March is National Nutrition Month! Did you know the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has an entire website dedicated to healthy eating? Here are just a few of the awesome resources you can find on ChooseMyPlate.gov:
- Explore the food groups – learn about all of the food groups, including why we need them, where you can find them, and tips for balancing your diet!
- Resources for many audiences – MyPlate provides information for children, students, adults and seniors, professionals, and tip sheets and icons in 20 different languages!
- Online nutrition tools – need something that can help you stay healthy on the go? MyPlate has online resources for tracking your daily nutrient consumption, exercise, and even interactive tools for meal planning and grocery shopping!
- Popular Topics – MyPlate keeps you up-to-date on nutrition news and tips. Popular topics include eating on a budget, seasonal resources, and food safety.
Looking for MyPlate and other nutrition resources on social media? Follow:
Join the Middle Atlantic Region and our guest presenter Shelly Warwick for this upcoming Boost Box session! Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE.
Getting a Seat at the Table: Librarian Involvement in Interprofessional Education Activities
April 27, 2017, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
Librarians and libraries are often the one resource that understands the scope of the various health fields and serves each with the same respect. With the mandate by major health science accrediting agencies to incorporate Interprofessional Education Activites (IPE) into professional training programs it would be natural to have a librarian involved in that process. But making this happen isn’t simple. This presentation will include an overview of IPE and suggestions on how librarians can become involved, as well as a case study of how one librarian got a seat at the IPE table.
Shelly Warwick, MLS, PH.D. is an Associate Professor at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Touro College of Pharmacy and Director of Library and Information Services. Shelly has served on the board of the NY/NJ MLA Chapter and as a member of the national board member of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) and as an NNLM MAR grant reviewer. Her research areas are intellectual property, privacy and health literacy.
Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Librarians provides information professionals with foundational knowledge about systematic reviews and an opportunity to engage in high-level discussions about involvement in such projects. The course runs on a flipped classroom model where didactic material is presented in an asynchronous online format over a period of two weeks and is followed closely by an intensive two day in-person workshop. Through a series of learning activities designed to stimulate thought and discussion, participants develop a toolkit of resources and strategies, as well as an action plan, to help foster greater involvement in systematic reviews at their institution. This course is accredited for 20 MLA CE credits.
Email Angela Thor if interested.
Online Component (All participants): April 3-16, 2017
New York City: April 17-18, 2017.
Syracuse: April 20-21, 2017.
Are you new to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) or looking for a refresher on the many services the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) offers its members? Join MAR coordinators Lydia Collins and Elaina Vitale for this one-hour open house webinar!
April 20, 2017, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Details and Registration
Attendees can expect to learn about appropriate resources, hear about MAR funding, and gather ideas for successful library/agency partnerships.
Not yet a Member? Fill out our application for membership today to qualify your organization for funding opportunities, free print and educational materials, opportunities for partnership, and so much more! Then register for this open house webinar, and bring your questions straight to our staff. We’re always happy to provide free consultations to organizations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
For organizations in other states, find your region to learn what services are available to you!
National Poison Prevention week is just around the corner, March 19-25. What can you do to help your colleagues, patients, or community members become educated about exposure to poison? Does your organization’s emergency plan include steps for poison prevention? Poison Help from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has a wealth of programs and materials to share, including an interactive map to find poison centers in your state! Below are a few suggestions to get started on implementing a plan in your community or workplace.
In an emergency:
- If you or someone you know may have been poisoned, call the toll-free Poison Help line right away at 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center.
- If the person is not breathing, call 911.
- Do not wait for signs of a poisoning before calling the Poison Help line. When you call, you will speak with a poison expert at your poison center.
- Use the HRSA emergency checklist to guide you on what information to tell the poison expert on the phone.
- Do not panic. Not all medicines, chemicals, or household products are poisonous. Not all contact with poison results in poisoning.
- Follow the advice you receive from your poison center.
Some additional first steps include:
- If the person inhaled poison, get to fresh air right away.
- If the person has poison on the skin, take off any clothing the poison touched. Rinse skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- If the person has poison in the eyes, rinse eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Your poison center can give you other first-aid advice and may save you from a visit to the emergency room.
Before an emergency happens, be prepared:
- Follow HRSA tips for keeping the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), in a place where you can find it in an emergency.
Help prevent poisonings:
NNLM MAR Members are invited to the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) to view the Medical Library Association (MLA) webinar: ‘Finding Grey Lit for Systematic Reviews: Can It Be More Black and White?’
HSLS will serve as a host site for this webinar. There is no fee to attend but space is limited, so please RSVP today.
Location: Falk Library / 3550 Terrace St. / 200 Scaife Hall / Conference Room B
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 22 2:00-3:30 PM ET
Falk Library is located on the 2nd floor of Scaife Hall (University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine building). There are 2 entrances: The Desoto St. 2nd floor entrance and the Terrace St. 4th floor entrance.
- If you enter on the 2nd floor DeSoto St. entrance, just walk straight down the hallway and the library entrance will be on your right.
- If you enter on the 4th floor Terrace St. entrance, take the escalator or elevator down to floor 2. The library entrance is located beside the escalator and elevator.
- For visuals, see the Pitt map that shows the library building and both Desoto and Terrace street entrances (click on ‘campus map’ to see parking locations)
“Did you know? Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. Almost half of people starting dialysis have kidney failure caused by diabetes. Diabetes can damage your kidneys. This damage can happen over many years, without you feeling it. But, even if you have diabetes, you can take steps to help keep your kidneys healthy.” –National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies have a wealth of health information resources online to help you educate yourself, your loved ones, your community, and/or your patients on healthy kidney function for National Kidney Month. Why not get started today?
Looking for more resources, or opportunities to get active for National Kidney Month? Contact us today to learn about training and other opportunities for outreach support.
It’s Patient Safety Awareness week, March 12-18. Whether you are a health care professional or a health care consumer, patient safety is an important topic to consider when it comes to health information. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), consumers can help prevent medical errors for themselves and their loved ones by:
- Speaking up. Talk to your doctor about any questions or worries. Ask what they’re doing to protect you.
- Keeping hands clean. Make sure everyone, including friends and family, clean their hands before touching you. If you don’t see your healthcare providers clean their hands, ask them to do so.
- Preparing for surgery. Let your doctor know about any medical problems you have. Ask your doctor how he/she prevents surgical site infections.
- Asking your healthcare provider, “Will there be a new needle, new syringe, and a new vial for this procedure or injection?” Insist that your healthcare providers never reuse a needle or syringe on more than one patient.
- Getting Smart about antibiotics. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections – they don’t work for viruses like the ones that cause colds and flu. Ask your healthcare provider if there are steps you can take to feel better without using antibiotics. If you’re prescribed an antibiotic, make sure to take the prescribed antibiotic exactly as your healthcare provider tells you and do not skip doses. and don’t forget to watch out for deadly diarrhea!
- Knowing the signs and symptoms of infection. Some skin infections, such as MRSA, appear as redness, pain, or drainage at an IV catheter site or surgery site and come with a fever. Infections can also lead to sepsis, a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection.
- Getting Vaccinated. Getting yourself, family, friends, and caregivers vaccinated against the flu and other infections prevents spread of disease.
- Covering your mouth and nose. When you sneeze or cough, germs can travel 3 feet or more. Use a tissue to avoid spreading germs with your hands.
Looking for more resources?
- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has some wonderful Patient Safety tools and resources to assist health professionals in creating a safe and open environment for patients.
- MedlinePlus has a very informative Health Topics page on Patient Safety, including resources in English and Spanish.
- The United Patient Safety Foundation has a large number of resources for getting involved in active patient safety awareness with the United Patient Safety campaign.
- Use #PSAW2017 and #WeAreAllPatients to join the conversation on social media.
- Follow @NNLMMAR on Twitter or like our Facebook page to see more Patient Safety resources all this week!
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), invites applications for projects beginning May 14, 2017 and ending April 30, 2018.
Five award types are available for outreach projects that:
- Enhance clinicians’ and public health workers’ abilities to find and use biomedical and health information in practice and for patient education;
- Strengthen the involvement of libraries in assisting with health and disaster information needs before, during and after an emergency;
- Promote a culture of health literacy within an organization;
- Support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery; and
- Increase the ability for patients, family members, students and members of the general public to find and use health information.
Applicants may request up to $15,000. The application deadline for these is 5:00 pm ET on Monday, April 17, 2017.
While funds are available, applications are also being accepted on a continuous basis for awards that:
- Promote and demonstrate NLM products to target populations while exhibiting at a local or regional meeting or conference.
- Increase awareness of NLM products and biomedical and health information support services offered by libraries, community- and faith-based organizations, health departments, health centers and other organizations serving as conduits of information access.
- Expand professional knowledge and experience in order to provide improved health information access and delivery.
- Support NNLM collaboration with Network members to plan symposia or large-scale professional development activities that address current trends in the healthcare landscape and their impact on information access and delivery.
Review all of our funding opportunities before beginning your application. Questions about funding or about specific awards can be directed to email@example.com.
Interested in consumer health? Registration is now open for the spring offering of the 4-week online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This free online course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. Attendees will participate in a robust class that includes four weeks of interactive instruction, discussion, and activities followed by an additional week to complete a final project. This course was developed to help all library staff provide excellent services and health information to consumers, patients, students, and other members of the community.
Due to the comprehensive nature of this class, participants can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week to fulfill the requirements of this course. Upon completion, participants will be awarded 12 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE units. In addition, this is an approved CHIS class; participants who complete the class are eligible to apply for Level I or Level II of the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA.
NNLM librarians Kelli Ham, Consumer Health Librarian from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) and Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist from the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are teaming up to teach this class!
The class will run from March 20 – April 21, 2016. We will be using Moodle for this free, self-paced class. More information will be sent out to registrants by March 17, and the course will open Monday morning, March 20th. Visit the Class Details page to Register today.
NOTE: If this time frame doesn’t work for you, the next session will be taught in June.
Please contact Kelli by email if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in this NNLM course!