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Poison Prevention Week

Friday, March 17th, 2017

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.

Also remember:

  • 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:

Apply for Funding Today!

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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 nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

Discover NNLM Resource Guides

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing US health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. In line with this, coordinators with NNLM promote programs and resources created by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies.

NNLM has developed many programs to promote the  wealth of biomedical and health information tools available through these agencies, but as a consumer, health professional, librarian, or public health worker, you may be wondering how you can find even more resources that are tailored to your specific needs. Fortunately, our coordinators have met this challenge in the creation of NNLM Resource Guides.

Guides serve as comprehensive online collections of resources and tools that are relevant to specific audiences or topics. Across the Network we have over 40 Guides on a wide range of topics from general consumer health to emergency preparedness, to evaluating health information on the internet.

Here are a few Guides created and maintained by coordinators in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR):

  • Academic Libraries – for librarians, professionals, and students at the collegiate level
  • Consumer Health – resources on a variety of topics such as adult and teen health, educators, caregivers, multicultural and more
  • Disaster & Emergency Preparedness – including resources on developing an emergency response plan, and state contacts for disaster management
  • Health Outreach and Programming – learn how to integrate health information resources into your own programming
  • Health Professionals – resources for rural health, public health workers, minority health workers, and more
  • Hospital Libraries – resources for hospital librarians and health professionals
  • K-12 Resources – resources on a variety of topics for K-12 educators, administrators and nurses, including environmental health and genetics
  • Multicultural Resources – topics surrounding immigrant, refugee and other multi-cultural populations including multi-lingual resources and minority health
  • Free Materials – a guide to finding free materials online from reputable government and non-government agencies
  • Proposal Writing – a tool for planning, evaluating and writing your grants and proposals

Looking for more? Contact NNLM MAR for consultations and to learn about upcoming opportunities for training, or check out other Regions to find the rest of our online Resource Guides.

Registration Closing Soon! Summit on Disaster Recovery for Delaware

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

The Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Delaware Division of Libraries are sponsoring a summit at Dover Downs, Delaware.

Disaster Recovery for Delaware: Exploring Potential Partnerships Among Emergency Planners, First Responders, Librarians and Others

February 28, 2017, 8:30 am – 4 pm ET

Agenda and Registration

The intent of this state-wide event is to connect library staff with emergency planners to help communities bounce back more quickly following a natural or man-made disaster. The focus is on developing partnerships and strategies before an emergency happens. Emergency responders will speak on ways libraries can assist them in mitigation and preparedness, response and recovery. An education component will incorporate National Library of Medicine resources, focusing on health and disaster information, to support responders and the community; and library staff. We will explore what it means for a library to be a ‘second responder’ for their respective emergency planning and patron communities.

The summit will be of interest to emergency planners, first responders, librarians, and organizations involved with disaster planning, response, and/or recovery.

Registration will close on Monday, February 20th. For more information, contact Michelle Burda.

Glossaries at SIS: Terminology for HIV/AIDS, Disasters, Toxicology and More

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations branch:

Whenever you learn about a new health topic, you’ll need to become familiar with a new set of terms related to the topic, which is when a glossary may come in handy. Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine provides access to glossaries covering a range of health topics, from HIV/AIDS to disaster-related terminology:

#WinterSafety Twitter Chat

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Join America’s PrepareAthon, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), on Thursday, December 15th at 2pm ET for a Twitter Chat focusing on winter safety. This chat will be used to discuss storm terms, winter driving tips, winter supplies for your emergency kit, and how to heat your home safely. Follow and participate in the chat on Twitter, using the hashtag #WinterSafety.

For more resources on winter safety, visit:

Updated “ToxTutor” Toxicology Tutorial

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has updated its online toxicology tutorial, ToxTutor. ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology.

For almost 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. Written in plain language and including helpful illustrations, the tutorial provides users of toxicology resources, including the NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject.

ToxTutor introduces toxicology by covering dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure standards and guidelines. Additional topics will be included in future updates. A certificate of completion option is expected to be released next year.

ToxTutor is produced by the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) of the National Library of Medicine.

Younger students (ages 7-11) can also get a basic introduction to toxic household chemicals through the interactive game ToxMystery!

New Collaborative Webinar Series: NN/LM Resource Picks

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

NN/LM Resource Picks is a bimonthly webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities. Several of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine offices are combining efforts to feature resource experts from NLM for this national webinar series.

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Upcoming Presentations:

Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 3pm ET
Register

Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center

Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to

  • learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities
  • take action to increase preparedness
  • participate in community resilience planning

The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is “Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.

 

AIDSource and AIDSInfo Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 3pm ET

PubMed Update Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 3pm ET

History of Medicine Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3pm ET

Drug Information Portal Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 3pm ET

PubMed Health Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 3pm ET

 

Upcoming Classes

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Check out these NN/LM MAR classes that are coming up in the next few weeks!

Boost Box: Health Promotion through Health Observances in Your Community

When: Friday, September 16, 12-1PM ET

Health Promotion focuses on enabling communities to have the tools to improve their health. In this session learn about a variety of health and wellness tools that can be used to provide members of your community with strategies of how to maintain healthy lifestyles using health observances to create a culture of health awareness. Through the use of National Health Observances, community and faith-based agencies, health departments, libraries, schools and health care providers can help raise awareness about important health topics. Get ready for the 2017 calendar year now by learning about ready-to-use resources such as toolkits, slideshows, social media materials and more.

Participants will receive 1 MLA CE. Details and Registration

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

When: Monday, September 19, 2-3PM ET

This class covers NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators,family, friends and caregivers. Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted. Audience: consumers, public and consumer health librarians, pre-hospital responders, health care professionals, first-responders or disaster preparedness administrators.

1 MLA CE Contact Hours. Details and Registration

Health On the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources

When: Wednesday September 21, 3PM ET

Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use in service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

Participants receive 2 MLA CE. Details and Registration

NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Science and Health Education Resources

Focus on resources for Elementary School: Thursday, September 22, 4PM ET

Focus on resources for Middle/High School: Thursday, September 29, 4PM ET

This class will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, and HIV/AIDS. This course has been approved for 1, 2, or 3 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association.

The online course is approved for 3 MLA CEs. This course qualifies for MLA Level 1 and Level 2 CHIS. Details and Registration

NN/LM Resource Picks: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!

When: Wednesday, September 28, 3PM ET

NN/LM Resource Picks is a bi-monthly webinar series highlighting National Library of Medicine Resources. In this session, learn about Disaster Preparedness from Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC).

Details and Registration

Lunch with the RML: Celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month with MAR Emergency Preparedness Project Reports

When: Thursday, September 29, 12-1PM ET

In celebration of National Emergency Preparedness Month, this session will highlight 4 MAR funded emergency preparedness projects:

  • Emergency Preparedness for Libraries and Communities in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties:  Presented by Anja Bouchard, Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System
  • Public Library Emergency Preparedness and Participation in Community Level Disaster Response in Lancaster County Pennsylvania:  Presented by Ed Miller, Stephanie Zimmerman and Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, Library System of Lancaster County
  • Libraries as Lifeboats: Communities in Crisis:  Presented by Rebecca Budinger-Mulhearn, Avon Free Library
  • The First 72 are on You: Prepare, Respond and Recover:  Presented by James Farrell, Pearl River Public Library

Details and Registration

 

Visit the NN/LM MAR training schedule for more training opportunities.

Get Serious about Disaster Health

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Summer is over, and it is time to get serious about disaster health. September includes several major events:

  • Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
  • A new preparedness rule for Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers
  • National Preparedness Month, which concludes with the National PrepareAthon

Health effects of the September 11, 2001 Attacks

Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The NLM Disaster Health information guide for Health Effects from the Collapse of the World Trade Center has been recently updated with a Disaster Lit® search and new resources from the Federal Register, USGS, NIOSH, and the CDC World Trade Center Health Program.

New emergency preparedness rule for Medicare and Medicaid

On September 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized their Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The new rule ensures that affected health care providers and suppliers plan adequately for both natural and man-made disasters, in order to increase patient safety and establish a more coordinated disaster response. The providers and suppliers will need to meet four common industry standards: develop an emergency plan, implement policies and procedures based on the plan, maintain a communication plan, and maintain training and testing programs, including drills and exercises.

There are 30+ resources in Disaster Lit® related to Medicare and Medicaid, and ASPR TRACIE has more resources and technical assistance on the new rule.

National Preparedness Month

We are already at the end of week two—how have you been observing National Preparedness Month? The 2016 theme is Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Ready.gov and CDC suggest weekly themes as reminders to take different types of action toward preparedness. Here at NLM Disaster Health, we’ve paired some of our best preparedness resources with the weekly themes:

Week 2: Preparing Family & Friends: Week 2 is almost over, but our Community and Personal Preparedness page is relevant throughout the month—and the year. Don’t forget your furry, feathered, and scaly friends when you prepare. Meanwhile, this week the CDC focuses on the critical role of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).

Week 3: Preparing Through Service: This week, focus on serving your larger community. Think about what your community can do to help prepare the very young, the very old, the disabled, and others with special needs. Meanwhile, the CDC suggests we learn more about what state and local health departments can do to be prepared.

Week 4: Individual Preparedness: Ready.gov suggests downloading disaster apps to your mobile devices. This would be a good week to check out our list of Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag. The CDC proposes studying what resilient communities have in common.

Week 5: Lead up to America’s PrepareAthon: As National Preparedness Month draws to a close, Ready.gov suggests you “be counted and register your preparedness event.” Consider listening to an archived NLM Disaster Health webinar in which librarians and other information specialists discuss their roles in the disaster life cycle. The CDC reminds us this week to prepare ourselves—just in time for America’s PrepareAthon on Friday, September 30.

What are you planning? Share your ideas and resources—and search for others’—on social media using the hashtag #NatlPrep.