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#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.

Love Your Data Week

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

From the LYD Week Planning Committee:

Love Your Data week is right around the corner on February 13-17, 2017! This year’s theme is emphasizing data quality for researchers at any stage in their career.  Visit our website: https://loveyourdata.wordpress.com/ or follow us on Twitter #LYD17 or #loveyourdata to gain inspiration, share ideas, and find new ways to promote data services and resources at your library and beyond! Please tell us if you plan to participate and we will list your institution’s name on the site so we can continue to grow the community of data lovers.

More details will be available soon!

NIH Requests Information on Strategies for Data Management, Sharing and Citation

Monday, November 21st, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

The NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, NIH published a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks public comments on strategies for data management, sharing, and citation in order to consider:

  1. what, when, and how data should be managed and shared; and,
  2. setting standards for citing shared data and software.

The complete RFI, as well as instructions on how to comment, can be found on the NIH OSP website.  The final response date is December 29, 2016.  NIH will consider all public comments before taking next steps.

Additional information about the importance of this RFI can be found in an “Under the Poliscope” blog published today by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy.

For more information, please contact the NIH Office of Science Policy by email at SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov or by telephone at 301-496-9838.

Free Webinar: Mapping Connected Health County by County

Friday, November 4th, 2016

When: November 10, 2-3 PM ET Details and Registration

Sponsored by the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, this webinar will focus on how state and local government offices, agencies and other local community stakeholders can effectively use the Mapping Broadband Health in America platform.  The web-based mapping platform, launched in August, enables and informs more efficient, data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health.   The Mapping Broadband Health in America platform allows users to visualize, intersect and analyze broadband and health data at the national, state and county levels – informing policy prescriptions and investment decisions.

Key audiences for the webinar include federal, state and local agencies and offices that address health, connectivity, technology and/or rural development: for example, we encourage county health departments, public health officers and epidemiologists, broadband and technology officers, data analytics and GIS teams, and community health workers and strategists to participate.

The webinar will feature:

  • An overview of the mapping platform, showcasing the broadband, health and rural “filters” that drive the functionality and place analytic power in the hands of local stakeholders;
  • Step-by-step instructions and user scenarios tailored to how state and local entities can use the platform to drive broadband health efforts in their respective areas and communities;
  • Information on how agency web developers and data experts can incorporate proprietary or public datasets of interest into the mapping platform – our so-called, “open integration” model; and
  • An opportunity to pose questions about the broadband health mapping platform to Connect2HealthFCC experts and weigh in on the next generation of the tool.

Resources from NLM on Alzheimer’s Disease

Friday, September 30th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

More than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.  September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and the National Library of Medicine provides online resources for all types of populations to learn about diagnosis, prevention, and treatments for the disorder:

  • Resources for the general public: MedlinePlus provides a Health Topics page on Alzheimer’s Disease that links to resources on symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and research about the disease.  Information on Alzheimer’s is also available in 17 languages through MedlinePlus.
  • Resources for older adults: The NIHSeniorHealth site from NLM and the National Institute on Aging provides a detailed but understandable description of Alzheimer’s disease, available on a page with simple navigation, re-sizable text, and options to change color contrast on the page for users with vision trouble.
  • Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Caregivers of someone with Alzheimer’s disease can access lists of useful resources on the Alzheimer’s Caregivers page on MedlinePlus or through the NLM 4 Caregivers list of links.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Friday, September 30th, 2016

We have a great line-up of classes for the Month of October! For the full list of upcoming training opportunities available to the Middle Atlantic Region, please visit our training schedule page, or check out our list of class offerings.

Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond
Sponsored by SEA / 1 month asynchronous course / Starts October 10
Details and Registration

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community
Sponsored by MAR / 90 minute webinar / October 12, 11am ET
The focus of this session will be on health insurance enrollment.
Details and Registration

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed
Sponsored by NLM / 60 Minute webinar / October 19, 2pm ET
Join us for the first in the Insider’s Guide series of webinars about more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with an introduction to the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This series is geared toward librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper.
Details and registration

Boost Box: NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course
Sponsored by MAR / 60 minute webinar / October 25, 1pm ET (note special day and time)
In this session, recent attendees will discuss the benefits of attending and key “takeaways.” Project Kathy Davies will discuss the application process and format of the course. This session comes at a perfect time for potential applicants, as applications for the 2017 courses open in October.
Details and registration

Webinar: Achieving Health Equity- One Policy at a Time

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Achieving Health Equity- One Policy at a Time

When: September 22, 3-4PM ET

Attend a webinar hosted by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team. Presenters will: describe components of a “health equity lens” used to analyze proposed state legislation, articulate opportunities and challenges to applying a “health equity lens”, and share examples of training and resource materials.

Speakers:

  • Gail Brandt, Health Equity Coordinator for the Office of Healthy Communities, Washington State Department of Health
  • Paj Nandi, Director of Community Relations and Equity, Washington State Department of Health
  • Sheryl Pickering, WIC Tribal Liaison and Office Legislative Coordinator for the Office of Nutrition Services, Washington State Department of Health

Full abstract and speaker biographies

Details and Registration

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

New Reserarch and Patient Education Videos from NLM

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Check out the latest videos from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) for nurses and nursing students:

  • NLM Resources for Nurses: Research – In less than four minutes learn about 15 different resources—all free, reliable and online—to support nursing research and promote quality health outcomes.
  • NLM Resources for Nurses: Patient Education – In only 2 ½ minutes learn about 11 different resources—all free, reliable and online—to help patients and their families learn more about diseases, disorders, conditions, and treatments.

And once you’ve watched the videos, please share this video with your colleagues, patrons, and students. Information like this wants to be shared!

Want more videos on quality health resources? Subscribe to the NLM YouTube Channel.

Help Wanted: Special Advisory Group Members

Monday, June 6th, 2016

For 2016-2021, NN/LM MAR will be focusing outreach efforts to reach new populations and organizations providing health information services that will benefit from access to the NN/LM and NLM’s evidence-based biomedical and health information resources. These include: public health workers; community health workers; patient educators; extension professionals; staff at Area Health Education Centers, rural health clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers; health sciences librarians; librarians and staff at public libraries, K-12 schools, community colleges and other 2 and 4 year colleges and universities; seniors; soldiers, veterans and military families; community- and faith-based organizations; and minority, underrepresented, refugee and immigrant populations.

As you can imagine, this is a tall order! Therefore, as in the past contract cycle, we are assembling advisory groups to guide our efforts in reaching constituents of these target populations.

MAR Special Advisory Groups (SAGs) for 2016-2021 are:

  • Academic will focus on librarians, faculty, students and staff at university health centers at community colleges, and other 2- and 4-year colleges supporting health sciences programs, as well as other disciplines where NLM resources are useful, such as health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health.
  • Consumer Health will focus on reaching consumers through library staff at public libraries and schools, school nurses, K-12 health and science educators, and staff at community- and faith-based organizations.
  • Health Sciences will focus on health sciences librarians and consist of appointed representation from regional MLA chapters and other health sciences library groups.
  • Hospital Services will focus on hospital librarians, and others providing biomedical and health information services in the hospital setting including nurses, patient educators, continuing medical education coordinators and others.
  • Health Professionals and Public Health Workers will focus on health professionals without access to a medical library, with an emphasis on those working in minority and underrepresented communities, public health workers; community health workers, extension professionals, and staff at Area Health Education Centers, rural health clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Much of our programming and outreach is directed in response to feedback from our advisory groups. SAG members are generous professionals representing the diversity of our region and target populations. They unselfishly volunteer their time and expertise to enthusiastically endorse the NN/LM mission. SAG members are active partners in the development, assessment and advancement of health information programming throughout our region. Specifically, SAG members:

  • Advise MAR staff on programs to improve health professionals’ and consumers’ awareness of and access to biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on NLM resources;
  • Assist MAR staff in assessing health information needs by monitoring activities in their state, regional area, and profession;
  • Identify partner organizations, training and funding opportunities to promote NLM resources;
  • Serve as ambassadors throughout the region and among their constituencies in furthering the goals of and encouraging participation in NN/LM and NLM programs

SAG membership is rotating, with members serving 1 or 2 year terms. Meetings are held virtually on a quarterly basis.

If you are interested in being more involved in informing MAR programs, consider volunteering to serve on one of our SAGs. Applications are being accepted through June 24.