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SEA Currents Volume 20, Number 3 -- May/June 2002

SEA Currents is a bimonthly publication of the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Inside this issue

NOTE: This is a newsletter. The links and information are up to date when published and are NOT updated after the published date.

Dig Into the Distinctive, aka Expanding Backward: Librarian/Archivist

by Fay Towell, Librarian, Greenville Hospital System Library, (

An innocent lunch with a former employee who is now working in the South Carolina Room at the Greenville County Library - that was all it was supposed to be. Then the conversation turned to a newly formed group, the Consortium for Greenville History, composed of representatives from several institutions in Greenville who house archival material. "Greenville Hospital System has archives", I proudly proclaimed. And an invitation to join the group ensued.

My concern, however, was that the archives resided under the marketing and public relations department and, whereas my working relationship with them had always been positive, I was not inclined to jump into this part of the organizational chart. My first plan was to mention this interest to my boss in one of our monthly meetings. Being somewhat of a history buff himself, he liked the thought of the hospital archives being under the Library and agreed to pursue the idea upward, so to speak. After a couple of months, the word came from the vice-presidents over both areas that the switch could take place.

Now here is the fun part that I promise I did not know at the time I volunteered for this added responsibility. The archives are a pet project of our Chief Executive Officer! He had already chosen space at one of the hospital business buildings and instructed our architectural firm to renovate approximately 800 square feet for this purpose. And although the renovation was done before my assignment was final, I must say the architects did their homework. The place is first class. There is a reception area for researchers with bookshelves, two study carrels, and table and chairs as well as a natural wood desk for a staff person, should I ever get so lucky! The back room is for storage and processing and contains closet, sink, and cabinets. I have selected compact shelving for this area.

Photographs from the Greenville South Carolina
Hospital System Archiving Project

Photo of Archive Room

Archive Workroom

Photo of the Archive Suite

Archive Suite

Photo of Kay Teaching

Fay in Class

Photo of Reception Area

Reception Area

Panic quickly followed my excitement. Yes, I had 25 years of hospital library experience, but not a clue as to what to do with archives. It was more than once that I asked myself what I was getting into. However, after a quick call to Bob Williams at USC, I learned of a class taught in the graduate history department titled "Archives Administration and Technology" and although the class was full, I pleaded with the professor, Dr. Connie Schulz, and she willingly let me in. More good news followed - the hospital paid my tuition in full and reimbursed me for books. Then the real fear set in when I realized how long it had been since I was in school - yikes! I drove to Columbia each Monday afternoon during the Fall semester for this 3 hour class, getting home at 10 pm and I loved it, even though I felt more like grade mother than student. These kids were younger than my daughter! And I must proudly report that not only did I get an "A", I also learned valuable information that is serving me well.

During the Fall, I visited several archives including the Joe Waring Historical Library, Dorothy Carpenter Archives, South Carolina Library, S.C. Department of Archives and History Center, Duke Medical Center Archives, and Clemson University Special Collections at the Strom Thurmond Institute where I did an internship for my class. Then it was time for me to get to work! The archives had been stored in a warehouse for the past 4 years and needed to be exterminated and moved to the newly renovated area. Our CEO had identified a volunteer whom I knew from her library days at Greenville Technical College. After ordering acid-free storage boxes and folders, we began processing following the 4 A's of archiving - "acquire, accession, appraise, and arrange". Actually, the acquiring had been done for us, but now that employees know about the archives, more interest is being generated. To safeguard future donations, the hospital attorney has composed an agreement form for gifts and oral histories.

For the first time in my career, I was called to meet with our CEO because he wanted me to find information in the archives on a long-time physician who was about to retire. I have done presentations on the archives to the President's Council and to our Leadership team and each was well received. The purpose of these presentations was two-fold: to educate the staff about the why, what, when, and how of archives, and to let them know that these documents are of value. I'll be the first to admit that I had no idea what the depth and breadth of this responsibility would be; it has turned out to be far more than dusty boxes stored in a warehouse. But it feels good to be expanding backward and I am certain that by knowing and understanding our past, we can more effectively deal with the present and direct the future. Kaplan said it well: "We are what we collect, we collect what we are".

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Big D: Diversity Resources in Nursing

assembled by Beth M. Wescott, editor

"Can cultural competency reduce racial and ethnic health disparities? A review and conceptual model" by Ms. Brach and Dr. Fraser, in the November 2000 Medical Care Research and Review 57(Suppl. 1), pp. 181-217.

Communication for Behavior Change in the 21st Century: Improving the Health of Diverse Populations The overall goal of this study is to develop recommendations that will increase the efficacy of communication based behavior change interventions to improve public health with specific reference to culturally and demographically divergent populations and health disparities. These recommendations will inform policy makers, researchers, funders, advocacy organizations, and others in providing and evaluating such interventions to improve public health.

"Cultural Competence: A Priority for Performance Improvement Action." Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Salimbene S., 13(3):23-35, 1999 Feb. An increase in diversity that has been accompanied by a sharp decrease in white Caucasian "mainstream" culture has made cultural competence a priority in nursing performance improvement. Each culturally diverse group defines health and illness differently. Most have a long and well-established tradition of folk health beliefs and practices, which strongly impact members' reactions to American standards of care and influence on both patient satisfaction and treatment compliance. This article describes the culture--health care relationship and lists 10 indicators for measuring cultural competency. It presents a practical, system-wide model for the improvement of nursing care quality through enhanced cultural competency and lists resources.

Culture Care Diversity and Universality: A Theory of Nursing Madeleine M. Leininger, PhD, RN, FAAN, LHD, DS, PhDNsc, CTN, 2001. ISBN: 0763718254
Conceptualized in the 1950s, the Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality has grown in use, meaning, and relevance to users worldwide. As the primary and definitive source of this theory, this hallmark publication is an invaluable resource for transcultural nursing research, education, administration, and practice.

Transcultural nursing theory
Theory, philosophical base, tenets, assumptions, purpose, and goal
Ethnonursing qualitative research method
Seven research studies demonstrate use of the theory and methodology in achieving culturally congruent nursing care
Tables depict research findings on the cultural values of 23 different cultures.

Cultural Competence Acute Care in Hospital Systems
Iris Garcia-Caban, Ph.D.Health Policy Analyst,
R03 HS 10567-01, Brandeis University
Recently funded dissertation grant

Minority Health: Cultural competency of health care providers could reduce disparities in care related to race/ethnicity
Competency of health care providers could reduce disparities in care related to race/ethnicity. Cultural competency of health care providers could reduce disparities in care related to race/ethnicity. Minority Americans are expected to make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. population by 2035. A large body of literature has documented significant racial and ethnic disparities in health care and health outcomes, with minority Americans generally receiving less health care and suffering worse health. Many minority Americans, especially those with limited English proficiency, face barriers to accessing health care and getting appropriate treatment.

"Patients' Rights and Professional Responsibilities: The Moral Case for Cultural Competence." Richardson LD., Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. 66(4):267-70, 1999 Sep.
A right to health care can be derived from basic ethical principles. The empirical evidence revealing significant racial inequities in health status, access to health services, quality of care received and outcomes of health services is reviewed. The need for health care providers to acquire cultural competence in order to fulfill their professional responsibilities is discussed; the insight, knowledge and discipline required to function effectively in the context of cultural differences are described.

Primary Care Educational Modules, The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Educational Program for Clinical and Community Issues in Primary Care
To help experienced clinicians mentor and inspire others, the Bureau of Primary Health Care has developed the National Health Service Corps Educational Program for Clinical and Community Issues in Primary Care. Through experiential learning, problem-solving, and interactive exercises, the modules help to understand contemporary practice settings, cross-cultural issues and disease patterns. The modules stimulate discussion of clinical, social and personal issues among those considering careers in primary care.

Providing Care to Diverse Populations: State Strategies for Promoting Cultural Competency in Health Systems. Workshop Summary, June 9-11, 1999, User Liaison Program. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD.

The Right Thing to Do, The Smart Thing to Do: Enhancing Diversity in Health Professions; summary of the Symposium on Diversity in Health Professions in Honor of Herbert W. Nickens, M.D. Institute of Medicine, Brian D. Smedley and Adrienne Y. Stith, Institute of Medicine; Lois Colburn, Association of American Medical Colleges; Clyde H. Evans, Association of Academic Health Centers 2001 0-309-07614-5

"Waterfalls and Geysers: The Development of Diversity Awareness at Children's Hospital." Ratliff SS. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 13(3):36-46, 1999 Feb. The development of diversity awareness at Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has been a work in progress since the early 1980s. The interface of administration and individual initiatives ("waterfalls" and "geysers") has resulted in projects ranging from major international exchange programs to noontime Spanish language classes. This article recounts the journey from a parochial focus to a consciousness of multiculturalism in virtually all aspects of hospital interaction.

The Way Home - Video Documentary from World Trust - eight ethnic councils of women discuss race, gender, class and sexual orientation with in-depth perspectives on resistance, love, assimilation, beauty standards, power, school experiences, religion, etc. Interwoven are historical and family photos, dance sequences, visual images, and music from many cultures. The ethnic councils were Indigenous, Asian, European, African, Arab, Jewish, Latina, and Multiracial--total 64 individuals--meeting several times over eight months. For orders and information: Toll-free 1-877-WAYHOME / Fax 510-595-3281 / Email or go to

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Developing the Knowledge and Skills of Network Members

by J. Dale Prince, Outreach Coordinator

In accordance with the "Big D" theme of both our newsletter and the MLA Annual Conference in Dallas, I'd like to discuss the role of the NN/LM SE/A in developing the knowledge and skills of network members. We receive a number of questions each month from members who are not certain about the range of NN/LM educational services asking about the cost, the responsibilities of our hosts, and which courses are available. I will attempt to answer those questions here.

I'll begin with cost since the question most asked of us is: "If you to come to my library/hospital/organizational meeting to teach, how much will it cost me?" The educational services of the NN/LM come to you for free since all taxpayers help to fund these services on April 15. Because of this, we are able to travel to your location and teach with no charge to you. NN/LM absorbs the costs of travel, food, and lodging for our instructors, and we supply training materials such as handouts and manuals.

So what are the responsibilities of the organizer of the training session? If you are coordinating a training session for us, we ask that you apprise us of the state of the classroom since the technology available at your site has a large effect upon the format of the class we prepare. Be prepared to answer a number of questions. You should know or be able to find out what equipment is available: what type of overhead projector is there? what are the connection(s) to the internet? how many/ what type of computers are there for hands-on training? Our manuals are printed off as needed since they change to reflect the dynamic nature of our subjects, so an estimate of the number of students as soon as possible is handy so that we may print off the appropriate number of manuals needed for each class and ship them directly to you before our arrival. Another local responsibility is to advertise the class and recruit attendees and handle registration. Additionally, we may ask that you take care of distributing our CE certificates to attendees after the class has been taught.

The NN/LM SE/A has a number of class offerings including classes on consumer health, DOCLINE ®, PubMed ®, nursing information, the Internet, information technology, and easy-to-read materials. A listing can be found at We work constantly to keep up with the needs of network members and are always developing needed classes. We've recently added a course on with an overview of the drug development process, a course on NLM's NLM Gateway , and a course on Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) technology. The PDA course has a traveling lab with 10 PDAs for hands-on training. A number of other classes are currently being developed, including an English language course on Spanish language consumer health resources.

Because we try to address the needs of network members, input from you is an important part of our course development process. We welcome suggestions from network members aware of a need for a class not included in our roster.

This may not have answered all of your questions. If not, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to work with you to fulfill your education needs.

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Diversity in the Workplace

by Toni Yancey, outreach coordinator

Take a look around you. How many African-Americans, Arabic, Asian American, or Latino people do you see working in your library? How many disabled individuals work in your library? How many are librarians? Three, two, maybe one.

In my career, I have been the only racial minority librarian working in an academic health sciences library, a corporate library, and in a hospital library with three other professionals. And in some cases, I was the first minority hired as a librarian in those institutions. Diversity in the workplace is everyone's responsibility. As the American Library Association web site says "The strength of our nation is the diversity of its people."

While exhibiting at the Florida Library Association (FLA) annual meeting in Daytona Beach, I had the opportunity to talk with Mercedes Clement, a member of the FLA Black Caucus Interest Group (BCIG), about their efforts to recruit African-American students to librarianship. They created a brochure with funding from the Florida Library Association outlining career opportunities and salary information. It also includes pictures of seemingly successful African-American librarians. Each member of BCIG was asked to approach guidance counselors at their local high school about giving a presentation on Career Day.

For the 5th National Conference of African-American Librarians, Brenda Green, from University of Tennessee, Memphis, Cynthia Henderson, from Morehouse Medical School Multimedia Center, and I will be doing a panel presentation on medical librarianship. Our goal is to try to interest other librarians and library school students in considering a career in medical librarianship. We will be talking about career opportunities, training and accreditation, and library promotion. We will be conducting a survey of African-American medical librarians during the summer. If you would like to participate, please contact me.

If you would like to find out what you can do to promote diversity in the workplace, please read the ALA Diversity brochure at Also see "Choose the Library Profession as a Career" ( for promoting librarianship as a career for minority students. For NN/LM SE/A Region's funding opportunity for Health Sciences Librarianship Promotion, see

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Dentistry - Oral Health Awareness Campaign: Fitting the Pieces Together

The Challenge: Because oral complications affect patients receiving cancer treatment, providing information on prevention and treatment of these complications to cancer patients and their caregivers is vitally important. The National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse (NOHIC) produced eight patient and professional education pieces as part of its health awareness campaign, Oral Health, Cancer Care, and You: Fitting the Pieces Together.

The Solution:With such timely and important information, speedy and broad dissemination is the goal. Eagle Design created a Web site for the campaign materials that is be easily accessible, attractive, and simple to use.

The Benefits: NOHIC has distributed more than 650,000 campaign-related materials to oncology and oral health professionals. Many requests for materials have been made via the campaign Web site, and public and professional response to the materials has been outstanding.

Patients' and Professionals' Brochures:

Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment:
What the Oral Health Team Can Do

Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment:
What the Oncology Team Can Do

Oral Care Provider's Reference Guide to Oncology Patients

Oncology Reference Guide to Oral Health Pocket Guide for Oncology Professionals

Radiation Treatment and Your Mouth

Chemotherapy and Your Mouth

Who's on My Cancer Care Team?

Three Good Reasons to See a Dentist

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Diabolical!! Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature Exhibit Tour and

This traveling National Library of Medicine exhibition looks at the world from which Mary Shelley came, at how popular culture has embraced the Frankenstein story, and at how Shelley's creation continues to illuminate the blurred, uncertain boundaries of what we consider "acceptable" science.

Based on the lively exhibition of the same name created by the National Library of Medicine and displayed there 1997-8, the new show encourages audiences to examine the intent of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, Frankenstein. Can they see parallels to hot-button topics like cloning and stem cell research in her classic tale? What are Shelley's and their own views about personal and societal responsibility as these relate to science and other areas of life?

In addition to the exhibition, participating libraries will host interpretive and educational programs to help audiences discuss Shelley's novel and its use of scientific experimentation as a metaphor for cultural values.

The exhibition and related materials were developed by the NLM and the American Library Association, and funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Lister Hill Library of Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham


DuPont-Ball Library, Stetson University, Deland


Putnam County Library System, Palatka


University of Central Florida Library, Orlando


Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center, Atlanta


Jack Tarver and Medical Libraries, Mercer University, and Health Resources Center, Medical Library of Central Georgia, Macon


Cecil County Public Library, Elkton


Gaston County Public Library, Gastonia


Richland County Public Library, Columbia


Johnson City Public Library, Johnson Cit


Memphis/Shelby County Public Library and Information Center, Memphis


Loudon City Public Library, Loudon


Swen Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg


Cabell County Public Library, Huntington

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Disparities - Health Disparities: Minority Health Websites

Meharry 125th Logo Copyright 2002 Meharry Medical College All Rights Reserved

The sites on this page will focus on minority health concerns. The page will include statistics, clinical research, initiatives, organizations, and consumer health information. If you would like to add a site to this page, please send the URL (web address) to

American Public Health Association

Asian Health Services

Association of American Indian Physicians

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

Bettering the Health of Minority Americans: The Commonwealth Fund

Black Health Network

Census Bureau (minority facts)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Closing the Gap

Cross Cultural Health Care Program

Diversity Rx

Health Care For All

Healthy People 2010

Hispanic Health Council

Indian Health Service

Institute for African-American Health

Latino Health Institute

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Caucus & Center on Black Aged

National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Latina Health Organization

National Medical Association

Office of Minority Health Resource Center

President's Initiative on Minority Health

Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

U.S. Mexican Border Health

Meharry Graphic Copyright 2002 Meharry Medical College All Rights Reserved

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NLM and NN/LM (and its partners) News

assembled by Beth M. Wescott, editor


1. MedlinePlus ® Receives Recognition
The American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (URAC) has made MedlinePlus its first government-accredited health care site. URAC, which cites the "stellar reputation" of MedlinePlus , follows a painstaking and thorough review process before awarding accreditation. The announcement is at The URAC Health Web Site Accreditation program is intended to empower consumers to identify health Web sites that follow rigorous standards for quality and accountability.

2. NLM NLM Gateway new version, Sonya Shooshan [] A new version of the NLM NLM Gateway has been released. Changes include the following:

PubMed search results are now retrieved from the PubMed XML output. This allows additional search fields to be displayed, as well as the display of diacritics.
The name of the DIRLINE® collection was expanded to DIRLINE: Directory of Health Organizations.
The cursor is automatically placed in the search box on a new search. Any new browser windows opened by NLM Gateway are smaller than the original browser window.

Please feel free to contact Sonya via phone or email (301-435-3189 or with any questions or comments.

3. NLM's Specialized Information Services (SIS) releases several new and improved resources:

The National Library of Medicine®'s Division of Specialized Information Services launched a new look for its TOXNET ® and DIRLINE search interfaces on May 8, 2002. Check out the new features at and

Streamlined search interface
Search all TOXNET databases simultaneously
Modify search from the results page
New Limits page for HSDB® customized searches
New format and expansion for DART® (DART Core and DART Special)

In addition, also released is a new database called Haz-Map: an occupational health and toxicology database. It is designed to link jobs and hazardous job tasks to exposure to chemicals, and occupational diseases and their symptoms. Users will be able to link to Haz-Map from The direct link is

4. NIH Senior Health -
This website for older adults was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes of Health and features health information for older adults.

5. DOCLINE "Status" Categories

"Temporarily Inactive" indicates that a library is not accepting DOCLINE requests due to a variety of reasons such as temporary library closing or a staff shortage due to extended vacation and/or illness. The minimum period to qualify for Inactive is five (5) days and the length of inactivation varies depending upon the circumstances of the library.

LIBIDs shown in [lowercase] in the M/A/N Map or Routing Table indicate that the library is either closed, temporarily inactive, or a non- DOCLINE library. You can search DOCUSER® (use default display of "Institution List") to determine the library's current status. In a future release, DOCLINE will visually differentiate between closed and temporarily inactive libraries.

Below are the descriptions of the " DOCLINE Status" categories: "Closed": A library that is no longer open. A closed library may have holdings listed in SERHOLD® since the holdings may need to be merged with another library in the near future. Requests will not route to closed libraries. Union Lists will not display holdings for closed libraries.

"Not DOCLINE Lib": Libraries that are not currently DOCLINE participants. Some libraries may plan to become participants in the near future. If so, they may add holdings to SERHOLD in preparation for becoming a full DOCLINE participant. Thus, it is possible to have holdings in SERHOLD and not be a DOCLINE participant. Requests will not route to a library that is a non-participant. Union Lists will not display holdings for a library that is a non-participant.

"Demo Library": Library that is used by the RMLs or NLM for demonstration or testing purposes. Requests will route to demonstration libraries. Union Lists will not display holdings for demonstration libraries.

6. The NIH Office of Rare Diseases has a new Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center. A rare disease is defined as one that has a prevalence of less than 200,000 affected individuals in the USA. More information is available on the Center's web site at including definitions, a list of rare diseases, patient support groups, patient travel and lodging, and research and clinical trials. Also available on the web site is contact information for Information Center staff who will respond to inquiries from the general public, health care professionals, and researchers.

MedlinePlus also has information on Rare Diseases,, including a link to the Office of Rare Diseases and to information on orphan drugs from the Food and Drug Administration.

7. Outreach and Training Activities in NICHSR (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)

8. PubMed 's online tutorial (at and also available from PubMed's side bar at ( has been updated to reflect recent changes to the PubMed system.

9. The latest NLM Technical Bulletin, May 2002,has an article on a new MEDLINE® publication type: Patient Education Handout. For more information see the article at:


1. The NN/LM National Network Office ( at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Maryland has two new staff members.

Ms. Lalitha Kutty, the new Consumer Health Librarian, came from Analytical Sciences Incorporated in Bethesda where she was Senior Health Information Specialist., 301-451-4023

Dr. Keith Cogdill joined the NNO staff as Outreach Librarian. Dr. Cogdill comes from the University of Maryland where he was Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies., 301-594-7530

2. The Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce website has been updated with information about the newest partner, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The SOPHE graphic will be added to the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce ' sidebar.

3. Children's Environmental Health Information Resources videotapes available for loan from the NN/LM SE/A.

The NN/LM SE/A has three copies of the 1 hour 52 minute long video of the Children's Environmental Health Information Resources satellite broadcast from March 21, 2002. by The Public Health Training Network ( and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( produced the broadcast for Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce ( Contact J. Dale Prince for information.

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CYBERSPACE: URLs Useful Resources for Libraries

by Beth M Wescott, editor

American Library Association
To find out what you can do to promote diversity in the library workplace, read the ALA Diversity brochure at

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
The website includes:

The newsletter, Partnership Matters, contains timely articles, funding opportunities, new publications and other announcements. Check out the latest issue at

Confronting Chronic Neglect: The Education and Training of Health Professionals on Family Violence
National Academy Press, National Academy of Science

Disparities in Health Care
AHRQ Focus on Research: Disparities in Health Care. AHRQ Publication No. 02-M027, March 2002. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Presents programs and research of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that examine and address disparities in the delivery of health care

Improving Cardiovascular Health in African Americans
Package of seven easy-to-read booklets, designed by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, to help patients reduce their chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Each booklet provides specific information on improving heart health and identifies steps to promote healthy lifestyles among African Americans. Publication No. 55-832.

Minority HIV/AIDS Patients Less Likely to Be in Trials
"Participation in Research and Access to Experimental Treatments by HIV-Infected Patients," New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 346(18)1373-1382, May 2, 2002
African American and Latino HIV/AIDS patients are far less likely than whites to participate in research trials or get experimental drugs, even though these minority groups account for nearly half of HIV/AIDS patients.

National Academies Op-Ed Service
In the United States, overwhelming evidence shows that whites receive better health care than blacks and other minorities. Why is this happening? Find out what Georgetown University's Gregg Bloche and American Medical Association former president Alan Nelson have to say in a new article.

Netwellness, Minority health Center: African American Health Overview
The Minority Health Community Advisory Board's mission is to assist NetWellness in the development and implementation of a broad-based minority health section.

Talking Quality Web Site Launched
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the U. S. Office of Personnel Management, launched a new government Web site designed to help benefit managers, consumer advocates, and state officials communicate with their audiences about health care quality. The site provides step-by-step instructions on how to implement a quality measurement and reporting project, such as a health plan report card. It provides practical advice and examples on what to say about health care quality, how to say it, and how best to get the information, especially information on plans and providers, into the hands of consumers.

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Upcoming Events - July - November 2002

July 10-12

National Leadership Summit to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health HHS Office of Minority Health or 1-888-516-5599
Hilton Hotel & Towers, Washington, DC

August 13-16

5th National Conference of African American Librarians Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Culture Keepers V: Access
Fort Lauderdale Marina Marriott, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

October 17-19

2002 MAC/MLA Annual Meeting,
Links Around DC Wyndham City Center Hotel, Washington, DC.

October 17-23

Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association 52nd Annual Libraries Creating One World: Connections, Collaborations, Cooperatives: libraries creating one world or link from
Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, Nashville, TN

Nov 18-21

American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) "Knowledge, Connections and Community" in Philadelphia, PA
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel

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NLM Technical Bulletin Table of Contents

March - April, 2002

Technical Notes: - e1

New Version of NLM Gateway Released - March 4, 2002

New NLM Classification Numbers Added New Version of NLM Gateway Released - April 9, 2002

CCRIS, ChemIDplus®, DIRLINE, Gene-TOX, HSDB, and TOXLINE® Special Now Distributed to Licensees in XML Format

Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®) Knowledge Sources (2002AA) and the New UMLS Knowledge Source Server Available

MLA Meeting Reminder and NLM Invitation

NLM Announces a New Version of the PubMed Tutorial


PubMed /MEDLINE Available with 2002 MeSH® and Two Changes - e2
MEDLINE citations in PubMed now reflect 2002 MeSH vocabulary.

Herbs: Clarification for Medical Subject Headings - Annotated Alphabetic List 2002 - e3
The Medical Subject Heading Herbs was eliminated for the year 2002.

New License Agreement for Non-U.S. Organizations for Use of MEDLINE and Other NLM Databases Solely for Research Purposes - e4
To accommodate requests by non-U.S. organizations, NLM has just created a new license agreement for non-U.S. Organizations.

Technical Bulletin Issue Completed April 24, 2002

Go to the Technical Bulletin web page

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Publication Information

This Issue: SEA Currents, May/June 2002, volume 20, issue 3

Please send items and contributed articles for SEA Currents to Beth M. Wescott, Editor, at :

NN/LM SE/A Region
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
601 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1512

Phone: 410-706-2855 or 1-800-338-7657 and Choose 1 for Regional Network Office
Fax: 410-706-0099

NN/LM SEA Staff:

Frieda Weise, Director,, 410-706-7545

Janice Kelly, Executive Director,, 410-706-2855

Jana Allcock, Consumer Health Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

J. Dale Prince, Outreach Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Bryan Vogh, Technology Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Beth Wescott, Network Access Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Toni Yancey, Outreach Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Colette Becker, Assistant to the Executive Director,, 410-706-2855

Ruth Collins, Secretary,, 410-706-2855

Evelyn Peyton, Secretary,, 410-706-2855

Network members may subscribe to the SE/A electronic mailing list by following the instructions found at:

SEA Currents: Newsletter of the Southeastern Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is published bi-monthly by NN/LM SEA.

NOTE: This is a newsletter. The links and information are up to date when published and are NOT updated after the published date. The web links have been removed from this issue.