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Community Engagement Award Highlights: Sacramento Public Library’s Brain Health Initiative

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2020-05-27 18:25

by Katie Ball, Special Projects Associate
Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento, CA

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An RN showing NLM and NNLM resources

The Sacramento Public Library (SPL) received a 2019-2020 All of Us Community Engagement Award from the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM PSR). This award was used to create the first health literacy focused program for SPL, the Brain Health Initiative (BHI). The goal of the BHI was to facilitate the process of healthy aging by delivering information on Alzheimer’s disease and techniques to improve brain health. We aimed to reach our goal by providing the following activities:

  • Fidget Blanket Workshops: We partnered with the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a one-hour class on Healthy Living for your Brain and Body. Following the class, participants were given the opportunity to create a fidget blanket for their loved one.
  • Health Liaison training: A branch representative from each library in our system was selected to become a Health Liaison and received training on trusted Health Literacy resources, Alzheimer’s disease, and health resources in the community.
  • Blood Pressure Drop-in Clinics: We partnered with Samuel Merritt University RN to BSN program to provide blood pressure checks at our branches, staffed by Registered Nurses (pictured). We provided patrons with information on how to lower their blood pressure, as well as the connection between good heart health and good brain health, and gave away blood pressure monitors to track readings at home.
  • Senior Resource Packs: At outreach events, we gave away Senior Resource Packs, which were tote bags filled with the What to Do For Senior Health book from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, a pill splitter, a travel alarm clock, a pill organizer, and printouts on senior-focused health care and tips for better brain health.
  • Brain Health Kits: To encourage patrons of all ages to participate in brain fitness activities at any time, we introduced Brain Health Kits, available to be checked out from branches throughout the system. These kits include tactile and word puzzles, conversation starters, trivia books, and information from the Alzheimer’s Association for how to better care for your brain.
  • Targeted outreach: We identified vulnerable populations throughout Sacramento County to engage with in order to distribute Senior Resource Packs and share information about blood pressure drop-in clinics and fidget blanket workshops. We also partnered with the local All of Us office to have a representative accompany SPL at outreach events.

One of the successes from the BHI came out of one of our Fidget Blanket Workshops, held at our Valley Hi—North Laguna branch. A woman attended, and said she was unaware of the fidget blanket portion. SPL staff explained that all of the supplies would be provided for free and there was a sewing instructor available to help troubleshoot any issues. The woman was dubious, as she was the primary caregiver for her mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. The attendee was an experienced sewer, but wasn’t sure she could dedicate two hours to creating a fidget blanket. SPL staff encouraged her to stay for an hour and whatever she wasn’t able to complete in that time, she could take the supplies home to later finish the blanket. The woman agreed and she got to work.

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A fidget blanket at the Healthy Living for your Brain and Body workshop

As she created her blanket and sewed the pieces together, she shared stories with the instructor, letting her know how she was rusty and she never took the time to be creative anymore because she was so busy caring for her mother, even though she knew it was good for exercising her brain. Almost to the minute, an hour later, she completed her blanket (pictured) and said to the instructor, “Wow, I did something good for me and good for my mother, all at the same time!”

With the stay-at-home orders that were put in place for the state of California to slow the spread of Coronavirus, SPL had to cancel multiple BHI activities that were scheduled in the months of March and April. This was disappointing, as our blood pressure drop-in clinics had been well-received by the community and we were on a good trajectory to grow attendance at our Fidget Blanket Workshops, but we look forward to continuing the work started in this project when we re-open. We plan to continue in-reach and outreach to distribute Senior Resource Packs, as well as explore ways to market the Brain Health Kits to caregivers, senior facilities, and the general public. Our partnership with Samuel Merritt University will continue for the next three years, which will enhance our health-related programming. We will also pursue more opportunities for collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association. Finally, we will be adapting BHI information and resources for use in our Library AF programs for young adults, aimed at the 20s-40s age group. There are many excellent resources developed in this project and partnerships that were formed that can be utilized for future health programs at SPL.

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Fort Worth Amputee Coalition Mobilizes to Help Amputees

SCR News - Wed, 2020-05-27 04:55

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

Our second entry comes from the Fort Worth Amputee Coalition. 

About 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States. People lose their limbs for many reasons. Fifty two percent lost their limb(s) due to complications related to vascular disease (including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease), 45 percent lost their limb(s) due to a traumatic accident, and less than 2 percent had an amputation due to cancer. According to national hospital discharge data, the number of amputations performed in Texas increased 15 percent from 2007 to 2012, almost twice the United States rate of 8.4% [Texas Fact sheet Amputee Coalition].

Thanks to a grant for the South-Central National Library of Medicine the Fort Worth Amputee Coalition was able to increase awareness and education capacity to utilize health information by providing access, resources and knowledge to amputees, caregivers and health care professionals on how to live healthier lives after limb loss.

This grant facilitated several areas of need in the North Texas Region. First, we were able to redesign our web site.  Check out our new page at https://fwac13.org/ to see resources available for you or your patients.  Second, we held a continuing medical education event for clinical providers.  We provided education credit for 42 of the 52 participants on the post-operative and transitional care for a new amputee. Third, we have continued to build the peer visitor program adding 12 new peer visitors in our area.

Our goal to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention has been significantly improved with the help of the National Library of Medicine.

Thank you to our friends at FWAC! Stay tuned for another guest post next week.

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NNLM PSR Associate Director Transition!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-05-26 19:16

After 18 years of service to the NNLM PSR, the last eight as Associate Director, and overall career of more than 30 years with the UCLA Library, Alan Carr has announced his upcoming retirement on July 1. His last day of work will be Monday, June 29. Nisha Mody, UCLA Health & Life Sciences Librarian, will become interim Associate Director on June 1.

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Alan Carr

Alan joined the RML in 2002 as Outreach Coordinator and also briefly served as Member Services & Exhibits Coordinator before his appointment as interim Associate Director in 2012. Prior to these positions, Alan was a librarian in the UCLA Biomedical Library Reference Division. Immediately after his 2002 appointment, Alan launched into the effort of coordinating an HIV/AIDS Information Summit, which was held in March, 2003, on the UCLA campus. He chaired the Steering Committee which planned the event, worked closely with event co-host California AIDS Clearinghouse, was master of ceremonies for the day, and subsequently wrote an article about the successful day-long event, which was published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

As Associate Director, Alan provided leadership for RML staff in the accomplishment of several major initiatives. He led the team effort to write the successful cooperative agreement funding proposal for NNLM PSR to serve as the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library. He also led RML staff efforts to conduct two site visits with NLM review teams, in 2013 and 2019. He developed strong relationships with National Library of Medicine staff, managed RML personnel and budgets, and provided general grant management. He oversaw preparation of administrative supplement funding proposals, to enhance main grant funds. He also worked closely with Kelli Ham on the RML’s response to NLM’s high priority of supporting Network members as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was rolled out in 2013. Alan and Kelli co-authored an article about development of an ACA LibGuide for the NNLM PSR website, which was published in the May 2014 issue of MLA News.

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Nisha Mody

Alan was active in professional associations throughout his career, particularly the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) chapter. He served on and chaired numerous MLGSCA committees, and also served as Treasurer in 1999-2000 and President in 2003-2004. For his involvement and dedication to the chapter, he received the MLGSCA Louise Darling Achievement Award in 2006. More recently Alan served a three-year term as MLA Chapter Council Representative for MLGSCA in 2012-2015. He has been a Distinguished Member of MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals since 1996. In addition, in 2017-2018 Alan served as Chair of the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles, a professional organization consisting of all UCLA librarians.

Nisha Mody is a health sciences information professional and a certified speech-language pathologist. She has worked with education and health professionals in private practice, skilled nursing, hospital, K-12, and higher education settings for 11 years. She is passionate about equity and centering marginalized populations. In her spare time, Nisha pursues creative non-fiction writing and is the host of MigrAsians, a podcast about creative and political Asians and their story of migration. She is also a proud cat mom to her sister cats, Sonya and Vera.

Nisha is currently the functional lead for Teaching in Learning in User Engagement. As functional lead she serves as a member of the User Engagement Leadership Council and manages a group of approximately ten librarians and staff who lead teaching and learning activities, foster continual improvement of face-to-face and online instruction, and promote professional development and reflective instructional practice for library staff. Nisha is an exceptional writer. She has a number of publications and participated as a chapter author with User Engagement colleagues in a recently published ACRL monograph, Leading Change in Academic Libraries, Chapter 7, “User Engagement: A Matrix Reorganization.”

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PNR Weekly Digest: May 26, 2020

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-05-26 11:41

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

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

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather any Situation: PubChem is the world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. You can use PubChem to search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers. And, you can use PubChem to find chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, literature citations and more. Join this session of the NNLM Resource Picks on May 27 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Pop the Question: POP THE QUESTION has leveraged the power of community, technology, and social media to facilitate its mission to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS among minority women. The campaign aims to help women learn to “pop the question”, or talk to their partners about HIV/AIDS, and educate them about how to include PrEP and PEP into their regular self-care routines. It includes three phases of digital outreach geared toward African American women, including prevention and treatment using National Library of Medicine resources. June 10 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Learn how to join the session on the SCR Connections webpage.

*Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World: While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar, please find tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19. June 17 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library: This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. July 10 – August 7. (4 MLA CE) Register

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis: Kalamazoo is a midsized city in southwest Michigan with a growing number of incidents of opioid usage. Although the issue had yet to have a significant effect on the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL), some staff wanted to raise awareness and prepare for the possibility of an overdose in the library. Participants will learn how KPL took very proactive steps to educate staff on opioid use, stock anti-overdose at public desks, partner with social service agencies, and advocate for changes in the state laws. July 14 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

*COVID-19 and Collections Care: This 90-minute FDLP webinar will include background information on the coronavirus and CDC guidelines while introducing participants to recommendations for mitigating risks related to handling and care of collections materials. June 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT. Register

What Should Librarians Know About Differential Privacy and the 2020 Census?: Publishing high quality data while protecting the privacy of respondents are dual mandates for the U.S. Census Bureau. As the result of increasing computing power and access to individual data from third parties, the Bureau is adopting a new algorithm, based on differential privacy, to protect respondent privacy. This FDLP session will cover the new algorithm, its impact on published data, and what librarians should know. June 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

*Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis: This WebJunction webinar explores common civil legal issues associated with times of crisis and provides guidance on ways for public libraries to respond to patron questions. June 11 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

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

*“Emergency Funding Allows NLM to Expand COVID-19 Research and Services” from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM Associate Fellows 2020-2021

The New and Improved PubMed is Here!

*“Enlisting Monoclonal Antibodies in the Fight Against COVID-19” from the NIH Director’s blog

*Alcohol Treatment and Physical Distancing

NHLBI Big Data Analysis Challenge: Creating New Paradigms for Heart Failure Research

*How Does COVID-19 Affect People with Cancer? NCCAPS Will Help Find Out

View Timeline of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Daily low-dose aspirin does not decrease risk for dementia and cognitive decline

New report on housing needs for an aging population

*Peer-Reviewed Data Shows Remdesivir for COVID-19 Improves Time to Recovery

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

Federal Program: USDA Summer Food Program
The USDA Summer Food Service Program offers funding on a per-meal basis to organizations providing meals to low-income children during the summer. Families can use the Summer Meal Site Finder to find local providers, and community organizations that would like to become a Summer Meal Site can contact their state’s USDA Food and Nutrition Service agent.

*COVID-19 Toolkit: Federal Depository Library Program
As Federal depository library staff and patrons are dealing with library closures, virtual work environments, and virtual service environments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, finding all of the information you need, and finding reliable information can be daunting. From this toolkit, you can access:

  • Information for Federal depository library staff on FDLP operations during the pandemic.
  • Reliable U.S. Government information resources for FDLP patrons.
  • Downloadable images you can use for your library website to link patrons to your COVID-19 information pages or research guides.

*Important Call to Action: Notify GPO as Your Library Reopens
Please notify GPO using this form as your library begins to reopen and change operating statuses due to COVID-19. GPO staff members are tracking this information for the purposes of resuming shipments and general communication. This will help us support you and your library effectively and efficiently.

*CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019: Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education
As some institutes of higher education (IHE) open in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following considerations for ways in which IHEs can help protect students and employees (e.g., faculty, staff, and administrators) and slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

HRSA Study Sets Baseline for Health Outcomes and Behaviors in the Middle Childhood Population
A paper published in Pediatrics by researchers in HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau provides a broad new profile of health outcomes and behaviors in the middle childhood population. Middle childhood refers to ages 6 through 11. Using data from the combined 2016 and 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health, the researchers examined sociodemographic, health status, family, and neighborhood characteristics of 21,539 U.S. children in this age range.

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Member Spotlight: Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

MAR News - Tue, 2020-05-26 08:00
The corner of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center’s building, featuring three rainbow flags on the left wall.

Located in Allentown, PA, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center connects public libraries and addiction treatment centers across Eastern Pennsylvania to key NLM resources.

According to the 2018 Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessment, more than 1 in 4 LGBT people had not come out to any of their healthcare providers, often due to fear of a negative reaction. Further, nearly a third of respondents reported that their healthcare provider was slightly or not at all competent about LGBT health issues. In partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is working to remove barriers to care for LGBT people.

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a leading agency when it comes to health promotion for the LGBT community. Through a mix of behavioral change, clinical changes, and policy changes, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center works toward health equity for the LGBT patient population in Pennsylvania.

The organization has provided training on promising practices in caring for LGBT clients to nearly 150 staff members at addiction treatment centers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. The training content addressed how minority stress contributes to higher rates of substance abuse in the LGBT community, what barriers to care exist for the population, and how addiction treatment specialists can deliver affirming care that supports recovery.

“I think the training did a great job at clearing up appropriate terminology to use, as well as how to be LGBT aware and supportive as it pertains to our client base,” one participant reported.

 Planned Parenthood Keystone (610) 481-0481 or Allentown Women’s Center (484) 821-0821.”

The colors, design, and language of the cervical Pap test campaign was designed to be gender-inclusive and connect with an LGBT audience.

In addition to providing education to healthcare providers, the organization has promoted health literacy among healthcare consumers. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center operated an all-gender-inclusive outreach campaign designed to fully educate LGBT people about cervical Pap tests. This program was developed in response to research findings that showed LGBT community members who were assigned female at birth were significantly less likely to be up to date with cervical Pap tests, as compared to the national average. The campaign included visits to public libraries to deliver information about recommendations about cervical Pap tests, local LGBT-affirming healthcare providers, and consumer health resources like MedlinePlus.

For the team at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, the most valuable feature of their partnership with NNLM MAR is the connection to data-driven resources and learning opportunities. Webinars on key topics like consumer health information justice are critical to both staff and program development. The organization is keenly aware of the power that data has to better educate its community members, drive improvement in its programming, and support advocacy efforts aimed at promoting health equity. The nonprofit’s commitment to data-driven health programming is exemplified through its partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to implement a biannual needs assessment used to measure health disparities impacting the state’s LGBT population.

The organization’s successful partnership with public health professionals in state government has earned it recognition. In 2019, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center was recognized by the Pennsylvania Commission on Women with the Breast Cancer Community Partner Award. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health honored the organization with its 2017 Rural Health Program of the Year Award.

Learn more about Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center at www.bradburysullivancenter.org. More information about health disparities impacting LGBT Pennsylvanians can be found at www.livehealthypa.com/LGBT.

Written by Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center staff for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – May 22, 2020

SEA News - Fri, 2020-05-22 10:21

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars May 27 – June 10

Webinars June 11 – June 24 

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, 2020-05-22 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

NLM Resource Update: On May 18, the new and improved PubMed replaced the legacy system as the default site. The comprehensive PubMed User Guide is available from the homepage and under the “Help” link on every page in PubMed.

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Tess Wilson and Michael Balkenhol wrote about the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award, which provided funds to community-based organizations to bring programming in their area of expertise into public libraries. Read more about the award in their article, “Bringing Health Programming into Public Libraries.”

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Salud y Bienestar: Entrenamiento Para Promotors / Health and Wellness: Training for Promoters – Blogadillo, News from SCR

NNLM SEA Welcomes Our 2000th Member, New Freedom Farm! – SEA Currents

In the Region – MARquee News Highlights

Civics 101: Census – NER Update

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Emergency Funding Allows NLM to Expand COVID-19 Research and Services – At NLM, we’ve been working on multiple fronts to improve researchers’ understanding of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19). We were fortunate to receive $10 million as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides emergency funding for federal agencies to combat the coronavirus outbreak. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Leonidas Berry and the African Methodist Episcopal Church – Dr. Leonidas Berry was born into a strong religious tradition. According to his 1982 autobiography I Wouln’t Take Nothin’ For My Journey: Two Centuries of an Afro-American Minister’s Familyone of the first things his grandfather John Berry did after escaping the Gardner Plantation for the Union Army was join a church choir. His father, Llewleyn Berry, discovered his gift for preaching early in life when he used to practice giving “sermons” to animals at Butler—the family farm in Virginia where Leonidas was raised. While Dr. Berry neglected to follow his preacher father to the pulpit, he was a dedicated member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). Over the course of his life Dr. Berry coordinated many medical outreach and service events through the religious institution. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about living with rheumatoid arthritis, serving and portion sizes, bee pollen, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced the full transition to the new and improved PubMed.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

May 2020

Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times – May 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the Greater Good.

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET –  Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.

June 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 8-July 3, 2020 – This hands-on class sponsored by MidContinental Region (MCR) will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public.  Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach and leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on Ongoing Low-Morale Experiences – June 11, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and author of two annotated bibliographies, has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. During this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed.

Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy – June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Data Literacy includes the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data as a part of a larger questioning process – a critical skill in today’s world. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and experts from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center to explore data literacy concepts, the role of libraries and data literacy, examples of reliable health data resources, and resources for facilitating your own data literacy program. This training is introductory and all skill levels are welcome.

Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World – June 17, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 8 out of 10 deaths related to COVID-19 are individuals aged 65 years and older. While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), attendees will learn tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join the New England Region (NER) for this class, which 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.

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:

Apply TeamSTEPPS Approaches During COVID-19 Treatment to Keep Patients SafeAHRQ Views

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.

Equal Access for Every Ability – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The mission of every public library centers around providing access to information and services to everyone who visits its branches; but increasingly patrons are interacting with libraries through apps, social media, and websites. Is your library’s digital front door as easy to enter as your physical one? Are there virtual obstacles that make your library less inviting to visitors with limited abilities? Sponsored by PLA; $43 for PLA members/ $59 for non-members/ $129 for groups.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors – June 3, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar aims to empower health sciences librarians to perform excellent peer reviews and write articles that pass peer review. You will learn about the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s (JMLA’s) peer review process, the importance of peer reviewers to research in our field, and ways to find your strengths as a peer reviewer and an author. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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NLM 2020-2021 Associate Fellows Announced!

PSR News - Thu, 2020-05-21 19:41

The National Library of Medicine has announced its 2020-2021 cohort of four Associate Fellows; Brianna Chatmon, Allison Cruise, Levi Dolan, and Amanda Sawyer. The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.

More information on the Associate Fellowship Program is available from the NLM website.

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Upcoming Webinar on Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

SEA News - Thu, 2020-05-21 16:22

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Time: 2 PM ET/1 PM CT

Description: This one-hour webinar will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We’ll touch briefly on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, we’ll review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current landscape of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the United States
  • Explain the difference between cultural competence and humility and how they influence workplace environments
  • Identify reliable websites that provide quality health information in multiple languages

Continuing Education: 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., this 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.

This class also offers 1 MLA CE and is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) credit.

Registration: Registration is free and can be accessed through the NNLM class instance.

For additional information, please contact Liz Waltman.

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Salud y Bienestar: Entrenamiento Para Promotors / Health and Wellness: Training for Promoters

SCR News - Thu, 2020-05-21 14:54

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

Our first entry comes from Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Health Sciences Library in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Salud y Bienestar: Entrenamiento Para Promotors / Health and Wellness:  Training for Promoters (Community Health Workers)

The one-year, 2019/2020 NNLM-SCR Express Outreach Project:  Salud y Bienestar: Entrenamiento Para Promotores / Health and Wellness: Training for Promoters (Community Health Workers) is now complete, so the time is right to share results of the project within our region!

BACKGROUND:  The aim of this project was to increase knowledge on Suicide Prevention, HIV/AIDS, and National Library of Medicine and other authoritative health information resources by providing training for current and future Community Health Workers (CHWs) and those they serve in the U.S./Mexico border region of south-central New Mexico.  Training was also open and provided to interested community members, public health or other personnel, educators, and students in this region.

PROJECT PARTNERS & SUPPORT:  The project partners included medical librarians at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (project lead), and personnel at Southern Area Health Education Center at Center for Health Innovation (SoAHEC@CHI).  Project support was also provided by the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of Community Health Workers, that provided six continuing education units (CEUs) per session for state certified CHWs; and, the Dona Ana Community College, Community Health Worker Program that made training sites available and promoted the training to their enrolled students.  Funding from NNLM-SCR supported contracted services including a Project Consultant, Project Trainer, and Project Translator (English/Spanish); training site fees at one remote location, CEU fees, mileage to training sites, and a laptop and data projector for use by trainers.

TRAINING:  Between August 2019 and March 2020, a total of eight, six-hour sessions were offered at five rural and/or underserved locations that included Deming, Anthony, Sunland Park, Las Cruces, and Mescalero, NM.  Five sessions were provided on the topic of Suicide Prevention (utilizing the Question, Persuade, Refer – QPR program) and three sessions were offered on HIV/AIDS.  These training topics were chosen by the project partners based on the high prevalence of incidents and increasing number of cases within New Mexico populations.  Each session (with the exception of the last session that had limited internet connectivity) included three hours of hands on computer training by the medical librarians on NIH/NLM and other high-quality online resources related to the topic areas and beyond.

OUTCOMES:  All goals and objectives were met/exceeded, as evidenced by the following:

  • Total number of training participants equaled 114, of which were (57) CHWs; (26) Student CHWs; and (31) Other
  • Overall, 74% of the participants increased at least one-level from pre- to post-training knowledge on Suicide Prevention
  • Overall 94% of the participants increased at least on-level from pre- to post-training knowledge on HIV/AIDS
  • Of the 114 total training participants, 83 of which were CHWs or CHW students, 100 responded favorably on the NNLM Training Session Evaluation Form that they plan to start using at least one resource or tool they learned about in the training
  • Follow-up contacts with training participants revealed that 70% personally used an NLM online resource, such as MedlinePlus or MedlinePlus en Espanol post-training; and 93% responded that they had shared information with a friend, family, or community member about an NLM online resource post-training.
  • 100% of the 57 Certified CHWs who attended the training sessions received CEUs required for on-going certification from the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of Community Health Workers.

TAKE-AWAYS:  Most significantly, the project team learned something new about the community/population where each training occurred.  In all sessions, we were made aware of, or reminded, of the barriers (in some cases extreme) that many community members face in these remote, and/or underserved areas in obtaining healthcare, mental healthcare, and access to much needed health information.  Listening to stories from “frontline” workers about people in persistent crisis and the

selfless commitment that CHWs and others have demonstrated to help them, is in large part what made this overall experience so rewarding for the Project Team.  We plan to find meaningful ways to sustain and expand this project post funding.  A Lightening Talk on the project will take place during the virtual 2020

Medical Library Association Conference in August.

Norice Lee:  nlee@bcomnm.org

Erin Palazzolo:  epalazzolo@bcomnm.org

 

Thank you, Norice and Erin! Stay tuned for another guest post next week.

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Margie Sheppard recognized as a “Textbook Hero” by the University of Kansas

MCR News - Wed, 2020-05-20 19:00

Congratulations to NNLM MCR Kansas/Technology Liaison, Margie Sheppard for being recognized as a Spring 2020 Textbook Hero by the University of Kansas.

Textbook Heroes are members of the KU community who’ve taken extraordinary initiative to increase access to and affordability of required course materials by implementing and advocating for OER and other low and no cost course materials. We launched this initiative in Spring 2019 to acknowledge and express gratitude for advocacy and innovation in course materials affordability at the University of Kansas.

 As Chair of KU Libraries’ Board of Advocates, Margie has been very supportive of open education work as a way to address student and instructor needs. She believes in this work deeply, such that she, with her partner Mike, made a significant donation to KU Libraries to support that work. We were thrilled to be able to acknowledge her efforts in early March at a KU Libraries event. COVID arrived at KU the following week, which impacted our plans to promote more immediately. Last week, we issued a press release announcing Spring 2020 Heroes, which was featured in Friday’s KU Today. Margie’s profile is available at: https://lib.ku.edu/textbook-heroes/margie-sheppard.

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NLM Receives $10 Million Emergency CARES Act Funding Support

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-05-19 19:30

Dr. Patti Brennan has announced that NLM has received $10 million as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides emergency funding for federal agencies to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The funding is being used to support activities to improve the quality of clinical data for research and care; accelerate research including phenotyping, image analysis, and real-time surveillance; and to enhance access to COVID-19 literature and molecular data resources. The following activities highlight many of the investments that NLM is making with this emergency funding.

The novel coronavirus is driving a need for standardized COVID-19 terminology and data exchange that will allow clinicians and scientists to communicate more effectively and consistently. NLM will use the supplemental funds to support the addition of codes for COVID-19-related laboratory tests within LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) and to provide implementation guidelines and training in use of the standards. NLM is also enabling sharing of COVID-19 terminology updates through the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), which makes available value sets and clinical terminologies. Value sets are codes from standard terminologies around specific concepts or conditions and are used as part of electronic clinical quality measures or to define patient cohorts, classes of interventions, or patient outcomes. This important work will facilitate the analysis of electronic health record data and support effective and interoperable health information exchange.

NLM is updating terminology for coronavirus-related drugs and chemicals through resources such as the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing and cataloging biomedical literature, and ChemIDplus, a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). This work aligns terminology to facilitate the identification of chemicals and drugs used to treat, detect, and prevent COVID-19 and other coronavirus-related infections, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

NLM’s intramural research program is using virus genomics, health data, and social media data to identify community spread of COVID-19. Researchers are applying machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to chest X-rays to differentiate viral pneumonia from bacterial pneumonia – expanding knowledge of the process of the SARS-CoV-2 viral infection and assisting in the identification of best practices for diagnosis and care of COVID-19 patients. NLM research in natural language processing contributed to development of LitCovid, a curated literature hub for tracking scientific publications about the novel coronavirus. It provides centralized access to more than 13,500 relevant articles in PubMed, categorizes them by research topic and geographic location, and is updated daily.

NLM’s extramural research program is focusing on novel informatics and data science methods to rapidly improve the understanding of the infection of SARS-CoV-2 and of COVID-19. In April, NLM issued two Notices of Special Interest (NOT-LM-010 and NOT-LM-011) seeking applications (due in June) in these areas: the mining of clinical data for ‘deep phenotyping’ (gathering details about how a disease presents itself in an individual, fine-grained way) to identify or predict the presence of COVID-19; and public health surveillance methods that mine genomic, viromic, health data, environmental data or data from other pertinent sources such as social media, to identify spread and impact of SARS-Cov-2.

NLM is also improving access to published coronavirus literature via PubMed Central (PMC). In response to a call by science and technology advisors from a dozen countries to have publishers and scholarly societies make their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications immediately accessible in PMC, along with the available data supporting them, nearly 50 publishers have deposited more than 46,000 coronavirus-related articles in PMC with licenses that allow re-use and secondary analysis. Articles in the collection have been accessed more than 8 million times since March 18. NLM will use supplemental funds to improve the article-submission system to better accommodate publisher submissions and accelerate release of these critically important articles. On the PubMed side of literature offerings, NLM supplemental funds will support integrating LitCovid metadata. Novel sensors are being developed to leverage LitCovid metadata when directing users to curated COVID-19 content. The new infrastructure will permit PubMed to rapidly add additional disease-specific sensors in the future.

As of May 7, NLM’s GenBank resource has 3,893 SARS-CoV-2 sequences from 42 different countries that are publicly available. NLM created a special site, the “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 data hub,” where people can search, retrieve, and analyze sequences of the virus that have been submitted to the GenBank database. In late March, NLM joined the CDC-led SPHERES consortium, a national genomics consortium which aims to coordinate U.S. SARS-CoV-2 sequencing efforts and make data publicly available in NLM’s GenBank and Sequence Read Archive (SRA), and other appropriate repositories. Supplemental funds will allow GenBank to further enhance the submission workflow, establish and promote use of metadata sample standards, and develop a fully automated SARS-CoV-2 submission workflow that incorporates quality checks, as well as ‘automated curation’, to provide standardized annotation of the SARS2 genomes submitted to GenBank.

SRA is positioned as a ready-made computational environment for public health surveillance pipelines and tool development. SRA metagenomic datasets from both environmental samples and patients diagnosed with COVID-19 can reveal patterns of co-occurring pathogens, newly emerging outbreaks, and viral evolution. NLM supplemental funds are being used to prototype SRA cloud-based analysis tools to search the entirety of the SRA database. These tools can provide efficient search for SARS-CoV-2, identify genetic patterns, and monitor newly submitted data for specific viral patterns.

NLM supplemental funding also supports the identification and selection of web and social media content documenting COVID-19 as part of NLM’s Global Health Events web archive collection. This content documents life in quarantine, prevention measures, the experiences of health care workers, patients, and more. NLM is also participating as an institutional contributor to a broader International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Novel Coronavirus outbreak web archive collection.

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Welcome David Brown

MCR News - Tue, 2020-05-19 17:51

photo of David BrownWelcome to David Brown as our new Membership/Diversity & Inclusion and Wyoming Outreach Coordinator.

David Brown holds a doctorate of education with a specialization in health education from Teachers College, Columbia University and he holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. In addition he holds two Masters of Arts Degrees from Columbia University – one in computers and education and another in health education. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®). He currently serves as the Wyoming/Member Services Coordinator for the MidContinental region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

David has been involved in training public heath professionals for the last 15 years, teaching and supervising research in health education and public health at a number of universities in both the United States and abroad.  He has served on the board of directors for the Society for Public Health Education.  He currently serves on the Divisional Board for the Certification of Health Education Specialists with The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. He has also served on several editorial boards related to health education and promotion.

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Welcome Kiara Comfort

MCR News - Tue, 2020-05-19 17:46

Photo of Kiara ComfortPlease welcome Kiara Comfort, our new NNLM MCR’s Education and Nebraska Outreach Coordinator, based out of Creighton.

Kiara graduated with her Master’s in Library and Information Science from University of Missouri. Kiara has not wasted time getting connected to the health sciences library community. She is currently the Freshman Board Member of the ICON Library Consortium in Nebraska as well as a member of MLA and MCMLA. Kiara has six years working in the public library sector and maintains a Public Library Certification with the Nebraska Library Commission. While working at the Omaha Public Library, she built strong relationships with the community through a variety of engaging outreach programs. Kiara is a former member of the Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA), which we are egger to tap into so we can further introduce health information as a career path option with this group. For those of you who know Christian Minter at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, she was Kiara’s practicum site advisor on a variety of interesting projects. These included assisting the development of the library’s consumer health information collection, conducted research on staffing models used by the McGoogan Library to explore transitioning their library to 24/7 access, and expanded her expertise as a PubMed user. Kiara also spend a significant amount of time as a healthcare worker during her nine years as a dental assistant.

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NNLM SEA Welcomes Our 2000th Member, New Freedom Farm!

SEA News - Tue, 2020-05-19 12:20

NNLM SEA is proud to welcome New Freedom Farm in Buchanan, VA, as our 2000th member. Thank you for joining and for all you do to improve the lives of veterans while rescuing slaughter-bound horses, Lois!

Congratulations, too, on your nomination as a Remarkable Woman – we think you are remarkable, indeed.

The New Freedom Farm Mission

Owner, Lois Fritz, with one of her horses

Lois Fritz founded New Freedom Farm in 2016 out of her personal understanding of PTSD and the relief she experienced through time spent in the midst of her horses. Located on 13 level acres in Buchanan, VA; the farm was originally home to 19 equines, including three mares & their foals saved from slaughter, a number of mini horses & mini donkeys, a hinny and a mule. The equine census has evolved over time and our residents continue to change. Built on faith and determination, New Freedom Farm is dedicated to helping those who have served our country along with their families.

New Freedom Farm is a safe place for veterans suffering from PTSD/TBI, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and secondary trauma. We are a 501c3 nonprofit, so we work solely off of donations and faith. There is no charge to veterans who wish to visit, and all visitors are welcome to make an appointment outside of regular hours (once activities resume, Post Covid-19).

Saving Slaughter-Bound Horses

Central to the idea of New Freedom Farm is ‘sanctuary.’ Not only is the farm a place for healing humans, it is also a place dedicated to providing safe haven for its equine residents. Much like the Veterans we serve, our horses have come to us following stress-filled situations. Having been abandoned to an auction circuit that often delivers them to the hands of “kill buyers,” these animals have seen their fair share of fear and trauma. We believe it is the essence of The Horse combined with their journeys to us that makes our program unique. The sensitivity of the horse delivers an honesty and truth for the Veteran who is experiencing difficulty trusting others.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be described as a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event. The symptoms can include agitation, irritability, hostility, hyper-vigilance, self-destructive behavior, and/or social isolation. As many as 20% of veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) have been diagnosed with PTSD. 30% of Vietnam Vets suffer from PTSD. U.S. Veterans commit suicide at an average rate of 22 per day. Many PTSD/TBI Veterans are isolated or withdrawn.

Studies have shown that interacting with an animal, such as a horse, can be very helpful and calming to those suffering from PTSD. ​Visiting with the equines at New Freedom Farm helps with isolation, communication, trust, and social skills.

To all of our members – Thank You! You make a positive difference in the world and it’s our great honor to assist you in your important work.

More members means more outreach so please share our Membership Information with your communities, partners, colleagues, campuses and branches. All are welcome!

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PNR Weekly Digest: May 19, 2020

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-05-19 11:34

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly

Consumer Health Minute: Mental Health During a Pandemic
Research has shown that social isolation can pose a health risk, pandemic or not. And, now numerous news stories, blogs, and social media have posted about the effects of isolation and its effect on work, at home, and our mental well-being during this current health crisis. You and the communities you serve are also feeling these effects. Here are some resources to assist your patrons and communities to help them through this time of isolation.

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

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather any Situation: PubChem is the world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. You can use PubChem to search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers. And, you can use PubChem to find chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, literature citations and more. Join this session of the NNLM Resource Picks on May 27 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Consumer Health Data Literacy: Join experts from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center to explore data literacy concepts, the role of libraries and data literacy, examples of reliable health data resources, and resources for facilitating your own data literacy program. This training is introductory and all skill levels are welcome. June 11 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Still Searching for One Health: Information Services that Support Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Disease: We have long known that 75% of emerging diseases begin at the human-animal interface. RNA viruses including HIV, SARS, novel influenza strains and COVID-19 all trace their origins to animal reservoirs and environmental factors. What role can information specialists play in developing sustainable One Health cultures and mindsets at local, regional, national and international levels? Attend this PNR Rendezvous session to learn more. June 17 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!: This is the 8th session of the webinar series, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt”. Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This course contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here! July 15 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond Online On Demand: This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed including an understanding of automatic term mapping, the importance of reviewing the Details box after searches, and using the Advanced search page and the MeSH database. (6 MLA CE) Register

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

*Online Reference and the Open Web: Boosting Strategies and Sources: With a pandemic impacting community information needs in a multitude of ways, and with library services shifting increasingly to online formats, it’s time to boost your online reference and curation skills with expert strategies and sources. In this WebJunction webinar, infoDOCKET’s Gary Price will highlight free, quality, open web sources to help you and your patrons answer important questions. May 27 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

*Protecting Privacy in a Pandemic: A Town Hall for Library and Information Workers: Watch this YouTube recording of a town hall hosted by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee on May 8. Even during a public health emergency, libraries should continue to adhere to their mission and stand by the law and ethical standards that govern the provision of library services. In addition, a resource guide offers links to privacy resources on fair and equitable access, adopting new technologies, minors’ and students’ privacy, and civil liberties.

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

“The New and Improved PubMed® Is Here!” from the NLM Director’s blog

Relics of the Infectious Past: Disease Warning Sign Collection

RefSeq release 200 is public

Changing of the Guard: A New Acting Director for NCBI

*“COVID-19 Brings Health Disparities Research to the Forefront” from the NIH Director’s blog

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

*Recording of webinar on Sharing, Discovering, and Citing COVID-19 Data and Code in Generalist Repositories is now available

Recording Available: Webinar on Publishing Research in the NIH Figshare Instance

Recording Available | Getting the Most Out of DOCLINE

DOCLINE | Milestone: One MILLION Interlibrary Loan Requests

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

Easy-to-Understand Telehealth Consent Form
The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has created a sample telehealth consent form that is easy to understand. The form includes language for healthcare providers that have curtailed in-person visits due to COVID-19. AHRQ has also created how-to guidance for clinicians on how to obtain informed consent for telehealth.

Toolkit: Social Determinants of Health Collections
The NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and National Human Genome Research Institute have released a new collection of social determinants of health assessments as part of the PhenX Toolkit. This open-access collection contains 19 protocols to help measure upstream factors that shape health behaviors and health outcomes, promote collaborations between researchers and clinicians, and accelerate translational research.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States. Throughout the observance in May, OMH will honor the rich culture of AAPIs and promote overall health by encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle, regular doctor visits and better eating habits. For AAPI Heritage Month resources and materials, please visit the OMH website.

*COVID-19, Daily Life and Coping
The CDC provides guidance on a variety of topics to help keep you and those in your community safe and healthy. These topics include shopping and running errands, visiting parks, funeral guidance, coping with stress, pet care and more.

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Consumer Health Minute: Mental Health During a Pandemic

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-05-19 11:24

Research has shown that social isolation can pose a health risk, pandemic or not. And, now numerous news stories, blogs, and social media have posted about the effects of isolation and its effect on work, at home, and our mental well-being during this current health crisis. You and the communities you serve are also feeling these effects.

Though some states are lifting their stay-at-home restrictions, we will most likely continue to experience various levels of continued social distancing. How can you help? Here are some resources to assist your patrons and communities to help them through this time of isolation.

  • The CDC acknowledges the stress that disease outbreaks can cause individuals and that we all experience this stress differently. Their website provides a more comprehensive approach to mental well-being by including information for parents, for those with pre-existing mental health conditions, and for those at high risk.
  • The National Institute of Mental Health provides a whole host of social media messages regarding COVID-19 and mental health for you to use.  Messages are also available in Spanish.
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) also has their list of resources. You may find the “Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak” and “Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks” most relevant for current needs.  The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline is available 24/7 which provides immediate crises counseling for those experiencing emotional distress during a human or natural crisis.
  • The World Health Organization includes information for parents, if you’re an older adult, and for those who have a mental health condition. Social media messages and posters are readily available.
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In the Region

MAR News - Tue, 2020-05-19 08:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) staff are always working on something new! Whether we’re developing and teaching classes, exhibiting or presenting at conferences, visiting our Members and Partners, or spending time in the office, our work focuses on advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health through access to health information. Read about some of our more recent activities, highlighted below, to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Kelsey Cowles, Jumping into New Year 5 Activities: Although Team MAR’s spring travel plans have been postponed, canceled, or moved to a virtual venue, we have been working full steam ahead on closing out Year 4 of our cooperative agreement, which ended April 30, and jumping right into Year 5. I’m particularly excited about the new Year 5 efforts I’ve been involved in thus far. The NNLM Research Data Management working group will present a reorganized semi-monthly webinar series focused on ethical issues surrounding research data management. A new national webinar series for health sciences librarians will provide concise and practical resource and skills updates. NNLM is also working to expand existing outreach efforts and opportunities for folks interested in bringing citizen science into their library and for students and information professionals interested in learning more about health sciences librarianship as a career path. Stay tuned for more information on these opportunities!

Tess Wilson, Going Virtual: I recently delivered a webinar to Nassau County Library Association that focused on serving seniors in public libraries. The webinar had nearly 100 attendees, all of whom were enthusiastic and excited to participate! Resources shared included Go4Health, MedlinePlus, the CARES Engagement Network, and County Health Rankings. Kelsey Cowles and I are in a Citizen Science Virtual Engagement Working Group where we collaborate with our colleagues at other NNLM offices to encourage citizen science participation throughout the network. The group’s plan is to highlight some of the stellar programming occurring in libraries, and to continue promoting projects from NNLM’s partner SciStarter.

Erin Seger, Highlighting Substance Use Disorder Resources: I am working with NNLM’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Working Group to determine what online resources and information on this topic are of greatest interest to the NNLM audience. Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to complete a course evaluation after attending an NNLM training. We value your responses and have been able to use what you told us after SUD focused trainings! In my recent MAReport article, I highlighted some resources that people like to learn about when it comes to SUD that I hope you’ll find helpful if this topic is of interest to you!

Michael Balkenhol, Getting Excited about Year 5 Funding: Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to read several proposals for funding from public libraries and community based organizations. I am impressed with how some of our public library and community based organization members are thinking about in-person and virtual events to meet the needs of their communities! I’m looking forward to helping several of these applicants complete their health information literacy projects over the next year. It is a difficult time and I hope you are all doing well and taking care of yourselves as well as your communities.

Kate Flewelling, Announcing a 2020 Mover and Shaker: I’m so happy to share the news that NNLM MAR Community Engagement Coordinator Tess Wilson has been named a 2020 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal! Having worked with her for the past several months, it is perfect that she is awarded as a “Community Builder” and as part of a team. Congrats, Tess!

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Civics 101: Census

NER News - Mon, 2020-05-18 16:20

United States Census 2020 logo

2020 is a Census year! For a lot of people, the Census is something they do every ten years and then they don’t think about it again until it’s time to fill out the survey again.  But for people who work in public policy, who are interested in politics or who work for local, state and federal agencies, the Census can be a big deal.

What is the Census and why do we do it?

Article 1 Section 2 of the US Constitution outlines the need to count everyone in the US every ten years to evenly distribute the members of the House of Representatives based on the population.

How does the census work?

  • People are asked to respond online, by phone or return the paper form sent through the mail.
  • The Census Bureau will start following up with households that haven’t responded through door to door interviews conducted by Census workers.
  • Avoid scams and know how to identify Census takers.

What does the Census tell us?

The Census looks to count everyone in the United States.  The basic Census survey asks questions about how many people and who lives in your household to collect basic demographic (sex, age, race) information.

Every year the Census Bureau also conducts Household Surveys that tell us more about things like health, housing, education and employment.  Households and businesses are randomly selected to participate in these additional surveys that give a snapshot on the US population.  Learn more about Household Surveys.

How does the Census affect the work we do at NNLM NER?

Many federal funds are allocated based on Census information including for social service programs, health related programs such as Medicaid, mental health services and even funds for local and state health departments.

  • Funding for many of our partners may be impacted by Census information including funding for schools, hospitals and more.
  • Learn more about how Census data has been used to distribute money to organizations in your communities.

Census data is also the basis for many health needs’ assessments. Learn more about Using Census Data from the SCR Connections webinar held September 2018.

Census data is used to support your community, so help your community respond.

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Training Materials for New PubMed

SEA News - Mon, 2020-05-18 14:45

On May 18, the new and improved PubMed replaced the legacy system as the default site. To help prepare for the transition, NLM and NNLM have a variety of trainings and resources available for you to use, learn, and adapt.

For You to Learn 

Through June 25, NLM and NNLM are offering 6 live webinars from the How PubMed Works series. Each 90-minute class covers a foundational element of PubMed – including MeSH, ATM, and what is included in the PubMed database – and is eligible to claim 1.5 MLA CE credit hours. Recordings will be available for viewing after each session ends for those who can’t attend or would like to view the material again.

PubMed Essentials, an on-demand class offered through NNLM, is made up of 10 interactive video-modules (2-3 minutes each) that allow you to explore PubMed at your own pace. Topics covered include subject searches, finding the latest treatments for a disease or disorder, known item searches, saving searches and setting email alerts, and helping consumers find research in PubMed using MedlinePlus. After completing all the modules, you will be eligible to claim 1 MLA CE credit.

The comprehensive PubMed User Guide is available from the homepage and under the “Help” link on every page in PubMed. It starts with a list of frequently asked questions, allowing you to jump to short, easy-to-follow instructions for finding and using your favorite features. As with other resources, you can copy the text into your own training materials, trifolds, and user guides.

To Help Others Learn

The Trainer’s Toolkit provides instructional materials developed by NLM that you can customize and share. The series of nine interactive video Quick Tours, each only 1 to 4 minutes long, can be viewed online or embedded in course management software. You will also find slide decks, handouts, and webinar recordings all designed for sharing and reuse.

 

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