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Libraries: Foundations of Strong, Healthy Communities

SEA News - Thu, 2019-04-04 13:19

Connection, education, participation, and empowerment—these are defining characteristics of strong and healthy communities.

A recent partnership between the National Network Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program seeks to build and strengthen these characteristics in communities across the U.S. The mission of the NNLM is to “to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.”

The All of Us Research Program aims to advance discovery in biomedical research and improve health by providing more precise, individualized treatments for disease. The All of Us Research Program is a clinical trial that seeks the participation of over one million individuals traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research—people of color, women, people of diverse sexual orientations and identities, and people from diverse environments and socioeconomic backgrounds—to make biomedical advancements possible.

The NNLM/All of Us partnership empowers public libraries to educate the public about the All of Us Research Program and connect participants with health information. Through the partnership, libraries are encouraging people to take an active role in their health, by asking questions, learning about data privacy and informed consent, and learning how to find reliable health information. Libraries are also encouraging the public to participate in discussions about research ethics and genetics, and to think critically about these issues when assessing the value of their own contributions, as individual participants, to clinical research, medical advancements, and health of their communities. Libraries empower their communities by listening to their health needs, convening discussions, offering health and wellness programs, and finding answers to their health related questions.

Libraries truly are the foundations of strong and healthy communities through connection, education, participation, and empowerment. The NNLM encourages you to celebrate National Library Week, April 7-13, and discover how libraries are building a strong community.

 

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May is Mental Health Month. Get the conversation started with help from the NNLM Reading Club

SEA News - Thu, 2019-04-04 07:53

Because mental health conditions are real, common and treatable, May is recognized as Mental Health Month – as noted on the National Health Observances calendar. To help raise awareness and to find a variety of trustworthy resources and program ideas to help educate and reduce the stigma often associated with mental health disorders, choose one of the NNLM Reading Club’s featured selections. Read the book, share the information, and start the conversation.

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NLM Releases Newly Revised Health Statistics Tutorial!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-04-03 15:22

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) at NLM has just announced the release of the newly revised tutorial, Finding and Using Health Statistics. Written by staff at AcademyHealth, this tutorial is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics.

This new, interactive course is divided into four sections:

  • About Health Statistics
  • Common Terms
  • Health Data Sources
  • Finding Health Statistics
the glossary section of the National Information Center on Health Services Research  & Health Care Technology website

National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology Glossary

Each section contains a quiz to help you determine your understanding of the course. The section on Finding Health Statistics provides an overview of the key organizations important in any research that requires statistical information. A detailed glossary is also included in the course. The course is eligible for 3 CE hours from the Medical Library Association. A certificate is also available upon completion of the course.

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Employment Opportunity: NNLM PNR Outreach Coordinator

SEA News - Wed, 2019-04-03 09:48

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual for the position of Outreach Coordinator in the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR). The goal of the NNLMis to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The incumbent will be part of a collaborative outreach team promoting access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. As a core position in the RML, the Outreach Coordinator promotes health literacy by providing education on the resources produced by the National Library of Medicine for all audiences, including health professionals, medical librarians, public librarians, patients and the general public, community colleges libraries, minority serving institutions with programs in the health sciences, and state or regional professional associations.

The RML is funded by a cooperative agreement grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and works closely with the other seven regions of the NNLM, five National Coordinating Offices and the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO) headquartered at the NLM. Funding for this position is contingent on grant funding continuing in out years. The UW NNLM program is housed in the HSL, a unit of the University Libraries. The HSL is a leader among the national community of academic health sciences libraries and has long been known for innovative information management programs and services.

For a complete job description and application details please see:  https://bit.ly/2OETWMd

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New for NNLM MAR members: Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit

MAR News - Wed, 2019-04-03 08:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is here to help with your summer health programming! As partners of the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s A Universe of Stories, we are excited to offer a program-in-a-box that explores DNA and space! This kit is available only to NNLM members in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Programs in this kit are designed for kids and teens, but can be adapted to any audience.

Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit materialsThe Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit includes:

  • 3 Storytime Books: The Baby Biochemist: DNA, Mousetronaut, and Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody
  • 1 copy of Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library
  • Lesson plans for modeling DNA with candy and making DNA sequence bracelets.
  • Program supplies: pipe cleaners, tooth picks, and beads
  • Brochures to connect patrons to reliable sources of health information
  • Information about the All of Us Research Program

Each NNLM MAR member organization may order one kit. The deadline to order is April 30, 2019. Kits will be mailed by May 24, 2019.

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NIH News in Health – April Issue

MCR News - Tue, 2019-04-02 19:20

Check out the April 2019 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Cancer Care Widens Its Reach
Reducing Cancer Health Disparities
Researchers are looking at ways to expand access to cancer prevention and treatment.

illustration-cartoon-brain-feeling-unwellThe Inflamed Brain
Recognizing Encephalitis and Meningitis
Knowing the symptoms of brain swelling is important so you can get medical help as quickly as possible.

Health Capusules

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Upcoming MLA-approved CE Courses

MCR News - Tue, 2019-04-02 19:11

Reserve your virtual seat today for these upcoming courses approved by the Medical Library Association for continuing education and the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. The Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) will help you keep current in the consumer health information field and obtain an additional, recognized level of expertise. MLA hours earned through the CHIS program may be used for credit in MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals.

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

STARTS: May 6, 2019 (6-week online course)

The goal of this class is to increase understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. They will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies.

Continuing Education: 8 hours

 

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information

STARTS: July 30, 2019 (one, 2-hour online session)

Participants will develop knowledge of the subject matter and resources with hands-on activities. They will get to know their community by examining health status data and using that information to develop outreach programming and instruction. They will build skills in communication and instruction through a guided activity to identify web-friendly health information resources. Finally, they will explore how technology can simultaneously improve health information access and create barriers.

Continuing Education: 2 hours

 

Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services

STARTS: September 9, 2019 (4-week online course)

Centered around eight core competencies, this interactive 4-week online course provides a rich learning experience to build all the essential skills for providing consumer health information services. The course starts by preparing you with tools to learn the demographics and health status of people in your community. Together we will examine issues of literacy, health literacy, and the health information needs of special populations. By understanding the needs of your own community and the information-seeking behaviors of users, you will be prepared with the right tools and resources even before the questions are asked.

Continuing Education: 12 hours

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Webinar Announcement: DOCLINE Talkline – What’s New?

SEA News - Tue, 2019-04-02 07:34

On Wednesday, April 10th from 2:00 – 2:30 PM ET/1:00 – 1:30 PM CT/12:00-12:30 PM MT/11:00-11:30 AM PT, the DOCLINE Team will host a “What’s New?” Webinar.

This webinar is for everyone using DOCLINE 6.0 and will cover:

  • Routing options
  • Type-ahead/auto-suggest menus
  • Retired Requests display
  • Receipting Lend Requests
  • Updated Library Profile
  • Journals & Holdings
  • Switch Library
  • Lend Alerts – Rush & Urgent Patient Care
  • Delivery Method(s)
  • International Offerings

… and more!

This will be show & tell only, please continue to use the “Ask the Help Desk” form if you have questions or comments.

Registration suggested, but not required. Register for the DOCLINE – What’s New? WebinarTo Join the Training Session 

  1. Go to NIH WebEx
    2. Enter your name and email address.
    3. Enter the session password: nnlm 
    4. Click “Join Now”.
    5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link.

To Join the Session by Phone Only

  • To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
  • Call-in toll number (US/Canada):1-650-479-3208
  • Global call-in numbers
  • Access code: 624 154 729

To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link.

DOCLINE Talkline - Whats New

Link to Recordings

If you are unable to attend a session, webinars are recorded and added to the NNLM YouTube DOCLINE Talkline Playlist within one week.

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Consumer Health Minute: Celebrate National DNA Day

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2019-04-02 02:09

Congress approved the first National DNA Day in April 2003 to celebrate both the completion of the Human Genome Project and the anniversary of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) continues to celebrating DNA Day annually on April 25. The goal of National DNA Day is to offer students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the latest advances in genomic research and explore how those advances might impact their lives.

Libraries can provide information to the public, to local schools and visiting homeschoolers about DNA Day activities and events provided by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Visitors to the website will be able to:

  • find events in your area and across the country
  • download the activity starter kit to plan an event at your library
  • view activities to do in your library, schools, or for patrons to do at home

One of the featured activities is titled, “Everything You Need to Know About Getting DNA Out of Strawberries“. This low cost activity uses common materials and the strawberries can be either fresh or frozen. Complete instructions are provided in both English and Spanish. Prefer not to host the activity? Just provide copies of the instructions for patrons to take home and try. Either way it provides a fun interactive opportunity for the public to learn more about genetics.

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Upcoming Webinar – Needs Assessments in Research Data Management: What Do We Know and Where are the Gaps?

GMR News - Mon, 2019-04-01 16:56

The next NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series presentation is set to take place on April 16, 1:00 – 2:00 CT!

Join us as we delve into needs assessments in research data management. Our presenter, Tina Griffin, Assistant Professor and the library liaison to the College of Pharmacy and also the basic science departments of the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will summarize the current state of published literature, in aggregate, regarding research data services needs assessments. Participants will come away with an understanding of what is currently known of RDM needs and where the gaps in research are relative to institution type, disciplines supported, and demographics.

Register on NNLM’s Webpage.

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PubMed Labs Update

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-04-01 16:25

The National Library of Medicine continues to develop features on the PubMed Labs platform, and this new version of PubMed will eventually replace the current PubMed. Visit An Updated PubMed Is on Its Way for more information.

Advanced Search, including the Advanced Search Builder and History with search details, is now available in PubMed Labs. The tools that are included with Advanced Search help users to:

  • search for terms in a specific field
  • combine searches and build large, complex search strings
  • see how each query was translated by PubMed
  • compare number of results for different queries

screenshot of the pubmed labs homepage

Additional functionality, such as the ability to save a search to My NCBI, will be added to the Advanced Search page in future updates. Please note, the layout and appearance of Advanced Search and other pages in PubMed Labs may change as updates and new features are introduced.

Advanced Search Builder

In Advanced Search, users can construct searches using the builder tools under “Add terms to the query box,” as well as create and edit search strings directly in the “Query box.”

  • All Fields: Use the pull-down menu to limit a search term to a specific field.
  • Enter a search term: Terms entered here are added to the Query box, tagged with fields from the All Fields menu, and use the selected Boolean operator.
  • Boolean operators: Add search term to the Query box using the selected Boolean operator. The default operator is AND; if desired, choose OR or NOT from the pull-down menu. Selecting an operator will cause it to become the new default.
  • Show Index: Show Index displays an alphabetical list of terms and number of citations in PubMed for each term. Browse the index for all fields or within a specific field selected from the All Fields menu.
  • Query box: Combine search terms manually or use the Advanced Search Builder tools above to add terms to the Query box.
  • Search / Add to History button: Once a search string is created in the Query box, use Search to run the search and see results in PubMed Labs. Alternately, use the pull-down menu to switch the button to “Add to History;” this will add the search string from the Query box to History without leaving the Advanced Search page.

History with Search Details

  • Search column: Searches are numbered in chronological order. Search numbers may be used in place of the search string itself when combining queries (e.g., #1 OR #2). A repeated query will move to the top of History but will retain its original numbering. History is limited to the last 100 searches.
  • Actions: Add, delete, or save a query. Adding queries from History places the search string into the Query box to be used in the next search. Deleting a query removes it from History. “Save” functionality will be added to Actions in a future update.
  • Query: This column shows previous search strings as entered by the user.
  • Search details: PubMed may modify or add search terms to a search to optimize retrieval, e.g., using Automatic Term Mapping. Click the down arrow next to a query to expand search details and see how the search was translated.
  • Results: The total number of citations retrieved for that query. Click the number to see the search results in PubMed Labs.
  • Time: Timestamp of when the search was conducted.
  • Download: Click Download to generate a CSV file of current History items.
  • Delete: Click “Delete” to remove all queries from History; otherwise, History expires after eight hours of inactivity.

PubMed Labs is not yet connected to My NCBI. Therefore, items such as search results and History in PubMed Labs cannot currently be saved to a My NCBI account. This functionality will be added in future updates; in the meantime, use Save and Email Citations to save citations from PubMed Labs. For additional information, visit New Features in PubMed Labs: Email and Save Citations, Find Associated Data, and More

PubMed Labs is under active development, and new features will be introduced on a regular basis as the system is enhanced. The absence of a PubMed tool in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination. To submit comments, questions, or concerns use the “Feedback” button available on every page of PubMed Labs.

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It’s National Public Health Week!

MAR News - Mon, 2019-04-01 14:31

NPHW logo

National Public Health Week (NPHW) begins today! Lead by the American Public Health Association (APHA), every year for the first week of April communities and organizations dedicated to improving the public health across the United states come together to spread awareness and highlight important health-related topics. Each day of NPHW focuses on a particular theme related to health.

A major goal of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to improve public health via access to information, enabling individuals to make informed decisions about their health and healthcare. We are excited to share NPHW resources with our members and colleagues in the hope that you will spread awareness in your institutions and engage your communities in these important health discussions! Below you will find information about each of the NPHW daily themes and upcoming events, including applicable resources and tools from APHA, as well as quality sources of health information from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and other trusted institutions that can be easily incorporated into health programming and projects. Additionally, we are pleased to highlight projects funded by NNLM that may provide inspiration for your own activities.

If your organization is sponsoring an event, or getting out in the community for NPHW 2019, Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

NPHW Events

Looking for a NPHW event near you? You can see the entire list of registered activities on the NPHW Events page. Many of these are free and open to the public, or free with registration.

NPHW Twitter Chat – April 3, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – RSVP and follow @NPHW and use #NPHWchat on Twitter to chat about all things public health, celebrate everything public health has accomplished and talk about where the movement is going. Learn more about this year’s theme — “For science. For action. For health,” — and how you can be a part of NPHW.

NPHW Student Day: You’re Graduating. Now What? – April 4, 6:00-7:30 PM ET – This event will feature early- and mid-career public health professionals discussing how they made the jump from public health students to public health workers. From finding internships to building a resume and working your way up in an organization, public health students will get real, useful information on what to do once they have their diploma. Join the live webcast to submit questions and participate in the discussion!

NPHW Themes and Suggested Resources

The 2019 National Public Health Week theme is “For science. For action. For health,” and each daily topic is addressed with a clear focus on the importance of improving public health in these three contexts. Some quick facts from the Healthiest Nation Facts Sheets can easily demonstrate the need for public health awareness:

  • Thirty-five million homes in America have at least one health or safety hazard.
  • More than 54 million people in the U.S. live in low-income urban and rural areas that are far enough away from a grocery store that the area is designated as having “low access” to healthy food.
  • Every day in the U.S., 93 people die and 222 are injured due to gun violence. Seven American children and teens die every day due to gun-related violence and suicide.
  • More than 30 percent of direct medical costs faced by black, Hispanic and Asian Americans can be tied to health inequities; that translates to more than $230 billion over a four-year period.

In addition to the NPHW communications toolkit and shareable graphics for social media, check out our suggestions for quality information resources that you can incorporate into your NPHW activities, and continued health programming throughout the year.

Monday – Healthy Communities

Suggested Resource: PHPartners – The NLM resource PHPartners offers trustworthy resources for the public health workforce. If you’re interested in searching for journal articles to support the Healthy People 2020 objectives, try using PHPartners preformulated PubMed searches. These can help you more quickly find the evidence for a healthy community

TuesdayViolence Prevention

Suggested Resource: MedlinePlus – Are you interested in educating the public about domestic violence? The National Library of Medicine’s consumer health database, MedlinePlus has topic pages on Domestic Violence and Teen Violence. These topic pages can help your community navigate to trusted materials about domestic violence support and prevention.

WednesdayRural Health

Suggested Resources: MedlinePlus and Clinical eCompanion – To find more information about rural health issues, visit the MedlinePlus topic page, Rural Health Concerns. This will link you to trusted resources about the unique health issues faced by rural communities. If you’re a healthcare provider practicing in a rural area, you may be interested in Clinical eCompanion. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region funded the creation of this information tool, developed for health professionals who do not have access to subscription databases.

ThursdayTechnology and Public Health

Suggested Resources: Community Health Maps (CHM) and NICHSR ONESearchCommunity Health Maps is designed to facilitate the use of GIS mapping by those who understand the potential of mapping for public health but think they can’t afford it, are overwhelmed by the technology and/or are simply too busy to pursue it. This is a collaborative effort of the National Library of Medicine, the Center for Public Service Communications, and Bird’s Eye View. If you want to learn more, Community Health Maps has a self-paced online tutorial available.

ONESearch is another technology resource available from the National Library of Medicine. Created by the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology (NICHSR), ONEsearch is a search engine that allows a user to search NICHSR’s databases and web portals with one search strategy. ONESearch allows you to search HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress), HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources), HSRIC (Health Services Research Information Central) and PHPartners (Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce) with one search.

FridayClimate Change

Suggested Resources: MedlinePlus and Tox Town – If you’re interested in consumer level, non-technical information about chemicals and the environment, the ToxTown page on Climate Change is a good resource. ToxTown also provides information about where someone may be exposed to chemicals in their environment and how they can protect themselves and their families. MedlinePlus also provides trusted information for the public about Climate Change and Environmental Health.

Saturday and SundayGlobal Health

Suggested Resources: CDC Global Health Portal and WHO Global Health Observatory – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global Health Portal addresses a wide variety of global health topics including travelers’ health, global health security, immunization, and food and water safety. Check out the Resources section for fact sheets, infographics, videos and other easy-to-use, shareable content.

The World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory shows global data related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Global Health Observatory theme pages provide data and analyses on global health priorities. Each theme page provides information on global situation and trends highlights, using core indicators, database views, major publications and links to relevant web pages on the theme.

Funded Projects

Looking for inspiration in developing your own health programs and activities? Check out some of NNLM MAR’s past funded projects to learn what other libraries and public health organizations are doing to engage their communities and improve public health.

Connections4Health: Improving Patient Health through Addressing Social Determinants of Health – Connections4Health is a Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program designed to partner with community health centers and community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons, such as food security, housing and employment. For more information about this project, watch the recording from NNLM MAR’s August 2018 Boost Box, which featured guest speaker Mike Bowersox, Program Director for Connections4Health.

Nutritious, Quick, and FlavorFULL Cooking – This interactive program introduced adults to healthy cooking techniques and free online health information resources. Learn more about this project from our March 2018 Member Highlight of the Laurel Public Library.

Health Information Outreach in Shale Gas Communities – The goal of this project was to enhance resilience, decrease community-level stress and to improve mental and physical health throughout counties in Southwest Pennsylvania experiencing unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD) by using community-tailored selections of existing Environmental Health Project health resources along with quality resources from the National Library of Medicine.

Health Information and Emergency Preparedness Trainings in Libraries of Vulnerable Neighborhoods – This pilot training program contributed to community resilience-building efforts in Philadelphia to counteract the effects of weather-related emergencies including extreme heat events, hurricanes and flooding. Training offered through the pilot included an introduction to online health preparedness resources, a preparedness kit demonstration, and an assessment of community training needs and interests at local libraries.

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Focused Outreach in Quiet Corner, CT

NER News - Mon, 2019-04-01 13:59

 

In each year of our five-year cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine, the New England region provides a special kind of outreach, called “Focused Outreach” to specified, medically-underserved areas in New England.  Bangor, Maine was identified as this year’s urban, focused outreach area and Quiet Corner, Connecticut was identified as the rural, focused outreach area. The purpose of the focused outreach is to identify and become acquainted with new community, health-related organizations and to address the health information needs these organizations identify as most important in their community.

The Education and Outreach Coordinators use a semi-structured interviewing method to conduct key informant interviews with the organizations they would like to glean information from. The interview questions are related to how community members get their health information and what are the most pressing health issues in their community. The next step is to implement a tailored approach to address the needs identified using the framework of the NNLM NER and its resources. Together the NER and those who participated in the interviews create a plan that often involves community “train the trainer” outreach education and projects, directed to health care and public health professionals, librarians,  and consumers.

My colleague Sarah Levin-Lederer and I have recently been involved in a successful focused outreach project in Quiet Corner, Connecticut.  Quiet Corner is also known as Northeastern Connecticut and it encompasses Windham County, eastern sections of Tolland County, and the Northern portion of New London County. Quiet Corner is more rural than southern or central Connecticut.

Map of Connecticut showing the Northeastern Connecticut. The region in blue and the Windham region in yellow. Both regions make up “Quiet Corner.”

July through August of 2018 Sarah and I conducted 12 key informant interviews. The needs the interviewees conveyed related to lack of resources for effectively treating those with mental health and substance use disorder challenges. Another need identified was the lack of reliable transportation for patients to get to health and dental appointments. Lastly, food insecurity and lack of resources to educate the community about best practices for healthy eating were identified.

With the help of the interviewers Sarah and I implemented 2 community events to address the needs identified. Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) graciously hosted both of these community events. On February 22nd we held a Resource Sharing Day for those supporting patrons, clients, patients and students. In the morning, Gerry Thorington, LISW, from the State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services presented strategies for providing the best possible service to a challenging population often suffering from mental health or substance use disorder health issues. We learned dialogue and participated in hands-on practice for active and reflective listening, validating emotions and achieving a win/win situation for all parties involved. Next, Sarah and I presented a brief overview of NLM’s consumer health website MedlinePlus as well as an introduction to the NLM and the NNLM. In the afternoon, each organization participating in Resource Sharing Day provided an overview of their services the resources they offer to the community. This exercise was eye-opening as many participants learned about resources they could draw on from their colleagues right in their own community.

The second event, Strategies to Alleviate Food Insecurity: Nutrition and Food Education from Cooking Matters, Connecticut https://www.cookingmattersct.org/ was held on 3.29.19. Cooking Matters is a national program that works to ensure low income families have access to nutrition education, smart grocery shopping strategies along with hands-on food preparation techniques and recipes to eat healthy on a limited budget. Seventeen participants participated in this event learning about the MyPlate model for healthy eating, reading nutrition labels, and how to calculate the amount of sugar and fat are in our food based on the information provided on the nutrition label. We also put on our aprons and made our own lunch using some of the quick, nutritious and economical, chef-developed recipes Cooking Matters provides. We worked in groups preparing our lunch of Hummus, Fall Vegetable Salad, Yogurt Parfaits and Fruit Sodas. We all learned a lot about nutrition and enjoyed this “hands-on” opportunity to prepare some healthy and delicious food provided by this event.

If you are interested in making some of the Cooking Matters recipes, download the free Cooking Matters app for both IOS and Android devices.

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April 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-04-01 12:54

Illustration of different ways to access health careCheck out the April 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:

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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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-03-29 11:58

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

Spotlight

2019-2020 Funding Applications Due: The deadline to submit an application for current funding opportunities is coming up on Friday, April 5. NNLM MAR Members can request up to $50,000 in support of health information outreach projects. If you have questions, check out our Funding FAQs and application checklist for answers.

Connect with MAR at an Upcoming Conference: Check out our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops to learn where you can meet and greet with MAR staff! If you would like to schedule a few minutes to speak with us about your projects or opportunities for partnership, please contact us.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

HSLANJ Spring 2019 Offer – Medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic, Southeastern/Atlantic and New England Regions are welcome to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiave. The deadline to participate in the Spring offer is Friday, May 3.

NNLM Reading Club feedback: contribute to our upcoming picks for the NNLM Reading Club by sharing your favorite fiction, nonfiction, memoir, graphic novel, or young adult health-themed books that will make for a lively book discussion! The NNLM Reading Club is a “ready-to-use” book kit with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support the health information needs of their communities.

In-person training opportunity: Join Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol for a half or full day of free programming on April 18 at the Rochester Regional Library Council Training Center. Michael will be offering two NNLM classes, “Activate, Collaborate and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community,” and, “Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library.” Registration is required. Participants are eligible for a total of 4 MLA CE.

NLM Announces LinkOut Services Consolidation at the End of 2019! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Women’s History Month – The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the “Yellow Wallpaper” – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

New on YouTube: Transgender Health: Research and Resources, January 29, 2019

NLM/NIH News

AI is coming. Are the data ready? – In the health care field alone, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can determine the presence or absence of abnormalities in clinical images, predict which patients are at risk for rare disorders, and detect irregular heartbeats. To make all that happen requires data, massive amounts of data. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

A Network of Number Doctors: Biostatistics at the NIH – Viral Networks, Reconnected reunites three scholars who participated in the January 2018 Viral Networks workshop at NLM to share the progress of their research and their thoughts about the future of the digital humanities and the history of medicine. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Scientists One, Superbug Zero: Personal Quest Resurrects Phage Therapy in Infection Fight – “If it wasn’t for PubMed, our university hospital at UC San Diego, and a global village of researchers from around the world—like Dr. Chip Schooley and other renowned NIH-funded researchers—he would be dead, and I would be holding an urn instead of his hand.” – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

GeneEd to retire on March 31, 2019: Selected content has been integrated into Genetics Home Reference (GHR) to create a single access point at the National Library of Medicine for consumer level genetics information. The determination of what content to add to GHR was based on a survey of GeneEd users and on an analysis of usage metrics. Find the selected GeneEd materials in the “Classroom” section. If you have any questions, please contact NLM customer support.

National Minority Health Month is just around the corner, and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is inviting everyone to get Active & Healthy for #NMHM19! Check out the NMHM toolkit for resources you can share, including materials for social media, fact sheets, and an activity planner. Sign up for the Active & Healthy Challenge to promote physical activity in your community – gather a team of friends, family or colleagues and track your physical activity during the month of April for a chance at bragging rights and special recognition from OMH!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH – April 2, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this class with GMR to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This session will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search in PubMed. Participants will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Summer Library Programming and Library Moon Walk – April 2, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – NNLM has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! A Universe of Stories is coming to public libraries this summer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Join MAR for this webinar that will explore the NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual, and feature librarians from the Library Moon Walk, a MAR-funded project to get patrons moving, dancing, and learning about health and wellness in New York.

Music and Movement at the Library! An Interactive Music Based Program for Infants and Toddlers – April 3, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In 2016, the Mt. Zion District Library (IL) realized that the community was lacking in activities and programs for children under 2 years old. This exciting program that they created allows children to participate in singing interactive songs, investigate instruments such as drums, xylophones, and maracas as well as learn sign language, and more. Not only is this a super fun program, but it’s also educational and full of great benefits! Join this webinar with GMR to learn how to implement a similar program at your library; no background in music is required!

Health Literacy: Its Importance to You – April 8, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Are you curious as to why health literacy is important to you or anyone in the healthcare field? This introductory hands-on class with MAR will help you understand why this is an issue in healthcare. We will define health literacy today, identify various types of literacy, explore the impact health literacy plays in patient care and discuss how health literacy will affect healthcare in the future.

The Highs and Lows of Medical Cannabis, Opioids and Non-Opioid Pain Management – April 8, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This Kernel of Knowledge webinar, sponsored by GMR, will provide perspectives of medical cannabis, opioids and non-opioid pain management by an early adopter physician in Illinois, Leslie Mendoza Temple MD, ABOIM. This session will help participants become familiar with the basics of endocannabinoid physiology, therapeutic applications and risks, the potential impact of medical cannabis on opioid prescriptions and spending, clinical experience on pain management, and trusted resources from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health related to medical cannabis and opioid misuse.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping – April 9, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this class with SCR to learn about how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM allows you to effectively search PubMed with keywords. This session will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details, and explore how to search for phrases in PubMed.

Predatory Publishing Practices – What Librarians Need to Know – April 10, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – The current academic discussion surrounding predatory publishing and practices is growing. More and more often, librarians find themselves in the role of facilitating decisions about whether a journal is reputable and where to publish. As publishing has become more complex, so have the questions that librarians need to field. Join this webinar with SCR to learn about predatory publishing in the context of the changing publishing industry, understand why scholars might publish in disreputable journals, discover the impacts on science and health, and gain tools to make informed decisions.

There’s an App for That! Tips to Evaluate Consumer Apps for Health – April 17,1:00-2:00 PM ET – Mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of health and wellness applications? By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help their users make informed decisions about the apps they choose to download. This webinar with SEA focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provides information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.

Tips and Tricks for Learning Data Visualization – April 17, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Data visualization in the health sciences can help reveal insights and trends that might otherwise go unnoticed. A clear visualization can convey more information than an endless spreadsheet. However, learning new tools can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time tackling a subject. Data visualization tools, in particular, can have high learning curves and it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the resources and tutorials available. This PNR Rendezvous session will discuss tips and tricks for learning data visualization, with a focusing on two tools, Tableau and ArcGIS.

Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources – April 23, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the first online offering of this course and get ready to spend this summer celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with your community and network partners! Instructor Debbie Montenegro, NNLM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator and recently recognized NASA Solar System Ambassador, will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you get your summer programming together. Get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

*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

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With Increased Funding, AHRQ To Explore Scope and Causes of Diagnostic Errors – AHRQ Views

National Public Health Week: The American Public Health Association (APHA) recognizes April 1-7 as National Public Health Week (NPHW). Visit the APHA website for resources, events, and to download the NPHW Toolkit, designed to help partners and stakeholders effectively shape and promote activities and key messages during the week.

Special Emphasis Notice: In Health Services Research Priorities for Achieving a High Value Healthcare System AHRQ encourages research applications to respond to the following specific areas: Patients as empowered consumers, including the use of price and quality information by patients to make informed decisions; Providers as accountable patient navigators, including shared decision-making and patient engagement; Payment for outcomes; Prevention of disease, including addressing social determinants of health.

Join the Megathon Challenge to Help Accelerate Alzheimer’s Research – April 13th is Citizen Science Day, aimed at involving everyday folks in carrying out real-world scientific research. Public libraries and their communities will have the opportunity to participate in the Megathon Challenge from 1:30 to 3:30 PM ET to help speed up Alzheimer’s research by playing an online game called Stall Catchers. Your efforts will help answer important questions about a drug that could be used in Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Enlisting the aid of citizen scientists who play the game could save researchers a year in sifting through data for the project.

Serving Patrons with Disabilities in Your Library or Clinic – April 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn how to create welcoming environments for and communicate clearly with people with disabilities in academic and hospital settings. Through a hands-on activity, discussion, live quizzes, and information on resources that address the health information needs of people with disabilities, you will be better able to assist patrons with disabilities and the clinicians who treat them. You will leave with ideas for immediate improvements to your website and quick fixes to your library space, guidelines for clearly and confidently communicating with people with disabilities, and knowledge and skills for making plans for larger improvements. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Create an obesity prevention game for the chance to win! Join the Office on Women’s Health in helping women and girls live healthier lives with Shape of Health: An Obesity Prevention Game. Research shows that video games can help improve health, so we’re challenging organizations and individuals to create a web- or mobile-based game focused on obesity prevention or weight control. Submit your concept by March 31 for the chance to win up to $77,000 in prize money!

Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities – The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to conduct innovative research supporting the development of a product, tool, technology, process or service for commercialization with the aim of eliminating disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minority populations or improving health in racial/ethnic minority populations. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 29, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-03-29 10:31

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 Opportunity

Webinars April 2 – April 3

Webinars April 8 – April 9

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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Announcing the NNLM Spring 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on May 6!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2019-03-28 14:35

When was the last time you used Wikipedia? With more than 7 billion views a year on over 155,000 health topic pages, Wikipedia may be the most popular online health information resource. Acknowledging that Wikipedia is a highly trafficked source for health related topics, it is vital to improve the content and citations provided in health and medicine articles to ensure that health professionals, patients, and other library users have access to high-quality, reliable information.

Building on the success of two past events, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is continuing its efforts to improve consumer health information on Wikipedia with its third Edit-a-Thon event on May 6, 2019. Using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Genetics Home Reference, we will be working to add citations to existing Wikipedia articles related to health equity. New to editing Wikipedia? Get ready for the event by watching this one-hour previous training hosted by Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. In this introductory session, Dr. Heilman provides an overview of the importance of Wikipedia and demonstrates how to add a citation to existing articles.

New for this Edit-a-Thon is an in-person editing session held at the Medical Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Led by Aimee Gogan, Alicia Lillich, and Elaina Vitale, the immersion session will describe the importance of Wikipedia as a resource for health information and how librarians can utilize their research skills to make Wikipedia a better evidence-based resource. Not only will attendees participate in live editing of health equity articles, they will become part of a community of Wikipedians dedicated to improving health information. If you will be attending MLA, please join us on Monday, May 6, from 2:00 PM – 3:25 PM for this lively and engaging session!

Whether you attend the immersion session at MLA or host an event at your organization, we look forward to working with you on May 6 to improve health equity information on Wikipedia. Check out nnlm.gov/wiki to learn more about the event and make sure to follow along on Twitter throughout the day with the hashtag #citeNLM to ask questions, post photos, and share your Wikipedia experience. See you on May 6!

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Announcing the NNLM Spring 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon!

SEA News - Thu, 2019-03-28 13:51

When was the last time you used Wikipedia? With more than 7 billion views a year on over 155,000 health topic pages, Wikipedia may be the most popular online health information resource. Acknowledging that Wikipedia is a highly trafficked source for health related topics, it is then vital that we strive to improve the content and citations provided in health and medicine articles to ensure that our health professionals, patients, and patrons have access to high-quality, reliable information.

Building on the success of two past events, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is continuing its efforts to improve consumer health information on Wikipedia with its third Edit-a-Thon on May 6, 2019. Using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Genetics Home Reference, we will be working to add citations to existing Wikipedia articles related to health equity. New to editing Wikipedia? Get ready for the event by watching our past training hosted by Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. In this introductory session, Dr. Heilman provides an overview of the importance of Wikipedia and demonstrates how to add a citation to existing articles.

New for this Edit-a-Thon is an in-person editing session held at the Medical Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Led by Aimee Gogan, Alicia Lillich, and Elaina Vitale, the immersion session will describe the importance of Wikipedia as a resource for health information and how librarians can utilize their research skills to make Wikipedia a better evidence-based resource. Not only will attendees participate in live editing of health equity articles, they will become part of a community of Wikipedians dedicated to improving health information. If you will be attending MLA, please join us on Monday, May 6 from 2:00 PM – 3:25 PM for this lively and engaging session!

Whether you attend the immersion session at MLA or host an event at your organization, we look forward to working with you on May 6 to improve health equity information on Wikipedia. Check out nnlm.gov/wiki to learn more about the event and make sure to follow along on Twitter throughout the day with the hashtag #citeNLM to ask questions, post photos, and share your Wikipedia experience. See you on May 6!

Categories: RML Blogs

Announcing the NNLM Spring 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon!

GMR News - Thu, 2019-03-28 13:47

When was the last time you used Wikipedia? With more than 7 billion views a year on over 155,000 health topic pages, Wikipedia may be the most popular online health information resource. Acknowledging that Wikipedia is a highly trafficked source for health related topics, it is then vital that we strive to improve the content and citations provided in health and medicine articles to ensure that our health professionals, patients, and patrons have access to high-quality, reliable information.

Building on the success of two past events, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is continuing its efforts to improve consumer health information on Wikipedia with its third Edit-a-Thon on May 6, 2019. Using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Genetics Home Reference, we will be working to add citations to existing Wikipedia articles related to health equity. New to editing Wikipedia? Get ready for the event by watching our past training hosted by Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. In this introductory session, Dr. Heilman provides an overview of the importance of Wikipedia and demonstrates how to add a citation to existing articles.

New for this Edit-a-Thon is an in-person editing session held at the Medical Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Led by Aimee Gogan, Alicia Lillich, and Elaina Vitale, the immersion session will describe the importance of Wikipedia as a resource for health information and how librarians can utilize their research skills to make Wikipedia a better evidence-based resource. Not only will attendees participate in live editing of health equity articles, they will become part of a community of Wikipedians dedicated to improving health information. If you will be attending MLA, please join us on Monday, May 6 from 2:00 PM – 3:25 PM for this lively and engaging session!

Whether you attend the immersion session at MLA or host an event at your organization, we look forward to working with you on May 6 to improve health equity information on Wikipedia. Check out nnlm.gov/wiki to learn more about the event and make sure to follow along on Twitter throughout the day with the hashtag #citeNLM to ask questions, post photos, and share your Wikipedia experience. See you on May 6!

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