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Yamila El-Khayat Joins NNLM All of Us Training and Education Center as Participant Engagement Coordinator!

PSR Latitudes All of Us - Fri, 2019-02-15 17:00

The NNLM All of Us Training and Education Center (TEC) has announced the appointment of Yamila El-Khayat, MA, Outreach Services Librarian at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library, to the role of TEC Participant Engagement Coordinator. Yamila joined the TEC at 20% effort on February 1 and will transition to 40% effort beginning May 1. In this role, Yamila works alongside Lydia Collins, TEC Participant Engagement Lead, on key projects such as the All of Us Speakers Series and the All of Us Editorial Calendar, and will be a strategic collaborator with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Center.

Many of you may already know Yamila from her extensive outreach to diverse communities, in support of the NNLM PSR mission. She also has knowledge and experience with the All of Us Research Program through her work with the All of Us Arizona Consortium. Welcome to Yamila in her new role with the NNLM!

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NNLM SEA Seeks Applications to Fund 2019-2020 Projects

SEA All of Us - Wed, 2019-02-13 13:49

The National Network of Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects.

The mission of the NNLM 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 Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM SEA.

  • Period of Performance: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020
  • Application Due Date: April 5, 2019 11:59 PM ET

Eligibility: Network member organizations in the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (AL, DC, GA, FL, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, VA, WV, and the USVI) are eligible to apply. Membership is free and open to libraries of all type, community-based organizations, clinics, public health departments, and other organizations that provide or distribute health information.

Awards to NNLM SEA member organizations help advance the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan and help the NNLM achieve two National Network Performance Measures:

  • Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of the NNLM.
  • Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.

Available awards include:

Professional Development: To enable individuals at SE/A Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Exhibitor Award: Funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote NLM products, NNLM programs or SEA member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit.

Amount: Up to $2000

All of Us Community Engagement Exhibits: Funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote the All of Us Program, NLM products, NNLM programs or SEA member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit.

Amount: Up to $2,000

All of Us Community Engagement Project: Projects to support public libraries and organizations who develop programming for public libraries that involve information and education about the NIH All of Us Research program and health information literacy.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources; or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges, and universities.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Express Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources; or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges, and universities.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Medical Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of health sciences/medical librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Express Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Express Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Research Data Management Project Award: To provide support for projects that strengthen and promote the library’s involvement in biomedical discovery and data-powered health.

Amount: $19,000

Details for these awards are available on the SEA Funding Opportunities page. All award proposals are accepted via an online form linked from the award description. Please read the description/requirements of the award and the evaluation criteria. Some awards are eligible for IDC, and all funds must be spent by April 30, 2020.

NNLM SEA staff are available for consultation and training on applicable NLM resources and potential projects. Someone will respond within three business days. Additionally, we invite you to attend an upcoming webinar on February 25, 2019 at 12:30 PM ET to learn more about these awards and the application process.

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PNR Rendezvous- All of Us Partnership

PNR All of Us - Wed, 2019-02-13 03:00

Many of you have been hearing about the work of our All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Michele Spatz.  Michele has been highlighting the NIH All of Us Research Program in our region. This program is hoping to gather data from 1 million or more participants to help improve health through precision medicine and to be reflective of our diversity.  This PNR Rendezvous session will describe the NNLM All of Us Research Program partnership and what it means for libraries. It will then highlight the Journey, the All of Us Mobile Education and Enrollment Center’s four-day visit to Hailey, Idaho, hosted by the Hailey Public Library. LeAnn Gelskey, Hailey Public Library director, will share her experience facilitating the Journey’s visit. Come learn what’s inside and how your library can “get on board” and benefit from the NNLM All of Us Research Program partnership.
The All of Us Journey continues to tour the country. Learn where they have been and future visits.

Session title: The NNLM All of Us Partnership & Inside the Journey

When: Wednesday February 20 at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT

How to attend: Registration is encouraged but not required. Full information about joining the webinar is available on the PNR Rendezvous web page.

The session will be recorded but we encourage you to attend the live session where you can ask questions and dialogue with the presenters.

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Funding is Available for 2019-2020 Health Information Outreach Projects

MAR All of Us - Fri, 2019-02-08 15:05

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects.

The mission of the National Network of Libraries 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.

  • Period of Performance: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020
  • Due Date: April 5, 2019 4:30 PM ET
  • Notification of Awards: April 29, 2019

Eligibility: Network member organizations in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Membership is free and open to libraries of all kinds, community-based organizations, clinics, public health departments and other organizations that provide or distribute health information.

Awards to NNLM MAR member organizations help advance the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan and help us achieve two National Network Performance Measures:

  • Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of NNLM.
  • Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.

Available awards include:

Health Information Outreach Project: Education and outreach projects that improve access to biomedical and health information and increase the ability of the public and health professionals to use these resources.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Awards Available: Minimum of 6 awards

NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award: Projects to support public libraries and organizations who develop programming for public libraries that involve information and education about the NIH All of Us Research program and health information literacy.

  • Amount: Up to $50,000
  • Awards Available: 3 awards up to $50,000; maximum of 6 awards of up to $20,000

Health Sciences Library Project: Projects that support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery within their institution and/or outreach community.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Awards Available: Minimum of 4 awards

Professional Development Award: Awards to assist individuals working in MAR Network member organizations to enhance their ability to use NLM resources or keep current on topics related to NIH initiatives.

  • Amount: Up to $2,500
  • Awards Available: Minimum of 14 awards

Resources are available to help potential applicants, including:

NNLM MAR staff are available for consultation and training on applicable National Library of Medicine resources and potential projects. Complete the NNLM MAR Award Interest Form, and someone will respond within three business days.

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Registration Open for 4th Annual Data Day Event

GMR All of Us - Tue, 2019-02-05 10:07

You are cordially invited to the University of Cincinnati’s 4th Annual Data Day sponsored by The University of Cincinnati Libraries and IT@UC.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are topics gaining national attention.  Our 4th Annual University of Cincinnati Data Day will explore these topics in depth and highlight how researchers can expand their understanding by considering the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion on their own research.

What: University of Cincinnati 4th Annual Data Day

When: Monday, April 1, 2019 9am – 4:30pm

Where: Tangeman University Center, Great Hall (located on the main campus of the University of Cincinnati)

Cost: Free

The day will be comprised of panel discussions, an interactive session where participants will learn R programming skills, and keynote speakers to start and end the day.  The first keynote speaker, Amanda Wilson, will highlight the historic All of Us Research Program that is gathering data from one million individuals to assist in delivering precision medicine by taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology among participants. The second keynote speaker, Deborah Duran, will address how diversity and inclusion are necessary considerations as we consider our research and how doing so can have an impact on us all. Panelists will discuss health disparities and health equity research from local and statewide perspectives as well as how data is being used to empower social justice.

You do not want to miss this exciting day!

For more information and registration visit: http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/blogs/dataday/

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NNLM Reading Club: American Heart Month

MAR All of Us - Mon, 2019-02-04 14:17

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of American Heart Month, a February National Health Observance.

  • Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
  • Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg
  • This Heart of Mine: a Novel by C.C. Hunter

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

The NNLM Reading Club Book Kit can be requested and shipped free from a participating National Network of Libraries of Medicine regional office. Applicants must sign up for membership with NNLM in order to receive a kit. A standard NNLM Reading Club Book Kit includes:

  • 8 books
  • 8 bookmarks
  • 8 discussion guides
  • 8 NIH MedlinePlus Magazines
  • 8 NIH All of Us Research Program brochures
  • 8 reading club bags

Libraries and organizations who participated in the previous book club theme of Family Health History can request another free book club kit in this new selection. Kit requests and/or book clubs need to be received by April 30th. To request a book club kit, complete an application.

If there are any types of materials that would aid in facilitating your book club (large print books, audio books, etc), please feel free to reach out to NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner at VLM38@pitt.edu. We will do our best to accommodate the needs of your community.

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Subscribe to the New NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network Newsletter

MCR All of Us - Wed, 2019-01-30 14:16

Sign up for the new online newsletter to help you keep track of the latest news with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network. If you’re interested in hearing about funding and programming opportunities for your library or organization, the All of Us Research Program, health information classes, training sessions, or the latest health information resources and services available, then this newsletter is for you.

If you would like to learn more about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, visit nnlm.gov/all-of-us.

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Take a Look at What’s Ahead for NNLM in 2019!

PSR Latitudes All of Us - Thu, 2019-01-24 20:00

In a recent blog post, Amanda J. Wilson, head of NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, laid out priorities for NNLM in the upcoming year.

Engaging through All of Us: All of Us is a nationwide program with the ambitious goal of enrolling one million or more diverse participants. As an All of Us partner, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine develops activities and creates opportunities to provide health resources through public libraries. The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network funds outreach projects and develops programming to raise awareness about All of Us and improve health literacy. The NNLM partnership has reached 16 states and more than 500 individuals through 150 Network-sponsored activities and events. In addition, last November the Community Engagement Network launched the NNLM Reading Club to help libraries address health information needs through book clubs.

Equipping a Data-Ready Workforce of Librarians: Since the NNLM Training Office (NTO) launched the training program Biomedical & Health Research Data Management for Librarians in January 2018, there have been two cohorts. The program works to better equip health information professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to support research and deliver improved services to their institutions, communities, and colleagues. NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery supports their ongoing activities. In addition, videos from the 2018 research data management webinar series are available on YouTube. Topics range from Wikidata to data visualization and from library research data management services to teaching R for statistical computing. In 2019, a new course debuts, Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians. This second-level course will cover advanced topics in research data management, including science communications and the role of data management in data sciences and open science. (The application period for this course closed January 4.)

Editing Wikipedia: The world’s largest medical library continues to increase its presence on the world’s largest online encyclopedia. Through two national edit-a-thons last year, Network members helped improve available health information by editing Wikipedia articles related to rare diseases and women’s health. In total, participants made 1,441 edits to 315 articles, which, collectively, have been viewed over four million times. They also engaged with their peers and with NNLM staff on Twitter via the hashtag #CiteNLM2018. The first Wikipedia #CiteNLM Edit-a-Thon of 2019, Elevating Health Equity, will be held this May during the Medical Library Association annual meeting!

Through these activities and more, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is looking to expand our reach, enhance our impact, and entice more medical librarians to join our efforts to improve the public health and the public’s access to trusted, quality health information. If you aren’t already a member, consider joining. You’ll be glad you did!

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NNLM MAR Funding: 2019-2020 preview

MAR All of Us - Wed, 2019-01-23 07:00

In early February, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, will open funding opportunities for May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020 projects.

Requests for Proposals will be announced for the following:

Health Information Outreach Project: Education and outreach projects that improve access to biomedical and health information and increase the ability of the public and health professionals to use these resources.

NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award: Projects to support public libraries and organizations who develop programming for public libraries that involve information and education about the NIH All of Us Research program and health information literacy.

Health Sciences Library Project: Projects that support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery within their institution and/or outreach community.

Professional Development Award: Awards to assist individuals working in MAR Network member organizations to enhance their ability to use NLM resources or keep current on topics related to NIH initiatives.

Most awards are up to $20,000. Professional Development awards are up to $2,500.

What can your organization do now to prepare?
  • Verify that your organization is a member of NNLM MAR – If not, join the network.
  • Subscribe to Weekly Postings to be notified when funding is announced.
  • Explore project ideas by looking at past NNLM funded projects and Programs Ideas and Guides.
  • Talk to people in your organization and partners to gauge readiness and support for applying for external funding.
  • Sign up for one or more upcoming Technical Assistance webinars, listed below.
Upcoming Webinars

Applying for All of Us Funding – Health Programs for Public Libraries – February 19, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This webinar will include a presentation of background information about the NNLM partnership with the All of Us Research Program, information about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, insight about what types of library projects qualify for NNLM MAR All of Us funding, and opportunities for continued involvement.

Grants and Proposal Writing – February 27, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including the specific requirements for NNLM MAR funding. Note: attendance is restricted to individuals in the MAR region (DE/NJ/NY/PA).

Health Statistics on the Web – February 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – This hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. This course may be useful in gathering data related to target populations for your proposed project.

Activate, Collaborate and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – March 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – This course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

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Celebrate American Heart Month with the NNLM Reading Club!

PNR All of Us - Tue, 2019-01-22 20:00

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of American Heart Month, a February National Health Observance.

Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar

Brilliant Affliction by Lene Fogelberg

This Heart of Mine: a Novel by C.C. Hunter

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

 

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Celebrate American Heart Month with the NNLM Reading Club

GMR All of Us - Fri, 2019-01-18 14:38

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of American Heart Month, a February National Health Observance.

  • Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
  • Brilliant Affliction by Lene Fogelberg
  • This Heart of Mine: a Novel by C.C. Hunter

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials, and corresponding heart health information, or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: Heart Health.

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The Journey is coming to town

GMR All of Us - Tue, 2019-01-15 17:39

The Journey is visiting the Greater Midwest Region. No, not the rock band, but the NIH All of Us “mobile asset” designed to promote, educate, and enroll participants in the research program.

Do you know about All of Us? The NIH All of Us Research Program is part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. What is precision medicine? Precision medicine is an innovative approach to healthcare. It takes into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology in order to accelerate research, advance medicine, and ultimately improve care, treatment, and prevention for all of us.

Photo of the blue All of Us Journey trailer.

A sign promoting the Journey‘s visit.

All of Us is asking one million people to join in the study, and the traveling educational experience is one way to engage communities across the country. This summer, the Journey is coming to a city in or near you.

A Journey team leader explaining precision medicine to a group of visitors inside the Journey.

Participants touring the Journey and learning about precision medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center on November 27th. Sponsored by NNLM SCR

Louisville KY
2/25 – 3/3

Youngstown & Warren OH
6/3 – 6/9

Columbus OH
6/10 – 6/16

Cincinnati OH
6/17 – 6/ 23

Dearborn & Detroit MI
6/24 – 6/30

Grand Rapids MI
7/8 – 7/14

South Bend IN
7/15 – 7/21

Chicago IL
7/22 – 7/28

Photo of the All of Us mobile asset trailers parked.

The Gibson D. Lewis Library, Glendale, UT, hosted the Journey on Tuesday, November 27th. Sponsored by NNLM MCR

Elgin IL
7/29 – 8/4

Milwaukee WI
8/5 – 8/11

Madison WI
8/12 – 8/18

St Paul MN
8/19 – 8/25

Minneapolis MN
8/26 – 9/1

As an NIH All of Us partner, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) helps raise awareness of the program, and we depend upon our members to help support our mission.

Whether you are an academic or a public library, consider hosting the Journey or volunteering or exhibiting at an event. The involvement is minimal. The Journey team does the work from setting up and tearing down to enrolling participants. They even train volunteers the day-of. Because the Journey plans local site visits 60-90 days ahead of its scheduled appearance, contact darlene-kaskie@uiowa.edu as soon as possible with any questions and to submit your application.

Want to know more?

All of Us Journey Host Fact Sheet and Schedule

Community Partner Host Checklist

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Opportunity to Collaborate with the All of Us Journey!

MCR All of Us - Fri, 2019-01-11 18:39

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine would like to invite public libraries and community organizations to host the All of Us Journey when it visits the MidContinental Region on the following tentative dates:

St. Louis, MO—Monday, April 22- Friday, April 26

Wichita, KS –Tuesday, May 7- Friday, May 10

Lincoln, NE –Tuesday, May 14- Saturday, May 18

Omaha, NE–Tuesday, May 21 – Friday, May 24

The Journey, a project related to the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, is a hands-on traveling exhibit that engages community members in learning about the emerging field of precision medicine.

Through an ongoing national tour, the Journey invites visitors to join the landmark All of Us Research Program, designed to accelerate research and improve health. The program aims to sign up a million or more people to provide their health information in order to improve diversity in health research.

The Journey can make visits to events and venues within 2-3 hours of the area during that period. If you or an organization you know is interested in hosting the Journey or you know of any suitable events going on, please contact george.strawley@utah.edu or (801) 581-5242.

This opportunity is brought to you by the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, an initiative made possible in partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program.

The mission of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is to help public libraries support the health information needs of their communities by providing funding, training and partnership opportunities. In addition, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network will provide opportunities for NNLM Network Members to engage with the All of Us Research Program.

Please feel free to check out the Community Engagement Network website for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Find more information on the All of Us Research Program here.

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Introducing the NNLM Reading Club!

SEA All of Us - Mon, 2019-01-07 10:44

To help grow health literacy, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network announces the launch of the NNLM Reading Club. The goal is to support libraries’ health literacy efforts and address local communities’ health information needs by celebrating important National Health Observances through the fun and intimacy of a book club.

The NNLM Reading Club offers a selection of three different book titles along with corresponding free, ready-to-use, downloadable materials designed to help promote and facilitate a book club discussion on a health issue or topic.

It’s easy to download the ready-to-use book club discussion materials and direct patrons to the library’s book holdings. However, the NNLM is offering an added benefit: participating NNLM libraries are making the quarterly Reading Club picks available in a free, handy, portable Book Club Kit.

This program-in-a-box format includes 8 copies of each of the following items: the selected book, discussion guide, MedlinePlus flyer, MedlinePlus magazine, NNLM All of Us information and additional material in support of the health topic all of which are tucked inside a handy library book bag and mailed to the requesting library. Any U.S. library, which is an organizational member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, is eligible to apply and to receive one NNLM Reading Club Book Kit from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. Priority is given to those libraries who intend to use the Book Club Kit in their outreach to vulnerable communities.

For more information on the NNLM Reading Club, to browse selections and download the ready-to-use materials, or to order an NNLM Book Club Kit, click here.

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Engage with the All of Us Journey

MAR All of Us - Mon, 2018-12-17 07:00

As a new outreach and partnership opportunity, NNLM would like to invite you to engage with the All of Us Journey. The All of Us Journey is a hands-on experience to build awareness and excitement about the All of Us Research Program, supported by the National Institutes of Health. Through a 41-week national tour, this traveling exhibit actively engages community members to join this landmark research project that will accelerate research and improve health.

The All of Us Journey will be visiting the Middle Atlantic Region on the following dates:

  • 4/15- 4/21 Philadelphia, PA
  • 4/22- 4/28 Philadelphia, PA
  • 4/29 – 5/5 New Brunswick & Newark, NJ
  • 5/27 – 6/ 2 Harrisburg, PA

*Please note that all dates are tentative

Your organization can volunteer to host an All of Us Journey event or in conjunction to an existing event, which will connect your community with the interactive health stations and an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the All of Us Research Program. Event request form are required to be submitted 60-90 days before the All of Us Journey is scheduled to come to your area.

How does hosting the All of Us Journey benefit my community?

  • Educates community members about the All of Us Research Program and its benefits for people, families, communities, and future generations
  • Provides an opportunity for hands-on exploration and engagement and to ask questions
  • Gives your community the opportunity to actively participate in a program that seeks to improve the health of all Americans regardless of their sex, gender, race/ethnicity, religion, insurance status, address, income, or other unique traits

Funding may be available for NNLM Members to host All of Us Journey events. If you are interested in hosting the journey, volunteering, or would like more information about this opportunity, please contact NNLM MAR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner at VLM38@pitt.edu.

The mission of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is to help public libraries support the health information needs of their communities by providing funding, training and partnership opportunities. In addition, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network will provide opportunities for NNLM Network Members to engage with the All of Us Research Program.

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Thoughts on Health and the All of Us Research Program

PNR All of Us - Mon, 2018-12-17 01:00

Every year around this time, I think about my health. Yes, it’s the holidays and everything is festive and bright, but it’s also the season when I typically schedule my annual health visits. And, to be honest, the news from these visits hasn’t always been something to celebrate. I’ve learned that health – and conversely ill-health – are deeply personal attributes, uniquely different for each and every one of us. I’ve found, too, that my family health history can influence everything from the health screenings my doctor orders to the diseases or conditions I’m susceptible to, as well as the preventive health measures recommended to me.

Where I live can also influence my health. I’m happy to say I’ve moved in the past year from a home next to a cherry orchard that, while beautiful, was sprayed each spring with toxic chemicals, (as evidenced by the farm hands’ haz-mat suits). I fear I may have yet to feel the full health effects of that annual exposure.

Lifestyle is the other part of my health triad – determined by the choices I’ve made and continue to make daily. Did hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in my 20’s do a number on my knees which vexes me more each day as I grow older? Does my periodic “healthful eating plan,” which I use to manage my yo-yo-ing weight, support or conversely hinder my overall health? I could go into a lot more detail about my past choices, or the ones I make today, from riding my stationary bike each morning to savoring a glass of good red wine on the weekend, but let that suffice.

When all is said and done, my family health history – my DNA, environment and daily lifestyle choices all contribute to my health or ill-health. For each of us, the combination of these attributes uniquely influences our health and well-being. And science is paying attention.

The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Project, officially launched last May, is a longitudinal study to safely and securely gather one million or more participants’ data on their biology, environment and lifestyle. With personal identities removed, the All of Us Research Project will make this “de-identified” data available to ethical researchers, with the goal of advancing scientific discoveries to improve medical diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for all of us. It’s an ambitious project, but it gives me hope for a better future – one with healthcare that is as unique as each one of us.

For more information on the All of Us Research Program, please visit: Joinallofus.og

For information on how we can support your library’s participation in All of Us, visit the NNLM’s Community Engagement Network web page.

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NNLM Reading Club Book Kits: Family Health History

MAR All of Us - Mon, 2018-12-10 07:00

Book clubs provide a space that encourages engaged conversations and allows for people to connect with one another. The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network has developed the NNLM Reading Club as a way to build and support conversations around important health topics. The goal is to support libraries’ health literacy efforts and address local communities’ health information needs, through the fun and intimacy of a book club. The NNLM Reading Club offers a selection of three different book titles, along with corresponding free, ready-to-use materials designed to help promote and facilitate a book club discussion on a health issue or topic. This program-in-a-box includes 8 copies of each of the following items, all of which are tucked inside a handy library bag and shipped to the requesting library:

  • the selected book
  • discussion guide
  • MedlinePlus flyer
  • NIH MedlinePlus Magazine
  • additional material in support of the health topic

Any NNLM MAR member organization (membership is free!) is eligible to apply for one free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit through April 30, 2019. Due to the expected high demand, public libraries will receive priority status in the selection process, but all are welcome to apply. To request your NNLM Reading Club Book Kit, complete the online application form.

For questions, additional information, or special accessibility requests that would facilitate better participation of the book club for your patrons, please contact NNLM MAR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Veronica Leigh Milliner at VLM38@pitt.edu. Visit the NNLM Reading Club page to browse the current selections and featured topic of Family Health History.

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HSLANJ GLI Wraps Up 2018, Looks Forward to 2019

SEA All of Us - Mon, 2018-12-03 11:25

Many thanks to all librarians who participated in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Fall 2018 Offer via the Group Licensing Initiative. We appreciate the continued support and growth. Group purchasing power benefits more than 130 hospitals throughout a 20-state area of the U.S.

Please note: We anticipate releasing the Spring 2019 Offer on March 15. We look forward to negotiating with vendors to once again cultivate a list of quality resources for your consideration.

A special invitation for SEA medical librarians: Project Manager Robb Mackes is currently scheduling appointments with medical librarians in February, especially those located in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Speaking engagements at chapter meetings are also welcome. (As an example, the October NAHSL Chapter Meeting featured the breakout session: “A Conversation About Group Licensing for Hospital Libraries.”)

Just a reminder: No “membership” is required;  all medical librarians in the NNLM/MAR, SEA and NER Regions are welcome to participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative.

For more information, contact Project Manager Robb Mackes: (570) 856-5952 or robb@hslanj.org

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NNLM SEA Funding Announcement: All of Us Community Engagement Project Award – 10 Project Awards Available!

SEA All of Us - Wed, 2018-11-14 13:18

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 National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) is pleased to offer the All of Us Community Engagement Project Award.

Note: Due to an increase in award funding, we are now able to offer 10 Project Awards in the SEA Region instead of 2. Because of that, we are extending the deadline for applications.

Amount: Up to $10,000

Awards Available: Now up to 10 Project Awards!

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 9, 11:59 PM.

The purpose of the SEA All of Us Community Engagement Award is to support libraries for projects that improve health information 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 the All of Us Research program.

Potential Project Ideas

  • Hosting a symposium or panel presentations at public libraries that serve underrepresented or diverse populations on understanding clinical trials, informed consent, and what it means to participate in research.
  • Incorporating NLM health and science information resources and the All of Us Research Program community resources into new or existing health programs within public libraries. See National Health Observances for some ideas.
  • Training programs that educate finding and evaluating consumer health information found on the Internet and incorporate the All of Us Research Program.
  • Placing web-accessible computers in locations where they can be used by under-represented and minority populations to locate health information, free clinics, community health centers, and information on clinical trials, like the All of Us Research Program.
  • Train-the-trainer projects that enhance the skills of library staff and other consumer health information intermediaries to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information, clinical trials and informed consent, or the All of Us Research Program.
  • Exhibiting at community health fairs or presenting at local meetings to promote health literacy, NLM products and services, and the importance of participating in medical research.
  • Other creative ideas that integrate health information outreach and the All of Us Research program are strongly encouraged.

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

Please visit the All of Us Community Engagement Project Award for details regarding the award, eligibility, and to access the application.

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Annual Deadline Approaches for Insurance Marketplace Sign-Ups

MCR All of Us - Mon, 2018-11-12 18:14

This year’s open enrollment period to sign up for the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act ends Dec. 15.

Learn how your library can help patrons meet the deadline at a Public Library Association webinar on Thursday.

The webinar is part of PLA’s Libraries Connecting You to Coverage initiative, a national partnership to assist uninsured consumers in enrolling in the Affordable Care Act. The initiative’s web page offers resources that can help you support patrons in making their insurance selections.

The webinar conducted by a panel of academic and public librarians takes place at 1 p.m. Central time, noon Mountain. Space is limited. Go to the registration page to sign up.

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