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New Member Services Open House

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Are you new to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) or looking for a refresher on the many services the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) offers its members? Join MAR coordinators Lydia Collins and Elaina Vitale for this one-hour open house webinar!

April 20, 2017, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Attendees can expect to learn about appropriate resources, hear about MAR funding, and gather ideas for successful library/agency partnerships.

Not yet a Member? Fill out our application for membership today to qualify your organization for funding opportunities, free print and educational materials, opportunities for partnership, and so much more! Then register for this open house webinar, and bring your questions straight to our staff. We’re always happy to provide free consultations to organizations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

For organizations in other states, find your region to learn what services are available to you!

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:

Patient Safety Awareness Week

Monday, March 13th, 2017

It’s Patient Safety Awareness week, March 12-18. Whether you are a health care professional or a health care consumer, patient safety is an important topic to consider when it comes to health information. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), consumers can help prevent medical errors for themselves and their loved ones by:

  • Speaking up. Talk to your doctor about any questions or worries. Ask what they’re doing to protect you.
  • Keeping hands clean. Make sure everyone, including friends and family, clean their hands before touching you. If you don’t see your healthcare providers clean their hands, ask them to do so.
  • Preparing for surgery. Let your doctor know about any medical problems you have. Ask your doctor how he/she prevents surgical site infections.
  • Asking your healthcare provider, “Will there be a new needle, new syringe, and a new vial for this procedure or injection?” Insist that your healthcare providers never reuse a needle or syringe on more than one patient.
  • Getting Smart about antibiotics. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections – they don’t work for viruses like the ones that cause colds and flu. Ask your healthcare provider if there are steps you can take to feel better without using antibiotics. If you’re prescribed an antibiotic, make sure to take the prescribed antibiotic exactly as your healthcare provider tells you and do not skip doses. and don’t forget to watch out for deadly diarrhea!
  • Knowing the signs and symptoms of infection. Some skin infections, such as MRSA, appear as redness, pain, or drainage at an IV catheter site or surgery site and come with a fever. Infections can also lead to sepsis, a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection.
  • Getting Vaccinated. Getting yourself, family, friends, and caregivers vaccinated against the flu and other infections prevents spread of disease.
  • Covering your mouth and nose. When you sneeze or cough, germs can travel 3 feet or more. Use a tissue to avoid spreading germs with your hands.

Looking for more resources?

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has some wonderful Patient Safety tools and resources to assist health professionals in creating a safe and open environment for patients.
  • MedlinePlus has a very informative Health Topics page on Patient Safety, including resources in English and Spanish.
  • The United Patient Safety Foundation has a large number of resources for getting involved in active patient safety awareness with the United Patient Safety campaign.
  • Use #PSAW2017 and #WeAreAllPatients to join the conversation on social media.
  • Follow @NNLMMAR on Twitter or like our Facebook page to see more Patient Safety resources all this week!

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.

Upcoming Class on Consumer Health Services

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Interested in consumer health? Registration is now open for the spring offering of the 4-week online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This free online course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. Attendees will participate in a robust class that includes four weeks of interactive instruction, discussion, and activities followed by an additional week to complete a final project. This course was developed to help all library staff provide excellent services and health information to consumers, patients, students, and other members of the community.

Due to the comprehensive nature of this class, participants can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week to fulfill the requirements of this course. Upon completion, participants will be awarded 12 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE units. In addition, this is an approved CHIS class; participants who complete the class are eligible to apply for Level I or Level II of the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA.

NNLM librarians Kelli Ham, Consumer Health Librarian from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) and Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist from the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are teaming up to teach this class!

The class will run from March 20 – April 21, 2016. We will be using Moodle for this free, self-paced class. More information will be sent out to registrants by March 17, and the course will open Monday morning, March 20th. Visit the Class Details page to Register today.

NOTE: If this time frame doesn’t work for you, the next session will be taught in June.

Please contact Kelli by email if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in this NNLM course!

Resources on Bleeding Disorders

Monday, March 6th, 2017

March is bleeding disorders awareness month. Below are a few resources to get started on educating yourself and others about this important health observance.

MedlinePlus Health Topics – includes resources for understanding what it means to have a bleeding disorder, common symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, patient handouts, and links to related genetic conditions.

Hemophilia Federation of America – programs and services for spreading awareness, including news and stories, social media advocacy, and more.

Office of Women’s Health – Facts sheets, stories, and specific information for women with bleeding disorders

Want to get more information through social media? Follow @NNLMMAR on Twitter or like our Facebook page for shared resources throughout the month of March, and follow #Hemophilia and #BleedingDisorders to join the conversation!

Upcoming Classes for March

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has a great line-up of courses for the month of March! Below are just a few of our upcoming offerings, and you can register for all of them TODAY! Don’t forget to check our training schedule periodically for new additions, or to see upcoming opportunities for April, May and beyond.

NNLM MAR also offers in-person training opportunities to Members in New York, New Jersey Pennsylvania and Delaware. We can tailor any of our courses to suit your specific needs or interests for training. Take a look at our Class Descriptions page to learn more about the variety of courses we offer, and then contact us!

Registration closing soon! We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making
A-synchronous online course via Moodle with one live webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR)
March 1 – March 31, 2017
Details and Registration

Registration closing soon! Discovering TOXNET
A-synchronous online course via Moodle, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 1 – March 31, 2017
Details and Registration

Registration closing soon! Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information
Webinar, sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
March 2, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00pm ET
Details and Registration

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster
Monthly webinar series, sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR)
March 2, 2017, 11:00am – 12:00pm ET
Details and Registration
Watch the recording of the first session from February

Applying for NNLM MAR funding
Webinar, sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
March 3, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30pm ET
Details and Registration

Introduction to Graphic Medicine
Webinar, sponsored by the New England Region (NER)
March 7, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Public Data for Public Health Advocates – Building and Sustaining a Statewide Data Service
Webinar, sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR)
March 8, 2017, 11:00am – 12:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Five Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Gene Database
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 9, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
Details and Registration

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers
A-synchronous online course via Moodle, sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA)
March 13 – April 17, 2017
Details and Registration

Invite More Action! How to create interactive, student-centered learning environments
Webinar, sponsored by the New England Region (NER)
March 14, 2017, 1:00 – 1:30pm
Details and Registration

Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library
Webinar, sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
March 14, 2017, 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Instructional Design
Webinar, sponsored by the Mid-Continental Region (MCR)
March 15, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 15, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Details and Registration

What’s New in Post-Publication Activities in PubMed
Webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region
March 15, 2017, 4:00 – 5:00pm ET
Details

PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 22, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Details and Registration

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence Based Public Health
Webinar, sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
March 22, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, & Health
Webinar, sponsored by the New England Region (NER)
March 27, 2017, 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 29, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Details and Registration

How to make the most of your National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibition!
Webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR)
March 29, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00pm ET
Details and Registration

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.

Updated Disaster Health Information Courses from NLM

Friday, January 13th, 2017

NLM disaster health information courses have been updated and reformatted for 2017! These self-paced online courses allow you to earn CE credits from the Medical Library Association, and can lead to an MLA Disaster Information Specialization certificate. These courses can also be accessed in the Public Health Foundation TRAIN.

The enhanced NLM Disaster Health Training Courses & Resources include:

  • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
  • US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
  • Information Roles in Disaster Management
  • A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders
  • Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context
  • CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives): Health Information Resources

The courses are part of the NLM Disaster Information Specialist program, which facilitates a network of librarians and information professionals in the disaster workforce ready to take on the role of “information first responder” in their communities. The program comprises three parts:

  • Online training courses
  • Monthly webinars
  • Connecting with others through email and social media

Learn more about how the Disaster Information Specialist program can support you and connect you to like-minded information professionals.

For questions about these courses, or to learn about more Disaster Health Information opportunities from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, please contact Michelle Burda.

#Glaucoma Awareness Month: Resources from NLM

Monday, January 9th, 2017

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and the Glaucoma Research Foundation estimates that more than 3 million people in the US are affected by the condition.  According to MedlinePlus, Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve, and it is a leading cause of blindness in the US.  The National Library of Medicine hosts a variety of online resources targeted towards different populations, which can help a wide range of people learn more about diagnosis and treatment options for glaucoma:

  • The General Public:  The Health Topics page on glaucoma at MedlinePlus provides a simple summary and links to useful diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and research links. Members of the public can also learn about the genetic risks for early-onset glaucoma from the Genetics Home Reference website.
  • Older Adults: The NIHSeniorHealth website offers a detailed but easy-to-understand article on glaucoma, listing symptoms and tests, treatment, tips for protecting your vision, and frequently asked questions about the condition.
  • Multilingual Resources: Resources in 12 languages about glaucoma are available on MedlinePlus.  Also find multilingual patient information about glaucoma at HealthReach.