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Funding is Coming – Start Thinking of Projects

Sat, 2021-04-10 07:16

hand holding coinsNNLM Region 7 (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont) is excited to share that the Request for Proposals (RFPs) for funding in the upcoming year (2021-2022) will be formally posted in early May. Proposals will be due in mid-June.  Awarded projects will start July 1, 2021 and run through April 30, 2022. Award categories include Health Outreach: $20,000, Technology Improvement: $10,000, Data Science: $15,000, Professional Development: $5,000.

NNLM Region 7 is particularly interested in projects relating to rural health, substance use disorder, graphic medicine, and health outreach to speakers of other languages/English as a second language programs and audiences.

As the NNLM transitions into the new cycle, the formal RFPs will be posted on the new website in early May along with the specific RFPs associated with each award type.

NNLM Region 7 invites the opportunity to discuss project ideas and answer your questions related to the upcoming funding cycle. Contact Jessica.Kilham@umassmed.edu for additional information.

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Enhancing Information Access in a Hospital Setting

Wed, 2021-04-07 10:35

In 2020-2021, NER supported the lock the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library (MFHSL) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in efforts to enhance access to health information for library users when the information desk is not staffed. Amanda Scull, Head of Education and Information Services, was the lead for this project. This blog post is an excerpt of the Final Report for the project.

The MFHSL information desk is staffed Monday-Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM, but the space is open to and widely used by medical students, residents, nurses, and DHMC providers 24/7. Enhancing Health Information Access After Hours in a Hospital Setting consisted of two initiatives. MFHSL planned to purchase and install a set of digital lockers in the hallway outside of the library for after-hours pickup of checked out materials. The Library would purchase and set up a computer kiosk that library users could use to look up items, submit a research request, or find materials related to common questions.

And then, COVID-19

The Dartmouth Library closed all locations in March 2021. MFHSL reopened in October 2021 with new protocols and restricted access. Access outside of staffed hours is not allowed and will be unavailable for the foreseeable future. This eliminated the need for a self-service kiosk during the funding period. Additionally, the cost of installing lockers outside of the library was higher than anticipated, which cut into the available funding allocated for the kiosk station. Instead, funds were allocated to the purchase of a second set of digital lockers which will be installed either at Dana Library (on the Dartmouth Library campus) or as a second set at MFHSL if demand requires it.

When users place a hold on an item, the email they receive notifying them that their hold is ready for pickup now includes a line indicating that they should email the MFHSL Circulation Desk email account if they would like their item placed in a locker for pickup. The information services staff check the item out, place it in a locker and set a code, and then email the patron to tell them which locker their item is in and what the code is. These items can be picked up any time regardless of whether the library desk is open since the lockers are in the hallway outside of the library. MFHSL marketed this new option through the weekly email sent to all hospital staff and list servs specific to nurses.

Importance of Contactless Pickup

MFHSL expected the pickup lockers to serve nurses and other clinicians who were not able to visit the library during staffed hours. However, the lockers took on new importance during the COVID-19 pandemic as a contactless pickup option. MFHSL has been contacted by other libraries that are interested in learning how the project was implemented. Digital pickup lockers marketed to libraries tend to be very high tech (WiFi enabled, integrated into the ILS, etc.) and prohibitively expensive.

As libraries consider what pandemic-era services they will continue into the future, Amanda Scull highly recommends this convenient option for picking up materials after hours, particularly in a hospital setting. The MFHSL solution is “low tech”  without annual costs for expensive digital equipment.

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Important information about your NNLM.gov Profile – Take action by April 30th!

Wed, 2021-04-07 07:34

Due to upcoming system upgrades on nnlm.gov, your current transcript of NNLM classes will not be available after Friday, April 30th, 2021.

Your NNLM Class Transcript lists all NNLM classes you have registered for since December 2016. If you want to keep a copy of the classes you’ve taken over the past 5 years, follow these steps to download a copy:

  1. Log into your nnlm.gov account (bottom right of page)
  2. Scroll down to ‘My Profile’ (bottom right of page)
  3. Click “’View Profile’
  4. Print or save the webpage, or copy and paste it into an editing software of your choice.

Again, you will no longer be able to access your NNLM class history after Friday, April 30th. Please take action before April 30th if you wish to keep a personal copy.


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Introducing Region 7

Tue, 2021-04-06 07:15

Map of the United States divided into seven regions.The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has been selected to serve as a Regional Medical Library (RML) for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) for 2021-2026. The RML program has done away with geographical based names and is moving to a numerical system. UMMS will be serving Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This is the fifth consecutive time that the Lamar Soutter Library has been selected the to serve as an RML.

The goal of the NNLM RML program is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Region 7 will continue to increase awareness, facilitate access, and provide training on the NLM’s products. During the upcoming grant cycle, Region 7 will be focused on three initiatives: substance misuse, rural health, and health literacy, particularly around English as a second language.

This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012347 with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

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Type 1 Diabetes – What You Need to Know

Thu, 2021-04-01 09:31

I met Dr. Erinn Rhodes last spring when she asked if she could interview me as part of her research for a paper that she was writing on Health Literacy for a class she was enrolled in.  I was impressed that a pediatric endocrinologist who oversees the quality improvement program for the Endocrine Division at Boston Children’s Hospital was enrolled in the MLIS program at Simmons University because she wanted to know how to improve health literacy in order to provide the best care possible for her patients.

A few months ago, Dr. Rhodes reached out to her library network again for some help with how to disseminate important information that her Diabetes Program has created to get the word out about the warning signs for Type 1 Diabetes.

“At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were seeing children presenting with diabetes in a much more severe stage of illness than what we have seen in the past. To address this, our Diabetes Program developed some simple patient posters/flyers about the warning signs of type 1 diabetes and have had them translated into a number of languages. We are continuing to strategize on ways to disseminate these tools and I was wondering if you might have thoughts on how we might share these materials with the Massachusetts library community and, of course, more broadly if possible. Please let me know if you have any ideas.”

Using MedlinePlus and the NNLM NER to Disseminate Important Information

Those of us on this email discussion contributed two ideas:

  • Submit the resources developed by the Boston Children’s Hospital team to MedlinePlus for possible inclusion on the website. In case you didn’t know, MedlinePlus has a process to evaluate and include new resources, here is the link to request that MedlinePlus evaluate new resources for inclusion in the website. When I reached out to Dr. Rhodes for this post, she shared that her team is working on that submission.
  • It was also suggested that we could use the NNLM NER blog, which is part of the weekly regional update for the New England Region as another way to disseminate this valuable health information to our network members of librarians, healthcare providers, public health professionals, educators and consumers.

What is diabetes? What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? MedlinePlus Offers a Summary and the Opportunity to Explore More Specific Information

For those of you not familiar with the facts about diabetes, MedlinePlus offers a helpful summary for health conditions that starts with the basics and provides the opportunity for you to explore more in-depth information if you need it. https://medlineplus.gov/

 Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood. You can also have prediabetes. This means that your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Having prediabetes puts you at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

 Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyeskidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb. Pregnant women can also get diabetes, called gestational diabetes.

Resources from the Diabetes Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

Did you know that type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children? About one in every four hundred children in the United States develops type 1 diabetes.

People at any age, from toddlers to adults, can be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. However, most children with type 1 diabetes are diagnosed between the ages of 4 to 6 or during puberty, between the ages of 10 and 14.

Using the resources developed by the Diabetes Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, you can learn about the causes, symptoms and the long-term impact of type 1 diabetes. The resources include a website and printable posters that are PDF files. The posters convey the important information about the warning signs of type 1 diabetes through visual pictures and words. In the hopes of reaching as many people as possible, the posters are available in several different languages in addition to English. The languages are Spanish, Creole, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

 What’s it like for a Child with Type 1 Diabetes?

It’s one thing to learn about the facts of a disease. It’s another to have a face, a name, and the real-life experience of a child with type 1 diabetes. I found it very insightful to read Justin’s Story as part of these resources.  Justin is a nine-year old Cub Scout who lives in Massachusetts. Justin shares in his own words, his journey from diagnosis to living with type 1 diabetes, including his fears, worries, medical care and his support systems. Justin’s Story could be a very helpful and reassuring resource for any child newly diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

If you have any questions about the information in this article you can email Dr. Erinn Rhodes, MD, MPH. She is the Director of Endocrinology Healthcare Research, Quality and Safety at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

On a personal note. This is my last blog post as an education and outreach coordinator for the NER. I am retiring from this position on April 2. Thank you network members and NNLM staff for making these past 4 years such a memorable and pleasant experience. I am very grateful to have had the chance to represent the NNLM and be part of an organization that helps to keep our country healthy! I will miss you. I hope our paths cross again. 

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Registration Open: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic

Fri, 2021-03-26 11:06

 Vin Gupta, MD, MPA Affiliate Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Gregg Orton, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Jess Kolis, MPH, CHES, Health Communications Specialist, CDC, Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer, University Hospital"

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the disparities of underserved, minority, and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities, and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19.

The NNLM Virtual Symposium: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from the 2-day experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and share strategies and programs to engage with your community.

Free registration is now open on the symposium website: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/registration

Day 1:
Dr. Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA
Approaching Normalcy: Forecasting the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gregg Orton, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Washington, DC
Presentation title forthcoming

Jess Kolis, MPH, Global Immunization Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
De-bunk to Pre-bunk: A Necessary Paradigm Shift for Addressing Health Misinformation

Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer, University Hospital, New York, NY.
The Tale of Two Americas: How Two Pandemics Collided and Cost Black and Brown Lives and the Racial and Health Justice Mandate to Save the Future by Every Means Necessary

April 8-9,2021
Each day starts at Noon EDT

Free registration is now open on the symposium website: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/registration

Sessions will be held in Zoom.

NNLM invites anyone who is interested in learning more about information-related issues during COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to: health professionals, librarians, researchers, community-based organization staff, and students.

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NNLM Transition Statement 2021-2026

Fri, 2021-03-19 06:00

Last June, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2021-2026 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  Health sciences libraries submitted proposal applications in September.  An official announcement from the NLM regarding the new RMLs is forthcoming. The start date for the new Cooperative Agreement is May 1, 2021.

The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.  The emphasis of the RML program is to bring quality health, public health, and biomedical information resources within reach of the public and all health and public health professionals.

Among other objectives, each RML is expected to:

  • Develop approaches to promote awareness of, improve access to, and enable use of NLM’s resources and data,
  • Develop and support a diverse workforce to access information resources and data, and support data-driven research,
  • Provide community-driven innovative approaches and interventions for biomedical and health information access and use.

 For the 2021-2026 cooperative agreement period, seven Regional areas are defined:

Map of the United States divided into seven regions.

Region 1: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

Region 2: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Region 3: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

NNLM Offices and Centers serve the NNLM program and are defined as:

The NNLM Web Services Office will develop and maintain reliable Web services for NNLM public and internal needs.

The NNLM Training Office will plan, create, share, deliver, coordinate, and evaluate an instructional program and educational materials based on key NLM products and services for a variety of audiences. NTO will assess and ensure a standard of high-quality for NNLM instructors and instructional content.

The NNLM Public Health Coordination Office will enhance the public’s health by expanding NNLM’s engagement with the diverse public health workforce through access to licensed literature,  coordinating training on NLM resources, and facilitating partnerships with public health institutions.

The NLM Evaluation Center will collaborate with RML, Office, and Center (ROC) staff to develop strategies and standardized approaches for evaluating outreach and education services

For more information, please refer to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Organizational Handbook, https://nnlm.gov/national/guides/network-national-library-medicine-nnlm-organizational-handbook.

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NH/VT Hospital Libraries Focus Group

Mon, 2021-03-08 13:05

fog over mountainsWe know that rural hospitals are economically stressed and that hospital libraries are closing. This is particularly notable in New Hampshire and Vermont. NER was interested in hearing how this is impacting the remaining hospital librarians.

On February 9, we invited twelve people who are interested in the fate of hospital libraries in NH and VT. We asked three questions: How are librarians coping with the loss of their colleagues in NH and VT? How can the NLM Public Services Division support the work of hospital librarians in NH and VT? How can NNLM support the work of hospital librarians in NH and VT? The goal was for the Network to gather perceptions, insights, and experiences of hospital librarians in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Nine hospital libraries remain in New Hampshire and Vermont. Two hospital libraries are affiliated with schools of medicine (University of Vermont and Dartmouth College), two hospital libraries are at Veterans Affairs medical centers (Manchester, NH and White River Junction, VT), and one hospital librarian serves two for-profit hospitals in New Hampshire.

Only three non-profit community hospitals have libraries, and these are located in New Hampshire. The University of Vermont Libraries provides library services to Vermont hospitals for an annual fee and pay-per-service. At least one New Hampshire hospital is contracting with Hilton Publishing Company International for virtual librarian services.

Interlibrary loan services in academic medical centers are shifting towards centralization in the academic libraries, and this is impacting their participation in DOCLINE. Participants in the Focus Group reported that Dartmouth College stopped participating in DOCLINE. They asked if the National Library of Medicine could do exit interviews for libraries that leave DOCLINE, as this impacts the collegiality that previously existed between academic medical centers and community hospitals.

Hospital librarians are concerned that hospitals are eliminating their librarians and still participate in DOCLINE by contracting with publishing companies. DOCLINE policies are listed on the NLM website, but the Focus Group participants were unclear about who is enforcing the policies.

In addition to DOCLINE concerns, participants shared stories about how changes in PubMed and MyNCBI are having a big impact on the workflow of hospital librarians. They miss the easy methods of saving their searches. When asked about ideas for future training, the Focus Group participants suggested disaster preparation. They specified needing to know more about how to prepare for cyber-attacks. The University of Vermont experienced a major cyber-attack at the end of 2020. For more information, this story was published in Becker’s Hospital Review.

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Words Matter

Thu, 2021-03-04 12:37

Did you know that illicit drug use disorder is the most stigmatized health condition in the world and alcohol use disorder was ranked not far behind as fourth in the world? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3353607/

A study was conducted by the Recovery Research Institute that asked participants how they felt about two people “actively using drugs and alcohol”.

One person was referred to as a “substance abuser” and the other person was referred to as “having a substance use disorder.” No further information was given about these hypothetical individuals. This study directly addressed the stigma associated with substance use disorder and whether the language we use to describe individuals with substance-related problems has an effect on the stigmatizing attitudes of their peers and care providers. The person labeled as the “substance abuser” provoked a more punitive reaction because they were thought to be more in control and willfully engaging in misconduct.

Specifically, study participants thought that the “substance abuser” was:

  • less likely to benefit from treatment.
  • more likely to benefit from punishment.
  • more likely to be socially threatening.
  • more likely to be blamed for their substance related difficulties and less likely that their problem was the result of an innate dysfunction over which they had no control.
  • they were more able to control their substance use without help.

Those participating in this study had a less harsh reaction to the person with a “substance use disorder” because the word “disorder” conveys the notion that they have some kind of medical condition that is the causing their difficulty.

There also have been other studies conducted (related to alcohol use disorder) that seem to suggest that those who perceived that their alcohol-related problems were highly stigmatized by their families and friends were less likely to seek treatment. While those who felt less stigmatized by those around them were more likely to seek treatment.

The common use of the term “abuser” among clinicians, scientists, policy makers and the general public could be contributing significantly to the stigma of addiction. These studies are part of a body of literature that is helping to bring about a change in the language we use about the disease of addiction.

“Recently, the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors, based in large part on these studies, provided guidance strongly cautioning against use of the term “abuse”, and advocated instead for either substance use disorder (if substance use meets diagnostic thresholds) or several variations on substance use that may cause harm, such as hazardous substance use or harmful substance use.”

Here are 4 general language rules to keep in mind when talking about substance use disorder:

  • Respect the worth and dignity of all persons.
  • Focus on the medical nature of substance use disorders and treatment.
  • Promote the recovery process.
  • Avoid perpetuating negative stereotype biases through the use of slang and idioms.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommends that “substance use” be used to describe all substances, including alcohol and other drugs, and that clinicians refer to severity specifiers (e.g., mild, moderate, severe) to indicate the severity of the SUD. This language also supports documentation of accurate clinical assessment and development of effective treatment plans.7 When talking about treatment plans with people with SUD and their loved ones, be sure to use evidence-based language instead of referring to treatment as an intervention.

The following chart is from the NIDA website and is a helpful resource to use as it identifies terms to avoid, terms to use and also the reason why. Consider using these recommended terms to reduce stigma and negative bias when talking about addiction. Language is powerful and can affect people in ways that we cannot always predict or anticipate.  The authors challenge readers not to underestimate the importance of using language and terminology that gives dignity and respect to those suffering from substance use disorders.

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Bias Awareness Resources

Fri, 2021-02-26 07:47

Bias in biomedical data has come to the forefront in the last year in light of how groups of patients have received care for COVID-19. This discussion has also highlighted other ways that data can be examined for different types of social justice biases. But before you can examine the data for biases, it’s essential to take time to read and educate yourself on the types of biases, resources, and conversations being had around social justice in the library and in medicine.

The NNLM has recorded workshops and other resources about general concepts in diversity, equity and inclusion as well as resources on specific areas of bias. This background can make you a better informed librarian and provide a foundation for understanding different aspects of looking at, searching for, or teaching about data.

One non-NNLM resource is the book chapter Mitigating implicit bias in reference service and literature searching,by Molly Higgins and Rachel Keiko Stark from the book Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action: Planning, Leadership, and Programming. The chapter is made available via their institutional repository.

In the past few years, medical and allied health schools have developed curricula to address implicit bias and provide better care for patients. Libraries, too, have created material to address personal biases. We expand upon both of these bodies of literature by considering the impact of implicit bias on finding and accessing the scientific literature. Health sciences librarians play a crucial role in ensuring access to the health sciences literature and as such, teaching librarians to recognize and address implicit bias in reference interviews and literature searches holds the potential to improve health sciences education and ultimately patient care. In this chapter, we aim to provide a relatively comprehensive review of the growing body of literature on implicit bias within health sciences libraries; to briefly describe our workshop on identifying and addressing implicit bias within the reference interviews and searching; and to leave the reader with concrete strategies for addressing implicit bias within their own reference and research process”

These are just a few of the many diverse areas related to this topic, and just a few of the resources available to you through the NNLM and elsewhere. Continued learning and professional development is key to learning to serve all of our patrons better.

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

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Health Information for All: Language Resources

Mon, 2021-02-22 12:04

According to the US Census Bureau 22% of people in the US 5 years or older speak a language other than English at home and 8.2% speak English “less than very well”. In the Northeast, those percentages are slightly higher than the national average at 23.7% and 9.4% respectively.

But what does that have to do with health? And how can we support these individuals and communities find linguistically appropriate, quality health information?

What does language access have to do with health outcomes and health disparities?

What is Health Literacy? “Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” Healthy People

Learn more about health disparities on MedlinePlus

Find more NLM resources on health disparities and language disparities

How can we support our communities with linguistically appropriate health information?

MedlinePlus has translated health information in a wide array of languages on many of the health topics. There are several ways to find translated health information on MedlinePlus:

Resources from partners:

Looking to learn more about how you can serve LEP populations?  NNLM has two versions of a training, From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

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#citeNLM Spring 2021 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:25

CiteNLMThe Network of the National Library of Medicine is excited to announce its #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon campaign for Spring 2021! Join us for the month of March in our campaign to improve health information on Wikipedia using NLM and other quality health information resources. Our focus this campaign is on Healthy Aging topics, which includes the habits, behaviors, and environmental factors that contribute to healthy living throughout your entire life span.

There are lots of ways to #citeNLM and get involved:

  1. Join our Edit-a-thon Live Session. Participate in our #citeNLM Edit-a-thon throughout all of March 2021. Want to edit with other health sciences librarians and professionals? Join our live editing session on March 31st, 1-3p ET! We’ll overview basic Wikipedia editing tools and work with colleagues and NNLM staff to improve Healthy Aging-related articles. Learn more and sign up through the following link: nnlm.gov/wiki
  2. Take a course on Wikipedia and Libraries. Want an in-depth exploration of how libraries can use Wikipedia as an information literacy and engagement tool? Sign up for our free, asynchronous course: Wikipedia + Libraries. The course will run from March 15 to April 9, 2021 and guides students through the curation and editing process of Wikipedia health articles, as well as how to help community members build their health literacy schools online. Sign-ups are live now: https://nnlm.gov/class/wikipedia-libraries-nnlm/30039
  3. Attend our Health Misinformation Webinar Series. Learn about online health misinformation and how to combat it from leading health information professionals. Join us for the next webinar session on March 1st, 11a PT/ 1p ET for “Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Media’s Role in Spreading Vaccine Misinformation” with Dr. Kolina Koltai (University of Washington). Register here: https://nnlm.gov/class/understanding-vaccine-hesitancy-and-social-media-s-role-spreading-vaccine-misinformation/30321
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Rural Healthcare Readiness Surge Web Portal

Tue, 2021-02-16 07:22

On January 21, 2021, I attended a webinar co-sponsored by the New England Rural Health Association and the New York State Association for Rural Health.  These two associations are offering webinars on rural health through June 2021. Recordings of previous webinars are located on this page.

Renée Joskow, Chief Dental Officer, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), presented data from HRSA Health Center Program. After giving a brief introduction to the program, Dr. Joskow gave an update on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over $2 billion was distributed to participating health centers to support testing and monitoring patients, providing treatments and vaccines, and purchasing necessary supplies. She gave a brief summary of the pandemic’s impact on healthcare services in rural New England.

Dr. Joskow’s presentation was followed by an exploration of the Rural Healthcare Readiness Surge web portal. Christina Lachance, MPH gave a demonstration. The portal is located within the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), a website that may be familiar to those working in rural health.

[The portal] aims to provide the most up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge. The resources span a wide range of healthcare settings (EMS, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care) and cover a broad array of topics ranging from behavioral health to healthcare operations to telehealth.

Developed by the COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies to provide support and guidance for healthcare delivery and workforce capacity and protection. ~RHIhub 

Resources include:

COVID-19 Hospital Resource Package

The Healthcare Facility Onboarding Checklist

HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds

Workforce Virtual Toolkit

Additional Rural Health Information at the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addresses the health information needs of healthcare providers,  public health professionals, community-based organization staff, businesses and workplaces, and the general public on the Rural Communities page.

The CDC recognizes that rural America is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Health risk factors for people of color are compounded in rural communities due to transportation challenges and lack of access to healthcare providers.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 2017.

James CV, Moonesinghe R, Wilson-Frederick SM, Hall JE, Penman-Aguilar A, Bouye K. Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults — United States, 2012–2015. MMWR Surveill Summ 2017;66(No. SS-23):1–9. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.ss6623a1.



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Call for Proposals for NNLM COVID-19 Infodemic Symposium

Mon, 2021-02-15 16:04

The Network of the National Library of Medicine invites proposals for a virtual symposium: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic, on April 8th-9th, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority, and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities, and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19. The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to engage with NNLM Network Members to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and share strategies and programs to engage with your community.

Proposals will be due by 11:59PM, February 26th, 2021. To submit, please fill out the form by February 26th.

Decisions will be made and presenters/panelists will be notified of their acceptance by mid-March.

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Love Data Week 2021: Spotlight on “Open”– 23 Things About Open Data

Tue, 2021-02-09 15:42

This year, the NNLM is celebrating Love Data Week with a speaker series and panel discussion with four data practitioners. If you’d like to dive a little deeper into the world of open data, these 23 Things are a starting point for learning more.

1. Learn the “why, what, and how” of open data with the Open Data Handbook.

2. Browse a list of hundreds of different data file formats and then learn the best ones to use for open, accessible data.

3. Learn about data sharing and publishing with NNLM’s Research Data Management On-Demand module.

4. Catch up on the NNLM Research Data Management webinar series with our YouTube playlist.

5. Access and learn about the New York Times’s COVID-19 data.

6. Search for local government datasets on data.gov.

7. Explore the Google Dataset Search.

8. Explore health-related open datasets made available through Kaggle, including the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19) medical literature text-mining dataset.

9. Filter, visualize and export datasets from National Library of Medicine resources from Data Discovery at NLM.

10. Compare the open data efforts of 30 different national governments with the Open Data Barometer, a report from the World Wide Web foundation.

11. Visualize “the issues that will shape the future of New York City” with this interactive civic data exhibit.

12. See how All In: Data for Community Health is working to improve community health outcomes through data-sharing partnerships to identify needs and inform policy.

13. Check out the Civic Switchboard project to see how library workers can get involved in civic data initiatives.

14. Analyze Census data in Microsoft Excel with a tutorial from Census Academy.

15. Make a map using QGIS – a free GIS (Geographic Information System) program – with step-by-step exercises from the Community Health Maps program.

16. Build data analysis, visualization, and programming skills with the self-guided lessons from The Carpentries. Start with Library Carpentry for lessons tailored specifically for librarians.

17. Foster a “data culture” within your organization with engaging learning activities from the Data Culture Project.

18. Build community data literacy with Data 101 workshop toolkit from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, and attend our Tuesday, Feb 9th “coffee chat” to hear more from WPRDC project director Bob Gradeck.

19. Make research data and code more findable with these 10 quick tips and come to the Monday, Feb 8th “coffee chat” to hear more from article co-author Ibraheem Ali, PhD.

20. Support open, equitable, and inclusive scholarly communications with this guide from the Association of College and Research Libraries and come to the Wednesday, Feb 10th “coffee chat” to hear more from co-author Yasmeen Shorish.

21. Learn about common data elements for clinical data collection and management with this presentation from the National Library of Medicine, and then learn how to use the NIH Common Data Element (CDE) repository.

22. Familiarize yourself with upcoming expansions to NIH policies on data management and data sharing for NIH-funded researchers.

23. Join the conversation: get involved with a community of data practitioners through the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Association or learn about the work of the Academic Data Science Alliance.

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Happy National Handwriting Day 2021!

Fri, 2021-02-05 11:50


Workbooks published by the Art Cart to Address Micrographia

The following blog post was written by Saba Shahid, CSO (Chief Smiling Officer) of The Art Cart (https://smilethroughart.com/).

In 2018, The Art Cart was awarded a Community Engagement grant from the New England Region. The grant enabled The Art Cart to develop an online training program to address Micrographia, a condition commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease that features small, cramped handwriting. The training program has since been published as a workbook “Let’s Combat Micrographia, Edition 2.”







January 23, 2021 was National Handwriting Day! Fun fact — observing National Handwriting Day actually dates back to 1977. Handwriting is an art, it is something that is very personable and gives people confidence in their abilities. Many people have traded pen and paper for a keyboard and screen. Handwriting is a task that many take for granted however, it is a task that people living with Parkinson’s disease treasure.

Benefits of Handwriting

  1. Stimulates the Brain:  Handwriting involves rich mind-body experience that helps stimulate the brain. When you are writing you are working on creating letters, joining those letters to other letters, then creating words, and ultimately forming sentences. This requires lots of brain power!
  2. Develops Fine Motor Skills:  Handwriting exercises a complex cognitive process involving neuro-sensory experiences and fine motor skills. The ability to hold a tiny pen or pencil requires strength and coordination. Continuing to write as well as doing hand stretches will continue to help develop fine motor skill.
  3. Develops Sensory Skills: By feeling the writing surface, holding the writing instrument, and directing precise movement with thought, your senses come to life and give your brain a full workout!
  4. Increases Focus:  Writing increases focus because we are forced to slow down, think about forming letters into words, and then into sentences. Our brain is working extra hard to string all the pieces together.
  5. Helps Improve Memory:  Handwriting may also improve a person’s memory for new information as the act of writing requires more focus and allows you to visualize what is in front of you.
  6. Encourages Creativity:  Writing can lead to journaling which can then lead to doodling and more. Anytime you use a writing instrument you’re allowing your creative brain to come to life!

What Can Someone with Parkinson’s Do TODAY to Start Improving Handwriting?

Frustration, lack of confidence in using a writing instrument, poor coordination between mind and body, as well as tremors are only some of the challenges that a person with Parkinson’s disease faces. The good news is, that these challenges can be combated through diligent practice keeping in mind the goal of improving handwriting.

Since 2014, The Art Cart through their Let’s Combat Micrographia® program has been devoted to people’s success in improving handwriting. In 2018, our work was recognized by the United States National Institute of Health’s, Network of the National Libraries of Medicine. Today, we are the only internationally recognized research-based program available to help people with Parkinson’s improve their handwriting. The Art Cart would like to share a few no cost resources you can use to get started with improving your handwriting regardless of where you live in the world!

Handwriting comparisons after using the Let's Combat Micrographia curriculum

Our Resources for YOU:

  1. Let’s Combat Micrographia Introduction Workshops: Visit Let’s Combat Micrographia Introduction to tell you more about our course. The introduction is free and can be accessed by  using the link https://letscombatmicrographia.thinkific.com/courses/let-s-combat-micrographia
  2. Let’s Combat Micrographia Live Workshops:  This is our live (delivered via Zoom) 7-week workshop series that people are able to join. These workshops are free and include materials. The next Live Workshop will be starting February 2021. Add yourself to the waitlist by completing this form: https://forms.gle/YDevQcRQy8wZAbyP7 or visit https://letscombatmicrographia.com/live-workshops
  3. Let’s Combat MicrographiaOrganization Sponsored Workshop Series: Typically, these series are sponsored in partnership with other organizations we work with. So, if you are leading a group of people with Parkinson’s disease and would like to bring our programming to your community, please contact us at smilethroughart@gmail.com.



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NNLM Reading Club’s February Selections

Wed, 2021-02-03 10:12

Like tires, the heart does not run forever but can last longer if the driver makes smart choices. NNLM Reading Club’s February selections focus on the heart with three books that provide valuable information for people dealing with heart conditions.

In Being Empowered for a Healthy Heart: A Personal Guide to Taking Control of Your Health While Living with Chronic Conditions, Dr. Phoebe Chi seeks to empower those with chronic diseases of all types, including heart disease and high blood pressure, in the self-management of their conditions. The internal medicine and public health physician does so with practical exercises and tools in each chapter to address symptoms, even throwing some poetry into the mix.

Restart Your Heart: The Playbook for Thriving with AFib by cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Aseem Desai clears up some of the confusion surrounding atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that can interfere with blood flow. In addition to providing knowledge about AFib, Desai discusses how to deal with the diagnosis from a mental and emotional perspective.

Finally, in When the Words Suddenly Stopped, former television broadcast journalist Vivian King describes her experience recovering from a stroke that took away her voice, sharing how determination bolstered by a reliance on faith, family and friends allowed her to recover.

Strengthening your heart knowledge can help strengthen your heart. We hope these books will provide you an opportunity to do both. Visit the NNLM Reading Club for discussion guides to these titles and other useful information.

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New Guide from the NNLM: Substance Use Disorders

Mon, 2021-01-25 14:50

The Network of National Library of Medicine’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Initiative aims raise awareness of National Library of Medicine’s Substance Use Disorders resources and the resources of partner organizations. ​

As part of this initiative, Network of the National Library of Medicine staff launched a new guide to information on Substance Use Disorders. The guide links to free and reliable online resources for general and specific audiences. The “SUD Resources: General” tab is a great place to start learning about SUD with resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and more. The “Libraries” tab provides educational information about Narcan/ Naloxone, a resource guide for public libraries, and more. The “Educators” tab includes classroom resources and information for all ages. The “Community Based Organizations” tab focuses on response to Opioid use in communities and includes the Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The “Public Health” tab provides information for public health professionals, including links to resources for locating guidelines, research, and training, and information about safe disposal of unused medications. “Resources by Age or Population” lists recommended resources specific to families, rural populations, faith-based organizations, teens and young adults, and women. The “SUD Training & Education” tab includes links to recorded webinars and other online trainings, suitable for all audiences.

Check the NNLM’s Class Catalog for additional upcoming and recorded webinars related to Substance Use Disorder.

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Changes to NCBI Accounts Coming in 2021

Tue, 2021-01-19 08:38

Do you login to NCBI to use MyNCBI, SciENcv, or MyBibliography? Do you submit data to NCBI? If so, you’ll want to read further to get a first glimpse at some important changes to NCBI accounts that will be coming in 2021.

What’s happening? In brief, NCBI will be transitioning to federated account credentials. NCBI-managed credentials are the username and password you set at NCBI — these will be going away. Federated account credentials are those set through eRA Commons, Google, or a university or institutional point of access. Learn more!

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