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NNLM and SciStarter Present Virtual Citizen Science Workshops!

MAR News - Wed, 2020-07-29 05:00

Is your library searching for virtual engagement opportunities? Are you interested in citizen science and crowdsourcing? Are you looking for more ways to supplement your #SummerReading programming? The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) and SciStarter have collaborated on a series of workshops that you will certainly want to check out!

SciStarter is an online platform for those who want to explore and engage with citizen science. With their Project Finder, users can filter through thousands of ongoing projects, and discover ways to contribute. Starting with Citizen Science Month 2020, the NNLM has paired up with SciStarter to promote several health-related projects, which can be found on the NLM page of their website.

Each of the upcoming virtual citizen science workshops in this exciting series is graciously hosted by a public library, and features a researcher whose work directly impacts an NLM-supported citizen science project. After a short introduction to citizen science from SciStarter, the researcher offers their perspective, and the workshop ends with an interactive Q&A session facilitated by public library staff. These events are designed for a public library audience of teens and adults.

In July, with support from the All of Us Research Program, the series kicked off with two workshops. The first featured Dr. Connie Walker, who directs the Globe At Night research project. This project uses crowdsourcing to “raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution.” She was interviewed by Michelle Lesniak, Director of the South Butler Community Library in Saxonburg, PA. The second of these workshops was hosted by Tredyffrin Township Libraries in eastern Pennsylvania. This time, the Stall Catchers research program was featured, and Children’s Librarian Angie Andre interviewed Dr. Pietro Michelucci. This project is especially suited for engaging families because of its interactive and gamified approach to Alzheimer’s research!

Keep an eye out for the rest of workshops in this series, and encourage your communities to register! Check out the links below for more information about upcoming webinars:

Watch the Recording: Globe at Night with South Butler Community Library in Saxonburg, PA on 7/9

Watch the Recording: Alzheimer’s Research Online Q&A with Tredyffrin Township Libraries – Paoli Library in Paoli, PA on 7/23

Free Registration: Help Develop RNA-based Medicines Online Q&A with the Newton Public Library in Newton, KS at 1 PM CT on 7/31

Free Registration: How to Measure Light in the Night Online Q&A with Riverside Regional Library in Jackson, MO at 10:30 AM CT in on 8/4

Free Registration: Investigating Weather and Climate Online Q&A with San Benito County Free Library in Hollister, CA at 2 PM PT on 8/4

Free Registration: Fight Plastic Pollution Online Q&A with Glendora Public Library in Glendora, CA at 4 PM PT on 8/12

Free Registration: Alzheimer’s Research Online Q&A with Olathe Public Library in Olathe, KS at 5:30 PM CT on 8/17

Free Registration: Protect Tap Water Online Q&A with the Studio City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in Studio City, CA at 4 PM PT on 8/19

Free Registration: Discover New Antiviral Drugs Online Q&A with the Watts Branch Library at the Los Angeles Public Library in Los Angeles, CA at 1 PM PT on 8/25

Free Registration: Investigating Weather and Climate Online Q&A with Howe Library in Hanover, NH at 7 PM ET on 8/26

Free Registration: Protect Tap Water Online Q&A with Torrance Public Library in Torrance, CA at 4 PM PT on 8/27

Free Registration: Help Track the Flu Online Q&A with Scotch Plains Public Library in Scotch Plains, NJ at 2 PM ET on 8/28

Free Registration: Fight Plastic Pollution Online Q&A with the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries in San Luis Obispo, CA at 3 PM PT on 9/3

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PNR Weekly Digest: July 28, 2020

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-07-28 11:07

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine – Upcoming Webinar
Join a lively panel of librarians all engaged in using graphic medicine as they discuss how they incorporate it in their work. August 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Read the blog post to learn more

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.

NLM Resources for Images: This session of the Health Sciences Libraries webinar series highlights NLM’s several unique resources for locating various types of images related to medical and health topics. This one-hour webinar tailored to health sciences librarians will cover how to use several of these resources. Practical and creative ideas for utilizing these resources and introducing them to faculty, staff, and students will also be provided. August 18 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Reaching the Hard to Reach: Empowering Community Members to Think Differently & Embrace Teens with SUD and Mental Health Challenges: Being a teenager is hard, and COVID-19 has made these difficult years even harder. Over the past decade, U.S. teens report feeling increased pressure and stress and those working with this population see the result — young people with mental health conditions, lack of resiliency skills and many with substance use disorder. The healthy coping mechanisms that used to contribute to mental wellness, like community connection, physical activity and the pursuit of creative outlets has been declining. These trends were happening even before COVID! August 25 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Virtual Programs for Public Libraries: Do you work in a public library? Are you looking for ideas for virtual programming and outreach? This webinar is for you! We will cover how to decide what virtual programming your community might be interested in, technical requirements for virtual programming, and include a wide variety of program suggestions. September 29 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers: This class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community. Class runs from October 19 – November 15 on the Moodle platform. (8 MLA CE) Register

Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape: The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work. October 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

*Addressing Health Misinformation Through Health Literacy Practices: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene a 75 minute virtual workshop, exploring the rise of health misinformation and examining health literacy strategies to address health misinformation among various populations, especially as it relates to COVID-19. July 29 starting at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

*REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Materials Testing and Resource Overview: As libraries and museums around the country begin to resume operations and reopen to the public, the need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials has become increasingly urgent. Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. Join us to learn more about the testing process, how to present results to your stakeholders, project resources to inform your local decisions, and what you can expect from the project in the months to come. Registration is full so this session will also be livestreamed on YouTube. August 4 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about this session on WebJunction’s website

Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals: Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this Office of Minority Health e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.

*Save the Date: Advancing the Response to COVID-19: The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will host a virtual symposium on Thursday, September 17, 2020 to highlight state, Tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations. The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium aims to support and disseminate promising practices, programs and strategies for combating COVID-19, especially in communities of color. Stay up to date on the virtual symposium by visiting the webpage.

*The CDC’s COVID-19 Response: Promising Practices in Health Equity II: The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webinar will discuss actions taken to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities. July 29, 12:00 pm PT. Register

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

“It’s My Birthday: An Ode to Aging and to Lifespan Research”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, August 24 to December 11, 2020

*“Racing to Develop Fast, Affordable, Accessible Tests for COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*Phase 3 clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Arthritis and Complementary Health Approaches

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Interactive Safe Sleep Environment Tool

*COVID-19 means long stretch of stormy weather for people with alcohol and substance use disorders

*National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: Cloth face coverings and distancing pose communication challenges for many

Research Highlight: Genetic Variations Highlight the Importance of Metabolic Processes in Anorexia

Educational Packets Available from NNLM’s HIV/AIDS Coordinating Center

RSVP today for events in the Citizen Science Meets Summer Reading series

*Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

MLA Chapter Project of the Year Award
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of MLA received the MLA (Medical Library Association) Project of the Year Award. The project was a new logo pin design contest to grow member engagement and raise funds for student conference scholarships. The winner of the design was Hannah Pollard, librarian at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA. View the listing of awards on the MLA website.

*Resources: COVID-19:

  • HHS has made May and June COVID-19 Testing Plans from all states, territories and localities publicly available. The plans include details on the response to surge cases and how to reach vulnerable populations including minorities, immunocompromised individuals and older adults.
  • HHS has also created a new campaign, Coronavirus Stops with Me, that provides information on the HHS coronavirus response, the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, COVID-19 community-based testing sites and more.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) seeks to change the culture surrounding mental health and suicide prevention through enhanced community integration, prioritized research activities and implementation strategies that emphasize improved overall health and well-being. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PREVENTS launched a national public health campaign that seeks to help individuals deal with the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic: #MoreThanEverBefore.

Spanish-language Resource: Guide for Patient Navigators – A Supplement to the Oncology Patient Navigator Training
Through funding and support from the CDC, the George Washington University Cancer Center, along with Navegación de Pacientes Internacional and the Latino Cancer Institute, is pleased to announce the release of the Spanish Guide for Patient Navigators – A Supplement to the Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals. This guide provides the foundational knowledge that Spanish speaking oncology patient navigators need, as well as free resources and tools that can be put into practice immediately. Please note that this resource is in Spanish.

Mental Health Resources:

  • For resources and materials on mental health, please visit the OMH website and the OMH Spanish website.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • A Guide to Suicide Prevention for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, published by the One Sky Center, provides information and an assessment tool for AI/AN communities and local, state and regional sovereign Tribal governments.
  • Youth MOVE National, in partnership with the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, published A Guide for Youth: Understanding Trauma. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

NCUIH Youth Indigi-Wellness Healer Contest
The National Council of Urban Indian Health Youth Council is proud to launch its 2020 Indigi-Wellness Healer Campaigns #NativeHealing and #IndigiLove created by Native Youth for Native Youth to express the importance of mental & physical wellness and healthy relationships as Native Youth, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Deadline for raffle and submission is August 7. Learn more about how to get involved on the NCUIH website.

Office of Minority Health: Active and Healthy
OMH continues to encourage the nation to stay Active & Healthy in and around their homes and communities during these uncertain times. Through simple and creative steps we can continue to advance our mental and emotional wellness while adhering to the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, physical activity can help boost your mood, sharpen your focus, reduce your stress, and improve your sleep. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration developed a free handbook to help address eight dimensions of wellness: social, environmental, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual and financial. Encourage others to take active and healthy steps towards better health by sharing resources, downloading OMH graphics, and using the hashtags #ActiveandHealthy and #EmotionalWellness.

New Era of Smarter Food Safety
Many believe we will see more changes in the food system over the next 10 years than we have in decades. Foods are being reformulated; there are new foods, new production methods, and new delivery methods; and the system is becoming increasingly digitized. To keep pace with this evolution, FDA is taking a new approach to food safety, leveraging technology and other tools to create a safer and more digital, traceable food system. Learn more about the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint.

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What is Geroscience?

NER News - Tue, 2020-07-28 10:43

A term keeps popping up around the NIH and NLM; Geroscience.

The meaning may be obvious if you understand the parts of the word; gero- in medicine is a prefex indicating the association with old age or aging, and science – the study of something. But that doesn’t really get to the heart of what Geroscience is.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has been tackling this topic. In an article, Geroscience: The intersection of basic aging biology, chronic disease, and health, the question is raised, “How does the aging process affect the disease process and susceptibility—and vice versa?” In detail answering, ”Geroscience… seek[s] to understand the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms that make aging a major risk factor and driver of common chronic conditions and diseases of older people.”

Geroscience is a NIH-wide initiative. The Trans-NIH Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG) was formed in 2012 with the goal of stimulating interest and involvement in the basic science of aging across Institutes, Centers, and Offices at NIH. Summits have been held, working groups formed, and much more collaborative work has demonstrated the impact of studying aging in this new way. In an article in Cell they call for geroscience to merge with ongoing research on human chronic disease states, compare and contrast inflammation in aging and disease, and develop new animal models of aging, among other recommendations.

The American Federation for Aging Research advocates that, “By treating aging – not just age related disease – we can stay healthy longer.” Their hypothesis is, ” since aging physiology plays a major role in many — if not all — chronic diseases, therapeutically addressing aging physiology directly will prevent the onset or mitigate the severity of multiple chronic diseases.” With the goal of, “develop[ing] feasible, practical, and safe interventions to delay the appearance of multiple chronic diseases and conditions. Interventions that slow the aging processes would dramatically lower health care costs, perhaps more than the cure of any single disease, while significantly improving quality of life.”

So what is next? By 2050, approximately one-quarter of the world’s population will be over 60 years of age. Growing acknowledgement of the issue and growing research around the topic are successfully introducing new fields to the concept. Geroscience is moving beyond the traditional aliments of old age like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular disease. There are areas of musculoskeletal diseases and oral health that have arisen as issues in aging. As the NIA puts it, “The ultimate goal of geroscience is to accelerate research into the basic mechanisms driving aging, which could lead to improved clinical interventions. Toward that goal, the GSIG remains focused on discovering the basic biology at the intersection among aging, chronic disease, frailty, and resilience. Basic biology renders the process of aging the major risk factor for the age-related decline in health, threatening an increasingly older population.”

 

Links and Resources

American Federation for Aging Research – What is Geroscience? Connecting the Biology of Aging and the Biology of Disease  https://www.afar.org/what-is-geroscience

Cell – Geroscience: Linking Aging to Chronic Disease  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S009286741401366X

National Institute on Aging: Geroscience: The intersection of basic aging biology, chronic disease, and health https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dab/geroscience-intersection-basic-aging-biology-chronic-disease-and-health

Penn Medicine News: Geroscience? Much More Than a Reaction to the “Silver Tsunami” https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-blog/2014/november/geroscience-much-more-than-a-r

 

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Apply by July 31: All of Us Health Ambassador Award

SEA News - Tue, 2020-07-28 10:14

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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Librarians Keep Learning

NER News - Tue, 2020-07-28 09:39

Improving one’s self and continuing to learn should be explicitly incorporated into our jobs. It benefits our work, those we work with, and the organization as a whole. Working from home presents an opportunity to learn new things. Obviously, keep doing the work expected of you, but you might find that you have some time that can be used for your own edification.

Below are a few resources that might be of interest. It might be helpful to take classes outside of librarianship. There are so many topics that may not seem to be connected, but all different types of information can be helpful and applicable to librarianship. Knowledge grows at the intersections of topics and disciplines, so why not take advantage of these unique circumstances to broaden your horizons.

Library Specific

This amazing collaborative resource has been put together https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jJt1qoNqe_XteGFvzK2vq_fzutTAP8XCjESH8pHmFxE/edit?pli=1#heading=h.2e411a4p97b It has a lot of different library topics and formats. And if you know any that should be included, you can add them.

Of course it is important to include the NNLM’s recorded webinars available on YouTube. There are also on demand classes from the NNLM

Some other library focused trainings include:

There are many other resources specifically for libraries or librarians, but this is a good time to explore new areas. with an open mind, almost everyone can learn something new, from any topic, that is applicable to librarianship. Why not also take a course on Cognitive Fitness or rhetoric or the Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature. Learning for learning sake is a legitimate use of time. You never know when it might be useful or pertinent. While there are lots of services and products out there, many have a cost associated.This post is focused on free resources, but we make no guarantees on content, cost, or availability.

Other topics or just for fun

There are probably many, many other resources out there. We encourage you to explore and share. The point is, take some time to learn something new and Have Fun!

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Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine – Upcoming Webinar

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2020-07-27 21:00

What: Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine: Discovery, Access, and Beyond

When: Wednesday, August 5, 11am-noon Pacific; Noon-1pm Mountain; 1-2pm Central; 2- 3pm Eastern

Join a lively panel of librarians all engaged in using graphic medicine as they discuss how they incorporate it in their work:

  • Alice Jaggers – co-editor of graphicmedicine.org(link is external)
  • Ariel Pomputius, Health Sciences Liaison Librarian at the Univ of Florida’s Health Science Center Library.
  • Elisa Cortez, Medical Education and Clinical Outreach Librarian, University of California, Riverside.
  • Marna M. Clowney-Robinson, Clinical Social Worker and the Access & Information Services Librarian at the University of Michigan.
  • Patricia F. Anderson, Emerging Technologies Informationist at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan.
  • Rachel Walden, Associate Dean and Professor of Learning Resources and director of the Medical Library for the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN
  • Rich McIntyre, Emerging Technologies Librarian at UConn Health, located in Farmington, CT.

They’ll share how they use Graphic Medicine in their work with their colleagues, students, and staff. They’ll also discuss the past, current and future role of Medical Librarians in the Graphic Medicine Community and take questions from attendees.

Please plan to join us for this free webinar! Click here to register.

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ICYMI Webinar Recap: POP THE QUESTION

SCR News - Fri, 2020-07-24 14:21

Were you unable to attend a recent live SCR CONNECTions session? Keep a lookout for ICYMI “In Case You Missed It” blog posts which provide a brief overview of SCR webinar sessions and links to related information. If you would like to access an archived version of this webinar and many more, please click here.

In case you missed it, our June 10, 2020 webinar was presented by Porcha Johnson, CEO and founder of Black Girl Health. Black Girl Health Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that creates pathways to improve health disparities and health literacy of black women and girls through education, engagement, and empowerment. She also serves on the NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center (NACC) Advisory Board. In this presentation, Porcha discusses her foundation’s POP THE QUESTION campaign, which raises awareness of HIV/AIDS among women of color. 

Porcha begins by describing the POP THE QUESTION campaign as an effort to encourage and empower women of color to take control of their own sexual health and bring up the subject (POP THE QUESTION) of HIV/AIDS testing with their sexual partners. This presentation focuses on sharing how Black Girl Health Foundation engaged their target demographic in order to elicit positive behavior and lifestyle changes. 

POP THE QUESTION employs several strategies to effectively reach and educate its target audience via social media:

  • Use an eye-catching name and graphics to grab the attention of members of the target audience. POP THE QUESTION is a primarily digital campaign which was focused on engaging people first, then providing education.
  • Provide a straightforward action plan so women know how to bring up this challenging subject in a realistic and honest manner.
  • A Call to action landing page was built where people could learn how to POP THE QUESTION. This site also contains a survey designed to help increase user knowledge of HIV and PEP/PrEP using NLM resources.
  • Interactive social videos on the POP THE QUESTION landing page to increase active engagement.
  • Social media influencers with both wide and relatively narrow reach are asked to participate in the promotion of this campaign.
  • Collaborate with “beauty queens” in each target market to help promote this initiative in their communities.

Over the four years it has been an active campaign, POP THE QUESTION has produced 5 social videos (with their national influencer with the widest social reach), received over 400 completed surveys, and made approximately 6 million social media impressions.

POP THE QUESTION’s successful campaign strategy identified its target audience, identified impactful partnerships, developed a catchy and lasting brand, and engaged before educating.

Are you interested in partnering with Black Girl Health to promote awareness about health issues affecting people of color? Email Porcha (address below) for more information.

This webinar is available to watch on YouTube.

Porcha Johnson
publisher@blackgirlhealth.com

In addition to this campaign, Black Girl Health Foundation also focuses on many other health issues affecting women of color, including diabetes, lupus, heart disease, and obesity. Check out the foundation’s website to learn more about their mission and campaigns.

Please look out for ICYMI more blog posts for a recap of recent NNLM/SCR webinars.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – July 24, 2020

SEA News - Fri, 2020-07-24 12:24

Welcome to the Network of the National Library 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 29 – August 5

Webinars August 12 – August 18

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, 2020-07-24 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

Funding Available: The Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications to support health programming for public library patrons in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The purpose of the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award is to fund health programs for public library patrons that incorporate MedlinePlus and information about the All of Us Research Program. Read the full Request for Proposals for more details. The deadline to submit is July 31 at noon ET. 

Summer Reading Meets Citizen Science: The new summer series “Summer Reading Meets Citizen Science,” presented by NNLM and SciStarter.org, helps keep students, adults, and families engaged with reading and research to prevent “summer slide” learning loss. All events are online, open to the public, and free to attend. Registration details about each of the events can be found on the SciStarter website.

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

Share your story with us! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.  Currently, we would love to hear about how you are connecting with your patrons and/or community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Blog submissions must be a minimum of 200 words (preferably in 3 paragraphs).

New State Profiles and Data Dashboard Available! The NNLM Evaluation Office is pleased to announce the launch of new state profiles and data visualizations to the nnlm.gov site. These live visualizations place data on a map, and allow filtering and interactive exploration in a geographic context.

New on YouTube: Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data, July 8, 2020

NLM/NIH News

It’s My Birthday: An Ode to Aging and to Lifespan ResearchNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Hooke’s Books: Influences Around Robert Hooke’s Micrographia – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Racing to Develop Fast, Affordable, Accessible Tests for COVID-19NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The July 2020 issue features how to create RSS feeds in 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

Part 1: Citizen Science in the Academic Library – July 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

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

Part 2: Citizen Science in the Academic Library – July 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

August 2020

PolicyMap Morning Session – August 5, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

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

PolicyMap Afternoon Session – August 6, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Front Line Workers: One Way Libraries Can Contribute to the Pandemic Response – August 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

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

NLM Resources for Images – August 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications – August 24-December 11, 2020

Reaching the Hard to Reach: Empowering Community Members to Think Differently & Embrace Teens with SUD and Mental Health Challenges – August 25, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – August 28-September 25, 2020

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:

Celebrate ADA30 (1990-2020) and ADA Anniversary (July 26, 2020) – ADA National Network

REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Materials Testing and Resource Overview – August 4, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by WebJunction.

Excellence in Library Programming Award Presents: We Are the Alexandria Library Sit-In – August 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by Programming Librarian.

Systematic Searching: Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency – September 24, 2:30-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

MLA 2020 Virtual Conference and Exhibits – July 27-August 14, 2020

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PNR Weekly Digest: July 21, 2020

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-07-21 11:17

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

DataFlash – Citizen Science in the Academic Library
The NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is hosting a two-part webinar series entitled “Citizen Science in the Academic Library” on July 24th and July 31st. The two webinars (July 24 and 31) will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts….read the post to learn how to register to attend one or both sessions.

Consumer Health Minute: NNLM Reading Club
Books clubs are opportunities to not only read good books, but they also offer engagement with other book lovers to discuss important topics whether about families, politics, society, and health. The NNLM Reading Club offers your library or organization selected titles regarding health focused topics…learn more about the Reading Club on the blog post.

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: Messages I Learned: Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn’t easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one’s past to better inform our futures. This is the last session of the webinar series, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt”. August 12 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Please remember to bring paper and pencil or device for some activity fun. (1 MLA CE) Register

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications: This class is an introductory, asynchronous online bioinformatics course for librarians using the Moodle learning management system. It is a 16-week, self-paced course worth 30 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association. This course was designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use gene or protein information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. Aug 24, 2020 to Dec 11. (30 MLA CE) Visit the class webpage to learn more about the class and register

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information: 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. Class is on the Moodle platform and runs August 28 to September 25. (4 MLA CE) Register

How PubMed® Works: How PubMed Works is a series of four 90-minute classes presented via WebEx and run from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT. (1.5 MLA CE for each class) Below are the individual classes linked to the registration:

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

Achieving Health Equity with Inclusive Interdisciplinary Walk/Move Audits: The Montana Disability & Health Program, APHA Disability Section and Lakeshore Foundation are offering a virtual conversation with national and local experts regarding their interdisciplinary research and advocacy-based perspectives to create inclusive, walkable and moveable (i.e., where everyone can move freely) communities. The webinar will address spatial privilege and tools for inclusion using reflective listening, community scholarship and lived experience to navigate the conversation. July 24 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. PT. Register

*Cafecito Time: COVID-19: The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health is host to the Equality Health community conversations series addresses how to stay safe at work, school and home, and how to cope with stress. Sessions will be offered in English and Spanish. Check the Equity Health website for upcoming events.

Virtual Professional Development Opportunity: Smithsonian K-12 STEM Education Action Planning Institute (API) July 28-30, 2020: The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is holding its first FREE, fully virtual leadership development event this summer from July 28-30, and will tackle the challenge of ensuring science/STEM education remains a priority in classrooms and communities during COVID-19 and beyond. The API is open to educators, parents, community members, and industry stakeholders dedicated to ensuring continuity in K-12 STEM education for all students. Participating individuals and teams develop an action plan to guide their return to school in the fall. Learn more and register today.

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

“A New Era of Health Communications”, from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM Welcome Video – July 2020

Fletcher: The Forgotten Founder

Create RSS Feeds in PubMed

2021 MeSH Headings Available in the MeSH Browser

*“Researchers Publish Encouraging Early Data on COVID-19 Vaccine”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research

*A Conversation on COVID-19 featuring Drs. Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci (28:12)

*All of Us Research Program Launches COVID-19 Research Initiatives

Virtual Workshop: Engaging Patients in the Research Process (Additional information forthcoming), free and open to the public. August 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT.

Children Learn While They Play with Clinical-Trials Focused Coloring Book

*COVID-19 OpenData Portal

Rare Diseases Community Resources

Turning off “junk DNA” may free stem cells to become neurons

NIH study finds out why some words may be more memorable than others

*NIH’s COVID-focused Sequence Read Archive (SRA) datasets are now open access on AWS!

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

Telehealth.HHS.gov — Information for Patients is Now Available in Spanish
Telehealth.HHS.gov now provides information in Spanish to help patients understand what types of care are available, how to prepare for a telehealth visit, and tips on finding telehealth options. Information in Spanish that’s geared toward providers will be available in the future.

HIV Testing Trends at Visits to Physician Offices, Community Health Centers, and Emergency Departments
CDC has recommended routine opt-out HIV testing since 2006, but the percentage of ambulatory care visits at which an HIV test is performed has remained low. In their new report, CDC says that HIV testing increased more at community health centers than at emergency departments or physician offices.

New On-Farm Market Directory Project
The Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs (OAIANNHP) has launched a project to help develop a searchable list of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian farmers willing to sell direct-to-consumers through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) On-Farm Market Directory.  On-farm markets are defined as being managed by a single farm operator that either sells products on their farm, or on a property next to their farm.  OAIANNHP has developed a quick, easy application for farmers of federally recognized tribes.  Please visit the dedicated web page for additional information.

*ALA COVID-19 resources guide path toward reopening and recovery
Strong libraries are essential to the recovery of communities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help guide communities, library workers and library supporters along the path to recovery, the American Library Association (ALA) launched a curated, online repository of tools, guides and resources. The online resource center is arranged into four sections: Advocacy & Policy; Education; Data & Research; and Guidance Content & Protocol. The ALA COVID-19 Recovery website includes everything from the latest information on safely reopening libraries to funding opportunities available on the local, state and federal level. It will be updated often and replace the existing COVID-19 Response page that has served the community through the pandemic thus far.

Creating The Healthiest Nation: Advancing Health Equity
The American Public Health Association has published a fact sheet that offers public health and health care professionals guidance on addressing the social determinants of health, such as employment, income, housing, transportation, child care, education, discrimination and the quality of the built environment, in their work.

All of Us Research Program Fireside Chat Series
The National Hispanic Medical Association and All of Us Research Program Twitter chat series will discuss diversity in clinical trials and how the All of Us program can benefit the Hispanic/Latinx population. First chat is July 30 at 1:00 p.m. PT. Learn more on the NHMA website

World Hepatitis Day (July 28)
Viral hepatitis affects millions of people worldwide and World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and share resources to prevent and treat the disease. Take the time to get tested and encourage others to do the same. To find your nearest testing and diagnostic center the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a Viral Hepatitis Prevention Point of Contact List. Additionally, the World Hepatitis Alliance hosted a webinar to address what it means to live with viral hepatitis during the COVID-19 pandemic and regularly update their website with information on the virus for people living with viral hepatitis. To learn more or to download campaign materials and resources, visit the World Hepatitis Day website

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Meet Me Monday: Jennifer Ortiz, Network of the National Library of Medicine South Central Region

SCR News - Mon, 2020-07-20 16:33

We are thrilled to welcome the newest member of the RML team, Jennifer Ortiz, who will serve as Consumer Health Coordinator!

Jennifer Ortiz stands smiling in front of a harbor.

Jennifer Ortiz has had a love of libraries since she was nine years old. She attempted to have her younger brother check out books from the family room bookshelves. That library was a complete failure, but she didn’t give up on her dream to help people find the information they seek and eventually graduated with her MLS from the University of North Texas. She has worked at UNT Dallas, the Dallas Public Library, and as the Outreach and Collection Management Librarian for the DeSoto Public Library, located on the outskirts of Dallas. She is also involved with the Texas Library Association and served as the 2019-2020 chair for the New Members Round Table.

She will focus her efforts on consumer health, outreach, the NNLM Citizen Science and Public Libraries initiatives, membership and more.

Contact her directly at Jennifer.Ortiz@unthsc.edu .

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2020-07-17 12:03

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

Funding Opportunity: The Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications to support health programming for public library patrons in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The purpose of the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award is to fund health programs for public library patrons that incorporate MedlinePlus and information about the All of Us Research Program. Read the full Request for Proposals for more details.

Upcoming Webinar Series on Citizen Science in Academic Libraries: Join NNLM MAR for this two-part webinar series focused on bringing citizen science into academic libraries. Academic libraries can bring citizen science to the campus and to the community, whether through supporting the integration of citizen science into courses or by bridging the gaps between researchers, students, and community members. This series will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus (and virtually), and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts.

Keeping Up With Routine Medical Care with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about the importance of health checkups, how to start a conversation about mental health, being a safe driver, and more!

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

MLA 2020 – Presentations from Members of the GMR – Midwest Matters, from GMR

DOCLINE Update | Authentication Renovation: NIH iTrust “Login” Portal changing – SEA Currents

Black Mothers at Increased Risk of Pregnancy-Related Death – NER Update

Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence (NExT) – Midwest Matters, from GMR

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

NLM/NIH News

A New Era of Health CommunicationsNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Fletcher: The Forgotten Founder – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Researchers Publish Encouraging Early Data on COVID-19 VaccineNIH Director’s Blog

NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research

NIDA Request for Information: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the lead federal agency supporting research on drug use and its consequences. Their mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. In alignment with this mission, NIDA developed a draft outline for the FY 2021-2025 Strategic Plan to communicate a vision for advancing the Institute’s mission over the next five years. As part of the strategic planning process, NIDA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for feedback on an initial outline of the plan, which includes both Scientific Goals and Cross-cutting themes.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The July 2020 issue features how to create RSS feeds in 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

Part 1: Citizen Science in the Academic Library – July 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

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

Part 2: Citizen Science in the Academic Library – July 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

August 2020

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

Creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Front Line Workers: One Way Libraries Can Contribute to the Pandemic Response – August 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

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

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications – August 24-December 11, 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – August 28-September 25, 2020

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:

MLA 2020 Virtual Conference and Exhibits – July 27-August 14, 2020

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NNLM SEA Digest News – July 17, 2020

SEA News - Fri, 2020-07-17 10:25

Welcome to the Network of the National Library 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 24 – July 31

Webinars August 5 – August 12

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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DataFlash – Citizen Science in the Academic Library

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2020-07-16 15:31

The NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is hosting a two-part webinar series entitled “Citizen Science in the Academic Library” on July 24th and July 31st.

The two webinars (July 24 and 31) will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts. Note that Part 1 and Part 2 are one week apart and have separate registrations.

Speaker bios:
Megan Carlton is an assistant professor and the science librarian at UNC Greensboro. She holds a bachelor of science in animal science from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Tennessee.

Danica Lewis is the Collections & Research Librarian for Life Sciences at the NC State University Libraries. Her recent work has focused on data informed collection development and supporting citizen science in academia.

Dan Stanton is an Associate Librarian at Arizona State University where he has worked for over 25 years.  He is also affiliated with SciStarter, and has led efforts to introduce citizen science to the public through libraries.

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NIDA Request for Information

SEA News - Thu, 2020-07-16 11:52

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the lead federal agency supporting research on drug use and its consequences. Our mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. In alignment with this mission, NIDA developed a draft outline for the FY 2021-2025 Strategic Plan to communicate a vision for advancing the Institute’s mission over the next five years.

As part of the strategic planning process, NIDA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for feedback on an initial outline of the plan, which includes both Scientific Goals and Cross-cutting themes.

We would like to hear from the community of researchers, clinicians, patients, policymakers, members of the public, and other stakeholders. We will review and consider the comments that we receive as we draft the full Strategic Plan. We hope you will take a few minutes to share your perspectives, and to encourage interested stakeholders to share theirs as well.

The RFI can be found at this link: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-20-059.htmlComments will be accepted through August 7, 2020.

You may submit your suggestions via email to: NIDAStrategicPlan@nida.nih.gov

Thank you for your support of NIDA’s research mission.

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MLA 2020 – Presentations from Members of the GMR

GMR News - Thu, 2020-07-16 11:26

 

With the 2020 MLA conference going virtual this year we wanted to create a place to list and promote presentations from members of the Greater Midwest Region.

Paper Title: Identifying Barriers to Citing Retracted Literature
Authors: 

  • Elizabeth Suelzer, MLIS, AHIP, Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries
  • Jennifer Deal, MA, MLIS, Advocate Aurora Health Library
  • Karen Hanus, MLIS, AHIP, Advocate Aurora Health Library
  • Barb Ruggeri, MLIS, AHIP, Todd Wehr Library, Carroll University
  • Liz Witkowski, MILS, Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries

Video Session Date: Monday August 10, 2020
Video Session Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Title: Immersion Session: Focusing on Health Sciences and Public Library Collaborations for All of Us
Description: Recognizing the important role that public libraries play in the health and wellness of their communities, NNLM funding has enabled academic health sciences and public librarians across the country to make precision medicine and health literacy primary components of their institutional programming. Four librarians will share stories of collaboration with multiple community stakeholders to lead their communities to quality health information while raising awareness of All of Us. From their successes and challenges, discover tips, techniques, and resources to develop similar community engagement strategies for your health outreach endeavors.

Presenters:

  • Darlene Kaskie – NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Greater Midwest Region, University of Iowa
  • Rachel Tims – NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, South Central Region, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Lynda J Hartel – Director, Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University,
  • Debra A. Werner – Director of Library Research in Medical Education, The John Crerar Library, University of Chicago
  • Mary Sue Houser – Health Educator, Albuquerque Public Library
  • Dana Wilkosz – Health Literacy Educator, New Orleans Public Library

Video Session Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Video Session Time: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Poster Title: Partnership for Success: Developing a Health Education Outreach Program with a Local Public Library. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2020 Authors: Swanberg SM, Look E, Jayakumar M, Shubitowski T, Yuen EW, Bulgarelli N, Wedemeyer R, Lucia V. Poster Title: Applying the Problem, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome (PICO) Format to Research Queries of Home Birth Midwifery Students Authors: Nora Barnett, Outreach Specialist, NNLM Greater Midwest Region, University of Iowa Daina Dickman, Scholarly Communications Librarian, California State University, Sacramento.

Poster Title: Preserving and Honoring the Legacy of World War II Medical Efforts
Authors

  • Gabrielle Barr – Archivist, NIH (*)
  • Corinne Miller – Clinical Informationist
  • Annie Wescott – Research Librarian
  • Mary Anne Zmaczynski – Public Services Librarian
  • Ramune Kubilius, AHIP – Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian
  • Abebi Espinoza – Special Collections Assistant
  • Katie Lattal – Special Collections Librarian
  • Karen Gutzman – Head, Research Assessment and Communications Department

All: Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
*NLM 2nd year fellow at Galter Library Sept 2018-August 2019

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Consumer Health Minute: NNLM Reading Club

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2020-07-16 07:00

Books clubs are opportunities to not only read good books, but they also offer engagement with other book lovers to discuss important topics whether about families, politics, society, and health. The NNLM Reading Club offers your library or organization selected titles regarding health focused topics. Though we cannot ship these items to you during the pandemic, all the information you need to conduct a book discussion online through social media, a video or audio chat, or other preferred platform, is available on the NNLM Reading Club website. We encourage libraries to direct patrons who may have their own book clubs to the NNLM Reading Club materials.

In addition to suggested book titles, you’ll also find online content providing background information, links to author interviews, and discussion questions.

NNLM has also begun a new webinar series, NNLM Reading Club Presents. This series hosts authors whose books have been selected for the reading club. If offers attendees an opportunity to ask authors questions and to learn more about the both the book and the author. Know you can view the recording later if unable to attend the live session.

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DOCLINE Update | Authentication Renovation: NIH iTrust “Login” Portal changing

SEA News - Tue, 2020-07-14 14:39
The NIH iTrust portal
used for DOCLINE sign in
will be replaced on Monday, July 20, 2020

This post was originally published on the National DOCLINE Coordination Office Blog

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) user authentication (Login) portal has been updated to make it easier to access NIH resources, including DOCLINE. This completely revised sign in page will be introduced July 20.

This new web page (Figure 1) will replace the existing login page (Figure 2). Users should continue to log in as they did previously.

Figure 1: New NIH Login

New NIH Login Screen

“Account Types” number size descends by count of users. 

Please Note! After successfully signing into DOCLINE with one account type or method, users can NO LONGER use a different sign in method to access DOCLINE. Login.gov is available but is not fully supported for DOCLINE. Only the indicated methods are supported.

Little or no user impact is anticipated at this time.

Figure 2: Old NIH Login

Current iTrust Log in screen

Questions about DOCLINE? See the DOCLINE System home page for quick tour videos, FAQs and more.

Contact your Coordinator for help using the system.

Write to the Help Desk with feedback or to report technical issues.

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PNR Weekly Digest: July 14, 2020

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-07-14 11:14

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

NIDA Request for Information
As part of the strategic planning process, NIDA (NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for feedback on an initial outline of the plan, which includes both Scientific Goals and Cross-cutting themes. NIDA would like to hear from the community of researchers, clinicians, patients, policymakers, members of the public, and other stakeholders. …read the post to learn more about how and when to submit comments.

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

Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”): Native Americans live with some of the nation’s most significant health disparities. While the causes are immensely complex, it is widely recognized that food insecurity, associated food behaviors, and malnutrition are major influences. To help combat these disparities, the Greater Midwest Region funded Anna Wirta Kosobuski, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth, MN, a health information outreach award to support her Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”) project in 2019. Join the session to learn more about this project. July 29 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Front Line Workers: One Way Libraries Can Contribute to the Pandemic Response: The UTA Libraries FabLab has contributed to the national movement among makerspaces to craft sewn masks and 3D printed face shields for the community and for front line health care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will cover our approach to safely facilitate the making of these Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items; how they have been distributed; implications these efforts have for the maker movement medical librarians, and health professionals; and resources for further making! August 12 at 8:00 a.m. PT. Register

Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape: The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work. October 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

“Bridging the Gap: From Research to Policy”, from the NLM Director’s blog

The BLAST Docker and databases are now ready to use on Google and Amazon clouds

Prevention Posters Push the Message

*“Meet the Researcher Leading NIH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Development Efforts”, from the NIH Director’s blog

Meet the 2020 Coding it Forward Civic Digital Fellows

“The TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories” Published in Scientific Data

*NIH Launches Clinical Trials Network to Test COVID-19 Vaccines and Other Prevention Tools

*RADx Tech: Diagnosing Disease-Delivering Health: Watch a video on NIBIB’s new initiative

Medical Imaging App, Learn how medical scans work and what to expect during your next one

Engineers 3D-print sensors onto moving organs

Piecing Together the Puzzle of Chronic Low Back Pain: A computer model may be able to inspire new insights and treatments.

Data harmonization and sharing are essential for COVID-19 research

Large study links gum disease with dementia

Join the National Eye Institute for Healthy Vision Month 2020! The theme is Eye Health Is My Health, spotlighting the connection between eye health and overall health. Explore the resources

National Human Genome Research Institute researchers reframe dog-to-human aging comparisons

Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa)

In coordination with the launch of the NIH Common Fund’s Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) program, NIH is hosting an online-only, Virtual Symposium Platform, a collection of networking tools and online events that is free and open to the public. The Virtual Symposium Platform will be open from July through November 2020 with several online events and networking tools available to participants during that time frame.

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

  • The Association of American Medical Colleges has published a blog that addresses racial health disparities during the pandemic: Why is my community suffering more from COVID-19?
  • The American Public Health Association has compiled resources on the impact of COVID-19, reopening, and public health safety tips and tools: COVIDGuidance.org
  • The University of Chicago Center for Spatial Data Science has developed an interactive US COVID Atlas that provides county-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, with the option to view regional clusters and to overlay the map with American Indian/Alaska Native reservations.
  • Two New Toolkits from the Accessibility Assembly 
    Accessible Communication Styles provides guidance for choosing Inclusive language to celebrate the diversity of experiences. The toolkit discusses use of “people-first” and “identity-first” language  to address the concerns of disability advocacy groups while promoting human dignity. This toolkit offers current best practices which promote an inclusive library environment.
  • Virtual Accessibility includes tips and resources to ensure that library events are welcoming and accessible for everyone who is interested in participating. The Virtual Accessibility toolkit offers specific tips for video meetings and presentations, webinars, group discussions, an accessible documents and handouts. When online programs and classes are planned with accessibility in mind, it is possible for many people who have previously found barriers to enjoy and benefit from the opportunities their libraries provide.

2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being. This publication delivers the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being, including topics such as health, family and community, education and economic status. It also compares statistics from 2010 to 2018. Please note that this year’s edition describes how children across the United States were faring before the coronavirus pandemic began.

Mental Health by the Numbers
The National Alliance on Mental Health has created infographics and fact sheets on topics such as the warning signs of mental illness and suicide, including statistics by race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation/identity: Mental Health By the Numbers.  NAMI also provides Spanish-language information on mental health and its cultural dimensions among the Hispanic/Latinx community.

Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Disparities
The National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC has published a booklet, Mental Health Disparities among Hispanic and Latino Populations, that emphasizes the social determinants of health, as well as non-medical health-related social needs, and their impact on Hispanic/Latinx mental health outcomes.

Younger, more educated U.S. adults are more likely to take part in citizen science research
In recent years, a host of new ways have emerged for people with little or no formal science training to take part in scientific research projects. One-in-ten U.S. adults say they have taken part in an activity classified as citizen science in the past year, and 26% say they have ever done so, according to a Pew Research Center survey…learn more about this Pew Research survey

*Hand Sanitizers with Methanol
FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. Learn more about these hand sanitizers on the FDA website

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Black Mothers at Increased Risk of Pregnancy-Related Death

NER News - Tue, 2020-07-14 08:26

Image from womenshealth.gov.

As I am writing this blog post, I saw a news headline that British YouTube star Nicole Thea died at the age of 24. The article stated that she was eight months pregnant. We do not know the cause of her death. We do know that, as a Black woman, Nicole Thea was at risk for maternal death.

In May 2020, I attended a virtual conference on Pregnancy and Maternal Conditions that Increase Risk of Morbidity and Mortality. This NIH VideoCast was sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the Office of Disease Prevention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Maternal mortality is an important health indicator, and correctly identifying and reporting maternal deaths has been a longstanding challenge. A maternal death is defined as, “the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy,” but excludes those from accidental or incidental causes. The national maternal mortality rate (MMR) in 2018 was 17.4. The rate for non-Hispanic black persons in 2018 was more than twice that for non-Hispanic white persons, 37.1 compared with 14.7. Rates also increased substantially by age, with rates for women aged 40 and over roughly eight times the rate for women under 25 (81.9 and 10.6, respectively).

Please see the CDC for details.

The US data shows us that Black women are at higher risk of maternal death. Weathering, a term given to us by public health researcher Arline Geronimus, is increasingly evident as a major stressor for Black women, leading to increased allostatic load. Allostatic load refers to wear and tear on the body due to chronic stress.

The responsibility for reducing maternal death falls largely to the health care system, according to this Report from Nine Maternal Mortality Review Committees.  In about one-third of the cases, patients lacked awareness of the warning signs. Raising awareness among Black women is not enough. Even when patients are aware, this report offers ample evidence that health care providers fail to diagnose or effectively treat Black women. Patients encounter a health care system with inadequately trained personnel, inadequate policies and procedures, and inadequate communication between providers who are caring for Black women.

Causes of Maternal Death

The two-day virtual conference, available for viewing through the NIH VideoCast website, covered multiple causes of maternal death. Black women are at increased risk for all of these conditions. As stated by many of the researchers, we need to understand how racism is impacting the health of Black women and girls throughout their lifespans.

  • Postpartum Hemorrhage
  • Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia
  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism
  • Maternal Sepsis
  • Venous Thromboembolic Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
  • Maternal Stroke
  • Chronic Hypertension
  • Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Kidney Disease and Kidney Injury
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Psychopathy
  • Psychiatric Medications
  • Substance Abuse, Self-Harm and Violence
Risk of Preeclampsia and Eclampsia

Two years ago, singer-songwriter and actress Beyoncé revealed that she suffered from preeclampsia during pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a multi-systemic syndrome–a cardiovascular disease that potentially involves liver or kidney damage. Many people associate preeclampsia with hypertension, yet researchers are considering that this condition could possibly exist without hypertension. Most deaths due to preeclampsia and eclampsia happen during postpartum, disputing the belief that birth will “cure” these pregnancy-related conditions.

Risk of Venous Thromboembolic Disorders

Tennis superstar Serena Williams experienced a pulmonary embolism during postpartum. Pulmonary embolism is a Venous Thromboembolic Disorder.  The 2019 review, Venous thromboembolism as a cause of severe maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. found that deaths due to pulmonary embolism account for 9.2% of all pregnancy-related deaths. The article states that maternal deaths are more common among women who deliver by Cesarean section. Black women, as well as older mothers and women with co-morbidities, are at higher risk of Venous Thromboembolic Disorders. Despite her physical fitness, Serena Williams was at risk.

Learn More with the Network

Check out these resources from the Network of the National Library of Medicine.

Black Maternal Health Suggested Readings

Anti-Racism in Graphic Medicine

Black/African American Health Resources

 

 

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