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Funding Available: Health Programming in Public Libraries

MAR All of Us - Wed, 2020-07-01 10:41

The Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications to support health programming for public library patrons in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The purpose of the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award is to fund health programs for public library patrons that incorporate MedlinePlus and information about the All of Us Research Program.

Projects are encouraged which include:

  • Virtual programming that can be promoted to public library patrons
  • A focus on underserved health communities and underrepresented populations

Projects must include a public library, state library, or library association as a partner or applicant.

Virtual programming is central to this award. Possible allowable related costs include: social media campaigns, digital library collections (ebooks/eaudio), speaker fees, closed captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, and digital platform subscriptions.

Efforts will be made to fund programs throughout the region and that have the potential to reach populations underepresented by biomedical research. BIPOC-led organizations are especially encouraged to apply.

NNLM MAR staff will work with funded programs to integrate relevant health information and All of Us content into programs.

Up to $20,000 of funding per award is available for 3 or more projects within the region.

  • Period of Performance: September 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021
  • Due Date: July 31, 2020 Noon ET
  • Notification of Awards: August 31, 2020

Full Request for Proposals

The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM MAR.

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NNLM SEA Funding Announcement: All of Us Health Ambassador Award

SEA All of Us - Mon, 2020-06-29 14:33

The All of Us Research Program’s goal is to learn how differences between us might lead to different types of treatments. With a goal to have one million people participate in this study, researchers may use this information to improve the health for everyone. As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) is pleased to offer the All of Us Health Ambassador Award.

Amount: Up to $19,000

Awards Available: 3

Application Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00pm Pacific Time.

The purpose of the SEA All of Us Ambassador Award is to support libraries for projects that improve health information and digital literacy, improve access to, awareness of, and skills to locate high quality biomedical and health information, and improve understanding and importance in participation of clinical trials, including All of Us through a train-the-trainer model. As an ambassador, you may be asked to support additional outreach to help train and empower NNLM Network Members in your local community.

Potential Project Ideas

Project proposals should focus on the following project ideas:

  • Purchasing web-accessible computers/tablets for libraries that will be used for offering trainings on NLM databases and NNLM professional development courses.
  • Presenting training using one of the NNLM consumer health classes at local library professional development in-service meetings or library organizational events, or virtually.
  • Training unaffiliated, minority, urban or rural health professionals and All of Us partners in effective use of electronic health information resources for evidence-based practice, with an emphasis on NLM databases and resources.

Preference will be given to libraries and organizations with established relationships with public libraries and should be mentioned within the proposal.

Projects must also provide awareness of All of Us, such as including the use of informational materials about All of Us in programming, events, classes and other activities offered as part of the project or distributing All of Us brochures to patrons. Standard informational materials will be provided to awardee at no cost. Applicants are encouraged to utilize resources available from the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network and, when possible, partner with other All of Us partners in the community. SEA staff will help connect you with potential All of Us partners.

SEA staff are available for consultations. Please email NNLM SEA to schedule an appointment.

Please visit the All of Us Ambassador Award description and the FAQ document for details regarding the award, eligibility, and to access the application.

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All of Us Research Program Launches COVID-19 Research Initiatives

BHIC All of Us - Mon, 2020-06-22 17:03

The All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, recently announced that it is leveraging its significant and diverse participant base to seek new insights into COVID-19—through antibody testing, a survey on the pandemic’s impacts and collection of electronic health record information.

“With our nearly 350,000 participant partners across the country, All of Us will enable the research community to answer some of today’s most critical questions and inform future preparedness efforts,” said Josh Denny, M.D., All of Us’s chief executive officer.

To learn more about the All of Us Research Program’s response to COVID-19, click here. You can also find out more about All of Us and enrol here. The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us.

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Top Physician-Executive To Discuss COVID and the Digital Doctor

MCR All of Us - Mon, 2020-06-22 12:26

Dr. Robert Wachter, author of “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age,” will open a new series of online author presentations next month with a discussion of digital health and health technology that will also touch upon the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chair of the Department of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and one of the nation’s most influential physician-executives, Dr. Wachter will read briefly from his book and answer questions submitted by participants.

The talk will take place on July 14 at 1 p.m. Mountain Time, 2 p.m. Central. For information on how to join the free webinar, please visit https://nnlm.gov/class/digital-doctor.

The event is part of the new NNLM Reading Club Presents… Series, which will feature periodic talks by authors of books related to health and health equity in an online setting.

For more details, see the flyer at this link: Digital_Dr_Flyer_July_2020

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Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons / Encuentre Información de Salud Confiable en Español para Sus Usuarios

MCR All of Us - Thu, 2020-06-18 13:53

Photo of two women and one man at conference table behind broadcast microphonesWhen library patrons ask you for health information in Spanish about COVID-19 or other issues, NNLM has resources to get you started.

Available tools  range from Spanish-language videos featuring Latino medical professionals to resources selected by trusted members of the Spanish-speaking community. The materials come from reliable sources like the National Library of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many of these resources are recommended by promotores, members of the community who serve as connections between them and healthcare systems, information, and resources. Because promotores are the heart of their communities, they are able to deliver assistance where it is needed the most.

Vision y Compromiso (VyC), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, training, and most importantly celebrating promotores across the nation. Vision y Compromiso is marking 20 years of work devoted to improving the lives and health of their communities.

In response to the pandemic affecting Spanish-speaking communities Vision y Compromiso developed a series of webinars for participants to learn about trusted places to find health information, myths about COVID19, and how to take care of oneself during these safer at home times.

You can find the recorded webinars and resources on the Vision y Compromiso COVID-19 page. The NNLM PSR shares the promotores mission of building healthier communities and created a page with Spanish Language COVID-19 health information materials to support Spanish speakers as well. The PSR has previously collaborated with promotores, described by Yamila El-Kkayat, in this video about outreach work  in Arizona.

The JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health at Kansas University Medical Center has created JUNTOS Radio, an ongoing series of podcasts in Spanish on health topics. The podcasts feature interviews with Latino health professionals about issues of concern to the Latino community in Kansas and elsewhere.

JUNTOS partnered with a health sciences librarian to include credible and authoritative consumer health information resources that were relevant to the different health topics discussed in each episode. Brenda Linares, health sciences librarian at the A.R. Dykes Library, pictured below, also recorded a Health Literacy and evaluating websites episode.

Topics so far include COVID-19, child obesity, Alzheimer’s Disease and exercise at home. Each podcast also includes information on the All of Us Research Program, an effort to enlist one million or more people from across the U.S. to help speed up medical research by sharing their medical information.

They are posted on Podbean, iTunes and in video format on YouTube and Facebook. You can access the podcasts at the JUNTOS Podbean page, on iTunes, on the JUNTOS YouTube channel for the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health, or on the JUNTOS Facebook page.

To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

Encuentre información de salud confiable en español para sus usuarios

Cuando sus usuarios le pregunten por información de salud en español sobre COVID-19 u otros temas, la NNLM tiene los recursos que usted necesita.

Los recursos incluyen videos en español con médicos profesionales latinos y una selección de recursos en español seleccionados por miembros de la comunidad de habla hispana. Estos materiales vienen de fuentes fiables como la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de Estados Unidos y los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades.

Muchos de estos recursos son recomendados por las promotoras, quienes son miembros de la comunidad que sirven como conexión entre el sistema de salud, la información, y los recursos disponibles. Como las promotoras son el corazón de sus comunidades, ellas tienen la capacidad de llevar y dar asistencia donde la comunidad lo necesite.

Visión y Compromiso (VyC), es una organización no lucrativa dedicada a apoyar, entrenar, y sobre todo celebrar a las promotoras en toda la nación estadounidense. Visión y Compromiso esta celebrando sus 20 años de trabajo y devoción a mejorar las vidas y la salud de su comunidad.

En respuesta a la pandemia que esta afectando a la comunidad de habla hispana, Visión y Compromiso desarrollo una serie de seminarios web (webinars) para que participantes aprendan sobre lugares de confianza para encontrar información de salud, mitos sobre COVID-19, y cómo cuidarse uno mismo durante este tiempo de quedarse en casa.

Usted puede encontrar las grabaciones de estos seminarios web (webinars) y recursos en la página web de Visión y Compromiso sobre COVID 19. La NNLM PSR comparte la misión de las promotoras de formar comunidades saludables y ha creado una página en español sobre COVID-19 con información de salud y material que apoya a la comunidad de habla hispana.  LA PSR previamente ha colaborado con promotoras. Usted puede ver este video donde Yamila El-Khayat, habla sobre su proyecto y trabajo en Arizona, con las promotoras.

JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Kansas (University of Kansas Medical Center), ha creado JUNTOS-RADIO, una serie de podcasts en español con varios temas de salud.  Los podcasts cuentan con entrevistas con profesionales latinos de salud donde hablan sobre temas de interés para la comunidad Latina en Kansas y otros lugares.

Los temas cubiertos hasta hoy incluyen el COVID-19, la obesidad infantil, la enfermedad de Alzheimer, la hipertensión, y cómo hacer ejercicios en casa.  El equipo continúa produciendo más podcasts con otros temas relevantes para la comunidad Latina. Además de cubrir cada tema en español, cada podcast también incluye información sobre el programa Científico All of Us (All of US Research Program), el cual es una campaña que pretende inscribir a un millón de personas de todo Estados Unidos para ayudar a acelerar la investigación médica,  compartiendo información médica.

Estos podcasts, están disponibles en PodBean, iTunes, y también en el formato de video en YouTube y Facebook.  Usted puede verlos o descargarlos desde la página de JUNTOS-RADIO Podbean, en iTunes, en el canal de YouTube de JUNTOS,  y en la página de Facebook de JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina.

To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version of the podcast, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

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Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons

PSR Latitudes All of Us - Thu, 2020-06-18 13:43

Screenshot of Brenda Linares, Ileana Cepeda, and Valeria MaciasWhen library patrons ask you for health information in Spanish about COVID-19 or other issues, NNLM has resources to get you started. Available tools range from Spanish-language videos featuring Latino medical professionals to resources selected by trusted members of the Spanish-speaking community. The materials come from reliable sources like the National Library of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these resources are recommended by promotores, members of the community who serve as connections between them and healthcare systems, information, and resources. Because promotores are the heart of their communities, they are able to deliver assistance where it is needed the most.

Vision y Compromiso (VyC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, training, and most importantly celebrating promotores across the nation. Vision y Compromiso is marking 20 years of work devoted to improving the lives and health of their communities. In response to the pandemic affecting Spanish-speaking communities Vision y Compromiso developed a series of webinars for participants to learn about trusted places to find health information, myths about COVID19, and how to take care of oneself during these safer at home times. You can find the recorded webinars and resources on the Vision y Compromiso COVID-19 page. The NNLM PSR shares the promotores mission of building healthier communities and also created a page with Spanish Language COVID-19 health information materials to support Spanish speakers. The PSR has previously collaborated with promotores, described by Yamila El-Kkayat, in this video about outreach work  in Arizona.

The JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health at Kansas University Medical Center has created JUNTOS Radio, an ongoing series of podcasts in Spanish on health topics. The podcasts feature interviews with Latino health professionals about issues of concern to the Latino community in Kansas and elsewhere. The photo on the left is a screenshot of Brenda Linares, Medical Librarian from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Ileana Cepeda, and Valeria Macias from JUNTOS recording an episode about health literacy. This particular project is an example of an innovative way for NNLM member librarians to partner with community members and reach a wide audience. Topics so far include COVID-19, child obesity, Alzheimer’s Disease and exercise at home. Each podcast also includes information on the All of Us Research Program, an effort to enlist one million or more people from across the U.S. to help speed up medical research by sharing their medical information.

They are posted on Podbean, iTunes and in video format on YouTube and Facebook. You can access the podcasts at the JUNTOS Podbean page, on iTunes, on the JUNTOS YouTube channel for the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health, or on the JUNTOS Facebook page. To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

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2020 Summer Reading Programming with SciStarter and NNLM

SEA All of Us - Wed, 2020-06-17 13:57

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the All of Us Research Program has expanded its partnership with SciStarter and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! Exploring Citizen Science is a great way to reach library patrons virtually.

The organizations worked collaboratively to promote Citizen Science Month (April 2020) in libraries, to increase awareness of citizen science in communities across the nation, and help you explore the impact of the environment on your health. Through citizen science and crowdsourcing, NNLM can help you engage in initiatives addressing societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation. Participation in the research process also helps create transparency and build trust between NNLM and the communities that we serve.

Interested in co-hosting a virtual event about a Citizen Science project with SciStater and NNLM? Get in touch by filling out our interest form. We have limited opportunities connecting to summer reading, but filling out the sign-up form also signals your willingness for future engagement in the coming months.

We have limited opportunities connecting to summer reading, but filling out the sign-up form also signals your willingness for future engagement in the coming months.

Learn more about Citizen Science, visit SciStarter.
Interested in co-hosting a virtual event? Fill out this form.
For other health programming ideas for Summer Reading, visit the NNLM Summer Reading site.
To learn more about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit the CDC Coronavirus site.

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Join us for an author talk: The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19

PNR All of Us - Wed, 2020-06-17 12:49

Robert Wachter, M.D. author of The Digital Doctor

The NNLM Reading Club announces the launch of NNLM Reading Club Presents….

NNLM Reading Club Presents… are web-based author talks that highlight timely health issues brought to light by the NNLM Reading ClubNNLM Reading Club Presents… gives libraries and their readers a chance to hear directly from authors, then engage in a question-and-answer session with them.

Our first event, The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19, features Robert Wachter, M.D., author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age and is scheduled for July 14, 2020. Each live webinar session is 60 minutes long and begins at: 3:00 p.m. ET | 2:00 p.m. CT | 1:00 p.m. MT | Noon PT | 11:00 a.m. Alaska | 9:00 a.m. Hawaii

For more information, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/Zs9

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Application period open for the 2021-2026 cycle of the Network of the National Library Medicine (NNLM)

MCR All of Us - Wed, 2020-06-10 17:12

The National Library of Medicine has announced that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities for 2021-2026 are open for applications until September 11. You can read the announcement of the FOA here and review the FOA here.

There are a couple of significant changes in this new funding announcement. First is a name change to Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).

There will be notable changes to the geographic make-up of the regions. Our region, Region 4, will be losing 3 states: Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri will be part of the new Region 3.

Colorado, Wyoming and Utah will be joined in Region 4 by six new states: Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission. The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.

A technical assistance webinar open to all interested parties will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 3:00-4:00pm ET. For more information, see https://nnlm.gov/workbook#tech.

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Explore Digital Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

MCR All of Us - Mon, 2020-06-01 13:21

Much of our healthcare today runs on digital devices. Think telehealth or telemedicine; electronic health record (EHR) or electronic medical record (EMR); mobile health apps (mHealth); emailing your doctor and more. While this connectivity is helpful, healthcare consumers or patients need to have digital health literacy to effectively partner in their health care. There are still gaps in equitable access, and sometimes the reality of our digital health tools falls a bit short of their initial promise. Join with the NNLM Reading Club as we explore Digital Health Literacy this month to learn more about the bits and bytes driving today’s healthcare system. Discover what we need to know to fully participate in this rapidly evolving approach in how we prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses. To select your title and get your book club conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

Deep Medicine by Eric Topol l The Digital Doctor by Robert Wachter l The Future of Healthcare by Emmanuel Fombu

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Explore Digital Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

PNR All of Us - Fri, 2020-05-29 14:30

Much of our healthcare today runs on digital devices. Think telehealth or telemedicine; electronic health record (EHR) or electronic medical record (EMR); mobile health apps (mHealth); emailing your doctor and more. While this connectivity is helpful, healthcare consumers or patients need to have digital health literacy to effectively partner in their health care. There are still gaps in equitable access, and sometimes the reality of our digital health tools falls a bit short of their initial promise. Join with the NNLM Reading Club as we explore Digital Health Literacy this month to learn more about the bits and bytes driving today’s healthcare system. Discover what we need to know to fully participate in this rapidly evolving approach in how we prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses. To select your title and get your book club conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

Deep Medicine by Eric Topol l The Digital Doctor by Robert Wachter l The Future of Healthcare by Emmanuel Fombu

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NIH All of Us Research Program Releases Beta of Research Workbench

SEA All of Us - Thu, 2020-05-28 13:50

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

The All of Us Research Program, grown out of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative, aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research and to reflect the diversity of the United States through its participants. All people living in the United States – not just citizens – are eligible to participate. The mission of All of Us is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care. The goal of the program is to help researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy. By looking for patterns, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health.

The Researcher Workbench makes participant data freely available through the All of Us Research Hub. What follows is the official announcement from the All of Us Research Program.

The All of Us Research Program launched the beta phase of the Researcher Workbench today. Read the official announcement from All of Us CEO Dr. Josh Denny.

The Workbench is a new platform that contains deidentified, individual-level participant data, including electronic health records, survey answers, and physical measurements. Within the Workbench, researchers can use a suite of custom tools to create, review, and analyze cohort data. Visit the Research Hub website to learn more about our methodology for curating participant data and the Researcher Workbench tools.

During the beta phase, researchers with NIH eRA Commons accounts may apply for access if their institutions have a data use agreement in place. Right now, any U.S.-based academic, nonprofit, or health care organization can enter into our Data Use and Registration Agreement.

We released several new resources to the Research Hub website:

  • We’re in Beta: Learn what to expect as part of the Researcher Workbench beta phase.
  • Data Use Policies: Find out more about acceptable uses of All of Us participant data.
  • Publications: Discover published work by other researchers based on All of Us participant data.
  • Research Projects Directory: View more information about researchers’ workspaces and their work with the All of Us participant data.

We extend a warm welcome to researchers interested in exploring the Researcher Workbench. We want to design this platform with you, to make it the best resource it can be. Your comments and suggestions are central to that effort. Go to ResearchAllofUs.org to find out more and get started.

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NNLM PSR’s Kelli Ham Announces Retirement!

PSR Latitudes All of Us - Wed, 2020-05-27 20:02
a woman standing behind an exhibit table

Kelli at an Arbor Day community outreach event in 2017.

NNLM PSR Community Engagement Librarian Kelli Ham has announced her retirement on July 1! Her last day of work will be Monday, June 29. Kelli joined the NNLM PSR staff in 2005 as Consumer Health Librarian. In September, 2017, she transitioned to the new role of Community Engagement Librarian in support of the NNLM All of Us program. During her fifteen-year tenure, Kelli’s determination and dedication have led to an outstanding career of numerous accomplishments. Kelli has excelled at virtually every task she has undertaken.

Kelli’s passions include health literacy, digital literacy, and awareness and skill building of digital accessibility. Over the years she has conducted many library training sessions, conference presentations for librarians and health professionals, and in-person sessions for members of the public. Kelli has had an extremely successful track record as a course developer and author. As Community Engagement Librarian, she conducted outreach to improve health literacy and awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program through exhibits, presentations, promotion of citizen science projects, and supporting libraries through programs such as the NNLM Reading Club.

Kelli’s adeptness in building regional partnerships has led to many successful collaborations. Partners have included the Institute for HealthCare Advancement (IHA), which sponsors an annual health literacy conference, and InfoPeople, a training arm of the California State Library. With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in 2013, Kelli spearheaded the outreach effort in our region by leveraging her relationships with all state libraries in the region. She also created an ACA LibGuide and co-authored two chapters in the MLA monograph The Affordable Care Act: A Librarian’s Practical Guide. For her remarkable accomplishments related to ACA outreach, Kelli was nominated for and received the 2015 UCLA Librarian of the Year Award! More recently, Kelli worked with the SciStarter team at Arizona State University on a project culminating in a nationwide event on Citizen Science Day 2019. This successful endeavor served as a springboard for a national NLM-sponsored effort for 2020 Citizen Science Month.

woman hiking on a rocky terrain.

Kelli on one of her outdoor adventures.

Kelli also spearheaded a multi-year partnership with the California State Library to improve the capacity of public librarians to provide mental health information and services to their communities. As part of this effort, she attended 16 hours of training and received certifications in Mental Health First Aid; developed a four-hour class and trained over 150 librarians in ten locations in California and Arizona; and served as an advisor on the Mental Health Advisory Committee. Kelli was invited as a Featured Speaker at the 2016 California Library Association Conference to deliver the inaugural training.

As a course developer, Kelli created the 12-unit continuing education course, Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services, particularly noteworthy because hundreds of participants successfully completing it achieved MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certification with one comprehensive class. It has been an ever-successful course offering that remains in high demand today. The course also served as the basis and model for another highly popular and valuable NNLM class for public library staff, Stand Up for Health. In conjunction with the Health & Wellness class, Kelli was the principal author and editor of the resource, Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff. This comprehensive professional development resource enabled public library staff to build competencies in providing excellent consumer health services to users. The Toolkit was used as a course textbook in several library school courses and as a benchmark for consumer health services in some library systems. While the Toolkit is no longer in print, the core competencies therein were adopted by the Medical Library Association in 2018 as the educational criteria for attaining CHIS certification.

Kelli has been very active in professional associations, particularly the American Library Association (ALA) and the Medical Library Association (MLA). A highlight was an invitation in 2012 to join the ALA Reference and User Services Association Reference Services Section (RUSA RSS) Guidelines subcommittee. This working group developed new Health and Medical Reference Guidelines, which replaced the Guidelines for Medical, Legal, and Business Responses published ten years earlier. She was originally appointed for a 2-year commitment, but agreed to continue for an additional two years to see the process through to completion. Kelli also served as the chair of the MLA Education Annual Program Committee (formally the Continuing Education Committee) in 2017-2018, after serving as a committee member for the three previous years.

And finally, look for Kelli’s article “Wayfinding along the Caregiving Journey: Resources for Informal Caregivers,” on the verge of appearing in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, volume 24, issue 2!

Join us in congratulating Kelli on this occasion of her well-deserved retirement!

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Community Engagement Award Highlights: Sacramento Public Library’s Brain Health Initiative

PSR Latitudes All of Us - Wed, 2020-05-27 18:25

by Katie Ball, Special Projects Associate
Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento, CA

a woman with glasses at an exhibit holding up a brochure

An RN showing NLM and NNLM resources

The Sacramento Public Library (SPL) received a 2019-2020 All of Us Community Engagement Award from the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM PSR). This award was used to create the first health literacy focused program for SPL, the Brain Health Initiative (BHI). The goal of the BHI was to facilitate the process of healthy aging by delivering information on Alzheimer’s disease and techniques to improve brain health. We aimed to reach our goal by providing the following activities:

  • Fidget Blanket Workshops: We partnered with the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a one-hour class on Healthy Living for your Brain and Body. Following the class, participants were given the opportunity to create a fidget blanket for their loved one.
  • Health Liaison training: A branch representative from each library in our system was selected to become a Health Liaison and received training on trusted Health Literacy resources, Alzheimer’s disease, and health resources in the community.
  • Blood Pressure Drop-in Clinics: We partnered with Samuel Merritt University RN to BSN program to provide blood pressure checks at our branches, staffed by Registered Nurses (pictured). We provided patrons with information on how to lower their blood pressure, as well as the connection between good heart health and good brain health, and gave away blood pressure monitors to track readings at home.
  • Senior Resource Packs: At outreach events, we gave away Senior Resource Packs, which were tote bags filled with the What to Do For Senior Health book from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, a pill splitter, a travel alarm clock, a pill organizer, and printouts on senior-focused health care and tips for better brain health.
  • Brain Health Kits: To encourage patrons of all ages to participate in brain fitness activities at any time, we introduced Brain Health Kits, available to be checked out from branches throughout the system. These kits include tactile and word puzzles, conversation starters, trivia books, and information from the Alzheimer’s Association for how to better care for your brain.
  • Targeted outreach: We identified vulnerable populations throughout Sacramento County to engage with in order to distribute Senior Resource Packs and share information about blood pressure drop-in clinics and fidget blanket workshops. We also partnered with the local All of Us office to have a representative accompany SPL at outreach events.

One of the successes from the BHI came out of one of our Fidget Blanket Workshops, held at our Valley Hi—North Laguna branch. A woman attended, and said she was unaware of the fidget blanket portion. SPL staff explained that all of the supplies would be provided for free and there was a sewing instructor available to help troubleshoot any issues. The woman was dubious, as she was the primary caregiver for her mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. The attendee was an experienced sewer, but wasn’t sure she could dedicate two hours to creating a fidget blanket. SPL staff encouraged her to stay for an hour and whatever she wasn’t able to complete in that time, she could take the supplies home to later finish the blanket. The woman agreed and she got to work.

fidget blanket

A fidget blanket at the Healthy Living for your Brain and Body workshop

As she created her blanket and sewed the pieces together, she shared stories with the instructor, letting her know how she was rusty and she never took the time to be creative anymore because she was so busy caring for her mother, even though she knew it was good for exercising her brain. Almost to the minute, an hour later, she completed her blanket (pictured) and said to the instructor, “Wow, I did something good for me and good for my mother, all at the same time!”

With the stay-at-home orders that were put in place for the state of California to slow the spread of Coronavirus, SPL had to cancel multiple BHI activities that were scheduled in the months of March and April. This was disappointing, as our blood pressure drop-in clinics had been well-received by the community and we were on a good trajectory to grow attendance at our Fidget Blanket Workshops, but we look forward to continuing the work started in this project when we re-open. We plan to continue in-reach and outreach to distribute Senior Resource Packs, as well as explore ways to market the Brain Health Kits to caregivers, senior facilities, and the general public. Our partnership with Samuel Merritt University will continue for the next three years, which will enhance our health-related programming. We will also pursue more opportunities for collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association. Finally, we will be adapting BHI information and resources for use in our Library AF programs for young adults, aimed at the 20s-40s age group. There are many excellent resources developed in this project and partnerships that were formed that can be utilized for future health programs at SPL.

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Digital Literacy Tools and Resources from PLA

BHIC All of Us - Tue, 2020-05-26 10:00

LinkedIn Learning for Libraries

LinkedIn Learning, formerly Lynda.com, is excited to share that after continued discussions with the library community over the past few months, it’s taking the first steps toward building a new LinkedIn Learning library product that’s dedicated to serving the needs of library customers and patrons. While LinkedIn works to develop this new product for libraries, library patrons can continue to use Lynda.com until the new product is in place. LinkedIn looks forward to sharing more specific timing in the coming months.

PLA’s Digital Literacy Webinars: Free and On-demand

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May 27th is National Senior Health & Fitness Day

BHIC All of Us - Tue, 2020-05-26 10:00

May 27, 2020 is the 27th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. It is extremely important to continue a healthy and active lifestyle as one ages. In a recent study, researchers concluded that higher daily step counts were associated with lower mortality risk from all causes. They found that, compared with taking 4,000 steps per day, a number considered to be low for adults, taking 8,000 steps per day was associated with a 51% lower risk for all-cause mortality (or death from all causes). Taking 12,000 steps per day was associated with a 65% lower risk compared with taking 4,000 steps. Learn more about how exercise and physical activity can help you stay healthy.

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Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times

BHIC All of Us - Tue, 2020-05-26 10:00

Join the NNLM for a free webinar on May 27 at 1:00PM CT. In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing, and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit, and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the greater good.

Facilitator: Madeleine Charney is a Research Services Librarian at UMass Amherst. She is co-editor of Recipes for Mindfulness in Your Library: Supporting Resilience and Community Engagement (ALA, 2019) and works passionately to support healthy climate-soil-people-food. 

Register here

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Tools Available to Support May Health Observances

MCR All of Us - Fri, 2020-05-08 15:04

Libraries can access free tools to support national health observances in May that will shine a light on the importance of mental health, senior health and fitness, and air quality awareness.

The available resources are used to help libraries celebrate and bring awareness to the observances in their communities.

These free tools include electronic bulletin slides, social media materials, printer-friendly handouts, and webinar recordings. You can access these resources at nnlm.gov or by clicking on the links below.

 Mental Health Month

 

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

 

Air Quality Awareness Week 

 

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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Digital Resources from PSR Subwardees

PSR Latitudes All of Us - Wed, 2020-05-06 19:37

As libraries around the world have closed their physical doors to stop community spread of COVID-19, they have responded to the challenges of moving in-person programming to the digital space in novel and creative ways.

The past year’s NNLM PSR Subwardees faced numerous obstacles on top of the regular unexpected twists and turns of special library projects. In a short amount of time, they adapted to their new realities and built lasting, accessible, impactful web-based resources.

Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus spent months preparing for an in-person summit featuring experts on gender diversity and sports from around the country. When that was cancelled, they quickly pivoted and developed GDiS Online, a continuously-available, evidence-based resource guide with background resources, special recorded talks from medical and legal experts, and interviews with intersex athletes.

screen capture of a jabsom graphic medicine video

Outreach, book clubs, and classroom visits were all part of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine Health Sciences Library’s plan to publicize their new graphic medicine collection. Undaunted, they created a web-based resource guide with three videos to advertise the collection virtually, and items have already been requested by students and faculty.

The project team members at Touro University Nevada’s Jay Sexter Library are no strangers to emerging technologies. One of their first project activities was to create an extensive TUN Health Professions Information LibGuide to educate their community members on how VR, 3D printing, and other technologies can be harnessed in the health professions. Team member Faye Mazzia presented a virtual poster on the project; and Joanne Muellenbach, Megan DeArmond, and Kyle Mefferd virtually participated on the NNLM PSR webinar promoting the subaward program. Though in-person use of the technologies is on pause, the team was already well-positioned to lead in the virtual space. These digital resources and skills can continue to be used remotely to build interest in the project and further the work begun this past year.

Many of this past year’s subawardees from other RMLs have reflected on how their projects changed and grew through library closures. If you have creatively adapted to COVID-19 related closures or challenges, please let us know!

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Read All About It: May is Mental Health Month

PNR All of Us - Thu, 2020-04-30 21:00

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought widespread stress and uncertainty which may take a toll on our mental health. What an appropriate time to recognize May as Mental Health Month. The NNLM Reading Club features three books to spark a book club discussion on different facets of mental health. On our Mental Health Resources page, you’ll find downloadable materials and program ideas to help educate and reduce the stigma often associated with mental health disorders. To learn more, visit the NNLM Reading Club. Choose a book, share the information, and start the conversation.

Little Panic by Amanda Stern l Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb l Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

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