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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-11-01 11:18

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Spotlight

Read the MAReport: Meet the Middle Atlantic Region’s new Community Engagement Coordinator, Tess Wilson!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote American Indian Heritage or Family Health History? 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.

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Check out our new Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science resource guide for information on how to participate, and follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

Join a Focus Group at the APHA Annual Meeting! The National Networks of Libraries of Medicine, Prevention Research Centers, Public Library Association, and the Midwestern Public Health Training Center are seeking Public Health practitioners to participate in focus groups to learn more about partnerships between public libraries and public health.

DOCLINE 6.2.2 released – includes “Contact Library” – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM/NIH News

Thanks News Outlets for Getting the PubMed Central Word Out! – Some people access NLM’s vast bibliographic resources through the NLM website. Others arrive after a Google search or through platforms such as Ovid MEDLINE. But recently [Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan] was reminded that news outlets help people find articles in PubMed Central, too. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Truth about Black Cats – Superstitions about black cats are common even today and are reinforced especially during Halloween. For instance, folklore tells us that if a black cat crosses your path, bad luck is sure to follow. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Dare to Dream: The Long Road to Targeted Therapies for Cystic Fibrosis – When your world has been touched by a life-threatening disease, it’s hard to spend a lot of time dreaming about the future. But that’s exactly what Jenny, an 8-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis (CF), did 30 years ago upon hearing the news that [Dr Francis Collins] and colleagues in Ann Arbor and Toronto had discovered the gene for CF [1,2]. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted several new features that have been added to the new PubMed.

New PubMed Recap: Did you miss A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals? A recording, a list of key points and an FAQ page are now available from the webinar.

NLM Resource Highlight: Looking for resources to learn about environmental health for middle school students? Explore ToxTown’s Science Classroom to find lesson plans/activities, interactive games and activities, hands on activities, videos, informational websites and more.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

November 2019

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – November 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), 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. In addition to 1 MLA CE, this program is 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.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – November 8, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the NNLM Training Office (NTO), PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90-minute classes presented via WebEx that include hands-on exercises. In this first webinar, participants will learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings. This class will be demonstrated in the new PubMed interface.

Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections – November 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest speaker Jessica Pettitt for the next installment in this webinar series about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! We communicate across difference in passing, on purpose, and can even arrange a virtual conversation where everyone can see everyone easily even though we are potentially thousands of miles apart. While we “know” our co-workers, we often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more. This webinar will help participants understand what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as they are.

PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – November 15, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the NNLM Training Office (NTO), attend this webinar to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This class will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. Participants will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Consumer Health Information Justice: Identifying and addressing information-related factors that contribute to health disparities – November 15, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this class will discuss many of the different types of information-related factors that can diminish an individual’s capability to live a long and healthy life, such as an inability to recognize and articulate one’s information needs; unawareness of and/or insufficient access to sources of relevant, comprehensible, and credible health information; limited health literacy (including inadequate digital health literacy skills); and an inability to act on information. The conclusion of the webinar will focus on some of the many ways in which information professionals are helping to shape these information-related factors so as to optimize every individual’s capability to not only live a long and healthy life, but also to flourish.

Thinking Outside the PubMed Box – November 18, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Do you develop or support wellness programming at your library or help patrons find health information? Do you support health sciences instructors or students at a school, college, or university? Are you familiar with PubMed, but curious if there are other resources out there that might be better suited to your patron audience? Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will introduce you to a range of trustworthy and freely available online health information resources developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Awareness of these resources will help you “think outside the PubMed box” when assisting patrons or developing programming, allowing you to better tailor your resource usage and recommendations to particular contexts.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month: What’s New Since 1492? – November 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) in observing Native American Heritage Month with a presentation by Eugene Fracek, member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and a cultural ambassador who teaches people of all ages about American Indian Tribes. In this one-hour webinar, Mr. Fracek will present an overview and perspective of the history, cultural values and behaviors, and legal issues impacting American Indian Tribes and members of those Tribes.

The New PubMed – November 20, 300-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for the next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. This session will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved Pub Med will make mobile searching easier.

How Public Health Can Learn From and Inform the Precision Medicine All of Us Research Program – November 21, 9:00-10:30 AM ET – The National Institute of Health (NIH)-led All of Us research program aims to enroll over one million people in the U.S. in a research cohort to improve understanding of how individual differences in lifestyle, socioeconomics, environment, and biology affect health outcomes. Recruiting a diverse research cohort is key to ensuring that findings will be broadly applicable, and All of Us strives to include participants from groups historically underrepresented in biomedical research. Join the Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Office of Science, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this presentation to learn more about the All of Us research program, better understand how the approaches used to recruit All of Us participants can inform future public health efforts to address diversity, and share your expertise in increasing diverse participation in your own public health work.

*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 Posting: Assessment Librarian, Stony Brook University Libraries, Stony Brook, NY

Marketplace Open Enrollment begins today, November 1, and lasts until December 15. Now is the time to visit HealthCare.gov to get ready for this year’s Open Enrollment and review your 2020 health plan options.

Library Resources for Transgender Topics: The University of Minnesota Libraries created a guide called Library Resources for Transgender Topics that compiles resources to help researchers from all disciplines and affiliations identify credible and relevant information on people who identify as transgender. The guide features relevant resources and archives, database search strategies (hedges), funding sources, and networking opportunities.

Grey (Literature) Matters: Structuring Your Google Search – November 6, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join Sarah Bonato for the second of a two-part series on grey (literature) matters. You’ll learn how to address the challenges of Google searches, adapt a database search, employ decision aids, set search limits, optimize data saturation, track search results, and select a search scope. You’ll also examine examples of published research projects that used Google and look at alternative search engines, such as DuckDuckGo, MillionShort, and WolframAlpha. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Beyond PRISMA– Health Research Reporting Guidelines: Your new secret weapon! – November 18, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How often have you been asked for guidance from a medical student or resident who wants to submit a case study to a journal? Maybe a systematic review team member has asked for help with a data extraction form? Or you’ve been asked to lead journal club—now what? Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) with support from the NNLM South Central Region (SCR), this webinar will take you beyond PRISMA by introducing you to the family of health research reporting guidelines, and discuss the ways in which they can be used for more than just reporting. This class will also examine study execution assessment tools.

Developing Health Literacy Skills in Youth: A Workshop – Presented by the National Academy of Sciences, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene on November 19 for a public workshop to discuss the necessity of developing health literacy skills in youth, examine the research on developmentally appropriate health literacy milestones and transitions and measuring health literacy in youth, learn from programs and policies that represent best practices for developing health literacy skills in youth, and explore potential collaborations across disciplines for developing health literacy skills in youth. Register to attend this event in person or via live webcast!

The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship – The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledge base, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000. It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

Categories: RML Blogs

Meet the new Community Engagement Coordinator

Wed, 2019-10-30 05:00
Tess Wilson

Tess Wilson

Hi, everyone! My name is Tess Wilson, and I am thrilled to join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region team as the Community Engagement Coordinator, serving NY, NJ, DE, and PA. I work with NNLM MAR Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol to support public libraries through training and funding. I also support hospitals, nonprofits, and other organizations that partner with public libraries and spread awareness of the All of Us Research Program throughout our region. In addition, I look forward to pursuing citizen science and digital literacy initiatives through an NLM lens!

While I currently live in the hills of Pittsburgh, PA, I’m originally from the Kansas prairie! During my undergraduate studies, I worked in the Mabee Library at Washburn University. I had several jobs in the library, beginning at the circulation desk and ending with an archival internship. After graduating, I moved to Pittsburgh to attend Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts program. My focus was in poetry and publication, and I had the extraordinary opportunity to teach writing classes in underserved populations, including those at the Allegheny County Jail. After I finished this program, I served a year at Reading is Fundamental through AmeriCorps, and worked as a trainer with the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA.

The library roots had taken hold early, however, and I eventually returned to the profession when I earned my MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh. While there, I was a research assistant for the Youth Data Literacy Project, an ALA Emerging Leader, and served as a Civic Information Services intern at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP). My most recent position was that of an Outreach Librarian at the CLP Office of Programs and Partnerships. I remain passionate about supporting underserved communities, addressing issues of privacy/surveillance, and advocating for intellectual freedom.

Planting a tree on the riverfront in Pittsburgh, PA

Outside my work in libraries, I stay active in the outdoor adventure community. I have a small dog that loves to join me on hikes and camping trips, and I’m getting back into the swing of kayaking after a long break! Pittsburgh is rich with environmental conservation efforts, so I lend a hand with as many tree plantings and stream sweeps as I can, and volunteer as an Urban Eco-Steward for Frick Park.

My reading interests vary widely, but I’m currently reading a fascinating book about linguistics in the digital age! I’m always in the middle of at least one vintage sci-fi trade paperback, and I can’t seem to go anywhere without a podcast queued up.

Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or ideas via email: tesswilson@pitt.edu.

Categories: RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-10-25 12:39

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

Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Executive Director Kate Flewelling talks about how you can help plan the future of health information outreach at NNLM by providing feedback on our five-year cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard!

It’s National Health Education Week! Celebrate with us by learning more about the role of health educators as an important resource in the community and in health focused organizations like NNLM.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Health Literacy 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. You can also explore health literacy with the NNLM Reading Club.

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Check out our new Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science resource guide for information on how to participate, and follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

NMLM Feature: Yoga, Tai Chi Research Shows Public Librarians Already Know – SEA Currents

Resources You Can Use: Health Literacy Month – NER Update

NLM/NIH News

Addressing Social Determinants of Health with FHIR Technology – We all know that whether you get an annual flu shot or smoke affects your health. But nonmedical social and economic factors are also large influences on health. To achieve better health outcomes, leading organizations are working to identify and address SDOH needs as well as medical needs. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

One Little Girl’s Story Highlights the Promise of Precision Medicine – Starting about the age of 3, Mila Makovec’s parents noticed that their young daughter was having a little trouble with words and one of her feet started turning inward. Much more alarmingly, she then began to lose vision and have frequent seizures. Doctors in Colorado diagnosed Mila with a form of Batten disease, a group of rare, rapidly progressive neurological disorders that are often fatal in childhood or the teenage years. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted several new features that have been added to the new PubMed.

NLM Launches a New Exhibition in Recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week – In recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 20-26, 2019), the National Library of Medicine announced This Lead Is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities, an online exhibition that opened October 15, 2019.

New PubMed Recap: Did you miss A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals? A recording, a list of key points and an FAQ page are now available from the webinar.

NLM Special Lecture: Gender, Race and Power in Science – October 31, 10:00-11:00 AM ET – Angela Saini, British science journalist, broadcaster, and author, will present a lecture on “Gender, Race, and Power in Science”. Saini has a master’s degree in engineering from Oxford University and is a former MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She has written for The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired, and Science, and she regularly presents science programs on the BBC. Saini will explore how prejudice can affect scientific research on race and gender and will describe her efforts to uncover manipulation of evidence, abuse, and wrongdoing by those in power. She will also address the inadvertent and inappropriate use of race by mainstream scientific researchers in health and genetics. Drawing from themes in her two most recent books, “Superior: The Return of Race Science” and “Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong”, she will show why researchers need to be careful not to conflate social gender and racial disparities with biological differences.

NLM Resource Highlight: Looking for resources to learn about environmental health for middle school students? Explore ToxTown’s Science Classroom to find lesson plans/activities, interactive games and activities, hands on activities, videos, informational websites and more.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

November 2019

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – November 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), 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. In addition to 1 MLA CE, this program is 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.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – November 8, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the NNLM Training Office (NTO), PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90-minute classes presented via WebEx that include hands-on exercises. In this first webinar, participants will learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings. This class will be demonstrated in the new PubMed interface.

Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections – November 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest speaker Jessica Pettitt for the next installment in this webinar series about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! We communicate across difference in passing, on purpose, and can even arrange a virtual conversation where everyone can see everyone easily even though we are potentially thousands of miles apart. While we “know” our co-workers, we often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more. This webinar will help participants understand what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as they are.

PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – November 15, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the NNLM Training Office (NTO), attend this webinar to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This class will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. Participants will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Consumer Health Information Justice: Identifying and addressing information-related factors that contribute to health disparities – November 15, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this class will discuss many of the different types of information-related factors that can diminish an individual’s capability to live a long and healthy life, such as an inability to recognize and articulate one’s information needs; unawareness of and/or insufficient access to sources of relevant, comprehensible, and credible health information; limited health literacy (including inadequate digital health literacy skills); and an inability to act on information. The conclusion of the webinar will focus on some of the many ways in which information professionals are helping to shape these information-related factors so as to optimize every individual’s capability to not only live a long and healthy life, but also to flourish.

Thinking Outside the PubMed Box – November 18, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Do you develop or support wellness programming at your library or help patrons find health information? Do you support health sciences instructors or students at a school, college, or university? Are you familiar with PubMed, but curious if there are other resources out there that might be better suited to your patron audience? Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will introduce you to a range of trustworthy and freely available online health information resources developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Awareness of these resources will help you “think outside the PubMed box” when assisting patrons or developing programming, allowing you to better tailor your resource usage and recommendations to particular contexts.

The New PubMed – November 20, 300-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for the next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. This session will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved Pub Med will make mobile searching easier.

How Public Health Can Learn From and Inform the Precision Medicine All of Us Research Program – November 21, 9:00-10:30 AM ET – The National Institute of Health (NIH)-led All of Us research program aims to enroll over one million people in the U.S. in a research cohort to improve understanding of how individual differences in lifestyle, socioeconomics, environment, and biology affect health outcomes. Recruiting a diverse research cohort is key to ensuring that findings will be broadly applicable, and All of Us strives to include participants from groups historically underrepresented in biomedical research. Join the Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Office of Science, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this presentation to learn more about the All of Us research program, better understand how the approaches used to recruit All of Us participants can inform future public health efforts to address diversity, and share your expertise in increasing diverse participation in your own public health work.

*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 Posting:

Grey (Literature) Matters: Structuring Your Google Search – November 6, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join Sarah Bonato for the second of a two-part series on grey (literature) matters. You’ll learn how to address the challenges of Google searches, adapt a database search, employ decision aids, set search limits, optimize data saturation, track search results, and select a search scope. You’ll also examine examples of published research projects that used Google and look at alternative search engines, such as DuckDuckGo, MillionShort, and WolframAlpha. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Beyond PRISMA– Health Research Reporting Guidelines: Your new secret weapon! – November 18, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How often have you been asked for guidance from a medical student or resident who wants to submit a case study to a journal? Maybe a systematic review team member has asked for help with a data extraction form? Or you’ve been asked to lead journal club—now what? Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) with support from the NNLM South Central Region (SCR), this webinar will take you beyond PRISMA by introducing you to the family of health research reporting guidelines, and discuss the ways in which they can be used for more than just reporting. This class will also examine study execution assessment tools.

Developing Health Literacy Skills in Youth: A Workshop – Presented by the National Academy of Sciences, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene on November 19 for a public workshop to discuss the necessity of developing health literacy skills in youth, examine the research on developmentally appropriate health literacy milestones and transitions and measuring health literacy in youth, learn from programs and policies that represent best practices for developing health literacy skills in youth, and explore potential collaborations across disciplines for developing health literacy skills in youth. Register to attend this event in person or via live webcast!

The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship – The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledge base, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000. It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

Categories: RML Blogs

Make Your Voice Heard – Help Plan the Future of Health Information Outreach

Thu, 2019-10-24 09:24
Kate Flewelling

Kate Flewelling

Every five years, the National Library of Medicine calls for “new ideas to help improve access to health information and help inform the design of the” National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). Responses to the Request for Information (RFI) will help shape the funding and outreach priorities for the 2021-2026 project period.

Who should respond to the RFI?

Long Answer: “health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, and the public.”

Short Answer: You

The National Library of Medicine has a list of topics on which you can provide feedback, including:

  • Priorities NNLM should address. Consider themes related to the NLM Strategic Plan for 2017-2027.
  • Strategies to reach new and existing audiences more effectively, especially minority and underserved populations.
  • Effective ways to partner with libraries, health organizations, and community organizations to reach health professionals, researchers, and the public.
  • The top three health information outreach priorities for your organization in the next five years.
  • Strategies to support staff at NNLM member organizations in their knowledge and ability to support NLM products and services.
  • Types of NNLM engagement activities to promote NLM’s wide array of offerings to all audiences.
  • Responsibilities and benefits of NNLM membership.
  • Types of organizations that could be potential members for the NNLM.

Even the current geographic configuration of the NNLM is open for suggestions!

Is there a service that we currently offer that you especially appreciate? Now is the time to express that too!

At the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), we are always open to feedback and suggestions from our members. However, we are limited to activities within the scope of our current 2016-2021 Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine. This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of NNLM, to ensure we will meet your health information needs and those of your community through 2026.

Responses do not need to be long, nor do they need to address every topic– in fact, the maximum submission length is 3 pages. Anonymous submissions are also accepted.

With your help, we will continue to provide U.S. health professionals with better access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to trusted health information now and in the future.

Responses are due December 2, 2019. Read the full Request for Information for additional details.

Written by Kate Flewelling, Executive Director, for the Fall 2019 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

Categories: RML Blogs

It’s National Health Education Week!

Wed, 2019-10-23 15:13

During the third week of October, the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) celebrates National Health Education Week. The goal of NHEW is to increase national awareness of major public health issues and promote a better understanding of the role of health education.

Have you heard of the field of health education, or do you know someone who is a Health Educator? It can sometimes be a misunderstood title, but this is a profession with its own definition from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health Educators focus on helping individuals and communities adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. They may do this through health education programs or policies. They might also focus on identifying the health needs of their community, or serving as a health resource person. Given their wide range of skills, Health Educators are important resources for communities and health focused organizations where they work.

What academic background do Health Educators have? Many universities across the United States offer bachelor’s degrees in fields such as Health Promotion or Community Health Education. Some Health Educators may have a Master’s in Public Health. In addition, someone with this type of background can become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Having this credential helps a Health Educator show their competence in many different health education responsibilities.

The role of the Health Educator is a natural fit with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s mission to promote equal access to health information. Health Educators can help their communities connect to trusted sources of health information and ensure understanding of this information.

Did you know that NNLM offers training for Health Educators and public health professionals? We do! In the last year, we have been approved by NCHEC to offer continuing education credit for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). Most recently, we have offered this credit for three of our courses:

We hope to expand our offerings in 2020, and continue engaging with our growing audience of Health Educators.

Celebrate National Health Education Week with us! If you are CHES certified and would like to be added to the NNLM email list to learn about future CE opportunities for Health Educators, reach out to Erin Seger via email: ers166@pitt.edu. For information about NHEW events, visit the SOPHE website.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-10-18 12:27

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Spotlight

Read the MAReport: For Health Literacy Month, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda writes about “Expanding Health Literacy Knowledge” to improve communication between patients and healthcare professionals.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Health Literacy 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. You can also explore health literacy with the NNLM Reading Club.

In the Region – This fall many of the MAR staff are on the road, we’ve welcomed a new Community Engagement Coordinator, and we launched a new service for NNLM Members! Read about more of our recent activities to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in NY, NJ, PA and DE. – MARquee News Highlights

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Check out our new Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science resource guide for information on how to participate, and follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

NLM’s Profiles in Science Resource Gets a New Look! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

NLM/NIH News

Hispanic Heritage Month: Improving Access to Health Information – During Hispanic Heritage Month — and throughout the year — it’s important to think about how NLM can better engage with the populations we serve. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Panel Finds Exercise May Lower Cancer Risk, Improve Outcomes – Exercise can work wonders for your health, including strengthening muscles and bones, and boosting metabolism, mood, and memory skills. Now comes word that staying active may also help to lower your odds of developing cancer. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted several new features that have been added to the new PubMed.

NLM Launches a New Exhibition in Recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week – In recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 20-26, 2019), the National Library of Medicine announces This Lead Is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities, an online exhibition that opens October 15, 2019.

New PubMed Recap: Did you miss A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals? A recording, a list of key points and an FAQ page are now available from the webinar.

NLM Special Lecture: Gender, Race and Power in Science – October 31, 10:00-11:00 AM ET – Angela Saini, British science journalist, broadcaster, and author, will present a lecture on “Gender, Race, and Power in Science”. Saini has a master’s degree in engineering from Oxford University and is a former MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She has written for The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired, and Science, and she regularly presents science programs on the BBC. Saini will explore how prejudice can affect scientific research on race and gender and will describe her efforts to uncover manipulation of evidence, abuse, and wrongdoing by those in power. She will also address the inadvertent and inappropriate use of race by mainstream scientific researchers in health and genetics. Drawing from themes in her two most recent books, “Superior: The Return of Race Science” and “Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong”, she will show why researchers need to be careful not to conflate social gender and racial disparities with biological differences.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

October 2019

Registration closing soon! Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – October 22, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW): An Overview and Action – October 23, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and guest speaker Marisa Miakonda Cummings, Director of Native Student Services at the University of South Dakota, for a one-hour webinar on the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. Participants will discuss a historical perspective and current challenges in reporting and jurisdiction. Opportunities for ally-ship and advocacy with legislation will also be discussed. The outcome of this presentation will lead to more informed librarians and better community advocates.

November 2019

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – November 4-December 2, 2019 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), This asynchronous online 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. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – November 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), 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. In addition to 1 MLA CE, this program is 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.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – November 8, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the NNLM Training Office (NTO), PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90-minute classes presented via WebEx that include hands-on exercises. In this first webinar, participants will learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings. This class will be demonstrated in the new PubMed interface. All demonstrations will be done in PubMed Labs.

Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections – November 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest speaker Jessica Pettitt for the next installment in this webinar series about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! We communicate across difference in passing, on purpose, and can even arrange a virtual conversation where everyone can see everyone easily even though we are potentially thousands of miles apart. While we “know” our co-workers, we often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more. This webinar will help participants understand what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as they are.

Thinking Outside the PubMed Box – November 18, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Do you develop or support wellness programming at your library or help patrons find health information? Do you support health sciences instructors or students at a school, college, or university? Are you familiar with PubMed, but curious if there are other resources out there that might be better suited to your patron audience? Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will introduce you to a range of trustworthy and freely available online health information resources developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Awareness of these resources will help you “think outside the PubMed box” when assisting patrons or developing programming, allowing you to better tailor your resource usage and recommendations to particular contexts.

*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 Posting:

MLA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Critical Librarianship Webinar Series (part 2) – October 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Want to know what critical librarianship looks like in practice? In this free webinar sponsored by MLA, hear three working librarians talk about how they use critical librarianship in their everyday practice.

Grey (Literature) Matters: Structuring Your Google Search – November 6, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join Sarah Bonato for the second of a two-part series on grey (literature) matters. You’ll learn how to address the challenges of Google searches, adapt a database search, employ decision aids, set search limits, optimize data saturation, track search results, and select a search scope. You’ll also examine examples of published research projects that used Google and look at alternative search engines, such as DuckDuckGo, MillionShort, and WolframAlpha. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Beyond PRISMA– Health Research Reporting Guidelines: Your new secret weapon! – November 18, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How often have you been asked for guidance from a medical student or resident who wants to submit a case study to a journal? Maybe a systematic review team member has asked for help with a data extraction form? Or you’ve been asked to lead journal club—now what? Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) with support from the NNLM South Central Region (SCR), this webinar will take you beyond PRISMA by introducing you to the family of health research reporting guidelines, and discuss the ways in which they can be used for more than just reporting. This class will also examine study execution assessment tools.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

Developing Health Literacy Skills in Youth: A Workshop – Presented by the National Academy of Sciences, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene on November 19 for a public workshop to discuss the necessity of developing health literacy skills in youth, examine the research on developmentally appropriate health literacy milestones and transitions and measuring health literacy in youth, learn from programs and policies that represent best practices for developing health literacy skills in youth, and explore potential collaborations across disciplines for developing health literacy skills in youth. Register to attend this event in person or via live webcast!

The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship – The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledge base, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000. It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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Expanding Health Literacy Knowledge

Fri, 2019-10-18 04:00
Michelle Burda

Michelle Burda

Health literacy is a complex concept. As professionals and health care consumers, it is equally important to develop or improve both your communication and health literacy skills. To do this we must first understand what health literacy is. One of the current definitions of health literacy as defined in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)1 Title V: Subtitle A; Sec. 5002 “means the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions.

The significance of this definition is the inclusion of the word communicate. This applies to the provider of health information as well as the receiver. Helen Osbourne, a health literacy expert and the founder of Health Literacy Month, explains it this way, “health literacy is a shared responsibility between patients (or anyone on the receiving end of health communication) and providers (or anyone on the giving end of health communication). Both must communicate in ways the other can understand.”

We must also be aware that readability, plain language, and health literacy each mean something different. Readability ≠ Plain Language ≠ Health Literacy. Each is unique, each is related and each is important but are often used interchangeably.

Our outreach services and programming can be targeted to those at risk of low health literacy. According to results from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (2003)2, only 12% of adults have proficient health literacy and that rate has held steady through the years3. This means only one out of ten of us have the skills to manage our health.

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We must also be aware of the health literacy status of our communities. The Health Literacy Data Map, an interactive, searchable, national map website, allows us to identify a state and its counties that are most affected by low health literacy. This can help us to determine who is in the greatest need of our services, trainings and where we should develop future programs advocating for a health literate community.

The health literacy experts within the federal government have created many resources and toolkits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a webpage that provides information, tools, and links on health literacy research, practice, and evaluation for public health topics and situations. There are online trainings available for public health professionals, writing and speaking with the public and Effective Communication for Healthcare Teams: Addressing Health Literacy, Limited English Proficiency and Cultural Differences (free continuing education).

The Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed a Health Literacy Topics Page with health literacy resources to help health care professionals and delivery organizations make information easier to understand and systems easier to navigate. One of their newest tools is a Question Builder mobile app to help patients prepare and organize questions and other health information that will make their medical visit more engaging.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the American Library Association (ALA) have partnered through the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign to create a free health literacy toolkit. The toolkit will help libraries and their staff raise awareness of how libraries provide trusted health information to their communities. You can be part of the campaign.

A “Because“ statement from the Libraries Transform Campaign

Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education (CE) credits are offered for various NNLM classes. The classes are offered throughout the Network to further professional development and expand advocacy promoting and raising awareness the impact health literacy has on the management of people’s healthcare and their ability to navigate the healthcare system. An example of a recent offering is: Effective Health Communication and Health Literacy: Understanding the Connection. This one-hour webinar is an introductory class to health literacy and health communication. Your role in raising health literacy awareness in your organization and ideas on how this can be achieved are discussed in addition to NLM, government agencies and other recognized resources in health literacy.

The importance of health literacy was recognized in the 1970’s when Leonard and Cecile Doak studied the reading skills of hospitalized patients. In 2010 the US Plain Language Writing Act, HHS’s National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, and the national ACA/Health Care Reform were pivotal actions taken to improve health literacy in the United states. We are far from done. We must continue on this journey enhancing and developing everyone’s health literacy skills. It is important that we share in making informed decisions about our health and receive the care we deserve.

References:

  1. Affordable Care Act — Title V. Health Care Workforce – HHS.gov https://www.hhs.gov › sites › default › files › v-healthcare-workforce. Accessed 10/4/2019.
  2. National Center for Education Statistics. 2006. The Health Literacy of America’s Adults: Results From the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.
  3. Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes, Update: Full Title: Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review. March 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK82434/

Written by Michelle Burda, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator, for the Fall 2019 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-10-11 05:00

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

Spotlight

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Health Literacy 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. You can also explore health literacy with the NNLM Reading Club.

Sleep: Getting Your Z’s with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn all about sleep, including how much sleep you need, sleep disorders, improving your sleep habits, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

NNLM Delivery is live! Our upgraded document delivery, storage and retrieval service is now available! The old platform, MARDelivery, will be discontinued on November 1, 2019. Visit delivery.nnlm.gov to start using NNLM Delivery today.

In the Region – This fall many of the MAR staff are on the road, we’ve welcomed a new Community Engagement Coordinator, and we launched a new service for NNLM Members! Read about more of our recent activities to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in NY, NJ, PA and DE. – MARquee News Highlights

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

Increase Information Literacy: Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon – MCR News

Keeping Up with the Facts Related to Lung Illnesses from E-cigarettes and Vaping – NER Update

New on YouTube:  Cooking Classes without a Kitchen, September 24, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Taking NLM’s Story to Capitol Hill – Last month, [Dr. Patricia Brennan] had the honor of joining National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, and four other NIH Institute Directors to provide testimony before the U.S. House Congressional Subcommittee on Appropriations for NIH Investments in Medical Research. This was the first time in 12 years that NLM provided testimony to Congress. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

World Health Organization: Picturing Health for All – This week, World Health Organization: Picturing Health for All, a new special display, opened in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The exhibition features a selection of images from the NLM Prints & Photographs collection of World Health Organization (WHO) photographs that highlight some of WHO’s work in the 20th century. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Multiplex Rainbow Technology Offers New View of the Brain – The NIH-led Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is revolutionizing our understanding of how the brain works through its creation of new imaging tools. One of the latest advances—used to produce this rainbow of images—makes it possible to view dozens of proteins in rapid succession in a single tissue sample containing thousands of neural connections, or synapses. – NIH Director’s Blog

NIMH Twitter Chat: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Join the National Institute of Mental Health for a one-hour Twitter chat on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Follow or use #NIMHchats to join the conversation. October 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted several new features that have been added to the new PubMed.

NIH News in Health: Read the October 2019 issue, featuring, “A Well-Aged Mind: Maintaining Your Cognitive Health” and “Family Health Matters: How Twin Studies Can Help Everyone.”

New PubMed Recap: Did you miss A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals? A recording, a list of key points and an FAQ page are now available from the webinar.

Job Opportunities at NLM: NLM is recruiting recent graduates with a master’s degree or higher to fill entry level positions across the Library. Applications are also being accepted for three unit head positions in the Division of Library Operations.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

October 2019

Helping Patrons Navigate “Dr. Google” – October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Technology is continuing to improve, and more and more people are looking online for health information, managing care, and trusted advice. Despite the increasing use, there is a digital divide for many individuals with low health literacy. Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will discuss how Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. Learn about strategies to make digital resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

The Tide is Rising and So are We: Stabilizing Our Communities Through Climate Change and Resilience Programming – October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Libraries, as important communities centers and partners, have an important role to play in education around tough subjects including emergency preparedness, our relationship to climate change and brainstorming ideas for building community resilience. In this session with the New England Region (NER), participants will reflect on the outcomes of Climate Preparedness Week 2019 that included more than 50 library events across Massachusetts, discuss lessons learned, best practices and what you can do to help foster climate change and resilience discussions and events at your institutions.

Being a Better Ally to All – October 16, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for this next installment of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt. Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.

Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations – October 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for this one-hour webinar that will address the health issues, public health implications, and health literacy needs of immigrant populations. Learn about methods to improve health literacy and address information access issues. We will review reliable health information resources, which include the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and the Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Health Insurance Literacy and How Librarians Can Help – October 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Many adults have difficulty knowing how to find a physician, fill a prescription, use and pay for medications, and use health information to make informed decisions about their health. Libraries are prominent places in communities making libraries and librarians excellent resources for advancing health information literacy. Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest presenter Emily Vardell, Ph.D., for this webinar that will address these critical information needs.

2019 Fall Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Overview – October 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Are you interested in improving mental health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in, or learn how to host your own edit-a-thon? In preparation for the NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on November 20, join the New England Region (NER) for this edit-a-thon training overview with a live question and answer session.

Health Statistics on the Web – October 17, 4:30-5:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), 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. In addition to 1 MLA CE, this program is 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.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – October 22, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW): An Overview and Action – October 23, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and guest speaker Marisa Miakonda Cummings, Director of Native Student Services at the University of South Dakota, for a one-hour webinar on the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. Participants will discuss a historical perspective and current challenges in reporting and jurisdiction. Opportunities for ally ship and advocacy with legislation will also be discussed. The outcome of this presentation will lead to more informed librarians and better community advocates.

November 2019

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – November 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), 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. This program is 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.

PubMed for Libraries: Introduction – November 8, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90-minute classes presented via WebEx that include hands-on exercises. In the first webinar, participants will learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings. This class will be demonstrated in the new PubMed interface. All demonstrations will be done in PubMed Labs.

*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 Posting:

Health Resource Highlight:  The Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s health literacy group provides resources on health insurance literacy, including mental health and substance use disorder, short-term health insurance plans, health insurance special enrollment, and health insurance appeals.

Empowering Primary Care Using Data and Analytics to Build a Healthier America – AHRQ Views

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career or new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship – The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledge base, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000.  It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

Engaging Citizen Scientists: Will the Walls of the Ivory Towers Come Tumbling Down? – October 16, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Citizen scientists have been engaged to measure bird migration, the proliferation of plastics pollution, and disease outbreaks. As a scientist, are you afraid of competition from members of the public? If you are a member of the public, would you like to join this movement? In this free webinar, listen in as a group of citizen science gurus discusses its pros and cons. Sponsored by Fondation IPSEN.

MLA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Critical Librarianship Webinar Series – Want to know what critical librarianship looks like in practice? In this free webinar, hear three working librarians talk about how they use critical librarianship in their everyday practice. Sponsored by MLA – October 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET.

Grey (Literature) Matters: Structuring Your Google Search – November 6, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join Sarah Bonato for the second of a two-part series on grey (literature) matters.  You’ll learn how to address the challenges of Google searches, adapt a database search, employ decision aids, set search limits, optimize data saturation, track search results, and select a search scope. You’ll also examine examples of published research projects that used Google and look at alternative search engines, such as DuckDuckGo, MillionShort, and WolframAlpha. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – The New York State Area Health Education Center System, in collaboration with the Clinical Education Initiative, will be hosting a continuing education seminar on Saturday, October 12 in Buffalo, NY titled Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Registration is $125 for health professionals and $25 for students.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all! Registration for the event is now available.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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In the Region

Tue, 2019-10-08 05:00

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.

Erin Seger, Making Connections: I’m currently at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference in Hershey, PA. This is a conference that brings together extension professionals to learn about evidence-based resources to address emerging issue. While cooperative extensions aren’t libraries, they offer a wealth of information and expertise to their communities and are great NNLM partners. MAR is currently funding the Penn State Extension for their program Dining with Diabetes. This program helps community members with diabetes learn how to better manage their condition and introduces them to MedlinePlus so they can locate trusted health information. There are a number of ways that cooperative extensions can partner with NNLM MAR, and I hope we can explore more opportunities with these institutions!

Michael Balkenhol, Teaching: Over the next few weeks I will be gearing up for my next class, Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community. This one-hour webinar will focus on health program ideas, guides, and resources for libraries and community/faith based organizations. I will share how you can integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies into your programs, so that you too can introduce NLM resources to your community in fun and engaging ways! Register to participate on October 22 at 3:00 PM ET.

Michelle Burda, Launching New Services: Just a few weeks ago we announced the launch of NNLM Delivery, our updated platform for document delivery, storage and retrieval that is now available to all NNLM Member institutions. Prior to the launch, Hannah Sinemus and I spent several months in development with the NNLM Web Services Office (NWSO) to complete the upgrade, and create some helpful resources for our users such as the FAQ page and User Guide with video tutorials. We also hosted an information session to prepare our current users for transitioning from MARDelivery, the old version of this service. After the launch, we’re very excited to be hearing from new and long-time users about their experiences with the system; the feedback is invaluable in helping us improve the system even further! If you’re using NNLM Delivery and have questions or comments, please reach out to us via email: nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

Kelsey Cowles, Conferences Galore! A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling to Stony Brook, NY to attend a luncheon with NNLM members and NLM director Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan. Our gracious hosts at Stony Brook University treated us to a tour of their newly renovated health sciences library. I was impressed by their creative use and re-use of spaces! Dr. Brennan also presented a fascinating view of the future of AI and the NLM in the annual Antonija Prelec memorial lecture.

October is a busy month for travel! My colleague Erin Seger (Health Professions Coordinator) and I just returned from exhibiting at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences conference in Hershey, PA. I will also be speaking and exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Library Association conference in Erie, PA, and at the Upstate NY and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC)of MLA conference in Watkins Glen, NY.

Kate Flewelling, Staff Development: This month, NNLM MAR welcomed new Community Engagement Coordinator Tess Wilson. Tess has an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. Tess was most recently at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh where she developed programming for underrepresented populations and promoted the integration of data literacy into community workshops. Two current NNLM MAR staff members were also promoted! Hannah Sinemus, MLIS, is now Web Experience Coordinator for NNLM MAR and the NNLM Web Services Office (NWSO), and Tessa Zindren was promoted to Program Manager.

I have started my term as Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC-MLA), an organization of health sciences librarians and other information professionals serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. I am delighted that next year’s conference is in Pittsburgh, home of NNLM MAR. I hope many of our Network members can join us!

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-10-04 05:00

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Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Health Professions Coordinator Erin Seger wrote about her current work to develop a clinical program in a box.

NLM Resource Update: ToxNet, an integrated system of toxicology and environmental health information, will be retired on December 16, 2019.

Breast Cancer Awareness with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about mammograms, walking for endurance and better health, Medicare, and get a recipe for baked cinnamon tortilla chips! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

NNLM Delivery is live! Our upgraded document delivery, storage and retrieval service is now available! The old platform, MARDelivery, will be discontinued on November 1, 2019. Visit delivery.nnlm.gov to start using NNLM Delivery today.

In the Region: Fall Travel – MAR staff are hitting the road! Learn where you can connect with us at upcoming conferences and meetings to talk about your projects, see our presentations, or just to say hello. – MARquee News Highlights

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Health Literacy 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.

A Librarian Can Help in a Crisis – NER Update

DOCLINE 6.2 Released – DOCLINE Talkline

New on YouTube:  ECRI Guidelines Trust, September, 18, 2019

NLM/NIH News

The Healing Natures of NLM’s Herb Garden – Stressed? Perhaps the scent of lavender or the sight of flowers could soothe you. That’s what a group of gardeners have discovered while tending to the NLM Herb Garden. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Bottled Milk: A Mother’s Reach for Infant Health – For millennia, mothers around the world have made great sacrifices to ensure the survival of their children. These efforts have changed over centuries as civilizations around the world made strides towards improving infant survival. After its development, infant formula (or bottled milk) was a symbol of exactly that to many mothers—a tool of modern ways and advanced nutrition. If women of social and financial stature were buying infant formula, what could possibly go wrong? – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Americans Are Still Eating Too Much Added Sugar, Fat – Most of us know one of the best health moves we can make is to skip the junk food and eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet. But how are we doing at putting that knowledge into action? Not so great, according to a new analysis that reveals Americans continue to get more than 50 percent of their calories from low-quality carbohydrates and artery-clogging saturated fat. – NIH Director’s Blog

NIMH Twitter Chat: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Join the National Institute of Mental Health for a one-hour Twitter chat on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Follow or use #NIMHchats to join the conversation. October 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced the upcoming retirement of the TOXNET website.

New PubMed Recap: Did you miss A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals? A recording, a list of key points and an FAQ page are now available from the webinar.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

October 2019

Don’t Forget Animals When Planning for Disasters – October 9, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Experience has taught that in order to protect public safety and health we must include animals in planning for disasters. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this talk that will provide examples highlighting the need to plan for animals in disasters. The five phases of emergency management will be discussed and the various roles of local, state and federal governments will be explained. Additionally, the types of threats that may impact animals will be covered. Examples of the partnerships needed for the effective planning for animals in disasters will be provided.

A Myth Shattering Look at Addiction, Prevention and Treatment, Based on Research – October 9, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter David Sheff, the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, for this webinar about his research and personal experience. This presentation will explore the importance of recognizing addiction as a chronic brain disease that affects the whole family. He will discuss how co-existing psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression can be underlying conditions and must be considered when deciding how to treat addiction. The stigma and shame attached to addiction is hindering our recovery from this public health issue. What can we learn from the past about other public health epidemics about getting rid of the stigma to make way for effective prevention and treatment?

Helping Patrons Navigate “Dr. Google” – October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Technology is continuing to improve, and more and more people are looking online for health information, managing care, and trusted advice. Despite the increasing use, there is a digital divide for many individuals with low health literacy. Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will discuss how Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. Learn about strategies to make digital resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

The Tide is Rising and So are We: Stabilizing Our Communities Through Climate Change and Resilience Programming – October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Libraries, as important communities centers and partners, have an important role to play in education around tough subjects including emergency preparedness, our relationship to climate change and brainstorming ideas for building community resilience. In this session with the New England Region (NER), participants will reflect on the outcomes of Climate Preparedness Week 2019 that included more than 50 library events across Massachusetts, discuss lessons learned, best practices and what you can do to help foster climate change and resilience discussions and events at your institutions.

Being a Better Ally to All – October 16, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for this next installment of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt. Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.

Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations – October 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for this one-hour webinar that will address the health issues, public health implications, and health literacy needs of immigrant populations. Learn about methods to improve health literacy and address information access issues. We will review reliable health information resources, which include the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and the Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Health Insurance Literacy and How Librarians Can Help – October 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Many adults have difficulty knowing how to find a physician, fill a prescription, use and pay for medications, and use health information to make informed decisions about their health. Libraries are prominent places in communities making libraries and librarians excellent resources for advancing health information literacy. Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest presenter Emily Vardell, Ph.D., for this webinar that will address these critical information needs.

2019 Fall Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Overview – October 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Are you interested in improving mental health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in, or learn how to host your own edit-a-thon? In preparation for the NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on November 20, join the New England Region (NER) for this edit-a-thon training overview with a live question and answer session.

Health Statistics on the Web – October 17, 4:30-5:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), 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. In addition to 1 MLA CE, this program is 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.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – October 22, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

*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 Posting:

Health Resource Highlight:  The Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s health literacy group provides resources on health insurance literacy, including mental health and substance use disorder, short-term health insurance plans, health insurance special enrollment, and health insurance appeals.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career or new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship – The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledge base, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000.  It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

After 20 Years of Improving America’s Healthcare, AHRQ Makes Bold Plans for Future Successes – AHRQ Views

New Data on How We’re Measuring a Culture of Health Culture of Health Blog, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

MLA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Critical Librarianship Webinar Series – Want to know what critical librarianship looks like in practice? In this free webinar, hear three working librarians talk about how they use critical librarianship in their everyday practice. Sponsored by MLA – October 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET.

Grey (Literature) Matters: Structuring Your Google Search – November 6, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET – Join Sarah Bonato for the second of a two-part series on grey (literature) matters.  You’ll learn how to address the challenges of Google searches, adapt a database search, employ decision aids, set search limits, optimize data saturation, track search results, and select a search scope. You’ll also examine examples of published research projects that used Google and look at alternative search engines, such as DuckDuckGo, MillionShort, and WolframAlpha. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – The New York State Area Health Education Center System, in collaboration with the Clinical Education Initiative, will be hosting a continuing education seminar on Saturday, October 12 in Buffalo, NY titled Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Registration is $125 for health professionals and $25 for students.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all! Registration for the event is now available.

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Explore Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

Wed, 2019-10-02 17:29

Because it can be challenging to find a compatible health provider, choose health insurance coverage, or understand medical terms, organizations have been observing October as Health Literacy Month since 1999. It is a time to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. But you don’t have to wait until October! Any time is a good time to become a more informed health consumer.

When it comes to your health, you are your own best advocate. The NNLM Reading Club has selected three books to help you become more knowledgeable and informed.

  • An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • How to be a Patient by Sana Goldberg, RN
  • Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health by Sandro Galea

three book club selections for health literacy

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding health information resources, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network’s Book Selections and Health Resources: Health Information guide.

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