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Webinar: NLM and Support for Health Services Research

8 hours 40 min ago
Please join us! What: NLM and Support for Health Services Research: Assessing Current Needs and Planning for the Future 

When: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (Pacific)

Where: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee612cab52947d58f79ae0664df8ad220 (No Registration Required)

About the webinar:  NLM is strategically evaluating all of its products so that they better align with the needs of the communities that we serve. This webinar is one part of a larger evaluation plan focused on assessing the needs of the HSR community and the quality, sustainability, and usefulness of NLM resources. Featuring a panel discussion with health services researchers led by Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, the discussion will focus three questions:

1. Tell us how you use NLM products and services?
2. What tools, products, or health services literature are the most critical for NLM to collect or support?
3. What health services research areas or policy topics are the most critical for NLM to support?

Panelists include:

  • Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director, National Library of Medicine
  • Doug Joubert, MS, MLIS, Head of User Services and NICHSR, National Library of Medicine
  • Patricia Gallagher, MLS, MA, AHIP, National Library of Medicine
  • Peter J. Embi, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA, President & CEO, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
  • Anthony K. Wutoh, PhD, RPh, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Howard University
  • Nate C. Apathy, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Services Research, University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics

 

Categories: RML Blogs

PNR Weekly Digest: August 11, 2020

Tue, 2020-08-11 10:55

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Gain Perspective on Pandemics with the NNLM Reading Club
Diving into fiction can help us understand more about the realities we face. As day-to- day life continues to be shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, NNLM Reading Club calls your attention to three literary works focusing on the impact of pandemics or infectious disease. Learn about the selected books on the blog post

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

I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned: Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn’t easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one’s past to better inform our futures. This is the last session of the webinar series, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt”. August 12 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Please remember to bring paper and pencil or device to participate in the activity planned. (1 MLA CE) Register

We Mapped This City: Centering Health Resources and Engagement Around Community Assets: When service providers and practitioners enter a new community or neighborhood, they can carry a top-down map of existing assets. They may rely on geographic systems that make sense on paper or are designed to make sense with existing programs. However, community members and residents do not navigate resources based on program maps and systems. Germantown Info Hub Coordinator Diana Lu will share approaches to stakeholder engagement and trust-building. Using urban design evaluation tactics introduced by architect Kevin Lynch in The Image of the City and as well as models in community-based journalism, Lu shows ways that practitioners can work with community members, stakeholders, and local organizations to build the base layer of information. August 26 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Librarians Supporting Researchers – Managing Data While Working Remotely: How have librarians supported researchers with data management while working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic? Once institutions transitioned to remote work, data analysis and other data management tasks became more prominent tasks. Data librarians found new ways to assist their researchers while. August 27 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

Grey Literature Resources to Support Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery: September is National Preparedness Month. Join us to learn about Grey Literature and how it can be helpful during evolving situations. This session will introduce participants to the concept of Grey Literature, its uses and resources for finding it. This session will also include a live demonstration of one resource for finding Grey Literature related to emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Sept. 9 from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. PT. (.75 MLA CE) Register

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

Reborn Not Reformed: Re-Imagining Policing for the Public’s Health: The third webinar in  the American Public Healath Association’s Advancing Racial Equity series will:

  • Describe how racism operates in policing and the limitations of reform efforts
  • Discuss the acute and chronic health impacts of over policing on Black and Latinx communities
  • Explain what “Re-Imagining Policing” means for public safety, public health and society overall; and
  • Identify and address the ways in which policing occurs in public health and other sectors.

August 11 at 9:30 a.m. PT. Learn more and register

The Methodology of Indigenous Digital Storytelling: A Healing Journey in Data Collection: Indigenous digital storytelling (DST) within the framework of Indigenous research methodology, allows Indigenous women to share their health stories in a safe and respectful context. This decolonizing methodology allows for self-representation that challenges stereotypes and allows Indigenous communities to prioritize their own social and community needs and to protect their identities and cultural values in the process. Furthermore, it is essential to the decolonization process that Indigenous people speak with our own voices about our histories, culture, and experiences. The intention is to demonstrate how academics can use the methodology of Indigenous digital storytelling for their data collection and how to incorporate it into their academic work. August 18 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and register

Evidence-Based Practice for the Medical Librarian: This 8-week online course is designed to be an introduction to the process of evidence-based practice (EBP) and to the supporting roles and opportunities for medical librarians. Participants will learn how to identify the basic study designs for clinical medicine, compose focused clinical questions, peer review search strategies, and assess the risk of bias in published studies. Evidence Based Practice for the Medical Librarian will be offered from August 31, 2020 – November 1, 2020. The cost for this course will be $500. Learn more and register for this course

NLM and Support for Health Services Research: Assessing Current Needs and Planning for the Future: This webinar will explore the critical issues that are driving the information needs of health services researchers. Specifically, a panel of experts (including NLM Director, Dr. Brennan) will focus on these three strategic questions:

  • What services or resources that NLM currently offers in the areas of health services delivery or health services research do you use?
  • What tools, data, resources, or health services literature are the most critical for NLM to collect or support?
  • What health services research areas or policy topics are the most critical for NLM to support?

August 18 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Learn more about this event and register

* U.S. Military COVID-19 Information Resources: This FDLP webinar will discuss publicly available U.S. military information resources on COVID-19. These will include Department of Defense (DOD) documents on force health protection, Congressional committee hearings on topics such as the security of the defense industrial base, and analyses from the military. August 18 from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. PT. Register

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

“Introducing the NIH Guide Notice Encouraging Researchers to Adopt U.S. Core Data for Interoperability Standard” from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM @ MLA – 2020

NLM to Retire Pillbox on January 29, 2021

Dental Cartoons (CA. 1945)

*“Charting a Rapid Course Toward Better COVID-19 Tests and Treatments” from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH clinical trial to test antibodies and other experimental therapeutics for mild and moderate COVID-19

*NIH launches clinical trial to test antibody treatment in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

* Volunteer for a COVID-19 Prevention Trial. Participe en un Estudio Clínico para la prevención del COVID-19

Honoring Health — Resources To Prevent and Treat Alcohol Problems in Native Populations, July newsletter

New tool compares rates of severe pregnancy complications across U.S. hospitals

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

Graphic Medicine Quantified: An Annotated Bibliography
A challenge for Graphic Medicine is its being juxtaposed alongside biomedical and scientific fields of work that operate largely in the realm of statistics and quantifiable analytics. Often, the scholarship in Graphic Medicine comes without numbers. It is anecdotal, experiential, aesthetic/literary, or theoretical, customarily, and only occasionally calculable. Read the blog post to view the annotated bibliography offered to highlight just a few of the cases where Graphic Medicine has already delivered quantifiable results.

The MRCT Center releases the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Clinical Research Guidance, Toolkit and Website
The Guidance Document aims to clarify the importance and advance the goals of improving diverse representation of participants in clinical research. It distills the scientific, ethical, and social arguments for diverse inclusion, reinforces its business value, and identifies barriers to inclusion of diverse populations. Importantly, it provides potential approaches and applicable ways to increase diversity and inclusion. Subsequent chapters explore broadening engagement, data standards, data analysis, study design and conduct, the role of the IRB, genetics, and the accountability of each stakeholder. Specific recommendations and case examples are provided. The guidance is then followed by practical resources and tools (The Toolkit) to facilitate change.

Learning Community: The HHS Telemedicine Hack
To support wide adoption of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is partnering 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 to accelerate telemedicine implementation for ambulatory providers. Choose from several dates with the first being August 12 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and register

Health Observance: Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance held to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Visit the CDC’s NIAM webpage for toolkits for reaching healthcare professionals, parents and patients, as well as social media graphics and other resources. To access data on immunizations among racial and ethnic minorities, visit the Office of Minority Health’s Minority Population Profiles.

Pin with Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code
Unlocking Life’s Code’s Pinterest page is overflowing with ideas gathered from around the Internet that can change your lesson plan presentations in an instant! Look beyond the board names and you will find hundreds of valuable ideas from around the world on innovative ways to teach, celebrate genomics.

Counting Down with #19Suffrage Stories: 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
Tune in on Instagram and Twitter to learn 19 stories you may not know from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian and National Archives. Every weekday from August 3 through Women’s Equality Day, August 26, we’re counting down from 19 to 1 with a new story each day on our Instagram and Twitter feeds.

Categories: RML Blogs

Gain Perspective on Pandemics with the NNLM Reading Club

Wed, 2020-08-05 11:26

Diving into fiction can help us understand more about the realities we face. As day-to- day life continues to be shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, NNLM Reading Club calls your attention to three literary works focusing on the impact of pandemics or infectious disease.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections for August:

  • The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia, translated by Simon Bruni
  • Severance: A Novel by Ling Ma
  • A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker

Set within the 1918 influenza pandemic and the Mexican Revolution, The Murmur of Bees continues the Latin American tradition of magical realism associated with writers like Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende. Severance is more dystopian, but with a sense of satire amid the outcomes of an apocalyptic plague. A Song for a New Day explores a musician’s experience in a pandemic that makes public gatherings illegal and concerts impossible.

While you are exploring fictional stories amid outbreaks, we encourage you to stay informed about real-life infectious disease. To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and infectious disease information, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

Categories: RML Blogs

PNR Weekly Digest: August 4, 2020

Tue, 2020-08-04 10:57

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

I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned: Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn’t easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one’s past to better inform our futures. This is the last session of the webinar series, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt”. August 12 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Please remember to bring paper and pencil or device to participate in the activity planned. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

Genetics 101: Genetics 101 is a 2-week long introductory Moodle course on fundamental concepts in human genetics. With increasing popularity of direct-to-consumer genetic testing and the importance of genetics in all kinds of research endeavors, understanding the language of genetics and its implications on human life is becoming more and more important. Class runs from December 1 – 15, 2020. (4 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.

REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM): An Overview of the COVID-19 Research Project: OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle have partnered to produce science-based information on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The webinar will describe the project activities, point to information resources, and discuss findings from the first phase of laboratory testing. August 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register to attend the live training webinar

Compassion in Action webinar series: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Partnership Center’s “Compassion in Action” webinar series will describe ways faith and community groups are addressing the needs of those with mental illness and their caregivers. Through the Compassion in Action Guide and this webinar series, they hope to encourage more faith communities to walk with and provide community for a lifetime to people with mental illness and their caregivers. Register for each of the remaining sessions:

All previous webinar sessions are available on the HHS Partnership Center YouTube channel.

NLM and Support for Health Services Research: Assessing Current Needs and Planning for the Future: This webinar will explore the critical issues that are driving the information needs of health services researchers. Specifically, a panel of experts (including NLM Director, Dr. Brennan) will focus on these three strategic questions:

  • What services or resources that NLM currently offers in the areas of health services delivery or health services research do you use?
  • What tools, data, resources, or health services literature are the most critical for NLM to collect or support?
  • What health services research areas or policy topics are the most critical for NLM to support?

August 18 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Learn more about this event and register

Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries: This presentation will explore how one rural library has improved internet access in partnership with an internet service provider, hosted telehealth appointments in collaboration with healthcare providers and transportation agencies, worked with schools to ensure opportunities for youth through esports, and improved digital literacy skills for patrons and local businesses. This WebJunction webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). August 6 at 12:00 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Learn more about this session and register

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

“Some Insights on the Roles and Uses of Generalist Repositories”, from the NLM Director’s blog

How PubMed Works On-Demand: Free Online Class

*Archiving at a Distance

*“What We Know About COVID-19’s Effects on Child and Maternal Health”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*The August issue of NIH News in Health is now available with articles on mucus and phlegm, chronic diseases in uncertain times, and a Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci about COVID-19 vaccines

Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Input on NIDA’s (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Strategic Plan for 2021-2025, due August 7

*NIH delivering new COVID-19 testing technologies to meet U.S. demand

Virtual Workshop: Engaging Patients in the Research Process, August 26

Want to Learn More About Careers in Nursing Research? Watch Panel Discussion Recording

“Racism and the Health of Every American”, from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Director’s blog

National Institute of Mental Health: Back to School and Mental Health

NNLM National Evaluation Office is pleased to announce the launch of new state profiles and data visualizations. These live visualizations place data on a map, and allow filtering and interactive exploration in a geographic context.

*The National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program has developed a monthly COVID-19 Participant Experience (COPE) Survey to gather data on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects physical and mental health over time.

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

Join the Healthy People 2030 Launch Webcast!
On August 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will unveil the latest edition of Healthy People! Healthy People 2030 is a set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving health and well-being in the United States. During the webcast, we’ll highlight the new Healthy People 2030 goals and objectives and provide an overview of the development process. We’ll also feature guest speakers from HHS who will discuss Healthy People 2030 data, social determinants of health, health equity, and more. No registration is necessary. Just visit hhs.gov/ on August 18 at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Online Science Talks for All Ages, Brought to You by Your Local Library
A new summer series called Summer Reading Meets Citizen Science is designed to keep students and adults engaged with reading and research to prevent “summer slide” learning loss. The series is a partnership between SciStarter.org and the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the All of Us Research Program at NIH. The groups designed the program to help keep students, adults and families engaged with reading and research to prevent “summer slide” learning loss. Read more on the Discover magazine website.

Find TB Resources Website
The Find TB Resources website is a service of the CDC Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE). It features a worldwide library of online resources, training and educational materials on tuberculosis, including the Find TB Resources Newsletter.

New HIV Treatment for Patients with Limited Treatment Options
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new type of antiretroviral medication for adults living with HIV who have tried multiple HIV medications and whose HIV infection cannot be successfully treated with other therapies because of resistance, intolerance or safety considerations.

Resources: Mental Health:

  • The HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has developed the #MyStrongFamily campaign to share information on protective factors that families can draw on during difficult times to shield them from life’s stresses.
  • The American Psychiatric Association has created Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations. Best practice guidance is available for Black/African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, LGBTQ and other underserved populations.
  • The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has published the results of a research project on Comparing Two Ways to Help Latino Patients with Depression Who Are Age 50 or Older. Results are available in English and Spanish.

Evaluating Data Types: A Guide for Decision Makers using Data to Understand the Extent and Spread of COVID-19
This rapid expert consultation provides insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the data on the COVID-19 pandemic by applying five criteria to seven types of data available to support decision making. It was produced through the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN), an activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. SEAN links researchers in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences with decision makers to respond to policy questions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide is free to download

Categories: RML Blogs

PNR Weekly Digest: July 28, 2020

Tue, 2020-07-28 11:07

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine – Upcoming Webinar
Join a lively panel of librarians all engaged in using graphic medicine as they discuss how they incorporate it in their work. August 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Read the blog post to learn more

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.

NLM Resources for Images: This session of the Health Sciences Libraries webinar series highlights NLM’s several unique resources for locating various types of images related to medical and health topics. This one-hour webinar tailored to health sciences librarians will cover how to use several of these resources. Practical and creative ideas for utilizing these resources and introducing them to faculty, staff, and students will also be provided. August 18 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Reaching the Hard to Reach: Empowering Community Members to Think Differently & Embrace Teens with SUD and Mental Health Challenges: Being a teenager is hard, and COVID-19 has made these difficult years even harder. Over the past decade, U.S. teens report feeling increased pressure and stress and those working with this population see the result — young people with mental health conditions, lack of resiliency skills and many with substance use disorder. The healthy coping mechanisms that used to contribute to mental wellness, like community connection, physical activity and the pursuit of creative outlets has been declining. These trends were happening even before COVID! August 25 from 10:00 – 11:30 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

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

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

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

*Addressing Health Misinformation Through Health Literacy Practices: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene a 75 minute virtual workshop, exploring the rise of health misinformation and examining health literacy strategies to address health misinformation among various populations, especially as it relates to COVID-19. July 29 starting at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

*REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Materials Testing and Resource Overview: As libraries and museums around the country begin to resume operations and reopen to the public, the need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials has become increasingly urgent. Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. Join us to learn more about the testing process, how to present results to your stakeholders, project resources to inform your local decisions, and what you can expect from the project in the months to come. Registration is full so this session will also be livestreamed on YouTube. August 4 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about this session on WebJunction’s website

Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals: Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this Office of Minority Health e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.

*Save the Date: Advancing the Response to COVID-19: The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will host a virtual symposium on Thursday, September 17, 2020 to highlight state, Tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations. The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium aims to support and disseminate promising practices, programs and strategies for combating COVID-19, especially in communities of color. Stay up to date on the virtual symposium by visiting the webpage.

*The CDC’s COVID-19 Response: Promising Practices in Health Equity II: The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webinar will discuss actions taken to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities. July 29, 12:00 pm PT. Register

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

“It’s My Birthday: An Ode to Aging and to Lifespan Research”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, August 24 to December 11, 2020

*“Racing to Develop Fast, Affordable, Accessible Tests for COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*Phase 3 clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Arthritis and Complementary Health Approaches

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Interactive Safe Sleep Environment Tool

*COVID-19 means long stretch of stormy weather for people with alcohol and substance use disorders

*National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: Cloth face coverings and distancing pose communication challenges for many

Research Highlight: Genetic Variations Highlight the Importance of Metabolic Processes in Anorexia

Educational Packets Available from NNLM’s HIV/AIDS Coordinating Center

RSVP today for events in the Citizen Science Meets Summer Reading series

*Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

MLA Chapter Project of the Year Award
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of MLA received the MLA (Medical Library Association) Project of the Year Award. The project was a new logo pin design contest to grow member engagement and raise funds for student conference scholarships. The winner of the design was Hannah Pollard, librarian at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA. View the listing of awards on the MLA website.

*Resources: COVID-19:

  • HHS has made May and June COVID-19 Testing Plans from all states, territories and localities publicly available. The plans include details on the response to surge cases and how to reach vulnerable populations including minorities, immunocompromised individuals and older adults.
  • HHS has also created a new campaign, Coronavirus Stops with Me, that provides information on the HHS coronavirus response, the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, COVID-19 community-based testing sites and more.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) seeks to change the culture surrounding mental health and suicide prevention through enhanced community integration, prioritized research activities and implementation strategies that emphasize improved overall health and well-being. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PREVENTS launched a national public health campaign that seeks to help individuals deal with the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic: #MoreThanEverBefore.

Spanish-language Resource: Guide for Patient Navigators – A Supplement to the Oncology Patient Navigator Training
Through funding and support from the CDC, the George Washington University Cancer Center, along with Navegación de Pacientes Internacional and the Latino Cancer Institute, is pleased to announce the release of the Spanish Guide for Patient Navigators – A Supplement to the Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals. This guide provides the foundational knowledge that Spanish speaking oncology patient navigators need, as well as free resources and tools that can be put into practice immediately. Please note that this resource is in Spanish.

Mental Health Resources:

  • For resources and materials on mental health, please visit the OMH website and the OMH Spanish website.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • A Guide to Suicide Prevention for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, published by the One Sky Center, provides information and an assessment tool for AI/AN communities and local, state and regional sovereign Tribal governments.
  • Youth MOVE National, in partnership with the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, published A Guide for Youth: Understanding Trauma. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

NCUIH Youth Indigi-Wellness Healer Contest
The National Council of Urban Indian Health Youth Council is proud to launch its 2020 Indigi-Wellness Healer Campaigns #NativeHealing and #IndigiLove created by Native Youth for Native Youth to express the importance of mental & physical wellness and healthy relationships as Native Youth, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Deadline for raffle and submission is August 7. Learn more about how to get involved on the NCUIH website.

Office of Minority Health: Active and Healthy
OMH continues to encourage the nation to stay Active & Healthy in and around their homes and communities during these uncertain times. Through simple and creative steps we can continue to advance our mental and emotional wellness while adhering to the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, physical activity can help boost your mood, sharpen your focus, reduce your stress, and improve your sleep. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration developed a free handbook to help address eight dimensions of wellness: social, environmental, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual and financial. Encourage others to take active and healthy steps towards better health by sharing resources, downloading OMH graphics, and using the hashtags #ActiveandHealthy and #EmotionalWellness.

New Era of Smarter Food Safety
Many believe we will see more changes in the food system over the next 10 years than we have in decades. Foods are being reformulated; there are new foods, new production methods, and new delivery methods; and the system is becoming increasingly digitized. To keep pace with this evolution, FDA is taking a new approach to food safety, leveraging technology and other tools to create a safer and more digital, traceable food system. Learn more about the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint.

Categories: RML Blogs

Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine – Upcoming Webinar

Mon, 2020-07-27 21:00

What: Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine: Discovery, Access, and Beyond

When: Wednesday, August 5, 11am-noon Pacific; Noon-1pm Mountain; 1-2pm Central; 2- 3pm Eastern

Join a lively panel of librarians all engaged in using graphic medicine as they discuss how they incorporate it in their work:

  • Alice Jaggers – co-editor of graphicmedicine.org(link is external)
  • Ariel Pomputius, Health Sciences Liaison Librarian at the Univ of Florida’s Health Science Center Library.
  • Elisa Cortez, Medical Education and Clinical Outreach Librarian, University of California, Riverside.
  • Marna M. Clowney-Robinson, Clinical Social Worker and the Access & Information Services Librarian at the University of Michigan.
  • Patricia F. Anderson, Emerging Technologies Informationist at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan.
  • Rachel Walden, Associate Dean and Professor of Learning Resources and director of the Medical Library for the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN
  • Rich McIntyre, Emerging Technologies Librarian at UConn Health, located in Farmington, CT.

They’ll share how they use Graphic Medicine in their work with their colleagues, students, and staff. They’ll also discuss the past, current and future role of Medical Librarians in the Graphic Medicine Community and take questions from attendees.

Please plan to join us for this free webinar! Click here to register.

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PNR Weekly Digest: July 21, 2020

Tue, 2020-07-21 11:17

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

DataFlash – Citizen Science in the Academic Library
The NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is hosting a two-part webinar series entitled “Citizen Science in the Academic Library” on July 24th and July 31st. The two webinars (July 24 and 31) will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts….read the post to learn how to register to attend one or both sessions.

Consumer Health Minute: NNLM Reading Club
Books clubs are opportunities to not only read good books, but they also offer engagement with other book lovers to discuss important topics whether about families, politics, society, and health. The NNLM Reading Club offers your library or organization selected titles regarding health focused topics…learn more about the Reading Club on the blog post.

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

I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned: Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn’t easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one’s past to better inform our futures. This is the last session of the webinar series, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt”. August 12 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Please remember to bring paper and pencil or device for some activity fun. (1 MLA CE) Register

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications: This class is an introductory, asynchronous online bioinformatics course for librarians using the Moodle learning management system. It is a 16-week, self-paced course worth 30 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association. This course was designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use gene or protein information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. Aug 24, 2020 to Dec 11. (30 MLA CE) Visit the class webpage to learn more about the class and register

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information: This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Class is on the Moodle platform and runs August 28 to September 25. (4 MLA CE) Register

How PubMed® Works: How PubMed Works is a series of four 90-minute classes presented via WebEx and run from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT. (1.5 MLA CE for each class) Below are the individual classes linked to the registration:

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

Achieving Health Equity with Inclusive Interdisciplinary Walk/Move Audits: The Montana Disability & Health Program, APHA Disability Section and Lakeshore Foundation are offering a virtual conversation with national and local experts regarding their interdisciplinary research and advocacy-based perspectives to create inclusive, walkable and moveable (i.e., where everyone can move freely) communities. The webinar will address spatial privilege and tools for inclusion using reflective listening, community scholarship and lived experience to navigate the conversation. July 24 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. PT. Register

*Cafecito Time: COVID-19: The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health is host to the Equality Health community conversations series addresses how to stay safe at work, school and home, and how to cope with stress. Sessions will be offered in English and Spanish. Check the Equity Health website for upcoming events.

Virtual Professional Development Opportunity: Smithsonian K-12 STEM Education Action Planning Institute (API) July 28-30, 2020: The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is holding its first FREE, fully virtual leadership development event this summer from July 28-30, and will tackle the challenge of ensuring science/STEM education remains a priority in classrooms and communities during COVID-19 and beyond. The API is open to educators, parents, community members, and industry stakeholders dedicated to ensuring continuity in K-12 STEM education for all students. Participating individuals and teams develop an action plan to guide their return to school in the fall. Learn more and register today.

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

“A New Era of Health Communications”, from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM Welcome Video – July 2020

Fletcher: The Forgotten Founder

Create RSS Feeds in PubMed

2021 MeSH Headings Available in the MeSH Browser

*“Researchers Publish Encouraging Early Data on COVID-19 Vaccine”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research

*A Conversation on COVID-19 featuring Drs. Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci (28:12)

*All of Us Research Program Launches COVID-19 Research Initiatives

Virtual Workshop: Engaging Patients in the Research Process (Additional information forthcoming), free and open to the public. August 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT.

Children Learn While They Play with Clinical-Trials Focused Coloring Book

*COVID-19 OpenData Portal

Rare Diseases Community Resources

Turning off “junk DNA” may free stem cells to become neurons

NIH study finds out why some words may be more memorable than others

*NIH’s COVID-focused Sequence Read Archive (SRA) datasets are now open access on AWS!

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

Telehealth.HHS.gov — Information for Patients is Now Available in Spanish
Telehealth.HHS.gov now provides information in Spanish to help patients understand what types of care are available, how to prepare for a telehealth visit, and tips on finding telehealth options. Information in Spanish that’s geared toward providers will be available in the future.

HIV Testing Trends at Visits to Physician Offices, Community Health Centers, and Emergency Departments
CDC has recommended routine opt-out HIV testing since 2006, but the percentage of ambulatory care visits at which an HIV test is performed has remained low. In their new report, CDC says that HIV testing increased more at community health centers than at emergency departments or physician offices.

New On-Farm Market Directory Project
The Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs (OAIANNHP) has launched a project to help develop a searchable list of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian farmers willing to sell direct-to-consumers through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) On-Farm Market Directory.  On-farm markets are defined as being managed by a single farm operator that either sells products on their farm, or on a property next to their farm.  OAIANNHP has developed a quick, easy application for farmers of federally recognized tribes.  Please visit the dedicated web page for additional information.

*ALA COVID-19 resources guide path toward reopening and recovery
Strong libraries are essential to the recovery of communities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help guide communities, library workers and library supporters along the path to recovery, the American Library Association (ALA) launched a curated, online repository of tools, guides and resources. The online resource center is arranged into four sections: Advocacy & Policy; Education; Data & Research; and Guidance Content & Protocol. The ALA COVID-19 Recovery website includes everything from the latest information on safely reopening libraries to funding opportunities available on the local, state and federal level. It will be updated often and replace the existing COVID-19 Response page that has served the community through the pandemic thus far.

Creating The Healthiest Nation: Advancing Health Equity
The American Public Health Association has published a fact sheet that offers public health and health care professionals guidance on addressing the social determinants of health, such as employment, income, housing, transportation, child care, education, discrimination and the quality of the built environment, in their work.

All of Us Research Program Fireside Chat Series
The National Hispanic Medical Association and All of Us Research Program Twitter chat series will discuss diversity in clinical trials and how the All of Us program can benefit the Hispanic/Latinx population. First chat is July 30 at 1:00 p.m. PT. Learn more on the NHMA website

World Hepatitis Day (July 28)
Viral hepatitis affects millions of people worldwide and World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and share resources to prevent and treat the disease. Take the time to get tested and encourage others to do the same. To find your nearest testing and diagnostic center the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a Viral Hepatitis Prevention Point of Contact List. Additionally, the World Hepatitis Alliance hosted a webinar to address what it means to live with viral hepatitis during the COVID-19 pandemic and regularly update their website with information on the virus for people living with viral hepatitis. To learn more or to download campaign materials and resources, visit the World Hepatitis Day website

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DataFlash – Citizen Science in the Academic Library

Thu, 2020-07-16 15:31

The NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is hosting a two-part webinar series entitled “Citizen Science in the Academic Library” on July 24th and July 31st.

The two webinars (July 24 and 31) will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts. Note that Part 1 and Part 2 are one week apart and have separate registrations.

Speaker bios:
Megan Carlton is an assistant professor and the science librarian at UNC Greensboro. She holds a bachelor of science in animal science from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Tennessee.

Danica Lewis is the Collections & Research Librarian for Life Sciences at the NC State University Libraries. Her recent work has focused on data informed collection development and supporting citizen science in academia.

Dan Stanton is an Associate Librarian at Arizona State University where he has worked for over 25 years.  He is also affiliated with SciStarter, and has led efforts to introduce citizen science to the public through libraries.

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Consumer Health Minute: NNLM Reading Club

Thu, 2020-07-16 07:00

Books clubs are opportunities to not only read good books, but they also offer engagement with other book lovers to discuss important topics whether about families, politics, society, and health. The NNLM Reading Club offers your library or organization selected titles regarding health focused topics. Though we cannot ship these items to you during the pandemic, all the information you need to conduct a book discussion online through social media, a video or audio chat, or other preferred platform, is available on the NNLM Reading Club website. We encourage libraries to direct patrons who may have their own book clubs to the NNLM Reading Club materials.

In addition to suggested book titles, you’ll also find online content providing background information, links to author interviews, and discussion questions.

NNLM has also begun a new webinar series, NNLM Reading Club Presents. This series hosts authors whose books have been selected for the reading club. If offers attendees an opportunity to ask authors questions and to learn more about the both the book and the author. Know you can view the recording later if unable to attend the live session.

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PNR Weekly Digest: July 14, 2020

Tue, 2020-07-14 11:14

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

NIDA Request for Information
As part of the strategic planning process, NIDA (NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for feedback on an initial outline of the plan, which includes both Scientific Goals and Cross-cutting themes. NIDA would like to hear from the community of researchers, clinicians, patients, policymakers, members of the public, and other stakeholders. …read the post to learn more about how and when to submit comments.

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

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!: Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This session contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here! Part of the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt” webinar series. July 15 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”): Native Americans live with some of the nation’s most significant health disparities. While the causes are immensely complex, it is widely recognized that food insecurity, associated food behaviors, and malnutrition are major influences. To help combat these disparities, the Greater Midwest Region funded Anna Wirta Kosobuski, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth, MN, a health information outreach award to support her Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”) project in 2019. Join the session to learn more about this project. July 29 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Front Line Workers: One Way Libraries Can Contribute to the Pandemic Response: The UTA Libraries FabLab has contributed to the national movement among makerspaces to craft sewn masks and 3D printed face shields for the community and for front line health care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will cover our approach to safely facilitate the making of these Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items; how they have been distributed; implications these efforts have for the maker movement medical librarians, and health professionals; and resources for further making! August 12 at 8:00 a.m. PT. 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

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

“Bridging the Gap: From Research to Policy”, from the NLM Director’s blog

The BLAST Docker and databases are now ready to use on Google and Amazon clouds

Prevention Posters Push the Message

*“Meet the Researcher Leading NIH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Development Efforts”, from the NIH Director’s blog

Meet the 2020 Coding it Forward Civic Digital Fellows

“The TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories” Published in Scientific Data

*NIH Launches Clinical Trials Network to Test COVID-19 Vaccines and Other Prevention Tools

*RADx Tech: Diagnosing Disease-Delivering Health: Watch a video on NIBIB’s new initiative

Medical Imaging App, Learn how medical scans work and what to expect during your next one

Engineers 3D-print sensors onto moving organs

Piecing Together the Puzzle of Chronic Low Back Pain: A computer model may be able to inspire new insights and treatments.

Data harmonization and sharing are essential for COVID-19 research

Large study links gum disease with dementia

Join the National Eye Institute for Healthy Vision Month 2020! The theme is Eye Health Is My Health, spotlighting the connection between eye health and overall health. Explore the resources

National Human Genome Research Institute researchers reframe dog-to-human aging comparisons

Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa)

In coordination with the launch of the NIH Common Fund’s Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) program, NIH is hosting an online-only, Virtual Symposium Platform, a collection of networking tools and online events that is free and open to the public. The Virtual Symposium Platform will be open from July through November 2020 with several online events and networking tools available to participants during that time frame.

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

  • The Association of American Medical Colleges has published a blog that addresses racial health disparities during the pandemic: Why is my community suffering more from COVID-19?
  • The American Public Health Association has compiled resources on the impact of COVID-19, reopening, and public health safety tips and tools: COVIDGuidance.org
  • The University of Chicago Center for Spatial Data Science has developed an interactive US COVID Atlas that provides county-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, with the option to view regional clusters and to overlay the map with American Indian/Alaska Native reservations.
  • Two New Toolkits from the Accessibility Assembly 
    Accessible Communication Styles provides guidance for choosing Inclusive language to celebrate the diversity of experiences. The toolkit discusses use of “people-first” and “identity-first” language  to address the concerns of disability advocacy groups while promoting human dignity. This toolkit offers current best practices which promote an inclusive library environment.
  • Virtual Accessibility includes tips and resources to ensure that library events are welcoming and accessible for everyone who is interested in participating. The Virtual Accessibility toolkit offers specific tips for video meetings and presentations, webinars, group discussions, an accessible documents and handouts. When online programs and classes are planned with accessibility in mind, it is possible for many people who have previously found barriers to enjoy and benefit from the opportunities their libraries provide.

2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being. This publication delivers the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being, including topics such as health, family and community, education and economic status. It also compares statistics from 2010 to 2018. Please note that this year’s edition describes how children across the United States were faring before the coronavirus pandemic began.

Mental Health by the Numbers
The National Alliance on Mental Health has created infographics and fact sheets on topics such as the warning signs of mental illness and suicide, including statistics by race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation/identity: Mental Health By the Numbers.  NAMI also provides Spanish-language information on mental health and its cultural dimensions among the Hispanic/Latinx community.

Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Disparities
The National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC has published a booklet, Mental Health Disparities among Hispanic and Latino Populations, that emphasizes the social determinants of health, as well as non-medical health-related social needs, and their impact on Hispanic/Latinx mental health outcomes.

Younger, more educated U.S. adults are more likely to take part in citizen science research
In recent years, a host of new ways have emerged for people with little or no formal science training to take part in scientific research projects. One-in-ten U.S. adults say they have taken part in an activity classified as citizen science in the past year, and 26% say they have ever done so, according to a Pew Research Center survey…learn more about this Pew Research survey

*Hand Sanitizers with Methanol
FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. Learn more about these hand sanitizers on the FDA website

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NIDA Request for Information

Fri, 2020-07-10 19:15

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the lead federal agency supporting research on drug use and its consequences. Its mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. In alignment with this mission, NIDA developed a draft outline for the FY 2021-2025 Strategic Plan to communicate a vision for advancing the Institute’s mission over the next five years.

As part of the strategic planning process, NIDA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for feedback on an initial outline of the plan, which includes both Scientific Goals and Cross-cutting themes.

NIDA would like to hear from the community of researchers, clinicians, patients, policymakers, members of the public, and other stakeholders. We will review and consider the comments that we receive as we draft the full Strategic Plan. We hope you will take a few minutes to share your perspectives, and to encourage interested stakeholders to share theirs as well.

The RFI can be found at this link: [https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-20-059.html]. Comments will be accepted through August 7, 2020.

You may submit your suggestions via email to: NIDAStrategicPlan@nida.nih.gov

Thank you for your support of NIDA’s research mission.

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PNR Weekly Digest: July 7, 2020

Tue, 2020-07-07 11:12

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

July NNLM Reading Club on Racism and Health: Black Maternal Health
Bring your book-discussion group into one of the central conversations impacting our nation as the NNLM Reading Club focuses on Racism and Health for its July reading selections, with special attention to Black maternal health…read the post to learn more

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… The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19: Join Dr. Robert Wachter, author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, as he discusses how digital health and health technology have evolved since his book was published in 2015 and what patients need to know in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. July 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!: Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This session contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here! Part of the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt” webinar series. July 15 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Citizen Science in the Academic Library: Academic libraries can bring citizen science to the campus and to the community, whether through supporting the integration of citizen science into courses or by bridging the gaps between researchers, students, and community members. This two-part webinar series will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts. MLA CE available for each session.

Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine: Discovery, Access, and Beyond: Join Medical Librarians to hear about how they use Graphic Medicine in their work with colleagues, students, and staff. Panel participants will also discuss the past, current and future role of Medical Librarians in the Graphic Medicine Community and take questions from attendees. August 5 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.

*Reopening Colleges and Universities During COVID-19 — Keeping Students and Communities Healthy: This is the eleventh COVID-19 Conversations webinar will discuss the variety of considerations being weighed before reopening colleges and universities in fall 2020, including the role of testing and contact tracing, responding to outbreaks, if sports can safely resume, and other strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while allowing education to continue. July 8 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. PT. Register

Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium: While the symposium is free and open to the public we do want to be clear that the intended audience is folks who have been already centering equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the professional work that they do and are wanting to learn from folks that are also equally committed and engaged in the work. Check to see if this event is for you before registering. Symposium runs from July 8 – 10.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is turning 30!: Join Oregon Disabilities Commission for its weekly virtual Lunch & Learns. The ADA was a crucial civil rights law in 1990 and it remains an essential resource for people with disabilities in securing full rights for participation in society. We’ve adjusted this year’s program, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of a one-day event in Salem, Ore., we are holding four Lunch & Learn sessions, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PT, via Zoom. Register for any of the listed sessions and learn more on the website.

  • July 7, ADA History
  • July 14, Disability Language & Etiquette
  • July 21, Assistive Technology & Universal Design
  • July 28, Effective Communications & COVID-19:  Lessons Learned

A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice and Policies: This American Public Health Association webinar will cover the historic and present day impact of racism on the health of mothers and birthing individuals with a panel of experts. The webinar will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing on APHA’s website within a week of the live event. July 14 from 11: 00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about this series and register at the APHA website.

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

“Biomedical Informatics and Health Equity: Using One to Improve the Other”, from NLM Director’s blog

We want to hear from you about changes to NIH’s Sequence Read Archive data format and storage

Al Gore, the Internet and the National Library of Medicine

*“Finding Antibodies that Neutralize SARS-CoV-2”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*The July issue of NIH News in Health is now available focusing on personalized exercise, relieving rosacea, coping with traumatic events, and more

*Testimony on Operation Warp Speed: Researching, Manufacturing, & Distributing a Safe & Effective Coronavirus Vaccine

*NIH ACTIV vaccine working group weighs role of human challenge studies for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development

Lower wealth linked with faster physical and mental aging

NHLBI expands access to diverse genetic data, creating more possibilities for personalized medicine

Rx Reminder: Helping People with Sickle Cell Disease Take Their Meds

New chance to advance inclusion of all ages in research

NIH funds centers to improve the role of genomics in assessing and managing disease risk

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

*Considerations for Travelers—Coronavirus in the US
This CDC webpage is about travel that is different from your everyday activities, away from your local community. For advice on how to safely meet basic household needs within your local community, see CDC’s webpage about running essential errands. COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

*Deciding to Go Out
As communities and businesses are opening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. When you can leave home and be around others depends on different factors for different situations. Follow CDC’s recommendations for your circumstances.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) recognizes July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and encourages partners to join us in educating communities about the importance of mental healthcare and treatment especially during the pandemic. OMH will also encourage behavioral health professionals to develop their knowledge and skills to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services through OMH’s free and accredited e-learning program. For resources and materials, please visit the OMH website and the OMH Spanish website.

*Elder Mental Health During COVID-19
The fact sheet Elder Mental Health During COVID-19, created by the HHS Indian Health Service (IHS), provides caretakers with concise definitions and recommendations for elder care during a pandemic, such as how to meet medical needs and suggested activities including physical and cognitive exercises.

NAMICon 2020, Together Toward Tomorrow
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has transformed its canceled in-person NAMICon into a virtual event. This is a no cost event though donations are appreciated. Registration is now open for NAMICon 2020 Virtual Event, taking place July 13–14.

*The Black Men’s Project – Virtual Wellness Summit
Another Life Foundation’s The Black Men’s Project is coming Saturday, July 18, 2020, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. PT. It will be presented as a virtual wellness event. Black/African American men will speak about the importance of mental wellness in this climate of social unrest and COVID-19. Learn more about The Black Men’s Project and register to attend

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July NNLM Reading Club on Racism and Health: Black Maternal Health

Mon, 2020-07-06 13:08

Bring your book-discussion group into one of the central conversations impacting our nation as the NNLM Reading Club focuses on Racism and Health for its July reading selections, with special attention to Black maternal health.

The three selections explore motherhood through the experiences of Black women in different ways.

We Live for the We by Dani McClain l Battling Over Birth by Chinyere Oparah and others l Motherhood So White by Nefertiti Austin

NNLM encourages you to use one of them to start a conversation about racism and health or keep an existing discussion going.

First-time mother Dani McClain sets out to understand how to raise her daughter in what she knows to be an unjust and even hostile society in We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. Nefertiti Austin recounts adoption for a single African-American woman in Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America. Finally, researchers and doulas from an organization known as Black Women Birthing Justice bring together the birth experiences of more than 100 California women to make recommendations for improving care in Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis.

To select your title and get your book club conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

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PNR Weekly Digest: June 30, 2020

Tue, 2020-06-30 10:52

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

*NNLM Reading Club Presents… The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19: Join Dr. Robert Wachter, author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, as he discusses how digital health and health technology have evolved since his book was published in 2015 and what patients need to know in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. July 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Using the Community Tool Box to support health education and health promotion efforts: The Community Tool Box is a web site that serves as a significant source of information, training and tools for community health improvement worldwide. This webinar will provide an overview of the contents of the web site and our approach, with relevant examples from communities in the USA and elsewhere. July 15 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Food Literacy for Families, Libraries, and Communities: South Carolina Read Eat Grow: Discover how the South Carolina State Library is supporting public library programming statewide with an expanded focus on health literacy. July 16 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Part 1: Citizen Science in the Academic Library: Academic libraries can bring citizen science to the campus and to the community, whether through supporting the integration of citizen science into courses or by bridging the gaps between researchers, students, and community members. This two-part webinar series will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts. July 24 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.

Aliens in Arizona, the Bermuda Triangle, and Area 13: Answering Controversial Questions From Our Users, Calming Fears, and Promoting Government Information as Reliable and Accurate: Some users are skeptical of or frightened by Government information. For other users, a family member or friend believes they have been mistreated by a Government agency. Often, immigrants come from countries where their government cannot be trusted, and they bring their mistrust with them to the United States. How can we answer these questions truthfully but with care and compassion for our users? This FDLP webinar will cover some of the strange questions that we actually have been asked as Government information specialists. July 16 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

Global Environmental Health Day- “Science at the Cutting Edge of Global Environmental Change and Health.”: Global Environmental Health Day will serve as an opportunity to bring together a global community of colleagues to explore areas of interest and discuss new ideas, to form collaborations and share common goals. This year’s speakers will emphasize climate and other global environmental changes and their associated health impacts. July 1. Visit the event webpage for more information and to register for this National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences event.

Culture is Prevention: The National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) and the National American Indian and Alaskan Native PTTC virtual learning sessions will address culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention services for AI/ANs and Latinxs.

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

*” NIH One Step Closer to Speeding Delivery of COVID-19 Testing Technologies to Those Who Need It Most Through RADx-UP”, from the NLM Director’s blog

The New and Improved PubMed® — We Are Listening

*Improved access to SARS-CoV-2 data

*New viral protein domain models for annotation of coronaviruses

*New GenBank submission options for SARS-CoV-2 submitters

How We Help the Body Breathe

*”Swimming with the High-Tech Sharks to Improve COVID-19 Testing”, from the NIH Director’s blog

NIH-funded study to recruit thousands of participants to reveal exercise impact at the molecular level

NIH Figshare Instance Pilot to Conclude July 15

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

Medical Library Association, MLA ’20 vConference and Exhibits General Information
The MLA in-person conference has been cancelled and instead offers an invitation to participate in a groundbreaking, exciting, and interactive experience designed by your 2020 National Program Committee and MLA team. Th conference kicks off July 27 and runs through August 14. Visit the conference webpage to learn more about the conference and register

*Social Isolation and Health
Social distancing mandates in winter and spring of 2020 have helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measures have also brought increased attention to the well-established negative effects on morbidity and mortality that social isolation can cause. This brief is part of the Health Affairs’ ongoing series of policy briefs on social determinants of health. Learn more and access the briefs.

Fireworks Safety
Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. Help prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths by working with a national, state or local organization where you live to promote fireworks safety in your community. Get some safety tips and learn more on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website

Fact Sheets: LGBT Wellness
The Network for Health Equity’s LGBT HealthLink has developed several fact sheets that offer LGBT-specific information for health care professionals and consumers of health. Fact sheets are available for the following topics: cultural competence, cancer and tobacco use.

Toolkit: Advancing the Uptake and Use of PrEP in Indian Country
The NIHB has compiled a PrEP toolkit that explores ways in which AI/AN Tribes, Tribal organizations, community members, leaders and service providers can build relationships and strengthen the systems needed to incorporate PrEP into medical practice, social norms and community culture. It also provides tools, language and conversation starters to bring PrEP into a community.

#WellChildWednesdays Social Media Campaign Encourages Parents & HRSA Stakeholders to Keep Up with Pediatric Checkups and Immunizations
Fewer children are receiving timely immunizations this year compared to last year. To encourage parents and stakeholders to keep up with these important well-child visits and immunizations, HRSA (HHS Health Resources and Services Administration)launched a new social media campaign with the hashtag #WellChildWednesdays. Each Wednesday for four weeks, messages will address well-visits, immunizations, adolescent and young adult care, and nutrition, safety, and mental health as topics to be discussed with pediatric providers. The first message already posted, and more messages will appear on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #WellChildWednesdays. Please share, retweet, and promote #WellChildWednesdays to help us to amplify this important message.

*Training: Every Contact Counts: Contact Tracing for Public Health Professionals
This Northwest Center for Public Health Practice training, intended for public health professionals and volunteers who are interested in becoming contact tracers, covers basics such as the important role contact tracers have in protecting the public, criteria that determine whether someone is a potential contact, the key components of a successful contact tracing interview and how to conduct contact tracing interviews with professionalism and sensitivity. Learn more about this training

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PNR Weekly Digest: June 23, 2020

Tue, 2020-06-23 11:02

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Announcing NEW NNLM PNR Funding Opportunities
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), is pleased to announce the following funding opportunities:

  • Community Health Award
  • Professional Development Award
  • Technology Improvement Award

Read the blog post for more information and to apply

Join us for an author talk: The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19
The NNLM Reading Club announces the launch of NNLM Reading Club Presents…. NNLM Reading Club Presents… are web-based author talks that highlight timely health issues brought to light by the NNLM Reading Club. First session July 14. Learn more about this webinar series 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

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!: Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This session contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here! Part of the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt” webinar series. July 15 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

How PubMed Works: NNLM National Training Office is offering the How PubMed Works series in July. Each session is 90-minutes and offers 1.5 MLA CE. Register for each separate session:

Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines: This 4 week online course introduces learners to the environment of health reporting. Learn how health is reported in the news, how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories, and the consider the impact of celebrity illness on health reporting. Class runs from July 20 – August 14. (4 MLA CE) Register

Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services: Centered around eight core competencies, this interactive 4-week online course provides a rich learning experience to build all the essential skills for providing consumer health information services. Course runs from August 3 – 28. (12 MLA CE) Register

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

Dismantling Institutional Racism in your Library: From Theory to Practice: One of the major barriers to dismantling institutional racism is a lack of effective vocabulary, analysis, and principles. Libraries have the potential to be at the forefront of efforts to dismantle racism in our country.Tobin Miller Shearer, PhD, introduces you to training on field-tested and research-based concepts you can use to address both issues of institutional racism in your own organization and in the communities to which you connect and serve in this Niche Academy webinar. June 23 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

What will it take to create health equity for sexual and gender minority young people: In this talk, Dr. Mustanski will describe his research examining multi-level drivers of health disparities among young MSM and his program of research that uses community-engaged methods to create, test effectiveness, and now study the implementation of eHealth approaches to HIV prevention. The talk will conclude with a model of the multilevel changes that will be necessary to allow sexual and gender minority youth to have an opportunity to attain their highest level of health. June 30 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

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

Earlier this month the National Library of Medicine issued its Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the upcoming NNLM Cooperative Agreement in 2021-2026, there are some big changes, including:

  1. The number of regions will be reduced from eight (8) to seven (7). The current Pacific Northwest Region will be divided among Region 5 (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific; and Region 4 (Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) and
  2. A name change: NNLM now stands for the Network of the National Library of Medicine.

Additional information can be found in the NNLM Organizational Workbook

“Graduation 2020: Tradition in the Midst of Change”, from the NLM Director’s blog

New BLAST default parameters and search limits coming in September

Revealing Data: Learning About Zika

*“Genes, Blood Type Tied to Risk of Severe COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

NIH announces new Transformative Research Award program for ALS

“Clear Health” from NIH is a good place to start if you or someone close to you has received a recent diagnosis, or if you are curious because you heard about a disease, disorder, or condition on the news or from friends and want a good place to find the basic information

National Eye Institute establishes office of regenerative medicine

*Funding opportunities: COVID-19 testing for underserved populations

* NIH Clinical Trial Evaluating Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin for COVID-19 Closes Early

Nerve stimulation helps manage pain without opioids

*NIH launches analytics platform to harness nationwide COVID-19 patient data to speed treatments

*COVIDsearch- COVIDsearch is intended to provide a unified means of searching across available research preprints, publications, and clinical trial information

*Building a COVID-19 Analytics Platform to Turn Clinical Data into Knowledge

New Scholars Program for Current College Students or Trainees, submit application between July 15 – September 1

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

  • The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published a blog that informs consumers about health care scams during the COVID-19 pandemic: Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Scams, Fraud, & Rumor During an Emergency.
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has released a resource guide that addresses the issues disproportionately affecting communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus Equity Considerations.
  • The Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement Research Center has archived their 2-part discussion on how misconceptions about COVID-19 contribute to prejudice against Asian Americans and how this affects their health and well-being: Not a Virus: Asian Identity and COVID-19, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • And the Aspen Institute has published a guide that sets out how various sport and recreation activities can be enjoyed while minimizing transmission or contraction of COVID-19: Return to Play: COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool.

Washington Medical Librarians Association online business/networking meeting
WMLA has cancelled its annual conference due to COVID-19 and has scheduled an online business meeting and networking opportunity. Also, renew your membership and WMLA welcomes new members who are working in health information for biomedical personnel, patients, students, and the public. The online event is June 26 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. PT. Learn more on the WMLA website

Masculine Norms and Men’s Health: Making the Connections
The Masculine Norms and Men’s Health: Making the Connections report, published by Promundo in collaboration with the Global Action on Men’s Health and the Movember Foundation, provides an overview of men’s health globally and illustrates the direct connections between masculine norms and health-risk behaviors including poor diet, substance use, occupational hazards, unsafe sex and limited health-seeking behavior.

Black Male Achievement City Index: The Promise of Place
The Campaign for Black Male Achievement has developed an index that scores 50 cities on a scale from 1 to 100 according to their visible level of engagement and committed action on behalf of Black men and boys. Cities were scored using the following indicators: demographics around race and gender, city-led commitment to supporting and addressing individual and systemic challenges facing Black men and boys, local presence of national programs, initiatives and organizations supporting Black men and boys, and targeted philanthropic funding.

*20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good
Parents and other caregivers are seeking resources to help them hold children through the current, terrible wave of racialized violence, which is exacerbated by the tensions and vulnerabilities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As scholars, writers, and parents who use books to connect with our children and spark conversations with them, we’ve developed this book list to help engage the broad range of emotions and needs of diverse children in our multiracial society.

*Front Lines and Fault Lines: Embarking on the next great era of library services
Chicago—like Detroit, Milwaukee, New York City, and rural Louisiana and Georgia—is a place where African Americans, along with Latinos, are dying from COVID-19 at disproportionately higher rates, and the symbiotic relationship between information access and public safety has become abundantly clear…This moment presents libraries with the opportunity—the mandate, really—to advance a new library service model, one that reaches far beyond the library building and becomes ubiquitous in public life. One that reaches the people on the front lines, those straddling the fault lines of who is—and isn’t—informed and equipped to weather emergencies and public health crises. Read more of ALA  Executive Director Tracie D. Hall’s American Libraries article

*Reopening Gets Real: Libraries enact post-pandemic plans to keep workers and patrons safe 
As parts of the country begin to reopen, libraries are slowly restoring services. For many, contactless or curbside pickup is the first service to return, but some have begun opening buildings to staff and visitors. Read the American Libraries article

*New Genomics: Insights Articles – The High School Student Edition
This month, Genomics: Insights features articles from high school students focusing on current areas of science research with global relevance. The topics explored include the creation of a COVID-19 vaccine, the prediction of structural changes to viral proteins caused by genetic mutations, and how genetically engineered bacteria can solve the plastic pollution crisis. Great inspiration for teachers exploring ways for their students to communicate and write about science topics. Submissions for the August 2020 edition are being accepted through July 15.

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Join us for an author talk: The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19

Wed, 2020-06-17 12:49

Robert Wachter, M.D. author of The Digital Doctor

The NNLM Reading Club announces the launch of NNLM Reading Club Presents….

NNLM Reading Club Presents… are web-based author talks that highlight timely health issues brought to light by the NNLM Reading ClubNNLM Reading Club Presents… gives libraries and their readers a chance to hear directly from authors, then engage in a question-and-answer session with them.

Our first event, The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19, features Robert Wachter, M.D., author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age and is scheduled for July 14, 2020. Each live webinar session is 60 minutes long and begins at: 3:00 p.m. ET | 2:00 p.m. CT | 1:00 p.m. MT | Noon PT | 11:00 a.m. Alaska | 9:00 a.m. Hawaii

For more information, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/Zs9

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PNR Weekly Digest: June 16, 2020

Tue, 2020-06-16 11:30

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.

*Still Searching for One Health: Information Services that Support Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Disease: We have long known that 75% of emerging diseases begin at the human-animal interface. RNA viruses including HIV, SARS, novel influenza strains and COVID-19 all trace their origins to animal reservoirs and environmental factors. What role can information specialists play in developing sustainable One Health cultures and mindsets at local, regional, national and international levels? Attend this PNR Rendezvous session to learn more. June 17 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Searching LactMed and LiverTox for Drug Effects: This webinar will give a brief introduction to Bookshelf, LactMed and LiverTox. Using sample search requests from practicing health sciences librarians, we will explore these databases for information on:

  • Substance Use Disorder and the effects of harm reduction medications on lactation and the nursing infant.
  • Risk of acetaminophen toxicity and polypharmacy for the geriatric population.

June 23 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources: Join us for a 4 week, self-paced, online course on nutrition information resources available through reliable resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Class runs from July 6 – 31. (4 MLA CE) Register

How PubMed Works: NNLM National Training Office is offering the How PubMed Works series in July. Each session is 90-minutes and offers 1.5 MLA CE. Register for each separate session:

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

Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series: American Public Health Association (APHA) is hosting this webinar series to give an in-depth look at racism as a driving force of the social determinants of health and equity. The series will explore efforts to address systems, policies and practices designed to limit and shape opportunities for people of color. Presenters will highlight collective and individual actions we can take to advance racial equity and justice. Visit the website for more information about this series.

*Health Literacy Response to COVID-19: Never before has the need for health literacy been so critical. Please join the International Health Literacy Association for a webinar series on COVID-19, where leading international health literacy experts will discuss the global impact of the pandemic and offer health literacy solutions. First session is: From “Infodemic” to “Empowerment”, June 19 from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. PT, Register

*Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19: SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19. View the updated available TTA resources and training to assist with the current situation.

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

“The NIH Preprint Pilot: A New Experiment for a New Era”, from the NLM Director’s blog

*NLM Announces NIH Preprint Pilot to Provide Early Access to COVID-19 Research

Revealing Data: Dr. James Herrick and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic

*“Searching for Ways to Prevent Life-Threatening Blood Clots in COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

NIH launches preprint pilot to expand discovery of NIH-funded research

*Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx): NIH calls for research to expand COVID-19 testing for underserved populations

*NIH researchers identify key genomic features that could differentiate SARS-CoV-2 from other coronaviruses that cause less severe disease

*New NCBI SARS-CoV-2 Resources Page

‘To Walk in the Beauty Way’: Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Native Communities

PhenX Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Assessments Collection

“The TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories” Published in Scientific Data

Request for Information Seeks Public Input on Use of Cloud Resources and New File Formats for Sequence Read Archive Data, submissions due July 17

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

*ALA’s IFC Approves New Guidelines on Contact Tracing, Reopening Libraries, Video Surveillance
Responding to health and privacy concerns during the reopening of libraries and recent discussions of video surveillance and filming in libraries, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) and its Privacy Subcommittee have approved guidelines to assist library workers: “Guidelines for Reopening Libraries During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Guidelines on Contact Tracing, Health Checks, and Library Users’ Privacy” and “Video Surveillance in the Library Guidelines.”

*HHS Initiatives to Address the Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on African Americans and Other Racial and Ethnic Minorities
HHS has released a fact sheet that outlines some activities underway to improve prevention, testing and treatment of COVID-19 among minority populations and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. It includes information on initiatives on data collection, making treatment more accessible and affordable, tailored guidance for individuals and communities most at risk, expanding telehealth options and strengthening COVID-19 outreach and communications.

Beyond Plight: Defining Pathways to Optimal Development for Black Men and Boys Across the Life Course
The Association of Black Foundation Executives published a report that offers organizations and other stakeholders a framework of five primary protective factors that influence the development of Black male youth. These factors include culturally responsive service systems, a positive community environment, caregiver competencies, positive social networks and a positive economic environment. The report offers recommendations for organizations and other stakeholders who work with male children, adolescents, young adults and adults.

Responsible Fatherhood: Resources from the Field
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, an ACF Office of Family Assistance resource center, has developed a toolkit intended for fatherhood programs. These programs help fathers create loving, nurturing relationships with their children and encourage them to be actively involved in their lives. The toolkit draws on lessons learned and resources used by fatherhood programs in diverse locales throughout the nation.

June is LGBTQ Pride Month
June has been a time to acknowledge a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer /questioning (LGBTQ) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. LGBTQ Pride Month is also a time to bring awareness to the experiences of the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ youth are routinely harassed because of their sexual orientation. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled a list of helpful resources for parents and caregivers, children and teens, mental health providers, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals, healthcare providers, educators and school staff, and policy makers.

*Two elite medical journals retract coronavirus papers over data integrity questions
In the first big research scandal of the COVID-19 era, The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) retracted two high-profile papers after a company declined to make the underlying data for both available for an independent audit, following questions being raised about the research. Read more in the Science article

Washington Medical Librarians Association online business/networking meeting
WMLA has cancelled its annual conference due to COVID-19 and has scheduled an online business meeting and networking opportunity. Also, renew your membership and WMLA welcomes new members who are working in health information for biomedical personnel, patients, students, and the public. The online event is June 26 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. PT. Learn more on the WMLA website

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PNR Weekly Digest: June 9, 2020

Tue, 2020-06-09 12:23

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Application period open for the 2021-2026 cycle of the NNLM
NLM has published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) inviting cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program…learn more about the FOA on the blog

Network Member Spotlight: Seattle Public Library named the Gale/ Library Journal Library of the Year
The Seattle Public Library (SPL) has been named the Gale/ LJ Library of the Year. This well-deserved award recognizes SPL’s commitment to the community…read more about SPL and this award on the blog

Announcing NEW NNLM PNR Funding Opportunities
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), is pleased to announce the following funding opportunities:

  • Community Health Award
  • Professional Development Award
  • Technology Improvement Award

Read the blog post for more information and to apply

Consumer Health Minute: Men’s Health
June is Men’s Health Month and is a great time to highlight the importance of health and wellness of the men in your community. our library or organization can promote men’s health for all ages with simple social media messages, highlighting web resources, wearing blue, and more…read the blog post for tools to highlight men’s health

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

Serving Diverse Communities: Serving Diverse Communities is a three-part series of online trainings focused on accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities. Each training session is offered individually, and attendees can choose to participate in one or all sessions. The trainings are offered on-demand and can be completed in one sitting or over several sessions. Each training session will offer 1 hour of MLA CE upon completion. Register by clicking on each individual session title.

Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing for CHES CECH: This is a registration page for Certified Health Education Specialists to receive continuing education credit for viewing the recording of this session of the NNLM webinar, Boost Box, which took place on February 19, 2020. This recording will be available for CHES CECH through August 19, 2020. After registering, you will receive an enrollment code via e-mail and a link to the recording. After viewing the course recording, you will be asked to complete a quiz based on the course content. Learn more about this class and register

Health Statistics on the Web for CHES CECH: This is a registration page for Certified Health Education Specialists to receive continuing education credit for viewing the recording of the NNLM class Health Statistics on the Web, which took place on March 5, 2020. This recording will be available for CHES CECH through September 5, 2020. After registering, you will receive an enrollment code via e-mail and a link to the recording. After viewing the course recording, you will be asked to complete a quiz based on the course content. Learn more about this course and register

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-based public health for CHES CECH: This is a registration page for Certified Health Education Specialists to receive continuing education credit for viewing the recording of the NNLM class From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-based public health, which took place on February 26, 2020. This recording will be available for CHES CECH through August 26, 2020. After registering, you will receive an enrollment code via e-mail and a link to the recording. After viewing the course recording, you will be asked to complete a quiz based on the course content. Learn more about this class and register

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

Updated BLAST RefSeq rRNA databases for identification and phylogenetic analysis:  Learn about NCBI’s curated marker rRNA sequences (targeted loci) for Bacteria and Archaea (16S) and Fungi (18S, 28S and ITS) from type strains, which are now available as a distinct set of BLAST databases. You will learn how to access these data and use these databases and BLAST to help identify organisms and explore their diversity. June 17 from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. PT. Register

Fatherhood: Building Self-Sufficient and Resilient Families: The Dibble Institute webinar will describe the roles of Responsible Fatherhood programming in state and nonprofit fatherhood organizations by highlighting two Ohio-based programs. June 10 at 1:00 p.m. PT. Register

*Healthy Moms, Strong Babies during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The March of Dimes Facebook Live webinar series features material and infant health experts who will provide information and answer questions on the latest COVID-19 information and its impact on the health of moms and babies. Learn more about these events on the March of Dimes Facebook page

*Tackling Child Poverty in the Wake of COVID-19: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine webinar will discuss policies and programs that address the threat that childhood poverty poses to children’s physical and mental health. June 18 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and register

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

*“Sustaining Commitment During Times of Challenge”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice: New Tutorial Available

New CORE Problem List Subset of SNOMED CT Available for Download

When People are Data: How Medical History Matters for Our Digital Age

*“Will Warm Weather Slow Spread of Novel Coronavirus?” from the NIH Director’s blog

*ACTIV Partnership: Stay up to date on research efforts of the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines partnership.

Vision screening device improves detection of “lazy eye”

Curing sickle cell disease: A century-long journey (video)

Study highlights paid caregiving gaps and needs for community-dwelling adults with dementia

Employment opportunity for NNLM PSR (Pacific Southwest Region) Consumer Engagement Coordinator

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

FYI:

*Resources: COVID-19:

The CDC has compiled Sample Training Plans, Guidance, and Resources for COVID-19 contact tracers, case investigators and team leads. They have also developed guidance for Homeless Service Providers and Youth Experiencing Homelessness.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created an interactive map of State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance, including links out to each state’s specific reopening plans.

The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published data and resources on COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities for Black and Latino Communities in the U.S. They have also released an updated version of the Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19, which features several upcoming webinars.

The Public Health Institute’s Berkeley Media Studies Group has published a guide on Communicating about Racial Equity and COVID-19: Connecting Data to Context.

And the RWJF has published a brief on Health Equity Principles for State and Local Leaders in Responding to, Reopening and Recovering from COVID-19.

StrongHearts Native Helpline
The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a culturally-appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for AI/ANs, available every day from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT. They provide peer support and advocacy, information and education about domestic violence and dating violence, personalized safety planning, crisis intervention and referrals to Native or Tribal-based domestic violence service providers. Please dial 1-844-762-8483 to access services.

*Thinking Outside: Libraries and Placemaking in Pandemic Times
As libraries begin to consider offering services and programming in new or reimagined ways, some are looking at how to use outdoor spaces as a way to connect and engage with their communities. From parking lots to baseball diamonds, there are public spaces in every community that can provide ways for people come together, while remaining safely distanced. Read the full WebJunction post

*Public Library Association Resources on COVID-19
The PLA Board of Directors and staff are committed to providing information on the rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members. They have compiled some information to consider as your library, community, and family respond to the crisis.

*American Library Association Pandemic Preparedness: Resources for Libraries
This ALA webpage provides information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention and preparation. Some of the resources are specific to seasonal influenza outbreaks and the 2019/2020 COVID-19 pandemic, but can be used more universally to help educate and inform decisions on pandemic prevention and preparedness.

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Application period open for the 2021-2026 cycle of the NNLM

Mon, 2020-06-08 16:05

NLM has published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) inviting cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.

The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission.

The full description of the funding opportunity, award and eligibility information, application submission instructions, and other details are available on the Funding Opportunity Announcement webpage.

Letters of intent are due by August 11 and applications are due September 11, 2020.

A technical assistance webinar will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PT.

Inquiries

Scientific/Research Contact
Alan VanBiervliet, MA PhD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301- 594-4882
Email: alan.vanbiervliet@mail.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact
Zoe Huang, MD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-594-4937
Email: huangz@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact
Samantha Tempchin
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-496-4221
Email: tempchins@mail.nih.gov

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DataFlash: LitCovid vs. COVID-19 Portfolio Tool

Mon, 2020-06-08 14:37

For those of you who are curious about the differences between two new COVID-19 tools, LitCovid and COVID-19 Portfolio Tool, here are some answers!

As you already know, LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus.  Though, LitCovid is limited to articles in PubMed, includes research on other coronaviruses such as MERS, divides the articles into different categories (e.g. Mechanism, Transmission, Diagnosis, and Treatment), and shows the countries of origin on a world map.

This contrasts with the “iSearch” COVID-19 Portfolio Tool, which like LitCovid is a comprehensive, expert-curated source for publications related to COVID-19.  Though, COVID-19 Portfolio Tool has the following features that distinguish it from LitCovid:

  1. includes both publications and preprints (the medRxiv, SSRN, arXiv, bioRxiv, Research Square and ChemRxiv);
  2. is curated by subject matter experts to focus coverage on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19;
  3. allows searching of full text and/or supplemental data in addition to titles and abstracts;
  4. leverages the cutting-edge analytics available in our iSearch tool, including powerful search functionality and faceting;
  5. includes interactive visualizations that allows users to select topics within their search results for download or further queries; and
  6. makes it easy to download results at any point as a CSV or Excel file.
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