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NLM Resources to Prevent Domestic Violence

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Domestic violence is a form of abuse that often involves a spouse or partner, but it can also be directed towards a child, older adult, or other family member. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the National Library of Medicine has domestic violence prevention resources available for the general public and special populations, such as older adults, children/teens, non-English speakers, and individuals who are HIV positive:

  • General Public: MedlinePlus has a Health Topics page on Domestic Violence, including links to prevention and safety planning information, how to find an expert, and information for children and teens.
  • Older Adults: Find a summary about elder abuse and links to prevention and reporting resources on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Resources in document, video, and audio format, in multiple languages, are available on HealthReach under the topic of domestic violence.

Health Education Week

Monday, October 17th, 2016

October 17-21 is National Health Education Week. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), National Health Education Week brings, “attention to public health issues and promotes consumers’ understanding of the role of health education and health promotion in society. ”

Visit the SOPHE page on this initiative to download a promotional toolkit, which includes daily themes and suggested activities for anyone who desires to take an active role in creating partnerships to build community health.

Use the hashtag #NHEW2016 on social media to help promote Health Education!

NLM Resources for Childhood Obesity

Monday, September 26th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

September is National Childhood Obesity Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17% of children in the United States are obese. The National Library of Medicine provides health information resources for parents and teachers to help improve nutrition and exercise habits for children from diverse populations, including:

Science and Health Resources for Educators

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Specific Populations Branch:

School is back in session, and Specialized Information Services for the National Library of Medicine provides a variety of educational resources for students of all ages.  Here are just a few examples:

  • K-12 Science and Health Education: Browse through a list of useful links to lesson plans, projects, and webpages on many different science/health topics for K-12 students.
  • Environmental Health Student Portal: Information and activities for middle school students on environmental health topics like air pollution, chemicals, climate change, and water pollution.  A section for teachers provides additional links to lesson plans.
  • GeneEd – Links to vetted genetic websites based on high school science curriculum.  A section with Teacher’s Resources provides a list of resources organized under various genetics topics, like bio-statistics, biotechnology, cell biology, and more.
  • ToxMystery – Interactive game for ages 7-11 on household chemical hazards, including a page with lesson plans for teachers.
  • ToxTown for Teachers: Lesson plans and links for educators to help them use the ToxTown page for teaching students about environmental health and toxic chemicals in everyday environments.

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.

Back-to-School Updates for NLM K-12 Resources

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Specific Populations Branch:

School is back in session, and you can learn about the latest updates to K-12 educational resources from the National Library of Medicine i the most recent edition of the Education Connection Newsletter. The August edition of the newsletter includes articles on:

For even more K-12 health and science education resources, check out the NLM Outreach homepage!

Summer ’16 issue of the MAReport is now available!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Closing out the summer, NN/LM MAR is proud to share the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, the MAReport! In this edition:

Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale shares her thoughts about the exciting features of the PubMed commenting system in her Academic Outreach article, Focus on PubMed Commons.

Health Professions Coordinator Kate Flewelling discusses resources and initiatives for quality dental care in her Out and About article, Oral Health.

Consumer Health Coordinator Lydia Collins discusses K-12 resource trainings and guides from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in her Consumer Connections article, Back to School with NLM Resources.

Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda highlights some extensive National Institute on Aging (NIA) resources for Go4Life Month in her Sharing & Caring article, Celebrate Go4Life.

Anja Bouchard shares her experiences as a Librarian with the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System in our featured  Member Spotlight.

Executive Director Renae Barger gives a brief overview of new NN/LM MAR funding opportunities in her MAR Highlights article, New Round of Funding is now available!

MAR Director Barbara Epstein shares her thoughts on the impact of special advisory groups in her Director’s Musings article, Looking Forward with New MAR Advisory Group Members.

To read the entire Summer 2016 newsletter or find articles from a previous edition, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/mar/newsletter/

Awardee Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Sustained Science Outreach – A Program for Low Income, Underserved Youth

Presenter:  Judy Cameron, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry/Director of Science Outreach, University of Pittsburgh

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pitt Science Outreach program offered a new 6-week program called Sustained Science Outreach. The program was designed to interest youth from low income, underserved areas in learning about science and healthy lifestyle choices and be equipped to share this information with their parents, families, and others in their community. This program  targeted youth in 4th-6th grade, a time where exposure to science has been shown to have a lifelong impact on youth attitudes toward science. The participating Y’s were located within 5 historically underserved communities.

Train-the-Trainer Manual Development for Access to Mental Health Literacy for Rural PA Older Adults

Presenter:  Rebecca May-Cole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, Inc. (PBHAC)

The Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition developed and delivered a program to expand Behavioral Health Literacy for older adults, called the Healthy ABCs program, by training peer presenters to provide the information to older adults in their home communities. The goal of the project was to decrease the barriers associated with senior adults, particularly aged seniors, understanding and accessing Behavior Health services and information.

Mobile Technology in a Community Teaching Hospital Library: Tablets and E-books

Presenter: Patricia Reusing, Director, Health Sciences Library, Saint Barnabas Medical Center

The primary goal of this project was to enhance the hospital staff’s knowledge of health and medical conditions by placing selected applications (“apps”) and ebooks on different types of tablet devices (iPad, iPad Mini, and Samsung Galaxy). During the course of the project, our Medical Library’s two librarians held numerous demonstrations throughout the hospital at which staff and members of the community (patients, visitors) could try out the tablets and look at the various apps and ebooks loaded on them. As medical librarians, we also learned a lot about tablets and the available content for them for our own understanding and to share our knowledge with our library users.

Date / Time:  May 28th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

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.

MAR Network Members Publish in Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet

Saturday, March 21st, 2015
  • Educating K-12 Professionals and Parents: Finding Health Information for Special Needs Children / D. Elizabeth Irish, Deborah M. Lyman, Helen A. Squillace, Enid M. Geyer, Tammy D. Cosgrove, Amanda Hagzan, Jill Leinung & Traci To

More details:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15398285.2014.982051#.VQ2e8-Fc9js

  • Healthy Libraries Develop Healthy Communities: Public Libraries and Their Tremendous Efforts to Support the Affordable Care Act / Lydia N. Collins

More details: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15398285.2014.988467#.VQ2ffeFc9js