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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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National Family Health History Day

GMR All of Us - Fri, 2018-11-09 13:46

Written by Erika Johnson. Erika is a health sciences librarian at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences and a GMR Partner Outreach Librarian.

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner – a day when families gather to enjoy time together. Did you know that Thanksgiving Day is also National Family Health History Day? Chances are you will be seeing grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family members who have important memories to share. What a great opportunity to start a conversation about your family’s health! Documenting medical and health information is an important part of protecting your family’s health in the future.

As librarians and information specialists, we can help spread the word about this often-overlooked element of family history. In September, I gave a presentation at a family history workshop. My session focused on how librarians can help genealogists locate and learn about their relatives. I also included a brief section on gathering medical and health information as an important component of a family’s history.

The 2018 workshop, “Over There,” presented by the Heritage Education Commission, was the organizations 43rd annual workshop. With planning already underway for the 44th annual workshop in 2019, I’m looking forward to focusing my next presentation on family health history and leaving the genealogy stuff the experts! There are many excellent resources available from the NNLM and other organizations. Here are just a few that I plan to use as I create my next presentation:

 

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Course on Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

MCR All of Us - Fri, 2018-11-09 13:19

How can a library provide health information to its users who have a culturally diverse background and speak one or more languages other than English? An online course that starts in January will demonstrate how.

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information is an opportunity for librarians to better understand the available resources that they can provide for diverse populations with specific health needs within their community.

The course will give participants an understanding of the current population of refugees, immigrants, and migrant and seasonal farm workers in the U.S. It will discuss how cultural humility can influence the library’s surrounding environment, and introduce reliable websites with quality health information translated into multiple languages. Participants will be able  to construct their own outreach project from what they’ve learned and incorporate it into their library by the end of the course.

The class runs from Jan. 7 to Feb. 4.

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Reading is Healthy! Introducing the NNLM Reading Club

PNR All of Us - Wed, 2018-10-31 21:00

Book Clubs or reading groups are a staple of library outreach and literacy efforts. People gather to discuss Oprah’s picks or the New York Times’ Best Sellers to socially engage with literature and current events.

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. Beginning November 1st, 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, NIH MedlinePlus Magazine, NIH All of Us Research Program brochure 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.

Visit the NNLM Reading Club page to browse the November selections and download the ready-to-use materials, or to order an NNLM Book Club Kit from a participating region.

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Reading is Healthy Introducing the NNLM Reading Club

GMR All of Us - Wed, 2018-10-31 17:59

seven adults sitting in chairs lined against a wall reading a book

Book Clubs or reading groups are a staple of library outreach and literacy efforts. People gather to discuss Oprah’s picks or the New York Times’ Best Sellers to socially engage with literature and current events.

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 materials designed to help promote and facilitate a book club discussion on a health issue or topic. It’s easy to download the discussion materials and direct patrons to the library’s book holdings. However, the NNLM is offering an added benefit.

Beginning November 1st, 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.gov flyer, NIH MedlinePlus Magazine, NIH All of Us Research Program brochure and additional material in support of the health topic all of which are tucked inside a handy library book bag and shipped to the requesting library.

Any U.S. library that 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. Due to the limited supply of federally-sponsored NNLM Reading Club Book Kits, libraries that support outreach to vulnerable populations receive priority status.

Visit the NNLM Reading Club page to browse the November selections and download the ready-to-use materials or to order an NNLM Book Club Kit from a participating region.

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NNLM SEA Funding Announcement: All of Us Community Engagement Project Award

SEA All of Us - Tue, 2018-10-16 13:13

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.

Amount: Up to $10,000

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 11, 2018

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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New Funding Opportunity – NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award

MAR All of Us - Fri, 2018-10-12 08:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) is pleased to announce the availability of funding through NLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Through this collaboration, NNLM’s Regional Medical Libraries and National Offices will focus on raising awareness about All of Us and improving public access to high quality health information in communities throughout the United States, specifically by working with public libraries.

The purpose of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award is to fund public library programming to increase awareness of and education on health topics incorporating National Library of Medicine and/or NNLM health information resources (e.g., MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference), with a particular focus on the public health priorities of their community and programs for underserved populations. Projects under this award should broaden access to and awareness of health information resources, aim to increase health literacy for the general public in their service community, and raise awareness of the All of Us Research Program.

The Requests for Proposals are available on MAR’s funding page. Applications are due November 9 (for projects between $20,000 and $50,000) and November 16 (for projects up to $19,000). If funded, all projects must be completed by April 30, 2019.

Eligibility: Network members in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Membership is free, and open to any organization that provides or promotes health information. Priority for awards will be given to public libraries. Other institutions must present projects that will collaborate closely with public libraries. Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution and not an individual

Interested organizations are invited to a special one-hour webinar about this funding opportunity on October 18 at 10:00 AM ET. The recording will be available within 2 weeks. Please register for the webinar to be the first to receive notification of recording availability.

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All of Us Research Program Welcomes the Asian Health Coalition

BHIC All of Us - Fri, 2018-10-05 14:41

The All of Us Research Program welcomes the Asian Health Coalition as its newest community engagement partner. In this role, the group will raise awareness about the program and the opportunity for diverse communities to participate in precision medicine research. The Asian Health Coalition is a Chicago-based organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people throughout Illinois. In collaboration with All of Us, the Coalition will coordinate with other organizations around the country to reach Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

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October is Health Literacy Month!

PNR All of Us - Tue, 2018-10-02 21:00

It’s October – Health Literacy month. We’ve still much work ahead to improve how we deliver actionable health information for the nine out of ten U.S. adults who struggle to understand it. We know health literacy is complex and multi-faceted. It involves demands by the healthcare system which often surpass people’s ability to comprehend and appropriately respond to those demands in order to support personal well-being. This month is a good reminder that low health literacy has real-world consequences, since it’s well documented that individuals with low health literacy suffer poorer health outcomes. And it is precisely this aspect – that low health literacy worsens health disparities among the most vulnerable populations – which makes addressing this persistent challenge so compelling.

Health Literacy Month highlights the importance of doing our part to make health information understandable and actionable. We can do much to promote health literacy within our communities, from offering choices of health information resources that are easy-to-read, available in other languages, or are offered in an audio or visual format, to hosting health programming that responds to community health needs. Such programs create a non-threatening way to learn about a health concern or perhaps learn new skills to help improve personal health and well-being. Inserting a health module into adult basic education or ESOL classes is another viable approach that is typically well-received by participants. NNLM’s current funding opportunities which are open through October 24, 2018, offer public libraries, or those health libraries or organizations with a public library partnership, the support needed to test a health literacy approach within the community.

To show your support for health literacy, NNLM and ALA continue to partner through the Libraries Transform Health Literacy public awareness campaign by offering a free Health Literacy Toolkit. The Toolkit, which requires signing up for a free account, features a selection of health literacy posters, bookmarks and program ideas. To help amplify this message, NNLM PNR is now making the Libraries Transform Health Literacy posters available free to its members. The posters offer thought-provoking “Because” statements; for example, “Because Libraries are Partners in a Healthy Community.” And indeed, we are.  Order your poster(s) today!

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ALA Midwinter Travel Awards Available

NER All of Us - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:40

ALA Midwinter Logo

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NNLM NER) is pleased to offer up to 20 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Library Awardees can apply for up to $3,000 for registration and travel costs.

  • Eligibility – Any library in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT may apply.
  • Awards will be made on a cost-reimbursement basis to the individual attendee’s library. (i.e. a library must pay for an employee to attend and NNLM NER will reimburse that library after the conference).
  • Libraries may choose to use the $3,000 to send more than one person, but NNLM NER will not reimburse expenses beyond $3,000 to a single organization.
  • Libraries must be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. You may search to see if an organization is a member in the Membership directory. If not, membership is free and easy to sign up for. Only one award will be given per library.
  • If an individual is not a member of ALA, this award cannot pay for membership. Please budget for the non-member Early Bird rate.
  • In addition to the full conference, each individual using award money must register for and attend the preconference “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy” – See details below*
  • Any individual that receives any funds to attend ALA midwinter will be required to fill out a short evaluation: https://nnlm.gov/neo/members/evalmaterials#prodev. Awardee institutions may be asked if they would contribute to blog postings about the conference.
  • Applications are due October 17, 2018 – Decisions will be made in time to register for the Early Bird Rate.

*More about the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region’s ALA Midwinter Preconference:

Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity – Friday, January 25, 2019, 9:00 AM-Noon – The purpose of this preconference is to raise awareness of implicit bias’s connection to health equity and to deepen understanding of health literacy as a tool to address health equity within vulnerable communities. The format will include presentations, facilitated table conversations, and self-reflection. Participants will explore how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Organizers will provide a packet of useful resources to support health literacy in the library including tools to identify their local communities’ health needs. This preconference is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. Ticket pricing: ALA Member: $40/50/$60 – Other Member: $40/$50/$60 – Non-Member: $40/$50/$60

Please feel free to share this with any library you think might be interested.

Please contact Martha Meacham (martha.meacham2@umassmed.edu – 508-856-1267)

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Funding Available for ALA Midwinter

MAR All of Us - Wed, 2018-09-19 11:30

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region is pleased to offer up to 20 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Awardees can apply for up to $2000 for registration and travel costs.

  • Eligibility – Library staff in PA, NY, NJ and DE
  • Awards will be made on a cost-reimbursement basis to the attendee’s library.
  • Libraries must be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Membership is free. Only one Professional Development award will be given per library per year (May 1-April 30).
  • ALA membership is not an allowable expense. If not a member, please budget for the non-member Early Bird rate.
  • Awardees must register for and attend the preconference “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy” – See details below*
  • Applications are due October 12, 2018 – Decisions will be made in time to register for the Early Bird Rate.

*More about the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region’s ALA Midwinter Preconference:

Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity – Friday, January 25, 2019, 9:00 AM-Noon – The purpose of this preconference is to raise awareness of implicit bias’s connection to health equity and to deepen understanding of health literacy as a tool to address health equity within vulnerable communities. The format will include presentations, facilitated table conversations, and self-reflection. Participants will explore how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Organizers will provide a packet of useful resources to support health literacy in the library including tools to identify their local communities’ health needs. This preconference is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. Ticket pricing: ALA Member: $40/50/$60 – Other Member: $40/$50/$60 – Non-Member: $40/$50/$60

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NNLM Blog Roundup from Other Regions

SCR All of Us - Tue, 2018-09-18 16:55

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is composed of 8 regions. Each week, other regions post some great blog stories that we’d like to share with our region! Here are some highlights from last week:

From MCR: Sharing a Precision Medicine Story with the Kansas City Community

A Kansas local shared her family’s story and discussed how precision medicine can help improve the health for all by considering each person’s genetic makeup.

From MAR: National Preparedness Month: Learn Life Saving Skills

Our Middle Atlantic Region colleagues are highlighting a different theme related to preparedness each month. This post focuses on learning life-saving skills.

From PNR: STDs on the Rise

Learn more about this recent increase in STDs and resources that libraries can refer to patrons who have questions about them.

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Health Literacy is not a new topic for Americans

NER All of Us - Tue, 2018-09-18 09:16
Smoke traveling across America from California

August 10, 2018 CNN satellite photo of California wildfire

Health Literacy is not a new topic for Americans.  As a nation we have been adjusting to the latest developments on how to keep ourselves healthy for decades.  Whether that be following the national Food Pyramid to the updated “healthy plate” or changing our perspective of how we prevent illness as we age.  We follow an upbeat track to health – well we intend to do that.  Sometimes we just aren’t ready or prepared.  When attending the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conference in Atlanta this past week I’ve discovered campaigns that try to innovate ways to communicate the “get and stay healthy” message.

Several sessions caught my attention and I’d like to share them.  First, I attended a Pre-Conference on Health Literacy as a Driver of Healthier Communities.  This session provided links to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy @ http://www.health.gov/communication/HLActionPlan.  We reviewed the Needs Assessment with an ‘honest’ approach to who will participate versus who we really want to participate when we are looking into changing community health behaviors.  One large component of this assessment is that we are all trying to organize the same action plan and with the right resources/tools we can get the job done.  Examples used were the National Assessment of Adult Literacy which has state and county estimates and can be found at: http://nces.ed.gov/naal/estimates/StateEstimates.aspx; and Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/literacy/.  These resources can help with program planning.

Another message I’d like to share with you from this conference was from the “Challenging Traditional Methods of Public Health Messaging” session.  One speaker reminded us to look to the behavioral change not by generalized demographics but to look within each group segmentally.  For example, teens should not be grouped by age but by the things that are meaningful to them. In this case, it was music.  The teens were branded as popular, country, alternative, hip-hop and a moderate/traditional group.  Within the traditional group they were less likely to use tobacco or be part of unhealthy behaviors.  This group was about 30% of all teens.  The second group falls into popular and are more apt to follow others, perhaps for attention and they were more likely to smoke and drink in high school.  The other teen groups, alternative (Goth was mentioned), country or hip-hop had positive behavior changes in reducing or removing negative health habits (smoking, drinking) from their lifestyle when advertisements were paired with their group’s popular musicians tell their audiences that they don’t smoke or drink.  Studies showed that this messaging works!

The last two messages that had an environmental direction in health was regarding a Citizen Science study called Smoke Sense.  This is a downloadable app from the Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov/air-research/smoke-sense) that provides information about air quality, wildland fires, and smoke from those fires across the U.S.  This mobile application provides a way for users to learn how smoke affects their health, allows them to anonymously log health symptoms and smoke observations, and promotes preventive healthy behaviors around wildland fire smoke exposure.

The final segment is all about ticks, yes, those nasty little virus hoarding parasites that apparently are almost as dangerous as the world’s most deadly creature, the mosquito.  Unbeknownst to me, ticks are prolific all year around.  Dr. Mather, aka the Tick Doctor, had a great presentation regarding tick identification, removal of these little pests and how you could be a “tickspotter” https://tickencounter.org/tickspotters  as a Citizen Science project for your school or public library.  One neat fact I learned is that not all ticks are inactive in the fall and winter.   Another reason to learn more about my environment.  Happy sleuthing!

 

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St. Charles City-County Librarian Spreads the Word about Precision Medicine

MCR All of Us - Fri, 2018-09-14 18:06

Check out the blog post “The Future of Health: Precision Medicine” created by Alison Griffith, a Consumer Health Librarian for the St. Charles City-County Library. In Griffith’s blog, Ask Alison, she describes how the Precision Medicine Initiative is aiming to better understand every individual’s genetic makeup, lifestyle, and their surrounding environment.  Health professionals can then use the information to develop more precise and effective treatments  for every individual.

Visit Ask Alison on St. Charles City County Library’s website to read more about precision medicine.

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SEASide Webinar: Why Library Partners are Critical to the All of Us Research Program – Sep 27, 2018 – 1 PM ET

SEA All of Us - Tue, 2018-09-11 08:24

Pre-Register: Pre-registration for this free webinar is strongly encouraged, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!

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

Abstract: Why are libraries essential to building a comprehensive educational experience for participants in the All of Us Research program? What can your library do to support this initiative?

The NIH All of Us Research Program endeavors to build a databank of genetic information from at least 1 million participants from diverse backgrounds who will share their health data over a period of 10 years with the goal of discovering individualized treatments for and diagnoses of diseases. The All of Us Research Program has partnered with the National Library of Medicine and NNLM to help public libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users by providing health information training for public library staff, funding and other resources to support health programming and activities, and connections to medical libraries and other NNLM members in their area.

Join April Wright, NNLM SEA All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, to: learn about the All of Us Community Engagement Network, All of Us resources available, and discover how you and your library can be engaged with this national initiative and bring healthy outcomes to your community.

Upon completion of the SEAside Webinar, each participant will receive 1.0 contact hour of continuing education credit award by the Medical Library Association. Participants will receive a code to which they will enter in medlib-ed.

To Join the Training Session

To Join the Training Session (Quick Jump)

  1. Go to: https://nih.webex.com/nih/k2/j.php?MTID=t5101da8d47b353b5301dffa40ca6310a
    2. Enter your name and email address (or registration ID).
    3. Enter the session password: nnlm
    4. Click “Join Now”.
    5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To Join the Session by Phone Only

  • To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
  • Call-in toll number (US/Canada):1-650-479-3208
  • Global call-in numbers
  • Access code: 622 414 939​

 

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Sharing a Precision Medicine Story with the Kansas City Community

MCR All of Us - Thu, 2018-09-06 16:05

Founder and President of the Turner Syndrome Global Alliance Kelly Ranallo shared her family’s story and discussed the importance of making precision medicine available to everyone at the Kansas City launch of the All of Us Research Program. Ranallo emphasized how precision medicine can help improve the health for all by taking into account each person’s genetic makeup.

Go to the video of her talk to hear more about her family’s journey.

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The Music of All of Us: Memphis and Nashville Awarded NNLM All of Us Funding

SEA All of Us - Thu, 2018-09-06 09:31

by April Wright, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM SEA Region

NNLM SEA is excited to welcome Memphis and Nashville public libraries as partners in the All of Us Community Engagement Network!

Memphis

One of Memphis Public Library’s (MPL) strategic goals is to “reach beyond its walls with creative partnerships that make a difference in people’s lives.” As a library with full service radio and television stations, they offer health information programming and an extensive line-up of diverse community-related programming including book talks, local music, international news, accessible programming, information on legal issues, and policy discussions.

Having received funding from the NNLM All of Us Research Program Community Engagement initiative, Memphis Public Library plans to leverage the well-established Health Information Center (HIC) at the Benjamin J. Hooks Central Library to “build health-centric initiatives at several branch libraries across the city.” This supports MPL’s dual mission to expand its collections while enriching its neighborhood branches. In addition, the project will serve to more deeply connect the Health Information Center with local health organizations and universities and initiatives, such as Healthier Tennessee’s Memphis Healthier Neighborhoods, taking a community-based approach to increasing health literacy.

Another strategic goal aims to push the library from a supporting player to a leader in community conversations. Memphis was the first library to receive funding from the NNLM All of Us Research Program Community Engagement initiative and is certainly taking the lead in building a viable experience for participants in the All of Us Research program and the populations they serve.

Nashville

In 2017, Nashville Public Library (NPL) won the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award.  It boasts such features as the Civil Rights Room, an active program space that promotes understanding, communication, and civil discourse. The library also takes great pride in its tradition of puppetry and presentation of literature-based puppet shows.

Like its Western Tennessee neighbor, Nashville Public Library is no stranger to health and wellness initiatives. Be Well at NPL “aims to provide access to free health and wellness activities, education, and resources in a safe and welcoming environment. In 2017, in partnership with several community organizations, NPL delivered 1,737 health and wellness programs serving 20,549 Nashville residents. Activities include but are not limited to yoga and meditation, aerobic exercise, nutrition education, and mental health counseling. These services, along with the library’s health-related collections, provide support for residents as they pursue active, healthy lifestyles. With funding from NNLM through the All of Us Research Program Community Engagement initiative, NPL aims to build more robust partnerships with local universities, medical libraries, and other organizations.  These partnerships will build upon the work of Be Well at NPL and provide training to library staff to promote expertise in health information literacy.

 

We look forward to seeing the work these library systems will do in the future!

 

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