Series, which will feature periodic talks by authors of books related to health and health equity in an online setting.

For more details, see the flyer at this link: Digital_Dr_Flyer_July_2020

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NNLM SEA Digest News – June 19, 2020

SEA News - Fri, 2020-06-19 09:57

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars June 23 – July 9

Webinars July 14 – July 15

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

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

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

 

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2020-06-19 08:00

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

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Changes in 2021-2026 NNLM Cycle: The National Library of Medicine has issued the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the NNLM. There are some big changes, including: 1) The number of regions will be reduced from eight (8) to seven (7). The current Middle Atlantic Region will be divided among Region 1 (Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia) and Region 7 (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). 2) A name change: NNLM now stands for the Network of the National Library of Medicine. Additional information can be found in the NNLM Organizational Workbook.

Commemorating Juneteenth: Friday, June 19 is the annual celebration which commemorates the 1865 emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the Confederate States of America. Read NNLM MAR’s article, “African American Health and Anti-Racist Resources“, to find resources related to recent funded projects, African American mental health, cultural competency, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health. You can also visit the new online portal from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) called Talking About Race, which is designed for individuals, families, and communities to explore issues of race, racism, and racial identity.

Summer Reading and Citizen Science: Interested in co-hosting a virtual event about a Citizen Science project with SciStarter and NNLM? Get in touch by filling out our interest form. We have limited opportunities connected to summer reading, but filling out the sign-up form also signals your willingness for future engagement in the coming months.

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons / Encuentre Información de Salud Confiable en Español para Sus Usuarios – MCR News

Introducing the NNLM Public Health Webinar Series! – MARquee News Highlights

Healthy Wise County – Blogadillo, News from SCR

NLM/NIH News

Graduation 2020: Tradition in the Midst of ChangeNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Revealing Data: Learning About Zika – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Genes, Blood Type Tied to Risk of Severe COVID-19NIH Director’s Blog

NIH’s All of Us Program Joins Fight Against COVID-19NIH Director’s Blog

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced the NIH preprint pilot to provide early access to COVID-19 research.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

June 2020

Searching LactMed and LiverTox for Drug Effects – June 23, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

July 2020

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (July 2020) – July 6-July 31, 2020

Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data – July 8, 2:00-2:45 PM ET

Getting Started with Information Outreach in your Community: An Introduction – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – July 10-August 7, 2020

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis – July 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

How PubMed Works: Introduction – July 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This – July 15, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts – July 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

Food Literacy for Families, Libraries, and Communities: South Carolina Read Eat Grow – July 16, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information – July 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines – July 20-August 14, 2020

How PubMed Works: MeSH – July 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

How PubMed Works: ATM – July 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

AHRQ Health Literacy Funding Opportunity

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA)

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Dismantling Institutional Racism in your Library: From Theory to Practice – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by Niche Academy.

Find the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Search Strategy That Works for You – July 8, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Philadelphia FIGHT’s HIV Prevention & Education Virtual Conference – June 1-June 30, 2020

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MCR Webinar: Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts

MCR News - Thu, 2020-06-18 14:36

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
2pm MT/3pm CT
Registration Info

The Community Tool Box (https://ctb.ku.edu/ (link is external)) is a web site that serves as a significant source of information, training and tools for community health improvement worldwide. Our approach to community health improvement is to build the capacity of community members to identify their health issues, the root causes, and to adapt approaches that work to their context. This webinar will provide an overview of the contents of the web site and our approach, with relevant examples from communities in the USA and elsewhere. We will discuss examples of how we worked with librarians in the past, and opportunities to collaborate in the future to address the variety of community health crises facing us today.

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Announcing the NNLM Reading Club Presents….

MCR News - Thu, 2020-06-18 14:32

NNLM Reading Club LogoNNLM Reading Club Presents… are web-based author talks that highlight timely health issues brought to light by the NNLM Reading ClubNNLM Reading Club Presents… gives libraries and their readers a chance to hear directly from authors, then engage in a question-and-answer session with them.

Our first event, The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19, features Robert Wachter, M.D., author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age and is scheduled for July 14, 2020. Each live webinar session is 60 minutes long and begins at: 3:00 p.m. ET | 2:00 p.m. CT | 1:00 p.m. MT | Noon PT | 11:00 a.m. Alaska | 9:00 a.m. Hawaii

For more information, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/Zs9

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