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Weekly Postings

Thu, 2020-07-02 08:00

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Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

New Funding Opportunity: The Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications to support health programming for public library patrons in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The purpose of the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award is to fund health programs for public library patrons that incorporate MedlinePlus and information about the All of Us Research Program. Read the full Request for Proposals for more details.

Upcoming Webinar on the Community Tool Box: Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) and guest speaker Dr. Vincent Francisco for this webinar on the Community Tool Box, a website that serves as a significant source of information, training and tools for community health improvement worldwide. “Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts” will take place on July 15 at 4:00 PM ET.

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

Food Literacy at the Worcester Public Library Through Nutrition Education & Healthy Cooking Classes – NER Update

Supporting Neurodiverse Learners: New Resource Guide – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative – Blogadillo, News from SCR

New on YouTube: Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy, June 11, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Biomedical Informatics and Health Equity: Using One to Improve the OtherNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021

NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Funding Opportunity Announcements

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue addressed the recent transition to the new PubMed.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

July 2020

What We Learned from Citizen Science Month – July 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Reframe & Renew – July 8, 11:00 AM -12:00 PM ET

Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data – July 8, 2:00-2:45 PM ET

Getting Started with Information Outreach in your Community: An Introduction – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis – July 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

How PubMed Works: Introduction – July 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

NNLM Reading Club Presents… The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19 – July 14, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This – July 15, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts – July 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

Food Literacy for Families, Libraries, and Communities: South Carolina Read Eat Grow – July 16, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information – July 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

How PubMed Works: MeSH – July 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

How PubMed Works: ATM – July 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Part 1: Citizen Science in the Academic Library – July 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”) – July 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Part 2: Citizen Science in the Academic Library – July 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

August 2020

Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services – August 3-August 28, 2020

Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine: Discovery, Access, and Beyond – August 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned – August 12, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA)

Find the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Search Strategy That Works for You – July 8, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice and Policies – July 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium – July 8-10, 2020 – Sponsored by the Denver Public Library.

Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) Virtual Health Literacy Conference 2020: Health Equity and Disparities in the Time of COVID-19 – July 20-24, 2020

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Funding Available: Health Programming in Public Libraries

Wed, 2020-07-01 10:41

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

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

Projects are encouraged which include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Request for Proposals

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

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-06-26 08:00

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Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Introducing the NNLM Public Health Webinar Series: This new webinar series includes regular training on a range of health information topics relevant to the public health workforce. If you’re a public health professional, mark your calendar for the second Wednesday of every other month from 2:00-2:45 PM EST starting July 8, 2020. Join us to learn about topics such as data in community health assessment and finding health information related to emergency preparedness. More topics will be announced soon!

Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about how to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, give your eyes a break, recognize Lyme disease, and more!

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

Upcoming CHES Continuing Education Opportunities – MARquee News Highlights

Funding Spotlight: Modeling Responsive Librarianship in a Pediatric Behavioral Health Facility – SEA Currents

Lyme Disease: A Community-Based Citizen Education Project – Midwest Matters, from GMR

African-American/Black Experiences and Anti-Racism in Graphic Medicine – NER Update

Join the RD3 Content Advisory Board – SEA Currents

New on YouTube: Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy, June 11, 2020

NLM/NIH News

NIH One Step Closer to Speeding Delivery of COVID-19 Testing Technologies to Those Who Need It Most Through RADx-UPNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

How We Help the Body Breathe – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Swimming with the High-Tech Sharks to Improve COVID-19 TestingNIH Director’s Blog

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021

NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Funding Opportunity Announcements

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue addressed the recent transition to the new PubMed.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

July 2020

Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data – July 8, 2:00-2:45 PM ET

Getting Started with Information Outreach in your Community: An Introduction – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – July 10-August 7, 2020

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis – July 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

How PubMed Works: Introduction – July 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

NNLM Reading Club Presents… The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19 – July 14, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This – July 15, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts – July 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

Food Literacy for Families, Libraries, and Communities: South Carolina Read Eat Grow – July 16, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information – July 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines – July 20-August 14, 2020

How PubMed Works: MeSH – July 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

How PubMed Works: ATM – July 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”) – July 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

August 2020

Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services – August 3-August 28, 2020

Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine: Discovery, Access, and Beyond – August 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned – August 12, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

AHRQ Health Literacy Funding Opportunity

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA)

Find the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Search Strategy That Works for You – July 8, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice and Policies – July 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Philadelphia FIGHT’s HIV Prevention & Education Virtual Conference – June 1-June 30, 2020

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Upcoming CHES Continuing Education Opportunities

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:00
Introducing the NNLM Public Health Webinar Series!

The goal of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals, including public health professionals, with equal access to biomedical information. NNLM’s new public health webinar series aims to fulfill NNLM’s mission through regular training on a range of health information topics relevant to the public health workforce.

As the Public Health Foundation states, “a well-prepared public health workforce is the foundation of a healthy community”1. Through this new webinar series, NNLM hopes to address the 2014 Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals related to the need for a public health workforce that is competent in locating health information and using data resources.

If you’re a public health professional, mark your calendar for the second Wednesday of every other month from 2:00-2:45 PM ET starting July 8, 2020. We hope you’ll join us to learn about topics such as data in community health assessment and finding health information related to emergency preparedness. More topics will be announced soon. If you’re interested in continuing education, every webinar offered as part of this series will offer .75 CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists!

Our first webinar, Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data, will discuss health information and data as it relates to community health assessment. Our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Martiniano, will highlight reasons for conducting a community health assessment, the parties involved, and how to define a target community. The focus of this session will be identifying data issues and locating primary and secondary data to best describe the health of your community. You’ll also learn about prioritizing and contextualizing your findings once you’ve collected your data.

Upcoming CHES Eligible Webinars

Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free, live webinars.

NNLM Public Health Webinar Series- Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the DataJuly 8, 2020, 2:00-2:45 ET – During this session you will learn about health information and data as it relates to community health assessment. The speaker will highlight reasons for conducting a community health assessment, the parties involved, and how to define a target community. The focus of this session will be identifying data issues and locating primary and secondary data to best describe the health of your community. You’ll also learn about prioritizing and contextualizing your findings once you’ve collected your data.

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the organizations needed in developing community needs assessments
  2. Develop and identify the community and/or population being assessed
  3. Identify data issues and the data needed for community needs assessments
  4. Describe how to contextualize and prioritize findings

CECH: .75
Advanced CECH: 0

Using the Community Tool Box to Support Health Education and Health Promotion EffortsJuly 15, 2020, 4:00-5:00 ET – The Community Tool Box is a web site that serves as a significant source of information, training and tools for community health improvement worldwide. Our approach to community health improvement is to build the capacity of community members to identify their health issues, the root causes, and to adapt approaches that work to their context. This webinar will provide an overview of the contents of the web site and our approach, with relevant examples from communities in the USA and elsewhere. We will discuss examples of how we worked with librarians in the past, and opportunities to collaborate in the future to address the variety of community health crises facing us today.

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how the Community Tool Box is used in library and public health programs.
  2. Describe how community capacity building empowers community change.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Recorded Webinars Available for CHES CECH

Did you miss a live class? The recorded webinars listed below are available for CHES CECH. Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free training opportunities. Please note: you can only get credit from recorded classes if you have not previously received credit for attending the live webinar version.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant WritingRecording available for CHES CECH until 8/19/2020 – This session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies (i.e., policies, programs, systems & environmental changes) that can affect health through changes to: health behaviors; clinical care; social and environmental factors; and the physical environment. Our Guest speaker from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator, Erin Seger will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use countyhealthrankings.org as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 1

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Describe how to use What Works for Health when writing a grant proposal
  2. Define the evidence ratings in County Health Rankings What Works for Health
  3. Describe at least three examples of past NNLM-funded projects that relate to the evidence categories in What Works for Health

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health Recording available for CHES CECH until 8/26/2020 – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe evidence-based public health
  2. Identify a public health need and formulate an answerable question
  3. Locate and search applicable literature and resources

Health Statistics on the Web – Recording available for CHES CECH until 9/5/2020 – This course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

  1. Identify selected key websites for use in the location of data sets and statistics for use at the local, state and national level, including PHPartners and MedlinePlus.
  2. Discuss of the types of data sets and statistics available on the Internet.
  3. Define the 4-step process used to successfully locate relevant health statistics for a particular circumstance or issue.
  4. Describe where to locate additional health statistics training through the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health InformationRecording available for CHES CECH until 12/2/2020 – This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, and migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the United States
  2. Explain the difference between cultural competence and humility and how they influence workplace environments
  3. Identify reliable websites that provide quality health information in multiple languages
On-demand CHES Eligible Courses

Learn on your own time! Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free, on-demand courses.

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health: An Introduction to MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj – The course is designed to teach public health professionals and librarians to use MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj to find reliable health information and data related to population health and Healthy People 2020. This asynchronous course is offered through Moodle using Storyline Articulate software. Please note that the content in the course is for basic/beginner users of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss population health and its relation to Healthy People 2020
  2. Describe the purpose of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj databases
  3. Identify when to use each database based on the information need
  4. Perform advanced searching techniques to identify more accurate results

Serving Diverse Communities: Accessing Health Information in Multiple Languages -This online, asynchronous course is designed to provide attendees with some basic statistics on individuals with limited English proficiency in the United States and demonstrate how to use resources from the National Library of Medicine to access reliable health information in multiple languages. Attendees will learn about data from the American Community Survey and U.S. Census Bureau, and then receive demonstrations on how to access reliable health information in multiple languages through the National Library of Medicine’s HealthReach and MedlinePlus databases.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current population of non-native English speakers in the United States
  2. Identify at least three online resources for accessing health information in multiple languages
  3. Analyze resources to access reliable health information in multiple languages

Serving Diverse Communities: Building Cultural Competence and Humility into the Workplace – This online, asynchronous course is designed to provide attendees with an introduction to the concepts of culture, cultural competence, and cultural humility. Participants will learn about some of the current critiques to using cultural competence principles and how cultural humility can be supplemented to create a more accepting, welcoming, and reflective working environment. Short demos of Think Cultural Health, PubMed, and Project Implicit are included to showcase three external resources that can be used to further explore this topic.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define culture, cultural competence, and cultural humility;
  2. Describe the differences between cultural competence and humility; and
  3. Utilize three online resources to help build a more culturally competent and humble workplace.

Serving Diverse Communities: Finding Data on Health Disparities– This course is designed to introduce attendees to health disparities and how the social determinants of health contribute to an inequity in health. Participants will be shown demonstrations on how to utilize tools from the National Library of Medicine, the Office of Minority Health, and HealthyPeople.gov to locate data on health disparities.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss health disparities in public health
  2. Identify at least three online resources for accessing health disparity data
  3. Analyze resources to access data on health disparities

 

References:

  1. Public Health Foundation (n.d.). Workforce Development. Retrieved from: http://www.phf.org/focusareas/workforcedevelopment/Pages/default.aspx

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., these programs are designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Advanced level CECH is indicated on a course by course basis above.

Reach out to Erin Seger, MPH, CHES at ers166@pitt.edu with any questions about receiving CECH for these courses.

If you want to learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in your area, find your region on our website.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-06-19 08:00

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Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Changes in 2021-2026 NNLM Cycle: The National Library of Medicine has issued the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the NNLM. There are some big changes, including: 1) The number of regions will be reduced from eight (8) to seven (7). The current Middle Atlantic Region will be divided among Region 1 (Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia) and Region 7 (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). 2) A name change: NNLM now stands for the Network of the National Library of Medicine. Additional information can be found in the NNLM Organizational Workbook.

Commemorating Juneteenth: Friday, June 19 is the annual celebration which commemorates the 1865 emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the Confederate States of America. Read NNLM MAR’s article, “African American Health and Anti-Racist Resources“, to find resources related to recent funded projects, African American mental health, cultural competency, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health. You can also visit the new online portal from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) called Talking About Race, which is designed for individuals, families, and communities to explore issues of race, racism, and racial identity.

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

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

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

Introducing the NNLM Public Health Webinar Series! – MARquee News Highlights

Healthy Wise County – Blogadillo, News from SCR

NLM/NIH News

Graduation 2020: Tradition in the Midst of ChangeNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Revealing Data: Learning About Zika – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Genes, Blood Type Tied to Risk of Severe COVID-19NIH Director’s Blog

NIH’s All of Us Program Joins Fight Against COVID-19NIH Director’s Blog

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced the NIH preprint pilot to provide early access to COVID-19 research.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

June 2020

Searching LactMed and LiverTox for Drug Effects – June 23, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

July 2020

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (July 2020) – July 6-July 31, 2020

Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data – July 8, 2:00-2:45 PM ET

Getting Started with Information Outreach in your Community: An Introduction – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – July 10-August 7, 2020

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis – July 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

How PubMed Works: Introduction – July 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This – July 15, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts – July 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

Food Literacy for Families, Libraries, and Communities: South Carolina Read Eat Grow – July 16, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information – July 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines – July 20-August 14, 2020

How PubMed Works: MeSH – July 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

How PubMed Works: ATM – July 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

AHRQ Health Literacy Funding Opportunity

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA)

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Dismantling Institutional Racism in your Library: From Theory to Practice – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by Niche Academy.

Find the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Search Strategy That Works for You – July 8, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Philadelphia FIGHT’s HIV Prevention & Education Virtual Conference – June 1-June 30, 2020

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Introducing the NNLM Public Health Webinar Series!

Thu, 2020-06-18 11:04

The goal of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals, including public health professionals, with equal access to biomedical information. NNLM’s new public health webinar series aims to fulfill NNLM’s mission through regular training on a range of health information topics relevant to the public health workforce.

As the Public Health Foundation states, “a well-prepared public health workforce is the foundation of a healthy community”1. Through this new webinar series, NNLM hopes to address the 2014 Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals related to the need for a public health workforce that is competent in locating health information and using data resources.

If you’re a public health professional, mark your calendar for the second Wednesday of every other month from 2:00-2:45 PM EST starting July 8th. We hope you’ll join us to learn about topics such as data in community health assessment and finding health information related to emergency preparedness. More topics will be announced soon. If you’re interested in continuing education, every webinar offered as part of this series will offer .75 CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists!

Our first webinar, Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data, will discuss health information and data as it relates to community health assessment. Our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Martiniano, will highlight reasons for conducting a community health assessment, the parties involved, and how to define a target community. The focus of this session will be identifying data issues and locating primary and secondary data to best describe the health of your community. You’ll also learn about prioritizing and contextualizing your findings once you’ve collected your data.

References:

  1. Public Health Foundation (n.d.). Workforce Development. Retrieved from: http://www.phf.org/focusareas/workforcedevelopment/Pages/default.aspx

 

Written by Erin Seger, Health Professions Coordinator.

If you want to learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in your area, find your region on our website.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-06-12 08:00

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

African American Health and Anti-Racist Resources: In light of recent events including police brutality and ensuing protests, the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, stand with the African American community. In the article, “African American Health and Anti-Racist Resources“, you will find resources related to recent funded projects, African American mental health, cultural competency, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health.

Clinical Conversations training program is now available! Clinical Conversations is a program from NNLM MAR for training clinicians and other clinical staff who interact with patients about health literacy and related concepts. This program allows clinical trainers or managers to offer brief trainings embedded into regular staff meetings or trainings that they already facilitate as a way to offer continuing education that does not take time out of already busy schedules. You can find more information about the program on the NNLM MAR website.

NLM Funding Opportunity: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeking cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The full description of the funding opportunity, award and eligibility information, application submission instructions, and other details are available on the Funding Opportunity Announcement webpage.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

DataFlash: LitCovid vs. COVID-19 Portfolio Tool – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Network Member Spotlight: Seattle Public Library named the Gale/ Library Journal Library of the Year – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Article – Community Engagement Technology for Identifying the Health and Wellness Needs of the Ray County Community – MCR News

Article – Library Marketing and Communication Conference – MCR News

Going Back to School During COVID 19 – How France is Doing It – NER Update

NLM/NIH News

The NIH Preprint Pilot: A New Experiment for a New EraNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Revealing Data: Dr. James Herrick and the 1918 Influenza EpidemicCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Searching for Ways to Prevent Life-Threatening Blood Clots in COVID-19 –  NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced the NIH preprint pilot to provide early access to COVID-19 research.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

June 2020

PNR Rendezvous: Still Searching for One Health: Information Services that Support Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Disease – June 17, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

Searching LactMed and LiverTox for Drug Effects – June 23, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

July 2020

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (July 2020) – July 6-July 31, 2020

Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data – July 8, 2:00-2:45 PM ET

Getting Started with Information Outreach in your Community: An Introduction – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – July 10-August 7, 2020

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis – July 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

How PubMed Works: Introduction – July 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This – July 15, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

How PubMed Works: MeSH – July 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

How PubMed Works: ATM – July 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

AHRQ Health Literacy Funding Opportunity

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA)

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Dismantling Institutional Racism in your Library: From Theory to Practice – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by Niche Academy.

Find the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Search Strategy That Works for You – July 8, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Philadelphia FIGHT’s HIV Prevention & Education Virtual Conference – June 1-June 30, 2020

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African American Health and Anti-Racist Resources

Wed, 2020-06-10 15:38

This article was adapted from Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR.

In light of recent events including police brutality and ensuing protests, the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, stand with the African American community. In this article, you will find resources related to recent funded projects, African American mental health, cultural competency, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health.

We support this statement from the African American Medical Library Alliance:

We are hurting, frustrated and our emotions are raw.

The cumulative toll of microaggressions, institutional racism, police brutality, and state-sanctioned violence coupled with the emotional labor of navigating a predominantly white profession is exhausting. We are tired of not being seen, heard, included, or appreciated for the value that our unique voices, experiences and perspectives bring to the narrative.

We appreciate the sentiments of our fellow caucuses and colleagues throughout the Medical Library Association. Collectively, we share community with other marginalized members who live in dread that the color of their skin, race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, language, culture, nationality, age, ability status, and religion make them targets of violence and possibly death.

We are committed to using our collective voices in bringing about change in the profession and the Association.

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Kelsa Bartley, Chair
Michael S. Fitts, Chair-Elect
Shenita Peterson, Immediate Past Chair
Tara Douglas-Williams, AHIP, National Program Committee, Co-Chair 2021
Shannon Jones, AHIP, Caucus Mentor
Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, MLA Past President
Tamara Nelson, AHIP, MLA Information Services Domain Hub Chair
Aidy Weeks, AHIP, Virtual Engagement Committee

Recent NNLM MAR Funded Projects

NNLM MAR encourages BIPOC-led organizations in NY, NJ, PA and DE to apply for funding. Contact us to learn more.

African American Mental Health Resources Cultural Competency NLM African American and Race History Racism and Science PubMed Central Articles

 

Adapted & written by Kate Flewelling, Executive Director, for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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NLM Publishes FOA for NNLM 2021-2026 Cooperative Agreements

Mon, 2020-06-08 12:24

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeking cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission. The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.

The full description of the funding opportunity, award and eligibility information, application submission instructions, and other details are available on the Funding Opportunity Announcement webpage: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-20-001.html.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization on September 11, 2020.

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

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Weekly Postings

Wed, 2020-06-03 08:00

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Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Celebrate Men’s Health Month: The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is raising awareness for men’s health by promoting the the Five Plays for Men’s Health to encourage men and their families to practice and implement healthy decisions and habits. The plays will highlight the importance of heart health, daily exercise, regular check-ups, smoking dangers and mental health. Visit the Men’s Health Month webpage for the Five Plays for Men’s Health, downloadable materials and access to men’s health resources.

Share your story with us! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.  Currently, we would love to hear about how you are connecting with your patrons and/or community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Blog submissions must be a minimum of 200 words (preferably in 3 paragraphs).

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

A Library-based Data Retrieval and Management Training Program for Clinical Researchers – Midwest Matters

Trusted Resources for Caregivers – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Sustaining Commitment During Times of ChallengeNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

When People are Data: How Medical History Matters for our Digital Age – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Will Warm Weather Slow Spread of Novel Coronavirus? –  NIH Director’s Blog

NIH Preprint Pilot in PubMed Central – NCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

NIH News in Health: The June 2020 issue is now available, featuring, “Safe Driving: Protecting Yourself Behind the Wheel,” and, “Communication Breakdown: How Aphasia Affects Language.” Other topics include heart disease treatments, cataracts, and COPD.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced the full transition to the new and improved PubMed.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

June 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 8-July 3, 2020

When People are Data: How Medical History Matters for Our Digital Age – June 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET

Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on Ongoing Low-Morale Experiences – June 11, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy – June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

July 2020

Getting Started with Information Outreach in your Community: An Introduction – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – July 10-August 7, 2020

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis – July 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This – July 15, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

AHRQ’s Signature Data Resources Poised to Inform the Battle against COVID-19 – AHRQ Views

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors – June 3, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition – June 9, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar is sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and is free to attend.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-05-29 08:00

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Read the MAReport: This quarter, staff from the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, PA wrote about their ongoing health promotion activities for the LGBT community. Read more about the organization in their Member Spotlight article

Lowering Your Risk of Stroke with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about ways to lower your risk of stroke, caregiver health, how to lower your cholesterol with diet, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Fort Worth Amputee Coalition Mobilizes to Help Amputees – Blogadillo, News from SCR

NIH All of Us Research Program Releases Beta of Research Workbench – SEA Currents

Article – SOPHE Annual Conference Professional Development Award – MCR News

Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well) Project – Midwest Matters

Community Engagement Award Highlights: Sacramento Public Library’s Brain Health Initiative – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Decoration Day, Pandemics, and the National Library of Medicine – This week we celebrate Memorial Day, a federal holiday to honor our veterans and remember the men and women of the U.S. military who gave their lives in the service of our country. Originally known as Decoration Day, this was a day for Americans to commemorate the memory of departed soldiers by adorning their graves with flowers, flags, and banners. For some reason, as a kid I preferred the name “Decoration Day” — maybe because I’ve always thought it’s important to celebrate patriotism. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Seeking Leek Island: An Interview with Pamela Robertson – In 2019, Circulating Now published two blog posts about a scrapbook NLM had recently acquired. One post related the history of Leek Island Military Hospital (the subject matter of the scrapbook), while the second post described my theory for the creator of the scrapbook—a woman named Katharine Brenneman. Soon after, a granddaughter of Katharine Brenneman, Pamela Robertson, reached out to let me know that she does not believe the scrapbooker to be her grandmother. We were thrilled to speak with her and hear her perspective on the island and the scrapbook itself. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

3D Printing the Novel Coronavirus – The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has truly been an all-hands-on-deck moment for the nation. Among the responders are many with NIH affiliations, who are lending their expertise to deploy new and emerging technologies to address myriad research challenges. That’s certainly the case for the dedicated team from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the NIH 3D Print Exchange (3DPX), Rockville, MD. –  NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced the full transition to the new and improved PubMed.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

June 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 8-July 3, 2020 – This hands-on class sponsored by MidContinental Region (MCR) will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public.  Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach and leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

When People are Data: How Medical History Matters for Our Digital Age – June 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), this talk focuses on the history of a particular collection of data, extracted and digitized from patient records made in the course of a longitudinal epidemiological study involving Indigenous members of the Gila River Indian Community Reservation in the American Southwest. The creation, circulation, and eventual restriction of the Pima Indian Diabetes Dataset (PIDD) demonstrates the value of medical and Indigenous histories to the study of Big Data. The history of the PIDD reveals how data becomes alienated from persons even as it reproduces complex social realities of the circumstances of its origin.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on Ongoing Low-Morale Experiences – June 11, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and author of two annotated bibliographies, has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. During this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed.

Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy – June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Data Literacy includes the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data as a part of a larger questioning process – a critical skill in today’s world. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and experts from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center to explore data literacy concepts, the role of libraries and data literacy, examples of reliable health data resources, and resources for facilitating your own data literacy program. This training is introductory and all skill levels are welcome.

Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World – June 17, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 8 out of 10 deaths related to COVID-19 are individuals aged 65 years and older. While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), attendees will learn tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join the New England Region (NER) for this class, which will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.  The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

July 2020

Getting Started with Information Outreach in your Community: An Introduction – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas to enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – July 10-August 7, 2020 – This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis – July 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Kalamazoo is a midsized city in southwest Michigan with a growing number of incidents of opioid usage. Although the issue had yet to have a significant effect on the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL), some staff wanted to raise awareness and prepare for the possibility of an overdose in the library. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and guest speaker Kevin King to learn how KPL took very proactive steps to educate staff on opioid use, stock anti-overdose at public desks, partner with social service agencies, and advocate for changes in the state laws.

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This – July 15, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This course contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here! This class is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR).

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.

Equal Access for Every Ability – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The mission of every public library centers around providing access to information and services to everyone who visits its branches; but increasingly patrons are interacting with libraries through apps, social media, and websites. Is your library’s digital front door as easy to enter as your physical one? Are there virtual obstacles that make your library less inviting to visitors with limited abilities? Sponsored by PLA; $43 for PLA members/ $59 for non-members/ $129 for groups.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors – June 3, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar aims to empower health sciences librarians to perform excellent peer reviews and write articles that pass peer review. You will learn about the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s (JMLA’s) peer review process, the importance of peer reviewers to research in our field, and ways to find your strengths as a peer reviewer and an author. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition – June 9, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This hour and a half kick-off webinar of the Advancing Racial Equity series will examine racism and its historic and present day impact on health and well-being. Presenters will: identify the multiple levels on which racism operates, describe the physiological impacts of racism and discrimination on health, and explore the principles for and barriers to achieving health equity. This webinar is sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and is free to attend.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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Member Spotlight: Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Tue, 2020-05-26 08:00
The corner of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center’s building, featuring three rainbow flags on the left wall.

Located in Allentown, PA, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center connects public libraries and addiction treatment centers across Eastern Pennsylvania to key NLM resources.

According to the 2018 Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessment, more than 1 in 4 LGBT people had not come out to any of their healthcare providers, often due to fear of a negative reaction. Further, nearly a third of respondents reported that their healthcare provider was slightly or not at all competent about LGBT health issues. In partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is working to remove barriers to care for LGBT people.

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a leading agency when it comes to health promotion for the LGBT community. Through a mix of behavioral change, clinical changes, and policy changes, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center works toward health equity for the LGBT patient population in Pennsylvania.

The organization has provided training on promising practices in caring for LGBT clients to nearly 150 staff members at addiction treatment centers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. The training content addressed how minority stress contributes to higher rates of substance abuse in the LGBT community, what barriers to care exist for the population, and how addiction treatment specialists can deliver affirming care that supports recovery.

“I think the training did a great job at clearing up appropriate terminology to use, as well as how to be LGBT aware and supportive as it pertains to our client base,” one participant reported.

 Planned Parenthood Keystone (610) 481-0481 or Allentown Women’s Center (484) 821-0821.”

The colors, design, and language of the cervical Pap test campaign was designed to be gender-inclusive and connect with an LGBT audience.

In addition to providing education to healthcare providers, the organization has promoted health literacy among healthcare consumers. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center operated an all-gender-inclusive outreach campaign designed to fully educate LGBT people about cervical Pap tests. This program was developed in response to research findings that showed LGBT community members who were assigned female at birth were significantly less likely to be up to date with cervical Pap tests, as compared to the national average. The campaign included visits to public libraries to deliver information about recommendations about cervical Pap tests, local LGBT-affirming healthcare providers, and consumer health resources like MedlinePlus.

For the team at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, the most valuable feature of their partnership with NNLM MAR is the connection to data-driven resources and learning opportunities. Webinars on key topics like consumer health information justice are critical to both staff and program development. The organization is keenly aware of the power that data has to better educate its community members, drive improvement in its programming, and support advocacy efforts aimed at promoting health equity. The nonprofit’s commitment to data-driven health programming is exemplified through its partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to implement a biannual needs assessment used to measure health disparities impacting the state’s LGBT population.

The organization’s successful partnership with public health professionals in state government has earned it recognition. In 2019, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center was recognized by the Pennsylvania Commission on Women with the Breast Cancer Community Partner Award. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health honored the organization with its 2017 Rural Health Program of the Year Award.

Learn more about Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center at www.bradburysullivancenter.org. More information about health disparities impacting LGBT Pennsylvanians can be found at www.livehealthypa.com/LGBT.

Written by Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center staff for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-05-22 08:00

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Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

NLM Resource Update: On May 18, the new and improved PubMed replaced the legacy system as the default site. The comprehensive PubMed User Guide is available from the homepage and under the “Help” link on every page in PubMed.

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Tess Wilson and Michael Balkenhol wrote about the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award, which provided funds to community-based organizations to bring programming in their area of expertise into public libraries. Read more about the award in their article, “Bringing Health Programming into Public Libraries.”

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Salud y Bienestar: Entrenamiento Para Promotors / Health and Wellness: Training for Promoters – Blogadillo, News from SCR

NNLM SEA Welcomes Our 2000th Member, New Freedom Farm! – SEA Currents

In the Region – MARquee News Highlights

Civics 101: Census – NER Update

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Emergency Funding Allows NLM to Expand COVID-19 Research and Services – At NLM, we’ve been working on multiple fronts to improve researchers’ understanding of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19). We were fortunate to receive $10 million as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides emergency funding for federal agencies to combat the coronavirus outbreak. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Leonidas Berry and the African Methodist Episcopal Church – Dr. Leonidas Berry was born into a strong religious tradition. According to his 1982 autobiography I Wouln’t Take Nothin’ For My Journey: Two Centuries of an Afro-American Minister’s Familyone of the first things his grandfather John Berry did after escaping the Gardner Plantation for the Union Army was join a church choir. His father, Llewleyn Berry, discovered his gift for preaching early in life when he used to practice giving “sermons” to animals at Butler—the family farm in Virginia where Leonidas was raised. While Dr. Berry neglected to follow his preacher father to the pulpit, he was a dedicated member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). Over the course of his life Dr. Berry coordinated many medical outreach and service events through the religious institution. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about living with rheumatoid arthritis, serving and portion sizes, bee pollen, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced the full transition to the new and improved PubMed.

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May 2020

Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times – May 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the Greater Good.

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET –  Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.

June 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 8-July 3, 2020 – This hands-on class sponsored by MidContinental Region (MCR) will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public.  Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach and leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on Ongoing Low-Morale Experiences – June 11, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and author of two annotated bibliographies, has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. During this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed.

Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy – June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Data Literacy includes the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data as a part of a larger questioning process – a critical skill in today’s world. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and experts from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center to explore data literacy concepts, the role of libraries and data literacy, examples of reliable health data resources, and resources for facilitating your own data literacy program. This training is introductory and all skill levels are welcome.

Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World – June 17, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 8 out of 10 deaths related to COVID-19 are individuals aged 65 years and older. While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), attendees will learn tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join the New England Region (NER) for this class, which will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.  The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Apply TeamSTEPPS Approaches During COVID-19 Treatment to Keep Patients SafeAHRQ Views

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.

Equal Access for Every Ability – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The mission of every public library centers around providing access to information and services to everyone who visits its branches; but increasingly patrons are interacting with libraries through apps, social media, and websites. Is your library’s digital front door as easy to enter as your physical one? Are there virtual obstacles that make your library less inviting to visitors with limited abilities? Sponsored by PLA; $43 for PLA members/ $59 for non-members/ $129 for groups.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors – June 3, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar aims to empower health sciences librarians to perform excellent peer reviews and write articles that pass peer review. You will learn about the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s (JMLA’s) peer review process, the importance of peer reviewers to research in our field, and ways to find your strengths as a peer reviewer and an author. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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In the Region

Tue, 2020-05-19 08:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) staff are always working on something new! Whether we’re developing and teaching classes, exhibiting or presenting at conferences, visiting our Members and Partners, or spending time in the office, our work focuses on advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health through access to health information. Read about some of our more recent activities, highlighted below, to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Kelsey Cowles, Jumping into New Year 5 Activities: Although Team MAR’s spring travel plans have been postponed, canceled, or moved to a virtual venue, we have been working full steam ahead on closing out Year 4 of our cooperative agreement, which ended April 30, and jumping right into Year 5. I’m particularly excited about the new Year 5 efforts I’ve been involved in thus far. The NNLM Research Data Management working group will present a reorganized semi-monthly webinar series focused on ethical issues surrounding research data management. A new national webinar series for health sciences librarians will provide concise and practical resource and skills updates. NNLM is also working to expand existing outreach efforts and opportunities for folks interested in bringing citizen science into their library and for students and information professionals interested in learning more about health sciences librarianship as a career path. Stay tuned for more information on these opportunities!

Tess Wilson, Going Virtual: I recently delivered a webinar to Nassau County Library Association that focused on serving seniors in public libraries. The webinar had nearly 100 attendees, all of whom were enthusiastic and excited to participate! Resources shared included Go4Health, MedlinePlus, the CARES Engagement Network, and County Health Rankings. Kelsey Cowles and I are in a Citizen Science Virtual Engagement Working Group where we collaborate with our colleagues at other NNLM offices to encourage citizen science participation throughout the network. The group’s plan is to highlight some of the stellar programming occurring in libraries, and to continue promoting projects from NNLM’s partner SciStarter.

Erin Seger, Highlighting Substance Use Disorder Resources: I am working with NNLM’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Working Group to determine what online resources and information on this topic are of greatest interest to the NNLM audience. Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to complete a course evaluation after attending an NNLM training. We value your responses and have been able to use what you told us after SUD focused trainings! In my recent MAReport article, I highlighted some resources that people like to learn about when it comes to SUD that I hope you’ll find helpful if this topic is of interest to you!

Michael Balkenhol, Getting Excited about Year 5 Funding: Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to read several proposals for funding from public libraries and community based organizations. I am impressed with how some of our public library and community based organization members are thinking about in-person and virtual events to meet the needs of their communities! I’m looking forward to helping several of these applicants complete their health information literacy projects over the next year. It is a difficult time and I hope you are all doing well and taking care of yourselves as well as your communities.

Kate Flewelling, Announcing a 2020 Mover and Shaker: I’m so happy to share the news that NNLM MAR Community Engagement Coordinator Tess Wilson has been named a 2020 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal! Having worked with her for the past several months, it is perfect that she is awarded as a “Community Builder” and as part of a team. Congrats, Tess!

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Bringing Health Programming into Public Libraries

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:00
Tess Wilson

Tess Wilson

The All of Us Research Program (All of Us) is seeking one million or more people from across the U.S. to help speed up medical research. People who join will share information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. By looking for patterns, researchers will learn more about what affects people’s health. The National Library of Medicine and All of Us have teamed up to improve the public’s access to health information and provide awareness of All of Us to communities that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research by partnering with libraries across the United States.

Here in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), we have the privilege of working closely with many public libraries each year. With our support, these institutions promote reliable health information resources through programming and outreach. With every new round of funding, we are astounded at the capability of these dedicated libraries to provide such a wide array of quality programming.

Michael Balkenhol

However, from our own experience as public librarians, we know that a single library’s capacity is finite, as is that of library staff. We understand that adding health information programming to pre-existing responsibilities can be a lot to ask from staff who might need to create entirely new curricula, who likely are not experts in these specific topics, and who certainly have full schedules already!

In an effort to lessen that burden on our library partners and continue to raise awareness of the All of Us Research Program and MedlinePlus, MAR staff designed a new award last year—the Health Programing in Public Libraries Award. Unlike outreach awards in previous years, this one was aimed specifically at community-based organizations with a public health focus. With NNLM funds, these organizations could bring their already-established quality health programming to public libraries in their area of expertise. This way, we could simultaneously bring new health programs into public libraries, support community-based organizations, and continue to raise awareness of All of Us in public libraries. We funded ten such projects last year, and have highlighted three of them in this article:

 Eat, Move, and Live in Balance

Credit: https://beautifitstrong.com/our-story/

BeautiFitStrong: Eat, Move & Live in Balance

Eat, Move & Live in Balance is an extension of the Wellness for Everybody initiative. The goal of the program is to address the need for nutritional education and fitness engagement to help decrease the health disparities in the African American community. As part of this project, Audra Anusionwu led a series of fitness and healthy eating programs at several locations of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Learn more about BeautiFitStrong on their website and social media.

Black Girl Health College Ambassador Program: Mental Health Awareness Campaign Black Girl Health Foundation Inc

Credit: https://blackgirlhealthfoundation.org/

The Health College Ambassador Program stems from NIH findings that demonstrate the success of community ambassadorial projects. This uses MedlinePlus and NIH’s All of Us Research Program as platforms to educate the community about mental health awareness and prevention. These ambassadors worked closely with two public libraries in the Dauphin County Library System in the Greater Harrisburg Area of Pennsylvania to engage with a target population of African American women from ages 18-49. Learn more about Black Girl Health on their website and social media.

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center: Promoting Cervical Pap Tests for LGBT Community Members in Pennsylvania through Public Library Outreach Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, serving the LGBT community of the greater lehigh valley

Credit: https://www.bradburysullivancenter.org/

LGBT community members who were assigned female at birth are significantly less likely to be up to date with cervical Pap tests, as compared to the national average (2018 Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessment). Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center partnered with public libraries in the Greater Lehigh Valley Area in Pennsylvania to promote their transgender-inclusive campaign: “If You’ve Got It, Pap It!” Through these workshops and informational sessions, staff promoted cervical Pap tests to community members who need them. Learn more about Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center on their website and social media. (And look forward to a future post from Bradbury-Sullivan’s staff!)

Want to learn more about raising awareness of All of Us or hosting health programs in your library? Michael Balkenhol can be reached at mab602@pitt.edu and Tess Wilson can be reached at tesswilson@pitt.edu.

Thanks!
Tess and Michael

Written by Tess Wilson, Community Engagement Coordinator, and Michael Balkenhol, Health Programming Coordinator, for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-05-15 06:00

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Erin Seger wrote about freely available resources on substance use disorder in her article, “Substance Use Disorder Resources.”

Support Older Adults in Self Isolation with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about how to better support older adults who are self isolating alone, including helping them to connect virtually, suggesting they take breaks from news stories, and encouraging them to stay healthy. Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

National Health Observance: Looking for tools and materials to promote Mental Health Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

Consumer Health Minute: Mental Health During a Pandemic – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor: Accessible Recreation and Physical Activity – NER Update

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

The New and Improved PubMed is Here! – Since our last blog post, our coders have been hard at work preparing for the full transition to the new and improved PubMed. The latest features have been added, and beginning May 18, you can experience the new PubMed too! – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Nightingale: Lady and Legend – Some people seem not quite real.  Not in the sense that they are imaginary, fictional beings; they existed, and they touched and changed their world and ours. But it is difficult to think of them as plain, walking-around human beings. Their attitudes and accomplishments just seem to be beyond any quotidian matters. George Washington was such a person. Abraham Lincoln was another. And Florence Nightingale, whose 200th birthday is on May 12th, certainly fits in this category as well. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

COVID-19 Brings Health Disparities Research to the Forefront – The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has brought into sharp focus many of the troubling things that we already knew about health disparities in the United States but have failed to address. With the bright light now shining on this important issue, it is time to talk about the role research can play in reducing the disproportionate burden of COVID-19, as well as improving the health of all people in our great nation.  – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue shared that the 2020AA release of the Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS) Knowledge Sources is available for download.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

May 2020

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – May 19, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times – May 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the Greater Good.

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET –  Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.

How PubMed Work: ATM – May 28, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this webinar to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. Attendees will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details. Attendees will explore ways to search by author name and how to search for phrases in PubMed. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

June 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 8-July 3, 2020 – This hands-on class sponsored by MidContinental Region (MCR) will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public.  Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach and leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy – June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Data Literacy includes the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data as a part of a larger questioning process – a critical skill in today’s world. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and experts from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center to explore data literacy concepts, the role of libraries and data literacy, examples of reliable health data resources, and resources for facilitating your own data literacy program. This training is introductory and all skill levels are welcome.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join the New England Region (NER) for this class, which will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.  The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.

Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship – May 20, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, presenters will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Equal Access for Every Ability – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The mission of every public library centers around providing access to information and services to everyone who visits its branches; but increasingly patrons are interacting with libraries through apps, social media, and websites. Is your library’s digital front door as easy to enter as your physical one? Are there virtual obstacles that make your library less inviting to visitors with limited abilities? Sponsored by PLA; $43 for PLA members/ $59 for non-members/ $129 for groups.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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Substance Use Disorder Resources

Mon, 2020-05-11 08:00
Erin Seger

Erin Seger

As a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s (NNLM) Substance Use Disorder Working Group, I have been looking through some freely available resources available on this topic. As always, MedlinePlus has trustworthy resources for the public. MedlinePlus’ list of topic pages on Substance Abuse Problems offers a comprehensive list of topics ranging from alcohol to vaping. One resource commonly linked on these topic pages is the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). To advance their mission, NIDA supports research on drug abuse and ensures effective translation, implementation and dissemination of research findings. Their website contains information and research about commonly used drugs, prevention, and treatment. There is a great deal of information available here, which is why NIDA’s Easy to Read Drug Facts page may be of great use for those who educate the community.

In addition to the research information available from NIDA, you can search for journal articles on substance use disorder using PubMed. If you like to search using MeSH, you may be interested in the term Substance-Related Disorders. In addition, there are preformulated PubMed searches related to opioid addiction on the NLM page, Opioid Addiction and Treatment. For those interested in the nation’s progress toward the Healthy People 2020 substance abuse objectives, head over to NLM’s resource for Public Health Professionals, PHPartners and select structured evidence queries. Here, you’ll find pre-formulated PubMed search strategies to locate published literature related to Healthy People 2020, including substance use objectives such as reducing drug-induced deaths and increasing the proportion of adolescents never using substances.

If you’re interested in more information, NNLM often hosts trainings related to substance use disorder. On the NNLM YouTube channel, you’ll find a substance use playlist where you can watch recorded NNLM webinars on this topic. You can also visit the NNLM training calendar to search for upcoming substance use related trainings or subscribe to NNLM MAR’s Weekly Postings to get a list of upcoming trainings delivered straight to your inbox.

In the last year, NNLM MAR funded two projects related to substance use. Confronting the Opioid Crisis: A School-based Education Outreach Program trained high school students about the dangers of opioid misuse and taught them how to search for reliable information on substance use disorder using MedlinePlus. Training Addiction-Related Inpatient Treatment Centers on Promising Practices for LGBT Care trained healthcare providers and staff at inpatient treatment centers on the concepts of gender identity, sexual orientation, health disparities, and promising practices in LGBT care. The training also linked participants with MedlinePlus as a tool to locate LGBT health information.

If this is a topic you work closely with, stay tuned! We hope to continue to bring you resources and training related to substance use disorder.

Written by Erin Seger, Health Professions Coordinator, for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-05-08 06:00

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month: May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) celebrates the cultural contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Visit the AAPI Heritage Month webpage for downloadable materials and health resources.

Understanding Vitamin D with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about vitamin D deficiency, nasal swab tests, neuropathy, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

May & June CE Opportunities for CHES – MARquee News Highlights

Puerto Rico Hit by 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake – SEA Currents

WFH? NNLM Offers a Variety of Excellent Educational Opportunities – NER Update

National Health Observance: Looking for tools and materials to promote Mental Health Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Celebrating National Nurses Day: Compassion. Expertise. Trust. – I salute my nurse colleagues who work tirelessly to provide compassionate, expert health care to patients with a wide array of health challenges, and I affirm that NLM stands with you. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Relics of the Infectious Past: Disease Warning Sign Collection – The history of public health cannot be understood without artifacts such as those pictured here – the handbills, forms, public notices, signs, educational circulars, and pamphlets that document and in part constitute the street-level history of public health. They are relics of the infectious-disease prevention campaigns of late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century state and local public health agencies as they sought to isolate the sick, encourage physicians to report cases, and educate ordinary men and women. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Study Finds Nearly Everyone Who Recovers From COVID-19 Makes Coronavirus Antibodies – There’s been a lot of excitement about the potential of antibody-based blood tests, also known as serology tests, to help contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. There’s also an awareness that more research is needed to determine when—or even if—people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, produce antibodies that may protect them from re-infection. – NIH Director’s Blog

NIH News in Health: The May 2020 issue is now available, featuring, “Caring for Concussions: More Than a Bump on the Head,” and, “The Risks of Vaping: A Look at Safety.” Other topics include staying connected to fight loneliness, Alzheimer’s disease, and what people with cancer should know about Coronavirus.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue shared that the 2020AA release of the Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS) Knowledge Sources is available for download.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

May 2020

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

I am…Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101 – May 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – What better ways to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.

Virtual Programs for Preschoolers: How to Encourage Wellness, Movement & Creativity – May 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Are you interested in virtual storytimes, dance parties, and other wellness activities for ages 0-6? In this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), attendees will be given tips & tricks for presenting digitally, partnering with community organizations, and igniting kid’s imagination with wellness-themed programs.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – May 19, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times – May 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the Greater Good.

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET –  Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.

How PubMed Work: ATM – May 28, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this webinar to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. Attendees will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details. Attendees will explore ways to search by author name and how to search for phrases in PubMed. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

June 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join the New England Region (NER) for this class, which will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.  The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.

COVID-19 Conversation: Critical Appraisal of COVID-19 Research – May 12, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Join the Medical Library Association (MLA) for the last of eight free, live, online conversations! Methods and best practices for critical appraisal are well established, but the rapid pace of publication during the COVID-19 pandemic is throwing the rule book out the window. Or is it? Join leaders from the Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians (CAIFL) for ideas, tips, and discussion on critically appraising the literature in the era of COVID-19.

Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship – May 20, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, presenters will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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May & June CE Opportunities for CHES

Mon, 2020-05-04 11:24
Upcoming CHES Eligible Webinars

Join us in June! Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free, live webinars.

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information (one-hour version) – June 2, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM EST – This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, and migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the United States
  2. Explain the difference between cultural competence and humility and how they influence workplace environments
  3. Identify reliable websites that provide quality health information in multiple languages

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM EST – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe evidence-based public health
  2. Identify a public health need and formulate an answerable question
  3. Locate and search applicable literature and resources
On-demand CHES Eligible Courses

Learn on your own time! Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free, on-demand courses.

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health: An Introduction to MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj – The course is designed to teach public health professionals and librarians to use MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj to find reliable health information and data related to population health and Healthy People 2020. This asynchronous course is offered through Moodle using Storyline Articulate software. Please note that the content in the course is for basic/beginner users of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss population health and its relation to Healthy People 2020
  2. Describe the purpose of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj databases
  3. Identify when to use each database based on the information need
  4. Perform advanced searching techniques to identify more accurate results

Serving Diverse Communities: Accessing Health Information in Multiple Languages -This online, asynchronous course is designed to provide attendees with some basic statistics on individuals with limited English proficiency in the United States and demonstrate how to use resources from the National Library of Medicine to access reliable health information in multiple languages. Attendees will learn about data from the American Community Survey and U.S. Census Bureau, and then receive demonstrations on how to access reliable health information in multiple languages through the National Library of Medicine’s HealthReach and MedlinePlus databases.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current population of non-native English speakers in the United States
  2. Identify at least three online resources for accessing health information in multiple languages
  3. Analyze resources to access reliable health information in multiple languages

Serving Diverse Communities: Building Cultural Competence and Humility into the Workplace – This online, asynchronous course is designed to provide attendees with an introduction to the concepts of culture, cultural competence, and cultural humility. Participants will learn about some of the current critiques to using cultural competence principles and how cultural humility can be supplemented to create a more accepting, welcoming, and reflective working environment. Short demos of Think Cultural Health, PubMed, and Project Implicit are included to showcase three external resources that can be used to further explore this topic.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define culture, cultural competence, and cultural humility;
  2. Describe the differences between cultural competence and humility; and
  3. Utilize three online resources to help build a more culturally competent and humble workplace.

Serving Diverse Communities: Finding Data on Health Disparities– This course is designed to introduce attendees to health disparities and how the social determinants of health contribute to an inequity in health. Participants will be shown demonstrations on how to utilize tools from the National Library of Medicine, the Office of Minority Health, and HealthyPeople.gov to locate data on health disparities.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss health disparities in public health
  2. Identify at least three online resources for accessing health disparity data
  3. Analyze resources to access data on health disparities
Recorded Webinars Available for CHES CECH

Did you miss a live class? Three recorded webinars from February and March are now available for CHES CECH. Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free, recorded webinars.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant WritingRecording available for CHES CECH until 8/19/2020 – This session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies (i.e., policies, programs, systems & environmental changes) that can affect health through changes to: health behaviors; clinical care; social and environmental factors; and the physical environment. Our Guest speaker from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator, Erin Seger will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use countyhealthrankings.org as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 1

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Describe how to use What Works for Health when writing a grant proposal
  2. Define the evidence ratings in County Health Rankings What Works for Health
  3. Describe at least three examples of past NNLM-funded projects that relate to the evidence categories in What Works for Health

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health Recording available for CHES CECH until 8/26/2020 – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe evidence-based public health
  2. Identify a public health need and formulate an answerable question
  3. Locate and search applicable literature and resources

Health Statistics on the Web – Recording available for CHES CECH until 9/5/2020 – This course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

  1. Identify selected key websites for use in the location of data sets and statistics for use at the local, state and national level, including PHPartners and MedlinePlus.
  2. Discuss of the types of data sets and statistics available on the Internet.
  3. Define the 4-step process used to successfully locate relevant health statistics for a particular circumstance or issue.
  4. Describe where to locate additional health statistics training through the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., these programs are designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Advanced level CECH is indicated on a course by course basis above.

Reach out to Erin Seger, MPH, CHES at ers166@pitt.edu with any questions about receiving CECH for these courses.

If you want to learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in your area, find your region on our website.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-05-01 06:00

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Kelsey Cowles and Tess Wilson wrote about MisinfoCon 7.0 in their article, “Attending MisinfoCon 7.0: A Summit on Misinformation in Health Communication.” The article highlights the origins of the event and their top 10 takeways from attending.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Stephen Sherry, PhD, Named Acting Director of NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Victory 3D Printing for Health Care Personnel – SEA Currents

Citizen Science & Alzheimer’s Disease – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

ICYMI: 2020 ONC Annual Meeting on Bringing the EHR to the Patient – NER Update

National Health Observance: Looking for tools and materials to promote Mental Health Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Virtual Learning Resources for Scientists at All Career Stages and of All Ages – During this unprecedented time in our lives, we know that many of you are trying to teach or learn from home. To help meet your biomedical research training and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education needs, I invite you to explore some of the virtual education and training resources supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM Exhibitions and Epidemics – The Exhibition Program has produced three exhibitions about the history of epidemics: the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, the 1964 rubella epidemic, and the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s. While I still find the topic of epidemics to be grim, there are aspects of these exhibitions that continue to resonate with me. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Rising to the COVID-19 Challenge: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) – Step into any major medical center, and you will see the amazing power of technology at work. From X-rays to functional MRIs, blood typing to DNA sequencing, heart-lung machines to robotic surgery, the progress that biomedical technology has made over the past century or so stands as a testament to human ingenuity—and its ability to rise to the all-important challenge of saving lives and improving health. – NIH Director’s Blog

NLM Resource Update: The new PubMed will become the default site on or after May 18, 2020. A new, yellow banner has been added to legacy PubMed to notify users of the timing.

My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about lowering your blood pressure, using cleaning and disinfecting products safely, and explore over 100 healthy recipes!

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue shared that more MeSH supplementary concept records for COVID-19 were added in April.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

April 2020

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community – April 30, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this class to learn more about the following topics: locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency. Some basic concepts of program planning and evaluation within a culturally diverse environment will be covered as well.

May 2020

Building Resilient Communities Online and In Person – May 1, 12:00-1:30 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), examine your library partnerships and community assets and learn how to empower your staff, your patrons and your community, online and in person, with tried and true tools that you can use to build a more resilient community. In this time of crisis, take an hour to pause, breathe, listen, participate and reflect along with staff at the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, an IMLS National Medal recipient.

Exploring Data Literacy Needs at Your Institution – May 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will discuss how data literacy initiatives can be integrated into different institutions. Join Theresa Burress and Emily Mann, Science Librarian and Student Success Librarian at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, respectively, as they discuss some of the successes and challenges they experienced as they co-led a faculty learning community at their institution to start a campus conversation about data literacy.

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

I am…Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101 – May 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – What better ways to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.

Virtual Programs for Preschoolers: How to Encourage Wellness, Movement & Creativity – May 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Are you interested in virtual storytimes, dance parties, and other wellness activities for ages 0-6? In this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), attendees will be given tips & tricks for presenting digitally, partnering with community organizations, and igniting kid’s imagination with wellness-themed programs.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – May 19, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET –  Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.

How PubMed Work: ATM – May 28, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this webinar to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. Attendees will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details. Attendees will explore ways to search by author name and how to search for phrases in PubMed. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

June 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.

Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID-19 – Join the Medical Library Association for this series of free, live, online conversations! These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help you address professional and personal pain points related to the current crisis. You can also share ideas for topics and presenters, or volunteer to present.

  • Supporting Oral Health in the Time of COVID-19 – May 5, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Dental Caucus leadership members Amanda Nevius, Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Tufts University, Boston, MA; Nicole Theis-Mahon, AHIP, Health Sciences Libraries University of Minnesota–Minneapolis; and Nena Schvaneveldt, AHIP, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah–Salt Lake City.
  • Critical Appraisal of COVID-19 Research – May 12, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Marie Ascher, Health Sciences Library, New York Medical College–Valhalla; Abraham Wheeler, AHIP, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University–East Lansing; Rachel Pinotti, AHIP, Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; and Amy Blevins, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine–Indianapolis.

Overview of COVID-19 and CDC’s Response to the Pandemic with a Highlight of Federal COVID-19 Resources – May 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET -This webinar will provide an overview of COVID-19 and the CDC’s public health emergency response. In addition, a highlight of Federal resources available on COVID-19 will be presented with emphasis on those resources that might be relevant to libraries and researchers. This webinar is free to attend.

Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship – May 20, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, presenters will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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