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Minds Matter NOLA Event – Guest Blog Post by Porcha Grigsby

Thu, 2021-01-07 04:00

This week’s guest blog post comes from Porcha Grigsby, Executive Directory of Black Girl Health Foundation. She tells us a little bit about what her organization is doing to improve health outcomes in New Orleans’ Louisiana and beyond. Please note that portions of the original post have been edited for clarity.

Description of Minds Matter Nola Event

Black Girl Health Foundation’s Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign is a partnership with libraries across the country to promote mental health awareness. BGHF partnered with the National Network of Library of Medicine South Central Region to implement MINDS MATTER NOLA!

On October 24th BGHF worked with our local library partner, New Orleans Public Library, to conduct 6 virtual workshops. The virtual workshops were live-streamed through the software called stream-yard. This software allowed us to live stream the workshop series on BGHF Facebook page, while the public library conducted a watch party to livestream on their Facebook page. The event was executed in a symposium format where all workshops occurred on the same day as part of a one (1) day long event. The workshop series was well received by residents and the workshops were engaging and informative. In fact, 656 people watched our event LIVE; we received 4 out of 4 stars among those who completed our feedback form.

Our workshops included the following:

  • Yoga Retreat focused on mental healing through exercise.
  • Moms Suffering In Silence was a panel discussion that focused on postpartum depression, maternal mortality, single mom anxiety.
  • Healing past mental abuse focused on restoring mental stability after domestic violence.
  • Black Lives Matter was a panel that focused on health disparities and racial trauma.
  • Free your mind and the weigh will follow focused on how foods affect your mental health.
  • Beating depression naturally focused on natural ways to reduce anxiety and depression.

During each virtual workshop we had 5-minute commercial breaks in which we were able to promote NLM resources and get NNLM SCR staff involved in our event. SCR staff used MedlinePlus and other valuable NLM/NNLM resources to develop six (6) short informative videos as part of a series entitled Meet Chloe. This series follows Chloe as she highlights a range of mental health subject areas that particularly affect our communities, including Senior Mental Health, PTSD, and Perinatal Depression among others; these videos were streamed between workshop sessions. In addition, we were able to get local organizations involved as their videos were included in the commercial breaks during the event and focused on how they are serving the community.

If you would like to see a promotional video for this even, please click here.

Executive Director Bio

Porcha Grigsby has 13 years of television media experience and 6 years of health advocacy experience. She is a health advocate whose strength is in motivating women to live healthier lifestyles. Her strong background in television news has helped her connect with women and girls all around the country through black girl health. Porcha founded Black Girl Health, LLC also known as BGH in 2014. The digital outreach organization’s number #1 service is its BGH membership which is a sisterhood of women who are living health lifestyles. The company also creates social media campaigns and video platforms that help companies connect with minority women and promote health awareness. In 2019, Porcha expanded the Black Girl Health brand by starting the Black Girl Health Foundation, INC which is a non-profit organization that creates pathways to educate, engage, and empower women and girls to reduce health disparities and improve health literacy. The foundation connects with women from around the country doing community outreach through its College Ambassador program and its Moms health program called “The Superwoman Project. Porcha Serves as the Executive Director of BGHF, which her passion is to help black women women thrive by taking control of their health.

Thank you to Porcha Grigsby for the work she is doing and for contributing to this blog post. Porcha’s contact information is available below.

Porcha Grigsby, Executive Director of Black Girl Health Foundation, Inc

Website: www.blackgirlhealthfoundation.org

Email: porcha@blackgirlhealthfoundation.org

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Meet Me Monday: Linda Loi, Network of the National Library of Medicine South Central Region

Mon, 2020-12-21 04:00

We are excited to announce that Linda Loi has joined the South Central Region as our new All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator. She brings in diverse experiences in both the private and non-profit sector, having managed relationships with companies such as Whole Foods, UPS, and Shake Shack.

Linda Loi, smiling at the camera


Previously, Linda worked for Wharton Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she played a significant role in facilitating their offerings to a virtual format in response to COVID-19. In addition, she served as the Associate Vice President for New Leash on Life USA, a non-profit re-entry organization using shelter animals as a vehicle to change the future of incarcerated men and women. There, she supported efforts to reduce recidivism in the Philadelphia area and helped improve the lives of vulnerable people.

We’re very excited to have her aboard, and her skillset will no doubt help the South Central Region, NNLM, and All of Us continue to thrive in extraordinary circumstances. Please join us in welcoming her!


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La Importancia de la Información De Salud de Calidad y El Programa All Of Us — The Importance of Quality Health Information and the All of Us Program

Thu, 2020-11-05 12:01

This week, we are pleased to share with you a guest blog post from Myriam Hernandez. Myriam will be presenting a Spanish-language webinar on 11/14/20 entitled La Importancia de la Información De Salud de Calidad y El Programa All Of Us. Read on for further information.

Durante una pandemia, es primordial distinguir las características de la información que es de calidad. Así como también distinguir que información se debe evitar, por ejemplo, se debe evitar información que trata de influenciar los puntos de vista de los lectores.

Cuando la información es de calidad, existen las siguientes características:

  • Exactitud: : Información que se basa en metodología científica con referencias a fuentes informativas que se pueden verificar.
  • Autoridad: Información que proviene de profesionistas con experiencia y de organizaciones reconocidas.
  • Imarcialidad: Información que no trata de influenciar puntos de vista y de fuentes imparciales.
  • Actualidad: Información que fue actualizada recientemente, con enlaces activos y fechas de actualización recientes.
  • Cobertura: Información completa y con citas de fuentes adicionales para más detalles.

Es por esto que la Network of the National Library of Medicine South Central Region, el All of Us Program y la National Association of Hispanic Nurses, han creado una alianza para ofrecer una sesión informativa y gratuita acerca este tema. Acompáñenos a una sesión donde aprenderá acerca del programa All of Us y sobre la importancia de obtener información de salud confiable y de alta calidad. En esta sesión se darán a conocer fuentes de información en español, fáciles de entender y al alcance de sus manos. Además, se dará a conocer información detallada acerca del programa All of Us.

Fecha: Sábado, 14 de noviembre del 2020

Hora: 12pm (Hora estándar del centro)

Inscripción (Gratuita): https://nnlm.gov/nahn2020

*Referencia bibliográfica: Network of the National Library of Medicine (s.f). Evaluating Health Websites. Recuperado el 3 de noviembre de 2020, de https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/topics/health-websites

During a pandemic, it is crucial to know the characteristics of quality information. We must also distinguish information that must be avoided; for example, it is important to avoid information that comes from sources that try to influence the reader’s point of view.

The following are characteristics of quality information:

  • Accuracy: Information is based on scientific methodology with references to verifiable information sources.
  • Authority: Information that comes from experienced professionals and from well-known organizations.
  • Impartiality: Information that does not try to influence points of view and that comes from unbiased sources.
  • Updated: Information that is current and includes the date of the most recent update, and has active links.
  • Coverage: Information that is complete and references additional sources for further details.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine South Central Region, the All of Us Program, and National Association of Hispanic Nurses have teamed up to offer an informative and free webinar covering this topic. Please join us to learn about the All of Us program and the importance of obtaining quality, reliable health information. This meeting will introduce information sources in Spanish that are easy to understand and access. Information about the All of Us program will also be provided.

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020

Time: 12pm CT

Registration (free): https://nnlm.gov/nahn2020

Network of the National Library of Medicine. (n.d.) Evaluating Health Websites. Retrieved November 03, 2020, from https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/topics/health-websites

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Meet our 2020 LIS Fall Development Awardees!

Thu, 2020-10-22 11:24

The SCC/MLA Virtual Conference is right around the corner, and we are thrilled to award two students the LIS Fall Development Award (formerly known as the Library Student Outreach Award). These students – both Information Science graduate students at the University of North Texas – have demonstrated an interest in health science librarianship and have proven through achievement and leadership that they are prepared to jump into this field head first. They have spent the last several weeks working closely with NNLM SCR Coordinators to develop a more comprehensive idea of what it means to be a health science information professional; we have enjoyed working with them and are excited to see what comes next in their academic and professional journeys.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Iram Fatima and Linda Delwood, MD!

Iram Fatima

Iram Fatima is a graduate student at the University of North Texas. She is originally from India and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in Biotechnology – Bioinformatics track. Iram is interested in data/information management and analysis in the healthcare industry to improve the patient care.

“I am looking forward to learning about the NLM as a resource and the opportunities it offers. I am also excited about meeting people from diverse groups of information professionals through this organization and learning more about their roles and contributions in the overall healthcare industry.”  


Linda Delwood, MD is a graduate student at the University of North Texas, pursuing an MS in Information Science. She is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist, in independent practice for many years, in the Dallas metroplex. Linda graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School, 1985 and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology.

“When I was an Clinical Instructor, one of the Senior Professors, Dr. Gina Glick, obtained a Library Science degree so that she could manage the Anesthesia Library, maintained by the Department, at Parkland Memorial Hospital. I remember feeling envious that she could take time away from practice to do that. When online education became more established in the early 2010s I investigated further for myself, eventually deciding on the program at UNT. I have been very happy with my decision and the curriculum. I am hoping to transition into an administrative position, as Medical Information Officer.”

Iram and Linda will be giving presentations at the SCC/MLA Virtual Conference at 2:30pm on Tuesday, October 27. See you there!

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