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IUPUI Library Recipient of All of Us Ambassador Award

Fri, 2019-09-13 16:58

The IUPUI University Library is one of five award recipients of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and to advance treatment and prevention. Learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program partnership at https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us.

IUPUI University Library will receive $96,184 to support the consumer health needs of Indianapolis residents, which will be used to empower citizens to make more informed health decisions and to be more involved in their individual medical care. It also will highlight the importance of consuming quality, nutritious food and give Indianapolis residents tools to grow their own produce in safe, uncontaminated soil, and teach them how to use diet to control common health problems such as high cholesterol. “This award will help us address the major problem of food deserts and food swamps in Indianapolis, which contribute to poor health outcomes for many of our local communities. By contributing some solutions to food insecurity, we also hope to empower citizens with health information to create positive changes in their daily lives,” says Caitlin Pike, the principal investigator, and a health sciences librarian at IUPUI.

The grant will serve as a vital link between the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL), community organizations, and individuals from across Marion County. Over the next year, Caitlin Pike, Mahasin Martinson, and Rachel Hinrichs will plan and host a series of health education programs for the public at three IndyPL branches. In partnership with community non-profit organizations, they also will conduct public programming around nutrition education and avoiding heavy metal contamination while urban gardening at the Southport Branch, the Brightwood Branch, and the Eagle Branch.

The three branch libraries were chosen for monthly programming due to their locations in traditionally marginalized Indianapolis communities, and they include a series of presentations on nutrition-related health topics that are relevant to the branch populations, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and maternal and child health.

IUPUI and the IUPUI University Library have a long-standing commitment to community engagement and outreach. This award allows for continued investment in those relationships and the betterment of the Indianapolis community.

About IUPUI University Library

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IUPUI University Library

The University Library is central to the mission of IUPUI, one of the best urban universities, recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for its achievements. The University Library is a public academic library. Any state resident with a valid I.D. is eligible for a library card. With one million patron visits a year, plus staff and resources that support all of IUPUI’s more than 250 degree programs, the IUPUI

University Library is a vital partner for the campus and the community. The library’s resources include signature collections like the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, the Ruth Lilly Special Collections & Archives, and the Herron Art Library, plus over 80 digital collections. These unique online repositories contain digital images of historic documents and objects and were created with the help of collaborative partners

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Greater Midwest Region & The University of Iowa Partner Host the All of Us Journey

Fri, 2019-09-13 11:37

The GMR office was thrilled to host the All of Us Journey  for 3 days last week in partnership with the University of Iowa. The Journey made a stop at the UI Health Sciences Campus, the Main Library and the Iowa Children’s Museum from September 5-7. It was exciting to engage with a large and varied audience to bring awareness to the All of Us program.

Thanks to all of our partners listed below!

  • Campus Recreation & Wellness Center
  • Department of Biology
  • Hardin Library for the Heath Sciences
  • Iowa Children’s Museum
  • Iowa Institute of Human Genetics
  • Lichtenberger Engineering Library
  • University of Iowa Libraries

    Visitors at the Iowa Children’s Museum location had the opportunity to make their own health button.

    The Iowa Children’s Museum provide story hour where participants received a free copy of the book

    All of Us Journey’s stop at the UI Health Sciences Campus

Testing out the virtual reality technology provided by the UI Engineering Library

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Wayne State University Receives NNLM All of Us Ambassador Award

Thu, 2019-09-12 15:59

The Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has announced the Wayne State University Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and to advance treatment and prevention.

LaVentra E. Danquah

LaVentra E. Danquah, Librarian IV – Principal Investigator/Project Director, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University

The Wayne State University Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library will receive up to $100,000 to create a community of health information advocates throughout Detroit. “Rooted in health literacy, health citizenship, and patient advocacy, health information advocates use information strategically to advance their health towards an intended goal,” notes LaVentra E. Danquah, librarian and principal investigator for the grant awarded to Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library. Soon, LaVentra will work with new and long-term partners to offer Detroiters various educational offerings while building awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program, a precision medicine initiative. A portion of the award will fund a part-time project assistant who will help develop training and informational sessions for the Detroit Public Library, Michigan’s largest public library system. The grant will enable Shiffman Medical Library and its partners to continue to enrich the lives of the community with access to key health information deemed important by the community.

Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library has served the health information needs of metro Detroiters for well over 20-years including ten years as a Partner Outreach Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NNLM GMR). Working with a dedicated and exemplary Library Outreach Advisory Council, Shiffman Medical Library has a reputation of offering content-rich programs on local health issues featuring leading health and medical experts. “Shiffman library is extremely excited by this opportunity to collaborate with the NNLM in bringing unique educational programming to southeast Michigan. The All of Us grant will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of developing informed health citizens in our diverse communities,” states Sandra I. Martin, Library Director, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library.

Learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program partnership at https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us.

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

Mon, 2019-08-05 14:25

Book cover images of selected August titles

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

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Libraries as Recovery Centers: a free CE opportunity from the GMR

Fri, 2019-08-02 13:00

Are you interested in an amazing opportunity to learn to work with librarians, first responders, health professionals, and the public in emergencies for free?

The Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA) invites you to attend special training in the field of disaster information and planning at the joint WHSLA*, SWHSL*, and Midwest Chapter MLA Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI, on October 5, 2019. These courses support libraries as recovery centers in their communities. In the morning session, you will learn how your organization can play an important role in making your community more resilient to disasters such as floods, tornadoes, civil unrest, and extreme temperatures. Participants in the afternoon session will develop a disaster response plan with specific actions to put the plan into practice. Attendees are not required to be members of Midwest Chapter MLA, WHSLA, or SWHSL and may attend either or both sessions.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) is sponsoring local public librarians, emergency planners and/or responders to attend the training. By attending both the morning and afternoon sessions and working independently to complete the free online required courses, participants will be eligible to earn the MLA Disaster Information Specialist designation, sponsored by the GMR.

The registration fee for one or both of the in-person disaster preparedness classes at Midwest MLA 2019 will be provided by the GMR as a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to local public librarians, first responders, or public health professionals. Only the cost of the sessions for eligible participants will be sponsored–not registration for the conference or travel/lodging costs. Applications must be received by 30 August 2019.

How to Apply
Please complete this form, and we will notify you of acceptance and further instructions for registration.

For more details about the conference, see Midwest Chapter/MLA, WHSLA, AND SWHSL 2019 Annual Meeting.

Contact Jacqueline Leskovec for more information: jacqueline-leskovec@uiowa.edu.

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* Wisconsin Health Science Library Association (WHSLA) and the Southeastern Wisconsin Health Science Library Consortium (SWHSL).

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AAHSL/PNR-NNLM Research Data Professional Development Award

Fri, 2019-07-26 09:04

A new professional development opportunity has been released for individual at AAHSL institutions that are interested in building their professional capacity to support research data knowledge! The 2019-2020 AAHSL/PNR-NNLM Research Data Professional Development Award program provides those selected with an opportunity to attend or experience a professional development activity related to research data knowledge and receive up to $2,000.00 in support of that activity (travel, hotel, registration, per diem).

All applications must be submitted by September 1, 2019. Applicants will receive notice of their award by mid-October. Travel and required documentation must be completed prior to April 30, 2020

Application form: http://bit.ly/AAHSL-Data

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Registration Open: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians!

Fri, 2019-07-19 17:10

Course Title: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians

An asynchronous online National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Moodle course that will take place from September 9 – November 8, 2019. Enrollment will be limited to the first 100 who register!

Description: The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. There are eight self-paced modules and students may customize their experience by completing the modules of most interest and use to them.

The course topics include:

  • An overview of research data management
  • Choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset
  • Addressing privacy and security issues with data, and
  • Creating data management plans

CE Credits

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be eligible to claim up to 32 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA). Credit will be dependent on the number of modules completed. To receive credit, components must be submitted by November 8.

What does it cost?
There is no charge for participating in this course.

For more information and to Register for this course go to the Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians course page

Questions about the course?
Please contact nto@utah.edu

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Funding Awarded to the University of Iowa’s Gathering Welcome Project

Tue, 2019-07-16 16:04

The GMR office is excited to announce funding for the Gathering Welcome: Creating a Curriculum to Teach Health Literacy to Immigrant and Refugee Women via our Health Information Outreach award.

Project:

Description:  The result of this project will be a cohesive, vetted curriculum designed to improve the health literacy and health information access and outcomes of refugee women living in Johnson and Linn counties in Iowa. This project will develop a formal curriculum in collaboration with the College of Education, the Obermann Center Public Engagement Working Group, and the School of Public Health.  The new curriculum will be tested through delivery to the target population by SLIS students, encouraging them to understand the challenges of meeting the needs of traditionally underserved individuals and promoting the NLM’s consumer health information resources.  This project is meant to create replicable programming for other community organizations and has the additional benefit of engaging SLIS students with traditionally underserved communities using NLM resources.

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) Promote health librarianship, working with traditionally underserved populations, and NLM community health information resources to SLIS students. 4) 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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Midwest Data Librarian Symposium Call for Proposals

Mon, 2019-07-15 14:54

Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) invites session proposals for its 5th symposium taking place at University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL) on September 30 – October 1, 2019.

MDLS is a low-cost, 2-day, hands-on, unconference style event for Midwesterners who support research data management and research data services (RDS) at their institutions. The greater data community, not limited to data librarians, is invited to present interactive sessions at this year’s event. Presenters from all disciplines and regions are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are due on July 31, 2019.

Full details and the application form can be found on the MDLS website.

Questions?  Contact us at mwdatalibsym@gmail.com

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Twinsburg Public Library Receives NNLM Public Library Partnership Award

Sun, 2019-07-14 16:00

Map location Twinsburg OhioTwinsburg Public Library is located in northeast Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland. It’s famous for its annual Twins Days Festival held in August. Because of its commitment for providing information and education to the community, the Library is using its award to host three speaker programs in August to raise awareness of health issues impacting Twinsburg: addiction, online behavior, and vaccinations.

Supporting evidence from the proposal indicates that Summit County schools fall short of the 80% vaccination rate. Vaccine hesitancy, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. Measles, for example, has seen a 30% increase globally.

More than half of persons who took a survey at Twinsburg Public Library revealed that they either use a substance or know a family member who does. The library recommends a public education program raising awareness of addiction.

A recent incident brought awareness for Internet Safety training. The library will invite Elizabeth L. Jeglic Ph.D., author of “Protecting your Child from Sexual Abuse” and provide copies of her book as well as copies of a children’s book titled, “Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web,” which will help give parents the tools to discuss abuse and online predators with smaller children.

MedlinePlus and All of Us information will be shared at each program so that the community will become knowledgable of trustworthy, accurate health information.

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Learn more about JoinAllofUs.org

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Dementia Outreach, an NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award

Sun, 2019-07-14 14:07

The Greater Midwest Region is pleased to offer one of four All of Us Public Library Partnership Program Awards to Jim DiDonato, Director of Round Lake Area Public Library and Christine Damon, Gerontology/Adult Educator. They will expand upon Tales and Travels, a program that NNLM funded in 2015-2016 and received a 2017 Library of Congress Best Practices Honoree.

Tales and Travel is designed to use library materials to enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s Disease. In a comfortable setting, librarians and volunteers lead the group as they read a travel story, browse through picture books, and converse about a chosen country or region of the United States.

“Stigma about dementia often keeps people from seeking diagnosis and treatment; it also precipitates withdrawal from favorite activities and places due to a lack of acceptance. The public library can help to counteract this stigma while increasing community participation by assisting the public to learn more about dementia and by welcoming this group of too-often forgotten people into their facilities,” Jim DiDonato explained.

Library staff and trustees will benefit from training about the disease and about supportive strategies for interacting with people living with dementia. The program includes an introduction to National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and a dementia awareness curriculum that includes definition and characteristics of dementia as well as an introduction to general communication, library-specific, and environmental strategies that support people with dementia and their care partners. In-person curriculum-based training will be delivered at public libraries in northeastern Illinois, southern Illinois, and southeastern Wisconsin. Evidence shows that in these states, the number of adults over 65 years of age will see increasing rates of  Alzheimer’s:

  • Illinois – 220,000 in 2018 with an expected increase of 18.2% by 2025 to 260,000
  • Wisconsin – 110,000 in 2018 with an expected increase of 18.2% by 2025 to 130,000

Higher numbers of dementia are seen among certain ethnic populations, notably African Americans and Latinos. The Round Lake Area Library serves a large Latino population (38.9%). Culturally humble dementia education and support are especially relevant for engagement and understanding.

Because Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect a diverse, substantial, and growing population, the project’s focus on dementia also presents an opportunity for increased public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program to advance medicine and improve treatment and care for all of us. All training and partnering libraries will share information about the research program.

Public libraries taking part in the Dementia & All of Us Research Awareness Program include:

Round Lake Area Public Library (IL), Antioch Public Library District (IL) Fremont Public Library (IL), Warren-Newport Public Library (IL), Whitefish Bay Public Library (WI), Dwight Foster Public Library (WI), Muskego Public Library (WI), Bridges Library System (WI)

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Learn more about JoinAllofUs.org

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NNLM Public Library Partnership Award Supports Health Information Toolkits

Sun, 2019-07-14 12:52

Stephanie Swanberg photoStephanie Swanberg, Assistant Professor and Information Literacy and eLearning Librarian for the Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine received one of four NNLM Public Library Partnership awards. With her award, the OUWB Medical Library was able to take on a medical student as an intern for the first time.

She said, “This is the perfect time for OUWB to host summer internships as our M1 students have made it through their first year and have the foundational knowledge and skills to now apply to their internship work,” Swanberg said.

Emily Yuen, M2, helped develop a set of ready-made health education toolkits to be used by the Auburn Hills Public Library as part of its programming in 2019-2020.

“As a future pediatrician, Emily enthusiastically delved into developing two toolkits on bone health and the heart for kids and was so excited to learn about how libraries and health professionals can work together to promote healthy lifestyles and health literacy,” Swanberg said.

Swanberg said Yuen’s previous experience, knowledge, work ethic, and outgoing personality made her the ideal intern.

“This truly was a collaborative internship where Emily worked with experts from many different areas of OUWB and the community: the medical library, the public library, medical school faculty, and medical education staff,” Swanberg said.

OUWB Summer Internships Benefit Students, Community Alike

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Learn more about JoinAllofUs.org

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OSU Health Sciences Library Hosts the Journey

Sun, 2019-07-14 11:10

The OSU Health Sciences Library (HSL) hosted the NIH All of Us Research Program Mobile Education and Engagement Exhibit at the Wexner Medical Center plaza in June. During the two-day event, more than 200 persons learned about precision medicine through activities and information. The Wexner Medical Center also served as an enrollment center, one of the first health science libraries to participate in this role.OSU Wexner Medical Center hosting Journey June 11 & 12 text

The All of Us Research Program aims to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs through data provided by 1 million or more volunteer participants. The program is open to any person living in the United States. Unlike a single research study focused on a specific disease or community, the All of Us Research Program will be a resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide range of health conditions. This information will help researchers learn more about different diseases and treatments, and participants will learn more about their health status and receive important information to share with their family members.

As a recipient of the All of Us Community Engagement Network Ambassador Program Award from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Lynda Hartel, Judith Wiener, and Missy Creed support the library’s outreach activities with community partners to promote education on the topic of precision medicine, and Ohio’s identified community health priorities which include chronic and infectious disease, mental health and addictions, and obesity.

Journey on OSU Medical Campus “The OSU Health Sciences Library is uniquely situated to be involved in the All of Us initiative,” said Lynda Hartel, Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences and Library Director. “We are surrounded by remarkable researchers who will access this data to conduct studies and we want to contribute to this effort. By teaming up with librarians from the Columbus Metropolitan Library, we can make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to improve their own health while helping to make medical history.”

Look for more stories of their community outreach work throughout the year.

To learn more about the All of Us Research Program, please visit JoinAllofUs.org.

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Louisville Free Public Library Receives NNLM All of Us Ambassador Award

Fri, 2019-07-12 11:42


Louisville Free Public Library logoThe Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has announced the Louisville Free Public Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and advance treatment and prevention.

The Louisville Free Public Library will receive up to $100,000 to support the health information needs in the Louisville Metro area, which will assist individuals in making informed decisions concerning their healthcare. This grant award to The Library Foundation will enable LFPL to enrich the lives of community residents with information about the largest health risks facing the area, as identified in a 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) conducted by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health. These health risks include cancer, obesity, alcohol and drug addiction, heart disease, and nutritional deficiency. Over the next year, a portion of the award will fund the hiring of a full-time program coordinator to collaborate with strategic partners in developing health education programs and discussions for the public, as well as providing consumer health in-service training for public librarians.

“At a time when our city is focused on significant issues affecting public health and health equity, this is a great opportunity for the Library to offer free, health-related educational programming in the community,” said Library Director Lee Burchfield. “We look forward to working with NNLM and local partners to address these critical issues facing Louisville Metro.”

The Louisville Free Public Library is Kentucky’s largest public library system, serving more than two million visitors annually. Its mission is to provide individuals the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas, and information in support of lifelong learning.

Learn more about the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at https://nnlm.gov and the All of Us Research Program at https://joinallofus.org/nlm.

To find free and trusted health information, visit https://medlineplus.gov/.

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The NNLM Reading Club Recognizes the Americans with Disabilities Act

Wed, 2019-07-03 15:30

 Switched On, Every Note Played, and Tough as They ComeOn July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.

The act paved the way for increased intersection in society for people with disabilities and fostered access to places and services, which improved the quality of life for all of us.

Celebrate this anniversary by selecting one of the NNLM Reading Club books for your library. Download discussion questions, promotional materials, and corresponding health information, or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit. To learn how, visit https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/nnlm-reading-club-selection-guide/disability-health.

Funded by the U.S. National Library of Medicine through cooperative agreements with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine https://nnlm.gov

The future of health begins with you https://www.joinallofus.org/nlm

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All of Us Research Bus Visits Cincinnati to Promote Precision Medicine

Tue, 2019-07-02 00:23

The All of Us Journey mobile exhibit visited the University of Cincinnati (UC) medical campus and the Price Hill Recreation Center on June 21st and June 22nd. During the two-day visit, 112 people boarded the bus and 60 people enrolled in the All of Us Research Program.

All of Us is a large research program run by the National Institutes of Health. Its mission is to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do this, All of Us is asking one million people to confidentially share their health information. All of Us plans to compile this data and build the largest health database of its kind. All of Us will allow researchers to explore how factors like environment, lifestyle, and genes can affect health. This may help develop new medical treatments that are unique to individuals and enable the future of precision medicine.

University of Cincinnati All of Us Journey

The All of Us Journey mobile exhibit features videos, games and activities designed to inform the public about precision medicine, research and the All of Us Research Program. Robert and Sharon White of Forest Park boarded the bus at the Price Hill Recreation Center. They said, “The mobile unit exceeded our expectations. We learned how unique we are as individuals. We enjoyed watching the videos and playing the interactive games.” The All of Us team promotes the program with the phrase “I am one in a million” and the social media hashtag #JoinAllofUs.

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Dr. Tiffany Grant, UC Libraries’ Assistant Director for Research and Informatics

Dr. Tiffany Grant, UC Libraries’ Assistant Director for Research and Informatics, worked in collaboration with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to orchestrate the All of Us Journey’s visit to Cincinnati. Don Jason, Health Informationist for UC Libraries, served as a site coordinator during the mobile unit’s visit. Sharon Purtee, Outreach Librarian for UC Libraries, staffed a health information table. She engaged the public, promoted National Library of Medicine resources and complemented the efforts of the All of Us Journey.

Sharon Purtee and Don Jason

Sharon Purtee and Don Jason, contributing author

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Funding Awarded to Wright State University’s High School Education Day for Substance Abuse Prevention Project

Thu, 2019-06-20 16:04

The GMR office is happy to announce that Wright State University has been granted an Emerging Health Initiative award in support of their High School Education Day for Substance Abuse Prevention project.

Description – Wright State University librarians, along with faculty and graduate students from the Boonshoft School of Medicine and College of Education and Human Services, will partner with local high schools to deliver substance abuse education and health literacy instruction to the students in six area high schools. A full-day, interactive curriculum will be provided to students on the WSU campus and will use NLM resources to support students in learning how to make healthy choices and be drug free.  Each of the partnership organizations will develop a learning module of instruction to support students in learning about aspects of addiction.

Objectives – The purpose of the High School Education Day for Substance Abuse Prevention project is to have students 1) Gain the discernment to identify credibility of the information via the Wright State University librarian instruction 2) Learn the neurobiology of addiction via the Boonshoft School of Medicine instruction 3) Learn the psychosocial factors related to addiction and the recovery process via the College of Education and Human Services instruction and finally 4) Advocate for healthy, drug-free choices via student groups creating a poster based on the evidence collected and learned from the three modules.

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NNLM Recruiting Data Thesaurus Advisory Board Members

Tue, 2019-06-18 16:19

The Research Data Management Workgroup of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is recruiting Advisory Board members to be part of a committee that reviews terms, adds new terms, and suggest connections between terms. If you are interested in being part of the Data Thesaurus Advisory Board send your name to Mary Piorun (select hyperlink to find Mary’s e-mail address) by July 1st with a brief description (less than 300 words) explaining your interest.

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Funding Awarded to University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth Mino Izhiwebzi Project

Tue, 2019-06-18 15:08

The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”) project created by the University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth via our Health Information Outreach award.

Description:  Mino Izhiwebzi uses a multifaceted approach to address chronic disease management and improved wellness among Native American Ojibwe Elders of the Bois Forte Band of Cippewa.  The project’s activities will be developed and delivered by community health educators and care providers; they are community-based, culturally-responsive and tailored to the specific needs of Bois Forte Elders.  Services will center on monthly Elder gatherings addressing chronic health maintenance. These gatherings will combine learning and socialization, known to promote longevity and improve health among elderly. Selected gatherings will also foster improved health among young people through their inclusion in intergenerational bonding and culturally responsive learning activities.  Health-based games and cultural arts and crafts will help maintain mental acuity and hand dexterity while stimulating socialization and sustaining interest in participation.  Healthful eating is encouraged with MedlinePlus nutrition information and recipes.  Elders will also be offered monthly transportation to a large supermarket stocking a variety of affordable, nutritious foods.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) facilitate health literacy and patient empowerment through improved health, wellness, and preventive care knowledge., 2) Promote proactive self-care and improved overall health through nutrition, wellness and disease management and prevention, and 3) promote and maintain community health and wellness through culturally-responsive intergenerational learning.

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OSU Health Sciences Library Receives National Library of Medicine Award

Mon, 2019-06-17 14:42

Ohio State University Prior Health Sciences signThe Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program stems from a critical partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, an NIH research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and advance treatment and prevention.

The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library will receive $94,000 to support the health information needs in the Columbus metropolitan area, which will enable individuals to make informed decisions concerning their healthcare. Individual projects will promote freely-available resources from NIH and NLM to increase health literacy while raising public awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program. “This award will enable us to address the largest health risks facing our community,” reports Lynda Hartel, Associate Professor and Director of the OSU Health Sciences Library (HSL) who serves as the co-principle investigator of the award made to OSU, “and make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to track and improve their own health while expanding the data and tools available to our OSU researchers working on area health priorities including obesity, chronic and infectious disease, and addictions.”

Over the next year, Lynda and her experienced team of librarians including co-principle investigator Judith Wiener and Consumer Health Librarian Missy Creed, will collaborate with strategic partners including the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), the Ohio State University College of Public Health, Franklin County Public Health, Equitas Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Library, and the NCH Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative.  Together they will organize, and host health education programs and discussions for the public and provide training to CML librarians on how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library has an over 20-year history of serving outreach needs of the community as a designated Outreach Library and Resource Library within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Columbus Metropolitan Library with its 22 branch locations inspires reading, shares resources, and connects the community through its numerous programs and activities, and is a primary partner in this program.

Find free and trusted health information with https://medlineplus.gov/. Learn more about All of Us at https://joinallofus.org/nlm.

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