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National Preparedness Month

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

September is National Preparedness Month. MAR and the National Library of Medicine have classes to help you get your home, workplace and community prepared for emergencies.
 

Webinars:

Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations:
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET
Details

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe
Monday, September 19, 2016  2-3:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

NN/LM Resource Picks: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Lunch with the RML: Celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month with MAR Emergency Preparedness Project Reports
Thursday, September 29, 2016 noon-1:00 PM ET
Details and Registration
 

Self-paced courses:

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_thebasics.html

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources
https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_cbrne.html
 
 
Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today. For more information on National Preparedness Month, follow #NatlPrep on Twitter and visit: https://www.ready.gov/september

Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations Webinar

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

When: Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET

The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone. In this upcoming session:

Tania Bardyn and her team from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library will present about their current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project. The Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division, developed a mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington) to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington State. This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices. Also, Sarah Carnes, a virtual intern with the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, will present about her project “Design and Delivery of an Outreach Strategy to Increase Awareness of Disaster Information Resources.”

Details: https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html#program

New webinar series: NN/LM Resource Picks

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine invites you to join us for a new bimonthly webinar series: NN/LM Resource Picks. Every two months, we will highlight National Library of Medicine resources. Learn about NLM resources directly from NN/LM and NLM staff!

First up:

Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!

September 28, 2016 3-4pm ET

Register: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=1057

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.” https://www.ready.gov/september

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.

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

Updated Self-Paced Disaster Information Specialization Courses

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

One of the core competencies of disaster medicine is knowing how to “identify authoritative sources for information in a disaster or public health emergency” (Source: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health). Librarians and information professionals with this competency can support their communities with high-quality information throughout the disaster cycle of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The National Library of Medicine has developed a series of courses with an emphasis on disaster health information. NLM is updating the courses now and formatting them for self-paced study online.

Two updated courses are now available (see below). These courses meet the requirements for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization, as well as core competencies for public health professionals and others through the Public Health Foundation’s learning management system, TRAIN.

By the end of the year, there will be four more courses: US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Information Roles in Disaster Management; A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders; and Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

This class provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery. This self-paced course introduces key sources from the National Library of Medicine, federal and nonfederal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information are covered.

https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_thebasics.html

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources
This class provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE, including a review of National Library of Medicine resources and tools that provide health-related information to support planning, response, and recovery from the effects of these potential hazards.

https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_cbrne.html

World Humanitarian Day

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Today, August 19, 2016, we honor humanitarian aid workers who stand on the front lines and deliver assistance to those in need.

Are you a humanitarian aid worker? Check out the Center for Disease Control (CDC) section on traveler’s health, with a special page dedicated to humanitarian aid workers. Here you will find a vast collection of resources for travelers of all types, including health notices, updates on the latest vaccines, and mobile apps to aid in your international journeys.

For resources on disaster relief, visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). Here you will find information on all types of disasters, emergency response tools, and training courses available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

For more information on World Humanitarian Day, visit:

https://worldhumanitarianday.org/

http://www.unocha.org/whd2016

http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/index.shtml

Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

When disasters strike, the ripple effects are significant. Survivors may be injured or displaced, or may have loved ones in similar situations. Healthcare providers and staff who maintain facility operations are no exception, and yet they are a critical component of the response phase and expected to care not only for their own loved ones, but community members and the facility, too.  Leadership plays a vital role in ensuring staff feel cared for and safe. The ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE) just released Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster, providing general promising practices—categorized by immediate and short-term needs—for facility executives to consider when trying to retain and care for staff after a disaster.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact ASPR TRACIE.

CMS Bulletins

Friday, June 17th, 2016

ASPR TRACIE is sharing information released today from CMS Bulletins for Medicare Providers and for Medicaid Private Market with guidance on Zika virus. Please see below for more information.

 

CMS Bulletin for Medicare Providers:

The bulletin will serve to inform Medicaid agencies and interested stakeholders about how Medicaid services and authorities can help states and territories prevent, detect, and respond to the Zika virus, including efforts to prevent the transmission and address health risks to beneficiaries from the Zika virus.

The informational bulletin is publicly available, and can be accessed on Medicaid.gov at http://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Federal-Policy-Guidance.html.

 

CMS Bulletin for Medicaid Private Market:

Medicaid Family Planning Services and Supplies
SHO # 16-008

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to all State Health Officials (SHOs) to clarify previous guidance on the delivery of family planning services and supplies to all Medicaid beneficiaries.  This letter provides guidance on family planning services provided under both fee-for-service and managed care delivery systems; clarify the purpose of the family planning visit; offer strategies to reduce barriers to receiving family planning services and supplies; increase access to contraceptives and clarify policy regarding sterilization after delivery.

For more information on today’s SHO letter click here: http://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/federal-policy-guidance.html.

 

UPCOMING:

Release and launch webinar for the new resource “Providing Family planning Care for Non-Pregnant Clients of Reproductive AG in the Context of Zika: A Toolkit for Healthcare Providers” scheduled for Thursday, July 7.

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfofunding.html.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is July 6, 2015 at 12 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps.gov:

http://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=c681c3181b5fa1c831b46e6e9f465442

For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015”, please visit http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2015disasteroutreachrfq.html.

The National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov ) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, Disaster Lit™ and other resources.

Packing Your “Digital Go-Bag:” Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Presenter:           Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       April 17th / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:                Online

Register:              http://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=829

Summary:  There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters.  However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late.  Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly.  Just as a responder has a go-bag packed with clothes, flashlight, tools, snacks, etc. ready to go in a disaster, one’s mobile device should also be “packed” with apps and information before an event.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their website many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations.  In this class, we will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their personal and professional preparedness strategy.  1.5 MLA CEs

National Library of Medicine Launches TOXinvaders Game

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for the iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store. TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM’s Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.