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Archive for January, 2012

Changes for Upcoming Workshops: We Hope You Join Us!

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Mark these dates and note that we’ve increased class sizes…

January 17th:     Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines

NEW Start Date and Increased Class Size (Online: Jan. 30 – Feb. 17, 2012)

February 6th:     Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

(Online: Feb. 6 – Mar. 9, 2012; Waitlist Only)

February 9th:     Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers

Increased Class Size (Online: Feb. 9 – 23, 2012)

January NIH News in Health: Breaking Bad Habits, Treating Prostate Cancer, and Empathy in Rats

Friday, January 13th, 2012

In this edition:

Breaking Bad Habits
Why It’s So Hard to Change
If you know something’s bad for you, why can’t you just stop? NIH-funded scientists have found clues to why bad habits are so difficult to kick. And they’re developing strategies to help us make the changes we’d like to make.
Read more about breaking bad habits.

Mindfulness Matters
Can Living in the Moment Improve Your Health?
Trying to enjoy each moment may actually be good for your health. Studies suggest that the ancient practice called mindfulness may help people manage stress, cope better with serious illness and reduce anxiety and depression.
Read more about being mindful.

Health Capsules:

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Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health.  We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics.  Just email us or call 301-435-7489 for more information.

NLM’s Tox Town Introduces New U. S. Southwest Neighborhood

Friday, January 13th, 2012

What is fracking?  What are uranium tailings and how can they affect my health?  Answers to these questions can be found in Tox Town’s new US Southwest Scene.  (English) (Spanish)

This scene, developed in conjunction with Diné College in New Mexico, highlights locations associated with environmental health concerns impacting the Navajo and others living in the Southwest region of the United States.  New Tox Town locations found in this scene include:

  1. Abandoned Mines
  2. Coal-Fired Power Plants
  3. Dust Storms
  4. Hydraulic Fracturing
  5. Irrigation Canals and Ditches
  6. Oil and Gas Fields
  7. Sheep Ranching
  8. Uranium Tailings
  9. Water Wells
  10. Windmills

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit this new neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in this part of the country.

Virtual Open House / University of Pittsburgh LIS CAS in Health Sciences

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Health Sciences Librarianship at the University of Pittsburgh.  This year-long program, beginning in May 2012, provides librarians with an in-depth knowledge of the health care environment and advanced skills in managing health sciences collections and resources.  Graduates will be prepared to play a key role in helping clinicians, researchers and health care consumers to keep pace with the expanding knowledge base in the health sciences.  For more information, please visit

Virtual Open Houses, an amazing opportunity to interact with advisors for this Certificate program, will be held on January 12th 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EST) and January 26th 3:00 – 4:00 pm (EST).

Those interested in a career as an information professional within the health care arena are invited to join the conversation…please complete the RSVP form at

This Certificate Program is an online 15-credit post-master’s program offered by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Sciences Library System.  The partnership between an ALA-accredited MLIS program and a world-class, dynamic health sciences library offers a unique educational experience.  The curriculum is based on contemporary applications of current information management theories and technologies.  The course of study is enriched by the varied and rich experience that practicing medical librarian instructors bring to the program.

Development of this Certificate program was supported by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Please visit to meet three of the HealthCAS librarian faculty and to explore their course offerings.

For more information on the program and the application process, visit or e-mail  We look forward to hearing from you!

Brandi Belleau & the HealthCAS Recruitment Team
University of Pittsburgh
School of Information Sciences


Healthy Weight Collaborative Phase 2 Call for Applications

Friday, January 13th, 2012

We are pleased to announce the release of the Call for Applications for community teams to participate in Phase Two of the Healthy Weight Collaborative, a national quality improvement effort to test and spread evidence-based and promising interventions to prevent and treat obesity.  Attached, please find a fact sheet with more information on the Collaborative and the broader Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative.

The Call for Applications may be found at:  Please access the PDF version of the complete application, or click on the blue “Apply Now!” box for access to the online application.

This phase will bring together 40 multi-sector teams (including primary care, public health, and the community) from across the country to engage in a virtual learning community from late February 2012-February 2013.

Key Dates:

  • Application deadline:  January 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm EST
  • Informational webinar for interested applicants:  January 11, 2012 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST.   Registration is required to attend, and may be accessed at  Space is limited.
  • Accepted teams notified:  February 28, 2012.

Phase Two Recruitment Priorities:

  • Broad geographic distribution, with representation from urban, rural, tribal, and underserved communities facing significant health disparities.
  • Tribal communities, as well as teams with a focus on faith-based, intergenerational, and women’s health approaches are encouraged to apply.
  • The application of community health workers (ie. patient navigators, promatoras, or community advocates) and mHealth or innovative technology (ie. text messages, smart phone applications, or other innovative approaches) is encouraged.
  • IT capacity (or access to) to participate in the virtual collaborative, including webinars and videoconferencing

For more information about the Healthy Weight Collaborative and the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative, please visit the project’s website:

If you have any further questions, please email or contact Becca Lipman at 617-391-2700.

2012 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research: Call for Applications

Friday, January 13th, 2012

July 9 – 13, 2012
Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose, CA

Applications now being accepted (through March 2nd)

One of the most critical issues impeding improvements in public health today is the enormous gap between what we know can optimize health and healthcare and what actually gets used and implemented in every day practice.  The science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) seeks to address this gap by understanding how to best ensure that evidence-based strategies to improve health and prevent disease are effectively delivered in clinical and public health practice.

Institute Goals

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is sponsoring this 5-day training institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation research in health.  Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts (practitioners and teachers) in theory, implementation and evaluation approaches to D&I, creating partnerships and multi-level transdisciplinary research teams, research design, methods and analyses appropriate for D&I investigations and conducting research at different and multiple levels of interventions (e.g., clinical, community, policy).

Participant Eligibility Requirements

This training is designed for investigators at any career stage interested in conducting Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) research.  To be eligible, participants must NOT have received R18, R01 or R01-equivalent funding as a principal investigator for D&I research.  Note, investigators who have received an R01 or equivalent are eligible, as long as the funding was not specifically for D&I research.  Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate experience with, or potential for, working effectively in transdisciplinary teams and who have strong partnerships with—or are embedded within—healthcare delivery or community-based organization settings. We seek a balance of both junior and senior investigators, with the overall goal of bringing new people into the field of D&I research.

In addition, to be eligible, participants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a doctoral level degree (PhD, ScD, MD, DrPH, DO, DVM, DNSc, DrPH, etc.).
  • Have demonstrated experience and expertise in health science (e.g., medicine, behavioral medicine, nursing, medical anthropology, health economics, health policy).
  • Have a feasible D&I research concept to bring to the institute and develop throughout the week. This should be a project the applicant is seriously interested in conducting and/or submitting for funding.
  • Federal employees are not eligible with the exception of individuals whose position allow them to receive grants and function as independent researchers (e.g., VA research investigators).
  • Be willing and able to attend the entire training 5-day institute, if accepted.

Applicants are NOT required to be citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals of the United States.  However, expenses will only be paid for domestic travel within the U.S. (domestic air/train fare, lodging during the institute, government per diem rate for meals not provided, and domestic ground transportation/airport transfers).  For more information and instructions for how to apply, please visit our webpage:

The Most Intriguing Medical Facts of 2011!

Friday, January 13th, 2012

American Medical News, published by the AMA, has posted their most intriguing medical facts of 2011.  They also included a link to last year’s edition:

Upcoming Workshops to Add to Your Calendar!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Mark these dates in your calendar and join us for the following workshops…

January 17th:     Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines

(Online: Jan. 17 – Feb. 17, 2012)

February 6th:     Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

(Online: Feb. 6 – Mar. 9, 2012)

February 9th:     Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers

(Online: Feb. 9 – Feb. 23, 2012)

NLM and MLK Day Observance

Friday, January 6th, 2012

NLM will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

NIH Public Access Policy Impact on Evidence-Based Practice

Friday, January 6th, 2012

J Med Internet Res. 2011 Nov 21;13(4):e97.

Public access and use of health research: An exploratory study of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy using interviews and surveys of health personnel

O’Keeffe J, Willinsky J, Maggio L.



In 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy mandated open access for publications resulting from NIH funding (following a 12-month embargo). The large increase in access to research that will take place in the years to come has potential implications for evidence-based practice (EBP) and lifelong learning for health personnel.


This study assesses health personnel’s current use of research to establish whether grounds exist for expecting, preparing for, and further measuring the impact of the NIH Public Access Policy on health care quality and outcomes in light of time constraints and existing information resources.


In all, 14 interviews and 90 surveys of health personnel were conducted at a community-based clinic and an independent teaching hospital in 2010. Health personnel were asked about the research sources they consulted and the frequency with which they consulted these sources, as well as motivation and search strategies used to locate articles, perceived level of access to research, and knowledge of the NIH Public Access Policy.


In terms of current access to health information, 65% (57/88) of the health personnel reported being satisfied, while 32% (28/88) reported feeling underserved. Among the sources health personnel reported that they relied upon and consulted weekly, 83% (73/88) reported turning to colleagues, 77% (67/87) reported using synthesized information resources (e.g., UpToDate and Cochrane Systematic Reviews), while 32% (28/88) reported that they consulted primary research literature. The dominant resources health personnel consulted when actively searching for health information were Google and Wikipedia, while 27% (24/89) reported using PubMed weekly. The most prevalent reason given for accessing research on a weekly basis, reported by 35% (31/88) of survey respondents, was to help a specific patient, while 31% (26/84) were motivated by general interest in research.


The results provide grounds for expecting the NIH Public Access Policy to have a positive impact on EBP and health care more generally given that between a quarter and a third of participants in this study (1) frequently accessed research literature, (2) expressed an interest in having greater access, and (3) were aware of the policy and expect it to have an impact on their accessing research literature in the future. Results also indicate the value of promoting a greater awareness of the NIH policy, providing training and education in the location and use of the literature, and continuing improvements in the organization of biomedical research for health personnel use.

PMID: 22106169

[PubMed – in process]

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