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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 16, 2021

Fri, 2021-04-16 10:33

Welcome to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

The NNLM will begin the next five-year cooperative agreement period beginning May 1. Due to the new structure of the regions, this will be the final SEA Weekly Digest. It has been a pleasure serving as the Regional Medical Library for the Southeastern Atlantic Region. The University of Maryland, Baltimore looks forward to serving as the Regional Medical Library for Region 1 beginning May 1. We look forward to connecting with Network Members in Region 1!

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars April 20 – April 21

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements

Fri, 2021-04-09 13:30

The National Library of Medicine has awarded five-year cooperative agreements to seven institutions selected to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and four  institutions selected as National Coordinating Offices in the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The agreements begin May 1, 2021.

The NNLM is NLM’s “field force” of trusted ambassadors that leverages more than 8,000 organizational members representing resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), public libraries, and community-based organizations.

RMLs coordinate the operation of a network of libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs. RMLs ensure a continuity of quality service for core programs of the NNLM, and cooperatively design, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to advance the health information needs of health professionals and a diverse public. Each National Coordinating Office performs a unique set of functions, but all serve to support and inform the work of the RMLs.

2021-2026 Awardees

Regional Medical Libraries:

Region 1: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and District of Columbia
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Baltimore, MD

Region 2: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands
Medical University of South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina Libraries
Charleston, SC

Region 3: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Gibson D. Lewis Library
Fort Worth, TX

Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, UT Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States
University of Washington
Health Sciences Library
Seattle, WA

Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
University of Iowa
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
Iowa City, IA

Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lamar Soutter Library
Worcester, MA

National Coordinating Offices:

NNLM Web Services Office (NWSO)
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Baltimore, MD

NNLM Training Office (NTO)
University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, UT NNLM Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO) University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lamar Soutter Library
Worcester, MA

NNLM Evaluation Center (NEC)
Northwestern University
Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center
Chicago, IL

Since its original authorization by Congress in the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, the NNLM has worked to equalize and enhance access to health information and data throughout the United States. This Network is vital in NLM’s outreach efforts to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing education and access to information for U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public. NNLM’s main goals are to work through libraries and other members to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, promote health literacy, and advance health equity through access to trusted, quality health information.

During the previous (2016-2021) grant period, the RMLs awarded more than 1,338 subawards to NNLM members. The RMLs, in collaboration with funded NNLM members, conducted more than10,000 training events and other outreach and engagement activities reaching more than 108,000 health professionals, librarians, and members of the public.

Information about the Network of the National Library of Medicine and the Regional Medical Libraries is available at www.nnlm.gov.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 9, 2021

Fri, 2021-04-09 10:16

Welcome to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars April 12 – April 14

Webinars April 20 – April 21

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Reminder: Join the NNLM SEA Healthy Haiku Contest!

Thu, 2021-04-08 14:23

During the month of April, we will be sharing Healthy Haikus created by YOU! In honor of National Poetry Month, NNLM SEA is hosting a Healthy Haiku contest for our members. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive free registration to the  ALA Annual 2021 or MLA ‘21 virtual conference*!

Use this creative outlet for your pandemic angst, healthy-living tips, ailment woes, or anything at all that is health related. Make it light or make it heavy, funny or serious, but make it!

The Rules

Write a three-line poem, following the syllable pattern 5-7-5. No need to rhyme, just go with the flow!

We ask you to write
On health, pets, COVID-19
Please share your haiku!

Need inspiration for topics? Check out the April National Health Observances, including:

  • National Public Health Week
  • National Minority Health Month
  • Every Kid Healthy Week
  • DNA Day
  • Patient Experience Week
How to Enter
  • Share your haikus now through April 30th on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Make sure your post is “viewable for the public” so we can see your submission.
  • Tag @NNLMSEA onFacebook or Twitter and include #HealthyHaiku.
  • If applicable, tag your library or organization.
  • Individuals can share up to three unique haikus.
  • We’ll reshare your posts so that others can see your creativity!

Don’t want to use your own social media account? E-mail your healthy haiku to Liz Waltman (ewaltman@hshsl.umaryland.edu) who will share it on our social media accounts and credit you with your submission.

Have fun and we look forward to reading all the amazing haikus!

*Conference registration is for one person and is non-transferable.

Margherita pizza with the haiku 'I ate the whole thing...Why, oh why, did I eat it? Pandemic comfort.'

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Start the Conversation on End-of-Life Care with the NNLM Reading Club

Wed, 2021-04-07 14:57

It’s difficult to talk about, even scary. Important things usually are.

And deciding what to do about that transition between life and death – how to make it more comfortable, what to do afterwards – is so very important, to our loved ones and ourselves. It involves issues not only of health, but of spirituality, compassion and trust.

Whether your focus of concern is on a family member or yourself, NNLM Reading Club suggests three books that may help with your understanding of end-of-life matters and those conversations you probably have been putting off.

 The Unwinding of the Miracle; Can't we talk about something more pleasant?; The Five Invitations.

The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams | Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast | The Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski

In The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death and Everything That Comes After, the late Julie Yip-Williams leaves behind a chronicle of a life filled with improbable outcomes since her childhood as a blind Vietnamese refugee who regained her sight at the hands of an American doctor. She faces her own terminal illness at age 37 with honesty.

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her idiosyncratic humor to her experience as caretaker of aging, declining parents in the graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Finally, Zen Hospice Project co-founder Frank Ostaseski relates the lessons he has learned as a Buddhist teacher who has worked with more than a thousand dying patients in The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us about Living.

We encourage you to take a deep breath, read one of these books, and discuss it with people whose opinions you respect, especially those in your own family. It just might make you feel a whole lot better about the inevitable. Visit the NNLM Reading. Club: End of Life health topic to get started.

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

Tue, 2021-04-06 18:11

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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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 2, 2021

Fri, 2021-04-02 11:18

Welcome to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars April 5 – April 13

Webinars April 14 – April 21

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Registration Now Open: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic

Tue, 2021-03-30 13:04

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.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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

Day2:

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. Presentation title forthcoming

WHEN

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

HOW DO I REGISTER?

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

WHERE

Sessions will be held in Zoom.

WHO IS THE SYMPOSIUM FOR?

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.

Image with a pink and blue background listing the keynote speakers for the NNLM "Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic."

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NNLM Transgender Health Series: March 31-April 12

Mon, 2021-03-29 15:13

Please join the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest at the UCLA Biomedical Library and Southeastern Atlantic Region at the University of Maryland-Baltimore for our Transgender Health webinar series. With approximately 1 million adults in the U.S. identifying as Transgender and/or Gender Non-Binary (TGNB), this population experiences violence, inequities, biases, and discrimination on many levels. Less than one percent of physicians and 0.7 percent of medical students identify as TGNB, underscoring the need for quality, affirmative healthcare. These three webinars focus on the social determinants of health that create the backbone of health disparities and the resiliency this community holds.

Focus on Black Transgender Women – March 31, 2021 at 2pm-3pm ET

Aryah Lester (she/her), author, speaker and educator, is a black woman of transgender experience committed to advocacy and health for transgender communities. Dr. Cheryl Holder (she/her), Fellow in the American College of Physicians, has dedicated her medical career to serving underserved populations, especially Transgender Women. The first webinar is an exploration of the effects of intersectionality and social determinants of health on transgender women of color.

Focus on Gender Identity & Inclusivity – April 5, 2021 at 2pm-3pm ET

Dr. Alison Taur (she/her) serves as the regional lead for Nuclear Medicine in Kaiser Permanente Southern California and as a faculty member for the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Dr. Ly Pham, MD (pronounced Lee) is nonbinary and their pronouns are they/them/theirs. Their specific areas of focus include LGBTQ+ healthcare, gender-affirming care (which includes hormone therapy), and HIV care and prevention. Drs. Taur & Pham will speak about their personal backgrounds as TGNB physicians practicing at Kaiser Permanente and their work in advocating and caring for their communities.

Focus on Mental Health & Resiliency – April 12, 2021 at 2pm-3pm ET

Dr. Ren Massey (he/his), licensed psychologist, has served on the Board of Directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), is Faculty & Co-Chair/Mental Health Chair of the WPATH Global Education Initiative (GEI). lore dickey (he/his), PhD, ABPP, is an expert in the field of transgender psychological services, has served as co-chair of the APA task force on guidelines for working with trans people, and is an APA fellow. This session will break down societal assumptions about the LGBTQIA+ community, their mental health needs, and resources to support them.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 26, 2021

Fri, 2021-03-26 10:46

Welcome to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars March 31 – April 13

Webinars April 14 – April 21

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Help NNLM Improve its Funding Process

Thu, 2021-03-25 10:53

This post originally appeared in the NNLM GMR Midwest Matters blog.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is requesting feedback regarding our funding process. Whether you have applied for funding through NNLM or not, your feedback will be valuable in helping us continuously improve our funding program.

Please consider taking 10 minutes to fill out the following questionnaire: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cXRc7nUbo98wqbk

The questionnaire will remain open until March 31, 2021. We appreciate your time!

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Congratulations to the 2021 MLA Awards, Grants, and Scholarships Recipients!

Wed, 2021-03-24 15:08

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Medical Library Association (MLA) awards and honors in the NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region!

All recipients will be recognized at the Medical Library Association 2021 Annual Meeting. Visit the MLA website for a full list of Awards, Grants, and Scholarships and 2021 MLA Election Results.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Virginia L. and William K. Beatty Volunteer Service Award

  • Nancy Schaefer, AHIP, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Ida and George Eliot Prize

Evaluating nursing faculty’s approach to information literacy instruction: a multi-institutional study

  • Jamie L. Conklin, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Marcia C. Noyes Award

  • Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, Duke Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

Naomi C. Broering Latinx Heritage Grant

  • Hanni Nabahe, Library & Information Services, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Charlottesville, VA

Librarians without Borders®/ Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grants

  • Susan Keller, Medical Library, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant 

  • Sarah Wade, AHIP, School of Osteopathic Medicine Medical Library, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC
  • Courtney Calhoun, MSN, RN, PhD candidate, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC
  • Layla Heimlich, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Bethesda, MD
  • Grace Wolf, MLS, Central Carolina Community College, Harnett County, NC

2021 MLA Election Results

President-Elect

  • Shannon D. Jones, AHIP, Medical University of South Carolina–Charleston                                                

Board of Directors

  • Tara Douglas-Williams, AHIP, M. Delmar Edwards, M.D. Library, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Nominating Committee

  • Tyler Moses, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Shenita Peterson, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
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Infographics: Tips, Tools, and Resources

Mon, 2021-03-22 11:04

Written By: Kiri Burcat, Data & Evaluation Coordinator, NNLM SEA

Advocacy and communication are a part of many librarians’ jobs. Infographics are a popular way to present information visually, and can help to communicate your point more clearly, more persuasively, and more memorably. Very few of us, however, have formal art or design training.  Fortunately, for health information and outreach professionals, there are already many infographics on popular topics.

Here are a few reliable resources for health and wellness infographics*:

The American Heart Association has a collection of infographics focused on healthy living. Two favorites: choosing seasonal produce and staying cool during warm weather workouts.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has infographics for many different public health issues. You can look for them on any CDC topic page, but here are a few selections:

The National Institutes of Health maintains a Flickr account with photos, scientific illustrations, and an album of infographics.

If you still want to make your own from scratch, there are several available tools. Venngage, Canva, and Piktochart are popular and approachable options. Whichever program you choose, a few foundational design tips can build your confidence and help your infographics look more polished:

Learn about the rule of thirds. Use grids and guides to place elements for visual interest and compositional balance.

Use hex codes or RBG values to precisely match colors and draw inspiration from existing palettes. Adobe Color is one tool that you can use to choose color schemes. It includes an accessibility tool, which identifies potential color conflicts and simulates how your palette will look to individuals with different types of color blindness. Here, I uploaded a picture of the NNLM Data Roadmap graphic, and the program created a color palette. The hex codes are provided under the swatches so I can match them in my design program:

Screenshot of the color match tool in Adobe Color.

In some programs, you can fill a shape element with a photo to get a more custom look for your photos or elements. For presentations, I’ll sometimes do this with my photo and a circle element:

Square photo of Kiri Burcat                             Round photo of Kiri Burcat.

Explore possibilities beyond your software’s default photos, fonts, and icons. High-quality visual elements go a long way toward elevating your infographics, and usage rights and access can be affordable. With proper attribution, some free sources include: Unsplash (for photos), Google Fonts, and The Noun Project (for icons).

For more visual information topics from the NNLM, check out archived webinars on:

Or our on-demand class about data visualization: Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization

*Note and comply with attribution and usage guidelines

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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 19, 2021

Fri, 2021-03-19 10:34

Welcome to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars March 22 – March 25

Webinars March 31 – April 13

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Southeast United States to Face Severe Weather

Thu, 2021-03-18 15:27

Severe weather, including tornadoes and thunderstorms, is expected through Thursday evening, March 18th in the southeastern United States. 

 AccuWeather local StormMax 85 mph.

At a Glance

  • The greatest threat of severe storms is along the Atlantic Seaboard, stretching from Florida to Virginia.
  • Tornadoes, strong wind gusts, large hail, flash flooding, and frequent lightning strikes are possible.
  • Major cities at risk for severe weather during part of Thursday include Macon and Savannah, Georgia; Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina; Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, West Virginia; and Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida.

State and Territory Resources

Visit the NNLM SEA Page for additional Federal and State Emergency Management Contact Resources.

Alabama

Florida

Georgia

Mississippi

North Carolina

South Carolina

Virginia

Reliable Resources for Tornado Preparedness & Response

MedlinePlus

Mobile Apps

NNLM SEA Resources

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Join the Virtual #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

Thu, 2021-03-18 10:22

Since 2018, the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) has been holding bi-annual #CiteNLM Edit-a-thons to improve the credibility and content of medical and health-related articles on Wikipedia. This month, join us for a fun live event that makes getting started with editing Wikipedia a breeze!

On Wednesday, March 31 from 1-3 PM ET, join your colleagues and NNLM staff for a live editing session as we work to add citations and content to Wikipedia articles related to healthy aging. Held via Zoom, participants will engage in large group and breakout sessions to chat about Wikipedia, edit articles, and connect with the #CiteNLM community. No prior experience required – staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide live demonstrations to get you started.

To register for the event, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/Zap

Questions? Contact Liz Waltman at ewaltman@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

At the top of the image is the logo of the Network of the National Library of Medicine in blue. Below is the text '#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, March 31, 2021.'

 

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NNLM SEA Announces the Healthy Haiku Contest!

Wed, 2021-03-17 10:19

During the month of April, we will be sharing Healthy Haikus created by YOU! In honor of National Poetry Month, NNLM SEA is hosting a Healthy Haiku contest for our members. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive free registration to the  ALA Annual 2021 or MLA ‘21 virtual conference*!

Use this creative outlet for your pandemic angst, healthy-living tips, ailment woes, or anything at all that is health related. Make it light or make it heavy, funny or serious, but make it!

The Rules

Write a three-line poem, following the syllable pattern 5-7-5. No need to rhyme, just go with the flow!

We ask you to write
On health, pets, COVID-19
Please share your haiku!

Need inspiration for topics? Check out the April National Health Observances, including:

  • National Public Health Week
  • National Minority Health Month
  • Every Kid Healthy Week
  • DNA Day
  • Patient Experience Week
How to Enter
  • Share your haikus now through April 30th on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Make sure your post is “viewable for the public” so we can see your submission.
  • Tag @NNLMSEA onFacebook or Twitter and include #HealthyHaiku.
  • If applicable, tag your library or organization.
  • Individuals can share up to three unique haikus.
  • We’ll reshare your posts so that others can see your creativity!

Don’t want to use your own social media account? E-mail your healthy haiku to Liz Waltman (ewaltman@hshsl.umaryland.edu) who will share it on our social media accounts and credit you with your submission.

Have fun and we look forward to reading all the amazing haikus!

*Conference registration is for one person and is non-transferable.

Margherita pizza with the haiku 'I ate the whole thing...Why, oh why, did I eat it? Pandemic comfort.'

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Intersectionality in Health Disparities: Focus on Black Transgender Women

Tue, 2021-03-16 11:18

The Network of the National Library of Medicine Southeastern Atlantic and Pacific Southwest Regions are excited to announce the first NNLM webinar dedicated to the health information needs of transgender individuals and communities.

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Black and Latinx transgender individuals experience not only social and economic inequities but also racial biases in healthcare. This webinar is an exploration of the effects of intersectionality and social determinants of health on transgender women of color. In particular, this webinar will highlight the lived experience of one Black transgender woman and provide insights from a physician with expertise in healthcare for transgender women.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify 3 health disparities experienced by BIPOC transgender women and describe how intersectionality impacts those health disparities.
  • Identify 3 domains of the social determinants of health disrupting the lives of transgender women of color.

Guest Speakers

Aryah Lester, author, speaker and educator, is a black woman of transgender experience from New York living in Washington DC. She is committed to advocacy and health for transgender communities. She is chair of the State of Florida Health Department’s Transgender Work Group and the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, a board member of Equality Florida’s TransAction Florida committee and a member of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Transgender Networking Group. She founded Trans-Miami, an advocacy group and community space for non-conforming South Florida residents, and the National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL). She currently works as Deputy Director of the Transgender Strategy Center, an organization based in Washington, DC, that elevates and amplifies transgender voices and leadership within communities across the United States.

Dr. Cheryl Holder, Fellow in the American College of Physicians, has dedicated her medical career to serving underserved populations. She has served as a National Health Service Corp Scholar, Medical Director of one of Miami’s largest community health centers and participated in NIH and CDC health advisory and programmatic review panels. Since 2009, as faculty at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, she focuses on teaching the impact of social determinants of health on health outcomes, addressing diversity in health professions through pipeline programs, increasing awareness of HIV prevention and health impact of climate change. Dr. Holder also serves in leadership roles in several other medical and climate change-focused organizations. Most recently, TED Talk selected her 2020 presentation, “The Link Between Climate Change, Health and Poverty,” as one of top 25 Editor’s Picks.

Class Date and Time

Wednesday, March 31, 2 PM ET

Registration

https://nnlm.gov/ZaY 

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National Sleep Awareness Week: Sleep… or the Hygiene of the Night

Mon, 2021-03-15 10:54

Written By: Nancy Patterson, Network Education, Outreach and Engagement Librarian, NNLM SEA

The topic of sleep as it relates to health is all the rage lately. We’ve seen it all – lack of sleep is the “new cancer”, recommendations and checklists for good sleep hygiene, rankings of most beneficial stages of sleep and how long we should spend in each… it’s enough to make you want to curl up, tune out and just take a nap.

Wooden engraving of a man sleeping in a field under a smiling moon

Wood engraving from Némésis médicale illustrée, v. 2, p. 170, circa 1840

But sleep is not a new topic at all; it’s been on our collective minds for ages as a recent trip down rabbit holes in the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division collections confirmed. We have learned MUCH through time, though. As example, take this excerpt from the 1870 publication, Sleep, or, The Hygiene of the Night, which includes such tantalizing chapter headings as Sleeping with the Old, Sleeping in Prisons, and Sleeping with Consumptives:

“It is not only unwise, it is unnatural and degenerative, for one person to pass the night habitually in the same bed or room with another, whatever may be the age, sex, or relationship of the parties. Unwise, because it impairs the general health and undermines the constitution, by reason of the fact, that the atmosphere of any ordinary chamber occupied by more than one sleeper, is speedily vitiated, and hat in this vitiated condition, it is breathed over and over again for the space of the eight hours usually passed in sleep, amounting, in the aggregate, to one third of a man’s entire life. Unnatural, because it is contrary to our instincts; and it is lowering, because it diminishes that usual consideration and respect which ought to prevail in social life.”

Screenshot from an NLM digital collections book with a blue box outlining the quote from the previous paragraph in this post.

Screenshot from NLM HMD collections web page, page 29 in 1870 publication, Sleep, or, The Hygiene of the Night

As you may expect, that excerpt is from the chapter, Pure Sleeping Rooms. We’ve either come a long way or have become comfortable with our degenerate status!

So much of the current-day focus on sleep centers on the notion that we are living in unprecedented times in terms of stress levels and daily pressures we face and the related high numbers of people who contend with anxiety and depression. Another focus is the worrisome ways we medicate, over-medicate or self-medicate in order to simply get some shut-eye. Again, this is not new – While the following advertisement from the late 1800’s may also fall under “snake oil”, it’s a testimony to the concerns of the day:

Advertisement for the sleep remedy Dodds Nervine, cira 1860-1900

Advertisement, circa 1860-1900

Moving on to 1942, the message may be more about maintaining productivity than the value of an individual’s health, but sleep is on the radar, so to speak:

Cartoon of a man sleeping in bed with the text 'Plenty of sleep keeps him on the job.'

Poster from the U.S. Public Health Service, circa 1942

Some of the artifacts in the History of Medicine Division collections convey to today’s standards, as portrayed in this public health campaign from the 1980’s:

Rows of cartoon sheep intermixed with three images of a man having trouble falling asleep. Text for the advertisement reads 'Trouble sleeping? Don't be sheepish...if insomnia persists, see your doctor...'

Poster from US Department of Health and Human Services sleep campaign, circa 1980

The lightheartedness of this post aside, healthy sleep hygiene IS critical to one’s overall health and insomnia is no laughing matter. Don’t be sheepish about getting help from your physician if you’re contending with any sleep disturbances.

Beyond just getting enough sleep, current recommendations for good sleep hygiene include:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
  • Avoid caffeine, especially in the afternoon and evening
  • Avoid nicotine
  • Exercise regularly, but don’t exercise too late in the day
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks before bed
  • Avoid large meals and beverages late at night
  • Don’t take a nap after 3 p.m.
  • Relax before bed, for example by taking a bath, reading or listening to relaxing music
  • Keep the temperature in your bedroom cool
  • Get rid of distractions such as noises, bright lights, and a TV or computer in the bedroom. Also, don’t be tempted to go on your phone or tablet just before bed.
  • Get enough sunlight exposure during the day
  • Don’t lie in bed awake; if you can’t sleep for 20 minutes, get up and do something relaxing
  • See a doctor if you have continued trouble sleeping. You may have a sleep disorder, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. In some cases, your doctor may suggest trying over-the-counter or prescription sleep aid. In other cases, your doctor may want you to do a sleep study, to help diagnose the problem.

Read more about Healthy Sleep on MedlinePlus, which includes the recommendations above.

NNLM SEA wishes you sweet dreams & a happy National Sleep Awareness Week!

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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 12, 2021

Fri, 2021-03-12 10:23

Welcome to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars March 16 – March 23

Webinars March 24 – April 9

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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