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The All of Us Research Journey – Coming to MCR cities

Mon, 2019-09-16 19:04

The All of Us Research Journey will be coming to sites in the MCR over the next few weeks. If you’re near one of these sites, stop by and learn how we are helping to change health research, experience hands-on activities, and how you can #JoinAllOfUs. Learn more here: joinallofus.org/en/journey

Upcoming Sites:

September 16-20 – 2-8 PM

Salt Lake County Library – West Valley Branch

2880 W 3650 S

West Valley City, UT 84119

 

September 18-20, 12pm-6pm

National Alliance for Hispanic Health & Central Avenue Betterment Association

Sunfresh  Market

241 S 18th Street

Kansas City, KS  66102

 

September 21-22, 10am-3pm

Walmart

2300 Metropolitan Avenue

Kansas City, KS 66106

 

October 2, 12pm-6pm

KUMC – University of Kansas Medical Center

3901 Rainbow Blvd

Kansas City, KS 66160

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There’s still time to register for this week’s MidContinental Region Webinar

Mon, 2019-09-16 18:13

Wellness Works! The Importance of a Healthy Workplace for Healthy and Happy Library Staff: A MidContinental Region Webinar

Wednesday, September 18th
2 MT/ 3 CT

Register

Here is your chance to catch an encore presentation of this session that was offered at the ALA Annual Conference back in June. Libraries typically focus on the wellness of their communities and are not always considering how library staff are coping with workplace change, work-life balance, stress, and overall health and wellness. However, library staff are the key component to the library’s success so their well-being should be of utmost concern. Join our presenters Quanetta Batts and Steven Potter as they discuss how implementing a variety of health and wellness practices in their libraries have had a positive impact on their library employees.

PRESENTERS:
Quanetta “Q” Batts, Program Director for Outreach & Engagement, the Ohio State University Libraries
Steven V. Potter, CEO and Library Director, Mid-Continent Public Library

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Next NNLM DEI Webinar on October 16: Being a Better Ally to ALL with Jessica Pettitt

Fri, 2019-09-13 20:15

Reminder about the next webinar with Jessica Pettitt. To register, visit https://nnlm.gov/class/being-better-ally-all/13125.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt

An AAHSL/MLA/NNLM webinar collaboration

October 16 : Being a Better Ally to All

https://nnlm.gov/class/being-better-ally-all/13125

Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.

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NNLM Resource Picks: Finding Clinically Relevant Genetic Information

Fri, 2019-09-13 19:46

Date: Wednesday, September 25
Time: 1:00pm MT/2:00 CT

Register

Did you know genetic testing is available for over 2,000 rare and common conditions, and that over 500 laboratories conduct genetic testing? Clinicians using genetic diagnostics rely on variant classifications to arrive at a diagnosis, decide on interventions, and evaluate care. But how do you locate this information?

Peter Cooper, NCBI Staff Scientist, will join us live to introduce three resources for finding clinically relevant genetic information. In this session, he will:

  1. Explain the validity of clinical variation information in the ClinVar database.
  2. Locate information about a genetic condition related to a specific list of symptoms using MedGen.
  3. Locate tests for a clinical feature, gene or disease using the Genetic Testing Registry.

MLA CE credit is available for those who register and complete the evaluation form!

NNLM Resource Picks is a collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities. All sessions are recorded with closed captioning and archived. Click here for upcoming and past NNLM Resource Picks sessions.

Contact: Dana Abbey at dana.abbey@cuanschutz.edu.

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Register Today! Finding Clinically Relevant Genetic Information

Fri, 2019-09-13 15:21

NNLM Resource Picks: Finding Clinically Relevant Genetic Information

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 3:00pm, Eastern Standard Time

Register

Did you know genetic testing is available for over 2,000 rare and common conditions, and that over 500 laboratories conduct genetic testing? Clinicians using genetic diagnostics rely on variant classifications to arrive at a diagnosis, decide on interventions, and evaluate care. But how do you locate this information?

Peter Cooper, NCBI Staff Scientist, will join us live to introduce three resources for finding clinically relevant genetic information. In this session, he will:

  1. Explain the validity of clinical variation information in the ClinVar database.
  2. Locate information about a genetic condition related to a specific list of symptoms using MedGen.
  3. Locate tests for a clinical feature, gene or disease using the Genetic Testing Registry.

MLA CE credit is available for those who register and complete the evaluation form!

NNLM Resource Picks is a collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities. All sessions are recorded with closed captioning and archived. Click here for upcoming and past NNLM Resource Picks sessions.

Contact: Dana Abbey at dana.abbey@cuanschutz.edu.

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MCR Class: Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

Fri, 2019-09-06 17:44

5 class offerings!

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites and discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Oct 1, 2019 to Nov 1, 2019

Nov 4, 2019 to Dec 2, 2019

Jan 6, 2020 to Feb 3, 2020

Feb 3, 2020 to Mar 2, 2020

Mar 2, 2020 to Apr 3, 2020

This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization  continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. 4 CE credits.

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Introducing the Free NNLM Reading Club Book Kits to Libraries in the MidContinental Region

Fri, 2019-09-06 13:43

Library book clubs can add titles on critical health topics to their discussion list using free NNLM Reading Club book kits now being offered by the NNLM MidContinental Region.

What is the NNLM Reading Club Book Kit?

Each kit contains eight copies of a “ready-to-use” title along with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support health information needs in their communities. The book club allows readers to discuss health and wellness topics important to them as well as discover NIH National Library of Medicine consumer health resources.

Each book title is chosen based off the health topic that aligns with National Health Observances like Mental Health Month, National Family Health History Day, or American Heart Month.  Libraries can choose from three recommended titles for each topic.

What comes in the NNLM Reading Club Book Kit?

Each kit contains:

  • 8 books, regular print*
  • 8 bookmarks
  • 8 discussion guides
  • 8 NIH MedlinePlus Magazines
  • 8 NIH All of UsResearch Program brochures
  • 8 reading club book bags
  • 1 library book bag

*When available, alternative formats such as large print and audio may be substituted upon request.

How are the Book Kits funded?

The NNLM Reading Club Book Kits are made available with funds from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NIH All of Us Research Program. By submitting an application, you agree to promote NLM resources and raise awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program by sharing brochures and information included in the shipment. Within six to eight weeks of receiving the book kit, you will be asked to complete a short survey about the NNLM Reading Club.

Does my library qualify for a kit?

To be eligible for a kit, your library must be an NNLM organizational member. If you’re not a member, no worries! Becoming a member is easy and free. Visit nnlm.gov/mcr/members to get started.

How do I apply?

To receive a kit, you’ll need to fill out and submit an online application found here. Since there is a limited supply of kits available, applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Samantha Nunn at sam.nunn@utah.edu or visit our website at nnlm.gov to learn more.

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Wellness Works! The Importance of a Healthy Workplace for Healthy and Happy Library Staff: A MidContinental Region Webinar

Tue, 2019-09-03 18:50

Here is your chance to catch an encore presentation of this session that was offered at the ALA Annual Conference back in June. Libraries typically focus on the wellness of their communities and are not always considering how library staff are coping with workplace change, work-life balance, stress, and overall health and wellness. However, library staff are the key component to the library’s success so their well-being should be of utmost concern. Join our presenters Quanetta Batts and Steven Potter as they discuss how implementing a variety of health and wellness practices in their libraries have had a positive impact on their library employees.

PRESENTERS:
Quanetta “Q” Batts, Program Director for Outreach & Engagement, the Ohio State University Libraries
Steven V. Potter, CEO and Library Director, Mid-Continent Public Library

Sep 18, 2019
2:00PM – 3:00PM MT
Register

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Regarding Upcoming PubMed Webinars

Tue, 2019-09-03 17:54

There has been overwhelming interest in the new PubMed, and regrettably all of the upcoming “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals” webinars are filled to capacity. However, NLM wants to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn about the new PubMed, and to get their questions answered.

If you were not able to register for any of the sessions of “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals,” we recommend you start by watching “NCBI Minute: An Updated PubMed is on its Way!”  This short video was recorded earlier this month, and contains most of the information that will be presented in the upcoming webinars.

The recordings for each of the sessions of “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals” will be posted shortly after they occur on the class webpage. Additionally, a compiled Q&A, addressing the most frequently asked questions from the five webinars, will also be posted.

If you have any questions about the new PubMed, either now or after watching one of the recordings, you can always contact the PubMed team via NLM Customer Service.

The PubMed team is eager to answer questions and address concerns about the new PubMed; feel free to contact them any time.

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Don’t miss out on this great opportunity at the University of Missouri iSchool!

Fri, 2019-08-30 11:20

You may have heard the exciting news that the University of Missouri’s iSchool and MU Libraries recently received an IMLS grant, “Catalysts for Community Health” (C4CH). The University of Missouri has the opportunity to offer 12 students the chance to participate in a three-year, fully-funded online interdisciplinary Master’s program targeted to develop a cohort of health librarians to serve in rural and urban underserved communities across the MidContinental Region which includes Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.

This program has opportunities for participation as potential students as well as advisory board members and community partners. Additional details regarding these specific opportunities are included below.

Are you a potential student interested in applying?

The University of Missouri is currently seeking applications from potential students who are passionate about their local communities and want to help improve access to health information at the local level. The program is especially interested in applicants located in rural and urban underserved communities. During the three-year period, the 12 students will take online classes in consumer health and librarianship, work with a local librarian and a mentor, attend professional development webinars to improve their skills and eventually be placed within their community’s public library or a community health setting, such as a health clinic or senior center. This Master’s program is completely online and is intended to allow the students to live and work in their local communities.

If you are interested in applying for the fully-funded MLS opportunity, we want to hear from you! Check out https://c4ch.missouri.edu/index.php/apply/ to apply!

Are you interested in serving on the project advisory board or as a community partner?

A vital contribution to the success of the “Catalysts for Community Health” project will be driven by the help and guidance offered by the project’s advisory board and community partners from across the MidContinental Region. The University of Missouri is currently recruiting advisory board members and community partners. We are seeking leaders from across the region that will play a crucial role in helping to shape this groundbreaking program, serve as mentors to the student cohort, and assist with evaluating the program. Partners are compensated $1200/year.

Please do consider applying to join the University of Missouri as a community partner on this exciting new project! The application is located at https://c4ch.missouri.edu/index.php/apply/.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Bossaller at bossallerj@missouri.edu.

Funding for this grant is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (TIN No 436003859).

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Project Outcome: An Easy way to Measure the Impact of Library Services

Wed, 2019-08-21 17:59

Check out the free Project Outcome toolkit that allows public libraries to collect and share information about how their services impact their community, including in the area of health.

The kit provides patron surveys and easy to use tools to record data that measure the outcome of their services. This allows libraries to better understand how their resources and programs are being used and the impacts on their community, which empowers libraries to determine what they can do to improve.

Project Outcome will focus on addressing the patron’s knowledge, confidence, application, and awareness in the programs and services offered by the library. Service areas covered by standardized surveys include health, civic and community engagement, early childhood literacy, education, and lifelong learning, digital learning and economic development.

To learn more about Project Outcome and start your toolkit today, go to www.projectoutcome.org.

Project Outcome is made possible by the Public Library Association (PLA) in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Association of College of Research Libraries, and Community Attributes Incorporated.  NNLM partnered with PLA on the health survey.

 

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August NIH News in Health newsletter now online

Tue, 2019-08-13 16:41

Check out the August 2019 edition of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Period Problemsillustration of a woman talking with her doctor.

Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Other Issues

Getting your period is a fact of life for most women. But every woman’s period is different. How do you know if yours is causing problems that it shouldn’t?

Bulging Veins

What to Do About Varicose Veins

Do you have bluish-purple or red veins popping out on your legs or face? Varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic issue. If they aren’t treated, they can also cause health problems.

Health Capusules

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NNLM Webinar: Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

Tue, 2019-08-13 12:49

When: Wednesday, August 28, 2-3pm eastern (1-2pm central/noon-1pm mountain/11am-noon pacific)

Description:

Get ready for September and National Preparedness Month with NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted.

Continuing Education Credits: 1 (including Consumer Health and Disaster Information Specializations)

Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Locate disaster and emergency preparedness information for consumers/public
  • Locate disaster and emergency preparedness for special populations
  • Locate disaster and emergency preparedness for those with disabilities
  • Locate disaster and emergency preparedness mobile Apps for consumers/public

For full details and to register: https://nnlm.gov/class/are-you-ready-essential-disaster-health-information-resources-keeping-your-loved-ones-safe-2

For questions, please contact Sarah Levin-Lederer (sarah.levinlederer@umassmed.edu)

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Webinar: Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship

Mon, 2019-08-12 20:49

Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship
Date: Sep 4, 2019, 1:00PM – 2:00PM CT
Location: WebEx
Continuing Education: 1 CE from the Medical Library Association
Register: https://nnlm.gov/class/reflections-bioinformatics-librarianship/16768

A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information.  Bioinformatics research advances in such areas as gene therapy, personalized medicine, drug discovery, the inherited basis of complex diseases influenced by multiple gene/environmental interactions, and the identification of the molecular targets for environmental mutagens and carcinogens have wide ranging implications for the medical and consumer health sectors (Rein, 2006). In this one-hour Webinar, librarians reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support. Dr. Bonnie Maidak of the National Center for Biotechnology Information facilitates.

Facilitator:

Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine.

Guest Speakers:

Kumru E. Kastro, MS, MI is the Liaison Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, and first-year Engineering at Drexel University. Kumru is responsible for building library collections and teaching information and research skills to faculty and students.

Elliott Smith, MLIS is the Emerging Technologies & Bioinformatics Librarian at UC Berkeley, where he is currently supports the students and faculty of the Departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Integrative Biology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. When he’s not thinking about science he rereads Jane Austen.

Jean-Paul (JP) Courneya, MS , is a bioinformationist at the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library. JP is the information resource specialist for biotechnology, bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, next-gen sequencing, molecular and cell biology bench research, and data management for research.

 For more information contact the NNLM Training Office, nto@utah.edu

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NLM Webinars: New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals

Mon, 2019-08-12 20:43

Get ready for a new PubMed!

In this webinar for librarians and other information professionals, you will preview the new and modern PubMed with updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You will also learn about features that are still under development and find out how to give us your feedback on the new system. The new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing, will be the default PubMed system in early 2020.

This webinar will be repeated for several sessions so that we can answer your questions. Please sign up for only ONE session.

Date and time: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Register for your preferred session at: https://nnlm.gov/classes/new-pubmed-highlights-information-professionals

 

Need a quick tour of Labs? See also the NCBI Minute “A new PubMed is on its way!”

Date and time: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 11:00 am – 11:45 am EDT

To register, go to: https://bit.ly/2Tbk3gk.

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Sign-up to Host the All of Us Journey Exhibition

Mon, 2019-08-12 10:58

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine invites public libraries and community organizations to host the All of Us Journey during its visit in the MidContinental Region. The All of Us Journey is a hands-on experience to engage and build awareness about the All of Us Research Program.

The All of Us Research Program aims to sign up a million or more participants to share their health data in the interest of expanding biomedical research. The nationwide effort is designed to accelerate research and improve health by considering each individual’s lifestyle, surrounding environment and biology that can impact their health differently than others.

The Journey can make visits to events and venues within 2-3 hours of the area at each stop. The two Journey units are scheduled to stop in the following areas:

Education and Awareness Exhibit

  • Omaha, NE

September 1st-7th

  • Omaha, NE

September 8th-14th

  • Kansas City, KS

September 15th-21st

  • Kansas City, KS

September 29th-October 5th

 

Education, Awareness and Enrollment Center

  • Salt Lake City, UT

September 1st-7th

  • Lincoln, NE

September 8th-14th

  • Louis, MO

September 15th-21st

 

If you or an organization you know is interested in hosting the Journey or you know of any events where the Journey could participate, please contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu or (801) 581-5242.

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Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship

Thu, 2019-08-08 19:38

Date: Sep 4, 2019, 1:00PM – 2:00PM CT

Location: WebEx

Continuing Education: 1 CE from the Medical Library Association

Register: https://nnlm.gov/class/reflections-bioinformatics-librarianship/16768

A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information.  Bioinformatics research advances in such areas as gene therapy, personalized medicine, drug discovery, the inherited basis of complex diseases influenced by multiple gene/environmental interactions, and the identification of the molecular targets for environmental mutagens and carcinogens have wide ranging implications for the medical and consumer health sectors (Rein, 2006). In this one-hour Webinar, librarians reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support. Dr. Bonnie Maidak of the National Center for Biotechnology Information facilitates.

Facilitator:

Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine.

Guest Speakers:

Kumru E. Kastro, MS, MI is the Liaison Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, and first-year Engineering at Drexel University. Kumru is responsible for building library collections and teaching information and research skills to faculty and students.

Elliott Smith, MLIS is the Emerging Technologies & Bioinformatics Librarian at UC Berkeley, where he is currently supports the students and faculty of the Departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Integrative Biology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. When he’s not thinking about science he rereads Jane Austen.

Jean-Paul (JP) Courneya, MS , is a bioinformationist at the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library. JP is the information resource specialist for biotechnology, bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, next-gen sequencing, molecular and cell biology bench research, and data management for research.

For more information contact the NNLM Training Office, nto@utah.edu

 

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NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series

Tue, 2019-08-06 18:08

Join us for the next webinar in the NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series on Thursday, August 15, 2019 2 MT/3 CT

What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling” is a one-hour introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. In this webinar, we’ll look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. No prior knowledge of the topic is required.

At the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  •              Name the parts of a data story
  •              Apply their knowledge of data storytelling to real data
  •              Identify and explain good and bad examples of data storytelling

Presenter:

Nancy Shin, MLIS, B.Sc.
Research and Data Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Pacific Northwest Region (PNR)
University of Washington

One MLA CE Credit is available for those who register .

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NNLM Announces a New Online, On Demand, Training Opportunity: MedlinePlus for Public Librarians

Tue, 2019-08-06 18:06

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health web resource for the public on all things health and medical related. Need information on a disease or condition? A drug, herb or supplement? A medical or diagnostic test? A healthy recipe? Health information in another language? MedlinePlus has you and your library patrons covered. Produced by the National Library of Medicine and written for the general public, MedlinePlus offers trusted, current and ad-free health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

 

The MedlinePlus for Public Librarians’ class is a free, one-hour interactive tutorial that helps you deep-mine the depth and breadth of information found on this key resource so you can provide your patrons with solid health and medical information. The class is eligible for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (link is external) and approved for 1 continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.  Upon concluding the tutorial, you may print a certificate of completion. And, because this tutorial is on demand, it’s available 24/7 – just like MedlinePlus!

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Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month with new Library Program Kit

Fri, 2019-08-02 16:08

Libraries can access a free and ready-to-use program kit in observance of National Immunization Awareness Month. The program kit includes helpful guides, activity plans, promotional materials, and health information resources your library can use to promote awareness on the importance of immunization in your community.

You can access the kit and resources at nnlm.gov or by clicking on the links below.

You can also find electronic bulletin board slides and social media materials for National Immunization Awareness Month on the NNLM website.

The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on national health observances like National Nutrition Month or Air Quality Awareness week. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach. If you would like to be informed on upcoming health observances, go to https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/national-health-observances#toc-3 or sign up for our CEN newsletter for monthly updates.

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