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Sign Up to the Host the All of Us Journey Exhibition in 2020

MCR All of Us - Wed, 2019-10-09 17:19

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine invites public libraries and community organizations to host the All of Us Journey during its visit in the MidContinental Region. The Journey is a hands-on experience to engage and build awareness about the All of Us Research Program.

The All of Us Research Program aims to sign up a million or more participants to share their health data in the interest of expanding biomedical research. The nationwide effort is designed to accelerate research and improve health by considering each individual’s lifestyle, surrounding environment and biology that can impact their health differently than others.

The Journey can make visits to events and venues within 2-3 hours of the area at each stop. The two Journey units are scheduled to stop in the following areas:

Education and Awareness Exhibit

  • Casper, WY

July 5th-11th

  • Cheyenne, WY

July 12th-18th

  • Denver, CO

July 19th– 25th

  • Aurora, CO

July 26th– August 1st

  • Wichita, KS

August 2nd– 8th

  • Park City, KS

August 9th-15th

Education, Awareness and Enrollment Center

  • Louis, MO

August 23rd – 31st

If you or an organization you know is interested in hosting the Journey or you know of any events where the Journey could participate, please contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu or (801) 581-5242.

 

 

 

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Explore Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

SEA All of Us - Mon, 2019-10-07 09:56

Because it can be challenging to find a compatible health provider, choose health insurance coverage, or understand medical terms, organizations have been observing October as Health Literacy Month since 1999. It is a time to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. But you don’t have to wait until October. Any time is a good time to become a more informed health consumer.

When it comes to your health, you are your own best advocate. The NNLM Reading Club has selected three books to help you become more knowledgeable and informed.

  • An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • How to be a Patient by Sana Goldberg, RN
  • Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health by Sandro Galea

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding health  information resources, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Health Information.

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Explore Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

MAR All of Us - Wed, 2019-10-02 17:29

Because it can be challenging to find a compatible health provider, choose health insurance coverage, or understand medical terms, organizations have been observing October as Health Literacy Month since 1999. It is a time to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. But you don’t have to wait until October! Any time is a good time to become a more informed health consumer.

When it comes to your health, you are your own best advocate. The NNLM Reading Club has selected three books to help you become more knowledgeable and informed.

  • An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • How to be a Patient by Sana Goldberg, RN
  • Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health by Sandro Galea

three book club selections for health literacy

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding health information resources, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network’s Book Selections and Health Resources: Health Information guide.

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Explore Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

PNR All of Us - Mon, 2019-09-30 21:00

Because it can be challenging to find a compatible health provider, choose health insurance coverage, or understand medical terms, organizations have been observing October as Health Literacy Month since 1999. It is a time to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. But you do not have to wait until October. Any time is a good time to become a more informed health consumer.

When it comes to your health, you are your own best advocate. The NNLM Reading Club has selected three books to help you become more knowledgeable and informed:

  • Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health by Sandro Galea
  • An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • How to be a Patient by Sana Goldberg, RN

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding health  information resources, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Health Information.

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All of Us Research Program Seeks Public Input to Inform Tribal Collaborations

MCR All of Us - Wed, 2019-09-25 13:47

The All of Us Research Program is working with American Indian and Alaska Native tribal nations to ensure that all issues and concerns related to research among American Indians and Alaska Natives are understood.

The program has issued a Request for Information to collect additional input from the consultation and engagement with tribal nations. Individuals and organizations interested in commenting on the issue should submit their responses by Oct. 31.

All of Us aims to build a participant community that reflects the country’s rich diversity, including American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) and other groups that have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research. The program recognizes the importance of collaborations with tribal nations to facilitate the inclusion of AI/AN populations. Accordingly, in spring 2019, the first step in establishing a meaningful partnership with the AI/AN population, All of Us initiated a government-to-government consultation with tribal nations to better understand leaders’ views and concerns about the program.

Through this RFI, the program seeks further input on the issues raised during the consultation, which include, among others:

  • The importance of proper handling of AI/AN biospecimens in accordance with Tribal beliefs and traditions;
  • Challenges with handling data from self-identified AI/AN individuals
  • Educating the research community on avoidance of stigmatizing research

Responses to the RFI will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2019, and must be submitted via email to AoUTribal@nih.gov. For full details, please view the RFI.

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IUPUI Library Recipient of All of Us Ambassador Award

GMR All of Us - Fri, 2019-09-13 16:58

The IUPUI University Library is one of five award recipients of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and to advance treatment and prevention. Learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program partnership at https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us.

IUPUI University Library will receive $96,184 to support the consumer health needs of Indianapolis residents, which will be used to empower citizens to make more informed health decisions and to be more involved in their individual medical care. It also will highlight the importance of consuming quality, nutritious food and give Indianapolis residents tools to grow their own produce in safe, uncontaminated soil, and teach them how to use diet to control common health problems such as high cholesterol. “This award will help us address the major problem of food deserts and food swamps in Indianapolis, which contribute to poor health outcomes for many of our local communities. By contributing some solutions to food insecurity, we also hope to empower citizens with health information to create positive changes in their daily lives,” says Caitlin Pike, the principal investigator, and a health sciences librarian at IUPUI.

The grant will serve as a vital link between the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL), community organizations, and individuals from across Marion County. Over the next year, Caitlin Pike, Mahasin Martinson, and Rachel Hinrichs will plan and host a series of health education programs for the public at three IndyPL branches. In partnership with community non-profit organizations, they also will conduct public programming around nutrition education and avoiding heavy metal contamination while urban gardening at the Southport Branch, the Brightwood Branch, and the Eagle Branch.

The three branch libraries were chosen for monthly programming due to their locations in traditionally marginalized Indianapolis communities, and they include a series of presentations on nutrition-related health topics that are relevant to the branch populations, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and maternal and child health.

IUPUI and the IUPUI University Library have a long-standing commitment to community engagement and outreach. This award allows for continued investment in those relationships and the betterment of the Indianapolis community.

About IUPUI University Library

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IUPUI University Library

The University Library is central to the mission of IUPUI, one of the best urban universities, recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for its achievements. The University Library is a public academic library. Any state resident with a valid I.D. is eligible for a library card. With one million patron visits a year, plus staff and resources that support all of IUPUI’s more than 250 degree programs, the IUPUI

University Library is a vital partner for the campus and the community. The library’s resources include signature collections like the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, the Ruth Lilly Special Collections & Archives, and the Herron Art Library, plus over 80 digital collections. These unique online repositories contain digital images of historic documents and objects and were created with the help of collaborative partners

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Greater Midwest Region & The University of Iowa Partner Host the All of Us Journey

GMR All of Us - Fri, 2019-09-13 11:37

The GMR office was thrilled to host the All of Us Journey for 3 days last week in partnership with the University of Iowa. The Journey made a stop at the UI Health Sciences Campus, the Main Library, and the Iowa Children’s Museum from September 5-7. It was exciting to engage with a large and varied audience to bring awareness of the All of Us program.

Thanks to all of our partners listed below!

  • Campus Recreation & Wellness Center
  • Department of Biology
  • Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
  • Iowa Children’s Museum
  • Iowa Institute of Human Genetics
  • Lichtenberger Engineering Library
  • University of Iowa Libraries

Visitors at the Iowa Children’s Museum location had the opportunity to make their own health button.

The Iowa Children’s Museum provide story hour where participants received a free copy of the book.

All of Us Journey’s stop at the UI Health Sciences Campus.

Testing out the virtual reality technology provided by the UI Engineering Library.

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Wayne State University Receives NNLM All of Us Ambassador Award

GMR All of Us - Thu, 2019-09-12 15:59

The Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has announced the Wayne State University Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and to advance treatment and prevention.

LaVentra E. Danquah

LaVentra E. Danquah, Librarian IV – Principal Investigator/Project Director, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University

The Wayne State University Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library will receive up to $100,000 to create a community of health information advocates throughout Detroit. “Rooted in health literacy, health citizenship, and patient advocacy, health information advocates use information strategically to advance their health towards an intended goal,” notes LaVentra E. Danquah, librarian and principal investigator for the grant awarded to Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library. Soon, LaVentra will work with new and long-term partners to offer Detroiters various educational offerings while building awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program, a precision medicine initiative. A portion of the award will fund a part-time project assistant who will help develop training and informational sessions for the Detroit Public Library, Michigan’s largest public library system. The grant will enable Shiffman Medical Library and its partners to continue to enrich the lives of the community with access to key health information deemed important by the community.

Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library has served the health information needs of metro Detroiters for well over 20-years including ten years as a Partner Outreach Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NNLM GMR). Working with a dedicated and exemplary Library Outreach Advisory Council, Shiffman Medical Library has a reputation of offering content-rich programs on local health issues featuring leading health and medical experts. “Shiffman library is extremely excited by this opportunity to collaborate with the NNLM in bringing unique educational programming to southeast Michigan. The All of Us grant will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of developing informed health citizens in our diverse communities,” states Sandra I. Martin, Library Director, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library.

Learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program partnership at https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us.

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Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club

MAR All of Us - Tue, 2019-09-03 11:23

 

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network has announced three book selections in support of Healthy Aging.

  • Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
  • Elderhood by Louise Aronson
  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

three book covers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by 2030. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 persons will be a senior. How can you successfully navigate the advancing years? Practice healthy aging:

  • Be physically active
  • Make smart food choices
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Participate in activities you enjoy

During September – or any month – help get the conversation started in support of healthy aging. Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books, download the discussion guide, and share health information and programming, or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club

PNR All of Us - Fri, 2019-08-30 12:38

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of Healthy Aging.

Book Covers for Women Rowing North, Elderhood and The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old

 

Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher

Elderhood by Louise Aronson

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by 2030. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 persons will be a senior. How can you successfully navigate the advancing years? Practice healthy aging:

  • Be physically active
  • Make smart food choices
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Participate in activities you enjoy

During September – or any month – help get the conversation started in support of healthy aging. Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books, download the discussion guide, and share health information and programming … or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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NIH All of Us Research Program Plans Genome Sequencing and Genetic Counseling for Participants

PSR Latitudes All of Us - Wed, 2019-08-21 18:03

The NIH All of Us Research Program has awarded $4.6 million in initial funding to Color, a health technology company in Burlingame, CA, to establish the program’s nationwide genetic counseling resource. With the goal of speeding up health research breakthroughs, All of Us plans to sequence the genomes of 1 million participants from diverse communities across the United States. Through this funding, Color’s network of genetic counselors will help participants understand what the genomic testing results mean for their health and their families. As one of the most ambitious research programs in history, the All of Us Research Program aims to create the largest and most diverse health research resource of its kind. Participants from all parts of the country share health information over time through surveys, electronic health records and more. Some participants also are invited to contribute blood and urine samples for analysis. Researchers will be able to use this data to learn more about how biology, behavior, and environment influence health and disease, which may lead to discoveries on how to further individualize health care in the future.

Over time, the program anticipates providing several kinds of information to participants, including: information on ancestry and traits, drug-gene interactions (pharmacogenomics) and genetic findings connected with high risk of certain diseases. Genomic results from All of Us, although produced at a high quality in specially certified labs, should be confirmed by a health care provider before a participant makes any changes to their care. The pharmacogenomic information may help participants work with their health care teams more effectively to make choices about certain prescription drugs. Genetic findings tied to 59 genes associated with risk of specific diseases, like breast cancer or heart disease, for which there are established medical guidelines for treatment or prevention will also be returned to participants. To ensure that the program uses the most current knowledge in the fast-moving field of clinical genetics, All of Us is following guidance from professional organizations such as the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium.

As health-related information is made available, all participants will have access to genetic counseling services from Color. A small percentage of people will have DNA results, such as a variation in the breast cancer gene BRCA1, that may be important for treatment or screening. This information can also be valuable to their immediate family members who may share the same genetic variant. For All of Us, that could amount to tens of thousands of participants out of its eventual 1 million. Color will deliver the results to these participants in genetic counseling sessions, highlighting any important findings they may want to discuss with a health care provider.

Color will offer educational materials and telecounseling in multiple languages, as well as access to in-house licensed clinical pharmacists who can help participants have more effective conversations with their health care providers. Genetic counselors will also be able to help connect participants to health care providers who can address their particular health risks. To help guide its genetic counseling services, Color’s steering committee is led by Amy Sturm, M.S., CGC, LGC, president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. It also includes leadership of the American Board of Genetic Counseling. The steering committee will help ensure that Color delivers top-quality genetic counseling and serves as a platform for training future generations of genetic counselors. Color has built software and digital tools that remove traditional barriers to genetic counseling and clinical genetic testing. It has conducted more than 15,000 genetic counseling sessions to help people across the country understand their DNA information. For an overview of the outputs that Color will provide, watch this 90-second YouTube video featuring Eric Dishman, Director of the NIH All of Us Research Program.

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Project Outcome: An Easy way to Measure the Impact of Library Services

MCR All of Us - Wed, 2019-08-21 17:59

Check out the free Project Outcome toolkit that allows public libraries to collect and share information about how their services impact their community, including in the area of health.

The kit provides patron surveys and easy to use tools to record data that measure the outcome of their services. This allows libraries to better understand how their resources and programs are being used and the impacts on their community, which empowers libraries to determine what they can do to improve.

Project Outcome will focus on addressing the patron’s knowledge, confidence, application, and awareness in the programs and services offered by the library. Service areas covered by standardized surveys include health, civic and community engagement, early childhood literacy, education, and lifelong learning, digital learning and economic development.

To learn more about Project Outcome and start your toolkit today, go to www.projectoutcome.org.

Project Outcome is made possible by the Public Library Association (PLA) in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Association of College of Research Libraries, and Community Attributes Incorporated.  NNLM partnered with PLA on the health survey.

 

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Bringing Healthy Ideas to Life: NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Awards!

PNR All of Us - Mon, 2019-08-19 15:01

 

Do you have a great idea to advance health literacy and advance health equity in your community? Bring your great idea to life by applying for one of the NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Awards! We’re delighted to offer 3 Community Engagement Awards, each up to $100,000. Please note: award applications for any amount up to $100,000 will be considered.

The goals of the Community Outreach Awards are to foster awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program and promote health literacy and health equity through:

  • improving consumer access to quality, evidence-based health information
  • providing programs, education and outreach focused on addressing community health needs
  • addressing digital health literacy skills development
  • increasing the understanding and importance of participation in clinical trials, including the All of Us Research Program

Creative approaches to meeting the health literacy needs through community engagement are encouraged.  Consider focusing on any topics that support the aims of NIH All of Us Research Program, such as how biology, environment or lifestyle influence health.

The period of performance for these awards is: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020. Please note: awarded projects may request an extension through December 2020 to complete activities.

Priority for awards will be given to public libraries, or to organizations with an established public library partner carrying a significant role in the project.

Eligible applicants must be from institutions that are members of the NNLM PNR; if you don’t have a membership, membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information.  To apply for membership, submit an online membership application.  NNLM PNR members who have not previously received NNLM funding or have only received funding once before are encouraged to apply.

Interested in applying? Please note the following deadlines:

  • Letter of Intent providing a brief description of the proposed project, must be submitted no later than Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Please send your Letter of Intent to: nnlm@uw.edu and include Community Engagement Award in the subject line.
  • Submission deadline for your completed application is Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 3:00 Pacific Time (late submissions will not be accepted). Please send your completed application to nnlm@uw.edu and include Community Engagement Award in the subject line.

For more information about this award and for tips on writing your proposal check out our Proposal Writing Toolkit. There you’ll find helpful suggestions for how to include All of Us awareness in your project proposal, guidelines for submitting a letter of intent and step by step tutorials on how to complete your project application.

Questions? Please drop us a line: nnlm@uw.edu. We welcome all questions and input. We look forward to funding your good ideas!

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Sign-up to Host the All of Us Journey Exhibition

MCR All of Us - Mon, 2019-08-12 10:58

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine invites public libraries and community organizations to host the All of Us Journey during its visit in the MidContinental Region. The All of Us Journey is a hands-on experience to engage and build awareness about the All of Us Research Program.

The All of Us Research Program aims to sign up a million or more participants to share their health data in the interest of expanding biomedical research. The nationwide effort is designed to accelerate research and improve health by considering each individual’s lifestyle, surrounding environment and biology that can impact their health differently than others.

The Journey can make visits to events and venues within 2-3 hours of the area at each stop. The two Journey units are scheduled to stop in the following areas:

Education and Awareness Exhibit

  • Omaha, NE

September 1st-7th

  • Omaha, NE

September 8th-14th

  • Kansas City, KS

September 15th-21st

  • Kansas City, KS

September 29th-October 5th

 

Education, Awareness and Enrollment Center

  • Salt Lake City, UT

September 1st-7th

  • Lincoln, NE

September 8th-14th

  • Louis, MO

September 15th-21st

 

If you or an organization you know is interested in hosting the Journey or you know of any events where the Journey could participate, please contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu or (801) 581-5242.

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

MAR All of Us - Wed, 2019-08-07 10:43

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

Collage of National Immunization Awareness Month book covers

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

SEA All of Us - Tue, 2019-08-06 10:35

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

GMR All of Us - Mon, 2019-08-05 14:25

Book cover images of selected August titles

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

PNR All of Us - Mon, 2019-08-05 06:00

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

                             Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez

                             The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

                             On Immunity by Eula Bliss

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

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Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month with new Library Program Kit

MCR All of Us - Fri, 2019-08-02 16:08

Libraries can access a free and ready-to-use program kit in observance of National Immunization Awareness Month. The program kit includes helpful guides, activity plans, promotional materials, and health information resources your library can use to promote awareness on the importance of immunization in your community.

You can access the kit and resources at nnlm.gov or by clicking on the links below.

You can also find electronic bulletin board slides and social media materials for National Immunization Awareness Month on the NNLM website.

The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on national health observances like National Nutrition Month or Air Quality Awareness week. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach. If you would like to be informed on upcoming health observances, go to https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/national-health-observances#toc-3 or sign up for our CEN newsletter for monthly updates.

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Highlights of One-Day Workshop: “Libraries as Partners in Health: an NNLM Seminar on Consumer Health”

PSR Latitudes All of Us - Thu, 2019-07-25 15:51

NNLM PSR recently awarded professional development funds to six public librarians from the Pacific Southwest region to attend a special one-day event called Libraries are Partners in Health: an NNLM Consumer Health Seminar. The event took place on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Md. Attendees from PSR included Marta Brandes-Miesner (San Diego Public Library), Cathy Crosthwaite (Sacramento Public Library),  Guadalupe Gonzales (Anaheim Public Library), Jen Lemberger (Santa Barbara Public Library), Lisa Lewis (Show Low Public Library, Show Low, AZ), and Robin Salthouse (Southeast Regional Library, Gilbert, AZ).

The morning began with an overview of NNLM, its public library initiatives, NNLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program and the NNLM Community Engagement Network. Attendees then met with their regional representatives for a group discussion; the PSR librarians learned more about NNLM resources and services, and each one shared details about their unique programs and their library’s approach to health information services. Just before lunch, attendees took a brief tour of the National Library of Medicine.

The afternoon provided an opportunity for attendees to help develop program-in-a-box outlines based on selected National Health Observances (NHOs). Librarians chose their topic of interest and participated in a fast-paced brainstorming activity; the program ideas that were generated will be developed into actual program kits for use by any interested library.

Nearly 50 librarians attended the event from around the country, and the feedback was very positive. The following recaps from three PSR librarians provide a glimpse of the overall experience and the value received.

Marta Brandes-Miesner from San Diego Public Library provided this summary:

As the Program Development Coordinator for the San Diego Public Library, I develop systemwide programming for a diverse population, of all ages and backgrounds. Having been in this position for only six months, I have mainly focused on existing tween, teen and some elementary level STEM and STEAM collaborations. The partnerships I have been nurturing are those that provide such programs as college Prep-Test courses, computer programming and teen entrepreneurship classes. Thus, when I was approached by NNLM and the All of Us Research Program, I was not quite sure how it tied in with my work. Although the demographic I work with fluctuates between youth and some adult interests, I felt somewhat hard pressed to see a way to combine my work with some of these other initiatives.

However, when I was given the opportunity to attend the Libraries as Partners in Health: an NNLM Seminar on Consumer Health, I welcomed the chance to make more connections. Trusting my instincts that there was much more to this than I was seeing, led me on a path to the NNLM Seminar. I am so glad I received NNLM PSR professional development funding to support my attendance at this opportunity! Between the exposure to possible funding opportunities and grants for libraries, opportunities for both children and adult programming and the vast scope of what is offered within the realm of health literacy, I now have a much better view of the possibilities. Healthy cooking, homeopathy, memory care and outreach, and health literacy for new parents are among the many ideas that I hadn’t thought about incorporating into the arena of health literacy. I have discovered that I may want to program differently for different branches depending upon the health needs of their communities, information that has already been gathered through other resources, i.e. illnesses, conditions or health needs being more prevalent in certain areas of the city. I also feel as though I was made more aware of the fact that NNLM is not expecting us to act as recruiters for the All of Us Research Program and that they are great supporters of literacy and of providing access to health literacy information.

Moving forward, I have a few ideas in mind that I would like to try to tackle. I would like to try to encourage managers who are interested but may be hesitant for various reasons (such as our laborious grant writing policies) to apply for small grants to get more resources for their underserved communities. Secondly, I would like to approach a few branches with large new parent populations to host one of the What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick Story Times. Finally, I would really like to try to start a systemwide citizen science program, where families can check out Citizen Science Kits. I have a few other ideas for this citizen science theme that could tie in with monthly programming and I feel that there are many ways that health literacy and the All of Us Research Program could be a part of this. I am excited to bring these to the table and move forward with these new ideas. I am truly enthusiastic and excited about where these new ideas might take us and about the exciting knowledge and resources that we can bring to our communities!

Lisa Lewis from Show Low Public Library shared these insights:

I was very excited to receive this invitation to attend the Libraries as Partners in Health: an NNLM Seminar on Consumer Health.  I am the library manager for Show Low Public Library in Show Low, AZ, but I am also the President of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. I was looking forward to not only making connections and gaining inspiration for my public library, but also gain information that I could share with the over 1200 rural and small libraries across the country that are members of ARSL. I was not disappointed!

This seminar was full of wonderful, useful, and relevant information that I could take right back to my library and put into action. This is exactly why so many rural and small libraries love ARSL, because the ideas that are shared are extremely doable no matter how small of a library you have.

My brain was going 100 miles an hour as I tried to write down all of the wonderful programs that were being offered at libraries all over and new ideas that kept popping up in my mind as discussions were unfolding. Looking at health literacy in a whole new light and realizing the scope led me to see how libraries can contribute so much to the health and wellness of our communities.

I would love to see more extensive training on this. One day was not enough! I would love to be able to attend a 2- or 3-day workshop that would involve so much more. More networking, more program ideas, more resources, how to navigate the NNLM website which is overflowing with great resources, grant opportunities, presentations, sharing of successful programs, etc., etc., etc.

Thank you for this opportunity. I hope there will be more!!

Robin Salthouse from the Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, Arizona offered these takeaways:

I left my day after the June NNLM Seminar on Consumer Health with a better understanding of the amazing resources we have available to us as public librarians. As an Adult Services Supervisor, I have worked with my staff to strengthen our health literacy skills over the last two years. Seeing the NIH Campus, and working with the Regional NNLM staff during the day brought into focus how this organization works to support and strengthen our understanding of the many services available to us. Our large suburban community in Gilbert, AZ, has a large population under 20 years old, but we still see many other visitors from a variety of cultures, and ages. We especially see a large upsurge in our over-55 population during the winter and into early spring as “snowbirds” enjoy our mild weather. Library staff need to know how to access reliable and valid health information both in and outside the library walls to meet the needs of a varied population.

Learning more about the All of Us Research Program strengthened my understanding of what NIH is trying to achieve by gathering biologic samples from underrepresented populations for biomedical research. The goal to engage with diverse communities, and examine environment and lifestyle to develop precision medicine and improve health literacy is important. I look forward to working with my staff, our community and NNLM to help get the word out about this vital project.

Meeting our counterparts during the regional breakout session was a great way to share ideas and understand the challenges facing our specific communities, and possibly applying their experiences to our own community. I heard how one library is using the NNLM Book Club discussions to make their community feel more comfortable asking for health resources. Our staff has selected a title from the NNLM Book Club, and plans to use the meeting as an opportunity to share the many .gov health resources. I also heard how NNLM funding has provided one of our Arizona rural libraries with the ability to loan cooking equipment like an air fryer so residents can prepare healthier meals.

The NLM tour provided some valuable information about the changes coming to the Exhibitions Connect program where NLM makes, free of charge, banner exhibitions that “explore the intersection of science, medicine, and history.” Our library has been fortunate to have three of these exhibitions in our library. We would like to continue bringing them in to educate our customers on a variety of topics. It is a great way to start a conversation about both library materials as well as online resources. I have already notified our administrator who coordinates hosting the exhibits, to join the Making Exhibition Connections listserv.

The final activity I participated in was designing a consumer health program for Healthy Aging Month. Our group, with several NNLM regional coordinators brainstormed ideas that would appeal to this demographic. Many of us felt that having one or a series of events that addressed end of life issues would serve our older adult customers. Our topics are not discussions that people typically enjoy discussing. Knowing how to arrange for long-term care, working with care providers, creating a Medical Power of Attorney or arranging burial arrangements are important. Having frank and unbiased support could prevent future devastating or costly problems.

We have found having a book display with passive activities engage our customers, and through the support of NNLM webinars and the National Health Observances, our staff has solid resources to provide library materials and resources that help start conversations about healthcare. Getting together with all the NNLM staff and seeing the NIH campus was invaluable to better understanding the government resources available to promote health literacy in our communities.

Nora Franco attended the event as well, and shared her perspective as the NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian:

I was very excited to participate in the Libraries as Partners in Health event and meet with librarians from across our region to discuss their engagement with the NNLM. The group shared their personal experiences and backgrounds, from holding a Master’s in Public Health, to serving as the President of the Association of Small and Rural Libraries, to advocating for their LatinX community. The intimate setting allowed each of us to learn about ways to incorporate health information into services and programs and how the PSR can support them.

The second half of the seminar found participants separated into new groups for a brainstorming session titled “Designing Your Consumer Health Programs with the NNLM.” The group I worked with focused on creating self-care kits, which brought up several questions and ideas for the table to consider. Group members proposed ideas for LGBTQIA+ teens and healthy relationships, older adults, and language resources for healthcare professionals about gender, pronouns, and LGBTQIA+ sexual health. Perhaps the most significant piece of this activity was the acknowledgment of how some of our privileges allow us to define self-care, such as being cis-gendered, being white, and living in a financially stable household. Considering how our communities survive in order to live safe and healthy lives is an important piece to providing access to health information, and I was glad we were able to start this conversation.

In summary, this event provided NNLM PSR a great opportunity to meet and connect with creative, dedicated librarians who are passionate about improving health literacy in their communities. For more information about this topic or any of our other programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to supporting public libraries in our region with resources, training, and assistance for health-related programs.

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