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Where did that month go?

Just a few weeks ago, I posted an article in the GMR blog highlighting the fact that September is National Preparedness Month. From the CDC, to the American Red Cross, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ready.gov, and your local county (Cook County, IL; Johnson County, IA), city (Fargo, ND, Louisville, KY), university (University of Minnesota Duluth), or church (The United Methodist Church), being prepared for an emergency is a priority. Ready or not, the calendar page turned to September, and National Preparedness Month got underway.

Fear not, procrastinators! The NN/LM has developed a Collaborative Webinar Series, and first up is entitled: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!

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When: September 28, 2016 3-4pm ET / 2-3pm CT
To Register: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=1057

Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to:

  • learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities
  • take action to increase preparedness
  • participate in community resilience planning

The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.

Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center

Nature Calls

Today the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, and as so many people have done over the past century, including the fictional Griswolds, my family of four took to the open road on a hot summer day traveling 2,000 miles from the Heartland of America to visit celestial mountains and lakes and forests out West. What did we find? Exactly that – mountains and lakes and forests. We also found so much more. As we paddled a kayak in the crystal clear Lake Crescent; hiked a 600-foot incline to view Glacier waterfalls; and strolled a misty beach hearing thunderous waves smack the Pacific coast, we discovered health – mental and physical.

However, I am reminded not to wait for a vacation to create peace of mind and strong bones and muscles. Physical activity should be incorporated into my daily life. When the Obama administration came into office, the First Lady made it her mission to fight childhood obesity. Let’s Move was Michelle Obama’s initiative to motivate children to eat well and exercise. The Get Active page has useful recommendations for the amount of beneficial activity and food intake for staying fit. The President, too, supported his wife’s program with his challenge to modify lifestyle behavior. View a list of suggested activities or take a fitness test at the President’s Challenge website.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine, too, has several resources to guide you to a healthier you. MedlinePlus – Exercise and Physical Fitness compiles facts, information and links to many useful sites such as Exercise Tips for Travelers at Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging and consumer health information for Joining a Gym from the Federal Trade Commission.

For more science-based information, look at HealthyPeople.gov. HHS developed this website as part of the Healthy People 2020 [PDF] initiative. It provides resources for the purpose of helping users implement programs and applications to improve the Nation’s Health by 2020. Now I will stop writing so you will stop reading and we all can go for a walk.

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Darlene Kaskie is the Technology and Communications Librarian at the Greater Midwest Region for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.


 

Four Awards Currently Open & Application Training

The Professional Development Award and the Emergency Preparedness Award are now available. The application deadline for all four of our current awards is September 12th, 2016. The GMR is currently accepting applications for four awards and training is available to help you apply. Bobbi Newman will lead two training sessions that are specifically tailored to our current awards.

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Please Register for this class by filling out this form.

Writing Successful Award Applications
Friday, August 26, 11am CT
Thursday, September 1, 1pm CT

Connection Information
     1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/NewAwards16
     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.

Even iPhone gamers can learn from NLM Resources

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.

Visiting Resource Libraries in Minnesota

As a native Minnesotan, I was determined to get up north to visit our resource libraries before winter. Like my fellow Minnesotans I have an emergency kit in my trunk, complete with a candle to melt snow, a shovel, and kitty litter in case I’m stuck in a ditch. I’d rather not have to put this to the test, though… and I have a bad habit of eating my emergency snacks out of my kit. So, last week, I hit the road to visit our two resource libraries in Minnesota, at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.

At Mayo in Rochester, I met with the new director Anna Beth Morgan, who started her position in March right before a 10-inch snowfall! While there, I also met with Dawn Littleton and Lisa Baethke, who are investigating the possibility of outreach to the Native American population within the state. Lisa is the program coordinator for the Native C.I.R.C.L.E., a resource center providing cancer-related materials to healthcare providers and others involved in the education, care, and treatment of Native populations. Dawn Littleton is a librarian and supervisor of Public Services at Mayo – and a colleague from long ago when I worked for the Center for Patient Oriented Research.

Heading north from Rochester to Minneapolis, I visited the University of Minnesota’s Biomedical Library in Diehl Hall, which is hidden within a plaza off of Washington Avenue. There, I met with director Janice Jaguszewski and outreach librarian and Katherine Chew, and took a tour of the facility. I had the opportunity to take a peek at new furniture they’re trying out and took pictures of the display at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine (https://hsl.lib.umn.edu/wangensteen).

These visits are an opportunity to meet our library directors face-to-face and gain an understanding of both their goals and the health information needs in the region. I’m soliciting feedback regarding everything from communication to funding, to create a stronger partnership with our resource libraries. I want to thank Anna Beth, Dawn, Lisa, Janice, and Katherine for sharing their ideas with me and educating me about their institutions and their regions.

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-Liz Kiscaden (elizabeth-kiscaden@uiowa.edu)

More Outreach Awards (!) and Application Training

Alright folks, the GMR Outreach Awards are rolling in – we’ll continue to post them on our website as they approved by the NNCO. The Express Outreach Award and Technology Improvement Award are both live and we’re accepting applications until September 12th. The Professional Development Award is next on our radar and will be posted soon.

If you’re looking for some guidance for how to fill out these applications, look no further. Our Community Outreach Librarian, Bobbi Newman, will lead a training session tailored specifically for our current awards.

Writing Successful Award Applications
Friday, August 26, 11:00 AM CT
Thursday, September 1, 1:00 PM CT

Each course will last about 90 minutes, but that’s including plenty of time at the end for questions. Bobbi will explain what we’re looking for in outreach applications and give some tips to help you apply for these awards.

Please click here to register for the course and give Bobbi an idea of what you’d like to learn.

Connection Information
        1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/NewAwards16
       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.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the current outreach awards, about Bobbi’s course, or just about live in general. Shoot us an email at gmr-lib@uiowa.edu or ring us at (319) 353 – 4479.

Upcoming Webinar: NLM Resources for K-12 Students

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

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): GMR Update

Our GMR Update on Monday August 15th was successful, thanks to all you lovely folks who submitted questions, provided input, and chatted with us. We really do appreciate your patience as we worked out the knots in our presentation strategies!

Here’s a YouTube link to the entirety of the update – there is about a minute and a half of silence at the beginning of this recording, so skip ahead to about 1:40 for the start of Liz’s presentation.

Some of the topics covered in this update include:

  • The Express Outreach Award has been approved by the national office. The application is currently available on the GMR website (link here). Additional awards will be posted here as they become available.
  • State Liaisons are now listed on the GMR Staff Directory.
  • Implementation of Advisory/Focus Groups and Work Groups, including information about how to become involved with one of these groups.
  • Resource Library visits
  • Our plans to reboot our GMR Blog
  • The GMR Office has phones! You can reach us at (319) 353 – 4479.

If you have questions about the Outreach Awards and funding opportunities for outreach, the questions section of the presentation (YouTube: 14:45-23:30) might address these.

Please let us know if you have input regarding how we can make our future GMR updates more effective.

Thanks!

-Molly Olmstead (molly-olmstead@uiowa.edu)

GMR Update – August 15th, 2:00 PM CST

GMR Update – 2:00pm this Monday!

Thanks to all of you who attended last month’s GMR Update, and our apologies for the background noise. Our staff have gotten together and come up with a plan to make future updates run smoothly, but we need your help.

First of all, I’d like to take some of your questions in advance; this will help me to tailor the information I present to meet your needs. In order to do this, we’ve put together a simple web tool to take your questions. Please submit your questions online at any time to: http://tinyurl.com/gmrupdate

But, don’t despair, fellow procrastinators! We will still have time for informal discussion at the end of our update. Our new outreach librarian, Bobbi Newman, will be monitoring requests coming in via chat during the session and will help me to address each one at the end of our time.

How do I unmute my phone? What was the dial in number? We’ve created a separate chat box for technology-related questions, and our fine network librarian, Jacqueline Leskovec, will be monitoring this chat box and answering questions on Monday.

I’ve included a screenshot of the setup for Monday’s webinar (click to enlarge it), so you know what to anticipate. Also, be aware that we’ll be muting everyone during the presentation. Although… I really felt that the barking dogs added a touch of humor to our presentation.

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I’m looking forward to ‘seeing’ you all on Monday and answering your questions!

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

 

NN/LM and Health Professional Shortage Areas

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