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Even iPhone gamers can learn from NLM Resources

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

I spent far too many hours in my high school Chemistry class playing Bejeweled on my laptop (sorry Ms. Schultz!), so when I started reading up on NLM’s resources for K-12 students, I was immediately interested when I saw that iPhone and online games are included on this list.

Up until now, the closest thing I’ve played to a health sciences iPhone game is Amateur Surgeon 3, which lets you make surgical incisions with a pizza cutter, so I think it’s safe to say it has absolutely zero educational value. Thankfully, the NLM’s selection of iOS games covers a lot more bases when it comes to educational content.

There’s Bohr Thru, which is a Bejeweled-style matching game for junior and high school students with objectives to collect the correct subatomic particles to create the first 18 elements on the periodic table. Players are even challenged to build Bohr models during bonus rounds – something that was extremely challenging for me due to my previous life as a Chemistry class slacker. After completing a level, the loading page includes more information about the atoms and elements to read while you wait.

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Now that’s more like it. This game successfully reminded me what subatomic particles are. (from itunes.apple.com)

For younger kids, there’s an online game called ToxMystery, where you accompany a cute cat named Toxie around a house to look for dangerous and hazardous chemicals. You’re even expected to identify the chemicals that can be found around the house – for instance, that Mercury can leak from a broken thermostat. The game teaches the students how to identify household toxins and gives them easy-to-understand information about why exactly they’re dangerous. It’s definitely an effective game for curious kiddos and cat lovers alike.

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As a child I would have been super invested in the game just based on Toxie alone. (from oxmystery.nlm.nih.gov).

To learn more about what NLM can offer for K-12 students – from a much more reliable source than someone who just spent a good chunk of work time playing mobile games – plan to tune in to the joint GMR and SCR webinar about NLM K-12 resources.

Connection Information
Webinar Title: Education Connection: Connecting Health and Science in the Classroom
Date: 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.

For a complete topic summary, presenter bio, and information about CE credit, check out this blog post from last week.

Molly Olmstead (molly-olmstead@uiowa.edu) promises she won’t play so many iPhone games tomorrow.

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

 

 

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…)

Libraries can tackle today’s challenges!

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

How can libraries play a role in transforming cities? Colleagues at the Lexington Public Library and Indiana University Northwest’s Anderson Library provided answers to this question in the form of a proposal to the Knight Cities Challenge. In its second year, the Knight Cities Challenge asks organizations to outline ways to transform communities. GMR cities in the challenge include: Akron OH, Detroit MI, Duluth MN, Ft. Wayne IN, Gary IN, Grand Forks ND, Lexington KY, and St. Paul MN. (more…)

Healthy People Tools for Working in the Community

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Get Healthy People 2020 program planning tools: MAP-IT - Healthy People 2020 Healthy People 2020 provides tools for working in the community. MAP-IT, which stands for Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, Track, is a five-stage framework that can be used to plan and evaluate public health interventions to achieve Healthy People 2020 objectives. MAP-IT pages include Planning and Funding resources to help get you on your way. MAP-IT badges may also be inserted in a blog or web page as a link to these resources. Just copy the provided code and insert in your site: http://healthypeople.gov/2020/connect/webBadge.aspx

Healthy People is based on a simple but powerful model:

  • Establish national health objectives.
  • Provide data and tools to enable States, cities, communities, and individuals across the country to combine their efforts to achieve them.
  • Create and implement a plan to reach Healthy People 2020 objectives.
  • Track your community’s progress.

 

Mobile Resources from the NLM

Friday, February 17th, 2012

This week, the NLM’s Technical Bulletin had an item about mobile TOXNET access.  For those of you who are not familiar with TOXNET, it is a set of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.  It falls under a larger group of database and services available from the NLM – the Specialized Information Services, or as they are more commonly known, SIS.

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NLM Announces the Expansion of PubMed Health

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

NLM announces the expansion of the information available from PubMed Health (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/), which provides integrated access to clinical effectiveness reviews. PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.  It is a service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). (more…)

Aligning Forces for Quality

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform.

AF4Q asks the people who get care, give care and pay for care to work together toward common, fundamental objectives to lead to better care. The Foundation has made an unprecedented commitment to improve health care in 16 geographically, demographically, and economically diverse communities that together cover 12.5 percent of the U.S. population.

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