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RDM Working Group Webinar Series_ Using Data for Decision-Making: An Environmental Scan Case Study

Fri, 2019-05-24 15:31

This introductory-level webinar session will walk you through the process of planning and conducting an environmental scan while demonstrating a data tool and strategies for using data for decision-making. This webinar will provide a jump-start opportunity to explore the concept of data and introduce an easy-to-use data analysis tool (Voyant Tools).

When: June 7, 2019 at  11AM -12PM (Pacific)| 12 – 1PM (Mountain) | 1-2PM (Central) | 2-3 PM (Eastern)
For more information and to register for this webinar go to the webinar session webpage

The case study findings will be presented and show how this approach can be applied to other entry level data projects so that participants will walk away with the confidence to jump in and start exploring their own data. This is a live session but it will be recorded.

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Panels as Windows: Graphic Medicine and Empathy, a Tool to Understanding Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals

Tue, 2019-05-21 18:15

Title: Panels as Windows: Graphic Medicine and Empathy, a Tool to Understanding Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals
Guest Speaker: Iliana Molina, Director of EyeMobile for Children, UC San Diego and UC Irvine
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 10am CT / 9am MT

 Description: Graphic medicine is comics about health. This communication medium has received an increase in attention over the last decade. A major reason for this is due to findings that it is well suited to increase empathy in healthcare students, healthcare professionals and caregivers. This webinar will deepen the discussion on graphic medicine and medical humanities by diving into implications of emotional understanding and recognition of humanity in health. Participants of this webinar will examine the use of comics to communicate various perspectives in the healthcare process.

 Speaker Bio: Alice Jaggers, MSLS, is the Outreach Coordinator for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library. She has been studying graphic medicine for about four years. She created a graphic medicine collection at her library starting in March 2017 and has been developing programming for the library and for the institution since then. You can find information about Alice in her blog, Alice has also created a preliminary database of graphic medicine titles available at

For more information: No registration is required for this class.

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MedlinePlus Videos

Tue, 2019-05-21 18:14

The MedlinePlus team launched a new resource, MedlinePlus Videos for hosted NLM video content. Five animated videos in English and four in Spanish, created by Jeff Day, explain topics in health and medicine, and answer frequently asked questions about diseases, health conditions, and wellness issues. Videos use JWPlayer and are accessible, and accompanied by outline and transcript.  Link to the videos here: MedlinePlus Videos (Videos de MedlinePlus)

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PNR Rendezvous: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage

Tue, 2019-05-21 18:10

Libraries all over are taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community. This PNR Rendezvous session will focus on the Public Library Association’s (PLA) health insurance education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, was part of a national partnership made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst. Everyone is encouraged to attend the live session but it will be recorded. (1 MLA CE)


When: June 19 at   2-3PM (Mountain) | 3-4PM (Central)

Registration is encouraged but not required. More information is on the session webpage.

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New Approaches to Health and Wellness Library Programming: A MidContinental Region Webinar

Tue, 2019-05-21 18:08

Many communities are embarking on health and wellness initiatives directed at controlling healthcare costs and preventing substance abuse. There is a role for libraries as the arbitrators of information to provide tools and education on health and wellness topics. Health information literacy is a facet of information literacy that is often not addressed through traditional library services. The presenters will introduce the audience to the trauma-based approach and resilience and explain how they utilized these approaches to inform their libraries’ programming. This presentation will provide ideas and resources that can be scaled for use at both large and small libraries of all types.

PRESENTER: Stacy Hisle-Chaudri, Library Director, Ray County Public Library and Mackenzie Ahlberg Elliot, Teen Community Programming
Specialist, Mid-Continent Public Library

Class Date: Jun 19, 2019
2 MT /3 CT Register
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PubMed for Librarians – Summer Sessions

Tue, 2019-05-14 21:08

PubMed® for Librarians: All sessions are free. All sessions take place in WebEx. Each session is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits. All sessions begin at 11:00 a.m. PT and are 90 minutes long. Captioning is provided. The sessions will not be recorded.

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Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries

Tue, 2019-05-14 21:07

Project Outcome Health Survey training is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 11:00am PDT for NNLM member libraries. Registration is required for the webinar. This introductory training is designed to help public libraries measure the outcomes of health programs and services. NNLM member libraries may participate in this training before it is widely available to Public Library Association audiences beginning on May 29.

Webinar Registration Link:

Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries

Date: May 16, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm ET/ 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

Webinar (registration required): Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries

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National Women’s Health Week- May 12-18

Tue, 2019-05-14 21:06

May 12-18 is National Woman’s Health Week (NWHW). NWHW is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Woman’s Health (OWH) and aims to remind women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life.

As part of the observance, OWH reminds women to:

  • Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman checkup, preventive screenings, and vaccines.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Practice safe behaviors, such as quitting smoking, not texting while driving, and taking steps to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.

Visit the Office of Women’s Health web page to learn more about NWHW and activities to participate in to take steps toward a healthier life.

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Check out our open funding opportunities – Deadlines coming soon!

Tue, 2019-05-14 21:01

The NNLM MCR has funds for Network members to help improve library services. Not only does the NNLM MCR offer funding but we want your proposal to be successful. Staff are always ready and willing to discuss whether your idea is fundable and review proposals before you submit them.

Please check out our current award opportunities listed here:

I Want To … Then Check Out … Collaborate on a program or project with a community group, school or library. Fund a public library program or programs. Conduct a programming-related project requiring larger funding in certain locations. Engage in professional development. Try out citizen science in my library. Upgrade technology. Promote diversity.
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NIH News in Health – May Issue

Tue, 2019-05-07 19:14

Check out the May 2019 issue 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.

Mouth MicrobesThe Helpful and the Harmful

Your mouth is home to about 700 species of germs, like bacteria, fungus, and more.

Mingling SensesSynesthesia Explained

What shape does a sound make? That might sound like nonsense, but someone with this uncommon condition may know.

Health Capsules:

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Addressing Health Equity, Health Disparities through Community Partnerships

Tue, 2019-05-07 19:06

Amanda Landayan
The Kansas City Public Library

In January I had the honor of receiving funding from the NNLM for ALA Mid-Winter Pre-conference Implicit Bias, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity. As the new Health and Wellness Librarian for the Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library system, I found the topic very relevant to my work. Health disparities in Kansas City among minorities are high, and many hospitals and organizations are working diligently to identify the root causes.

One of the topic areas mentioned was that of Implicit Bias among healthcare professionals. This topic was one of interest. Due to our social conditioning in this country providers are less likely to prescribe black and brown patients pain medications. As a public librarian and social worker, this information did not surprise me. However, it made me realize the power of the public library and how we can provide health literacy. Additionally, because my position is based on embedded librarianship, I have the capability to partner with community organizations and agencies and other non-profits to bring free health information programming into the library.

One example is with a local Non-profit Fight Back Diabetes that offers a free Q&A session with a doctor once a month on a Saturday. Each session features a specific topic about ways in which diabetes impacts the body. Also, to be held at the library each session is recorded via Facebook Live. Attendance for this program is starting to pick up. Our March session was the fullest yet with 10 participants.

Offering a program in a safe public space allows participants to ask doctors questions in an informal setting. Also, it provides doctors with opportunities to interact with patrons outside of their offices. This program is promising, and we are happy to host it within our library system.

Offering the Fight Back Diabetes Let’s Talk Diabetes program integrates many of the concepts discussed at the ALA Pre-conference. As we continue to look at health disparities in our country, I think we also need to look for health opportunities that are more relevant to the communities we work with. To partner with individuals who already do the work and building trust among our patrons. As a black woman doing community work on behalf of the library, it is always important to me that all of our partners reflect the patrons who enter the doors of our libraries every day. I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the pre-conference and get new perspective and ideas on to better work with our patrons to address the root causes of health disparities, identify relevant health opportunities, and provide health literacy information in new creative ways.

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