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Wash Your Hands

Tue, 2018-12-11 04:00

Despite widespread knowledge of the importance of handwashing… [a] study showed that only 31% of men and 65% of women washed their hands after using a public restroom (CDC Handwashing).

Germs can make people sick. Handwashing is recognized as an effective way to reduce germs and preventing the spread of infection. Researchers estimated that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented.

Handwashing education can help the health of a community and also the workplace. Sick employees may spread illness to others at work. Properly washing one’s hands with soap is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness to others. A study promoting clean hands in corporate environments showed that fewer employee illnesses leads to less use of sick days. Frequent and proper hand washing can save both time and money (and maybe an actual headache!).

For hand washing “Do’s and Don’ts” see the Mayo Clinic recommendations. For a video on proper handwashing, watch the video: Fight germs. Wash your hands.

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ICYMI Webinar Recap for November 2018: Help NASA Track Mosquitoes with the GLOBE Observer App

Thu, 2018-12-06 04:00

The In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Webinar Recap series will provide a summary of our monthly SCR CONNECTions webinars. We’ll go over highlights from our guest speakers’ presentations and give some additional thoughts about the connections our attendees could be making from the presented topics!

It might sound weird to be excited about a session on mosquitos, but our last SCR CONNECTions webinar with guest speaker, Dorian Janney, fulfilled all of our excitement and more! Dorian serves as GLOBE Mission Mosquito Campaign Coordinator for NASA, and shared with us all the juicy details about NASA’s campaign to track and monitor mosquito populations and how anyone, including you, can participate!

Mosquitoes are in fact the world’s most dangerous animal, responsible for more human deaths than any other species. In order to help fight the risk of mosquito-borne disease like malaria and Zika, NASA tracks the movement of different types of mosquitoes.

While monitoring mosquito populations may seem like a surprising role for NASA, the observation capabilities of the International Space Station and the 18 satellites NASA maintains in orbit provide the information necessary to predict the spread of mosquitoes across the nation. Satellites provide data on precipitation, soil moisture, vegetation, surface temperature, and relative humidity, all factors that influence mosquito breeding conditions.

Data from orbit isn’t the only source NASA needs to effectively track these pests, however. They also need help from people like you! The average citizen can support NASA’s efforts by downloading the free app, GLOBE Observer, and use it to report mosquito habitats in your area. The app includes a step-by-step guide, and the process is simple: Observe, Analyze, Identify, and Eliminate!

You can download the GLOBE Observer app from the GLOBE Program homepage, and be sure to check out more information about how NASA is engaging and educating students and the public around the world in data collection and the scientific process.

Our next SCR CONNECTions webinar is also the last one of 2018! Join us as we hear from an experienced healthcare professional about Cultural Competence and Its Effect on Healthcare on Wednesday, December 12th at 10am CT / 9am MT!

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Library Outreach Student Award Recap: Katie Pierce-Farrier

Tue, 2018-12-04 04:00

The annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association is one of our biggest events of the year. We hold our advisory board meetings, exhibit, and sometimes offer continuing education. One of the highlights for us is being able to bring our Library Outreach Student Award winners with us to show them the ropes. In this three-week series, we’ve asked some of them to reflect on their experiences.

I attended the 45th annual SCC MLA Conference this month as part of the NNLM Student Outreach Award. The conference lasted five days and I attended two continuing education classes. The first class was on servant leadership and finding your personal leadership style. The class talked about how being a leader doesn’t necessarily mean you are in a management position. With servant leadership, your focus is on making the people around you better. It is about asking “How can I help?” and truly meaning it. The other continuing education class I attended focused on PubMed searching techniques. I learned how to look at just clinical trials, build clinical queries for latest research, and the class explored the PubMed’s new websites.

One of my favorite parts of SCC were the posters, round-tables and paper presentations. There was everything from Lego workshops toHarry Potter Exhibits to research data management and scholarly communications research. UNTHSC is looking to develop their scholarly communication activities, and I learned more about what other institutions are doing such as workshops for publishing, presenting and literature searching. Another presentation discussed a survey they sent out to staff to determine how the faculty was utilizing the library and what areas the library could help with. Lastly, there was a paper on MLA’s Rising Star Program and ALA’s Emerging Leaders Program. That presentation was a crash course in what those programs have to offer and how they can help mid-career librarians grow and develop professionally.

Overall, SCC was a fantastic experience. Attending the conference pushed me out of my comfort zone, and everyone there was very warm, welcoming and supportive. I got to meet so many new faces and learn about the exciting things happen in libraries across South Central Region. I look forward to attending again next year.

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Meet Me Monday: Kimberly Yee, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

Mon, 2018-12-03 04:00

Kimberly Yee is the Social Media Assistant at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region(SCR) at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX. She currently assists in the NNLM SCR’s web and social media presence and does photography as well.

Kimberly is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Management at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has previously held two back-to-back media internships with the City of Arlington Office of Communications.

Contact Kimberly at kimberly.yee@unthsc.edu

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Library Outreach Student Award Recap: Amy Corder

Thu, 2018-11-29 04:00

The annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association is one of our biggest events of the year. We hold our advisory board meetings, exhibit, and sometimes offer continuing education. One of the highlights for us is being able to bring our Library Outreach Student Award winners with us to show them the ropes. In this three-week series, we’ve asked some of them to reflect on their experiences.

Thanks to the NNLM SCR Library Outreach Student Award, I was able to attend SCC/MLA’s 45th annual conference in San Antonio, TX.

Although I work as an associate in a health sciences library, I had no idea what to expect from a medical library conference. Luckily, the NNLM Regional Medical Library staff explained everything about what to expect at the conference beforehand so that I wasn’t completely lost, and they answered all of my questions.

Attending committee meetings was unexpectedly my favorite part of SCC. Two of the committee meetings I attended were the Continuing Education and Research committees, where I was able to get a glimpse into how each committee plans for the following year and all of the work that goes into preparing for the conference each year.

However, the Outreach Committee meeting was the highlight of my time at the conference. I was interested to hear all of the different outreach activities among medical libraries in our region and how NNLM supports them in their endeavors. I had no idea of how varied outreach efforts were in the medical library community, from providing health information training to public librarians, to attending health fairs locally, and conducting webinars.

It was very interesting to see the research trends that are developing within medical libraries and how medical librarians can help to move forward medical research and evidence-based medicine. Not to mention, the social events were an extremely fun way to network with other health information professionals!

I had a great time at SCC and would encourage other Library and Information Science students to attend. I left the conference feeling motivated about my career path and connected to the larger community of health sciences librarians.

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This Saturday (12/1) is World AIDS Day 2018

Tue, 2018-11-27 04:00

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, harms the immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infections. It’s most often spread through unprotected sex, but it is also spread through sharing needles or coming into contact with blood of an infected person.

While annual HIV infections and diagnoses are declining, progress has been uneven, and in some populations, increasing according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). World AIDS Day is observed to unite people worldwide in the fight against AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency virus – the final stage of HIV infection), show support for those living with HIV, and remember people who have died from an AIDS-related illness. It is the first ever global health day.

In the South Central Region, at least one of our states as a particular high rate of HIV diagnoses per 100,000 people according to a 2016 CDC report:

  • Arkansas – 12.7
  • Louisiana – 29.7
  • New Mexico – 7.2
  • Oklahoma – 9.1
  • Texas – 19.8

While there is no cure, there are many medicines that can fight infection. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is given to those at a very high risk for HIV. It can reduce risk from sex by more than 90% and risk from needs by over 70%.

Learn more about going to the World AIDS Day website or the CDC World AIDS Day page.

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Library Outreach Student Award Recap: Kayleen Cox

Mon, 2018-11-19 04:00

The annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association is one of our biggest events of the year. We hold our advisory board meetings, exhibit, and sometimes offer continuing education. One of the highlights for us is being able to bring our Library Outreach Student Award winners with us to show them the ropes. In this three-week series, we’ve asked some of them to reflect on their experiences.

This first

In my former life, I thought I wanted to become a music theory professor. Like any good professional, I attended music theory conferences, which were 2-day meetings with paper presentations, posters, business meetings, and luncheons. Like a true theorist, these conventions were succinct and scholarly.

When I went into the SCC/MLA conference, I had a similar set of expectations. Although there were many parallels, no amount of orientation could prepare me for the event in San Antonio! The best way, in my opinion, to describe the experience is a professional conference meets family reunion. There was even a family pet/mascot, the armadillo!

SCC/MLA was bursting with information. We discussed outreach, took Stop the Bleed training, gained in-depth knowledge about the PubMed database, attended committee meetings, and learned how primate research has helped make medical breakthroughs. This was the schedule for the first two days!

The last two days provided opportunities to hear library research through poster and paper presentations. Librarians are finding better ways to serve their communities through systematic reviews, scholarly communication, and data management. Other keynotes included timely topics like the opioid epidemic and disaster readiness with the Red Cross.

Even though SCC was an exceptional learning experience, this conference was unique because learning is sprinkled with social events. As a new member, these events felt a bit like attending a family reunion for the first time. Perhaps this is because everyone seems to know each other. Medical libraries are a niche group and SCC, SCAMeL, and the SCR/NNLM cover the same five states. Maybe the library profession in general is a friendly group. All I know is that the meeting felt a bit like family, warm and welcoming with a hint of endearing quirkiness.

There was a focus on togetherness as we ate hors d’oeuvres underneath the stars at the Alamo, snacked on popsicles during a new member reception, danced after the farewell dinner, and had a chance to show off at a karaoke fundraiser. None of my music theory conferences ever had karaoke…and we are musicians! The armadillo was also prominently displayed throughout the conference with pins you could purchase, figurines at the silent auction, and a giant talking and dancing armadillo from Oklahoma!

Compared to other professional conferences, SCC will meet expectations of research, news, education, and keynote speakers. Yet the atmosphere is different. For those librarians who are new to the medical library profession, SCC/MLA exceeds expectations as a networking experience for meeting new colleagues who are supportive of burgeoning careers. If you are truly lucky, between the social events and learning opportunities, you will meet that long-lost “cousin” you always wish you had.


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Today (November 15th) is National Rural Health Day

Thu, 2018-11-15 18:29

National Rural Health Day exists to promote awareness of the unique healthcare needs in rural areas of America. 60 million people, or 1 in every 5 Americans, currently live in rural areas of the United States. Receiving medical care is not always easy for those living in these areas due to a potential shortage of providers.

In Arkansas, 44% of the population live in rural (or non-metropolitan) areas. This means there’s roughly 9.5 physicians for every 10,000 people living in rural areas. In Louisiana, there are 9 physicians to every 10,000 rural residents. For the other three states:

  •         New Mexico: 12.5 physicians per 10,000 rural residents
  •         Texas: 8 physicians per 10,000 rural residents
  •         Oklahoma: 10.3 physicians per 10,000 rural residents

This contrasts from metropolitan areas in Texas, for instance, where the average is 25.7 physicians for every 10,000 people.

A few strategies being used to bring more healthcare into these areas include virtual doctor visits, incentives for doctors, and affiliation with larger healthcare networks. Rural Health Information Hub provides several resources for those interested in learning about public health in rural areas. Knowing about the resources around your area could possibly save a life in times of emergency.

map of health shortages

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Sources:

https://medlineplus.gov/ruralhealthconcerns.html
https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/topics/agricultural-health-and-safety

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Exploring New Frontiers: CAST 2018

Tue, 2018-11-13 16:20

 

debbie with snakeThis was my first year to attend and also to present at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST). The conference is hosted by the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) and is meant as a professional development and networking opportunity for science educators, informal educators, and science advocates.

Like anything in Texas, it was huge! Over 6,000 people descended upon the Fort Worth conference center and two nearby hotels, with over 600 workshops and sessions, all to do with science. The theme was “Exploring New Frontiers”. From virtual labs, chemistry and biology, to physics and astronomy, there was something for everyone. The Exhibits hall was wondrous; lab equipment, anatomical models, and a variety of technologies. I even got to carry a baby Kangaroo at one point! Oh, and hold a snake, courtesy of The Creature Teacher.

Our keynote speaker was science communicator Dianna Cowern, creator of the one-million-subscriber YouTube channel Physics Girl. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from MIT. She spoke on how to communicate scientific concepts in the age of YouTube and gave demonstrations on stage. She described “the anatomy of a viral science video”. Some tips from her talk were: science is Instagram-able, and excitement is contagious!

escape roomMy own session was a collaboration with a science teacher and recognized NASA Solar System Ambassador, who I met at the SEEC conference earlier this year (link to post). We combined forces to give a presentation on STEM and literacy collaborations with a Health Connections segment. Our attendees got to walk on a very large Mars map and had to solve scientific puzzles in order to unlock further clues in “Escape Room” style to escape Mars. The activity was based off of the book The Martian (the classroom edition). The map was provided courtesy of Buzz Aldrin’s Share Space Foundation. I then guided educators through an astronaut scenario to be solved as a classroom exercise, introducing them to the NIH Curriculum Supplements. I gave examples on how to connect different science topics, giving examples on various resources from NLM and the NIH. It was a great time of learning and sharing scientific information!

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ICYMI Webinar Recap for October 2018: Make Your Staff Training Fun with Gamification

Thu, 2018-11-01 23:40

The In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Webinar Recap series will provide a summary of our monthly SCR CONNECTions webinars. We’ll go over highlights from our guest speakers’ presentations and give some additional thoughts about the connections our attendees could be making from the presented topics!

Do you struggle making obligatory trainings interesting and engaging for your staff? Want to learn how to turn “boring” and “mandatory” into “motivated” and “self-driven”? Then our last SCR CONNECTions webinar is one you don’t want to miss!

Our guest speakers hail from Cline Library at Northern Arizona University, where gamification transforms staff and student worker training into a fun and engaging experience. Andrew See, Head of User Services and Experience, laid out solid justification not only for gamification, but for hiring a dedicated training coordinator to design and coordinate the learning needs for new and current staff. It ensures consistency and helps keep your staff engaged, increasing retention, reducing time needed for onboarding, and saving money in the long term.

Bridget Rowen, who works with Andrew as the Training Coordinator for User Services and Experience, provided a look at some of the gamification tools and strategies she has used for Cline Library, from buttons and badges to scavenger hunts and chore wars. Some keys to gamifying training are making it interactive, giving instant feedback to the user, providing opportunity for competition, and the optimism to succeed.

Another important thing to consider when designing your training is whether gamification is right for you and your needs. Serious topics often shouldn’t be gamified, for example. And remember that it’s supposed to be fun, so don’t get too attached to something that’s not working and be prepared to move on and try something new!

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The next SCR CONNECTions webinar is sure to be a popular one! Learn how you can assist NASA with one of their citizen science efforts and Help Us Combat the World’s Most Dangerous Animal with an App! on Wednesday, November 14th at 10am CT / 9am MT!

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October is Health Literacy Month

Tue, 2018-10-30 18:46

This past month of October has been Health Literacy Month, but educating others and keeping up with new developments does not end in two days.

Health literacy refers to a person’s ability to get the health information and services that they need, and also how well they understand them in order to make better health decisions (MedlinePlus). At a base level this requires the ability to read, but also a complex set of skills combining the ability to:

  • read and understand medical words;
  • think critically;
  • have the skill to navigate prescription information;
  • understand health insurance policies;
  • calculate premiums or deductibles, and much more.

An example of a health literacy skill is called “numeracy”. Numeracy refers to being able to work with and understand numbers; for example, calculating the correct dosage of liquid medication for a child.

USMC-100209-M-1998T-001.jpg from Wikimedia Commons via Public Domain

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health literacy page, health literate organizations can help to remove barriers and improve health literacy by helping people to:

• Find
• Process
• Understand
• Decide on health information and services

For further definitions and resources on Health Literacy from NNLM, go to our Health Literacy page at https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/topics/health-literacy

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ICYMI Webinar Recap for September 2018: Using US Census Bureau Data

Tue, 2018-10-09 10:07

The In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Webinar Recap series will provide a summary of our monthly SCR CONNECTions webinars. We’ll go over highlights from our guest speakers’ presentations and give some additional thoughts about the connections our attendees could be making from the presented topics!

Our September guest speaker, Susana Privett, Data Dissemination Specialist with the US Census Bureau, is no stranger to online webinar presentations. A large part of her duties include giving online and in-person trainings and workshops on data and the census bureau’s online tools. And it’s a good thing, because September was one of our highest attended webinars yet!

For those not aware, all of the data collected from the US census, performed every 10 years, is posted online and available for access from census.gov. The website was recently revamped to be more user friendly and provide more opportunities for learning about census data, including additional training, news, infographics, and stories about data.

Susana demonstrated many of the features of the census website, such as QuickFacts to compare geographical data and American Factfinder, a data search tool that locates tables of population data. She also explained how census data is collected and categorized, with a breakdown of the geographic area types and an overview of census tracts and blocks. “They’re really like Russian nesting dolls,” she said, with a combination of legal and statistical geography.

Data and assessment are increasingly important topics in an era of big data and with the growth of digital data collection. Certainly anyone applying for grant funding knows the importance of data in showing evidence of need and potential for impact! The census bureau provides one possible source of data that can be utilized, and it’s freely available for anyone to use.

Susana just scratched the surface of what data the census bureau has to offer, and we hope to offer another session from her in the future for those looking to enhance their census data searching skills. Be on the lookout for that future session, and catch up with her webinar in the meantime:

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our next SCR CONNECTions webinar, Game On! Motivate and Engage Your Staff with Gaming Strategies, scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th at 10am CT / 9am MT!

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World Space Week 2018

Thu, 2018-10-04 17:04

October 4th – 10th is World Space Week! Health science research in space and aeronautics has had strong influences on medical technologies today. According to NASA Spinoffs, “From experiments on the International Space Station to aeronautics research, NASA programs are resulting in spinoffs that improve health, treat disease, and save lives” (Health and Medicine brochure).

World Space Week

A “spinoff” is a technology that began with NASA, but through partnerships with the private sector have led to the creation of commercially available products. There have been over 230 “spinoffs” related to health and medicine, documented since 1976. From heart valves to ultrasound software, these technologies have reached throughout the world. NASA continues to partner with the private sector to discover new aerospace technologies that can be brought down to benefit those of us down here on Earth.

From the NASA Spinoffs page, some examples of real world applications pertaining to health and medicine include:

  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) used for growing plants and healing people.
  • Infrared ear thermometers that make it easier to take temperatures for babies or those who are ill.
  • Prosthetic limbs that have been developed from technologies developed from NASA space robotic and extravehicular activities.
  • Heart pumps, Ventricular Assist Devices or VADs, that serve as a bridge to a heart transplant (keeping patients stable until a donor heart is available).
  • Water purification systems were created to “recycle” waste water into drinkable water for the astronauts living on the International Space Station. This technology is now used to filter and create drinkable water in regions where water is contaminated.
  • Food safety guidelines were created to prevent food from being exposed to bacteria and toxins.

For more information, check out the earlier links to their Spinoffs page and brochure. Also, MedlinePlus Magazine did a feature about collaboration between the NIH and NASA all the way back in Fall 2007!

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