America’s Health Rankings® is an annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. It is produced in a partnership between the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association.
It has many dimensions that you can explore, but since May is Mental Health Month, we’re examining Frequent Mental Distress, which refers to the percentage of adults who reported ≥14 days in response to the question, “Now, thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?”
Did you know that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has a reading club focused on National Health Observances? This club provides book selections and easy-to-download materials for organizations who want to tackle a reading program. The books selected for Mental Health Month are:
- Everything Here is Beautiful, by Mira T. Lee
- Rx: A Graphic Memoir, by Rachel Lindsay
- Gorilla and the Bird, by Zach McDermott
If you’re short on time, you can also apply for a “program in a box” – a kit that comes with all the things you need to start a book club. Additionally, there are also a number of links in the Mental Health Reading Club Selection Guide to resources for learning more. Check it out today!
We’re back after a brief hiatus, and our guest author for today’s post is Sheila Green, Health Science Center – Bryan Campus Librarian with the Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University Libraries. At the beginning of this year, she was awarded a professional development award to advance her skills in research data management from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NNLM NTO). As part of her award, she was encouraged to share lessons and outcomes from her experience. We are proud to have her in our region!
I’m a subject liaison to a College of Medicine. I identify points of pain for faculty and provide library services to ease that pain. I knew research data management (RDM) services had potential, but I needed to understand researcher data processes and how they differed from my private industry background. I needed to know the questions to ask, how to listen for the pain points in their answers, and offer services within my capacity.
My first professional development course from the NNLM NTO resulted in a workshop for graduate students, faculty, and staff based on the Research Data Management Teaching Toolkit. Adapting existing tools helped me focus on issues at my institution and not the mechanics of building a workshop.
Feedback from the workshop and informal conversations unearthed interest in reproducibility and lab data processes. A casual email inquiry about RedCap support generated a response with bolded sentences from a research director – another unmet need identified. I wanted to know more to grow more services – again.
The next professional development opportunity from the NNLM NTO funded a trip to New York University Health Sciences Library to meet with the Data Services Team, observe RDM and visualization classes, meet with NYU Data Services, and attend a Columbia University Symposium Promoting Credibility, Reproducibility and Integrity in Research.
I’ve planted more RDM service seedlings since my return. The incoming College of Medicine graduate students will attend an adapted Research Data Management Hands on Workshop at orientation. The exploratory meeting with researchers about RedCap workshops is next week. Postdoc and Student Research directors are going to be exposed shortly to ways we can insert reproducible processes into their training programs.
“Data ready” isn’t just about gathering knowledge. It’s also about plowing new ground, planting ideas with researchers and leadership, cultivating opportunities that pop up, and sharing the harvest with each other.