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MAR Winter Break

Friday, December 20th, 2013

MAR will be closed for their Winter Break from Monday, December 23, 2013 – Wednesday, January 1, 2014.  We wish you all a very Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from MAR!

Friday, December 20th, 2013

We wish you all a very happy Season’s Greetings and a wonderful 2014!

NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA  15261

NLM Holiday Closures

Friday, December 20th, 2013

NLM will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 and January 1, 2014  for New Year’s Day.

NLM wishes all of you a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy 2014!

Interested in Funding for Technology?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Would you like to welcome the new year with some new technology?  NN/LM MAR has some available funds to offer at least 1 technology improvement award.

To learn what kinds of technology funding MAR has awarded in the past:

PubMed Commons Now Live!

Friday, December 20th, 2013

PubMed Commons is now “live.”

All PubMed users can SEE the comments.  Only pilot participants may MAKE comments.

See them here:[sb]

Please prepare yourself for questions by reading through the FAQ.

Katherine B. Majewski, MLS
MEDLARS Management Section, BSD
National Library of Medicine

Hospital Preparedness Program Events Webpage

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hospital Preparedness Program has a new events webpage, which lists upcoming meetings and activities. The page also provides materials, such as archived recording and summary documents from past events.

Community College Library Develops Active Learning Experience around Pandemic

Friday, December 20th, 2013

By Troy Swanson and Trish Hayes

American Libraries, December 10, 2013

Library staff at the Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois, participated in a campus wide active around pandemics. They created a simulated zombie pandemic that linked the college curriculum to the library’s programming. Activities included book discussions, podcasts, lectures and the simulation game “World War M”:

NIH Big Data to Knowledge

Friday, December 20th, 2013

BD2K RFA that we should bring to the attention of our communities

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K, ) initiative announces the release of an RFA to support a U24 resource award for “Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium”.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to create a consortium to begin development of an NIH Data Discovery Index (DDI) to allow discovery, access, and citation of biomedical data. As part of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, the DDI seeks to fulfill the recommendation from the Data and Informatics Working Group (DIWG) report to the Advisory Council of the Director ( to “Promote Data Sharing Through Central and Federated Catalogues.”

The awardee in response to this FOA will constitute a DDI Coordination Consortium (DDICC, U24) to conduct outreach, fund small pilot projects, manage communication with stakeholders, constitute and coordinate Task Forces to study relevant questions related to access, discoverability, citation for all biomedical data and assure community engagement in the development, testing and validation of an NIH DDI. Part of this effort will be to assemble a user interface (website) through which the results of development and testing of models for an NIH DDI may be communicated. It is anticipated that a successful DDICC will work with the NIH to overcome obstacles in the way of better use and application of biomedical big data by developing a working concept for a DDI.

Improving Data Collection on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Over the last four years at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), we have been working with federal agencies across the board to improve data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings and reports on Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs).  We have been particularly focused on NHPIs, who, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, comprise just 0.4 percent of the total U.S. population, making it difficult to include them in sufficient numbers in most national population-based health surveys. The lack of reliable health data for this population has made it difficult to assess their health status and health care utilization. However, the available data for this population indicates that Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders experience significant health disparities when compared to other groups, such as lower utilization of health care services and higher rates of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity.

That’s why we welcome the announcement made today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will  launch the first-ever, large-scale national health survey to collect detailed health information on NHPI households<> – the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey. This information will be collected through HHS’ National Health Interview Survey<>, the nation’s largest in-person, household health survey. Never before has there been a study of this scale to assess the health needs of NHPIs, and this type of survey has long been called for by the NHPI community. This important effort will help improve our understanding of the health concerns – from access to health care to health insurance coverage to rates of chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease – faced by this community and to identify areas of opportunity for federal government to better address these concerns.

WHIAAPI encourages advocates and organizations across the country to join us in spreading the word about this landmark survey.  We hope you can continue the conversation with us on Twitter using #NHPI<>.

Our hope is that the results of this study will provide researchers, policymakers, and community leaders with the data they need to understand and address disparities in health and health care, and provide lessons for data collection and analysis focused on small populations.

The Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey will begin early next year, and the results will become available summer 2015.

From Kiran Ahujam, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

A New Trust for America’s Health Report

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases report finds the nation’s ability to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks are hampered by outdated systems and limited resources.

The report, released by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), finds that a majority of states (33) score 5 or lower out of 10 key indicators of policies and capabilities to protect against infectious disease threats.