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Look Out Kentucky – Here We Come!

Thu, 2019-03-21 12:34


In just a few weeks, Darlene and I will be traveling to Kentucky to share information at the Kentucky Medical Library Association (KMLA) annual meeting and visit with NNLM members in the area. The itinerary includes meeting with Kornhauser Library director, Neal Nixon, and clinical librarian, Jessica Petrey at the University of Louisville, as well as site visits to NNLM members at nearby Baptist Health and Galen College. Following meetings in Louisville, I’ll be driving out to Lexington to meet with the University of Kentucky Medical Center Library director, Rick Brewer, and his team of health sciences librarians. While I’m in Lexington, I plan to visit several other NNLM members, including Lonnie Wright, the manager of library services at Baptist Health. If you are a NNLM member in Louisville or Lexington and interested in a visit, please let me know, I’d be pleased to stop in, share some updates, and get your feedback.

Horse race

Of course, no visit to Kentucky is complete without sampling bourbon or watching a horse race! I planned some vacation time to see the sights, if you have any recommendations, be sure to share them. Look for details and photos of our visit on our blog following the trip.


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GMR Partners with ALA-APA on a new course – Wellness in the Library Workplace.

Thu, 2019-03-21 09:37

""The GMR is delighted to lead a partnership between the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA). We have developed a new course, Wellness in the Library Workplace as part of ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo’s presidential theme on Wellness.


The new course provides 4 continuing education (CE) hours over two weeks. The course is asynchronous online using Moodle. There are no set hours to be online each week.

CHIS competencies:

  • 3- Knowledge of Subject Matter and Resources
  • 4- Evaluation of Health Information


You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join us to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

In this 2-week 4-CE online course participants will explore the aspects of a healthy workplace including physical, mental, and emotional components. During the first week, we will look at the evidence on the benefits of having a healthy working environment matters to you, to the library, and to your community. We will discuss what does and does not make a healthy working environment. During the second week, participants will learn about and explore changes they can make at an individual level to improve workplace health and wellness. We will also discuss changes that could and should be made at the team and organizational levels to improve workplace health and wellness for everyone.

  • Describe the benefits of a healthy workplace
  • Explore what a healthy work environment looks like
  • Identify changes you can make at the individual level to improve your health and wellness at work
  • Identify changes to make at an organization level to improve the overall health and wellness in your library
  • Increase awareness of evaluation tools related to news articles and other online content related to health and wellness

Learn more about the course and register.

About the ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA)

The ALA Allied Professional Association is a companion organization to the American Library Association (ALA). It is a nonprofit professional organization established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”

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Health Information on Floods

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:32

As the flooding continues in the Midwest, we wondered if you were responding to requests for assistance from any libraries in your regions. Below are some resources which focus on flooding. Please let us know if there is any way we can assist.

Aimed at the Professional Workforce: 

Aimed at the General Public:

Additional Resources:

  • Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Topic Collection: Utility Failures (e.g. blackouts, potable water)
  • U.S. Health and Human Services HHS emPOWER Map 3.0 gives every public health official, emergency manager, hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member the power to discover the electricity-dependent Medicare population in their state, territory, county, and ZIP Code
  • Healthcare Ready RX Open Map indicates pharmacies open during a disaster
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
    • Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Text TalkWithUs to 66746; Use your preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990; TTY 1-800-846-8517
    • Spanish Speakers: Call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2”; From the 50 States, text Hablanos to 66746; From Puerto Rico, text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663 (en Español)

View more resources and information on our website. 

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Now Accepting Applications for Funding Opportunities!

Tue, 2019-03-19 09:33

The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has released nearly $500,000 in funding opportunitiesOur office has released Calls for Applications for the following:

  • Research Data Award: Up to $20,000 (Applications due April 1st)
  • Emerging Initiatives Award: Up to $10,000 (Applications due April 1st)
  • Health Information Outreach Award: Two funding levels available up to $20,000 and $50,000 (Applications due April 1st)
  • NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award: Up to $20,000 (Applications due April 1st)
  • Expert Speaker Award: Up to $2,500 (Two application deadlines: April 1st & September 2nd)

Two additional awards will be open for application on May 1st:

  • NNLM All of Us Consumer Health Collection Award: Up to $1,000
  • NNLM All of Us Consumer Health Information Kiosk Award: Awardees receive preconfigured kiosk

The Greater Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. For more information on funding opportunities, and to apply, please visit our funding page. If you have questions please feel free to send an email to or call 319-353-4479.

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UMN Hosts Successful Data Workshop for Researchers

Thu, 2019-03-14 15:50

Librarians from the University of Minnesota’s Health Sciences Library in the Twin Cities made the 160 mile trek to the University’s coordinate campus in Duluth to conduct a special half-day workshop for researchers on data management. The workshop was part of a Research Data award that was funded through the GMR. Julie Davis, workshop participant and Project Coordinator for the Research for Indigenous Community Health Center in the College of Pharmacy stated, “My most valuable takeaways were learning more about best practices and concrete strategies related to file naming, file organization, project documentation, and data preservation.”

To read more about the workshop, please visit the the University of Minnesota’s News Website.

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Funding Awarded to Health Literacy of Displaced Populations project at the University of Iowa

Tue, 2019-03-12 17:09

The GMR office is happy to announce funding for the Health Literacy of Displaced Populations project via our Health Information Outreach award.


Description:  This project will develop and implement a health literacy training for refugee women living in Johnson and Linn counties in Iowa.  Training sessions will be developed in collaboration with scholars from the University of Iowa’s Language, Literacy, and Culture program and from the University of Iowa’s School of Public Health. These sessions will be administered by school of library and information studies students with the assistance of local translators. Once completed, the result of this project will be a cohesive, vetted curriculum designed to improve the health literacy and, ultimately, health information access and outcomes of displaced women and their families.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) increase knowledge regarding the health information needs and health literacy of refugee women. This will result in public health, information, and resettlement organizations being better equipped to address the gaps in displaced women’s abilities to access health information for themselves and their families.  2) Develop an effectual program to improve the health literacy of refugee women so that they will be better equipped to seek health information and, ultimately, care in the US. 3) Disseminate the project findings and resultant initiative to library science schools and community organizations so that they will be able to implement this programming in their communities.

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Wisconsin Health Literacy Begins Workshops on GMR-Funded Project

Wed, 2019-02-27 12:53

Despite the frigid cold and mounds of snow in Wisconsin, the GMR-funded project Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust is picking up steam! Through this project, Wisconsin Health Literacy is offering 32 “digital health literacy” workshops for consumers most at risk for low health literacy.

People stiting at tables listening to a presenter

Attendees learn about digital health literacy at a recent workshop presented by Wisconsin Health Literacy

Although weather has forced some workshops to be rescheduled, the project has seen initial success with over 40 residents receiving training on searching for trustworthy health information, evaluating sources, navigating mobile vs. computer, and finding sites in other languages.

“I’ve used a computer, but have never searched like this before. This was really helpful.” – Workshop Participant

“I don’t use computers, but my daughter looks stuff up for me. Now I can know what to tell her to do and where to go.” – Workshop Participant

Over the coming months, Wisconsin Health Literacy will provide more than 20 additional workshops, in addition to special train-the-trainer sessions with public library staff to provide resources that will help community members find reliable and trustworthy health information online.

The GMR is also helping support Wisconsin Health Literacy’s upcoming Health Literacy Summit. Be sure to check out the Summit’s webpage to learn more and register! Early bird registration ends March 1st!

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Do You Love the GMR? Let Us Count the Ways!

Fri, 2019-02-08 10:41

This February, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) is inviting you, our members and friends, to share how you’ve been impacted by the programs and services offered by our office. Have you…

  • Attended GMR training that made a difference at your organization?
  • Been awarded funding that made health information programming possible?
  • Received support on NLM resources from our team?

Share your stories on Facebook and Twitter throughout the month of February and include the hashtag #ILOVEGMR for a chance to receive a gift basket from our office.

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Registration Open for 4th Annual Data Day Event

Tue, 2019-02-05 10:07

You are cordially invited to the University of Cincinnati’s 4th Annual Data Day sponsored by The University of Cincinnati Libraries and IT@UC.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are topics gaining national attention.  Our 4th Annual University of Cincinnati Data Day will explore these topics in depth and highlight how researchers can expand their understanding by considering the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion on their own research.

What: University of Cincinnati 4th Annual Data Day

When: Monday, April 1, 2019 9am – 4:30pm

Where: Tangeman University Center, Great Hall (located on the main campus of the University of Cincinnati)

Cost: Free

The day will be comprised of panel discussions, an interactive session where participants will learn R programming skills, and keynote speakers to start and end the day.  The first keynote speaker, Amanda Wilson, will highlight the historic All of Us Research Program that is gathering data from one million individuals to assist in delivering precision medicine by taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology among participants. The second keynote speaker, Deborah Duran, will address how diversity and inclusion are necessary considerations as we consider our research and how doing so can have an impact on us all. Panelists will discuss health disparities and health equity research from local and statewide perspectives as well as how data is being used to empower social justice.

You do not want to miss this exciting day!

For more information and registration visit:

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New Year, New Email Platform!

Tue, 2019-01-29 10:46

We hope everyone’s 2019 is off to a great start. We have been busy these past couple weeks on a new project we can finally share with you! We are excited to announce that the NNLM Greater Midwest Region is welcoming a new email platform to help share our weekly digest. We are utilizing GovDelivery software to create more vibrant and customized newsletters.

An exciting piece that comes along with the change is a chance to create more targeted messages to specific audiences. In addition to our weekly digest you can now sign up for monthly targeted messages in topics such as: Public Libraries, Health Professionals, or Academic Organizations.

We migrated our current GMR email list to the new platform. You will continue to receive the weekly Friday Digest email. If you would like to sign up for the targeted messages you can adjust your preferences here.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at We look forward to sharing NNLM news with you with on new platform.

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GMR-Funded Project Works to Make Indigenous Nutritional Health Information Accessible

Thu, 2019-01-24 12:45

Recent federal data has shown a disparity in obesity, and health concerns related to obesity, among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. The CDC reported in 2009 that 31.2% of American Indian four-year-olds were obese, the highest rate of any racial or ethnic group, and in 2015, according to IHS data, AI/AN people had the highest rates of diabetes in the country, with rates twice as high, and a mortality rate three times as high, as non-Hispanic Whites.

Researchers, policy makers, and health professionals have realized that addressing the complex causes of Indigenous nutritional health disparities—including biomedical, social, economic, and historical factors—requires the application of both interdisciplinary academic and experiential knowledge. To help address this need, the GMR is funding the Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) Center at the University of Minnesota to further the development of a curated database of reliable information resources relevant to Native nutritional health, accessible via a public website. The project draws on multiple sources of “food wisdom” — including experiential, Indigenous community-based, and crossdisciplinary academic knowledge — and will create a searchable repository providing a directory of experts, a bibliography of publications, and information on relevant projects, programs, and resources.

Over the last few months, the project team has been working diligently to develop a test site into a working prototype. A needs assessment was completed and user-testing of the proof-of-concept site is taking place to maximize usability. Over the coming months, the RICH Center will populate the prototype with hundreds of publications, including links out to PubMed when applicable, as well as examples of 20+ projects and programs and more than 50 experts.

Stay tuned to Midwest Matters to hear more about the progress and learn when the final prototype is complete!

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Celebrate American Heart Month with the NNLM Reading Club

Fri, 2019-01-18 14:38

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of American Heart Month, a February National Health Observance.

  • Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
  • Brilliant Affliction by Lene Fogelberg
  • This Heart of Mine: a Novel by C.C. Hunter

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials, and corresponding heart health information, or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: Heart Health.

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The Journey is coming to town

Tue, 2019-01-15 17:39

The Journey is visiting the Greater Midwest Region. No, not the rock band, but the NIH All of Us “mobile asset” designed to promote, educate, and enroll participants in the research program.

Do you know about All of Us? The NIH All of Us Research Program is part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. What is precision medicine? Precision medicine is an innovative approach to healthcare. It takes into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology in order to accelerate research, advance medicine, and ultimately improve care, treatment, and prevention for all of us.

Photo of the blue All of Us Journey trailer.

A sign promoting the Journey‘s visit.

All of Us is asking one million people to join in the study, and the traveling educational experience is one way to engage communities across the country. This summer, the Journey is coming to a city in or near you.

A Journey team leader explaining precision medicine to a group of visitors inside the Journey.

Participants touring the Journey and learning about precision medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center on November 27th. Sponsored by NNLM SCR

Louisville KY
2/25 – 3/3

Youngstown & Warren OH
6/3 – 6/9

Columbus OH
6/10 – 6/16

Cincinnati OH
6/17 – 6/ 23

Dearborn & Detroit MI
6/24 – 6/30

Grand Rapids MI
7/8 – 7/14

South Bend IN
7/15 – 7/21

Chicago IL
7/22 – 7/28

Photo of the All of Us mobile asset trailers parked.

The Gibson D. Lewis Library, Glendale, UT, hosted the Journey on Tuesday, November 27th. Sponsored by NNLM MCR

Elgin IL
7/29 – 8/4

Milwaukee WI
8/5 – 8/11

Madison WI
8/12 – 8/18

St Paul MN
8/19 – 8/25

Minneapolis MN
8/26 – 9/1

As an NIH All of Us partner, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) helps raise awareness of the program, and we depend upon our members to help support our mission.

Whether you are an academic or a public library, consider hosting the Journey or volunteering or exhibiting at an event. The involvement is minimal. The Journey team does the work from setting up and tearing down to enrolling participants. They even train volunteers the day-of. Because the Journey plans local site visits 60-90 days ahead of its scheduled appearance, contact as soon as possible with any questions and to submit your application.

Want to know more?

All of Us Journey Host Fact Sheet and Schedule

Community Partner Host Checklist

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