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PNR Weekly Digest: October 20, 2020

Tue, 2020-10-20 10:56

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

DataFlash: Library Carpentry Workshops (October ’20 – January ’21)
The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants. 5 workshops will be offered October 2020 through January 2021…read the full post to learn more and apply.

Red Chair Raffle for Health and Wellness
Learn how the Belgrade Community Library combined a fundraiser with a seasonal fitness program. We thank  Sarah Creech, Adult Services and Cataloging Librarian at Belgrade Community Library in Belgrade, MT, for providing this guest post…read the full post

October is Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month!
Happy October!!! It’s Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month. Will you help us celebrate, and take a shot at some great prizes? Enter an original meme into the #NNLMmeme contest! Learn more about a contest and prizes we have for YOU to celebrate

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 clases and create a free account

Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape: The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work. October 21 at 1:00 p.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 maternal and child health. 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. October 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. Registered

Partnering Together to Support Alzheimer’s Caregivers in Diverse Communities: The Alzheimer’s Association will provide the latest findings from the 2020 Alzheimer’s Association Facts & Figures Report including current prevalence and impact on American families, risk factors, impact on caregivers, and national cost of care. Participants will learn how to access tools and resources to support families impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias and discuss local collaboration opportunities with our 75 chapters nationwide. November 10 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Create Your Own Air Quality Sensor with CanAir.io: Daniel Bernal is an electrical engineer dedicated to the environment as an activist and expert on issues such as wetlands, urban biodiversity and air quality. He focuses on electronic design applied to environmental issues such as recycling and air quality. Bernal is also a member of the CanAir.io group, a citizen network for air quality measurement. November 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. (1.5 MLA CE) Register

Public Programming and NLM Traveling Exhibitions: NLM Traveling Exhibitions are a unique way to connect your patrons to valuable NLM health information resources through related public programming. To support you and your communities when your libraries borrow NLM exhibitions, the Exhibition Program is developing sample programming ideas related to individual exhibition topics. These ideas will help jump start your creative planning. Julie Botnick will discuss how those ideas can be adapted to your situations and ways to develop your own unique programming at this NNLM Resource Picks webinar session. December 2 at 12:00 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.

*REALM Resources for Libraries Operating during COVID-19: In this California Libraries Learn webinar, Sharon Streams, REALM project director for OCLC, will share an update on what is currently known and unknown about the virus, the results of REALM testing thus far, and how to factor scientific information into your local decision making. October 29 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research: Join clinical experts, thought leaders, and advocates for a collaborative discussion on the issues of health disparities, structural racism, and medicine as we examine specific dermatologic diseases in a series of four free and open educational webinars. All sessions run from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. PT. Register for one or all four sessions.

  • Structural Racism and Racial Bias in Medicine: Wednesday, October 28
  • Hair Disorders in People of Color: Thursday, November 12
  • Pigmentary Disorders and Keloids: Wednesday, November 18
  • Covid-19 Comorbidities and Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Diseases in Adults and Children: Wednesday, December 2
News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

“All for One…Health for All: The Role of Open Access, Evidence-Based Information to Improve Health for All Species”, from the NLM Director’s blog

PubMed Clinical Queries Update Coming Soon

NLM RFI on Health Services Research Resources

NCBI Presents Two Online CoLabs at ASHG 2020!

Making Exhibition Connections: New College of Florida

*“Building Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH begins large clinical trial to test immune modulators for treatment of COVID-19

As genome-editing trials become more common, informed consent is changing

VIDEO—Why NIAID Director Dr. Fauci Never Misses a Flu Shot

#ResearchDiversity Day

National Institute on Aging announces awards to foster healthy longevity innovations in low-income settings

*Death certificates may not adequately report dementia as cause of death

Saying YES: Inspiring a Diverse Generation of Cancer Scientists

Large Study Confirms that HPV Vaccine Prevents Cervical Cancer

FYI:

Mountain Pacific Health Science Libraries Conference – Call for Proposals!
Health library organizations within the mountain-pacific region of Canada and the United States have joined together to host the inaugural virtual Mountain Pacific Health Science Libraries Conference (MPHSL), emphasizing the theme of Adapting to Change in Health Librarianship. The Mountain Pacific Health Libraries Conference is open to all working within a health sciences/medical library environment. Deadline to submit is November 15, 2020. 

*REALM test 5 results available
The REALM project has published the results of the fifth round of Battelle’s laboratory testing for infectious COVID-19 virus on four fabrics and leather—materials commonly used for bookbinding, upholstery, and crowd control.  View the results

*One Health: Bringing Health to Humans, Animals, and the Environment
Wondering about animal-to-human diseases? Or human medical conditions related to the environment? Federal experts join health educators to talk about how understanding a One Health approach for human, animal, and environmental health can be helpful for rural healthcare organizations. Read the Rural Monitor posting

Parts of the Cell Animation Resource for the Virtual Classroom
Are you looking for images or animations to update your lesson plans this fall? The “Parts of the Cell” resource is a series of short 3-D videos that journeys into the human cell revealing cell parts such as the nucleus, Golgi body, mitochondria, the endoplasmic reticulum and other organelles. These digital media files are available for educational use by the general public, students, and teachers. “Parts of the Cell” videos and associated images are considered public domain images and may be freely used. Additional credit details can be found on the webpage.

Picture a Scientist
“Picture a Scientist” chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries – including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists – who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. The film is currently available for virtual community screenings, and plans are in progress for broadcast and streaming distribution in the coming months. 

Do Not Use: Black Salve is Dangerous and Called by Many Names
You may have seen websites selling certain salves or creams (commonly known as “black salve”) claiming to treat or cure cancer, boils, moles and skin tags (benign, or non-cancerous, growths of the skin). These claims are false. Salve products containing corrosive ingredients, including black salve, are dangerous and are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat or cure any skin condition, particularly not skin cancer. Learn more about this dangerous salve on the FDA website.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The OWH provides information on Relationships and Safety, W.O.M.A.N. runs a 24-Hour Support Line, including in-depth case management to Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence, and the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence and the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project address domestic violence among Asian American, Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian communities.

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DataFlash: Library Carpentry Workshops (October ’20 – January ’21)

Mon, 2020-10-19 14:32

In partnership with The Carpentries, NNLM’s National Training Office (NTO) are thrilled to bring core lessons of Library Carpentry virtually to NNLM. Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their hands-on, approachable workshops empower people in a variety of roles to use software and data in their own work and support effective, efficient, reproducible practices.

The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants. 5 workshops will be offered October 2020 through January 2021. Applications and more information available here. Questions can be directed to nto@utah.edu.

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Red Chair Raffle for Health and Wellness

Thu, 2020-10-15 09:00

Learn how the Belgrade Public Library combined a fundraiser with a seasonal fitness program. We thank  Sarah Creech, Adult Services and Cataloging Librarian at Belgrade Public Library in Belgrade, MT, for providing this guest post.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been three years since the Belgrade Community Library Foundation hosted a raffle for one of the Virginia City red ski lift chairs from Bridger Bowl, in Bozeman, Montana.  The Virginia City “Red Chairs” were being retired to make way for a new, safer ski lift and folks all across Gallatin County, the state of Montana, and even the United States, wanted a piece of the Bridger Bowl history. The lift was originally put in place in 1978, and served the lower half of the mountain.

Red Chairity flyer

Bridger Bowl Foundation was successful in raising money for their own foundation using the raffle technique and had some extra chairs available for local nonprofit organizations to raffle. Their one stipulation in donating a chair to the Belgrade Community Library Foundation was that the money raised be put towards health and wellness programming and collection development at the Belgrade Community Library.

Two library staff members attended the annual ski swap to promote the “Red Chair” raffle, unfortunately they weren’t allowed to sell tickets. However, it drew a lot of interest in the community which would most likely be interested in owning a beloved “red chair.” There were lots of chuckles at the pun “Red Chair-ity,” which helped keep the staffers toes warm.

Tickets were sold at a cost of one for $20, six for $100 and fourteen for $200, only cash or check could be accepted due to gambling laws in Montana. The drawing was held at the end of the annual Belgrade Festival of Lights on December 9, 2017, this event is essentially a winter party put on throughout the Belgrade community. The winner was chosen by a child in attendance at the festival and when we called to let the winner know he won there was a lot of shouting and “hurrah-ing.” He said he had been trying to win a red chair since they started raffling them off earlier that summer.

library raffle with red chair life and tickets in a raffle container

Since December, 2017 with the over $4,000 the raffle raised, the Belgrade Community Library has put together seasonal fitness at the library programming featuring low impact cardio, gentle yoga, yoga for health aging, a story walk, and more. We started a Get Up and Move program for kids age 2-6 years old and their siblings – so far we’ve held Zumba, Jr, yoga for kids, ballet, and fitness from books. We’ve hosted the basics of ayurveda series with a local doctor of ayurvedic medicine, a program featuring a local author who experimented on himself with several fitness methodologies, and we’ve purchased books and DVDs for the circulating collection.

This raffle and the subsequent funding available for programming inspired the Belgrade Community Library to participate more wholeheartedly with other health and wellness groups in the Gallatin County area. We are now a member of the 5210+ Gallatin coalition, aimed at promoting a health lifestyle for everyone through the 5210+ method: eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, limit non-work or school screen time to 2 hours per day, move your body for 1 hour every day, drink 0 sugar-sweetened beverages every day, and the + is up to you – what will make you healthier – meditation, not smoking or cutting down on tobacco use, getting enough sleep, etc. In case you’re curious to learn more about the coalition visit 5210gallatin.org. For more information about the Belgrade Community Library, to sign up for our monthly newsletter, and to get more information about our ongoing health and wellness programming, visit belgradelibrary.org or our Facebook page

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PNR Weekly Digest: October 13, 2020

Tue, 2020-10-13 11:12

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Now Open! Application process for NLM Traveling Exhibitions
The application process for hosting two new National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibitions, Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health and This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in their Communities is now open.  All submissions must be received by November 6, 2020, 11:59pm, E.S.T.  An announcement of host sites will be made on December 28, 2020 by 5:00pm, EST….Learn more about applying to host an exhibit on the blog

Consumer Health Minute: Health Insurance Marketplace
Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is from November 1 – December 15, 2020. Your library or organization may offer assistance whether for the Health Insurance Marketplace or for any health insurance enrollment. NNLM PNR has gathered some information resources for you to offer your patrons and clientele as they navigate their way…read the blog post for more health insurance information 

October is Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month!
Happy October!!! It’s Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month. Will you help us celebrate, and take a shot at some great prizes? Enter an original meme into the #NNLMmeme contest! Learn more about a contest and prizes we have for YOU to celebrate

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 clases and create a free account

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin?: The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options. We will discuss many of these resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs in your library or organization. This 1 hour, online class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals. October 16 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape: The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work. October 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling: A one-hour introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. In this talk, we’ll look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. October 29 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Library Carpentry Workshop: The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants. 5 workshops will be offered October through January. This course is eligible for 20 continuing education credits through the Medical Library Association. Applications and more information available here.

DNA to Z: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: This webinar class will provide an overview of the history and current state of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, which has become extremely popular in recent years. The differences between ancestry and health testing will be explored. The veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies will be assessed, and concerns and challenges surrounding these tests will be examined. November 20 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.

Spirituality and Mental Health Webinar Series: Understanding the critical intersections of spirituality and mental health can increase the overall effectiveness and quality of treatment across an individual’s continuum of care. Faith leaders and mental health practitioners are working together, developing  strong and successful examples of what can be replicated around the nation. Each session is recorded. All sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. PT.

  • Sept. 29 Spirituality in Treatment: Systemic Treatment Models Bridging Faith and Mental Health Professionals   Watch the YouTube recording
  • Oct. 13 Spirituality and Post-Traumatic Growth: Spirituality as Catalyst for Resilience Register
  • Oct. 27 — Spirituality and Severe Mental Illness: Questions of Recovery versus Purposeful Renewal Register
  • Nov. 10 Spirituality and the Life-time Course of Mental Illness: Support for Patients, Caregivers, and Family by the Faith Community Register
  • Nov. 19 — Spirituality and Relationships: Contributions to Faith and Forgiveness in Recovery Register
  • Dec. 8 Spirituality and Community-wide Crisis: Building Systems to Support Connection and Recovery Register

 Disrupting Whiteness & White Supremacy in the Library: In this free presentation, participants will be taking a look at how whiteness and white supremacy have affected our library systems, and what we can do to be more aware of our internalized oppression(s). Part of the Oregon Reference Summit Presents…October 26 at 2:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about this event and register

Open Science: COVID-19 and Beyond: The landscape of scientific publishing has shifted during the pandemic. Many publishers have made research related to COVID-19 freely available, preprint servers have surged in popularity to share new results ahead of formal publication, journals have expedited their publication processes, and international collaborations have formed to compile the large volume of information being produced. This webinar will explore these changes in scholarly communication and discuss their implications for access to scientific research and evidence synthesis. October 27 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Learn more about this webinar and register

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

“What Health Literacy Outreach Looks Like at NLM”, from the NLM Director’s blog

PubMed Updates and Retirement of the Legacy Site

Request for Information (RFI): Strategic Opportunities and Challenges for the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

A new release of Profiles in Science is now available. This update includes enhanced metadata and functionality to support research and use of Profiles collections.

ISO TA Element Removed from NLM Files

NCBI ALFA: Open-Access to dbGaP Aggregated Allele Frequency for Variant Interpretation

NCBI Datasets now provides downloads of gene data for more than 30 thousand organisms

The Sulfonamide Revolution and Children’s Health Care Delivery in the US

“Give a Man a Fish…” from the NNLM NER blog

“Discussing the Long Arc of Discovery with NIH’s Newest Nobelist”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH RADx initiative advances six new COVID-19 testing technologies

All of Us Research Program Issues Funding Opportunity for New Engagement Partners 

National Institute of General Medical Sciences has just launched a new issue of the Pathways magazine in partnership with Scholastic to help students explore the basics of infectious diseases and investigate why some bacteria and viruses can’t be treated with drugs

FYI:

Act fast: Sewell Stipends for librarians at APHA
The Sewell Stipend is a professional development resource for librarians who work with public health information and public health workers. The Sewell Stipend supports librarians at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association by covering their financial costs and by connecting librarians to peers and mentors. What’s different this year?

  • APHA 2020 is online
  • The timeline is very compressed: applications October 12 – 18, conference October 24-28
  • The application process is simpler: no essay requirement and no mentor requirement
  • At least ten stipends (covering APHA membership and registration) will be awarded by lottery

Click here to get more details about the Sewell Stipend and apply

Genetic Counseling Virtual Career Fair
The first Genetic Counseling Virtual Career Fair, hosted by the Western States Regional Genetic Network, is being held on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Information about genetic counseling careers will be offered by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and exhibit rooms will be live staffed with professionals from 50 masters-level genetic counselor training programs in the U.S. and Canada. Have the opportunity also to chat with genetic counselors and trainees from the Minority Genetic Professionals Network. Times vary per region. Register

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day – October 15
Every year on October 15, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day is observed to address the impact of HIV and AIDS in the Latino community in the United States. Visit our Minority Population Profiles to learn how HIV/AIDS is impacting the Hispanic/Latino community. Help spread awareness and visit both the CDC and  HIV.gov’s website for resources, graphics, tools and more.

Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19
Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio has launched Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19, a digital communication campaign in English and Spanish to help Hispanic/Latino families take action to slow the spread of coronavirus. The campaign features Hispanic/Latino culturally relevant and research-based resources, bilingual fact sheets, infographics and video role model stories.

Sleeve Up to Fight Flu
This season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging everyone to roll their sleeve up for the annual influenza vaccine. By continuing to wear a mask, washing hands often, and getting a flu vaccine we can help stop the spread of flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 this fall and winter season. Additionally, HHS is asking everyone to get vaccinated against the flu by this Halloween and say Boo to the Flu!
According to the CDC:

  • Everyone aged 6 months and older needs a flu vaccine
  • The flu can cause serious complications such as pneumonia
  • Getting a flu vaccine lowers your chances of being hospitalized from the flu
  • Getting a flu vaccine can help save medical resources this fall and winter

Join the CDC in raising awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated by using the hashtag #SleeveUp to #FightFlu on social media and by sharing resources and graphics.

Report: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health & Housing Equity
The American Public Health Association’s Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health & Housing Equity examines how structural racism and discriminatory policies led to housing and health inequality in America for low-income communities and people of color. To equip public health professionals with the tools to address these inequities in their communities, the report outlines numerous ways to advance equitable change in housing equity through policy and advocacy, cross-sector partnerships and community engagement and education.

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Now Open! Application process for NLM Traveling Exhibitions

Tue, 2020-10-13 11:07

The application process for hosting two new National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibitions, Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health and This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in their Communities is now open.

All submissions must be received by November 6, 2020, 11:59pm, E.S.T.  An announcement of host sites will be made on December 28, 2020 by 5:00pm, E.S.T.

To apply for Care and Custody and This Lead is Killing, download the application forms below. Submit your completed application to: NLMExhibitionApplications@nih.gov by November 6, 2020, 11:59pm, E.S.T.

New NLM exhibits, Care and Custody and This Lead is Killing Us

The goal of NLM Traveling Exhibitions is for libraries to highlight, showcase, integrate and share NLM’s health information resources with their audiences, communities, patrons, and colleagues while hosting an NLM traveling banner exhibition.  To learn about the application process for hosting an NLM traveling banner exhibition and for ideas on how your library can engage with NLM health information resources, please visit the webpage, Get Involved: Host NLM Traveling Exhibitions

Join the NLM Traveling Exhibitions listserv to receive notifications for future announcements of when to apply to host an available exhibit.

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Consumer Health Minute: Health Insurance Marketplace

Wed, 2020-10-07 07:55

Calendar with text, "Open Enrollment for 2021 coverage starts November 1"Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is from November 1 – December 15, 2020. Your library or organization may offer assistance whether for the Health Insurance Marketplace or for any health insurance enrollment. NNLM PNR has gathered some information resources for you to offer your patrons and clientele as they navigate their way.

The webinar series, PNR Rendezvous, hosted 2 sessions focusing on health insurance in 2019. The recording links are just below the speakers’ bios.

The Public Library Association has an upcoming webinar, “The ACA and Advancing LGBTQ Health” on October 14 at 11:00 a.m. PT.  Be sure to attend this session which will help educate public library practitioners about available health insurance coverage options, benefits, and special federal protections exclusively for LGBTQ communities.

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PNR Weekly Digest: October 6, 2020

Tue, 2020-10-06 11:12

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

October is Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month!
Happy October!!! It’s Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month. Will you help us celebrate, and take a shot at some great prizes? Enter an original meme into the #NNLMmeme contest! Learn more about a contest and prizes we have for YOU to celebrate

Webinar: Environmental Justice and Community-Engaged Research in Communities of Color
Please join us for NNLM’s first session of the new Emerging Trends and Topics webinar series. Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and low-wealth communities have been shown to host disproportionate numbers of environmental hazards and Locally Undesirable Land Uses (LULUs) including landfills, incinerators, petrochemical operations, refineries, industrial animal operations, among other uses. This webinar will feature Dr. Sacoby Wilson, founder of the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health Lab (CEEJHLab).  The CEEJHLab advances environmental justice through citizen/community science participation. Please join us for NNLM’s first session of the new Emerging Trends and Topics webinar series. Tuesday, October 20 at 11:00 a.m. Alaska Time | 12:00 p.m. PT | 1:00 p.m. MT. Learn more about how to attend this webinar on the blog

NNLM Reading Club Explores Diversity in Medicine in October
For the month of October, the NNLM Reading Club recommends three memoirs that explore the personal experiences of physicians of color. Check the blog post to learn more about the selected books and their authors for this month’s selection.

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 clases and create a free account

Library Carpentry Workshop Information Session: Learn about upcoming opportunities to participate in online Library Carpentry workshops in an informational session hosted by members of the Library Carpentry community, and The Carpentries Executive Director, Dr. Kari L. Jordan. October 8 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers: This class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community. Class runs from October 19 – November 15 on the Moodle platform. (8 MLA CE) Register

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library: Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. November 13 – December 11 on the Moodle platform as an asynchronous class. (4 MLA CE) Register

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources: This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified. December 17 at 12:00 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.

Interventions in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: In the Yup’ik community in Alaska, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) – supported researchers and Yup’ik community leaders are collaborating to create and assess culturally compatible preventive interventions for alcohol use disorder and suicide in 12- to 18-year-olds. NIAAA will host a webinar using this project as a case study for creating similarly tailored interventions for American Indian and Alaska Native communities across the United States. The project utilizes history and culture as organizing principles for substance use prevention efforts with youth in indigenous communities. Join the Substance Abuse Prevention for Youth in Indigenous Communities webinar on October 8 at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Exploring SRA Metadata with AWS Athena and a new dataset for SARS-CoV-2: Join this NCBI webinar to learn how to use Athena on AWS to quickly search Sequence Read Archive (SRA) in the cloud to speed up your bioinformatic research and discovery projects and to explore a new SRA SARS-CoV-2 dataset. In this webinar, we’ll introduce you to a way to search SRA submitter-supplied metadata and the results of SRA taxonomic analysis with the native AWS tool, Athena, which explores cloud-based data tables using SQL-like queries. You’ll see a real-world case study demonstrating how to find key information about SRA runs and identify data sets for your own analysis pipelines. October 14 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

Housing is a Human Right: The American Public Health Association is hosting the webinar series, Advancing Racial Equity, to give an in-depth look at racism as a driving force of the social determinants of health and equity. This series is exploring efforts to address systems, policies and practices designed to limit and shape opportunities for people of color. Session 5 focused on housing will be held October 14 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

The ACA and Advancing LGBTQ Health: This free PLA webinar will help educate public library practitioners about available health insurance coverage options, benefits, and special federal protections exclusively for LGBTQ communities during the Open Enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2020 for plans that start Jan. 1. 2021). It will also cover Special Enrollment Period eligibility for people who have experienced lifetime events, such as losing a job or having a baby. October 21 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

One Step at a Time: How Libraries Can Promote Healthy, Thriving, and Livable Communities: This WebJunction webinar will highlight the multiple benefits of walking and walkable communities and how libraries can help lead community efforts. October 22 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

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

“Congratulations, AAHSL Fellows!”, from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM Classification Updated, September 30, 2020

*The latest in COVID-19 related human gene annotation now in NCBI RefSeq and Gene

NLM is investigating the use of the NLM Catalog, which shares many features with LocatorPlus and is inviting regular users of the NLM catalog to participate in a short survey to help determine the important features used frequently. The survey takes about 5 minutes and will close after 200 responses have been received

Request for Information (RFI): Information and Data Resources Needed by the Health Services Research Community for Research and Practice, deadline to submit is November 6, 2020

*“COVID-19 Can Damage Hearts of Some College Athletes”, from the NIH Director’s blog

The October issue of NIH News in Health includes an article on the imperfect process of science, caffeine and the brain, and more

NIH launches maternal mortality initiative

NIH INCLUDE Project, Addressing Critical Health Needs of People with Down Syndrome

*National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Animations Explain How COVID-19 Affects the Heart, Lungs and Blood

The Human Genome Project turns the big 3-0!

Telehealth: Improving Dementia Care

*NIH to assess and expand COVID-19 testing for underserved communities

NIH updates comprehensive resource to address college drinking

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month, do you know how loud is too loud?

About 14% of cerebral palsy cases may be tied to brain wiring genes

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

Celebrate Health Literacy This October
Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations, advocates, and individuals to promote the importance of making health information understandable for everyone. In the spirit of Health Literacy Month this October, PLA is highlighting a suite of free tools and resources to public libraries to build awareness of health issues, prevention, training opportunities, and more to help advance their community’s health and work to eradicate (health) information poverty. Here are some ways to observe from the Public Library Association:

Promotoras de Salud Our Bodies Ourselves Guide
The Our Bodies Ourselves, Spanish-language Guía de capacitación para promotoras de salud aims to provide Hispanics/Latinas and immigrant women with a family focused, woman-centered and culture-specific teaching guide for community health education. The guide covers topics such as sexuality and reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, violence against women, mental health and childbearing.

Report: Left Out – Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved Communities
The House Committee on Ways and Means released the report, Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved Communities. This report analyzes the barriers to health care in racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities. It discusses the challenges associated with scalable and sustainable solutions. The report also examines how racial bias, economic inequality, geographic coverage deficiencies and structural environmental factors adversely affect health.

Public Libraries Awarded Funding to Encourage Affordable Care Act Enrollment
Last month PLA announced awardees for its third year of the Libraries Connecting You to Coverage initiative. New to the initiative this year, PLA has awarded 19 libraries $1,000 to support their organization in becoming a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization (CDO) and certifying at least one staff member and/or volunteer as a Certified Application Counselor (CAC). 13 libraries have received $1,000 to support efforts to increase communication, awareness and education about the upcoming Open Enrollment period, 8 of which also received funding to become CDOs! Congratulations to Soldotna Public Library (AK) as an awardee!

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Webinar: Environmental Justice and Community-Engaged Research in Communities of Color

Fri, 2020-10-02 17:08

Please join us for NNLM’s first session of the new Emerging Trends and Topics webinar series.
Tuesday, October 20 at 11:00 a.m. Alaska Time | 12:00 p.m. PT | 1:00 p.m. MT

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and low-wealth communities have been shown to host disproportionate numbers of environmental hazards and Locally Undesirable Land Uses (LULUs) including landfills, incinerators, petrochemical operations, refineries, industrial animal operations, among other uses. This proportionate burden is known as environmental injustice which is caused by racism embedded in our social, economic, planning, and environmental policies. These LULUs emit pollutants to the air, water, and soil that can have deleterious effects on the environment and human health. Studies have shown that host communities experience higher rates of asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and also COVID-19 cases.

This webinar will feature Dr. Sacoby Wilson, founder of the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health Lab (CEEJHLab).  The CEEJHLab advances environmental justice through citizen/community science participation.

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Define environmental justice
  • Apply the environmental justice framework to everyday issues
  • Identify different types of community engaged research approaches
  • Discuss how these approaches can be used in communities with air pollution problems.

Attending either the live or the recorded session provides 1 Medical Library Association CE. Register for  this important webinar, “Environmental Justice & Community-Engaged Research in Communities of Color” 

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NNLM Reading Club Explores Diversity in Medicine in October

Wed, 2020-09-30 11:24

“For I know that diversity is important, not based just on gender, or your race or ethnicity, but your unique experiences, your perspectives and solutions that you bring to the table. … Don’t shy away from your experiences, your challenges, your joys. Yes, they are wonderfully complicated, but they shape who you are.”  ~Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, President and Dean of Morehouse School of Medicine [1]

 About 13 percent of the U.S. population identify as Black or African American, but only 5 percent of active physicians do. Eighteen percent of people list themselves as Hispanic or Latino while the representation among doctors is less than 6 percent. [2] [3] In order to talk about diversity and equity in health care, we must also discuss diversity and equity in the medical profession.

For the month of October, the NNLM Reading Club recommends three memoirs that explore the personal experiences of physicians of color.

Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon by Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD l Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflection on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD l The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper, MD

Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon by Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, traces the author’s journey from child in a Mexican village to migrant farmworker in California to brain surgeon and researcher. Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflection on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD, looks at how both Black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. Finally, The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper, MD, recounts the experiences of an African American emergency room doctor amid personal struggles that include her history with an abusive father and racial conflict faced in the ER ward.

To learn more about these books and their authors and to find related information from the National Library of Medicine and other authoritative sources, visit NNLM Reading Club’s Racism and Health: Diversity in Medicine. 

[1] Rappleye, E. (2018, June 4). Eight inspiring quotes from 2018 medical school graduation speeches. Retrieved September 28, 2020, from Becker’s Hospital Review.

[2] U.S. Census Bureau. ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates. Retrieved September 28, 2020, from United States Census Bureau.

[3] Association of American Medical Colleges. Diversity in Medicine: Facts and Figures 2019. Retrieved September 28, 2020, from AAMC.

 

 

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PNR Weekly Digest: September 29, 2020

Tue, 2020-09-29 11:25

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

*Announcing *new* NNLM PNR Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 Health Information Outreach
The NNLM PNR is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a *new* COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award. Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are eligible to receive up to $15,000 to pilot and/or develop programs that address community health needs resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic. If you plan to submit a proposal, please email a brief statement of intent no later than Friday, October 16. Deadline to apply is October 30…read the blog post for more information

October is Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month!
Please join the NNLM in celebrating Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month!  Learn more about a contest and prizes we have for YOU to celebrate

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 clases and create a free account

PubMed Central®: Join the NNLM Resource Picks session focusing on PubMed Central. PubMed Central (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). September 30 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

25 Years of Occupational Safety and Health in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: The Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education: Year after year, agriculture ranks among the most hazardous work sectors in the U.S. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed an extensive agricultural safety and health program to address the high risks of injuries and illnesses experienced by workers and families in agriculture. Through cooperative agreements, NIOSH supports extramural research and prevention programs at university centers in 10 states. The SW Ag Center was created at the University of Texas Health Science Center. This presentation will give an overview of the SW Ag Center and a history of the research and outreach undertaken over the last 25 years. October 14 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Environmental Justice & Community-Engaged Research in Communities of Color: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and low-wealth communities have been shown to host disproportionate numbers of environmental hazards and Locally Undesirable Land Uses (LULUs) including landfills, incinerators, petrochemical operations, refineries, industrial animal operations, among other uses. This proportionate burden is known as environmental injustice which is caused by racism embedded in our social, economic, planning, and environmental policies. In this presentation, the speaker will talk about how community-engaged research approaches including community-university partnerships, public science, citizen science, and community-owned and managed research (COMR) can be used to study and address these issues. October 20 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape: The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work. October 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Rural Health Resources: This webinar will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities. We will explore websites from the National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Rural Health Information Hub and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. November 19 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Better On The Outside After Being Inside – Improving Health Literacy and Self-Care For Incarcerated Persons: This presentation describes findings from an Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities project, funded by the National Library of Medicine. The project aims to engage justice-involved individuals with health education to enhance their knowledge and use of health services and resources. This project won the Frank Bradway Rogers Health Information Advancement Award from the Medical Library Association in 2020. Join the PNR Rendezvous session to learn more about this award winning project. December 9 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.

Racial Healing for Ourselves, Our Communities and Our Future: Attend webinar #4 in the American Public Health Association’s Advancing Racial Equity webinar series. September 29 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PT. Register

*Collections and Facilities: Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19: Join the WebJunction webinar from the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project to hear how some organizations are implementing policies and procedures around the use of these various treatments and considerations that could inform your own local decisions. You’ll also hear an update on REALM testing efforts and the development of project resources. October 8 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

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

*“The Science of SARS-CoV-2 Testing: What Tests Are Available and What This May Mean for You”, from the NLM Director’s blog

The NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center (NACC) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for short-term outreach projects that focus on bringing HIV/AIDS health information resources to consumers. Awarded projects will start on November 9, 2020 and run through April 30, 2021. The maximum funding per award is $16,593.50. The application due date is October 30, 2020

New central webpage with information about NLM Traveling Exhibitions, Get Involved: Host NLM Traveling Exhibitions, with information on programming ideas and how to apply including the 2 new exhibits, Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health and This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in their Communities, these will be available to apply starting October 13

Director Jones: Laying the Foundation for the National Library of Medicine

NLM Launches a new Traveling Exhibition and Online Exhibition

Data Roadmap, Curated data information, tools, and resources for librarian professional development that are organized across five different levels of data expertise

*“How COVID-19 Took Hold in North America and Europe”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*Fourth large-scale COVID-19 vaccine trial begins in the United States

*New Alliance Tackles COVID-19 Disparities, Learn about community engagement efforts to listen to and learn from those hardest-hit by the pandemic

*NIH expands clinical trials to test convalescent plasma against COVID-19

High blood pressure awareness and treatment declining

*Scientists Discover Genetic and Immunologic Underpinnings of Some Cases of Severe COVID-19

The Case for Making Data as Open as Possible

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Biological Data Science Codeathon, apply by Oct. 19

All of Us Research Program Issues Funding Opportunity for New Engagement Partners, deadline is November 23, informational webinar is October 5

Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

National Hispanic Heritage Month
It is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the contributions and histories of the Hispanic and Latino communities. During this observance, HRSA shines a light on the generosity of Hispanic and Latino organ donors, and the lives saved by their selfless gifts. We also raise awareness of the more than 22,000 Hispanics and Latinos waiting for a life-saving organ. The success of a transplant is often greater when organs are matched between people of the same racial or ethnic background. So, the more of us who register, the better the chance that those on the waiting list will find the right match. Share the gift of life during National Hispanic Heritage Month by joining the 165 million people in the U.S. who have already signed up to be organ, eye, and tissue donors. To sign up, visit organdonor.gov or donaciondeorganos.gov.

*Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for grant funding to help them address issues of concern in their communities. Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Grants will be awarded in two waves in 2020 and 2021. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 2, 2020.

APHA’s Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series: Discussion Guide (Part I)
The American Public Health Association now has a discussion guide to accompany their Advancing Racial Equity webinar series to help use the webinars to initiate or deepen anti-racism efforts in your organizations, schools and communities.

  • a summary of each webinar
  • pre-webinar reflection questions
  • post-webinar discussion questions
  • an activity
  • resources for each webinar

Learn more about both the webinar series and the guide on the APHA website

Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit
This toolkit compiles emerging practices and resources to support rural communities seeking to build community paramedicine and mobile integrated health programs across the United States. This toolkit presents practical strategies that can help rural communities build successful community paramedicine programs. In particular, it focuses on existing programs that have successfully provided rural community paramedicine services. It also offers guidance for implementation, evaluation, dissemination, and sustainability.

FDA’s Food and Cosmetics Information Center Answers Your Questions
FDA’s Food and Cosmetic Information Center (FCIC) answers questions about nutrition and the safety and labeling of food, dietary supplements and cosmetics.

*‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids with Autism Learn to Wear Face Masks
Sesame Street’ is working to help kids with autism adapt to wearing face masks and other realities of living through a pandemic” with an online initiative featuring muppet Julia, who has autism. A series of videos shows “Julia going on a virtual playdate with Elmo, practicing wearing a face mask during a video call with her dad and learning to deal with changes as she visits the park for the first time in a long time. Read the Disability Scoop article for more information

*Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused healthcare providers to change how they operate to continue to provide essential services to patients. Ensuring immunization services are maintained or reinitiated is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks and reducing the burden of respiratory illness during the upcoming influenza season. Visit the CDC website for more information

*COVID-19 Fact Sheets in multiple languages
The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project, in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing, has created COVID-19 Fact Sheets in over thirty languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Amharic and more.

Health Campaign: The Race to 200M
The American Nurses Association and Sanofi Pasteur Race to 200M campaign is designed to ignite urgency around flu vaccination, especially among the 200 million Americans at most risk for the complications of flu: people over the age of 50 and people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease and diabetes. The campaign emphasizes the importance of helping to protect against flu during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Weekly Digest: September 22, 2020

Tue, 2020-09-22 13:26

Weekly Digest – September 22nd, 2020

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

DataFlash: Library Carpentry Workshops with NNLM (Informational Session)

The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants. Library Carpentry<https://librarycarpentry.org/about/> focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and…read more about Library Carpentry Workshops on the blog

October is Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month!

Please join the NNLM in celebrating Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month!  Learn about a contest and prizes we have for YOU to celebrate!

Announcing *new* NNLM PNR Funding Opportunity for COVID Health Information Outreach
During the COVID-19 pandemic, communities have a greater need than ever for access to high-quality electronic information resources, and the NNLM PNR wants to help. Learn about a *new* NNLM PNR COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award.

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

Operationalizing the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance in Research Data Management: Learn more about how CARE principles apply to FAIR data sharing principles as you learn more about responsible data sharing with the co-founder of the Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA), Dr. Stephanie Russo-Carroll.  Join this innovative webinar session on September 24th at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

#CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training: This October, join the Network of the National Library of Medicine for the Fall 2020 #CiteNLM Edit-a-thon as we add citations to Wikipedia articles on maternal & child health using trusted National Library of Medicine resources LactMed, MedlinePlus, PubMed, and more. To prepare, join this hands-on training session. September 25 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Citizen Science and Libraries – Advance Alzheimer’s Research Online Presentation and Q&A:  Citizen Science and Libraries is a 4-part webinar series that feature citizen science knowledge experts who will speak about their respective citizen science projects.  Join Dr. Pietro Michelucci discuss and explain the very popular citizen science project “Stall Catchers” on September 30th at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE)  Register

The Charts are Off: Approaches to Ethical Decision-Making in Data Visualization:  Learn how to make your data visualizations more ethical and transparent.  Join NYU’s Fred LaPolla and Nicole Contaxis on October 22nd at 11:00 a.m. PT.  (1 MLA CE) Register

How PubMed® Works: How PubMed Works is a series of four 90-minute classes presented via WebEx. The individual classes are:

October 1, How PubMed Works: Introduction
October 8, How PubMed Works: Selection
October 15, How PubMed Works: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
October 22, How PubMed Works: ATM (Automatic Term Mapping)

Register for each class separately. Each class is eligible for 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Additional Educational Opportunities:

These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

Systematic Searching: Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency: Are you struggling with ever-more complicated systematic review searches? Do you have a basic knowledge of Boolean operators, thesaurus terms, and syntax and want to raise your search game? This webinar will give you guidance on creating high-quality searches in a faster way. Bramer and associates have taught his method at several filled-to-capacity annual meeting courses. NNLM PNR will provide access for our network members to this Medical Library Association webinar with limited number of CE availability. Please contact us at nnlmpnr@uw.edu for access. September 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about the webinar at the MLA website

Focus on Aging: Federal Partners’ Webinar Series: This webinar series will address important topics for public health and health care professionals, aging services organizations, the research community, and other stakeholders in aging. The series is a joint project of four of the federal agencies that support the health and wellness of older adults in the U.S. In addition to general topics of interest for older adults and those who work with them, each webinar will include information specific to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, as well as their caregivers. First session is on Social Isolation and Loneliness, Sept. 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about the series

One Step at a Time: How Libraries Can Promote Healthy, Thriving, and Livable Communities: This WebJunction webinar will highlight the multiple benefits of walking and walkable communities and how libraries can help lead community efforts. October 22 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

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

Women in Tech at NIH: Togetherness Enables Transformation

MedlinePlus to Become the NLM Home for Information in Multiple Languages

*NIH funds community engagement research efforts in areas hardest hit by COVID-19

*NIH awards contracts to develop innovative digital health technologies for COVID-19

Vaping, marijuana use in 2019 rose in college-age adults

NIH public-private partnership to advance early interventions for schizophrenia

*Dr. Collins joins ABC News’ Vaccine Watch to provide an update on COVID-19 vaccine developments

New CDC data finds adult obesity is increasing

*Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup for September 21, 2020

*Healthcare Workers: N95 and Other Respirators

*COVID-19 Contact Tracing Communications Toolkit for Health Departments

*Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning: Plan, Prepare, and Respond

*Monitoring and Evaluation Checklist for K-12 Schools

*Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Schools and Childcare Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond

FYI:

*Contact Tracing
The CDC has created a Contact Tracing webpage that includes guidance, resources for health departments, a COVIDTracer Tool, training, FAQs and a communications toolkit. The CDC has also released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that provides data on COVID-19 among American Indian and Alaska Native Persons – 23 States, January 31-July 3, 2020

*Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has compiled a list of resources on Food Safety and COVID-19 that includes information for consumers, retail food establishments, the food service industry, food facilities and farms. Resources are available in English and Spanish.

 

 

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October is Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month!

Tue, 2020-09-22 13:16

Please join the NNLM in celebrating Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month! To celebrate, we have a contest for YOU.

Who Can Participate?

All NNLM PNR members – if you’re not a member and wish to join, you can do so here.

What Do I Have to Do?

For the month of October, we want you to share with us health memes, created by YOU! Here’s how you can create one:

  1. Select one of the images below or use a free stock image from Pixabay, Unsplash, or other source.
    1. No copyrighted images will be accepted.
    2. Twitter images should be a width/height: minimum 600 x 335 pixels to maximum 1200 x 675. The aspect ratio should be 16:9 with a maximum image size of 15mb for Twitter.
    3. Facebook images should be at a maximum 1200 x 630 pixels.
  2. Create your health meme. You can use a free service such as imgflip to create your meme.

Names of players will be entered into a lottery for a prize listed below.  Each individual can submit THREE different health themed memes to get three chances at winning! Start NOW and submit through October 31st!

Looking for Inspiration?

Feel free to use one of these images (full sizes available via the links) to create a health meme if you are unable to find a free image:

mona lisa wearing a mask owl looking shocked and angry skeleton holding fingers to chin pensively

How Should I Share My Meme?

  • Start sharing now until October 31st via your Twitter of Facebook accounts.
  • Make sure that your post is “viewable for the public” so that we can see your submission.
  • Be sure to tag @NNLMPNR on Facebook or Twitter and include #NNLMmeme in your post.
  • We’ll reshare your post so that others can see your creativity!
  • Tag your library or organization too in your social media post!

Don’t want to use your own social media account? E-mail your Health Meme to Maddie Romansic directly who will share it on our Social Media account and credit you with your submission.

What Do I Get?

If you are in the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region (AK, ID, MT, OR, and WA), you can select one of the following continuing education and professional development opportunities:

  • Take The Inclusive Manager’s Toolkit, a 10-week online course for anyone in a formal or informal leadership or managerial role who wants to have inclusive and practical tools for maximizing workforce performance.
  • Select a conference registration or continuing education opportunity (virtual or in-person) of your choice, up to $1,750 for one person.

If you select a continuing education option, registration must be completed by March 31, 2021.

When Will Winners Be Announced?

We will have a drawing in the first week of November. Winners will be notified by e-mail and we’ll share the name of our award winners on social media!

Thank you for all you do to promote health literacy in the PNR region – Keep up the great work!

 

 

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Announcing *new* NNLM PNR Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 Health Information Outreach

Tue, 2020-09-22 11:57

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, communities have a greater need than ever for access to high-quality electronic information resources, and the NNLM PNR wants to help.

The NNLM PNR is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a *new* COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award.

Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are eligible to receive up to $15,000 to pilot and/or develop programs that address community health needs resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic. This also includes tools and training to manage information overload or combat misinformation.

At least five (5) COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Awards are available, and applications are due October 30, 2020.

If you plan to submit a proposal, please email a brief statement of intent no later than Friday, October 16. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to nnlm@uw.edu.

Visit the link below for more complete information on the award and how you can apply today!

COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award

Programming ideas you might propose could include (but are not limited to) virtual or in-person* programming such as:

  • health fairs
  • exhibits
  • classes
  • story times
  • development of toolkits
  • train-the-trainer sessions or bootcamps
  • guest speakers for webinars or online lectures

*Dependent on your state, county, and institution’s policies on gatherings and travel, it may be prudent to have contingency plans with alternative virtual programming.

You can also propose to expand e-services and distance programming through enhanced technology, such as (but not limited to):

  • equipping librarians or community health workers with mobile technologies to aid in providing remote instruction
  • installing high speed or broadband access to the Internet in areas where Internet is not presently available
  • Upgrading a slow dial-up Internet connection to a higher speed connection such as cable or broadband
  • Piloting a new distance learning software program or system

Preference will be given to proposals supporting NIH-designated U.S. health disparity populations as defined under the Evaluation Criteria section in the RFP.

We look forward to your ideas and hope to see proposals from all 5 states of the NNLM PNR, which includes AK, ID, MT, OR, and WA!

If you have a question, please drop us a line (nnlm@uw.edu). We welcome all questions and input.

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DataFlash: Library Carpentry Workshops with NNLM (Informational Session)

Fri, 2020-09-18 16:18

The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants.

Library Carpentry<https://librarycarpentry.org/about/> focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower participants and enable data-driven discovery. Those with some experience will also benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. To see some great examples of how you might use and apply these new skills, check out LibraryCarpentry.org. <https://librarycarpentry.org/audience/>

In addition to participating in Library Carpentry workshops, NNLM members will also have the opportunity to receive training to become instructors<https://librarycarpentry.org/get_involved/#Host> for Library Carpentry.

To learn more about these opportunities, we invite you to attend an informational session hosted by members of the Library Carpentry community, and The Carpentries Executive Director, Dr. Kari L. Jordan.

Join NTO Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11AM Pacific / 12PM Mountain/ 1PM Central/ 2 PM Eastern.

Register here<https://nnlm.gov/class/library-carpentry-workshop-information-session/27637> for the session. Session recording will be distributed to all registrants.

Information on applications and workshop dates will be available soon.

Contact nto@utah.edu for more information.

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PNR Weekly Digest: September 15, 2020

Tue, 2020-09-15 11:56

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Wildfires in the Northwest
The states of Oregon and Washington are plagued by major wildfires and smoke this summer.  Learn about resources on response and recovery, smoke inhalation, fire and smoke hotspots, coping, and more-– from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Resources Center and other agencies and organizations.

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

Effective Health Communication and Health Literacy: Understanding the Connection: This introductory class to health literacy and health communication will help you understand and raise your awareness of the complexity of these concepts. We will define health literacy today, identify various types of literacy, explore how communication and health literacy affects how a person manages and makes health care decisions. October 6 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

HESPA II 2020 Curricular Mapping for Advancing Health Education Specialist Professionals Webinar: The New HESPA II 2020 Curricular Mapping for Advancing Health Education Specialist (HESPA) Professionals Webinar, is a one hour webinar for any public health professional who would like to learn how to map Health Education curriculum to the new HESPA II 2020 competencies. October 8 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

NLM Drug Information Resources: The National Library of Medicine provides a variety of resources to locate the most up-to-date information on drugs. This one-hour webinar designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists will provide an overview of locating relevant consumer and clinical drug information, as well as normalized names for clinical drugs. The session will include interactive audience participation with hands-on exercises, polls, and discussion. October 13 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape: The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work. October 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The goal of this class is to increase the understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. You will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies. Class runs from Nov. 2 – Dec. 11. (8 MLA CE) Register

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

Health Disparities: The Core Paradox: The Cross Cultural Health Care Program webinar will explore how poor health outcomes can occur when the needs of patients diverge from traditional Western medicine. September 16 at 3:00 p.m. PT. Register

Economic Inequality and Health: Join this free NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) lecture by former director of NIEHS on September 21 at 8:00 a.m. PT. Learn more about how to attend

Secrets of the Super Searchers: Turbocharge your Federal Government information reference skills! Join Super Searcher Chris Brown, long-time depository coordinator at the University of Denver, Main Library, as he shows you his search strategies to answer the toughest Federal Government information reference questions. Chris literally wrote the book on Federal Government information reference with his new book, “Mastering United States Government Information: Sources and Services.” September 22 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

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

“A 21st-Century Approach to Health Services Research: NLM Moves Forward with You in Mind”, from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM seeks comment on strategic opportunities and challenges, through Oct. 19

Darkening Day: Air Pollution Films and Environmental Awareness, 1960–1972

Coming Soon: NLM Classification Redesign

MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing Activities for 2021 MeSH

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021, deadline to apply is Sept. 25

*”Genome Data Help to Track COVID-19 Superspreading Event”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*Testimony on Vaccines: Saving Lives, Ensuring Confidence, and Protecting Public Health

*NIH ACTIV initiative launches adaptive clinical trials of blood-clotting treatments for COVID-19

Access to the COVID-19 Data Analytics Platform Now Open

*Tiffany Haddish interviews Dr. Fauci about COVID-19, view on YouTube

September is National Recover Month, visit the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for resources

FYI:

Parts of the Cell Animation Resource for the Virtual Classroom
Are you looking for images or animations to update your lesson plans this fall? The “Parts of the Cell” resource is a series of short 3-D videos that journeys into the human cell revealing cell parts such as the nucleus, Golgi body, mitochondria, the endoplasmic reticulum and other organelles. These digital media files are available for educational use by the general public, students, and teachers. “Parts of the Cell” videos and associated images are considered public domain images and may be freely used. Additional credit details can be found on the webpage.

*Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness
The Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness resource aims to provide the most up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge. The resources span a wide range of healthcare settings (EMS, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care) and cover a broad array of topics ranging from behavioral health to healthcare operations to telehealth.

*Learning Community: The HHS Telemedicine Hack
To support the wide adoption of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has partnered with the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico and the Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN Learning Network to deliver Telemedicine Hack, a free, virtual peer-to-peer learning community to accelerate telemedicine implementation. September 16 and 23, 7:00 a.m. PT, Virtual. Register

*COVID-19 Podcasts
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Public Health Review podcast recently aired an episode on Addressing Rural Health Disparities in a Pandemic, and the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) has developed a new podcast series to update the public on the latest scientific information from CDC’s COVID-19 response: the MMWR Weekly COVID-19 Briefing.

2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
The CDC has released the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) 2019 Results and Data. The YRBSS monitors several categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including unintentional injuries, violence, unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, inadequate physical activity and asthma.

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Wildfires in the Northwest

Mon, 2020-09-14 20:37

On September 11, FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oregon to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by wildfires beginning on Sept. 8, 2020, and continuing.  Per a FEMA press release, “Many Oregonians are suffering right now, whether displaced themselves or worried about loved ones, friends, neighbors, homes, and communities,” said Governor Kate Brown. “We’re working collaboratively to throw everything we can at this crisis, bringing together local, state, and federal capacity.  We are doing everything we can to ensure that our heroic firefighters working around the clock to save lives and homes have the tools, resources, and support they need.”

In Washington state, major wildfires throughout the state remain active.  As to Idaho, though a handful of mostly small wildfires are burning, it is a relatively mild wildfire season so far in the panhandle state.

The NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has a comprehensive health information guide on wildfires with many resources to assist with response and recovery, including smoke inhalation, burns, safety, cleanup and recovery, and coping.

Below is a select list of information from federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Key Pacific Northwest Resources

Key National Resources

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PNR Weekly Digest: September 8, 2020

Tue, 2020-09-08 11:28

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Consumer Health Minute: MedlinePlus Genetics
Genetics Home Reference has now become part of MedlinePlus and is available in the “Genetics” section. Just like the resource, Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus includes over more than 1,300 genetic conditions and 1,475 genes, all of the human chromosomes…read more about MedlinePlus Genetics on the blog

NNLM Reading Club Explores Environmental Health
Your health is a product of your genetics, lifestyle and environment. This month the NNLM Reading Club examines the third component of that critical trio. September’s Reading Club selections will spur conversations on environmental health with reliable and provocative information…learn more about the September book selections 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

NNLM Reading Club Presents…We Live for the We with Dani McClain: Join authors Dani McClain and Andrea Collier as they discuss McClain’s book, We Live for the We: the Political Power of Black Motherhood. We hope you will join us for this important conversation which will be livestreamed on YouTube and NNLM PNR’s Facebook Page. September 22 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Learn more about this event on the Reading Club Presents webpage

#CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training: This October, join the Network of the National Library of Medicine for the Fall 2020 #CiteNLM Edit-a-thon as we add citations to Wikipedia articles on maternal & child health using trusted National Library of Medicine resources LactMed, MedlinePlus, PubMed, and more. To prepare, join this hands-on training session. September 25 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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. Moodle course runs from October 5 – November 2. (8 MLA CE) Register

How PubMed® Works: How PubMed Works is a series of four 90-minute classes presented via WebEx. The individual classes are:

  • October 1, How PubMed Works: Introduction
  • October 8, How PubMed Works: Selection
  • October 15, How PubMed Works: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
  • October 22, How PubMed Works: ATM (Automatic Term Mapping)

Register for each class separately. Each class is eligible for 1.5 MLA CE credits.

*Connections: Virtual Anti-loneliness Programs in the time of COVID-19: Loneliness and social isolation are rampant in America, according to many experts. We have many virtual friends, but few in reality. COVID-19 has exacerbated this problem. While many of the programs outlined are designed for in-person, there are ways public libraries can help combat loneliness even in a remote fashion. The Oceanside Library has created a program to combat social isolation/loneliness. The program, Connections, crosses all demographics and includes passive as well as active programming. October 7 at 12:00 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.

SAMHSA’s 2020 National Recovery Month Webinar Series: National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. In observance, SAMHSA is offering weekly webinars during September, focusing on recovery. Learn more about each session and register

*Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities: Attend this virtual symposium hosted by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health to learn what national, state, tribal, and local experts are doing to lead efforts at all levels to confront the pandemic. Continuing education credit hours (CECH) for professionals who are Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) or Master CHES (MCHES) will be available. If interested in receiving credits, please provide your full name and CHES ID number to virtualsym_CEUs@minorityhealth.hhs.gov, September 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PT.  Register for the symposium

Systematic Searching: Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency: Are you struggling with ever-more complicated systematic review searches? Do you have a basic knowledge of Boolean operators, thesaurus terms, and syntax and want to raise your search game? This webinar will give you guidance on creating high-quality searches in a faster way. Bramer and associates have taught his method at several filled-to-capacity annual meeting courses. NNLM PNR will provide access for our network members to this Medical Library Association webinar with limited number of CE availability. Please contact us at nnlmpnr@uw.edu for access. September 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about the webinar at the MLA website

Focus on Aging: Federal Partners’ Webinar Series: This webinar series will address important topics for public health and health care professionals, aging services organizations, the research community, and other stakeholders in aging. The series is a joint project of four of the federal agencies that support the health and wellness of older adults in the U.S. In addition to general topics of interest for older adults and those who work with them, each webinar will include information specific to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, as well as their caregivers. First session is on Social Isolation and Loneliness, Sept. 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about the series

One Step at a Time: How Libraries Can Promote Healthy, Thriving, and Livable Communities: This WebJunction webinar will highlight the multiple benefits of walking and walkable communities and how libraries can help lead community efforts. October 22 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

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

*“Why Testing is the Key to Getting Back to Normal”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Genetics Home Reference Merged into MedlinePlus

*“Citizen Scientists Take on the Challenge of Long-Haul COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

#NationalYogaMonth Livestream: The Science and Practice of Yoga, September 29

*NIH Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) now accepting microbe tests including SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 tests

The September issue of NIH News in Health is now available with articles on Sickle Cell Anemia, TMJ, and more

Attend the 4th Annual DeBakey lecture September 9 at 11:00 a.m. PT, “DeBakey in Baghdad and Beirut: The Internationalization of Surgical Education, 1945–1970”

*Phase 3 Clinical Testing in the US of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Begins

*NIH continues to boost national COVID-19 testing capacity

YouTube video about NIH Scientist Launch Game® App Propels Students into Health Research

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Contact Tracing
The CDC has created a Contact Tracing webpage that includes guidance, resources for health departments, a COVIDTracer Tool, training, FAQs and a communications toolkit. The CDC has also released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that provides data on COVID-19 among American Indian and Alaska Native Persons – 23 States, January 31-July 3, 2020

*REALM Project Test 4 Results Available
As part of the REALM Project’s research, Battelle has conducted four natural attenuation studies to provide information on how long the virus may survive on materials common to archives, libraries, and museums. The studies were conducted by applying the virulent SARS-CoV-2 virus on five materials held at standard room temperature (68°F to 75°F) and relative humidity conditions (30 to 50 percent). Learn more about these test results on the WebJunction blog

Maternal Mortality Campaign: Hear Her
The CDC has released the Hear Her campaign, which brings attention to maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. Hear Her seeks to raise awareness of potentially life-threatening warning signs during and in the year after pregnancy and encourages the people supporting pregnant and postpartum women to really listen and take action when she expresses concerns. The campaign page is available in English and Spanish.

First One Hundred Collection
The First One Hundred Institute, in collaboration with Unite for Literacy, has developed a collection of children’s picture books created especially for AI/AN communities. The books are narrated in a variety of indigenous languages and English, providing additional support for emergent readers and speakers. The collection includes COVID-19 guides for AI/AN families. Learn more about the collection

*Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has compiled a list of resources on Food Safety and COVID-19 that includes information for consumers, retail food establishments, the food service industry, food facilities and farms. Resources are available in English and Spanish.

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Consumer Health Minute: MedlinePlus Genetics

Fri, 2020-09-04 16:50

Genetics Home Reference has now become part of MedlinePlus and is available in the “Genetics” section. GHR part of MedlinePlus

Just like the resource, Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus includes over more than 1,300 genetic conditions and 1,475 genes, all of the human chromosomes, and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The information is organized in much the same way for easy navigation.

Also carried over is the popular genetics primer, ‘Help Me Understand Genetics”, which offers basic explanations of how genes work and how mutations cause disorders, as well as current information about genetic testing (including direct-to-consumer), gene therapy, genetics research, and precision medicine.

What you won’t find, are the classroom resources which were a collection of resources linked from a variety of organizations and institutions to Genetics Home Reference. If you would like to quickly save these links, Genetics Home Reference will still be available until October 1, 2020.

When your patrons and customers come to you for information about genetics, turn to MedlinePlus Genetics section to access quality genetics information.

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NNLM Reading Club Explores Environmental Health

Tue, 2020-09-01 18:56

Your health is a product of your genetics, lifestyle and environment. This month the NNLM Reading Club examines the third component of that critical trio.

Environmental health plays a role in a host of social issues facing our society, from how to ensure drinking water is safe, to what kinds of risks we should take in our pursuit of fossil fuels, to how much we should rely on plastic as a cheap and convenient answer for logistical problems. September’s Reading Club selections will spur conversations on environmental health with reliable and provocative information. The three featured titles are:

  • Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel provides insight into a substance that touches upon every aspect of our lives, whether we want it to or not, and will require us to make tough choices in the future.
  • What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha tells the story of the water crisis in Flint, Mich., from the perspective of an Iraqi-American pediatrician who battled her government to expose the truth.
  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold recounts how the fracking boom played out in a small Pennsylvania town and in the life of a mother whose children suffered from mysterious illnesses.

Visit the NNLM Reading Club to learn more about these titles and to find information on environmental health from the National Library of Medicine and other authoritative sources.

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PNR Weekly Digest: September 1, 2020

Tue, 2020-09-01 11:02

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

Changing the way we approach systematic reviews through education, automation, & machine learning tools: Please join Sarah Towner Wright, MLS and Jennifer Walker Bissram, MSIS, from the Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, for a discussion about support of systematic reviews, from support of an institutional systematic review service to using machine learning to enhance literature searches. September 9 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarian: ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. September 15 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Citizen Science & Libraries: Advance Alzheimer’s Research Online Presentation and Q&A: Register for this event for an introduction to citizen science, to learn more about libraries as hubs for citizen science, and to learn how to participate in the Stall Catchers citizen science project through a presentation and online Q&A. The Stall Catchers project is designed by researchers at Cornell University to advance Alzheimer’s solutions. This project focuses on one aspect of the disease: reduced blood flow in the brain. September 16 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Mental Health Awareness During COVID-19: The coronavirus pandemic has had a widespread, profound effect on society as a whole, but certain population groups are specifically tasked with social isolation and loneliness. This presentation raises awareness about the mental and emotional effects during these unusual times and offers evidence-based health information to help older adults cope. September 23 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Virtual Programs for Public Libraries: Do you work in a public library? Are you looking for ideas for virtual programming and outreach? This webinar is for you! We will cover how to decide what virtual programming your community might be interested in, technical requirements for virtual programming, and include a wide variety of program suggestions. September 29 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.

Workforce Development Strategies for Recovery and Resilience: This webinar examines practical strategies that libraries across the country are using to support job seekers in the community. We will look at resources within libraries as well as partnerships to help support workforce resiliency. We will also examine tools for you to create a systematic plan for your library. September 15 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Learn more and register

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

“NLM Strategic Opportunities and Challenges: We Want to Hear from You!”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Mechanics of the Human Walking Apparatus, 1836

Request for Information (RFI): Information and Data Resources Needed by the Health Services Research Community for Research and Practice

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021, application deadline September 25

Latest issue of MedlinePlus Magazine is available featuring Carrie Ann Inaba bringing awareness about Sjögren’s syndrome

New Automated Validation in ClinVar Submission

“Tackling Cancer Metastasis with Engineered Blood Platelets”, from the NIH Director’s blog

Back to School Stress: Tips for coping with back to school stress or anxiety

*National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities disproportionately affected by COVID-19

*National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Teachers take virtual tour of NIEHS, brainstorm COVID-19 lesson plans

National Institute of Mental Health:  Researchers Available to Discuss Suicide Prevention

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

Best Practices for American Indian and Alaska Native Data Collection
Current standard data collection practices by many federal, state, and local entities effectively omit or misclassify American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, both urban and rural. Learn best practices for collecting data on American Indian and Alaska Native populations from the Urban Indian Health Institute.

HOSA 2020 Virtual ILC Conference Winners
HOSA-Future Health Professionals conducted the 43rd annual Virtual International Leadership Conference(link is external) (VILC) with 7,300 members, advisors, judges and guests on June 24-27, 2020. Virtual ILC highlights included: 77 health-related competitive events, 64 educational workshops, 83 exhibitors, and two keynoters. View highlights of this year’s winners 

Report: Caregiving in the U.S. 2020
The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 report presents an update on 2015 findings. It reveals an increase in the number of family caregivers in the United States and that family caregivers are in worse health compared to five years ago. The report includes sections on African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino and LGBTQ caregivers, as well as a Spanish-language version of the report.

*COVID-19 and Eating Disorders
The National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders partnered with researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and Leiden University Medical Center to understand how COVID-19 is affecting individuals with eating disorders. It has published guidance resources for individuals with lived experience, parents and/or caregivers, and healthcare providers.

*Eldercare in the Time of COVID
The National Indian Health Board webinar will discuss topics such as caring for elders during COVID-19, preventing infection among this vulnerable population and tips for caregivers. September 9 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Indian Women (VAWA 2013, Section 903)
VAWA 2005 requires the DOJ, HHS, and DOI to engage in formal consultation with Indian tribes on an annual basis to address concerns that impact the safety of Indian women at the broadest level. Participation in this nation-to-nation consultation is critically important for tribal leaders to dialogue with government officials about solutions and strategies to address issues related to violence against Native women. We hope that you will join our webinar to review outstanding or emerging issues to address the most serious roadblocks to the safety of Native women and how you can voice your concerns and provide recommendations to increase accountability and enhance the safety for Native women. September 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. Learn more and register

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