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Webinar Explores Partnership That Addressed Health Topics Through Book Clubs

MCR News - Fri, 2020-08-07 11:45

Join Heidi Fendrick, Data Coordinator at the Utah State Library, as she recaps the recent partnership with the MidContinental Region on incorporating the NNLM Reading Club Book Kits in the Utah State Library’s Book Buzz Program.

The purpose of the partnership was to provide opportunities for members of the public to learn about and discuss important health-related topics through book discussion groups facilitated by local public libraries, organizations, schools, and community centers across Utah.

Register today at nnlm.gov to learn more about Fendrick’s experience and the Book Buzz program.

 

Webinar date

Region/Office: National

Aug 19, 2020

2:00PM – 3:00PM MT

 

If you have any questions about registering, please contact Suzanne Sawyer for more information.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2020-08-07 07:00

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

Resource Update: On January 29, 2021 the National Library of Medicine’s Pillbox program will be discontinued. This includes the Pillbox drug identification and search websites as well as production of the Pillbox dataset, image library, and application programming interfaces (APIs).

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote National Immunization Awareness Month or Talk to Your Doctor Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has a page for National Immunization Awareness Month that includes sample newsletter content, graphics, and more.

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

Gain Perspective on Pandemics with the NNLM Reading Club – SEA Currents

Presenting: NNLM MAR’s Annual Report – MARquee News Highlights

My “Externship” Experience with the UMass Medical School Library and the NNLM NER – NER Update

RDM Snippets – File Naming Conventions and Dates – NER Update

New on YouTube: Part 1: Citizen Science in the Academic Library, July 24, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Introducing the NIH Guide Notice Encouraging Researchers to Adopt U.S. Core Data for Interoperability StandardNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Dental Cartoons (ca. 1945)Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Charting a Rapid Course Toward Better COVID-19 Tests and Treatments – NIH Director’s Blog

NIH delves into COVID-19 racial disparities with ‘All of Us’Los Angeles Times

Diversity and inclusion for the All of Us research program: A scoping reviewPLOS One

NIH News in Health: Read the August 2020 issue, featuring, “Marvels of Mucus and Phlegm: The Slime That Keeps You Healthy,” and, “Chronic Disease in Uncertain Times: Be Prepared and Plan Ahead.”

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue shared details about NLM sessions at the MLA vConference.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

August 2020

Discussion: Applying Cultural Humility to Practice – August 7, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

NLM/MLA Leiter Lecture – Dr. John Brownstein on Digital Epidemiology and the COVID-19 Pandemic – August 11, 6:00-7:00 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

MCR/Utah State Library Bookclub Partnership – August 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

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

We Mapped This City: Centering Health Resources and Engagement Around Community Assets – August 26, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

Librarians Supporting Researchers – Managing Data While Working Remotely – August 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

COVID-19: Health Literacy and the Misinformation of the LatinX Community – August 31, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

September 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – September 4-October 2, 2020

Grey Literature Resources to Support Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery – September 9, 2:00-2:45 PM ET

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – September 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information – September 11, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians – September 15, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

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

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Healthy People 2030 Launch – August 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Systematic Searching: Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency – September 24, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members

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

Virtual Symposium: Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities – September 17 – Hosted by the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH)

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Upcoming CHES Opportunities from NNLM

MAR News - Thu, 2020-08-06 21:00
Upcoming CHES Eligible Webinars

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

We Mapped This City: Centering Health Resources and Engagement Around Community AssetsAugust 26, 2020, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – When service providers and practitioners enter a new community or neighborhood, they can carry a top-down map of existing assets. They may rely on geographic systems that make sense on paper, or are designed to make sense with existing programs. However, community members and residents do not navigate resources based on program maps and systems. What and where are the resources community members use? What are the hard boundaries locals don’t cross and the third places that people gather? Germantown Info Hub Coordinator Diana Lu will share approaches to stakeholder engagement and trust-building. Using urban design evaluation tactics introduced by architect Kevin Lynch in The Image of the City and as well as models in community-based journalism, Lu shows ways that practitioners can work with community members, stakeholders, and local organizations to build the base layer of information.

Objectives:

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

  1. By the end of the session, attendees will understand the basics and potential applications of community asset mapping.
  2. By the end of the session, attendees will be equipped to integrate asset mapping as part of a grassroots community engagement tactic to understand key places/spaces/institutions that are important to community members and local stakeholders.
  3. By the end of this session, attendees will be familiar with inclusive, ‘non-expert’ language and communication tools that non-public health professionals and community members can use to discuss issues and resources that affect public health.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Grey Literature Resources to Support Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery September 9, 2020, 2:00-2:45 PM ET – September is National Preparedness Month. Join us to learn about Grey Literature and how it can be helpful during evolving situations. What is Grey Literature? How do you find it? And how can it help during emergency preparedness, response and recovery? This session will introduce participants to the concept of Grey Literature, its uses and resources for finding it. This session will also include a live demonstration of one resource for finding Grey Literature related to emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Objectives:

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

  1. Define grey literature and list three examples.
  2. List an example of a non-traditional source for grey literature.
  3. Identify resources to search for grey literature.
  4. Describe how grey literature can help during emergency preparedness, response and recovery phases.

CECH: .75
Advanced CECH: 0

Recorded Webinars Available for CHES CECH

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

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

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

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

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

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

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

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

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

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

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

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

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

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

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

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

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

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

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

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

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

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

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

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

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

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

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

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

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

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

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

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Gain Perspective on Pandemics with the NNLM Reading Club

SEA News - Thu, 2020-08-06 12:54

Diving into fiction can help us understand more about the realities we face. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape daily life, NNLM Reading Club calls your attention to three literary works focusing on the impact of pandemics or infectious disease.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections for August:

The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia, translated by Simon Bruni
Severance: A Novel by Ling Ma
A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker

Set within the 1918 influenza pandemic and the Mexican Revolution, The Murmur of Bees continues the Latin American tradition of magical realism associated with writers like Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende. Severance is more dystopian, but with a sense of satire amid the outcomes of an apocalyptic plague. A Song for a New Day explores a musician’s experience in a pandemic that makes public gatherings illegal and concerts impossible.

While you are exploring fictional stories amid outbreaks, we encourage you to stay informed about real-life infectious disease. To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and infectious disease information, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

NNLM August Reading Club

The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia | Severance: A Novel by Ling Ma | A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker

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Health Sciences Libraries Webinar Series 2020-2021

NER News - Thu, 2020-08-06 11:20

The Health Sciences Libraries Webinar Series is a collaborative series intended to explore products and services provided by the National Library of Medicine through case studies. This series aims to support the work of health sciences and hospital librarians as they serve their institutional communities. The webinars will explore National Library of Medicine resources through real world examples provided by experienced librarians.

Objectives:
  • Identify National Library of Medicine products and services.
  • Integrate National Library of Medicine products and services into workflows.
  • Assist institutional community members in the selection and use of National Library of Medicine products and services.

The series launched in June with Searching LactMed and LiverTox for Drug Effects. Due to the audio issues, the instructor (me!) re-recorded this webinar.

When viewing the recording, I recommend that you enable the captions during the search demonstration. Sharing the screen is a big task for my home laptop and rural internet connection. The sound is a little garbled but much better than the live class! The captions will help. During the webinar, we used these search terms: LactMed; methadone; buprenorphine; buprenorphine and naloxone; LiverTox; acetaminophen; buprenorphine lactation; acetaminophen liver.

I mention two NNLM Resource Picks webinars. Here are the links to those recordings:

Bookshelf (Feb 2020)
LactMed and LiverTox (Nov 2018)

Slides to Searching LactMed and LiverTox for Drug Effects are available upon request. Please email me (link below). If you watch the recording, you are eligible for MLA CE. Here is the evaluation link. You must fill out the evaluation to receive the code for CE.

Upcoming Webinar on Resources for Images

The series continues on Tuesday, August 18th at 1:00pm ET. Join Kelsey Cowles for NLM Resources for Images. The National Library of Medicine offers 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.

Register at this link.

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Gain Perspective on Pandemics with the NNLM Reading Club

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2020-08-05 11:26

Diving into fiction can help us understand more about the realities we face. As day-to- day life continues to be shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, NNLM Reading Club calls your attention to three literary works focusing on the impact of pandemics or infectious disease.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections for August:

  • The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia, translated by Simon Bruni
  • Severance: A Novel by Ling Ma
  • A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker

Set within the 1918 influenza pandemic and the Mexican Revolution, The Murmur of Bees continues the Latin American tradition of magical realism associated with writers like Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende. Severance is more dystopian, but with a sense of satire amid the outcomes of an apocalyptic plague. A Song for a New Day explores a musician’s experience in a pandemic that makes public gatherings illegal and concerts impossible.

While you are exploring fictional stories amid outbreaks, we encourage you to stay informed about real-life infectious disease. To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and infectious disease information, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

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Presenting: NNLM MAR’s Annual Report

MAR News - Tue, 2020-08-04 16:11

The Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) is excited to release our Year 4 Annual Report!

1 page MAR Annual Report

A downloadable, printer-friendly version is available here.

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August 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-08-04 14:18

illustration of a woman looking at a saline rinse bottle over a bathroom sinkCheck out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Featured Website – COVID-19 Prevention Network
    Researchers are working to find safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19. They are also testing other ways to protect people from the virus. Learn more about coronavirus clinical trials, including how to volunteer.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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PNR Weekly Digest: August 4, 2020

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-08-04 10:57

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

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 to participate in the activity planned. (1 MLA CE) Register

PubMed Central®: Join the NNLM Resource Picks session focusing on PubMed Central. PubMed Central (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). September 30 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Genetics 101: Genetics 101 is a 2-week long introductory Moodle course on fundamental concepts in human genetics. With increasing popularity of direct-to-consumer genetic testing and the importance of genetics in all kinds of research endeavors, understanding the language of genetics and its implications on human life is becoming more and more important. Class runs from December 1 – 15, 2020. (4 MLA CE) Register

Better On The Outside After Being Inside – Improving Health Literacy and Self-Care For Incarcerated Persons: This presentation describes findings from an Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities project, funded by the National Library of Medicine. The project aims to engage justice-involved individuals with health education to enhance their knowledge and use of health services and resources. This project won the Frank Bradway Rogers Health Information Advancement Award from the Medical Library Association in 2020. Join the PNR Rendezvous session to learn more about this award winning project. December 9 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.

REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM): An Overview of the COVID-19 Research Project: OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle have partnered to produce science-based information on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The webinar will describe the project activities, point to information resources, and discuss findings from the first phase of laboratory testing. August 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register to attend the live training webinar

Compassion in Action webinar series: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Partnership Center’s “Compassion in Action” webinar series will describe ways faith and community groups are addressing the needs of those with mental illness and their caregivers. Through the Compassion in Action Guide and this webinar series, they hope to encourage more faith communities to walk with and provide community for a lifetime to people with mental illness and their caregivers. Register for each of the remaining sessions:

All previous webinar sessions are available on the HHS Partnership Center YouTube channel.

NLM and Support for Health Services Research: Assessing Current Needs and Planning for the Future: This webinar will explore the critical issues that are driving the information needs of health services researchers. Specifically, a panel of experts (including NLM Director, Dr. Brennan) will focus on these three strategic questions:

  • What services or resources that NLM currently offers in the areas of health services delivery or health services research do you use?
  • What tools, data, resources, or health services literature are the most critical for NLM to collect or support?
  • What health services research areas or policy topics are the most critical for NLM to support?

August 18 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Learn more about this event and register

Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries: This presentation will explore how one rural library has improved internet access in partnership with an internet service provider, hosted telehealth appointments in collaboration with healthcare providers and transportation agencies, worked with schools to ensure opportunities for youth through esports, and improved digital literacy skills for patrons and local businesses. This WebJunction webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). August 6 at 12:00 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Learn more about this session and register

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

“Some Insights on the Roles and Uses of Generalist Repositories”, from the NLM Director’s blog

How PubMed Works On-Demand: Free Online Class

*Archiving at a Distance

*“What We Know About COVID-19’s Effects on Child and Maternal Health”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*The August issue of NIH News in Health is now available with articles on mucus and phlegm, chronic diseases in uncertain times, and a Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci about COVID-19 vaccines

Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Input on NIDA’s (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Strategic Plan for 2021-2025, due August 7

*NIH delivering new COVID-19 testing technologies to meet U.S. demand

Virtual Workshop: Engaging Patients in the Research Process, August 26

Want to Learn More About Careers in Nursing Research? Watch Panel Discussion Recording

“Racism and the Health of Every American”, from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Director’s blog

National Institute of Mental Health: Back to School and Mental Health

NNLM National Evaluation Office is pleased to announce the launch of new state profiles and data visualizations. These live visualizations place data on a map, and allow filtering and interactive exploration in a geographic context.

*The National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program has developed a monthly COVID-19 Participant Experience (COPE) Survey to gather data on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects physical and mental health over time.

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

Join the Healthy People 2030 Launch Webcast!
On August 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will unveil the latest edition of Healthy People! Healthy People 2030 is a set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving health and well-being in the United States. During the webcast, we’ll highlight the new Healthy People 2030 goals and objectives and provide an overview of the development process. We’ll also feature guest speakers from HHS who will discuss Healthy People 2030 data, social determinants of health, health equity, and more. No registration is necessary. Just visit hhs.gov/ on August 18 at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Online Science Talks for All Ages, Brought to You by Your Local Library
A new summer series called Summer Reading Meets Citizen Science is designed to keep students and adults engaged with reading and research to prevent “summer slide” learning loss. The series is a partnership between SciStarter.org and the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the All of Us Research Program at NIH. The groups designed the program to help keep students, adults and families engaged with reading and research to prevent “summer slide” learning loss. Read more on the Discover magazine website.

Find TB Resources Website
The Find TB Resources website is a service of the CDC Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE). It features a worldwide library of online resources, training and educational materials on tuberculosis, including the Find TB Resources Newsletter.

New HIV Treatment for Patients with Limited Treatment Options
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new type of antiretroviral medication for adults living with HIV who have tried multiple HIV medications and whose HIV infection cannot be successfully treated with other therapies because of resistance, intolerance or safety considerations.

Resources: Mental Health:

  • The HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has developed the #MyStrongFamily campaign to share information on protective factors that families can draw on during difficult times to shield them from life’s stresses.
  • The American Psychiatric Association has created Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations. Best practice guidance is available for Black/African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, LGBTQ and other underserved populations.
  • The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has published the results of a research project on Comparing Two Ways to Help Latino Patients with Depression Who Are Age 50 or Older. Results are available in English and Spanish.

Evaluating Data Types: A Guide for Decision Makers using Data to Understand the Extent and Spread of COVID-19
This rapid expert consultation provides insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the data on the COVID-19 pandemic by applying five criteria to seven types of data available to support decision making. It was produced through the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN), an activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. SEAN links researchers in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences with decision makers to respond to policy questions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide is free to download

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COVID-19: Health Literacy and the Misinformation of the LatinX Community

SEA News - Tue, 2020-08-04 10:38

Date and Time: Monday, August 31, 2020 2 PM ET/1 PM CT

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the spread of misinformation to the general public. This is even more prevalent in underserved and diverse populations where low health literacy skills and unique health information needs play a part in making people in these groups more vulnerable to predatory practices. This webinar will focus on the LatinX community and how misinformation about COVID-19 affects its members. Join Brenda Linaries, MLIS, MBA, AHIP from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dykes Library as she discusses the challenges members of the LatinX community face accessing reliable health information, especially during the pandemic.

Objectives:

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

• Examine the health information needs of the LatinX community
• Assess the unique aspects of misinformation in the LatinX community
• Describe the characteristics of effective COVID-19 health information online resources for the LatinX community

For full details and to register, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/Zny

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New funding available NOW! COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award

SCR News - Mon, 2020-08-03 14:52

We at NNLM SCR strive to facilitate and provide opportunities to enrich your communities and improve the health outcomes of the people who live there. We offer a number of recurring awards each year to organizations who wish to organize projects or programs to do just that. This year, we are thrilled to announce an all-new award, the COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award!

There exists an urgent need in communities throughout the South Central Region for patrons, consumers, educators, and trainers to have access to high-quality electronic information resources. We are living in a very different world from this time last year, and new challenges bring new opportunities. These awards, amounting to $20,000 each, will allow libraries to pilot and/or develop programming to help communities manage physical and mental health care decisions in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This also includes tools and training to manage information overload or combat misinformation.

Five (5) COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Awards are available, and applications are due September 1, 2020. Please visit the link below for more complete information on the award and how you can apply today!

COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award

If you have any questions, please contact Deputy Director Debbie Montenegro (Debbie.Montenegro@unthsc.edu).

Additionally, we are currently accepting applications for the following awards:

Professional Development Award

Patricia Bradley Professional Development Award

Data Science Professional Development Award

As always, we look forward to reading your proposals and learning more about the plans, ideas, and vision you have to strengthen your communities! Thank you all for the hard work you continue to do. It’s an honor to serve the NNLM South Central Region.

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My “Externship” Experience with the UMass Medical School Library and the NNLM NER

NER News - Fri, 2020-07-31 15:32

The following blog post was written by Regina Agyemang, a rising junior from the Abbey Kelly Foster Charter Public School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Regina is also member of the Girls Inc. of Worcester Eureka program. Regina spent the month of July working with the staff of the UMass Medical School Library and the NNLM NER.

 

 

 

This summer I was given the opportunity to work with the University of Massachusetts Medical School Library and the NNLM NER as an “extern” through the Girls Inc organization. Because of COVID this opportunity was conducted completely remotely. During the past fourweeks of my externship, I was able to meet some of the amazing library staff and also learn about the NNLM organization. When I first found out about this externship, I had no idea what Iwas getting myself into. I had never heard of the NNLM before. However, I decided to take the opportunity to be an extern and I’m glad I did.

Over the course of the four weeks, I met Vivian Okyere from the Library Operations team as well as the members of the Library Research and Scholarly Communications team, and the Education and Clinical Services team. These meetings helped me learn about the medical school library and services the librarians provide for the medical school students. The UMass Medical School Library is a partner of the New England Region of the NNLM.

Several times each week, I met with staff from the NNLM NER. Martha Meacham, Associate Director and Susan Halpin, Education and Outreach Coordinator taught me about the NNLM organization as a whole. I was also able to help with work specifically related to the NER. I provided a young person’s perspective with my input about relevant health and medical information for an educational webinar Susan created and is currently updating for young adults. I also helped with checking links and providing additional descriptions for the resource list that will be part of this webinar.

While working with Susan, I learned about other types of outreach programs the NNLM offers. From providing grants to organizations to presenting webinars on health topics and NLM resources, the NNLM actively works with the community to provide health information and trustworthy online resources. My time with Susan allowed me to learn about so many different resources that can benefit my family, friends, church, and myself. Two of my uncles are pharmacists and one is an orthopedic surgeon. The NNLM has online resources that my uncles could use for research regarding their professions. I discovered a printable promotional flyer that lists websites that are specifically geared toward pharmacists that can be printed from the NER website. My church could also use resources from the NNLM to educate themselves. My church is big on living a healthy life spiritually and physically. With the NNLM’s resources such as MedlinePlus, training classes and grants, my church may be able to work with the NER to organize a program to provide information on many different health topics from mental health to healthy eating.

During my meetings with Susan, we talked a lot about mental health. As a high school student, mental health is an important topic to me. Some people fail to realize the amount of stress high school students go through due to grades, college, standardized tests, social media, and many other things. I have seen first-hand the effects of all these things on the mental health of students especially in a time like this. As a result, two of my friends and I decided to start a club on mental health to provide support and resources to other students. However, due to the current pandemic, the club won’t be able to start running this fall. When the club does start, I have a plethora of resources to fall back on thanks to the NNLM. I now know of many different websites and organizations that I can bring back to school. My school, the Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School in Worcester, Mass received an NER grant to pay for a speaker on mental health. Thanks to the resources at the NNLM, my school will be able to receive the mental health programming that we need.

If you asked me about the NNLM a month ago, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you anything. I now know that the NNLM is a network that helps improve public health by providing the public access to online health information, resources, and data you can trust. This information is all online and is used and promoted through libraries and other members of its network. Even though my externship this year wasn’t conventional, I’m still glad I was able to get to know the staff and learn about their jobs. I now have many people to turn to that are willing to help me with whatever I need. This by far has been my favorite externship.

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RDM Snippets – File Naming Conventions and Dates

NER News - Fri, 2020-07-31 13:19

This is the first post in a monthly series that will share tips, tricks, and resources that help you simplify the process of organizing your data. It’s always good to refresh your skills and think about different ways to manage data, as well as learn ways that librarians and others can communicate this information while teaching or working.

This month let’s look at file naming conventions, including date formatting. Having a file naming convention can save you both time and energy, especially when you’re managing large amounts of data. A good file naming system makes it easy to find specific files, sort by date or time, and to organize different parts of a workflow.

File naming isn’t just for research, it can also help organize your personal or work files.

As you begin a research project or plan to start organizing your files, think about the types of files you have. Determine a simple but descriptive structure. Be sure to share this with anyone you may be collaborating with, and make a file with notes for yourself to keep track of the convention.

Important things to remember when creating with a file naming convention:

  • Be descriptive. Don’t worry about trying to abbreviate or keep the file name short. Descriptive is better than inscrutable. You won’t remember what that made-up abbreviation is next time you go to look at the file, and the people you work with won’t understand it either. If you need to use any abbreviations or shortened terms, make a note of these in your documentation.
  • Make the file name human and machine readable. Use_underscores_ or-use-dashes. Don’t use spaces between terms in the file name. Many software programs no longer allow spaces. Spaces can also cause errors in coding languages if you are using them for analysis.

Bad: stdntsrvjan20

Good: student_survey_january_2020

  • Make your file names extensibile. This means ordering numbers in the file names so that the computer can sort them in the correct order and you can easily read them. You can see in the example below that adding additional digit spaces makes the numbers sort nicely into order.
Bad Good sample_1 sample_001 sample_10 sample_002 sample_2 sample_003 sample_3 sample_004 sample_4 sample_005 sample_5 sample_006 sample_6 sample_007 sample_7 sample_008 sample_8 sample_009 sample_9 sample_010 sample_11 sample_011
  • Avoid special characters such as $ % ^ & # | :,. They can cause errors if you are working with programming or scripting languages, and many software programs won’t accept them.

Dates

Dates can be an important part of your file name. Formatting dates the same way each time and in a universal standard format such as ISO 8601 will make them easier to read and avoid confusion over different international formats for writing dates.

The ISO8601 date format is YYYY-MM-DD.

Examples:

2020-07-04

2020-12-25

If needed, you can make the date more granular by adding the time including hours, minutes, and seconds for observations that need to have a time stamp.

YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS

2020-07-04T11:05:01

The full ISO8601 standard has much more information about breaking down dates and times even further.

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Link to source for posting in the blog: https://xkcd.com/1179/

Further resources on dates and file names:

Data Librarian Kristin Briney has written a great blog post about naming conventions, and has a worksheet  you can use to determine a naming convention for your project.

The ISO8601 standard

DataOne Best Practices for Date and Time

The next RDM Snippets post in August will look at stable file formats for open and/or long term access and preservation.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – July 31, 2020

SEA News - Fri, 2020-07-31 11:17

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 August 5 – August 12

Webinars August 18 – August 26

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, 2020-07-31 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

Citizen Science Summer Series Featured in Discover Magazine! On July 28, Discover Magazine published an article on the webinar series Summer Reading Meets Citizen Science, which aims to keep students and adults engaged with reading and research to prevent “summer slide” learning loss. The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) and SciStarter have collaborated on this series of workshops, which will continue to take place throughout the month of August. Check out the article, “Online Science Talks For All Ages, Brought to You by Your Local Library“, for more details.

Learn about Sjögren’s Syndrome with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about Sjögren’s Syndrome, high blood pressure, sleep disorders, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

Get Ready: Tropical Storm Isaias Brings Heavy Rain, Flooding to Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands – SEA Currents

NNLM and SciStarter Present Virtual Citizen Science Workshops! – MARquee News Highlights

What is Geroscience? – NER Update

Librarians Keep Learning – NER Update

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

NLM/NIH News

Some Insights on the Roles and Uses of Generalist RepositoriesNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Archiving at a Distance – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

What We Know About COVID-19’s Effects on Child and Maternal HealthNIH Director’s Blog

NIDDK’s Diabetes Resources Now Available through MedlinePlus Connect

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The July 2020 issue is now available.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

Discussion: Applying Cultural Humility to Practice – August 7, 1:00-2:30 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

MCR/Utah State Library Bookclub Partnership – August 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

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

We Mapped This City: Centering Health Resources and Engagement Around Community Assets – August 26, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

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

COVID-19: Health Literacy and the Misinformation of the LatinX Community – August 31, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

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

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

New Advances in Collecting and Using Patient-Reported Outcome Data – AHRQ Views

Impact of COVID-19 on Clinical Research and Inclusion of Diverse Populations – Ethnicity & Disease

REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Materials Testing and Resource Overview – August 4, 3:00-4:30 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

Healthy People 2030 Launch – August 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Systematic Searching: Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency – September 24, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members

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

Virtual Symposium: Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities – September 17 – Hosted by the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH)

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Get Ready: Tropical Storm Isaias Brings Heavy Rain, Flooding to Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

SEA News - Thu, 2020-07-30 16:00

Tropical Storm Isaias is bringing bands of heavy rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with winds in those rainbands gusting at 50 mph or higher at times.

The heavy rain has triggered serious flash flooding in several areas of Puerto Rico. Multiple fallen trees, mudslides and flooding was reported in southwest Puerto Rico, according to local emergency management. River flooding has been recorded by USGS gauges in several locations in Puerto Rico.

Current projected path of Tropical Storm Isaias

Current projected path of Tropical Storm Isaias

At a Glance

  • Tropical Storm Isaias is bringing heavy rain to parts of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico.
  • Tropical storm warnings and watches are posted from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • First impacts could be felt in parts of Florida as soon as Saturday.
  • Other parts of the U.S. East Coast could also eventually see impacts from Isaias next week.

State and Territory Resources

Visit the NNLM SEA Page for additional Federal and State Emergency Management Contact Resources.

Puerto Rico

U.S. Virgin Islands

NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC)

We encourage you to visit the following pages from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.

MedlinePlus

Reliable Resources for Tornado Preparedness & Response

Mobile Apps

NNLM SEA Resources

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Network Members in the Spotlight

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-07-30 12:53

Kelli Ham, NNLM PSR Community Engagement Librarian, retired on July 1. Kelli joined the NNLM PSR staff in 2005 as Consumer Health Librarian. In September, 2017, she transitioned to the new role of Community Engagement Librarian in support of the NNLM All of Us program. During her fifteen-year tenure, Kelli’s determination and dedication have led to an outstanding career of numerous accomplishments. Kelli has excelled at virtually every task she has undertaken.

Alan Carr, Associate Director, retired on July 1, 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. He 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.

Nisha Mody, UCLA Health and Life Sciences Librarian, was appointed interim NNLM PSR Associate Director effective June 1.

Julie Botnick, NNLM PSR Education and Outreach Librarian, will be leaving PSR and heading to the NLM Traveling Exhibits team. While at PSR, Julie was actively engaged with public health outreach and in the subaward program.

Rikke Ogawa, director of UCLA’s Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library and Science and Engineering Library, was a recipient of the 2020 Medical Library Association President’s Award, given annually to members who have made a notable or important contribution which has enhanced health sciences librarianship or furthered the objectives of MLA.

Darlene Cavalier, the Founder of SciStarter and a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, has been named a National Geographic Fellow and Explorer. She has worked closely with NNLM on several citizen science initiatives.

Megan Rosenbloom, Associate Director for Instruction Services at the USC Health Sciences Libraries, has developed a COVID-19 Resource Guide.

Ruth Amernick, librarian at San Francisco Public Library, retired on June 25 after 37 years of service. Janet Tom will serve as the NNLM Liaison.

Dustin Khebzou, Program Administrator at Alcohol Research Group/Public Health Institute in Emeryville, CA, is the new NNLM Liaison.  Dustin replaces Eric Rosen, former Library Technician, who was responsible for the organization’s DOCLINE activities.

Janis Brown retired on May 5 after 39 years of service to the University of Southern California. She has an outstanding record of service and has served in many roles since 1981 at the Norris Medical Library and the USC Health Sciences Libraries, including: Research Librarian, Coordinator of the Learning Resources Center as well as the Associate Director of Educational Resources. Janis served as the Associate Director of Systems and Information Technology from 2004-2018, and served as Acting Director of Norris Medical Library and Interim Associate Dean for Health Sciences Libraries in 2013 and 2015 and again in 2018 until December of 2019. She was most recently serving as Special Projects Librarian at the USC Health Sciences Libraries. Janis had a career total of 45 years as a librarian.

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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

Categories: RML Blogs

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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