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Increasing Health Equity Webinar

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

From the Office of Minority Health:

Are you interested in learning more about addressing the social determinants of health? The Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) aims to inform and strengthen programs, practices, policies, and services that contribute to achieving better health for all within Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia by eliminating health disparities, addressing the determinants of health, and stimulating communities to empower themselves. In 2017, the RHEC will host a webinar showcasing how three states in the Mid-Atlantic Region are addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH). Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Identify five social determinants that affect health
  • Identify three innovative practices that address health inequities outside of the typical healthcare setting
  • Identify and access resources that can be used to champion health equity efforts

April 25, 2017, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Speaker details and Registration

Resources for IBS Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness month. IBS is fairly common, though there are no specific tests for it, nor is there an exact cause. If you are looking to learn more about IBS, or promote information to help spread awareness, check out these resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other reputable agencies to get started today!

Follow #IBS and #IBSAwarenessMonth on social media for the most up-to-date news during the month of April. Follow @NNLMMAR on Twitter and Like our Facebook page for more health information news and awareness, including opportunities for training and funding.

NLM Webinar: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Want to do more with PubMed?
Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want?
Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start?

Join National Library of Medicine (NLM) staff on Tuesday, May 2 at 1pm EDT for a one-hour introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This presentation is part of the Insider’s Guide, a series aimed at librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. They will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully inspire you to get out and put these lessons to use!

View the class page to register. Questions? Contact The Insider’s Guide.

Over Diagnosis – Why Too Many Lab Tests are Bad for Your Health

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this upcoming webinar on Wednesday, April 12 at 12:00 PM ET.

Over diagnosis is an emerging concern among health care providers since it leads to unnecessary and potentially harmful over treatment. Over diagnosis occurs when people receive treatment for a disease or condition that won’t cause them symptoms or any eventual harm. It often develops from the widespread use of screening laboratory tests and from changing the laboratory threshold for disease states. This presentation focuses on the appropriate use and interpretation of screening laboratory tests, and those tests which should be questioned as medically necessary.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define over diagnosis and discuss its causes.
  2. Explain how over diagnosis can lead to patient harm.
  3. Describe how routine laboratory testing can contribute to over diagnosis.
  4. List common laboratory tests patients and doctors should question as medically necessary.

Speaker Bio: Janet Miles, MD is a pathologist with Propath LLC based in Dallas, Texas, and serves as the current Laboratory Medical Director for John Peter Smith Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and completed residency and fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Miles has 27 years of experience in the clinical laboratory field, and specializes in clinical laboratory administration, regulatory compliance, and quality management. She is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Neuropathology. She is a past recipient of the Kansas City Business Journal “Women Who Mean Business” and a fellow of the American College of Pathologists.

This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

To Join the Meeting

  1. Go to WebEx.
  2. Enter the session number: 629 935 506 and password: webinar
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
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    *Call in – Call: 1-877-668-4493 (US/Canada Toll-free)
    Enter access code: 629 935 506 #
    Enter the participant code on your screen and press #
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  6. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: webinar

View live captioning (link will open in a new browser window)

For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

For more information about this webinar, please visit the class details page.

Twitter Chats for Minority Health Month

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

April is National Minority Health Month. This year the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) have organized some amazing online events to help spread awareness of health disparities, and open discussions about minority health issues. Not sure where to start when it comes to learning about and promoting Minority Health topics? Check out some of the resources below.

Tomorrow! FDA Office of Minority Health: The Importance of Clinical Trials for Latinos – Bilingual Twitter Chat
April 4, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Follow @FDAOMH and #SaludTues

HHS/Office of Minority Health: Bridge 2 Health Twitter Town Hall
April 12, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Follow at #Bridge2Health

NIMHD Twitter Chat: Understanding Social and Environmental Determinants to Bridge Health Equity
April 25, 2017 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Follow at #HealthEquityChat

Minority Health resources from reputable government agencies

EBLIP Conference – Apply for MAR Professional Development Funding!

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Early Bird registration is now open for the 9th International Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Conference: Embedding and Embracing Evidence. If you are considering attending this event and/or registering for any of the pre-conference workshops, you should also consider applying for the NNLM MAR Professional Development Award! Funds can be used to cover the cost of registration and travel expenses.

June 18-21, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

Visit the conference website to see registration details, programming and information on accommodations and travel.

About the conference: “Applying the best available research evidence in addition to knowledge acquired from experience to library and information practice is the main tenet of EBLIP.  There is much to do in our ever-growing and changing field: decisions must be made, practices reviewed, processes and workflows examined, policies updated, and technology implemented.  For the past decade, increasing numbers of librarians and information professionals have been consulting the research literature in the fields of library and information science, and other fields such as marketing, business, management, and education, as well as conducting their own research studies, to inform their practices.

The 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice conference (EBLIP9) aims to bring together librarians, researchers and practitioners to discuss evidence-based practice in libraries, present research, and share best practices.  The 2017 conference will consist of continuing education workshop activities and three days of keynotes, concurrent conference sessions, posters, and networking opportunities.”

Upcoming Classes for April

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Training opportunities are abundant for April 2017! Below are just a few that we have on our schedule. Looking for more? Check out our training schedule to see these, and other classes scheduled for May and beyond!

Registration closing soon! PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search – April 5, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by NTO, this a-synchronous online course will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Topics also include coordinating MeSH terms the way Indexers do and exploring the Index feature to build a search. 

Registration closing soon! The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster – April 6, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET – Join SCR and Margaret Foster for the 3rd session in this monthly web conference, focusing on topics related to systematic reviews. If you missed the first two sessions, check out the recordings on YouTube.

Over Diagnosis: Why Too Many Lab Tests Are Bad for Your Health – April 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this presentation focuses on the appropriate use and interpretation of screening laboratory tests, which should be questioned as medically necessary.

PubMed for Librarians: Using Evidence-Based Search Features – April 12, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Join NTO in this a-synchronous online course for an exploration of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design, and how they work in PubMed. This course will introduce 3 PubMed products that faciliate evidence based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types. Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians – April 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this 1-hour presentation will provide an overview of, the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic.

Crisis in the Library: Are You Prepared? – April 14, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MCR, this course will use the 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning developed by Dan Wilson to show participants the tools to assess risk, identify core services and resources at the library, and what can be included in a one-page disaster plan.

Promoting Health LIteracy through Easy-to-Read Materials – April 17 – May 15, 2017 – Sponsored by SEA, this a-synchronous online course will discuss the frequent disconnect between information providers and information seekers, and provide an overview of several tools you can use to evaluate the readability of print materials and patient literacy levels.

Educational Games & Health Sciences – April 18, 1:00-2:15 PM ET – Join NER for this webinar to explore educational games, game-based learning, and gamification for the health sciences. Explore the benefits and advantages of learning with games, how games intersect with the health sciences, and learn about some NIH & NLM endorsed games.

Librarianship and Data Science – April 19, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join MCR and a panel of professionals who are working in the widening world of health data for this data science webinar. Panelists will discuss their interest in data as a career focus, the required skills needed to practice their profession, and the services they would like to see offered by librarians to support their work.

The Pitt+Me® Research Recruitment Registry – April 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, join this webinar to learn about the Pitt+Me® Research Recruitment Program, a new strategic platform at the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) designed to engage the public and increase participation in research studies. Speakers will discuss the importance of improving health through research, the design of the registry website, and the process of establishing an online presence. Speakers will also address how the Pitt+Me Program helps researchers target and recruit research study participants with online ads, social media posts, videos, and mailings.

Data Education Resources for Anyone, Anywhere – April 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Sponsored by PNR, this webinar will explore the development of freely available, online Open Educational Resources (OERs) that cover various topics in data science by a research team at Oregon Health & Science University. These OERs can be used as ‘out of the box’ courses for students, or materials for educators to use in courses, training programs, or seminars.

MAR Members! New Member Services Open House – April 20, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join MAR staff in this upcoming webinar to learn about the many services offered to NNLM Members in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Whether you are new to Membership or just need a refresher, this offering will provide information about appropriate resources, MAR funding, and ideas for successful library/agency partnerships.

Teaching Topics: Get in the Picture – ACRL Framework and You – April 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NTO, this webinar offers an overview of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and how health science librarians are responding to this change in information literacy standards. Several health science librarians will present case studies on their approach to using the Framework at their institution.

HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages – April 26, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join GMR for this webinar on HealthReach, a quality, multilingual, multicultural public health resource developed by the National Library of Medicine. HealthReach provides patient education materials in a number of languages and formats, a collection of tools for healthcare providers, and a collection of information on special topics, such as Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health and Mental Health.

Getting a Seat at the Table: Librarian Involvement in Interprofessional Education Activities (IPE) – April 27, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will provide an overview of IPEs and suggestions on how librarians can become involved to incorporate IPEs into professional training programs.

SEAside Webinar: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality – April 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join SEA to explore how libraries are sharing virtual, augmented and mixed reality with their communities. How will these emerging technologies impact education, the medial profession and industry? What platforms are currently available and how can librarians and educators implement them successfully?

ChooseMyPlate for National Nutrition Month

Friday, March 24th, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month! Did you know the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has an entire website dedicated to healthy eating? Here are just a few of the awesome resources you can find on

Looking for MyPlate and other nutrition resources on social media? Follow:

Getting a Seat at the Table: Librarian Involvement in Interprofessional Education Activities

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Join the Middle Atlantic Region and our guest presenter Shelly Warwick for this upcoming Boost Box session! Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Getting a Seat at the Table: Librarian Involvement in Interprofessional Education Activities
April 27, 2017, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Librarians and libraries are often the one resource that understands the scope of the various health fields and serves each with the same respect. With the mandate by major health science accrediting agencies to incorporate Interprofessional Education Activites (IPE) into professional training programs it would be natural to have a librarian involved in that process. But making this happen isn’t simple. This presentation will include an overview of IPE and suggestions on how librarians can become involved, as well as a case study of how one librarian got a seat at the IPE table.

Shelly Warwick, MLS, PH.D. is an Associate Professor at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Touro College of Pharmacy and Director of Library and Information Services. Shelly has served on the board of the NY/NJ MLA Chapter and as a member of the national board member of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) and as an NNLM MAR grant reviewer. Her research areas are intellectual property, privacy and health literacy.


CLRC Systematic Review Workshop: 2 spaces in Syracuse, 1 in NY remain!

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Librarians provides information professionals with foundational knowledge about systematic reviews and an opportunity to engage in high-level discussions about involvement in such projects. The course runs on a flipped classroom model where didactic material is presented in an asynchronous online format over a period of two weeks and is followed closely by an intensive two day in-person workshop. Through a series of learning activities designed to stimulate thought and discussion, participants develop a toolkit of resources and strategies, as well as an action plan, to help foster greater involvement in systematic reviews at their institution. This course is accredited for 20 MLA CE credits.

Email Angela Thor if interested.

Online Component (All participants): April 3-16, 2017

New York City: April 17-18, 2017.

Syracuse: April 20-21, 2017.