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Archive for February, 2010

EthnoMed Unveils Enhanced Website for Cultural Health Information

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The EthnoMed team has unveiled its redesigned website, EthnoMed: The site also features a new, prize-winning logo: EthnoMed

For more information about the EthnoMed Transformation, see the post in the Dragonfly, the blog of our sister region, the Pacific Northwest.

Smartphone Fun

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

How many of you spend time looking at possible applications to install on your iPhone or other smartphone? (Max meekly raises his hand.)  I will admit that I’m probably well-suited for the job of Technology Coordinator because I get excited about new gadgets and how they might make our lives run more efficiently.   It does take a lot of weeding out of the junk to get to the good stuff.  The kind of gadgets we  once called ‘toys,’ are those that are finally coming to a bit of maturity in their development.  For instance, I’m a big fan of the iPhone.  This, despite the really horrible phone service we experience in Chicago.


That’s all Nepali to me

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Judith Weinstein, MA, MPH
Associate Director
Heartland Alliance Refugee Health Programs
(part of Heartland Health Outreach)
Chicago, IL

The health messages are simple: dress warmly when it’s cold; don’t forget to floss; look left, then right—then left again!–before crossing a street. But the challenge of reaching newly arrived refugees with this basic information is great. Our work in refugee health education is complicated by refugees’ limited English skills, often low literacy levels, the number of different languages spoken, as well as their cultural and ethnic diversity.

Expanding Multi-lingual Health Information for Immigrants and Refugees, made possible with an Outreach Express award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, allowed us to translate the scripts of five slide presentations on basic health topics in to four key refugee languages, to be recorded by native speakers. Eventually, these multi-media, multi-lingual presentations will be available online for free access and downloading by health promoters and immigrants and refugees themselves. (more…)

GMR Is Again Sponsoring MLA Webcast Sites

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of webcast sites for the upcoming
MLA Webcast:  “Now’s The Time: Understanding the Electronic Health Record Maze and Health Science Librarians’ Roles” to be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., central time.

for detailed information on how to become a
sponsored site. (more…)

WHSLA at the 61st Annual Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Association Conference

Monday, February 8th, 2010

by Brenda Fay
Lead Librarian
Aurora Libraries-Aurora Sinai Medical Center
Milwaukee, WI

61st Annual Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Association Conference, Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Health Sciences Library Association (WHSLA) exhibited at the annual Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Annual Convention on February 6, 2010, at Chula Vista Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Two hundred sixty-five nursing students, faculty, and nursing leaders from across Wisconsin attended the meeting. (more…)

Green-Field Virtual Library Launched

Monday, February 8th, 2010

by Mary Ann Urbashich
Associate Director
Green-Field Library and Resource Center
Chicago, IL

The Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library is pleased to announce a new Virtual Library at  The new web page has been made possible by an Outreach Express Award from NN/LM Greater Midwest Region.   Green-Field Library serves diverse populations and an expansive geographic area through the national headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, and a network of 74 chapter organizations nationwide.  Since 1991 the library has grown to house a collection of 6,000 books and videos and 150 journals.  In 2009 we responded to 4500 questions and distributed a thousand articles through interlibrary loan. (more…)

New MCH Library Knowledge Path on Dental Health

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University in collaboration with the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) released a new edition of the knowledge path about oral health for infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant women.

Presented in time for National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, this electronic guide points to resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and the quality of oral health care. The knowledge path contains sections with resources for professionals, resources for consumers, and resources on specific aspects of oral health. (more…)