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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.

NNLM All of Us CEN Co-branded logo

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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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Adaptive Training in the Library

SEA All of Us - Thu, 2019-07-25 15:34

Written By: April Wright, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM SEA

Durham County Library offers adaptive training programs for amputees and anyone who has limited mobility. The program has been well-received and had a positive impact on its community. Stephanie Fennel, Branch Manager at the Durham County North Regional Library brought this program to the library to address not only the practical needs of an underserved population, but also to address health and economic disparities. Here is what she says about it:

What is adaptive training?

Adaptive training is training that is tailored to meet the needs of those who may have challenges, disabilities, or limitations. This can include people who may be autistic, have suffered a stroke, or an amputation. It is a long term, ongoing process. It allows you to be able to participate in a physical activity on the level that works best for you.

How are you able to offer this program?

We work with a certified trainer to offer the program made possible with funding from the All of Us Community Engagement Award.

Who is your target audience?

The class is open to anyone who would like to attend, but I specifically went to an amputees support group and invited them to the program. People who are amputees and who use prosthetics attend the program. We also have seniors and those who have limited mobility.

Can you share any comments from participants and from library staff?

When I tell people about the program, they think it is a great idea and library staff are really excited about it. The program has brought an awareness to us that there is a real need for more library programming like this.

Our goal is to serve all members of our community. This is a group of people in our community that is being underserved. With limited options to being active, this class not only allows the participants to grow stronger physically but mentally as well.

One participant who made great progress over a six-week period, told me that this was a great thing the library offers and he wishes that is was available in more areas. He enjoys coming to class and being able to get out and socialize.  It makes him feel better and uplifts his spirit.

We plan to expand with similar classes across the Durham County Library system by offering not only the strength training, but adaptive jogging, and adaptive yoga.

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Connecting with PNW at the Libraries are Partners in Health Seminar in Bethesda, MD

PNR All of Us - Thu, 2019-07-25 06:30

Today’s post is from Sara Cobb, Wellness Director at the Nampa Public Library in Nampa, ID. Sara was one of six public library staff to attend the “Libraries are Partners in Health” seminar held on the NIH campus in Bethesda. MD earlier this summer. This post gives the perspective of an attendee and partners well with the posting by All of Us Coordinator,  Michele Spatz.

The National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland is beautiful and I really enjoyed the wonderful opportunity I had to attend the Libraries are Partners in Health: an NNLM Consumer Health Seminar there on Friday, June 21, 2019. It was a pleasure to meet several other library workers from the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region in our sharing session and get to know them each a bit. I learned about the health programming and services they are currently running and about the ideas they have for future programs and services.  Sharing with them gave me some fresh ideas for how to approach, develop and promote health programming and information access in my library.

group photo of librarians from PNR who attended the Seminar

Pacific Northwest Region attendees of the Libraries are Partners in Health seminar

I’m much more familiar with NLM and NNLM and the resources they have to offer public libraries, and I better understand the goals of the All of Us Community Engagement Network after attending this seminar.  I really enjoyed the tour of the National Library of Medicine facility and was amazed at amount and variety of holdings that they house. This firsthand knowledge will enable me to provide better insight to my colleagues on what resources we have access to through NLM.

As I take on a new role with my library’s Be Well Nampa project and assist in the coordination of local healthcare partnerships, the information I gathered at this seminar will help me to feel more confident and supported as we move forward with our goals to increase access to current medical information and services for our customers.

I haven’t had the chance yet to implement all I learned at the seminar, but I have shared a bit with a few of my library staff about the experience. I plan to be in touch with the folks I met from PNW shortly to continue to exchange information and ideas. I’m also looking forward to receiving the programs-in-a-box that we helped develop for NNLM Community Engagement Center during our afternoon brainstorming session, so that I can use them to help implement exciting health programs at my library.

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New All of Us Speaker Series Episode This Thursday

MAR All of Us - Tue, 2019-07-23 13:28

The All of Us Research Program will continue its Speaker Series with a new episode about the benefits of joining long-term research programs on Thursday, July 25 at 1:00 PM ET. All of Us Director of Communications and Marketing Alyssa Cotler and participant ambassador Dr. Randee Bloom will talk about the importance of long-term research programs like All of Us, the legacy participants can leave for the health of their family and future generations, and how individual health stories can help fill research gaps.

The event will be streamed through Facebook Live in collaboration with AARP’s Create the Good.

For more information, visit JoinAllofUs.org/conversations.

 You, Me and All of Us

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Welcome Christian Minter as the new CHIS Trainer for the NNLM MCR

MCR All of Us - Fri, 2019-07-19 15:45

Christian Minter is a part-time CHIS Trainer for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region.

In this role, she will teach online and in-person consumer health information classes. Her goal is to equip public library staff to provide health information to their communities, encourage continued engagement with NNLM, and increase the number of public library staff in the region who achieve CHIS certification.

Christian is also the Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. No stranger to NNLM, she previously worked as an Education Coordinator for MCR.

Christian received a BA in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College and an MS in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Christian looks forward to working with NNLM again, and she is always happy to collaborate on classes and projects.

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Check out the new Health Programming for Summer Reading Kit

MCR All of Us - Wed, 2019-07-17 15:37

Library staff can obtain a free and ready-to-use program kit focused on health topics for their summer reading program on this year’s theme A Universe of Stories. The Summer Health Reading Program engages children to explore literacy through fun and interactive science-based activities.

The program kit includes helpful guides, activity plans, promotional materials, and health information resources your library can use to have a successful summer reading in your community.

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

 

The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on national health observances like National Senior Health & Fitness Day or Americans with Disabilities Act Day. 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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The NNLM Library Program Kit on Americans with Disabilities Act is Now Available

MCR All of Us - Wed, 2019-07-17 15:32

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering a free ready-to-use program kit for libraries in observance of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day on July 26th. The program kit includes helpful guides, activities, promotional materials, and health information resources your library can use to bring awareness on the importance of the ADA in your community.

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

 

The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on the national health observances. 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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National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

BHIC All of Us - Wed, 2019-07-17 14:26

The NNLM PSR is exhibiting at the 2019 National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Conference today, July 17 through Friday, July 19.  See links to a few session resources: 

Susan Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, spoke about The Future of Nursing 2020: How Latinos Can Play a Role in the Future of U.S. Health Care.

Katie HufflingMS, RN, CNM, delivered the keynote Building a Movement: Nurse Leadership to Address Climate Change, and provided several resources for those interested in being involved and learning more.  Nurses serve as advocates and educators about climate change and health; for example, how environments affect the rate of violent crimes, pregnant women, children, and other vulnerable populations.

For those readers who are attending or know a nurse that is, please stop by booth 112 and say hi!

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PNW Rocks the Library are Partners in Health Seminar in Bethesda, MD

PNR All of Us - Mon, 2019-07-15 21:00
group photo of librarians from PNR who attended the Seminar

Attending the Libraries are Partners in Health seminar were: (in photo from left to right, back to front: Michele Spatz, NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator; Katja Wolfe, MPH, Assistant Director, Soldotna Public Library, Soldotna, AK; Sara Cobb, Wellness Director, Nampa Public Library, Nampa, ID; Kathy Robins, Systems Administrator, Billings Public Library, Billings, MT; Amy Hille, Assistant Librarian, East Adams Library District, Ritzville, WA; Cheryl Martin, Library Services Specialist, North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles, WA; and Toan Lam-Sullivan, Chinese Regional Librarian, Holgate, Midland and Woodstock Libraries, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR.

Six librarians from the Pacific Northwest attended the recent Libraries are Partners in Health: an NNLM Consumer Health Seminar on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The NNLM Pacific Northwest Region had broad representation at the seminar with at least one public library partner from each of the five states it serves.

During the seminar, information was shared on NNLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program as well as the NNLM Community Engagement Center, its goals and the support it provides to public libraries. A regional sharing session among PNR participants ensued where each individual shared their library’s current approach to providing health information services and programs to their community along with their future hopes and goals for doing so. It was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, information and resources in support of each other’s efforts. While on campus, participants enjoyed a quick tour of the National Library of Medicine.

An afternoon session was held in which program-in-a-box ideas in support of a National Health Observance (NHO) were brainstormed. Participants chose the NHO they wanted to focus on and, in doing so, had an opportunity to interact with library staff from across the United States. The NNLM Community Engagement Center plans to build out the program-in-a-box ideas shared at the seminar so interested library staff can offer them to their communities.

To keep current on the NNLM Community Engagement happenings, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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Twinsburg Public Library Receives NNLM Public Library Partnership Award

GMR All of Us - Sun, 2019-07-14 16:00

Map location Twinsburg OhioTwinsburg Public Library is located in northeast Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland. It’s famous for its annual Twins Days Festival held in August. Because of its commitment for providing information and education to the community, the Library is using its award to host three speaker programs in August to raise awareness of health issues impacting Twinsburg: addiction, online behavior, and vaccinations.

Supporting evidence from the proposal indicates that Summit County schools fall short of the 80% vaccination rate. Vaccine hesitancy, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. Measles, for example, has seen a 30% increase globally.

More than half of persons who took a survey at Twinsburg Public Library revealed that they either use a substance or know a family member who does. The library recommends a public education program raising awareness of addiction.

A recent incident brought awareness for Internet Safety training. The library will invite Elizabeth L. Jeglic Ph.D., author of “Protecting your Child from Sexual Abuse” and provide copies of her book as well as copies of a children’s book titled, “Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web,” which will help give parents the tools to discuss abuse and online predators with smaller children.

MedlinePlus and All of Us information will be shared at each program so that the community will become knowledgable of trustworthy, accurate health information.

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

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Dementia Outreach, an NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award

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The Greater Midwest Region is pleased to offer one of four All of Us Public Library Partnership Program Awards to Jim DiDonato, Director of Round Lake Area Public Library and Christine Damon, Gerontology/Adult Educator. They will expand upon Tales and Travels, a program that NNLM funded in 2015-2016 and received a 2017 Library of Congress Best Practices Honoree.

Tales and Travel is designed to use library materials to enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s Disease. In a comfortable setting, librarians and volunteers lead the group as they read a travel story, browse through picture books, and converse about a chosen country or region of the United States.

“Stigma about dementia often keeps people from seeking diagnosis and treatment; it also precipitates withdrawal from favorite activities and places due to a lack of acceptance. The public library can help to counteract this stigma while increasing community participation by assisting the public to learn more about dementia and by welcoming this group of too-often forgotten people into their facilities,” Jim DiDonato explained.

Library staff and trustees will benefit from training about the disease and about supportive strategies for interacting with people living with dementia. The program includes an introduction to National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and a dementia awareness curriculum that includes definition and characteristics of dementia as well as an introduction to general communication, library-specific, and environmental strategies that support people with dementia and their care partners. In-person curriculum-based training will be delivered at public libraries in northeastern Illinois, southern Illinois, and southeastern Wisconsin. Evidence shows that in these states, the number of adults over 65 years of age will see increasing rates of  Alzheimer’s:

  • Illinois – 220,000 in 2018 with an expected increase of 18.2% by 2025 to 260,000
  • Wisconsin – 110,000 in 2018 with an expected increase of 18.2% by 2025 to 130,000

Higher numbers of dementia are seen among certain ethnic populations, notably African Americans and Latinos. The Round Lake Area Library serves a large Latino population (38.9%). Culturally humble dementia education and support are especially relevant for engagement and understanding.

Because Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect a diverse, substantial, and growing population, the project’s focus on dementia also presents an opportunity for increased public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program to advance medicine and improve treatment and care for all of us. All training and partnering libraries will share information about the research program.

Public libraries taking part in the Dementia & All of Us Research Awareness Program include:

Round Lake Area Public Library (IL), Antioch Public Library District (IL) Fremont Public Library (IL), Warren-Newport Public Library (IL), Whitefish Bay Public Library (WI), Dwight Foster Public Library (WI), Muskego Public Library (WI), Bridges Library System (WI)

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

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NNLM Public Library Partnership Award Supports Health Information Toolkits

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Stephanie Swanberg photoStephanie Swanberg, Assistant Professor and Information Literacy and eLearning Librarian for the Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine received one of four NNLM Public Library Partnership awards. With her award, the OUWB Medical Library was able to take on a medical student as an intern for the first time.

She said, “This is the perfect time for OUWB to host summer internships as our M1 students have made it through their first year and have the foundational knowledge and skills to now apply to their internship work,” Swanberg said.

Emily Yuen, M2, helped develop a set of ready-made health education toolkits to be used by the Auburn Hills Public Library as part of its programming in 2019-2020.

“As a future pediatrician, Emily enthusiastically delved into developing two toolkits on bone health and the heart for kids and was so excited to learn about how libraries and health professionals can work together to promote healthy lifestyles and health literacy,” Swanberg said.

Swanberg said Yuen’s previous experience, knowledge, work ethic, and outgoing personality made her the ideal intern.

“This truly was a collaborative internship where Emily worked with experts from many different areas of OUWB and the community: the medical library, the public library, medical school faculty, and medical education staff,” Swanberg said.

OUWB Summer Internships Benefit Students, Community Alike

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

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OSU Health Sciences Library Hosts the Journey

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The OSU Health Sciences Library (HSL) hosted the NIH All of Us Research Program Mobile Education and Engagement Exhibit at the Wexner Medical Center plaza in June. During the two-day event, more than 200 persons learned about precision medicine through activities and information. The Wexner Medical Center also served as an enrollment center, one of the first health science libraries to participate in this role.OSU Wexner Medical Center hosting Journey June 11 & 12 text

The All of Us Research Program aims to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs through data provided by 1 million or more volunteer participants. The program is open to any person living in the United States. Unlike a single research study focused on a specific disease or community, the All of Us Research Program will be a resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide range of health conditions. This information will help researchers learn more about different diseases and treatments, and participants will learn more about their health status and receive important information to share with their family members.

As a recipient of the All of Us Community Engagement Network Ambassador Program Award from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Lynda Hartel, Judith Wiener, and Missy Creed support the library’s outreach activities with community partners to promote education on the topic of precision medicine, and Ohio’s identified community health priorities which include chronic and infectious disease, mental health and addictions, and obesity.

Journey on OSU Medical Campus “The OSU Health Sciences Library is uniquely situated to be involved in the All of Us initiative,” said Lynda Hartel, Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences and Library Director. “We are surrounded by remarkable researchers who will access this data to conduct studies and we want to contribute to this effort. By teaming up with librarians from the Columbus Metropolitan Library, we can make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to improve their own health while helping to make medical history.”

Look for more stories of their community outreach work throughout the year.

To learn more about the All of Us Research Program, please visit JoinAllofUs.org.

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