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Archive for June, 2013

Fourth of July Holiday

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Please note that MAR will be closed for Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Revised Start Time: PubMed Tips and Tricks (Boost Box Session)

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Presenter:      Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR


Date:               July 9, 2013

Time:               1  – 2 pm (REVISED start time)

No registration required.

PubMed for Librarians Being Offered in December and January

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The NLM Training Center will be offering online versions of these classes beginning December 9, 2013.

Check out the list of upcoming classes to see the course listings and to register.

New NLM Listserv for Outreach to Specific Populations

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The NLM Outreach to Specific Populations listserv (NLM_OSP-L) provides health information professionals, librarians, advocates, health care professionals, students, and others with an opportunity to share information and discuss outreach to specific populations through quality information, capacity building and community engagement. This discussion forum will enable participants to stay informed about health information resources, services, and programs tailored to specific populations as well as connect with colleagues in the field and benefit from discussions  that address best practices, challenges, and gaps associated with health information outreach to specific populations.

Information distributed through the OSP Listserv (NLM_OSP-L) may include:

  • Health information outreach programs and services tailored to specific populations (i.e., Students/Educators, Health Professionals, Minorities, Women, Seniors, etc.)
  • Information resources addressing health topics ranging from HIV/AIDS and Environmental Health to Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
  • Announcements of funding opportunities
  • National, state and/or local meetings and conferences
  • Information and technological resources for and about specific populations
  • Training opportunities
  • Best practices, trends, new ideas
  • Publications, articles, and research findings related to health information outreach

We encourage you to let others know about the OSP listserv, and to share its messages. Subscribe to NLM_OSP-L Listerv to learn more:

If there are problems submitting subscription information, please send an email to the list administrator at

HHS Launches Health Insurance Marketplace Educational Tools

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Sewell Stipend Call for Applicants

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 11 librarians in 2013.  This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Boston, MA from November 2-6, 2013. Its theme is Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World.

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is Friday July 26, 2013, 5pm EST.  For the complete Call for Applicants, application forms, and FAQs, go to

The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with medical and health care professionals.  Stipends have been awarded annually since 2001.  Past participants testify to the value of attending APHA:

“Connecting with my fellow library and information professionals and public health colleagues was energizing…The spirit of true collaboration shone through the programs.”  (Feili Tu)

“Many of the things I learned were not specific, as in tangible facts, more of an understanding of what Public Health is. I learned it covers just about everything…for Public Health you need to be knowledgeable about the issues, the potential impact of legislation, and knowledgeable about the ‘agendas’ of the interested parties…” (Kristin Kroger)

“Overall the conference really helped me to better understand the scope of public health as well as the latest development in the areas of public health that I am most likely to have to deal with as a librarian….It was an incredible learning experience.” (Manju Tanwar)

“The fact that I’m working on a Masters in Public Health was very interesting to her (public health colleague) because she didn’t realize that some librarians also have another graduate degree. I think this helped solidify the idea that librarians could be peers to teaching faculty.” (Amber Burtis)

“As a result of the meeting I gained a deeper understanding of my patrons’ needs”  (Peggy Gross)

“I feel like I now have a cohort of people to whom to turn when I have questions about what I am doing as I move into supporting my institution’s public health program.” (Laure Zeigen)

The committee is looking forward to reading your applications!

Barbara Folb, MM, MLS, MPH

Public Health Informationist

University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System

Chair, Client Relations Committee

Public Health/ Health Administration Section

Medical Library Association

Affordable Care Act MedlinePlus Information

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Do you anticipate questions from your community regarding the Affordable Care Act?  Are you yourself interested in learning more?  The National Library of Medicine has updated the MedlinePlus Health Insurance health topic page to provide you with updated information on a topic of interest to those in the communities that you serve.  The MedlinePlus Health Insurance section now includes a variety of reputable resources about the Affordable Care Act from government agencies to keep you informed.  Stay tuned for more information from NN/LM MAR regarding the Affordable Care Act resources.

Below are some links from MedlinePlus that may be of immediate interest:

New Pew Report: Family Caregivers are Wired for Health

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Nearly four in ten U.S. adults (39%) are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. That is up from 30% of U.S. adults in 2010. Caring for a loved one is an activity that cuts across most demographic groups, but is especially prevalent among adults ages 30 to 64, a group traditionally still in the workforce.

Caregivers are heavy technology users and are much more likely than other adults to take part in a wide range of health-related activities.

Caregivers are more likely than other adults to:

  • Gather health information online, particularly about medical problems, treatments, and drugs.
  • Gather health information offline, from clinicians, friends, family, and others who share the same health condition.
  • Go online specifically to try to figure out what condition they or someone else might have.
  • Consult online reviews about drugs and other treatments.
  • Track their own weight, diet, exercise routine, or other health indicator.
  • Read online about someone else’s personal health experience (which, in the case of caregivers, could be related to their own or their loved one’s condition).
  • Go online to find others with similar health concerns (again, there may be dual motivations to connect — to find more information about handling caregiver stress, for example, or about their loved one’s health challenges).

Full report:

Center for the Digital Future Releases 11th Study of the Internet’s Impact

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
The Center for the Digital Future has released the 11th Digital Future Project Report.
The longest-running study of its kind, this year’s project includes findings on more than 180 subjects in five major subject areas that explore the views and behavior of Internet users and non-users.
The 2013 report features new questions about negative online attention (bullying, harassment, and unwanted sexual attention), the impact of mobile devices, and a closer examination of the “Millennial Rift” — the vast differences between how Millennials (age 18-34) and non-Millennials use online sites and services.

Here are links to the report and media coverage of the findings:

* The full Digital Future Report is here.

* The press release with highlights from the report is here.

* The Associated Press coverage of findings that explore personal views about privacy while online, which appeared in more than 500 media outlets, is here.

* USA Today’s coverage of findings about parental supervision of children while on social media websites is here.

* Coverage of the report circulated worldwide by Agence France-Presse is here.

As always, if you have questions about these findings, you can reach us on

Institute of Medicine Discussion Paper on Health Insurance

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Let’s Ask 4: Questions for Consumers and Providers About Health Insurance

Victor Y. Wu, et al.

Good health is important – for our work, our play, and our everyday lives. There are many things we can do to maintain good health, but sometimes we need medical care to help keep us from getting sick or help us get better when we are sick or injured. Medical care is expensive, so having health insurance is critical to helping us get and pay for the care we need. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains provisions designed to increase the number of insured in the United States, yet most Americans do not understand how the ACA will affect them and their options for health insurance. The ACA is broad, has many components, and is hard to understand. The authors of this discussion paper believe it is critical for both health care providers and consumers to be able to answer the four basic questions addressed in this paper and the accompanying video, slides, and consumer guide:

1. What are my choices for health insurance?
2. How do I get it?
3. How do I use it?
4. How much will it cost me?

Read the Discussion Paper >>