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Memory Café at Missoula Public Library honored at 2019 Montana Library Association Conference

PNR All of Us - Thu, 2019-12-12 20:00

Guest Post by Amanda Allpress, Senior Outreach Librarian, Missoula Public Library, Missoula, MT

Last year Missoula Public Library received an All of Us Community Health Outreach Award to continue the Memory Café program which was started with a previous grant from the Montana Geriatric Education Center. A Memory Café is a program designed as a social engagement for individuals experiencing memory loss. The goal of the library’s Memory Café is to create a safe, welcoming and supportive space for these individuals as well as their caregivers and family members. Research shows the importance of remaining social throughout the memory loss diagnosis and the café helps to achieve this goal. Once a month the library invites a guest to lead a discussion or activity with the participants. We also have a representative from Missoula Aging Services at each café available to answer questions and connect people with resources.

Participants of the Missoula Public Library Memory Cafe

Participants of the Missoula Public Library’s Memory Cafe pose with a motorcycle as part of their oldies music celebration.

Over the past year our attendance has more than doubled! This past month we had nearly 30 people attend a program with the Montana Astronomical Society about black holes. The speaker was very engaging and was able to keep the conversation going on a very scientific subject. Throughout the past 1.5 years we have had so many wonderful times with our Memory Café group. Some highlights include drumming with a local African drum instructor, a motorcycle photo shoot with live oldies music, a movement and creativity exercise with Turning the Wheel Missoula, and a discussion about homesteading with the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

One couple, who has been attending our Memory Café from its start, shared what the program means to them: “Walking into a Memory Cafe meeting for me is walking into a safe place – a calm place where I can relax.  No matter what Jim says or how often he says it, no one tries to sidle away from him or avoid him, and no one looks at him as if he is tainted in some way.  He is welcomed and encouraged, and he loves feeling as if what he is saying is valued.  For those few hours, I think he feels almost ‘normal’ again, and, especially when there are activities like drumming or the movement activities, he is able to focus outside of himself again.  For those two hours once a month, he is free to interact as he wants, and I am free to let him go.  I can just let Jim be Jim again, and that is priceless for both of us.” This program’s importance to all who attend is summed up so perfectly in this one couple’s experiences and it’s why the library will continue to offer such an experience for its patrons as long as it’s sustainable.

In addition to helping fund our Memory Café program, the All of Us Community Health Outreach Award helped us purchase six circulating activity kits designed for the purpose of spending one-on-one time with a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Activity directors at local senior care facilities have taken advantage of these kits to use on their memory care units and love the variety of different activities each kit offers: a game, puzzle, DVD, interactive book, fidget toy & activities book for caregivers. We were also able to purchase several Assistive Reading Devices ranging from very simple, e.g. a line bar, to very technical, e.g. a portable video magnifier. Just recently I wrote a small article for the local newspaper announcing these items and circulation is beginning to pick up. The hardest part is letting patrons know that the library has products like these to offer for checkout.

At each Memory Café program, we have made available resources from the NLM including handouts and bookmarks directly related to senior health and handouts with information on the NIH All of Us Research Program. In addition to announcing at cafes that the funds were provided by an All of Us Community Health Outreach award, during our session at the Montana Library Association conference, I informed attendees of opportunities for grant awards through the NNLM and also shared material with them on the NIH All of Us Research Program. In our catalog, the records for the books, activity kits and assistive reading devices include a note that the materials were made possible from the grant and in each of the books there is a thank you bookplate inside the front cover.

Our community has recognized the library’s efforts to include programming and provide materials and assistance to this group of individuals and has commended us for doing so. Beyond our local community, I had the honor of accepting an award on behalf of the Memory Café program at the 2019 Montana Library Association Conference for program of the year! After my experiences facilitating our Memory Café program, I would encourage all public libraries to offer memory specific programming. It’s fulfilling and important work and I know it is making a difference in people’s quality of life.

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2019 Highlights of the NNLM SEA

SEA All of Us - Mon, 2019-12-09 09:08

Over the past year, the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) collaborated with other NNLM regional medical libraries and offices to develop national programs that support the initiatives of the National Library of Medicine. By enhancing our collaboration, we were able to launch a number of programs that benefit our network members:

The NNLM SEA staff exhibited at over 31 conferences and community events reaching over 10,000 attendees. Additionally, the NNLM SEA has supported over 300 educational sessions that reached almost 14,000 attendees over the past year. As we look forward to 2020, we plan to offer programming tied to the launch of the new PubMed, offer Library Carpentry workshops, collaborate and conduct outreach to community-based organizations that support the HIV/AIDS populations, and many more exciting new projects and programs to develop and support our network members.

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Resolve to Stay Active: A Fitbit Kit for Your Community

GMR All of Us - Thu, 2019-12-05 16:39

January traditionally is the month for making new resolutions usually with a goal to lose those extra pounds packed on during the winter holidays. Now is the opportunity to help your community make that fitness health resolution and keep it. How? Apply by Friday, December 20th for a one-time award of Resolve to Stay Active Fitbit Kit.

Resolve to Stay Active: A Fitbit Kit supports public libraries or other community organizations which serve populations that are underrepresented in biomedical research in providing access to health technology and consumer health resources. While interest in health-related programs and services has increased, many libraries and other community organizations lack adequate funding to provide health-related materials. The Resolve to Stay Active Fitbit Kits will lower barriers to providing health-related programs and outreach in public libraries and other community organizations.

Any network member within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) is eligible to apply. However, GMR member public libraries that serve populations underrepresented in biomedical research receive first consideration. Not an NNLM member? Not a problem. It’s easy to apply. Visit our Members page.

Awardees will receive one Program Kit containing:

  • Fitbit Inspire HR (quantity: 20)
  • Your Data, Your Devices, Your Apps: Use Technology for Your Health handouts (quantity: 100)
  • MedlinePlus bookmarks (quantity: 100)
  • NNLM All of Us trifold brochures (quantity: 100)
  • Book: Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library, ISBN: 978-0838916278

Need program ideas for helping your community start and stay active?

Collage of book cover images: This Heart of Mine, Heart, and Beautiful Affliction

  • Create an outdoor story walk.
  • Sponsor a library yoga class.
  • Select an NNLM Reading Club Heart Health book. Then encourage your readers to discuss the book while taking a brisk walk.
  • Install a stationary bicycle or treadmill with a USB connection to listen to an audible book.
  • Work with a local sponsor to install a blood pressure machine.
  • Ask a community health clinic to give mini-med talks about preventing heart disease, cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

We can’t wait to receive your award-winning ideas. Supplies are limited. Apply now!

Fitbit is the official wearable device of the NIH All of Us Research Program.

To learn more about the All of Us Research Program, visit https://joinallofus.org/nlm.

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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

SEA All of Us - Wed, 2019-12-04 11:16

The NNLM Reading Club is pleased to recognize World AIDS Day, celebrated each December 1st. Since World AIDS Day was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Even so, today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Knowledge about HIV may lead to taking action to prevent its spread and also help reduce the stigma of this disease so those living with HIV receive needed support.

To help spark an important conversation about HIV/AIDS, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: HIV/AIDS Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding HIV/AIDS information. Short on time? We’ve got you covered! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Taking Turns by MK Czerwiec | When We Rise by Cleve Jones

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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

PNR All of Us - Thu, 2019-11-28 20:30

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Taking Turns by MK Czerwiec | When We Rise by Cleve Jones

The NNLM Reading Club is pleased to recognize World AIDS Day, celebrated each December 1st. Since World AIDS Day was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Even so, today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Knowledge about HIV may lead to taking action to prevent its spread and also help reduce the stigma of this disease so those living with HIV receive needed support.

To help spark an important conversation about HIV/AIDS, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: HIV/AIDS Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then  download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding HIV/AIDS information. Short on time? We’ve got you covered! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

MCR All of Us - Tue, 2019-11-26 12:59

The NNLM Reading Club is pleased to recognize World AIDS Day, celebrated each December 1st. Since World AIDS Day was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Even so, today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Knowledge about HIV may lead to taking action to prevent its spread and also help reduce the stigma of this disease so those living with HIV receive needed support.

To help spark an important conversation about HIV/AIDS, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: HIV/AIDS Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding HIV/AIDS information. Short on time? We’ve got you covered! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Taking Turns by MK Czerwiec | When We Rise by Cleve Jones

 

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Applications Being Accepted for the 2020 MLA Research Training Institute

BHIC All of Us - Mon, 2019-11-25 13:00

Are you a library professional interested in learning more about the research process? Do you have a brilliant idea or research topic that you want to pursue but do not know where to start and need support to carry it through? The Research Training Institute (RTI) is a unique, intensive, and collaborative program that takes you through a process of learning research design and completing a health information research project with the support of peers and research experts. The institute is a week-long, hands-on, residential workshop held in Chicago, July 13–17, 2020. Applications are now being accepted through January 17, 2020, for the 2020 cohort of RTI research fellows. Admission is competitive. Find out more about the 2020 RTI.

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December 1: World AIDS Day

BHIC All of Us - Mon, 2019-11-25 13:00

World AIDS Day is on December 1st.  It is an annual observance to celebrate and support global efforts to prevent new HIV infections, increase awareness and knowledge, and support those living with HIV.  It was first observed over 30 years ago, and since then, tremendous progress has been made to prevent and treat HIV. Learn more here

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NNLM Webinar: Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education

BHIC All of Us - Mon, 2019-11-25 13:00

Public and school libraries throughout the nation have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing this year with the reading theme “A Universe of Stories”. Join us for an online offering of Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education. Instructor Debbie Montenegro, NNLM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator and NASA Solar System Ambassador, will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you continue to incorporate science and health programming into the library. Learn about partnerships and programs that took place this year for the Summer of Space, and get ready to explore where space and health resources collide! This class is eligible for 1 hour of MLA Continuing Education credit.

Class Date: Dec 5, 2019 11:00AM – 12:00PM CT

Instructor: Debbie Montenegro, MSIS, Consumer Health Coordinator

Register here

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Libraries as Partners in Health: Memphis Public Library

SEA All of Us - Wed, 2019-11-13 11:16

Date: Tuesday December 3, 2019

Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM ET

Description 

All of Us in Memphis is a two-year initiative focused on increasing the health literacy of the Greater Memphis community by providing educational programs and resources through the Memphis Public Library.  The All of Us project team developed a framework to increase health literacy which included building the capacity of the library staff to provide health information services, augmenting health programming and establishing health information kiosks.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss ways to increase health literacy in their communities through programming and partnerships
  • Identify health-related program ideas & best practices

Presenter

Andrea Jacobo is the project coordinator for the All of Us in Memphis initiative with the Memphis Library Foundation and public library system. Since 2018, she has been organizing, planning, and implementing programs and resources to improve health literacy among patrons of the Memphis Public Library. Andrea is currently a Doctor of Public Health student at the University of California. She earned a bachelor in exercise physiology from the University of Miami and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Memphis. Before joining UC Berkeley, Andrea worked in Memphis for five years where she focused on building a healthier, vibrant community via interdisciplinary collaboration, increasing food access, and addressing the root causes of health disparities through policy, systems, and environment.

Registration is free and can be accessed at: https://nnlm.gov/class/libraries-partners-health-memphis-public-library/19580

For additional information, please contact April Wright.

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Library and Information Science Student Outreach Award – Apply to attend ALA MidWinter!

MAR All of Us - Tue, 2019-11-12 16:59

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is pleased to offer funding for up to five current Library and Information Science students to attend ALA MidWinter.

The purpose of this award is to increase exposure to health sciences librarianship and information outreach among Library and Information Sciences students, especially from underrepresented groups.

The award provides funding for students to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2020 and participate in meetings, the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth and other activities designed for them to learn about health information outreach and the All of Us Research Program.

Eligibility:

Library and Information Science (LIS) students residing in and currently attending an ALA-accredited Library or Information Sciences program located in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander or who have disabilities.

Amount: Up to $2,500

Number of Awards Available: 5

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 4:30 PM ET

Details and application available from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.

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New Online Course: Using Healthcare.gov to Enroll in Health Insurance

BHIC All of Us - Tue, 2019-11-12 13:33

In coordination with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2020, which runs Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2019, in states that use the Federal Marketplace Platform, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance. The course, Using Healthcare.gov to Enroll in Health Insurance, covers the basics of securing coverage through Healthcare.gov, the health insurance exchange website operated by the U.S. federal government. This 18-minute online tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an ACA health insurance plan. It was created as part of PLA’s Libraries Connecting You to Coverage initiative, a national partnership to assist uninsured consumers with ACA enrollment made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst.

Using Healthcare.gov to Enroll in Health Insurance can be accessed via DigitalLearn.org, PLA’s free online digital literacy training curriculum designed to help people increase their digital skills. All 24 online courses on DigitalLearn.org are video-based with narration and captions, and written in plain language. The lessons were designed to be taken independently, anywhere and anytime, by learners, but can also be used by libraries and other community groups for one-on-one instruction and classroom teaching.

“People use the public library as a trusted access point to find, understand, and act on health information, including enrolling in health insurance. But a healthy community can’t be built if we’re not meeting people where they are,” explains Leighann Wood, PLA project manager. “That’s why we created this latest course specifically for DigitalLearn.org, to help foster engagement with technology and to teach people the digital skills they need to take charge of their health.”

DigitalLearn.org is just one tool PLA offers to help its members make their libraries digital literacy learning centers; the Association also offers continuing education on digital literacy training and a variety of professional tools for public librarians. For more information, please click here.

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Funding Spotlight: Exhibiting at the Area Agency on Aging Senior Lifestyles Expo

SEA All of Us - Tue, 2019-11-12 11:20

Written By: Rachel F. Fenske, Information Services/Outreach Librarian, USA Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library 

The University of South Alabama Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library provided a wealth of health information to the senior citizens of the Mobile, AL community at the annual Area Agency on Aging Senior Lifestyles Expo. The exhibit, held at the Greater Gulf States Fairgrounds on October 3, 2019, was bustling with approximately 1100 senior citizens from the community, including many veterans. This annual event brings resources that provide services to the senior community in one of the largest venues in the area. Receiving an All of Us Exhibitor Award through NNLM SEA, I was able to bring awareness of the All of Us Research Program to my community, as well as the vast array of health information from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.  Our booth, located in a large corner of the exhibit hall, drew hundreds to our area. This year’s theme, “We are Local—Connect, Create, Contribute”, was a perfect way to introduce the All of Us Research Program and connect with the senior community to promote better health outcomes.

Demonstrations in the use of MedlinePlus and other NLM resources were provided using an Ipad as participants were strolling through the exhibit. There were 16 demonstrations reaching 34 people with 198 people registering for a prize drawing. Over 500 people visited our booth. Many questions were asked about various health conditions and having the ability to distribute current, quality information in the form of bookmarks, brochures, and pamphlets on conditions that are prevalent in my community was extremely helpful. The participants were very eager to learn about MedlinePlus as many were not aware of the free consumer friendly health resource.

The exhibit won 1st prize in the education category among 57 vendors present. I was very pleased at the energetic and inquisitive reception we received, as this event reaches a population where health needs are the greatest. Being involved in this exhibit enabled me to provided extensive quality health resources and proved to be a very engaging and productive method of outreach services that reached a large number of senior citizens at a single given time.

Participation at the exhibit also allowed me to network with many local agencies that assist the senior community. Providing information on the types of outreach services I can offer extends my outreach in the form of future health workshops for my community. It is always fun to be an exhibitor at this event and I was very grateful to receive NNLM SEA funding to promote the All of Us Research Program and the myriad of free resources through the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. My community has become better informed with easy to use, current, and quality health resources that enables them to live a healthier more productive lifestyle.

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Library Tools Support November Health Observances

MCR All of Us - Wed, 2019-11-06 18:50

Libraries can now access free tools to support national health observances for the month of November. The entire month is dedicated to marking National American Indian Heritage Month and National Family Health History Month.

The available resources can be used to help libraries celebrate and bring awareness on the importance of family health history and American Indian heritage in their communities. These tools include health information resources, webinars, free materials, electronic bulletin slides, social media materials, a ready-to-use library program kit and an NNLM Reading Club book kit

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

 

National American Indian Heritage Month

National Family Health History Month

 

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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Announcing the November 2019 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

SEA All of Us - Tue, 2019-11-05 09:50

Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of potential health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Want to learn how to find and share your family health history with your doctor? Let National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving Day help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year.

For November 2019, the NNLM Reading Club announces three new NNLM Reading club books. Visit Book Selections and Health Resources for Family Health History to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding family health history information… or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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Announcing the November 2019 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

MCR All of Us - Fri, 2019-11-01 18:50

Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of potential health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Want to learn how to find and share your family health history with your doctor? Let National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving Day help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year.

For November 2019, the NNLM Reading Club announces three new NNLM Reading club books. Visit Book Selections and Health Resources for Family Health History to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding family health history information… or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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NNLM Webinar: Making Sense of Numbers

BHIC All of Us - Fri, 2019-11-01 10:44

Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials. Audience is anyone providing health information to the general public, including healthcare instructors, public and medical librarians, patient educators.

Class Date: 11/14/2019 10:30AM – 12:00PM PT

Instructor: Nancy Shin, Research and Data Coordinator

Register here

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Sleep as Medicine

BHIC All of Us - Fri, 2019-11-01 10:43

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found too much or too little sleep is associated with higher risk of heart attack.  A survey of more than 450,000 individuals concluded those with high genetic risk for cardiovascular disease can lower their chance of a heart attack by almost 20 percent with good sleep habits.  For most adults, the recommended amount of sleep is seven to nine hours, less than six hours or more than nine hours might increase the risk for heart attack. “I want to tell people that if they prioritize sleep, they can actually do something for heart health,” said senior author Céline Vetter, Ph.D.  Read more here.

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Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science

BHIC All of Us - Fri, 2019-11-01 10:43

Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS) is an NLM priority area for NNLM.  Through citizen science and crowdsourcing, NNLM can engage communities in addressing societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation.

Collaborations between communities and researchers build capacity to address problems and meet research goals.  Community participation in the research process also builds trust between NNLM and communities that we serve.

Engaging network members through CCS supports NLM’s FY2020 Congressional Justification, which states that NLM is “committed to encouraging citizen science as a way to provide opportunities for members of the community to work with NLM to improve and apply NLM products and services in novel ways” by creating a link between NLM researchers and the community.

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Announcing the November 2019 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

PNR All of Us - Thu, 2019-10-31 21:00

 

Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of potential health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Want to learn how to find and share your family health history with your doctor? Let National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving Day help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year.

For November 2019, the NNLM Reading Club announces three new NNLM Reading club books. Visit Book Selections and Health Resources for Family Health History to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding family health history information… or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

 

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