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Upcoming Webinar: NLM Resources for K-12 Students

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Please join the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region and South Central Region for a collaborative webinar on Thursday, August 25th at 2:00pm CST. The webinar will cover NLM Resources for K-12 students.
Webinar Title: Education Connection: Connecting Health and Science in the Classroom
When?: Thursday, August 25, 2:00pm CST

To Join the Meeting:

  1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/JointWebinarAug
  2. At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name
  3. Call-in information will be available in the room.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or un-mute your phone.

Topic Summary
This one-hour webinar will provide participates with an overview of our most popular NLM K-12 resources. We offer many different platforms to engage students on topics such as genetics, environmental health, and chemistry. Most of our resources cater to middle and high school students, and consist of iOS games, animations, lesson plans, and websites.   We will provide you with a “behind the scenes” look at our processes for the development of these resources, including our partnerships with teachers, students, and subject matter experts to assure we develop meaningful products.

About the Presenter
Karen Matzkin, a contractor with ICF International, is a K-12 Outreach Specialist in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS), National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Ms. Matzkin is responsible for the product development and outreach efforts of the K-12 team, which involves development of science education materials, websites and outreach. She holds a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit
One hour of MLA CE credit is available for attendees, but no advance registration is required. Further information will be provided during the webinar.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office with questions or concerns regarding this webinar. You can email us at gmr-lib@uiowa.edu or call us at (319) 535-4479. We hope to see you on the 25th!

— Molly Olmstead

NN/LM and Health Professional Shortage Areas

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

I’d guess that many of our members are familiar with the term “underserved areas” in relation to a health professional shortage area (HPSA, the federal government loves acronyms). This term is used to describe a geographic area or population group that meets the criteria for having a shortage of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers.

But, it’s not just for communities out in the middle of nowhere! You may be surprised by how many HPSAs are in urban areas.

Why do these areas matter to the GMR office? I’m sure most of you have the mission of the NN/LM memorized – but for those who don’t, remember that the mission of the program is to provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information. Like many federal programs, there is an emphasis on services to underserved and underrepresented populations.

Also, a particular aim (Aim 7, for those of you who are counting) of our office is to:

“…implement outreach and education programs that reach health professionals in the Region with a focus on underserved health communities and health professionals that work in these medically challenging communities so that easy access to NLM resources can be obtained.”

We’ll be counting on creating partnerships with your communities to make this happen! The Health Resources and Services Administration (another acronym, HRSA) provides a great tool for identifying HPSAs in your local area. Give it a try and use this as a tool for generating some ideas for outreach in your communities: http://www.hrsa.gov/shortage/find.html

-Liz Kiscaden
Associate Director, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region

 

 

April 26th MLA Webinar Sponsored Sites

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the April 2016 MLA webinars.
Please support the webinar in your area!

Webinar: The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
More information

  • IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago
  • IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indianapolis
  • IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City
  • IA: UnityPoint Health, Health Sciences Library, Des Moines
  • KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville
  • MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit
  • OH: Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron
  • WI: Gundersen Health System, Health Sciences Library, La Crosse
  • WI: Mercy Medical Center Affinity Health System, Clark Family Health Science Library, Oshkosh
  • WI: Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Care Library, Waukesha

Thank you for making this resource available to your communities.

GMR Sponsoring April Webinar Sites

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The GMR will sponsor the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this MLA Webinar.

  • Webinar: The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Central time
  • Application Process: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mla-webinar
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Noon

Register your site today!

A limited number of sites can be sponsored; please work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations. For more information the webinar, visit:  The Consumer Health Library

Events & Resources of Note 2/23/16

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The focus of this post is on fair use.

Other news…IOM is holding a workshop on health literacy and precision medicine. NPR covers the high cost of journals. SAMSHA provides data about mental health and substance abuse issues. (more…)

Zika in the news and useful links

Monday, February 15th, 2016

In the news

Useful links (more…)

Zika Virus in MeSH and on Resource Guides

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

It is predicted that the Zika virus will spread deep into the United States.  National Institutes of Heath (NIH) director included a powerful map by Kramer, et al (2015) on the NIH Director’s Blog at: http://directorsblog.nih.gov/2016/01/26/zika-virus-an-emerging-health-threat/.

This virus has been known for a long time, but its apparent dangerous effects have only very recently come to light.  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has taken two immediate steps to help address this threat. First, in a rare move, PubMed has immediately added two new terms to MeSH:

Because these terms are so new, search PubMed using zika[tw] to catch citations with the new MeSH headings, older articles on this topic, and to exclude citations by authors named Zika.

Second, an incident Web page was by the created by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus:

This resource list links to a variety of sources such as:

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Focused resources for pregnant women and for health care providers
  • Social media resources for situational awareness

(more…)

Success in a Learning Garden

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

In 2015, the GMR sent out a Call for Applications (CFA) for a variety of awards, including the Community Engagement Award. One of the more interesting responsibilities I have as the Outreach, Planning, and Evaluation Coordinator for the GMR is to review proposals as they come in to the office for potential funding. Elkhart General Hospital’s proposal for a Seed to Feed Learning Garden (http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/funding-recipients/cea) is one of the more interesting–and successful!–awards that the GMR has funded.

Take a look at the most informative article that was posted in Beacon Health’s newsletter, The Beamhttp://beam.beaconhealthsystem.org/eghs-learning-garden-a-huge-success/ Not only has the garden provided an opportunity for librarian Lori Harding of the Medical Library to help train clinical staff in “databases, books, journals and websites containing evidence-based resources and recipes to help educate patients on nutrition,” but 260 pounds of fresh vegetables from the garden were shared with local food pantries! Not many medical libraries can lay claim to that accomplishment.

Sharing Medline Plus Resources with Nutrition Educators

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

By Robin Sabo
Assistant Professor/Health Professions Librarian
Central Michigan University

An exhibit award allowed me to promote MedlinePlus resources to nutrition educators attending the 2014 Annual Meeting for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, June 28 – July 1 in Milwaukee. Six hundred nutrition educators including registered dietitian nutritionists, extension service personnel, public health personnel and university faculty and staff attended the meeting.

Nutrition calculators and quizzes from the Health Check Tools section of MedlinePlus were highlighted including Calculate your body mass index, Exercise counts – How many calories will your activity burn, Folic acid quiz and Test your sodium smarts. Other featured resources included MedlinePlus for Health Professionals and National Library of Medicine Mobile Resources.

Particularly exciting were comments about how the nutrition educators planned to use MedlinePlus resources. Plans included incorporating MedlinePlus into extension websites and Facebook pages, inclusion of links in an upcoming edition of a consumer health nutrition book and university dietetics faculty who plan to incorporate MedlinePlus into their class assignments. One attendee even asked about having someone exhibit on MedlinePlus for their upcoming regional meeting!

New Resources at the Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library has added to and updated our Resource Lists. You can direct your patrons to materials for completing their coursework, article publication, presentations, grant writing, or to learn more about the disease. Check out the Jumpstarters for immediate, free, full-text articles in 13 areas of Alzheimer’s study for students, faculty, and library patrons. Note the updated Resource Lists, Popular Searches and Incredibly Useful Websites, plus our Favorite Links (http://www.alz.org/library/links.asp). View the new Pinterest tool at Social Media Tools: 11 boards you can follow, pin, and share – compiled by the Green-Field Library. Through the online catalog, your patrons can search the collection, view videos for free, and access a list of our journals. Through their local chapters and you, they can borrow from us. We thank all the librarians who chat so deftly and access our policies in QuestionPoint. You can link to us on your website or social media pages: http://www.alz.org/library/.

The Alzheimer’s Association houses a collection of 5,000 books and videos at the national headquarters in Chicago as well as maintains a web page called the Virtual Library, a project funded in part through a technology award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) in 2009.

For more information or to ask a question about Alzheimer’s, email: greenfield@alz.org.