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Action Health Partners Technology Improvement Award

Tue, 2021-04-27 14:27

Action Health Partners in Wenatchee, Washington received a Technology Improvement Award from the NNLM PNR to improve their website in order to provide greater information on and access to AHP services, and better engage and build relationships with volunteers and donors. Here is a report of their project from Paige Bartholomew, Network Support Services Program Coordinator.

Increasing Service Access and Building Relationships Through a Website Update

In 2018, Action Health Partners underwent an organizational rebrand process when the current organizational services no longer aligned with the original charter. Since the rebranding, the Action Health Partners’ website had not had the opportunity to fully reflect those changes.

Redesigning the website to make their services and programs more accessible was a priority for staff as they recognized that a lack of clear understanding of the services provided can be a barrier for accessing programs and building meaningful relationships. Action Health Partners serves a multi-county region in central and eastern Washington State where most counties served are designated as medically underserved areas, according to HRSA. Due to the vast rural geographic area served and the COVID-19 pandemic, it was important to have an updated website to help residents know the services available to them and how to safely access them.

The two goals for the project were: one, improve the Action Health Partners website to provide greater information on and access to services; and two, better engage and build relationships with volunteers and donors. Engaging and building relationships is imperative for Action Health Partners’ long-term success. As a non-profit, relationships with donors are important for financial sustainability and relationships with volunteers are important for greater access and reach of services.

Action Health Partners worked with Lake Chelan Creative Marketing to redesign the website. A website workgroup was formed to guide and oversee the website update process, consisting of five staff representing the various programs. Program leads were asked to review the old website verbiage on their program pages and make any changes they saw fit. New content was created as well. The workgroup revised the website content and verbiage before sending it to Lake Chelan Creative Marketing in November 2020. Lake Chelan Creative Marketing took the website content and verbiage and used their expertise to help make it more appealing. There were four rounds of website edits before the website was launched in March 2021.

The website has vastly improved. Action Health Partners’ three core service networks all have their own webpages with program content and contact information; prior to the update, two of the three core service networks were represented. To better engage and build relationships with volunteers, Action Health Partners consolidated the multiple website “Contact Us” form into one volunteer interest form making it easier for potential volunteers to get involved. A “Donate” page was created to better connect with donors. Bablic was selected as the website’s translation services where the website can be translated to Spanish and Russian.

Since the website launched in March, there has been in increase in website traffic. Prior to September 2020, over the course of a month Action Health Partners approximately got 200 unique visits and 500 page views. For the month of March 2021, there were 382 unique visits and 1,127 page views.
This project helped Action Health Partners make their services and programs more accessible to residents and start building better relationships with potential donors and volunteers. It would not have been possible without the dedication of Action Health Partner staff and Lake Chelan Creative Marketing.

Check out the updated Action Health Partners website.

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PNR Weekly Digest: April 13, 2021

Tue, 2021-04-13 10:48

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has awarded a new five-year cooperative agreement grant to the University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences Library to lead the NNLM Regional Medical Library (RML) Region 5 serving a six-state region including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States. Region 5 is part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), which will include 7 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as of May 1, 2021…read more regarding this announcement on the blog

Important Information about your NNLM.gov Profile – Take action by April 30th!
Due to upcoming system upgrades on nnlm.gov, your current transcript of NNLM classes will not be available after Friday, April 30th, 2021. Your NNLM Class Transcript lists all NNLM classes you have registered for since December 2016. If you want to keep a copy of the classes you’ve taken over the past 5 years…learn how to get the list of your past NNLM classes on the blog

*We Can Do This! COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Resources
he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services We Can Do This COVID-19 public education campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing…read more about how you can support this effort on the blog

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account 

Telehealth in Rural Public Libraries
Learn how a rural library partnered with the University of North Texas Health Science Center to launch a pilot telehealth program. In rural communities, libraries often have the fastest internet connection in town together with digital literacy to assist users. Rural Americans face health inequities that result in worse health care outcomes than their peers in more populated areas. The presentation will include a discussion of logistics, and the role of health and digital literacy in telehealth. April 14 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Social and Environmental Determinants of Maternal Health Disparities and a Roadmap to Effective Solutions: This Emerging Trends webinar series presentation will describe historical and contemporary pathways by which features of the physical and social environments likely contribute to maternal health disparities. Potential interventions along with priorities for future research will also be described. April 20 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19: Join the next PNR Rendezvous webinar to learn how Library Journal 2021 Librarians of the Year launched and lead an international network of librarian volunteers in a new role: emergency responders in the COVID-19 pandemic. April 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Tips and Tools for Closing the Digital Health Divide Webinar Series
Join NNLM All of Us, Wisconsin Health Literacy, and community subject experts to discover health literacy insights, best practices, videos and guides, designed for meaningful and effective engagement with diverse populations. These tips and tools for your health literacy toolkit are available in both English and Spanish. If you work with patients, community members or library patrons, this training is for you! This free, four part webinar series will be held April 19, 20, 21, 22. 4.0 MLA CE Contact Hours will be awarded for successful completion of this series. Learn more and register 

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

*Addressing COVID Vaccination Rates in Underserved Communities Data, Tools, and Supporting Information: Join the American Public Health Association, the GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health, MDB, and SSF, in a free 90-minute webinar explaining tools and approaches to raise vaccination rates in underserved communities. April 16 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. PT. Register

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

“NIH Strategically, and Ethically, Building a Bridge to AI (Bridge2AI)”, from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements

NLM Issues Notice of Special Interest for a New NNLM Data Science and Services Center

Updated CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization) Learning Plan Available

Join SciStarter and the Network of the National Library of Medicine for Gaming 4 Science Day from April 15 at 11:00 p.m. to April 16 10:59 PM PT

*Pictures of the Pandemic

*“Mapping Severe COVID-19 in the Lungs at Single-Cell Resolution”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH begins study of allergic reactions to Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines

*NIH experts call for accelerated research to address concurrent HIV and COVID-19 pandemics

Drug prescriptions in older adults with dementia

NEI (National Eye Institute) joins call for standardization of ophthalmic imaging devices

NIA (National Institute on Aging) study identifies FDA-approved drugs that may also be helpful for dementia

NIH scientists try a new twist on using ‘personalized’ stem cells for studying dementia

Request for Proposals: Health Disparities Codeathon, proposals due April 26

FYI:

Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW)
Black Maternal Health Week takes place every year from April 11 –17. The month of April is recognized in the United States as National Minority Health Month – a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. Additionally, we are joining dozens of global organizations who are fighting to end maternal mortality globally in advocating that the United Nations recognize April 11th as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks. Learn how to participate, get the toolkit, and more on the Black Mammas Matter Alliance website

Register to Attend MLA ’21 vConference
Conversations and connections. Energy and insights. Connections and interaction. MLA’s 2021 virtual conference will give you can’t-miss value: research and projects from your colleagues; interactive learning sessions; plus the latest innovations from exhibitor partners. This year’s Medical Library Association’s annual conference includes a variety of events throughout the month of May. Visit the conference website to learn more and register.

Rural Queer History: Hidden in Plain Sight
False narratives about queer populations’ absence from rural places are still present today. But there are scholars and activists who try to paint a fuller and truer picture. Read the full article on The Daily Yonder

Looking at the Rural Homelessness Experience: Definitions, Data, and Solutions
Though often considered an urban problem, homelessness also affects rural individuals and families, impacting their health and well-being. A Vermont nonprofit leader shares her organization’s work using the evidence-based solution Housing First and reminds us that for many, homelessness is just “one catastrophic event away.” Read the full Rural Monitor article

*When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions—like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in public places until we know more. These CDC recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings.

*Vaccines for COVID-19
Visit the CDC website to learn more about vaccines and where to find where to get the vaccine. Information is also available for health professionals.

Earth Day is April 22
Earth Day is an annual event that began in 1970 and is a time to learn about how we can protect the earth, bring awareness to environmental health issues, and work together to protect earth’s resources. Both the EPA and earthday.org provide resources and tools for the classroom and the public.

National DNA Day, April 25
National DNA Day is a unique day when students, teachers, and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics. The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. This annual celebration offers students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about the latest advances in genomic research and explore what they may mean for their lives. Unlocking Life’s Code provides online resources for the classroom or for the public to learn and appreciate advances in genomics.

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NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements

Mon, 2021-04-12 11:57

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has awarded a new five-year cooperative agreement grant to the University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences Library to lead the NNLM Regional Medical Library (RML) Region 5 serving a six-state region including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States. Region 5 is part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), which will include 7 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as of May 1, 2021.

The core mission of the NNLM is to improve access to the highest level of evidence-based health information, with an emphasis on reaching the most underserved communities. The NLM grant funds the UW RML’s Region 5 program Reaching More People in More Ways to advance data driven health, health equity and health literacy through community-driven outreach that equitably informs U.S. researchers, health professionals, librarians, educators, and the public about the NLM’s products, information services, funding, professional development, and training. The program also provides direct funding (grants) to regional partners to improve access through technology and provide training to equalize and enhance access to health information for everyone – from clinicians to patients and to the general public.

UW has hosted the RML for 5 states in the Pacific Northwest Region (AK, ID, MT, OR, and WA) since the program’s inception in 1968.  The geography of the grant has largely remained unchanged in the last 53 years.

Beginning in May 2021, under the new redistributed geography of this grant, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon will be served by the NNLM Region 5 Regional Medical Library at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library; and Idaho and Montana will be served by the NNLM Region 4 Regional Medical Library at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

Region 5 (RML: University of Washington, Health Sciences Library) includes: 

  • Alaska 
  • California 
  • Hawaii 
  • Nevada  
  • Oregon 
  • Washington 
  • U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific 

 

Region 4 (RML: University of Utah, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library) includes: 

  • Arizona  
  • Colorado 
  • Idaho  
  • Montana 
  • New Mexico 
  • North Dakota 
  • South Dakota 
  • Utah 
  • Wyoming 

 

We appreciate many years of partnership with libraries and organizations in Idaho and Montana and know you will be served well by our colleagues in Region 4! 

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We Can Do This! COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Resources

Fri, 2021-04-09 13:59

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services We Can Do This COVID-19 public education campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing.

You’re invited to support the effort by joining the COVID-19 Community Corps. As a member, you’ll receive timely, accurate information to share with your communities, family, friends, and neighbors. By encouraging them to get vaccinated, you’ll help protect them – and allow all of us to safely gather together again.

The We Can Do This website features resources in 8 languages and across a number of different formats, e.g. shttps://wecandothis.hhs.gov/ocial media, radio ads, videos, tv-ads, fact sheets etc. Check it out and share!

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Important Information about your NNLM.gov Profile – Take action by April 30th!

Tue, 2021-04-06 20:02

Due to upcoming system upgrades on nnlm.gov, your current transcript of NNLM classes will not be available after Friday, April 30th, 2021.

Your NNLM Class Transcript lists all NNLM classes you have registered for since December 2016. If you want to keep a copy of the classes you’ve taken over the past 5 years, follow these steps to download a copy:

  1. Log into your nnlm.gov account (bottom right of page)
  2. Scroll down to ‘My Profile’ (bottom right of page)
  3. Click “’View Profile’
  4. Print or save the webpage, or copy and paste it into an editing software of your choice.

After Friday, April 30th  you will not be able to access your NNLM class history. Please take action before April 30th if you wish to keep a personal copy.

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PNR Weekly Digest: April 6, 2021

Tue, 2021-04-06 11:00

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Understanding End-of-Life Matters
Whether your focus of concern is on a family member or yourself, this April the NNLM Reading Club suggests three books that may help with your understanding of end-of-life matters and those conversations you probably have been putting off…read the post to see the book selections

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account.

*Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium: We are excited to announce that registration is open for a new NNLM virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities. The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. April 8-9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT. (5 MLA CE available for each day’s attendance) Learn more and register

From Being to Doing: Anti-Racism as Action at Work: In this session, we will focus on anti-racism as action, rather than using the word anti-racist as an identity. Can changing how we define organizational culture in library workplaces be an example of anti-racist action? We will take a critical look at how certain hallmarks of white supremacist culture inform our notions of professionalism and workplace norms. These commonly accepted norms can actually contribute to low morale, the prevalence of microaggressions, retention issues, etc. This session will present specific actions to resist these norms, which libraries can then implement to create more equitable workplaces. April 13 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Tips and Tools for Closing the Digital Health Divide Webinar Series
Join NNLM All of Us, Wisconsin Health Literacy, and community subject experts to discover health literacy insights, best practices, videos and guides, designed for meaningful and effective engagement with diverse populations. These tips and tools for your health literacy toolkit are available in both English and Spanish. If you work with patients, community members or library patrons, this training is for you! This free, four part webinar series will be held April 19, 20, 21, 22. 4.0 MLA CE Contact Hours will be awarded for successful completion of this series. Learn more and register 

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

Recent and upcoming enhancements to NCBI BLAST and Primer-BLAST services!: Join the webinar to learn about new web BLAST and Primer-BLAST enhancements that improve your BLAST experience. You’ll also see a preview of some planned improvements to the databases that make it easier to find relevant matches. April 7 from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. PT. Register

U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 Data Summit Series: Over the coming months, the U.S. Census Bureau will have a series of webinars for their 2021 Data Summit Series. Designed for novice to intermediate data users, the series will present high-level overviews of several data products and demonstrate how the products can assist organizations and businesses identify data-driven solutions to challenges. First session is April 8. All sessions begin at 11:00 a.m. PT. Visit the Hawaii.gov website to learn more and register

*Tackling Inequities in Digital Care: The rapid expansion of telehealth during the COVID-19 response has spotlighted the challenges of digital access for populations who have been marginalized. This webinar will present innovative interventions that improve digital equity and potentially lower health disparities. April 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. Register

*Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines: A REALM Project Webinar: The REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project is hosting a webinar to explore the topic of COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and ongoing operations plans for organizations. Presenters will provide information on vaccine education, including resources available to help address vaccine misinformation in the community. They will also share aspects of what is known and unknown in the scientific community about vaccines, along with a general update about the REALM project. April 15 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PT. Register

Engaging Diverse Communities in Complementary and Integrative Health Research: The purpose of this National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health hot topic webinar, held as part of National Minority Health Month, is to highlight successful strategies and lessons learned by researchers and community partners in engaging diverse communities in complementary and integrative health research. April 27 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

“One Year of Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics, and Anticipating New Challenges”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Public Health Rhymes, 1918

*“New Initiative Puts At-Home Testing to Work in the Fight Against COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

Alzheimers.gov, a new educational resource and portal to federal information on Alzheimer’s and related dementias, hosted by NIA

The April issue of NIH News in Health focuses on sleep and health

*CDC and NIH bring COVID-19 self-testing to residents in two locales

The 2021 National Minority Health Month theme is #VaccineReady

National Institutes of Health Minority Health and Health Disparities Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Check the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ new infographic which shows how translational science is improving the process to get more treatments to more patients more quickly

Battling Misinformation Through Health Messaging

FYI: 

*COVID-19 Resources 

National Library Week 2021: Welcome to Your Library
The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs. Visit the American Library Association’s website to learn about upcoming events and how your library can celebrate. 

April is Citizen Science Month
Citizen Science Month offers thousands of opportunities for you to turn your curiosity into impact. There’s something for everyone, everywhere! Join a project or event from wherever you are to help scientists answer questions they cannot answer without you. Visit the SciStarter website to learn more

2021 AAHSL Leadership Diversity Scholarships
The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of AAHSL Leadership Diversity Scholarships. The scholarships support career development opportunities for persons from diverse and under-represented racial and ethnic backgrounds who are interested in leadership roles at all levels in academic health sciences libraries. The scholarships are also designed to increase the diversity of leaders in health sciences libraries, strengthen the profession’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and develop a more diverse pool of new and emerging library leaders. These scholarships are part of the continuum of AAHSL leadership programs. Deadline to apply is May 14, 2021.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2021/2022fellowship. The application information has full program details, and details about past years’ cohorts and program reports are available. Submit your application by June 15th  to be considered for the 2019/2020 cohort.

Healthy Beverages Community Action Guide
The Indian Health Service Healthy Beverage Community Action Guide outlines a process for American Indian and Alaska Native communities to promote healthy beverages and decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and caffeinated energy drinks. It outlines steps for starting a healthy beverage community action campaign, including sample assessment forms, meeting agendas and focus group activities. Visit the Resources webpage and scroll to the bottom to access the guide and the presentation.

Do I Have Prediabetes?
One in three Americans is at risk for significant health complications like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It’s better to know than wonder. Take the Do I Have Prediabetes? test, available in English and Spanish, to find out. With early diagnosis, and by making small changes like altering your diet and exercising more, prediabetes can often be reversed. Do I Have Prediabetes? is a collaboration between the CDC, the American Medical Association and the Ad Council. 

*iHeartMedia Launches Educational Podcast Around COVID-19 Vaccines
In Partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and Hosted by ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, “COVID-19 Immunity in Our Community” will feature experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci and offers listeners trusted information on COVID-19 vaccines. Designed to separate fact from fiction, “COVID-19 Immunity in Our Community” will arm listeners with the tools they need to make educated decisions about COVID-19 vaccines. The new podcast will also draw perspectives from Americans across different communities including health care workers, journalists, and skeptics, who each share their unique and personal experience with vaccination.

STEM Jobs See Uneven Progress in Increasing Gender, Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Black and Hispanic workers remain underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce compared with their share of all workers, including in computing jobs, which have seen considerable growth in recent years. The long-term outlook for diversity in the STEM workforce is closely tied to representation in the STEM educational system, particularly across the nation’s colleges and universities. STEM workers are about twice as likely as other workers to have earned a bachelor’s degree or more education (67% vs. 34%) and roughly three-quarters of these workers hold a degree in a STEM field. Read the Pew Research report

*Open Iterations Improve COVID-19 Data Quality
Data for COVID-19 is being monitored and improved constantly. In this blog, learn about the techniques that HHS uses to identify issues with input from the American public. Read the Healthdata.gov blog post

2021-2022 Medical Library Association’s Rising Stars
The MLA Rising Star program gives members the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics needed to become a leader in MLA. The newly announced recipients include our own NNLM PNR Research and Data Coordinator, Nancy Shin as well as:

  • Jacqueline Freeman, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Chelsea Misquith, Brown University Library, Brown University
  • Laura Wright, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Register for IHA’s 20th Annual Health Literacy Conference
“The Role of Health Literacy in Perilous Times” is the theme for the 2021 virtual conference. The world has changed. We cannot continue to work using the same perspectives, approaches, and beliefs we had a year ago. During this conference, we will examine how world events have put inequities into the spotlight, how a changed world has affected those we serve, and how we can best address their evolving needs as they try to navigate an altered landscape. For 2021, IHA will once again waive conference registration and continuing education fees. May 25-27, learn more and register

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Understanding End-of-Life Matters

Thu, 2021-04-01 11:07

It’s difficult to talk about, even scary. Important things usually are.

And deciding what to do about that transition between life and death – how to make it more comfortable, what to do afterwards – is so very important, to our loved ones and ourselves. It involves issues not only of health, but of spirituality, compassion and trust.

Whether your focus of concern is on a family member or yourself, this April the NNLM Reading Club suggests three books that may help with your understanding of end-of-life matters and those conversations you probably have been putting off.

The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams l Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast l The Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski

In The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death and Everything That Comes After, the late Julie Yip-Williams leaves behind a chronicle of a life filled with improbable outcomes since her childhood as a blind Vietnamese refugee who regained her sight at the hands of an American doctor. She faces her own terminal illness at age 37 with honesty.

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her idiosyncratic humor to her experience as caretaker of aging, declining parents in the graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Finally, Zen Hospice Project co-founder Frank Ostaseski relates the lessons he has learned as a Buddhist teacher who has worked with more than a thousand dying patients in The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us about Living.

We encourage you to take a deep breath, read one of these books, and discuss it with people whose opinions you respect, especially those in your own family. It just might make you feel a whole lot better about the inevitable. Visit the NNLM Reading. Club: End of Life health topic to get started.

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PNR Weekly Digest: March 30, 2021

Tue, 2021-03-30 10:58

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

*NNLM Covid-19 Symposium. Keynote Speakers Announced. Registration is Open
The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce a new, free virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 infodemic in our communities. The NNLM Virtual Symposium: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from the 2-day experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and share strategies and programs to engage with your community…read the blog post to learn how to register

Coming Soon: New Regional Medical Libraries Designations 2021-2026
Last June, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2021-2026 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  Health sciences libraries submitted proposal applications in September.  An official announcement from the NLM regarding the new RMLs is forthcoming. The start date for the new Cooperative Agreement is May 1, 2021…learn more about the new RML designations on the blog

Help NNLM Improve its Funding Process
The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is requesting feedback regarding our funding process. Whether you have applied for funding through NNLM or not, your feedback will be valuable in helping us continuously improve our funding program…please fill out the survey by March 31, link is on the blog post

Self-Learning Source: Mammography NIH Science Topic Fact Sheet
What is a mammogram and what does it do? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides a Science Topic Fact Sheet on mammography that is available to download for free. In it you will find…read the blog post to learn more about NIH Science Topic Fact Sheets

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account

From Being to Doing: Anti-Racism as Action at Work: In this session, we will focus on anti-racism as action, rather than using the word anti-racist as an identity. Can changing how we define organizational culture in library workplaces be an example of anti-racist action? We will take a critical look at how certain hallmarks of white supremacist culture inform our notions of professionalism and workplace norms. These commonly accepted norms can actually contribute to low morale, the prevalence of microaggressions, retention issues, etc. This session will present specific actions to resist these norms, which libraries can then implement to create more equitable workplaces. April 13 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Social and Environmental Determinants of Maternal Health Disparities and a Roadmap to Effective Solutions: This Emerging Trends webinar series presentation will describe historical and contemporary pathways by which features of the physical and social environments likely contribute to maternal health disparities. Potential interventions along with priorities for future research will also be described. April 20 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19: Join the next PNR Rendezvous webinar to learn how Library Journal 2021 Librarians of the Year launched and lead an international network of librarian volunteers in a new role: emergency responders in the COVID-19 pandemic. April 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated. 

Principles for Defining & Verifying the Authority of Online Providers of Health Information: In order to improve the quality of health information appearing on its platform, YouTube has asked the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to identify 1) preliminary definitions of “authoritative” sources of health information and 2) the criteria by which these sources derive and maintain their authority. Outcomes from this project will help to inform YouTube’s policies for labeling and promoting authoritative health information. April 5 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT. Learn more and register

Recent and upcoming enhancements to NCBI BLAST and Primer-BLAST services!: Join the webinar to learn about new web BLAST and Primer-BLAST enhancements that improve your BLAST experience. You’ll also see a preview of some planned improvements to the databases that make it easier to find relevant matches. April 7 from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. PT. Register

Diagnostics and Disease Management Tools for Use in Underserved Populations: An NHLBI (National Health, Lung and Blood Institute) Research & Implementation Workshop: The NHLBI is hosting a virtual research workshop to discuss barriers to—and opportunities for—improving heart, lung blood, and sleep (HLBS) health in underserved communities. Participants will discuss how to tailor health monitoring devices and tools that diagnose patients to underserved, low-resource, and remote communities. This workshop is free, open to the public, and available via NIH videocast. Register in advance for this Zoom event. April 14-15, 2021. Learn more

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

*“Infections with ‘U.K Variant’ B.1.1.7 Have Greater Risk of Mortality”, from the NIH Director’s blog

PlaySmart, HEAL-funded research team is using the power of play to prevent opioid misuse in youth

Texting May Help Reduce Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening

*Tackling the Mysteries of the Long-term Effects of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

*COVID-19 and the Heart: A Bounty of Questions

Now Available: The Science of Health Disparities Research Textbook

New National Institute on Aging booklet, Get Fit For Life: Exercise & Physical Activity for Healthy Aging

*National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Statement on AstraZeneca Vaccine

*RADx diversifies COVID-19 tests w/4 new contracts, RADx now producing 1.7 million COVID-19 tests per day

Multidisciplinary teams create soothing dental environments for children with autism

*Scientists find evidence that novel coronavirus infects the mouth’s cells

Using Smartphone Apps to Reach Gay and Bisexual Men at Risk for HIV

NIH to enhance tribal engagement efforts for precision medicine research

FYI: 

*COVID-19 Resources 

  • Stopping the spread of COVID-19 requires all available tools, including vaccination. View and share this video from the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for AI/ANs: Clinical Q&A on the Covid-19 Vaccines.
  • Learn about the National Hispanic Medical Association‘s upcoming #Vaccinate4All Campaign at their Virtual Briefing Series webinar, which will be held April 28 at 7:00 pm ET.
  • Explore the COVID-19 research tip sheets and other resources from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) CEAL initiative. These tip sheets address misinformation and highlight the community benefits of COVID-19 research.

Eugenics and Science Timeline 1859 – Present Day
Science history is filled with discoveries, innovations and amazing pioneers. Yet, there is also a darker side to science history that is important to understand and reflect upon. Did you know that a few notable scientists and academics applied an inaccurate and prejudicial understanding to support their racist claims? Learn about the emergence of eugenics in Britain, and scroll through a new timeline about some of the key historical events that led to the development of eugenics in the United States. A bibliography of resources is included. Share this informative, science history resource with your classroom today.

*Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First Machine Learning-Based Screening Device to Identify Certain Biomarkers That May Indicate COVID-19 Infection
Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first machine learning-based Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) non-diagnostic screening device that identifies certain biomarkers that are indicative of some types of conditions, such as hypercoagulation (a condition causing blood to clot more easily than normal). Learn more about this screening device on the FDA website

Asian American and Pacific Islander Health

  • The Office of Minority Health has called on everyone in the nation to join the federal government in condemning and combating racism, including the alarming increase of attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Use the resources below to share information and provide support to AAPI communities.
  • Stop AAPI Hate provides a tool to report hate incidents in your area, as well as safety tips for those experiencing or witnessing hate. The site also includes state reports and other resources.
  • The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations has created a list of Resources to Address Anti-Asian Racism.
  • As part of its Bullying Prevention Awareness Campaign, the Asian American Psychological Association published a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Guide for the parents of K-12 AAPI students. The guide is available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and English.

Culturally-competent Health Provider Communication: Insights from Research with Chinese, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Island Diabetes Patients
This recorded CDC webinar was designed to help health professionals learn about culturally-competent medical communication. The presenters share their experiences developing and providing culturally competent health communication that meets the need of Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander patients with diabetes. It is intended for nurses, physicians, public health professionals, and public information/media specialists.

Libraries Are Key Tools For People Getting Out Of Prison, Even During A Pandemic
A New Jersey Public Libraries program called Fresh Start provides help to the formerly incarcerated. Everything from training in how to make a FaceTime call to compiling resources for job fairs and food banks. Brothers Dennis and Lee Horton were recently released from prison. The New Jersey Public Library’s Fresh Start program has helped them navigate daily life and learn new technology that didn’t exist in 1993. View more of the NPR story 

*Migration and Health, 2020
Published since 2008 by the National Population Council of Mexico and the Health Initiative of the Americas, the Migration and Health/Migración y salud reports make current issues related to the health of the migrant population from the Mexico-United States corridor accessible to government officials, academic researchers, civil associations, and the general public. The 2020 edition includes a chapter on the impact of COVID-19 on the migrant Mexican community. The reports are available in English and Spanish.

Request for Information: Use of Clinical Algorithms That Have the Potential to Introduce Racial/Ethnic Bias Into Healthcare Delivery
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking information from the public on clinical algorithms and evidence that they may introduce bias into clinical decision making and impact access to care, quality of care, or health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities and people who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Deadline for comments is April 16.

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NNLM Covid-19 Symposium. Keynote Speakers Announced. Registration is Open.

Fri, 2021-03-26 19:01

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce a new, free virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 infodemic in our communities.

The NNLM Virtual Symposium: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from the 2-day experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and share strategies and programs to engage with your community.

HOW DO I REGISTER?
Free registration is now open on the symposium website: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/registration

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Day 1:
Dr. Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA
Approaching Normalcy: Forecasting the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gregg Orton, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Washington, DC
Presentation title forthcoming

Day2:
Jess Kolis, MPH, Global Immunization Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
De-bunk to Pre-bunk: A Necessary Paradigm Shift for Addressing Health Misinformation

Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer, University Hospital, New York, NY. Presentation title forthcoming

WHEN
April 8-9,2021
Each day starts at 9:00 am Pacific Time

HOW DO I REGISTER?
Free registration is now open on the symposium website: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/registration

WHERE
Sessions will be held in Zoom.

WHO IS THE SYMPOSIUM FOR?
NNLM invites anyone who is interested in learning more about information-related issues during COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to: health professionals, librarians, researchers, community-based organization staff, and students.

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Coming Soon: New Regional Medical Libraries Designations 2021-2026

Thu, 2021-03-25 16:43

Last June, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2021-2026 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  Health sciences libraries submitted proposal applications in September.  An official announcement from the NLM regarding the new RMLs is forthcoming. The start date for the new Cooperative Agreement is May 1, 2021.

The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.  The emphasis of the RML program is to bring quality health, public health, and biomedical information resources within reach of the public and all health and public health professionals.

Among other objectives, each RML is expected to:

  • Develop approaches to promote awareness of, improve access to, and enable use of NLM’s resources and data,

  • Develop and support a diverse workforce to access information resources and data, and support data-driven research,

  • Provide community-driven innovative approaches and interventions for biomedical and health information access and use.

 For the 2021-2026 cooperative agreement period, seven Regional areas are defined:

Map of the US depicting the new regional designations by color coding the states. The text in the body of this post describes the designations.

Region 1: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

Region 2: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Region 3: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

NNLM Offices and Centers serve the NNLM program and are defined as:

The NNLM Web Services Office will develop and maintain reliable Web services for NNLM public and internal needs.

The NNLM Training Office will plan, create, share, deliver, coordinate, and evaluate an instructional program and educational materials based on key NLM products and services for a variety of audiences. NTO will assess and ensure a standard of high-quality for NNLM instructors and instructional content.

The NNLM Public Health Coordination Office will enhance the public’s health by expanding NNLM’s engagement with the diverse public health workforce through access to licensed literature,  coordinating training on NLM resources, and facilitating partnerships with public health institutions.

The NLM Evaluation Center will collaborate with RML, Office, and Center (ROC) staff to develop strategies and standardized approaches for evaluating outreach and education services

For more information, please refer to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Organizational Handbook, https://nnlm.gov/national/guides/network-national-library-medicine-nnlm-organizational-handbook.

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Help NNLM Improve its Funding Process

Thu, 2021-03-25 13:20

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is requesting feedback regarding our funding process. Whether you have applied for funding through NNLM or not, your feedback will be valuable in helping us continuously improve our funding program.

Please consider taking 10 minutes to fill out the following questionnaire.

The questionnaire will remain open until March 31, 2021. 

Thank you for your time!

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Self-Learning Source: Mammography NIH Science Topic Fact Sheet

Wed, 2021-03-24 09:16

A high-quality mammogram plus a clinical breast exam, an exam done by your doctor, is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early greatly improves a person’s chances for successful treatment.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation* states:

  • Women ages 50 to 74 years should get a mammogram every 2 years
  • Women between the ages of 40-49 should talk to a doctor about when to start and how often to have a mammogram if they see a potential benefit to starting before age 50

But what is a mammogram and what does it do? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides a Science Topic Fact Sheet on mammography that is available to download for free. In it you will find:

  • What mammography results look like
  • What is digital and 3D mammography
  • The limits and risks of mammography

Knowing more about mammography can help you better understand the importance of this medical test as well help you better discuss your questions and concerns with your healthcare provider.

More information about breast cancer and mammography are available on MedlinePlus.

*this information is currently being updated

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PNR Weekly Digest: March 23, 2021

Tue, 2021-03-23 10:35

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account

Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium: We are excited to announce that registration is open for a new NNLM virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities. The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. April 8-9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT. (5 MLA CE available for each day’s attendance) Learn more and register

Ethical Issues in Citizen Science Research: In this presentation, Lisa Rasmussen will describe a series of ethical issues arising in citizen science, how they are situated with respect to contemporary research infrastructure, what the field of citizen science is doing to address ethical challenges, and future steps for ensuring that citizen science research is conducted ethically March 24 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

#CiteNLM Virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Join your colleagues and NNLM staff for a two hour live editing session as we work to add citations and content to Wikipedia articles related to healthy aging. Held via Zoom, participants will engage in large group and breakout sessions to chat about Wikipedia, edit articles, and connect with the #CiteNLM community. No prior experience required – staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide live demonstrations to get you started. For more information about #CiteNLM, visit our project page. March 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

From Being to Doing: Anti-Racism as Action at Work: In this session, we will focus on anti-racism as action, rather than using the word anti-racist as an identity. Can changing how we define organizational culture in library workplaces be an example of anti-racist action? We will take a critical look at how certain hallmarks of white supremacist culture inform our notions of professionalism and workplace norms. These commonly accepted norms can actually contribute to low morale, the prevalence of microaggressions, retention issues, etc. This session will present specific actions to resist these norms, which libraries can then implement to create more equitable workplaces. April 13 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

Achieving Health Equity: Countering Racism & Implicit Bias in Healthcare: It is important for health care leaders to understand the impact of racism, implicit bias and health inequities on access to and quality of HIV care and treatment for Black Women. As supported by data, increased morbidity and mortality among Black Women will remain constant if these healthcare realities are not successfully addressed. Speakers, Dr. Dazon Diallo and Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson, will explore how providers and clients can maximize health promotion and wellness, resilience, and self-care education, leading to necessary positive and sustainable change. March 25 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

Overcoming Zoom Fatigue: In the last year, we have seen extensive changes in virtual live delivery and a trend toward longer virtual programs. In this session you will learn what causes “Zoom fatigue” (no matter what your virtual learning platform), techniques to minimize classroom burnout, and how to foster an environment of engagement. March 30 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

Improving Social Connection among People with Disabilities: Research conducted during the pandemic indicates that people with disabilities may be at an increased risk of social isolation and loneliness. This webinar presentation will highlight current research on social isolation and loneliness for people with disabilities. Presenters will also share information, including replicable strategies, about social engagement/social connection approaches offered within the Center for Independent Living network. March 30 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

“Learning from my Irish Heritage”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Placing Women in Medicine: Maude Abbott and the Archaeology of Friendships

National Library of Medicine Seeking Comments on Use of Common Data Elements in NIH-funded Research, responses due May 10

*“Predicting ‘Long COVID Syndrome’ with Help of a Smartphone App”, from the NIH Director’s blog

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, March 22 – 28

National Institute of Mental Health Livestream Event: Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults, March 30 from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. PT

Student Pathways Spring 2021 issue is now available- These STEM and ELA resources highlight imaging tools that scientists use to peer into the microscopic world of cells and molecules. Help students uncover how these techniques can aid researchers in learning about the body’s normal and abnormal processes and lead to more effective, targeted treatments for illnesses

Director’s Lecture – Dr. Ryan Shaw Presents “Digital Health: Towards the Next Era of Healthcare Delivery and Chronic Disease Management”, view the live videocast April 20 at 10:00 a.m. PT

NIH leaders on the future of precision medicine, healthcare transformation

Watch “The Human Pangenome” (5:30 minutes), Explore the monumental effort to redefine the human genome and our understanding of human genomic diversity.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases offer consumer health information in several Asian languages

FYI:

 *COVID-19 Resources 

Call for Public Comments: HHS Tribal Consultations
HHS is currently carrying out Tribal consultations on President Biden’s Presidential Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening the Nation-to-Nation Relationships, released on January 26. HHS is seeking your recommendations and feedback on how they can improve the Department’s policies and practices to better engage with Indian Country through meaningful consultation. Consultations for HHS Regions 1 through 10 will take place March 22-25. Visit the HHS Tribal Consultation webpage to register for each of the six sessions. The deadline for all written comments (mailto: consultation@hhs.gov) is March 26.

National Poison Prevention Week is March 21-27
National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. Next week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisons and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention. Learn more and check out our resources to help you plan activities in your community.

The U.S. Has A History of Linking Disease with Race and Ethnicity
The coronavirus is all over the headlines these days. Accompanying those headlines? Suspicion and harassment of Asians and Asian Americans. Gene Demby, co-host of NPR’s Code Switch podcast, explains that this is part of a longer history in the United States of camouflaging xenophobia and racism as public health and hygiene concerns. We hear from historian Erika Lee, author of “America For Americans: A History of Xenophobia in The United States.” Listen to the NPR episode

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reboots Climate Change Website
As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to action on climate change and restoring science, EPA is taking the first step in a relaunch of its climate change website. For the first time in four years, EPA now has a webpage to guide the public to a range of information, including greenhouse gas emissions data, climate change impacts, scientific reports, and existing climate programs within EPA and across the federal government. Learn more and visit the website in English or Spanish

Health Literacy Out Loud Podcast, Telemedicine
A new era of delivering healthcare at a distance was brought on by necessity during COVID-19. Telemedicine offers benefits and drawbacks for patients, practitioners, and populations. Lessons have been learned about effective communication. These include ways to establish a mutual agenda, encourage conversational turn-taking, discuss potentially awkward topics, and confirm understanding at the conclusion of telemedicine visits. Listen to this session, “Telemedicine: Communicating About Health by Phone or 2-Way Video”, where Dr. Cliff Coleman, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University addresses telemedicine. His ongoing research and teaching help lead the way toward health literacy competencies for all health professionals.

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PNR Weekly Digest: March 16, 2021

Tue, 2021-03-16 10:44

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

*Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium
We are excited to announce that registration is open for a new NNLM virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities. The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. April 8-9, 2021…learn more about the symposium and how to register on the blog

Consumer Health Minute: Herbs at a Glance and HerbList app
Do you have clients or patrons requesting information about herbs and botanicals for health? Rather than providing information from questionable sources, turn to the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH NCCIH)…learn more of what the NCCIH has to offer on the blog

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account.

BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness symposium: This free three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale in libraries, invisible services in libraries, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to improve library staff’s health and wellness. This event is open to all library staff regardless of employment status and to library science students. This virtual even provides 8 continuing education (CE) credits. March 24 – 26. Learn more and register 

NLM’s Human Genetics Resources for Clinicians and Biologists: Within the NLM, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) was set up to support biological and biomedical researchers, initially by collecting and making available genome and gene sequence data, and then genetic variation information. More recently, clinical studies with genetic data have been included for translational researchers, as well as resources to assist clinical practitioners with patient care. After attending this webinar, you will be able to direct clients to relevant resources & support. March 23 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Intersectionality in Health Disparities: Focus on Black Transgender Women: This webinar is an exploration of the effects of intersectionality and social determinants of health on transgender women of color. In particular, this webinar will highlight the lived experience of one Black transgender woman and provide insights from a physician with expertise in healthcare for transgender women. March 31 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and how to register

*Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19: This is a presentation on librarian visioning, leadership, management, and trial by fire. It provides a unique perspective on launching and leading an international network of librarian volunteers in a new role: emergency responders in the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how Elaine Hicks lead an international team who ushered the Librarian Reserve Corps (LRC) into reality. Nearly a year later, the LRC continues to provide expertise and guidance on a myriad of scholarly communications issues concerning COVID-19 research. Elaine, Stacy Brody, and Sara Loree were awarded Library Journal’s 2021 Librarians of the Year in recognition of their important work. April 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register   

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

Data Science for Science Teachers Boot Camp: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) Data Science for Science Teachers Boot Camp is an intensive research training course designed specifically for STEM educators working with students in underserved communities. This boot camp will enable educators to learn data science techniques and facilitate integration of this highly desired, cutting-edge skill set in their coursework. The boot camp is designed for educators teaching high school or post-secondary STEM courses. The boot camp will be held virtually July 12-16, 2021 and the deadline to apply is April 9, 2021. 

Radical Self Care & Wellness for Information Professionals series: The African American Medical Librarians Alliance invites you to attend the last 2 sessions of the Radical Self Care & Wellness for Information Professionals webinar series!

  • “An Imposter’s Guide to Health & Fitness” with featured speaker Kari Jordan on Thursday, March 17 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT. Register
  • “Stress, or Really the Failure to Manage Stress is Killing Us” Dr. Marya Shegog, Health Equity & Diversity Coordinator at Lazarex Cancer Foundation will present on March 25 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT. Register

Mental Health First Aid and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Libraries: Join this WebJunction webinar to learn how libraries can be better prepared to respond using the principles of trauma-informed care, and how Mental Health First Aid can equip staff with the knowledge and confidence to communicate with compassion, even in difficult situations. Learn ways to apply a trauma-informed approach to library services, internal and external policies and practices, and how to build connections with other community providers. April 13 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

“Dismantling Structural Racism”, from the NLM Director’s blog

ClinicalTrials.gov updates the PRS Guided Tutorials, step-by-step instructions for data providers

Elizabeth Blackwell: “That Girl There Is Doctor In Medicine” Part I

National Library of Medicine Seeking Comments on Use of Common Data Elements in NIH-funded Research, responses due May 10, 2021

*“CRISPR-Based Anti-Viral Therapy Could One Day Foil the Flu—and COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

Women in Science and Engineering

*Women’s History Month, Women Who Lead NIH’s COVID Response

Office of Data Science Strategy Celebrates Women’s History Month

*When to Test website adds new features: Guidance for K-12 and businesses

Eviction during pregnancy linked to earlier births, reduced birthweight, according to NICHD-funded study

*Saving Lives in the ICU, New device could help prevent or treat multiple organ failure

Two rich new resources for men’s health research

FYI:

 *COVID-19 Resources

Report: 2019 Urban Diabetes Audit
The Urban Indian Health Institute Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Summary Report, Audit Years 2015–2019, uses data from Urban Indian Health Programs and the Indian Health Service Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit to highlight strengths and disparities in the health of urban AI/AN patients with diabetes. This report aims to inform data collection, research, prevention funding and programmatic efforts to ensure success in diabetes care, prevention and outcomes for urban AI/AN patients.  Learn more about this report

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – March 20
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is held on the first day of Spring to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved in prevention and get treated for HIV. This year’s observance will take place on March 20 and the theme is “Zero is Possible Together: Innovation + Awareness.” The rate of HIV/AIDS in the AI/AN population is significant, and stigma and fear can keep people from seeking help. According to the CDC, from 2010 to 2017, the number of new HIV diagnoses increased 39 percent among AI/AN communities. And four out of every five infected knew they had the virus. Getting tested is the first step in protecting your health and stopping the spread of the virus to others. For more information about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatments, testing services and downloadable materials, visit the Indian Health Service National HIV/AIDS Program webpage.

National Library Week 2021: Welcome to Your Library
The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs. Check the ALA website for scheduled celebrations and a day-to-day guide for librarians

*When you’ve been fully vaccinated
People who are fully vaccinated can start to do some things they stopped doing because of the pandemic. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places. Read more of the CDC guidance

National Nutrition Month®
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. Visit the eatright.org website to learn more

Experts Say the ‘New Normal’ in 2025 Will Be Far More Tech-Driven, Presenting More Big Challenges
A plurality of experts think sweeping societal change will make life worse for most people as greater inequality, rising authoritarianism and rampant misinformation take hold in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, a portion believe life will be better in a ‘tele-everything’ world where workplaces, health care and social activity improve. Read the Pew Research article

Community Health Workers: Walking in The Shoes of Those They Serve
By harnessing trust, community health workers are becoming a powerful force for achieving health equity. Read more at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health blog post

EJSCREEN: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool
The EPA’s Environmental Justice mapping and screening tool, EJSCREEN, now includes important new functions such as climate indicators on sea-level rise and flooding. Try EJSCREEN and learn how data can help protect your community.

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Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium

Mon, 2021-03-15 11:00

We are excited to announce that registration is open for a new NNLM virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities.

What is the Symposium about?  Graphic with blue gradient background and faded white outline of a coronavirus. NNLM icon at top. Text reads ‘Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic. A Virtual Symposium. April 8-9, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19.

The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. We are excited to feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA
  • Gregg Orton, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Washington, DC
  • Elisabeth Wilhelm, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Immunization Division, Atlanta, GA
  • Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer, University Hospital, New York, NY

There will also be paper sessions, panels, and a networking space; more information will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Who is the Symposium for?

NNLM invites anyone who is interested in learning more about information-related issues during COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to: health professionals, librarians, researchers, community-based organization staff, and students.

When is the Symposium?

April 8-9, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Alaska Time / 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT

How can I attend the Symposium?

Free registration is now open on our symposium website.

Questions about the Symposium?

Be sure to check our website soon for more information on the agenda, networking sessions, code of conduct, and a general FAQ. Any other questions can be sent to Tony Nguyen at ttnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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Consumer Health Minute: Herbs at a Glance and HerbList app

Wed, 2021-03-10 08:00

a few dandelions in a yardDo you have clients or patrons requesting information about herbs and botanicals for health? Rather than providing information from questionable sources, turn to the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH NCCIH). NCCIH includes information on various types of complementary or alternative health but there’s also a section called Herbs at a Glance with authoritative information about herbs and botanicals.

These fact sheets provide brief information including:

  • What the science says and what is being learned about the specific herb or botanical
  • The safety of the herb or botanical
  • What to keep in mind
  • Resources for additional information

Herbs at a Glance is also available in an app called HerbList for mobile access available through the App Store and Google Play.

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PNR Weekly Digest: March 9, 2021

Tue, 2021-03-09 11:01

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

New NLM Online Exhibitions
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is known for its vast collection of biomedical information and for providing freely available and authoritative resources such as PubMed and MedlinePlus. Its History of Medicine division also provides a wonderful exhibitions program highlighting history, the arts, social issues, professions, and medicine utilizing NLM’s vast collections. Two new exhibitions are now available to view…learn more about the new exhibits on the blog

Free: Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit!
In partnership with Cornerstones of Science and the NIH All of Us Research Program, the Network of the National Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering an exciting new citizen science resource to public libraries. The Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit is a fun, accessible, loanable kit which includes four family friendly activities, and all the instructions and materials needed…learn more about the kit on the blog 

Fortify Your Knowledge
The NNLM Reading Club in March examines the food we eat and all the factors that make it bad, good or better for us. Learn which books were selected for this month’s reading club on the blog

DataFlash: MLA’s New Data Services Specialization (DSS) Certificate
Last January, MLA (Medical Library Association) announced the Data Services Specialization (DSS) certificate that librarians can earn to demonstrate their attainment of the relevant knowledge and skills necessary to provide data services. Best geared for health sciences librarians and information professionals and built upon the MLA Data Services Competency…learn more about this specialization on the blog

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account.

BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness symposium: This free three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale in libraries, invisible services in libraries, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to improve library staff’s health and wellness. This event is open to all library staff regardless of employment status and to library science students. This virtual even provides 8 continuing education (CE) credits. March 24 – 26. Learn more and register 

NNLM Reading Club Presents….Amy Byer Shainman: Join this NNLM Reading Club Presents session where author Amy Byer Shainman will discuss her book, “Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer and Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew”.  She will be joined by Ellen Matloff, Certified Genetic Counselor, and President and CEO of My Gene Counsel. In this program, these two genetic cancer experts will share their story, their knowledge and answer your questions. Join the live stream on March 11 at 12:00 p.m. PT

Wikipedia + Libraries: NNLM: Gain insight into the value of Wikipedia as a viable reference and build the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate articles on Wikipedia for yourself or your patrons, with a specific focus on health and medical topics, through a four-week, online course using the Moodle platform. March 15 – April 9. (8 MLA CE) Register

#CiteNLM Virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Join your colleagues and NNLM staff for a two hour live editing session as we work to add citations and content to Wikipedia articles related to healthy aging. Held via Zoom, participants will engage in large group and breakout sessions to chat about Wikipedia, edit articles, and connect with the #CiteNLM community. No prior experience required – staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide live demonstrations to get you started. For more information about #CiteNLM, visit our project page. March 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

Addressing Health Misinformation at the Scale of the Internet: In this session, we will focus on the unique role that health practitioners, experts and library systems can play in responding to related challenges. We will review existing interventions that social media platforms are deploying to try to address health misinformation at global, internet scales, the strengths and limitations of these approaches, and how physicians of the future can contribute to a healthier online information ecosystem. March 22 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Intersectionality in Health Disparities: Focus on Black Transgender Women: This webinar is an exploration of the effects of intersectionality and social determinants of health on transgender women of color. In particular, this webinar will highlight the lived experience of one Black transgender woman and provide insights from a physician with expertise in healthcare for transgender women. March 31 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and how to register 

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

*REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM): Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19: Amid COVID-19, many archives, libraries and museums are reopening and expanding access to services in their communities. The challenges of reopening during a pandemic have led to many questions about policies for staff, the handling of materials as well as the management of building operations. From allowing the virus to die naturally, to using disinfectants, to applying UV light or heat treatment—there are many options to consider. This webinar features members of the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project team who will share information about the project, including freely available resources to support local decision-making. March 10 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT. Register

Yoga for All with Dianne Bondy: The African American Medical Librarians Alliance invites you to attend session 10 of the Radical Self-Care & Wellness for Information Professionals webinar series. Dianne Bondy is a social justice activist, author, and accessible yoga teacher. Her inclusive approach to yoga empowers anyone to practice—regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. Dianne is revolutionizing yoga by educating yoga instructors around the world on how to make their classes welcoming for all kinds of practitioners. March 11 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library: This WebJunction webinar will share examples of library food access initiatives including seed libraries, community gardens and farmers markets. The session will also explore how two statewide organizations support local libraries in this work through technical assistance and funding. March 24 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

*“Vaccines, Vaccinations, and NLM”, from the NLM Director’s blog

The Network of the National Library of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program with 4 health programs to complement the 2021 summer reading theme, Tails and Tales

NLM Collections Tour: Vaccines

*“Israeli Study Offers First Real-World Glimpse of COVID-19 Vaccines in Action”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH to evaluate COVID-19 at-home testing system- Newly authorized COVID-19 diagnostic kit is paired with smartphone app

Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions to Advance and Strengthen Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Biomedical Research Workforce and Advance Health Disparities and Health Equity Research, responses due April 9, 2021.

*NIH effort seeks to understand MIS-C, range of SARS-CoV-2 effects on children

NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health Celebrates Women’s History Month

NIH invests in next iteration of public-private partnership to advance precision medicine research for Alzheimer’s disease

Video coaching program may improve parenting skills and children’s school readiness

Advocates and Allies: The Pioneers of Progress, Meet these not-so-silent allies of yesterday and today who challenge the status quo, push for progress, and accelerate change in the world of cancer

Learn more about the DASH eating plan, a heart-healthy eating style, during National Nutrition Month

Watch the short 3:30 minute video, “The Future of Genomics: 10 Bold Predictions”

Bold Predictions for Human Genomics by 2030: An NHGRI Seminar Series

*Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV

*NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL), provides a variety of Fact Sheets to use and share to address vital information needs including, “Building and Maintaining Community Trust in COVID-19 Resources”

FYI: 

*COVID-19 Resources

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Women and girls face unique challenges when it comes to HIV prevention. Find out how you can support women and girls and help end the HIV epidemic. Visit the Office for Women’s Health website to download the NWGHAAD toolkit and the CDC Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources for women, available in English and Spanish.

*For Providers on Telehealth.HHS.gov: New Telebehavioral Health Care Best Practice Guide
Telehealth.HHS.gov has added a new best practice guide on telehealth for behavioral health care. Behavioral health – like other areas of health care – has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. It is now easier for mental health providers to offer and get reimbursed for telebehavioral health services. Telehealth can also make behavioral health services safer and more private and convenient for patients who can access care from their home. Find resources in the telebehavioral health best practice guide on getting started, developing a strategy, billing, preparing patients, and more.

*New Funding Opportunity, Health Literacy and COVID-19
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a new funding opportunity:  Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19. This initiative seeks applications for projects to demonstrate the effectiveness of local government implementation of evidence-based health literacy strategies that are culturally appropriate to enhance COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and/or other mitigation measures (e.g., public health prevention practices and vaccination) in racial and ethnic minority populations and other socially vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minority rural communities. Applicant eligibility is limited to localities (e.g., cities, counties, parishes, or other similar subdivisions). OMH encourages applicants to partner with a Minority Serving Institution for quality improvement activities and program evaluation.

  • Announcement Number: MP-CPI-21-006
  • Opportunity Title:  Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19
  • Award Amount: up to $4,000,000 for urban communities; up to $3,000,000 for rural communities
  • Estimated Total: $250,000,000
  • Application Due Date: April 20, 2021, 3:00 p.m. PT

The Federal Grants website provides a variety of tools and tips to get you started.

A technical assistance webinar for interested applicants will be held on Wednesday, March 17 at 2:00 PM PT. Register to attend the webinar. A recording of the webinar will be made available.

Medical Library Association Annual Conference
Registration is now open for the MLA 2021 conference. MLA’s premier event draws more than 1,500 participants including medical librarians and other health information professionals, international attendees, and exhibitors. MLA ’21 offers a variety of opportunities for attending educational sessions, seeing the latest products from exhibitors, and interacting with colleagues. The 2021 conference experience will be exclusively virtual and runs through several days in May starting with a live kickoff May 10, exploration days, live action days, and some extended time to view features later.

* Growing Share of Americans Say They Plan to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine – or Already Have
As COVID-19 vaccine production and administration efforts in the U.S. continue to ramp up, a new Pew Research survey finds public intent to get vaccinated is on the rise… Differences across demographic and political groups continue to characterize public views of COVID-19 vaccines. Yet these dynamics are fluid, and there have been some notable changes as intent has risen and vaccines become more widely available in the U.S.

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Join us on March 11th for Resurrection Lily

Sun, 2021-03-07 20:00

Please join us this Thursday as Amy Byer Shainman, also known as the BRCA Responder, talks about her book, Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew with Certified Genetic Counselor Ellen Matloff.

In this powerful program, these two genetic cancer experts will share their knowledge and answer your questions.

Mar. 11, 2021

   11:00 a.m. Alaska | 12:00 p.m. PT | 1:00 p.m. MT 

Join the live stream on YouTube 

https://youtu.be/PJBzdgCTn2E

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New NLM Online Exhibitions

Thu, 2021-03-04 06:27

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is known for its vast collection of biomedical information and for providing freely available and authoritative resources such as PubMed and MedlinePlus. Its History of Medicine division also provides a wonderful exhibitions program highlighting history, the arts, social issues, professions, and medicine utilizing NLM’s vast collections.

You may be familiar or even have hosted past exhibitions such as Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Wellness or Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World.

Two new exhibitions are now available to view.

Outside/Inside: Immigration, Migration, and Health Care in the United States
Guest curated by Dr. Beatrix Hoffman, PhD, Outside/Inside features items from the NLM historical collections and explores the history of ideas about immigrant health and immigrants’ and migrants’ experiences with U.S. health care since the late 1800s.

This online exhibition includes education resources featuring a K-12 lesson plan and a university module developed by the guest curator. The digital gallery showcases a photo album from the 1930s created by and depicting visiting nurses from the Henry Street Settlement social service agency, at work caring for an immigrant community in the Bronx.

Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health
The exhibition explores how communities around the world, in collaboration with scientists, activists, governments, and international organizations, prevent disease and improve quality of life in their communities and beyond. It revives stories featured in the 2008 exhibition Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health for a contemporary audience.

Featured in the online exhibition are two timely, newly-developed videos: “The Power of Memory: Fighting Disease With Vaccines & Immunization” and “Bitten! Mosquito-Borne Illness and You”. The online exhibition also includes a K-12 lesson plan and a digital gallery that further explores selected works from the historical collections of the NLM.

Though the traveling exhibitions are on hold, the online exhibitions are freely available for you to enjoy and include in your library or organization’s programming. The Exhibitions’ staff are available to support your development of programming based on the digital exhibition and accompanying resources.

The best way to keep in the know about upcoming opportunities to host and announcements of new exhibitions is to join the listserv and explore the NLM Exhibitions’ webpage

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Free: Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit!

Wed, 2021-03-03 13:47

In partnership with Cornerstones of Science and the NIH All of Us Research Program, the Network of the National Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering an exciting new citizen science resource to public libraries. The Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit is a fun, accessible, loanable kit which includes four family friendly activities, and all the instructions and materials needed (audio file guides are available in in Arabic, Chinese, English, Spanish and Vietnamese).

The free kits are available to the first 500 requesting libraries! They come in a lockable plastic tote and can fit on a typical library shelf. Applications for the kits will be open until they are all gone/April 30th, 2021. If you are a member of NNLM you can apply for a kit by clicking here. Otherwise, it is easy and free to sign your organization up.

To learn more about the Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit, click here.

Questions? Email us at lib-nnlmallofus@uiowa.edu

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