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Archive for March, 2012

Overview of Meaningful Use Stage 2 NPRM for Safety Net Providers

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Friday March 30, 2012, 2:00 pm (ET)

In February 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed criteria for Stage 2 of the CMS Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.

This exclusive webinar will feature lead staff from CMS who will provide an overview of the Meaningful Use Stage II Proposed Rule, released in February with comments due in April.  Staff will also be available to address specific questions from safety net providers. HRSA encourages all safety net providers to participate in this call to learn more about this proposed rule.

To register:

The webinars are sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Health Information Technology and Quality.  Questions can be emailed to  All HRSA Health IT and Quality Webinars can be found at

Census Bureau to Release 2010 Census Statistics on Nation’s Asian Population

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

What:    The U.S. Census Bureau will hold an online news conference to release a 2010 Census brief on the Asian population in the United States.  During the event, Census Bureau statisticians will provide details on the size, growth and geographic distribution of the nation’s Asian population.

The event will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and online presentation.  Reporters will be able to ask questions once the presentation is complete. We suggest reporters log in and call in early.

When:   Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m. (EDT)

Who:     Elizabeth Hoeffel, statistician, Racial  Statistics Branch, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Nicholas Jones, chief, Racial Statistics Branch, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Details:                Audio conference access information

Toll free number:  888-942-9873

Participant passcode:  ASIANBRF

Note:  Stay on the line until operator asks for the passcode. Do not key in passcode.

Online presentation access information
Please login early, as some setup is required.

Conference number: PW7107495
Audience passcode: ASIANBRF

Online Press Kit:

GenPhilly Presents Career Boom: Job Security in an Aging Society

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

UPenn, 3730 Walnut Street
Huntsman Hall, Room F95

RSVP by March 30th:

Pizza will be served.

Did you know that Philadelphia has the highest proportion of people over 60 out of the ten largest cities in the United States? Given that number, isn’t it surprising that more organizations and businesses are not addressing the needs and talents of our aging population?

From community development, to the arts, housing, city planning, and more, each profession has the opportunity to touch the lives of older people and help our city become a lifelong community.

Join GenPhilly to learn from our members about organizations that incorporate seniors into their programs, policy, and planning. Be a part of a discussion on how you can be mindful of the needs of seniors in you work. If you currently incorporate the aging population into your job, meet a group that can provide a support network for you. Come early to enjoy pizza and learn about potential JOBS, career paths and career options.


All attendees are encouraged to bring information to share at our resource tables, including promotional materials and employment information. We want to know more about your organization and your community!

KEYNOTE – Donna S. Wang

Master of Social Work, Ph.D. in Social Work, Assistant Professor, Chair of the Social Work Department, School of Social Work, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

With strong roots in Philadelphia, Dr. Wang currently resides in the concrete jungle of New York City as an academician and researcher in the field of aging. Based on her experiences in the Philadelphia area, both as a researcher and as a social worker providing direct care for older adults in the community, she will discuss different perspectives on healthy aging, and what we can do to promote well-being and quality of life for the aging population. Ms. Wang will also talk about some of her most innovative research projects, which include evaluating the benefits of interventions such as gardening and yoga for seniors.


  • Erik S. Johanson, Master in Public Administration, Strategy & Sustainability Planner, SEPTA Finance & Planning
  • Katie Young, Master in Gerontology, Program Coordinator, Temple Time Out Respite Program
  • Lydia Collins, Master of Library and Information Science, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region
  • Stephanie Randazzo, Master of Social Service and Master of Law and Social Policy, Social Services Director, Broomall Presbyterian Village
  • Deaglan Daugherty, Program Manager, Philadelphia FIGHT (KEYSPOTS), formerly with Older Adults Technology Services

NLM has Decided to End Support for ToxSeek

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

NLM has decided to end its support for ToxSeek.  For ten years the National Library of Medicine has supported ToxSeek, a research project involving natural language processing and semantic technology.

This federated-search engine helped users to search across diverse biomedical and environmental health resources and provided a method for locating information resources on topics related to toxicology and environmental health.

Since there are now several comparable alternatives for users needing a federated search, such as (, NLM will realign the resources to support other mission-critical programs.

ToxSeek will not be available after March 23th, 2012.  Please direct any questions to

MAR Announces Our New Committee Members

Friday, March 16th, 2012

MAR is pleased to announce that we have set-up our new advisory structure that will consist of a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) and four Special Advisory Groups (SAGs).  The committees and their members are listed below:

Regional Advisory Committee (consisting of 4 Special Advisory Group Chairs, 4 MLA Chapter representatives and 2 At-Large representatives)

  • Marie Ascher, Associate Director, User Support, Education & Research, New York Medical College
  • Donna Berryman, Assistant Director, Education and Information, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Aileen McCrillis, Research Librarian, New York University Health Sciences Libraries, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Micki McIntyre, Healthy NJ Coordinator, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Health Science Library
  • Joanne Muellenbach, Director, Medical Library, The Commonwealth Medical College
  • Jenny Pierce, Public Services Librarian, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Health Science Library
  • Neil Rambo, Director, Health Sciences Libraries and Knowledge Informatics; Library Director of the Ehrman Medical Library, New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Melissa Ratajeski, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  • Maura Sostack, Manager, Medical Librarian, Virtua Health
  • Patricia Ulmer, Community Health Librarian, Geisinger Health System

Ex Officio

  • Barbara Epstein, Director, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  • Renae Barger, Executive Director, NN/LM MAR

Special Advisory Groups

Outreach to Health Professionals and Public Health Workers

  • Chair:  Micki McIntyre, Healthy NJ Coordinator, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Health Science Library
  • Traci Bolander, Practice Director, Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health
  • Janet Caruso, Director, Community Education, Mental Health America of Dutchess County, NY
  • Barbara Folb, Public Health Informationist / Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jeff Garvey, Director of Library Services, Hunter-Rice Health Sciences Library, Samaritan Medical Center
  • Maggie Potter, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice; Director, Center for Public Health Practice; and Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Christine Schuyler, Commissioner of Human Services, Chautauqua County, NY
  • Shelly Warwick, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Health Outcomes and Director of Library and Information Services, Touro-Harlem Medical Library

Ex Officio

  • Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Consumer Health

  • Chair:  Patricia Ulmer, Community Health Librarian, Geisinger Health System
  • Bonnie Anton, Project Manager, eRecord/Patient Educator, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)—St. Margaret Hospital
  • Joy Conti, Manager and Parish/Congregational Nurse, UPMC Mercy Hospital and Hill Top Health Ministry Consortium
  • Debby Emerson, Executive Director, Central NY Library Resources Council
  • Marilyn Jenkins, Executive Director, Allegheny County Library Association
  • Deborah Magnan, Associate Librarian, Samuel and Sandra Hekemian Medical Library, Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Ophelia Morey, Coordinator of Community Outreach Service, University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library
  • Robert Stewart, Director, Asbury Park Public Library, Asbury Park, NJ

Ex Officio

  • Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Hospital Libraries

  • Chair:  Maura Sostack, Manager, Medical Librarian, Virtua Health
  • Helen Ann Brown Epstein, Head, Education and Outreach, Weill Cornell Medical Library Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Tami Hartzell, Clinical and Translational Science Librarian, Rochester General Hospital
  • Barbara Henry, Community Health Librarian, Christiana Care Health System
  • Claire Joseph, Director, Redish Medical Library, South Nassau Communities Hospital
  • Joan Napolitano, Manager, Hospital Library Services Program, Metropolitan New York Library Council
  • Priscilla Stephenson, Chief, Library Service/Medical Media, Philadelphia VA Medical Center
  • Angela Thor, Medical Circuit Librarian, Central New York Library Resources Council

Ex Officio

  • Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Resource and Academic Libraries

  • Chair:  Marie Ascher, Associate Director, User Support, Education & Research, New York Medical College
  • Barbara Cavanaugh, Director, Biomedical Library; Associate Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Pennsylvania
  • David Nolfi, Health Sciences Librarian, Duquesne University
  • Debra Rand, Assistant Dean and Director for Health Sciences Libraries, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Cynthia Robinson, Director, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Neil Romanosky, Assistant Director for Administration, NYU Health Sciences Libraries
  • Julia Sollenberger, Associate Vice President and Director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester
  • Gloria Wilson, Reference/Health Sciences Librarian, Library Learning Center, Long Island University—Brooklyn

Ex Officio

  • Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Reminder: MAR Funding Available for 2012-2013

Friday, March 16th, 2012

We are pleased to announce NN/LM MAR funding has been posted for the 2012-2013 contract year.
This funding is for projects beginning May 1, 2012.  Application deadline is April 1, 2012.

Receiving funding is a great way to provide outreach, create new or expand existing services, and to get
recognized within your institution or community.  We encourage all Network members to review these
opportunities and consider applying!

Details are available at:

Power to the Librarian

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Check out this interesting website describing activities of various libraries and librarians—posted by Elsevier.  The site includes some libraries in our Middle Atlantic Region:

Job Announcement: Columbia University

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Job announcement for Executive Director, Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library/Info Resources (Columbia University Medical Center, NY):

Request for Information: Enhancing the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA)

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the NIH, has issued a Request for Information seeking comments “from all key stakeholders in the scientific and public health communities on how it can further strengthen the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program to meet its broad clinical and translational goals.”

Tutorial on Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)

Friday, March 16th, 2012

NIH has posted on-line a new tutorial focused on implementing the new conflicts-of-interest regulations.