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Wayne State University Receives NNLM All of Us Ambassador Award

GMR All of Us - Thu, 2019-09-12 15:59

The Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has announced the Wayne State University Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and to advance treatment and prevention.

LaVentra E. Danquah

LaVentra E. Danquah, Librarian IV – Principal Investigator/Project Director, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University

The Wayne State University Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library will receive up to $100,000 to create a community of health information advocates throughout Detroit. “Rooted in health literacy, health citizenship, and patient advocacy, health information advocates use information strategically to advance their health towards an intended goal,” notes LaVentra E. Danquah, librarian and principal investigator for the grant awarded to Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library. Soon, LaVentra will work with new and long-term partners to offer Detroiters various educational offerings while building awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program, a precision medicine initiative. A portion of the award will fund a part-time project assistant who will help develop training and informational sessions for the Detroit Public Library, Michigan’s largest public library system. The grant will enable Shiffman Medical Library and its partners to continue to enrich the lives of the community with access to key health information deemed important by the community.

Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library has served the health information needs of metro Detroiters for well over 20-years including ten years as a Partner Outreach Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NNLM GMR). Working with a dedicated and exemplary Library Outreach Advisory Council, Shiffman Medical Library has a reputation of offering content-rich programs on local health issues featuring leading health and medical experts. “Shiffman library is extremely excited by this opportunity to collaborate with the NNLM in bringing unique educational programming to southeast Michigan. The All of Us grant will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of developing informed health citizens in our diverse communities,” states Sandra I. Martin, Library Director, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library.

Learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program partnership at https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us.

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Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club

MAR All of Us - Tue, 2019-09-03 11:23

 

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network has announced three book selections in support of Healthy Aging.

  • Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
  • Elderhood by Louise Aronson
  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

three book covers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by 2030. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 persons will be a senior. How can you successfully navigate the advancing years? Practice healthy aging:

  • Be physically active
  • Make smart food choices
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Participate in activities you enjoy

During September – or any month – help get the conversation started in support of healthy aging. Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books, download the discussion guide, and share health information and programming, or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club

PNR All of Us - Fri, 2019-08-30 12:38

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of Healthy Aging.

Book Covers for Women Rowing North, Elderhood and The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old

 

Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher

Elderhood by Louise Aronson

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by 2030. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 persons will be a senior. How can you successfully navigate the advancing years? Practice healthy aging:

  • Be physically active
  • Make smart food choices
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Participate in activities you enjoy

During September – or any month – help get the conversation started in support of healthy aging. Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books, download the discussion guide, and share health information and programming … or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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NIH All of Us Research Program Plans Genome Sequencing and Genetic Counseling for Participants

PSR Latitudes All of Us - Wed, 2019-08-21 18:03

The NIH All of Us Research Program has awarded $4.6 million in initial funding to Color, a health technology company in Burlingame, CA, to establish the program’s nationwide genetic counseling resource. With the goal of speeding up health research breakthroughs, All of Us plans to sequence the genomes of 1 million participants from diverse communities across the United States. Through this funding, Color’s network of genetic counselors will help participants understand what the genomic testing results mean for their health and their families. As one of the most ambitious research programs in history, the All of Us Research Program aims to create the largest and most diverse health research resource of its kind. Participants from all parts of the country share health information over time through surveys, electronic health records and more. Some participants also are invited to contribute blood and urine samples for analysis. Researchers will be able to use this data to learn more about how biology, behavior, and environment influence health and disease, which may lead to discoveries on how to further individualize health care in the future.

Over time, the program anticipates providing several kinds of information to participants, including: information on ancestry and traits, drug-gene interactions (pharmacogenomics) and genetic findings connected with high risk of certain diseases. Genomic results from All of Us, although produced at a high quality in specially certified labs, should be confirmed by a health care provider before a participant makes any changes to their care. The pharmacogenomic information may help participants work with their health care teams more effectively to make choices about certain prescription drugs. Genetic findings tied to 59 genes associated with risk of specific diseases, like breast cancer or heart disease, for which there are established medical guidelines for treatment or prevention will also be returned to participants. To ensure that the program uses the most current knowledge in the fast-moving field of clinical genetics, All of Us is following guidance from professional organizations such as the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium.

As health-related information is made available, all participants will have access to genetic counseling services from Color. A small percentage of people will have DNA results, such as a variation in the breast cancer gene BRCA1, that may be important for treatment or screening. This information can also be valuable to their immediate family members who may share the same genetic variant. For All of Us, that could amount to tens of thousands of participants out of its eventual 1 million. Color will deliver the results to these participants in genetic counseling sessions, highlighting any important findings they may want to discuss with a health care provider.

Color will offer educational materials and telecounseling in multiple languages, as well as access to in-house licensed clinical pharmacists who can help participants have more effective conversations with their health care providers. Genetic counselors will also be able to help connect participants to health care providers who can address their particular health risks. To help guide its genetic counseling services, Color’s steering committee is led by Amy Sturm, M.S., CGC, LGC, president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. It also includes leadership of the American Board of Genetic Counseling. The steering committee will help ensure that Color delivers top-quality genetic counseling and serves as a platform for training future generations of genetic counselors. Color has built software and digital tools that remove traditional barriers to genetic counseling and clinical genetic testing. It has conducted more than 15,000 genetic counseling sessions to help people across the country understand their DNA information. For an overview of the outputs that Color will provide, watch this 90-second YouTube video featuring Eric Dishman, Director of the NIH All of Us Research Program.

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Project Outcome: An Easy way to Measure the Impact of Library Services

MCR All of Us - Wed, 2019-08-21 17:59

Check out the free Project Outcome toolkit that allows public libraries to collect and share information about how their services impact their community, including in the area of health.

The kit provides patron surveys and easy to use tools to record data that measure the outcome of their services. This allows libraries to better understand how their resources and programs are being used and the impacts on their community, which empowers libraries to determine what they can do to improve.

Project Outcome will focus on addressing the patron’s knowledge, confidence, application, and awareness in the programs and services offered by the library. Service areas covered by standardized surveys include health, civic and community engagement, early childhood literacy, education, and lifelong learning, digital learning and economic development.

To learn more about Project Outcome and start your toolkit today, go to www.projectoutcome.org.

Project Outcome is made possible by the Public Library Association (PLA) in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Association of College of Research Libraries, and Community Attributes Incorporated.  NNLM partnered with PLA on the health survey.

 

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Bringing Healthy Ideas to Life: NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Awards!

PNR All of Us - Mon, 2019-08-19 15:01

 

Do you have a great idea to advance health literacy and advance health equity in your community? Bring your great idea to life by applying for one of the NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Awards! We’re delighted to offer 3 Community Engagement Awards, each up to $100,000. Please note: award applications for any amount up to $100,000 will be considered.

The goals of the Community Outreach Awards are to foster awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program and promote health literacy and health equity through:

  • improving consumer access to quality, evidence-based health information
  • providing programs, education and outreach focused on addressing community health needs
  • addressing digital health literacy skills development
  • increasing the understanding and importance of participation in clinical trials, including the All of Us Research Program

Creative approaches to meeting the health literacy needs through community engagement are encouraged.  Consider focusing on any topics that support the aims of NIH All of Us Research Program, such as how biology, environment or lifestyle influence health.

The period of performance for these awards is: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020. Please note: awarded projects may request an extension through December 2020 to complete activities.

Priority for awards will be given to public libraries, or to organizations with an established public library partner carrying a significant role in the project.

Eligible applicants must be from institutions that are members of the NNLM PNR; if you don’t have a membership, membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information.  To apply for membership, submit an online membership application.  NNLM PNR members who have not previously received NNLM funding or have only received funding once before are encouraged to apply.

Interested in applying? Please note the following deadlines:

  • Letter of Intent providing a brief description of the proposed project, must be submitted no later than Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Please send your Letter of Intent to: nnlm@uw.edu and include Community Engagement Award in the subject line.
  • Submission deadline for your completed application is Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 3:00 Pacific Time (late submissions will not be accepted). Please send your completed application to nnlm@uw.edu and include Community Engagement Award in the subject line.

For more information about this award and for tips on writing your proposal check out our Proposal Writing Toolkit. There you’ll find helpful suggestions for how to include All of Us awareness in your project proposal, guidelines for submitting a letter of intent and step by step tutorials on how to complete your project application.

Questions? Please drop us a line: nnlm@uw.edu. We welcome all questions and input. We look forward to funding your good ideas!

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Sign-up to Host the All of Us Journey Exhibition

MCR All of Us - Mon, 2019-08-12 10:58

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine invites public libraries and community organizations to host the All of Us Journey during its visit in the MidContinental Region. The All of Us Journey is a hands-on experience to engage and build awareness about the All of Us Research Program.

The All of Us Research Program aims to sign up a million or more participants to share their health data in the interest of expanding biomedical research. The nationwide effort is designed to accelerate research and improve health by considering each individual’s lifestyle, surrounding environment and biology that can impact their health differently than others.

The Journey can make visits to events and venues within 2-3 hours of the area at each stop. The two Journey units are scheduled to stop in the following areas:

Education and Awareness Exhibit

  • Omaha, NE

September 1st-7th

  • Omaha, NE

September 8th-14th

  • Kansas City, KS

September 15th-21st

  • Kansas City, KS

September 29th-October 5th

 

Education, Awareness and Enrollment Center

  • Salt Lake City, UT

September 1st-7th

  • Lincoln, NE

September 8th-14th

  • Louis, MO

September 15th-21st

 

If you or an organization you know is interested in hosting the Journey or you know of any events where the Journey could participate, please contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu or (801) 581-5242.

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

MAR All of Us - Wed, 2019-08-07 10:43

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

Collage of National Immunization Awareness Month book covers

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

SEA All of Us - Tue, 2019-08-06 10:35

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

GMR All of Us - Mon, 2019-08-05 14:25

Book cover images of selected August titles

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

PNR All of Us - Mon, 2019-08-05 06:00

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

                             Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez

                             The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

                             On Immunity by Eula Bliss

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

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Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month with new Library Program Kit

MCR All of Us - Fri, 2019-08-02 16:08

Libraries can access a free and ready-to-use program kit in observance of National Immunization Awareness Month. The program kit includes helpful guides, activity plans, promotional materials, and health information resources your library can use to promote awareness on the importance of immunization in your community.

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

You can also find electronic bulletin board slides and social media materials for National Immunization Awareness Month on the NNLM website.

The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on national health observances like National Nutrition Month or Air Quality Awareness week. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach. If you would like to be informed on upcoming health observances, go to https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/national-health-observances#toc-3 or sign up for our CEN newsletter for monthly updates.

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