AcademyHealth has announced the third annual HSRProj Research Competition for Students, hosted by AcademyHealth and the National Information Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This competition invites students to use data from the Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) database in conjunction with other sources to identify research gaps in health services and systems research. All projects should include a research statement that outlines a topic related to population health and/or social determinants of health that is missing or under-represented in the field of health services or systems research as a whole. Participants may also choose to focus projects on missing or under-represented topics in the HSRProj database itself. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in health services research, communication science, data science, informatics, information science, public health, health economics, statistics, or a related field.
Applications must be submitted by March 1. From the application pool, judges will select five finalists to present a ten-minute web-based project synopsis. Finalist presentations will highlight the research purpose, methodology, findings, conclusions, and data visualizations. Presentations are expected to take place during the week of April 22. The winning project, and four honorary mentions, will be announced in early May. The winner or winning team will be invited to present their research as a featured poster at the 2019 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Washington D.C., on June 2-4. Winners will be expected to cover their own lodging, transportation, and registration. In addition, the winner(s) will be invited to work with AcademyHealth staff to write a blog post to be featured on AcademyHealth’s website describing their project and experience.
Request for Information (RFI): Input on Revised Definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH
Request for Information (RFI): Input on Revised Definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH
Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-032
Release Date: January 14, 2019
Response Date: January 14, 2019 – February 22, 2019
This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather broad public input on a revised definition of behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR) for use by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) to assess and monitor NIH BSSR funding. The definition, originally developed in 1996 and updated periodically since then, can be found at https://obssr.od.nih.gov/about/bssr-definition/. The field has evolved significantly in the last two decades, and a more extensive update of the BSSR definition will improve OBSSR’s and NIH’s ability to assess and monitor NIH BSSR funding.
The OBSSR invites input from behavioral and social science researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. When providing input on behalf of an organization, a single coordinated response reflecting the views of the organization and its members is encouraged.
Behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR) is a broad, multifaceted field represented by a wide array of disciplines working together to generate knowledge about the behavior of animals and humans (organisms) in their social context. There is no single scientific discipline of behavioral and social science. Instead, the behavioral and social sciences encompass a set of disciplines including but not limited to psychology, sociology, economics, demography, social epidemiology, and anthropology. When Congress created OBSSR, it mandated that the Office establish a standard definition of BSSR. In 1996, a definition of behavioral and social sciences, as it applies to health research, was developed to monitor funding for BSSR across the NIH. Since then, the definition has been updated periodically to improve clarity and reflect developments in the behavioral and social sciences while retaining the meaning and scope of the original definition. Based on input from the 2017 to 2022 strategic planning process, the OBSSR has drafted the following working definition:
Revised Definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research for OBSSR
The behavioral and social sciences at the NIH include a multi-disciplinary set of research disciplines that have in common the study of behavior and social processes relevant to health.
BSSR at the NIH involves the systematic study of behavioral and social phenomena, as well as their causes and consequences:
- Behavioral refers to overt or observable actions and to mental phenomena such as knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, cognitions, and emotions that are inferred from behavior.
- Social refer to the interactions between and among individuals, and to the activities of social groups, institutions, and environments, including family, community, school, workplace, economic, cultural, and policy environments.
To further the behavioral and social sciences, researchers study the interplay between behavioral and environmental processes, focusing on causal and explanatory processes that occur not only within the organism (e.g., genetics, neurobiology, emotion, cognition) but also external to the organism (e.g., physical, familial, community, and societal influences).
The complex, bidirectional impacts of these external influences – the environment on behavior and behavior on the environment – are essential to the understanding of how behavior and the environment interact to affect health and well-being. This broad perspective on the underpinnings of behavior, from genetic through societal influences, provides the behavioral and social sciences with a unique perspective on the dynamic interactions that can influence health outcomes across an individual’s lifespan and across generations.
The multi-disciplinary nature of BSSR is a challenge and an opportunity. The contributing disciplines of BSSR often have different scientific approaches, methods, definitions, vocabularies, and hypotheses. This broad and complex research landscape, however, provides a rich fundamental and applied knowledge base to understand behavioral and social processes and how these processes impact health and well-being.
For the purposes of monitoring the behavioral and social sciences at the NIH, a project (grant application, funded grant, contract, etc.) is considered BSSR if any one of the dependent (predicted) variables or the independent (predictor) variables of the project is a “behavioral” or “social” phenomena as defined above. Behavioral or social moderator or mediator variables also may be sufficient for a project to be classified as BSSR if these variables are relevant to study hypotheses.The NIH seeks comments on the following:
- Is the definition clear? If it is not clear, please suggest language that would improve the clarity.
- How well does the definition capture the full range of health-related behavioral and social sciences research at the NIH? If not well, please suggest modifications to the definition that would reflect the full range of health-related behavioral and social sciences research supported by the NIH.
- How well does the definition distinguish behavioral and social sciences research from other disciplines of research? If not well, please suggest modifications to the definition that would appropriately distinguish behavioral or social sciences research from other areas of research.
How to Submit a Response
To ensure consideration, responses must be submitted February 22, 2019 through OBSSR’s crowdsourcing IdeaScale website https://obssr.ideascale.com/, where users may also view and comment on others’ ideas.
This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a solicitation, grant, or cooperative agreement, or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the NIH, or individual NIH Institutes and Centers to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. The Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government’s use of such information. No basis for claims against the U.S. Government shall arise as a result of a response to this request for information or from the Government’s use of such information.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Farheen Akbar, MPH
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
A new year and a new blog series. As Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM PNR, I help to provide information regarding library services and programming for those who serve the general public. Many of you juggle several job duties as well as a variety of information needs and so may welcome some tips and ideas of how to best serve the consumer health needs of those in your communities. I hope you find these monthly tips helpful and of interest and I welcome any ideas you may have for future posts as well as any comments.
Welcome to the first Consumer Health Minute post.
Over the past year or so, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has had a partnership with the Public Library Association (PLA) called, Promoting Healthy Communities: A Health Information Initiative. The though initiative is past, the results of this partnership still remain. Take a moment to review these resources and see which would be helpful in your work with consumer health and share these with your colleagues.
- If you are a member of PLA, you can join the Health Interest discussion group where programming ideas can be shared and questions asked informally.
- You don’t have to be a member to receive the Health Initiative email newsletter which provides quick information such as webinars, articles, programming, and news specifically for public library staff
- You also don’t have to be a member to use the website, Healthy Community Tools for Public Libraries. This website compiles quality health information websites, training resources, and health news to assist busy public librarians keep updated on health information.
The January 2019 topic is to further explore the new NLM Strategic Plan, introduce the NNLM National Initiatives, and provide a preview of the 2019-2020 funded awards.
Join us tomorrow, January 16, 2019
2:00pm MT/ 3:00pm CT
The Journey is visiting the Greater Midwest Region. No, not the rock band, but the NIH All of Us “mobile asset” designed to promote, educate, and enroll participants in the research program.
Do you know about All of Us? The NIH All of Us Research Program is part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. What is precision medicine? Precision medicine is an innovative approach to healthcare. It takes into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology in order to accelerate research, advance medicine, and ultimately improve care, treatment, and prevention for all of us.
All of Us is asking one million people to join in the study, and the traveling educational experience is one way to engage communities across the country. This summer, the Journey is coming to a city in or near you.
2/25 – 3/3
Youngstown & Warren OH
6/3 – 6/9
6/10 – 6/16
6/17 – 6/ 23
Dearborn & Detroit MI
6/24 – 6/30
Grand Rapids MI
7/8 – 7/14
South Bend IN
7/15 – 7/21
7/22 – 7/28
7/29 – 8/4
8/5 – 8/11
8/12 – 8/18
St Paul MN
8/19 – 8/25
8/26 – 9/1
As an NIH All of Us partner, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) helps raise awareness of the program, and we depend upon our members to help support our mission.
Whether you are an academic or a public library, consider hosting the Journey or volunteering or exhibiting at an event. The involvement is minimal. The Journey team does the work from setting up and tearing down to enrolling participants. They even train volunteers the day-of. Because the Journey plans local site visits 60-90 days ahead of its scheduled appearance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible with any questions and to submit your application.
Want to know more?
Please join us in congratulating Ashley Cuffia as she prepares for the next phase of her career at the Library of Congress. Her last day with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) will be February 15, 2019.
Ashley started as a Reference Technician at the HS/HSL over 11.5 years ago. She then worked for the NNLM as a Library Associate supporting our Travel and Exhibits programs and later as a DOCLINE associate. With the change to the cooperative agreement, she helped develop the new National DOCLINE Coordination Office as she completed her MLIS. Since 2017, she has worked as a coordinator supporting various programs with a primary focus in consumer health programming. She has provided vast contributions supporting new initiatives like health information outreach to public libraries. She will be missed throughout the region and in the SEA office.
Please join us in congratulating Ashley on her new opportunity and wish her the best of luck in her new position.
This Wednesday, the PNR and PSR (so, the whole west coast!) regions of the NNLM are joining forces to offer what promises to be a fantastic webinar, by data guru Margaret Henderson (who literally wrote the—or at least a—book on research data management for librarians). She will talk about how to get data services started at your institution, after taking one of the many online (and in-person) courses on research data management (RDM) available these days.
But, what if your new year’s resolution is to actually TAKE one of the courses? Where do you find the one that will work for you? Or, what if you just want to know more about the RDM scene in general? This post is for you! Here are some ideas for finding the right offering for you…
–Get a sense of the issues in the field by reading generally; articles like “Libraries and the Research Data Management Landscape” from CLIR can set the stage (as can Margaret’s book!)
–Consider what your personal goals are, and assess what kind of course would best meet them… Or maybe you want to be networking? Or learning Python? Courses aren’t the thing for every person or goal!
–Look for LibGuides that collect and describe some of the options out there; here’s a good one from Columbia University
–Look at offerings from professional organizations; here is a fabulous list of resources from ACRL
–Look for news and even list-servs that discuss data (the ones from RDAP and IASSIST are good places to start), which will have posts on the latest courses available; or, perhaps, a webliography?
–Look beyond the US—Europe, Canada, Australia, and others have been doing RDM work for even longer than we have, and there are some sophisticated and accessible offerings! Take a look here and here and here…
–Look at offerings within particular academic disciplines (not just explicitly health-related); check out this one from the American Society for Engineering Education!
And, watch this space! You may be aware that the NNLM has offered an intensive RDM 101 course (spring and fall 2018), and RDM 102 is about to begin. The NLM’s director, Patti Brennan, is data savvy and data focused, so there are sure to be more offerings in the coming years! I’ll leave you with this recent talk she did, the closing plenary for the Coalition for Networked Information, titled “NLM & NIH Partnership in Accelerating Discovery Through Data”. Enjoy!
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine would like to invite public libraries and community organizations to host the All of Us Journey when it visits the MidContinental Region on the following tentative dates:
St. Louis, MO—Monday, April 22- Friday, April 26
Wichita, KS –Tuesday, May 7- Friday, May 10
Lincoln, NE –Tuesday, May 14- Saturday, May 18
Omaha, NE–Tuesday, May 21 – Friday, May 24
The Journey, a project related to the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, is a hands-on traveling exhibit that engages community members in learning about the emerging field of precision medicine.
Through an ongoing national tour, the Journey invites visitors to join the landmark All of Us Research Program, designed to accelerate research and improve health. The program aims to sign up a million or more people to provide their health information in order to improve diversity in health research.
The Journey can make visits to events and venues within 2-3 hours of the area during that period. If you or an organization you know is interested in hosting the Journey or you know of any suitable events going on, please contact email@example.com or (801) 581-5242.
This opportunity is brought to you by the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, an initiative made possible in partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program.
The mission of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is to help public libraries support the health information needs of their communities by providing funding, training and partnership opportunities. In addition, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network will provide opportunities for NNLM Network Members to engage with the All of Us Research Program.
Please feel free to check out the Community Engagement Network website for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Find more information on the All of Us Research Program here.
Last fall, I asked several New England hospital librarians to share their stories about supporting nursing education and research. My first interview was with Mary Shah, MLS, AHIP. She is a Medical Librarian and Archivist at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. This interview is with Maureen Dunn, MLIS, AHIP. Maureen is the Library Director at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire.Tell us how your library supports nursing education and/or research.
When I first arrived at Concord Hospital in 2002, my library was a traditional “doctors’ library” and nurses were hesitant to set foot in the door. One of the first things I did was ask for 10 minutes at the Nurse Educator meeting, and told them the door was open, and I had chocolate on my desk – come on in! It didn’t take long for word to spread, and to this day, the nurse educators, and the unit-based practice committees they oversee, are among my best research customers.
I’ve also participated on nursing policy committees, patient education committees, the interdisciplinary Clinical Practice Council, the approval board for RN4s in our clinical ladder program and, most recently, the Evidence Based Practice committee. Along with those more formal groups, I’ve advertised the library as being a resource for nurses going back to school. We’ve had a big organizational push over the last 5 years to encourage nurses to achieve their BSNs, not to mention the many nurses who have decided to return to school for an MSN (and a handful of DNPs). The library intranet site has a page dedicated to students, and I participate in an unofficial Concord Hospital Facebook “back to school” support group, where I’ve been able to field research and database questions after hours.
Finally, in partnership with a nurse and our residency’s scholarly activity coordinator, we created a course called Scholarly Activity 101 that aims to help staff wanting to get involved with research or taking their existing QI projects to another level and presenting their activities at a conference or publishing. We’ve had great interest from nurses, who have a lot to say!What resources, services and programs are most popular with nurses?
Nurses appreciate having input into the resources the library gets. We actually switched drug reference databases a number of years ago due in great part to the fact that nurses found the old one difficult to use at the bedside. It took a while, and buy-in from the pharmacy, but a switch to a database with a friendlier interface was achieved. We’ve just started a collaborative process of evaluating nursing-specific resources in the hope of making the job of the educators less labor intensive and giving bedside nurses more resources for quick reference. There’s a great deal of excitement around the possibilities there.How do you align this work with the mission of patient safety and healthcare quality?
I find that the library and nursing have a very symbiotic relationship in this regard. The library’s impacts on patient care, safety, and quality are remote, while nursing’s are immediate, but nurses know they can rely on the library to get them the information they need to provide that quality care, and in return they are incredibly supportive of the library and provide a great deal of word of mouth advertising that reflects the positive impact of the library.Any tips for librarians interested in supporting nurses?
If you’re looking to increase services to nursing, talk to nurse managers about staff going back to school. Many nurses who haven’t been in school for a while are overwhelmed by things like navigating databases and citing sources properly. Also, I can honestly say that no one has ever turned me down when I’ve offered to present at a meeting. Getting in front of nursing leadership and telling them you can save them time with their policy updates or clinical questions never fails to win friends. Nursing friends are among the best friends a library can have.
Contact for Maureen Dunn: firstname.lastname@example.orgUpcoming Webinar for Hospital Librarians
On Thu, March 28, NNLM NER will host a webinar on Librarians Supporting Nursing Scholarship. This session will feature Alice Stokes (Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont), Lisa Marks and Diane Almader-Douglas (Mayo Clinic Libraries, Phoenix AZ). During this webinar, they will talk with us about their learned experiences in working with nurses.
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.
- Introducing the NNLM Reading Club!
- January and February classes for Certified Health Education Specialists
- January NIH News in Health
- Making Healthy New Year Resolutions
Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*
Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity
- SEA: Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans (Jan 14 – Feb 25)
- National: Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications (Jan 14 – May 3)
Webinars January 14 – January 15
- MAR: PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine (Jan 14, 3 PM ET)
- SEA: An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice: Appraisal and Application (Jan 15, 1 PM ET)
- NER: What is RA21? (Jan 15, 2 PM ET)
- MAR: More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Health Professionals (Jan 15, 3 PM ET)
Webinars January 16 – January 17
- NER: What Works in a GIS Free Open Online Course? (Jan 16, 11:30 AM ET)
- PSR: What to do after You Take a Data Course (Jan 16, 4 PM ET)
- SCR: The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster – Session 1 Plan (Jan 17, 2 PM ET)
- SEA: Notes from the Field: Funded Project Experiences (Jan 17, 2 PM ET)
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News
- The NIH Director’s Blog: Mapping the Brain’s Memory Bank
- The NIH Director’s Blog: Connecting Senescent Cells to Obesity and Anxiety
- The science is clear: with HIV, undetectable equals untransmittable
- AI approach outperformed human experts in identifying cervical precancer
- Circulating Now: Opening the Vault: Finding Aids for Film
- NLM in Focus: Hamilton and Yellow Fever: The Library Where It Happens
- Musings on the Mezzanine: Keeping Up with the Information Onslaught
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.
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!Spotlight
New Year, New Directions for NLM: Read Dr. Brennan’s recent post in Musings from the Mezzanine, New Year, New Directions for NLM to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s progress toward making the NLM strategic plan a reality.
NLM Launches a New Banner Exhibition: The U.S. National Library of Medicine announced a new banner exhibition, Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America. A companion special display and an online adaptation will also be available. The exhibition opens January 11, 2019 to commemorate what would have been Alexander Hamilton’s 249th birthday. The online adaptation of Politics of Yellow Fever includes an education component featuring a K-12 lesson plan and a university module.National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
Continuing Education for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region will be offering continuing education credit for Certified Health Education Specialists with two upcoming courses: From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health and Health Statistics on the Web. Visit January and February classes for Certified Health Education Specialists to see more details.
New Free Materials: NNLM MAR is pleased to offer a new trifold brochure on MedlinePlus – available in English and Spanish. Place an order today to make these available in your library or institution!
Have a Healthy New Year! – PNR NewsNLM/NIH News
The National Library of Medicine is open and available for tours: Although some federal government agencies are closed in the absence of either an FY2019 appropriation or a continuing resolution, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is open and tours are available Monday through Friday at 1:30 pm and upon request.
NIH News in Health: Check out the January 2019 issue if NIH News in Health, featuring, “Shake it Off: Boosting Your Mood,” and “Managing Multiple Sclerosis: Treatment Can Delay Future Attacks.” Other topics in this issue include mood and depression, exercise, ovarian cysts and liver disease.
Keeping up with Information Onslaught – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is just around the corner, January 22-27! This yearly health observance links students with scientists and other experts to counteract myths about drugs and alcohol. If you are interested in offering a NDAFW program at your library or institution, see the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s online guide for everything you need to host an event, including toolkits, program ideas, free materials, and more!NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities
NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!
PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – January 14, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.
More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Health Professionals – January 15, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this course will introduce free health information resources for K-12 health professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Participants will learn about consumer health sites covering general health, drug information, and environmental health, with an emphasis on MedlinePlus.
The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster Webinar Series – Third Thursday of every month from January-May 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted. There is a constant need for education and discussion. In each live session of this SCR webinar series, Margaret Foster draws from her expertise to discuss issues, provide examples, and demonstrate the steps of her Pieces process, as described in her book, Assembling the Pieces of Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians. This second run of the original series will provide more practical examples for conducting each step of a systematic review as well as look at other types of reviews.
STEAM Programming for Adults – January 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Adult STEAM programming recognizes that adult life-long learners also benefit from an increased interest and knowledge of STEAM topics which can empower to them to think creatively and to design and engineer solutions to real world problems. With this goal in mind the Catawba County Library has established a series of community driven STEAM programs for Adults. During this hour long session, SEA and guest presenter will share the inspiration for Adult Steam programs, how to get started, find community partners, funding ideas, and program evaluation. Participants will also learn how to transform popular DIY craft programs into Adult STEAM programs.
Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 23, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this class that covers NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted.
From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – January 23, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join MAR for this class that 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.
ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – January 28, 2:00-3:00 PM 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. This 1 credit training covers the materials in a survey format with polls and exercises.
Transgender Health: Research and Resources – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this session will discuss barriers that people who are transgender may face in their communities. The primary barriers discussed by guest speakers will include those that affect access to healthcare and re-entry to the community following incarceration. The guest speakers will also provide information about online and print resources that librarians, public health professionals or others interested in improving the health of transgender individuals in their communities can turn to for information.
Healthy Aging: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information – January 31, 10:00-12:00 PM ET – Did you know that the 65+ population will outnumber children for the first time in history by 2020? Given the rapid growth of this demographic, this “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet; learn about usability and accessibility issues that impact older adults; brainstorm library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.
Owning Your Health: Wellness Resources for Young Adults Ages 18-24– January 31, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – In the final years of high school and in the years following after, young adults ages 18-24 are embarking on the process of becoming independent. An important piece of that independence is taking responsibility for and making decisions about one’s own health. This class will introduce participants (young adults ages 18 to 24, and those involved in education and health programming for young adults) to the credible and trusted online health and medical resources from the National Library of Medicine and partner organizations that can be used to guide health decisions. Participants will learn about the 8 dimensions of wellness, tools for evaluating online health information for credibility, as well as best practices for preparing and communicating with a health professional during a medical appointment.
*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 posting: Associate Librarian, Data Management Services, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Library, New York, NY
Job posting: Librarian (Instruction), Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
Public Comment for Healthy People 2030: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opened a public comment period regarding the Healthy People 2030 Objectives, ending on January 17, 2019. This is to seek input on the proposed Core, Developmental, and Research objectives. Now is your time to provide your feedback! It is requested that you review the Healthy People objective selection criteria prior to reviewing and commenting on the proposed objectives.
For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, Copyrighted Works Will Enter the Public Domain – At midnight on New Year’s Eve, all works first published in the United States in 1923 entered the public domain. It has been 21 years since the last mass expiration of copyright in the U.S. This article from Smithsonian Magazine highlights some titles that you’ll now have access to.
MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)
Have you ever had a bad mood you just couldn’t shake? Certain healthy habits can help you stay healthier and improve your mood.
No one knows why multiple sclerosis starts. But treatment may help stop it from getting worse.
Join us next Wednesday, January 16th at 2 MT/3 CT for Breezing Along with the RML.
The January 2019 topic is further exploring the new NLM Strategic Plan, introduce the NNLM National Initiatives, and provide a preview of the 2019-2020 funded awards.
We are excited to be collaborating with our sister region, Pacific Southwest Region, to combine our monthly webinars this month to provide a wonderful session we believe you will find informative and useful.
Session title: What to do After You Take a Data Course
Presenter: Margaret Henderson, Librarian at San Diego State University. Margaret has presented and written on many library topics over the years, and wrote the book, Data Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2016, Rowman & Littlefield).
Summary: There are many online and in-person courses available for librarians to learn about research data management, data analysis, and visualization, but after you have taken a course, how do you go about applying what you have learned? While it is possible to just start offering classes and consultations, your service will have a better chance of becoming relevant if you consider stakeholders and review your institutional environment. This lecture will give you some ideas to get started with data services at your institution.
When: Wednesday, January 16 from 1:00 – 2:00pm PT (please adjust to your time zone)
How to attend: Registration is required but the webinar is free.
The session will be recorded and posted soon after the live session.
We hope you can join us!
Breezing Along with the RML (webinar)
Wednesday – February 20, 2019 – 1:00-2:00P MT, 2:00-3:00P CT
Have you been pondering your 2019 professional development? Are you wondering how other librarians in the region decide when selecting development opportunities? This month we are featuring three MCR network members who will share their experiences from recent conferences and trainings.
You will hear more about the professional development funding from the MCR that made their trips possible, and learn if what our panelists hoped to take away from the event matched up to reality.
• Lilian Hoffecker, Strauss Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado (Force2018, Montreal, Quebec)
• Marie St. Pierre, Clinical Library, Children’s Hospital Colorado (“Innovations in Nursing Information Literacy,” MLA, Atlanta, Georgia)
• Amanda Sprochi, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, University of Missouri (Mountain West Data Librarian Symposium, Boulder, Colorado)
Happy New Year from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine! Please see below for descriptions of our upcoming courses that offer Category I CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists. These is no cost to attend these classes, just create a free account with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to sign up!
From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – January 23, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Middle Atlantic Region for this class that 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.
Health Statistics on the Web – February 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – This hands-on 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.
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., each program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.
Reach out to Erin Seger, MPH, CHES at email@example.com 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.
To help grow health literacy, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network announces the launch of the NNLM Reading Club. The goal is to support libraries’ health literacy efforts and address local communities’ health information needs by celebrating important National Health Observances through the fun and intimacy of a book club.
The NNLM Reading Club offers a selection of three different book titles along with corresponding free, ready-to-use, downloadable materials designed to help promote and facilitate a book club discussion on a health issue or topic.
It’s easy to download the ready-to-use book club discussion materials and direct patrons to the library’s book holdings. However, the NNLM is offering an added benefit: participating NNLM libraries are making the quarterly Reading Club picks available in a free, handy, portable Book Club Kit.
This program-in-a-box format includes 8 copies of each of the following items: the selected book, discussion guide, MedlinePlus flyer, MedlinePlus magazine, NNLM All of Us information and additional material in support of the health topic all of which are tucked inside a handy library book bag and mailed to the requesting library. Any U.S. library, which is an organizational member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, is eligible to apply and to receive one NNLM Reading Club Book Kit from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. Priority is given to those libraries who intend to use the Book Club Kit in their outreach to vulnerable communities.
For more information on the NNLM Reading Club, to browse selections and download the ready-to-use materials, or to order an NNLM Book Club Kit, click here.
In her first blog post of 2019, NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan had many exciting updates to share. First, as of January 1, NLM has a new organizational chart that anticipates the outcome of a first phase of reorganization that will be implemented over the coming year. This initial phase focuses on consolidating NLM staff and related programs into fewer divisions and offices to improve efficiency and our overall effectiveness. Details of these changes will continue to be worked on during the year, with regular updates on the progress and the implications for specific NLM programs and services.
Missing from the new organizational chart is the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division, the place within NLM that addressed the health information needs of specific communities, including Native Americans, minority-serving institutions, and urban teens. Commitment to these and other populations traditionally underserved within health care have not wavered, but NLM is working to ensure both the sustainability of this notable work and its integration into the fabric of the new NLM. The new, streamlined organization will incorporate within other offerings the critical information resources and services SIS originally provided.
Second, the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, situated within the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications since the early 1990s, has closed. This unit offered many innovations over the years, advancing health computing to the 21st century and launching one of NLM’s most incredible ventures, the Visible Human Project. NLM will continue to make the Visible Human data available, but staff from the Office will be incorporated into other branches of the Lister Hill Center.
The third arm of the reorganization integrates the creative design and development services of the Audiovisual Programs Development Branch, also from the Lister Hill Center, into NLM’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison. This realignment will help incorporate advanced media and visualization techniques into NLM’s robust communication programs to better inform the public of the many information services and research advances.
Finally, NLM is renaming its Office of Health Information Programs Development the Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI). OSI will play a key role in advancing NLM efforts in data and open science, program evaluation, and the strategic plan implementation.
Along with these changes there will be assessment of staff skills and evaluation of interests to best align those skills and interests with NLM’s evolving needs. NLM is committed to retaining its federal staff as functions are realigned, and will do its best to ensure matching of the talented staff with work they enjoy and the Library needs.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has announced Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America, a banner exhibition with a companion special display and an online adaptation. The exhibition opens January 11, to commemorate what would have been Alexander Hamilton’s 249th birthday. The online adaptation includes an education component featuring a K-12 lesson plan and a university module
In 1793, yellow fever ravaged Philadelphia, killing thousands and devastating the city’s infrastructure. Philadelphians confronted the outbreak in the absence of an effective cure or consensus about the origins of the disease. Medical professionals, early political parties, and private citizens seized on the epidemic to advance their respective agendas. As a result, Philadelphia’s sick and dying received care informed as much by public debate as by medical knowledge. Politics of Yellow Fever presents the story of how Philadelphia’s sick, anxious residents responded to the epidemic using an uneasy blend of science and politics. The companion special display traces the history of the disease from the 18th-century urban epidemics to Walter Reed’s discovery that mosquitos transmit the disease in 1900 and the advent of an effective vaccine.
The special display will be open to the public from January 11 to May 22, in the NLM History of Medicine Division (HMD) Reading Room on the first floor of the National Library of Medicine.
School-based Alternative Peer Group (APG): An Innovative Solution to Reach Disadvantaged Students, Advance Behavioral Health Equity and Reduce Stigma in the Prevention and Recovery of Adolescent Addiction
The following blog post was written by Stephanie Briody, co-founder of Behavior Health Innovators, Inc. in South Chatham, Massachusetts. Behaviorial Health Innovators is a recent recipient of NNLM NER grant funding. Stephanie shares the work of her team, creating a program that provides in-school support and treatment for high school students with Substance Use Disorder.
Our mission at Behavioral Health Innovators, Inc. is to create innovative, broadly available solutions for individuals and loved ones who suffer from behavioral health challenges, initially focused on the prevention of, and recovery from, substance use disorder, anxiety and depression in teens.
Through our work with teens in recovery, we learned of an evidence-based model of teen recovery support called an Alternative Peer Group (APG) and launched a pilot of the APG model on Cape Cod in April 2018. APGs are a comprehensive adolescent recovery support model that integrates recovering peers and prosocial activities into an evidence-based clinical practice. Overall, since APGs have been in existence, they have a recovery rate greater than 85% versus a nationwide recovery rate of around 30% (Basinger & Edens).
Informed by the lessons we learned during the planning stage for our stand-alone APG, we began the development of a School Based APG program. The School Based APG brings this evidence-based model of recovery support directly into the school setting to reach disadvantaged students, advance behavioral health equity and reduce stigma. Thus far, three (3) large public schools on Cape Cod are working with the APG Counselor and staff to create specific programming and processes to bring APG services to their students -1) Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School is creating an APG program specific to the needs of their Alternative Learning Program students; 2) Bourne Middle School Administrators and their Project Purple student group (Chris Herren’s Substance Use Prevention Program) are developing an APG program that integrates with the school’s new disciplinary policies regarding substance use and vaping; and 3) Nauset Middle School is bringing the APG Counselor directly into school to meet with specific students and their families.
In the following account, the APG Counselor describes the many pieces of the puzzle that need to come together to support teens with substance use challenges and how this program provides many of those pieces.
Recently, I received a call from the Assistant Principal of a local middle school. A 13-year-old boy was caught smoking pot at school and admitted he had been smoking pot since he was seven (7) years old. They called me because word has started to spread about our program that provides support and a safe space for teens with substance use challenges. She asked if I could attend the meeting where this student would be discussing his reentry to school; he was serving in-school suspension due to being caught stoned at school.
I drove to the middle school, met with the Assistant Principal and the Guidance Counselor, also the student’s teacher. I also met the young man and his mother. We discussed what we offer at the APG. The young man appeared excited, like his cries for help or someone to notice, were answered. Mom shared that she too struggles with substance use, that their home life was less than desirable, and the family has faced many adversities over the last 15 years.
Throughout the next week, I initiated and participated in many, many phone calls of support for Mom, trying to get her into treatment, conversations with the Department of Children and Families and steady contact with the school administration and the young man. I was able to visit the young man at school to talk to him about the transitions that were happening for him, since he had just been removed from his home, and placed with other family members.
This week he was able to make it to the APG group for the first time; he appeared nervous, but relieved and relaxed the instant he connected with our APG Peer Mentor. Another member referred to us for a similar situation, joined us for his first night as well. This other member has family members who also struggle with substance use, particularly an older brother, which has strained their relationship.
It was nothing short of a miracle to watch these two young men show incredible kindness to one another while they were engaging in something as simple as a video game. They ate pizza, they played “Madden”, they teased each other, and laughed and joked. It was relaxed, it was age-appropriate, it was also something revolutionary: these two young men, who before coming to the APG had no place to find support and discuss their challenges and whose behaviors could have led them to be immediately caught up in the juvenile justice system, instead found commonality and an opportunity to simply “be”, for two hours. We talked about the next Tuesday’s activity, which will be bowling. Friendly wagers were made. And I believe that both young men are looking forward to next week’s group. This is the power of the APG: peer to peer interaction, a place to simply be with others struggling with similar challenges.
Working with teens and their families, people that would otherwise possibly be pushed through a system or whose issues would be taken care of through punitive measures, without careful, considerate, and compassionate support, has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Amanda McGerigle MSW, LICSW, Counselor for RecoveryBUILD Alternative Peer Group (APG).