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September is Healthy Aging Month!

Thu, 2020-09-10 23:35

September is Healthy Aging Month, which is a great reminder of how vital it is that we care for ourselves and our aging populations. As we age, we all experience changes in our physical, mental, and emotional health, and it becomes increasingly important to prioritize our own wellness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by this year, people aged 60+ are projected to outnumber children under age five globally.

According to the Administration for Community Living‘s 2019 Profile of Older Americans:

The 65+ population in the US has risen 35% over the past ten years and is projected to rise an additional 45% by 2060.

In 1980, there were 32,194 centenarians in the US; that figure has tripled in just 40 years.

The number of Americans aged 65 and older has increased approximately eleven-fold over the last 100 years.

Pretty amazing, right? Check out this report to read and see more about America’s older populations.

More older Americans means more demand for resources specifically tailored to this group’s needs; fortunately, there is lots of information and there are many programs available for our older friends on national, state, and local levels. Check out the links below to learn more! Each of them will lead you to additional resources not listed here. Please note that this is not a complete list of resources and a special focus has been placed on resources that are most applicable and accessible to our five-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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September is Health Insurance Enrollment Month

Mon, 2020-09-07 19:08

Health Insurance Enrollment Month is here, and we know health insurance is a big deal! There are several ways to go about accessing it, and as of 2018, 19.4% of adults aged 18-64 relied on public insurance*.

In the United States, the Open Enrollment Period is November 1, 2020 to December 15, 2020. If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2021 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.  It can be difficult to know what’s available to you, who your provider could be, and how your coverage works. This blog post will provide resources that we hope will help guide you on your journey toward understanding and accessing health insurance. Please note that this is not a complete list of resources and a special focus has been placed on resources that are most applicable and accessible to our five-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

*Source: Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2018, table III

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Hey, students! Check out the LIS Fall Development Award!

Thu, 2020-09-03 21:28

The SCC/MLA’s Annual Meeting, originally set to occur in Houston, TX, has officially gone virtual! Don’t worry, we plan to be back in Houston in 2021. This unique year has presented some unique opportunities to support our LIS community; students can join us at the 2020 SCC/MLA Annual Meeting (October 26-28) FREE OF CHARGE, but we are also offering an excellent funding opportunity that goes beyond what our Student Outreach Award typically offers.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) South Central Region (SCR) is seeking library and information science (LIS) students in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexica, Oklahoma, and Texas who are looking for an opportunity to network, learn new skills, and present in a professional setting while learning more about health sciences librarianship and outreach! Whether you’re interested in health sciences librarianship, informatics, or public librarianship, this program will give you a competitive edge in your job search and future career. You’ll get a chance to work with an SCR coordinator as well as a professional librarian. Additionally, we’ll reimburse up to $500 for you to attend training or another virtual conference of your choosing as it relates to your interest in this program.

The goal of this program is to introduce the future LIS workforce to the health sciences, trusted National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, and develop their professional skills. With coaching from a talented NNLM professional, each awardee will deliver a 15-minute presentation on an NLM resource or NNLM priority at the virtual South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) on October 26th, 2020.

Three (3) LIS Fall Development Awards are available, and applications are due September 14, 2020. Please visit the link below for more complete information on the award and how you can apply today!

LIS Fall Development Award

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Brian Leaf (Brian.Leaf@unthsc.edu). Please share this post with the LIS students in your life!

For our professional colleagues, we are also currently accepting applications for the following awards:

Professional Development Award

Patricia Bradley Professional Development Award

Data Science Professional Development Award

As always, we look forward to reading your proposals and learning more about the plans, ideas, and vision you have to strengthen your communities! Thank you all for the hard work you continue to do. It’s an honor to serve the NNLM South Central Region.

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Hurricane Laura and NNLM Resources

Wed, 2020-08-26 17:36

Marco quickly fizzled out as a hurricane on Monday, but now the Gulf Coast has been evacuating as Hurricane Laura has made landfall in Louisiana and Texas. As it continues to move through the region, we hope that everyone in or near the path is able to stay safe. This region is no stranger to disaster, and we would like to just remind you of our Disaster Relief offerings and resources: https://nnlm.gov/scr/members/emergency/express-disaster-relief

The Disaster information Management Research Center (DIMRC) also has a health information guide that is regularly updated: https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/hurricanes

We know many of you have friends, families, or colleagues in those regions as well. If you are in need of support or if there is any way we can help, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

As always, we are here to serve you.

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NIH Hot Topics: Vaping

Mon, 2020-08-24 05:30

Over the last several months, Amanda Wilson, Chief of Engagement and Training at NNLM’s Office of Engagement and Training, has frequently reminded NNLM staff of a few NIH topics of interest “that might be coming down the pike for NNLM”; these are topics that may or may not already be top-of-mind for NNLM staff. NNLM staff and health sciences librarians should be making a concerted effort to brush up on these subjects. This blog will briefly explore one of the three hot topics she describes, including a definition and a list of resources you might find helpful in your research. Please note that this is not a complete list of resources and a special focus has been placed on resources that are most applicable and accessible to our five-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The NIH hot topic we will address this week is vaping.

Vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)), has seen a dramatic increase in the last decade, especially among young adults and teenagers. E-cigs contain a liquid comprising nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that is heated until it becomes vapor. This vapor is then inhaled by the user via a mouthpiece. It is commonly believed that vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes and may even help smokers quit; however, there is no substantial evidence to support these claims. E-cigs do contain nicotine and other chemicals that are poisonous if touched or ingested outside of smoking via vaping device. 

Vaping Resources

Smoking Cessation Resources

Do you know of any more vaping or smoking cessation resources that may be helpful? Let us know! Remember to like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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ICYMI Webinar Recap: Reframe & Renew

Mon, 2020-08-17 05:35

Were you unable to attend a recent live SCR CONNECTions session? Keep a lookout for ICYMI “In Case You Missed It” blog posts which provide a brief overview of SCR webinar sessions and links to related information. If you would like to access an archived version of this webinar and many more, please click here.

In case you missed it, our July 2020 SCR CONNECTions webinar was presented by MJ Abell, Talent Management Consultant at The Ohio State University, Certified Narrative Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator, poet, and speaker. 

There’s no denying that the world we are currently living in is unusual. MJ starts this talk by affirming that, yes, challenges are indeed dramatically different now from those even just a few months ago; our problems, personally and collectively, are more layered than ever before. This webinar was the first time she has given a newly-retooled version of this presentation, now called “Reframe & Renew 2020 Reboot”.

MJ makes it a point to acknowledge the challenges of the time we are currently living in. She defines the “reframing” of a situation or idea as the act of intentionally viewing it through a new lens. MJ tells us that the act of reframing can help us take control of our thoughts and turn difficult situations around. Reframing can help us to move forward and become “unstuck”. She uses a story to explain reframing and tells us about a friend who flipped isolation on its head; instead of “shelter in place”, he began to call his now extended time at home “sanctuary in place”, where he could grow to center and better understand himself. Leveraging this shift in perspective can allow all of us a moment to retool and fine-tune some things in our lives, whether they be negative emotions or long-forgotten hobbies.

This shift in perspective, no matter how small, can help us to move forward, find meaning in our current situations, and even enhance our health.

Once the concept of reframing had been established, MJ answers an important question; what kinds of things can we reframe? The answer to this is subjective and could include almost anything, but common thoughts that lend themselves to reframing include the common sensation of feeling stuck, that nagging belief about ourselves that limits us, a disappointment, a regret, or a transition/change.

How do we go about reframing our thoughts? MJ provides a tool kit to do just that; these tools and techniques are not meant to be used in succession, but are rather meant to be used individually whenever they are most appropriate. 

  • NAME the challenging situation or feeling. This simple act can cause us to think logically and more clearly. This may also reduce emotional impact and help us to make a decision or set a goal instead of fretting needlessly. Verbally describing a thought (such as “This was disappointing to me.” or “I am feeling angry.”) can help us to gain control over that thought.
  • ASK questions. Get to the bottom of your thoughts and reactions – what’s really going on? Am I losing perspective because I’m focused on a small part of this situation? Am I losing sight of the forest because I’m so focused on the trees?
  • ALLOW hope to grow, even if it’s just a little sprout. Intentionally allowing ourselves to possess a small bit of hope helps us to be more open to positive outcomes and avoid spiraling into unfounded worrying about a potentially negative outcome that may not happen.
  • CHECK the voices you’re listening to. Are you hearing most loudly to the voices from the so-called peanut gallery who are anonymous or whose impressions have little to no actual influence in your life? Are the loudest voices from your critics, who constantly send negative messaging? Or are you focused to feedback from your support section, who consistently have your back?

Using these techniques to help reframe a challenging situation can lead us into a sense of renewal and give us newfound agency over negative thoughts.

You can reach MJ by emailing her at abell.1@osu.edu. This webinar is available to watch on YouTube.

Please look out for ICYMI more blog posts for a recap of recent NNLM/SCR webinars.

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New funding available NOW! COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award

Mon, 2020-08-03 14:52

We at NNLM SCR strive to facilitate and provide opportunities to enrich your communities and improve the health outcomes of the people who live there. We offer a number of recurring awards each year to organizations who wish to organize projects or programs to do just that. This year, we are thrilled to announce an all-new award, the COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award!

There exists an urgent need in communities throughout the South Central Region for patrons, consumers, educators, and trainers to have access to high-quality electronic information resources. We are living in a very different world from this time last year, and new challenges bring new opportunities. These awards, amounting to $20,000 each, will allow libraries to pilot and/or develop programming to help communities manage physical and mental health care decisions in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This also includes tools and training to manage information overload or combat misinformation.

Five (5) COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Awards are available, and applications are due September 1, 2020. Please visit the link below for more complete information on the award and how you can apply today!

COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award

If you have any questions, please contact Deputy Director Debbie Montenegro (Debbie.Montenegro@unthsc.edu).

Additionally, we are currently accepting applications for the following awards:

Professional Development Award

Patricia Bradley Professional Development Award

Data Science Professional Development Award

As always, we look forward to reading your proposals and learning more about the plans, ideas, and vision you have to strengthen your communities! Thank you all for the hard work you continue to do. It’s an honor to serve the NNLM South Central Region.

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ICYMI Webinar Recap: POP THE QUESTION

Fri, 2020-07-24 14:21

Were you unable to attend a recent live SCR CONNECTions session? Keep a lookout for ICYMI “In Case You Missed It” blog posts which provide a brief overview of SCR webinar sessions and links to related information. If you would like to access an archived version of this webinar and many more, please click here.

In case you missed it, our June 10, 2020 webinar was presented by Porcha Johnson, CEO and founder of Black Girl Health. Black Girl Health Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that creates pathways to improve health disparities and health literacy of black women and girls through education, engagement, and empowerment. She also serves on the NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center (NACC) Advisory Board. In this presentation, Porcha discusses her foundation’s POP THE QUESTION campaign, which raises awareness of HIV/AIDS among women of color. 

Porcha begins by describing the POP THE QUESTION campaign as an effort to encourage and empower women of color to take control of their own sexual health and bring up the subject (POP THE QUESTION) of HIV/AIDS testing with their sexual partners. This presentation focuses on sharing how Black Girl Health Foundation engaged their target demographic in order to elicit positive behavior and lifestyle changes. 

POP THE QUESTION employs several strategies to effectively reach and educate its target audience via social media:

  • Use an eye-catching name and graphics to grab the attention of members of the target audience. POP THE QUESTION is a primarily digital campaign which was focused on engaging people first, then providing education.
  • Provide a straightforward action plan so women know how to bring up this challenging subject in a realistic and honest manner.
  • A Call to action landing page was built where people could learn how to POP THE QUESTION. This site also contains a survey designed to help increase user knowledge of HIV and PEP/PrEP using NLM resources.
  • Interactive social videos on the POP THE QUESTION landing page to increase active engagement.
  • Social media influencers with both wide and relatively narrow reach are asked to participate in the promotion of this campaign.
  • Collaborate with “beauty queens” in each target market to help promote this initiative in their communities.

Over the four years it has been an active campaign, POP THE QUESTION has produced 5 social videos (with their national influencer with the widest social reach), received over 400 completed surveys, and made approximately 6 million social media impressions.

POP THE QUESTION’s successful campaign strategy identified its target audience, identified impactful partnerships, developed a catchy and lasting brand, and engaged before educating.

Are you interested in partnering with Black Girl Health to promote awareness about health issues affecting people of color? Email Porcha (address below) for more information.

This webinar is available to watch on YouTube.

Porcha Johnson
publisher@blackgirlhealth.com

In addition to this campaign, Black Girl Health Foundation also focuses on many other health issues affecting women of color, including diabetes, lupus, heart disease, and obesity. Check out the foundation’s website to learn more about their mission and campaigns.

Please look out for ICYMI more blog posts for a recap of recent NNLM/SCR webinars.

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Meet Me Monday: Jennifer Ortiz, Network of the National Library of Medicine South Central Region

Mon, 2020-07-20 16:33

We are thrilled to welcome the newest member of the RML team, Jennifer Ortiz, who will serve as Consumer Health Coordinator!

Jennifer Ortiz stands smiling in front of a harbor.

Jennifer Ortiz has had a love of libraries since she was nine years old. She attempted to have her younger brother check out books from the family room bookshelves. That library was a complete failure, but she didn’t give up on her dream to help people find the information they seek and eventually graduated with her MLS from the University of North Texas. She has worked at UNT Dallas, the Dallas Public Library, and as the Outreach and Collection Management Librarian for the DeSoto Public Library, located on the outskirts of Dallas. She is also involved with the Texas Library Association and served as the 2019-2020 chair for the New Members Round Table.

She will focus her efforts on consumer health, outreach, the NNLM Citizen Science and Public Libraries initiatives, membership and more.

Contact her directly at Jennifer.Ortiz@unthsc.edu .

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What’s on the horizon?

Wed, 2020-07-08 05:55

Over the course of our time as NNLM SCR’s Regional Medical Library (4 years already, how can that be?), we have learned a lot about you; there are hundreds of members and colleagues who we have gotten to know virtually through webinars (like SCR CONNECTions) and through our social media channels. We’ve had the immense pleasure of meeting many of you throughout the five state region face-to-face, whether via a site visit or convention or another such get-together. We have some staff who are familiar faces in your world, and some newer folks who are excited to get to know you better throughout the next year and beyond. Though our office has undergone some changes over our time together, our mission remains the same.

We are here to serve you. 

Like many organizations, the COVID-19 crisis had radically changed how we interact with our members and the public. Because we are unable to conduct the site visits we so love (we miss you!!!), we are looking for opportunities to meet you where you are, albeit remotely; we are always thinking about new and interesting ways we can engage with you and help you find the information and training you’re accustomed to getting from NNLM.

A couple of weeks ago – Friday, June 26 – we tried something brand new to us. Following the lead of the national Network, we hosted our very own SCR #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. You may have seen announcements about this in your email or through one of our other channels. We’d like to share with you the results of our effort.

At the end of the day, we recruited 8 editors who edited 9 total articles. Those numbers seem pretty small, but they have made a significant impact. The combined effort of these STAR editors produced 19 new NLM references added to Wikipedia where they were sorely needed; nearly 1,900 words were added to anemic articles. As of this writing, the articles edited as part of this event have been viewed almost 200,000 times. That’s 200,000 opportunities to lead people to NLM’s reputable, current, robust resources. Not too shabby! We are proud of this effort, and are excited to see where this edit-a-thon journey takes us next. We learned so much from our first regional edit-a-thon and are ready to put this new information to good use.

We have a few more tricks up our sleeve and are working every single day to develop and bring you the content you’re looking for.  We’ve got some exciting, unique projects and partnerships on the horizon, some excellent SCR CONNECTions presenters lined up, and some opportunities for all of us to dig in and engage with our communities. Stay tuned over the next several months as we roll out some things we hope you will find both useful and fun!

Do you have a great idea for SCR training or events? Is your organization interested in partnering with us? Let us know! The best place to reach us is via email, or you can contact one of us directly – we’d love to chat!

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Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative

Mon, 2020-06-29 05:55

We are happy to bring you a series of guest blog posts that will highlight some of the completed projects from Year 4 subawardees. We hope you enjoy this little peek into what network libraries are doing with their funding; perhaps you will even get some inspiration for your own future projects! 

This week’s post comes from the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

In the spring of 2019, flooding along the Arkansas River Basin did an estimated $3.1 billion in damage across Oklahoma and Arkansas, according to the National Center of Environmental Information.  After the flood water receded, the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative stepped in to assist individuals affected by the flooding with education on chronic diseases and mental health.

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative is a sponsored program of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s Section of Geriatric Medicine, within the College of Medicine.  The program uses a multifaceted approach focused on improving the health and quality of life of older Oklahomans and their caregivers through community-based health education and outreach.

OHAI’s statewide senior health network includes Centers of Healthy Aging in five regions across the state. Each center offers educational programs geared toward seniors, caregivers and professionals throughout their respective regions. Programs include topics ranging from healthy aging to assisting individuals living with chronic diseases.

Thanks to a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, OHAI was able to provide two different programs to individuals who were affected by the flooding in the Arkansas River Basin.  This funding allowed OHAI to provide Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind and Diabetes and Beyond. The funding also allowed OHAI to provide Aging Simulation in Sensitivity Training  to health care providers in the Tulsa metro area.

Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind helps older adults understand the many ways they can maintain a healthy brain. Through more than a dozen methods – such as establishing good habits and routines, physical activity and nutrition – participants will learn how to improve their physical and mental health.

The Diabetes and Beyond programs provide comprehensive education on how to better manage diabetes. Through this interactive class, participants will take control of their health by learning how to help control their diabetes with proper diet, exercise and medication.

The Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training provides a general overview of many of the chronic conditions affecting older adults. ASiST provides hands-on exercises that are meant to show what it’s like to handle everyday tasks while dealing with such challenges. This training allows for discussion on how age-related health challenges may impact elders’ autonomy and ability to live independently. The training also allows participants to consider solutions and supports currently available to elders — and brainstorm other potentially successful interventions. Sharing their experiences with their peers helps them process lessons learned in a meaningful, memorable way — even as the training directs their focus to positive problem-solving.  As a result, providers become more compassionate and effective in their work.

The funding allowed OHAI to provide additional information and education on disaster preparation while educating individuals on the different resources provided by the Network of the National Library of Medicine. OHAI educators provided training to over 50 individuals throughout the affected region.

Thank you, OHAI! 

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Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons / Encuentre Información de Salud Confiable en Español para Sus Usuarios

Tue, 2020-06-23 05:05

This post comes to us from our friends in the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region and MidContinental Region. Although this content did not originate locally, we think it is relevant to many communities in the South Central Region.

Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons

When library patrons ask you for health information in Spanish about COVID-19 or other issues, NNLM has resources to get you started.

Available tools range from Spanish-language videos featuring Latino medical professionals to resources selected by trusted members of the Spanish-speaking community. The materials come from reliable sources like the National Library of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many of these resources are recommended by promotores, members of the community who serve as connections between them and healthcare systems, information, and resources. Because promotores are the heart of their communities, they are able to deliver assistance where it is needed the most.

Vision y Compromiso (VyC), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, training, and most importantly celebrating promotores across the nation. Vision y Compromiso is marking 20 years of work devoted to improving the lives and health of their communities.

In response to the pandemic affecting Spanish-speaking communities Vision y Compromiso developed a series of webinars for participants to learn about trusted places to find health information, myths about COVID19, and how to take care of oneself during these safer at home times.

You can find the recorded webinars and resources on the Vision y Compromiso COVID-19 page. The NNLM PSR shares the promotores mission of building healthier communities and created a page with Spanish Language COVID-19 health information materials to support Spanish speakers as well. The PSR has previously collaborated with promotores, described by Yamila El-Kkayat, in this video about outreach work in Arizona.

The JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health at Kansas University Medical Center has created JUNTOS Radio, an ongoing series of podcasts in Spanish on health topics. The podcasts feature interviews with Latino health professionals about issues of concern to the Latino community in Kansas and elsewhere.

JUNTOS partnered with a health sciences librarian to include credible and authoritative consumer health information resources that were relevant to the different health topics discussed in each episode. Brenda Linares, health sciences librarian at the A.R. Dykes Library, pictured below, also recorded a Health Literacy and evaluating websites episode.

Topics so far include COVID-19, child obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and exercise at home. Each podcast also includes information on the All of Us Research Program, an effort to enlist one million or more people from across the U.S. to help speed up medical research by sharing their medical information.

They are posted on Podbean, iTunes and in video format on YouTube and Facebook. You can access the podcasts at the JUNTOS Podbean page, on iTunes, on the JUNTOS YouTube channel for the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health, or on the JUNTOS Facebook page.

To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

Encuentre información de salud confiable en español para sus usuarios

Cuando sus usuarios le pregunten por información de salud en español sobre COVID-19 u otros temas, la NNLM tiene los recursos que usted necesita.

Los recursos incluyen videos en español con médicos profesionales latinos y una selección de recursos en español seleccionados por miembros de la comunidad de habla hispana. Estos materiales vienen de fuentes fiables como la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de Estados Unidos y los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades.

Muchos de estos recursos son recomendados por las promotoras, quienes son miembros de la comunidad que sirven como conexión entre el sistema de salud, la información, y los recursos disponibles. Como las promotoras son el corazón de sus comunidades, ellas tienen la capacidad de llevar y dar asistencia donde la comunidad lo necesite.

Visión y Compromiso (VyC), es una organización no lucrativa dedicada a apoyar, entrenar, y sobre todo celebrar a las promotoras en toda la nación estadounidense. Visión y Compromiso esta celebrando sus 20 años de trabajo y devoción a mejorar las vidas y la salud de su comunidad.

En respuesta a la pandemia que esta afectando a la comunidad de habla hispana, Visión y Compromiso desarrollo una serie de seminarios web (webinars) para que participantes aprendan sobre lugares de confianza para encontrar información de salud, mitos sobre COVID-19, y cómo cuidarse uno mismo durante este tiempo de quedarse en casa.

Usted puede encontrar las grabaciones de estos seminarios web (webinars) y recursos en la página web de Visión y Compromiso sobre COVID 19. La NNLM PSR comparte la misión de las promotoras de formar comunidades saludables y ha creado una página en español sobre COVID-19 con información de salud y material que apoya a la comunidad de habla hispana.  LA PSR previamente ha colaborado con promotoras. Usted puede ver este video donde Yamila El-Khayat, habla sobre su proyecto y trabajo en Arizona, con las promotoras.

JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Kansas (University of Kansas Medical Center), ha creado JUNTOS-RADIO, una serie de podcasts en español con varios temas de salud.  Los podcasts cuentan con entrevistas con profesionales latinos de salud donde hablan sobre temas de interés para la comunidad Latina en Kansas y otros lugares.

Los temas cubiertos hasta hoy incluyen el COVID-19, la obesidad infantil, la enfermedad de Alzheimer, la hipertensión, y cómo hacer ejercicios en casa.  El equipo continúa produciendo más podcasts con otros temas relevantes para la comunidad Latina. Además de cubrir cada tema en español, cada podcast también incluye información sobre el programa Científico All of Us (All of US Research Program), el cual es una campaña que pretende inscribir a un millón de personas de todo Estados Unidos para ayudar a acelerar la investigación médica,  compartiendo información médica.

Estos podcasts, están disponibles en PodBeaniTunes, y también en el formato de video en YouTube y Facebook.  Usted puede verlos o descargarlos desde la página de JUNTOS-RADIO Podbean, en iTunes, en el canal de YouTube de JUNTOS,  y en la página de Facebook de JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina.

To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version of the podcast, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

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Healthy Wise County

Tue, 2020-06-16 04:30

We are happy to bring you a series of guest blog posts that will highlight some of the completed projects from Year 4 subawardees. We hope you enjoy this little peek into what network libraries are doing with their funding; perhaps you will even get some inspiration for your own future projects! 

This week’s post comes from Decatur Public Library in Decatur, Texas.

In the late winter of 2018, Wise Health Systems began bringing the community together through their Healthy Wise County initiative. This initiative sought to reduce the top three health related issues in the county: heart disease, obesity, and mental health. At the end of summer reading that year, it was time to plan for 2019 programming. We chose to support the county initiative and combine a health challenge (physical health) into our reading challenge (brain health). The results of this program incorporated several community organizations and increased our participation over 400%.

One challenge in adding the health portion to our challenge was that of funding. We went directly to National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) after learning of their “Consumer Health Outreach Award”. Our proposal included health related books for the library, health programs including yoga and Zumba classes as well as creating posters for several winners to have their picture on a poster for their school and for the library showing them as healthy heroes.

Our community partners included Fit-N-Wise, the hospital supported rehabilitation and fitness center, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, STAR Council on Substance Abuse, and Decatur Independent School District’s (DISD) Nutrition Department. A challenge for our community and other Texas communities is how to exercise during the hot summer months. Fit-N-Wise helped solve this issue by allowing those participating in our summer reading program to gain access to their health facility at no charge for the duration of the program which included the months of June and July. They also provided instructors for the yoga and Zumba classes held at the library. These instructors were paid through the NNLM award. AgriLife assisted with supporting family health also through their Walk N Talk Program that was held at the library. DISD provided free meals once a week to children in our community. Each week, food would be delivered to our library to be served after the week’s live entertainment.

In the fall of 2019, posters were presented to the winners of the program. Winners were chosen by drawing from those who had completed both the reading and health challenges, including one student from each elementary, intermediate, and middle school in the local district. Winners were also selected from two of the surrounding school districts. The hope is to garner interest for next year’s challenge as the kids will be given the opportunity to do both challenges again and to receive their picture on the poster that is distributed to their school.

We are grateful to NNLM for their support in this process and for our program. Everyone we worked with at the South Central Region’s office was very helpful and supportive through the entire process. If you are looking for funding for your health programs, look into the grants and awards offered by NNLM.

Thank you, DPL team! 

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The Connection: Summer 2020

Fri, 2020-06-12 18:45

Hot off the presses! The first issue of The Connection, our new quarterly newsletter, is now available for you to read! We hope you enjoy our regional highlights and stories, focused on the people and places that make SCR special.

This issue of The Connection can be found here.

We are grateful to everyone who contributed their stories, work, and interests to this newsletter! If you have any questions or if you’d like to give us feedback, please contact E. Bailey Sterling, our Digital Communications Specialist, at Elizabeth.Sterling@unthsc.edu.

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