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August Health Observances

There are several health observances in the month of August. Below are some great resources to share for educational purposes and health awareness.

Learn about Children’s Eye Health and Safety from the National Eye Institute, including first aid and safety tips, information about protective eye-wear, and playing smart during sports activities.

Discover all the benefits of breastfeeding in this comprehensive guide from MedlinePlus, which also includes links to frequently asked questions and LactMed, a Toxnet database with information on drugs and lactation.

The Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) Communications Toolkit sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) provides information for pregnant women, babies, school-age children, teens, and adults. You can also learn more about the importance of immunizations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. You can learn more about the different types of psoriasis from the National Psoriasis Foundation. Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, featuring a “Spotlight on Psoriasis”.

August Training Sessions

Thinking about applying for funding? Grants and Proposal Writing: Applying for NN/LM MAR funding– Sponsored by MAR / webinar / August 3, 2016 10:00am – 11:30am ET Details and registration

Focus on NLM Resources: Genetics Home Reference – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / August 4, 2016 12:00pm – 1pm ET Details and registration

Just added! Introduction to NN/LM MAR New Member Services (Academic Members) – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / August 8, 2016 12:00pm – 12:45pm ET Details and registration

New! From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – Sponsored by MAR / self-paced via Moodle / August 15 – September 6th, 2016 Details and registration

See our full training schedule for additional educational offerings.

Training Opportunity: From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) invites you to this 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources.

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016

Class Description:

This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.

This class has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association for each part and is eligible for MLA Level I and Level II CHIS.

Register: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=485

World Hepatitis Day

In observance of World Hepatitis day, below are some great resources on Hepatitis. What is Hepatitis? How is it diagnosed and treated? What can you do to help spread awareness about preventative measures?

World Hepatitis Day: http://worldhepatitisday.org/

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/

Office of Women’s Health: http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/viral-hepatitis.html

National Institutes of Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2008/April/docs/01features_02.htm

 

New Funding Opportunities from the Middle Atlantic Region

Clinical and Public Health Outreach:  Enhance clinicians’ and public health workers’ abilities to find and use health information in practice and/or in patient education.
Amount:  Up to $15,000
Application Deadline:  August 22nd, 2016
Details

Emergency Preparedness / Library Partnership:  Strengthen the involvement of public and health sciences libraries in assisting with health and disaster information needs before, during and after an emergency and building community resilience.
Amount:  Up to $15,000
Application Deadline:  August 22nd, 2016
Details

Health Literacy Project:  Promote a culture of health literacy within the organization.
Amount:  Up to $15,000
Application Deadline:  August 22nd, 2016
Details

Health Sciences Library Project:  Support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery within their institution and/or outreach community.
Amount:  Up to $15,000
Application Deadline:  August 22nd, 2016
Details

Outreach to Consumers:  Improve health information literacy and increase the ability for patients, family members, students and members of the general public to find and use health information.
Amount:  Up to $15,000
Application Deadline:  August 22nd, 2016
Details

Announcing Exciting Plans at the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative

Exciting plans are underway, to enhance the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative and make your experience as a librarian easier, more streamlined, and better focused on your needs.

We have been meeting, working, and negotiating with vendors this summer, many of whom would like to talk directly with you. Thanks to greater participation among the HSLANJ GLI, and our collective group purchasing power, we are commanding the attention of vendors like never before!

Over the next several weeks, you will likely be receiving numerous emails inviting you to participate in surveys by vendors such as Ovid, BMJ, McGraw Hill, Springer, SAGE and others.

We understand how busy you are as a librarian, but we also encourage you to take time for each of these surveys. They are vital. Your answers will help shape future vendor offers through the HSLANJ GLI. Please answer all of the surveys that are sent your way if possible, regardless of how many times you have or haven’t participated in the GLI. All opinions are needed!

A little food-for-thought…

Questions to consider as a preview to the surveys:

  • How can participation in the GLI be enhanced for your benefit?
  • Do you have content needs that are not being met through the GLI?

Thank you—we greatly appreciate your time and insights! And we look forward to sharing more exciting plans about the GLI very soon!

Sincerely,

Robb Mackes

Executive Director, HSLANJ

Project Manager, GLI

570-856-5952

rtmackes@gmail.com

The HSLANJ GLI is endorsed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), MAR and SE/A, as the lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources. 

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.  

 

Grants and Proposal Writing: Applying for NN/LM MAR funding

Join MAR for a special Grants and Proposal Writing class! The session will begin with an overview of applying for NN/LM MAR funding, including the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. The webinar will end with time for you to ask questions directly to Executive Director and MAR staff.

By attending the 1.5 hour webinar and completing a post-test, participants will receive 2 MLA CE.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:00-11:30 am ET

Details and registration: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=511

Lunch with the RML: Let’s get ready for funding!

In preparation for MAR funding opportunities planned to be announced in the next few days, MAR’s  Lunch with the RML monthly webinar series will kick off on July 28 by highlighting 4 very different types of outreach from last year’s funding.  We hope these creative, successful projects will spur ideas for you to apply for a project this year!

Yini Zhu, Rutgers University, George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences will showcase this powerful project done with a $3,000 Health Information Awareness Award!  Spreading Health Awareness with Resources and Education (SHARE) program was a successful outreach effort that increased awareness of NLM’s consumer health information resources while promoting the libraries’ resources and services to the Rutgers University and University Hospital community.

Laraine Tursi,  Coney Island Hospital, Harold Fink Memorial Library will highlight her Smartboard Interactive Display project which emphasizes an innovative approach for a hospital librarian to partner with her Medical Education Committee and Research Department to promote evidence based resources throughout the institution.

Sherry Morgan and Barbara Cavanaugh, University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library will present the Philadelphia Free Library and University of Pennsylvania Consumer Health Education Partnership which emphasizes a unique approach, for health sciences librarians to partner with their school of nursing and local public libraries to introduce NLM resources and offer health programs to consumers.

Christina Pope, SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library, will represent the Pet First Aid (aka Healthy Pet Project), which represents creative ways to incorporate NLM resources into education and outreach events by partnering with public libraries and veterinarians to develop a project that has  raised awareness throughout the state of NY and has gone on to receive outside funding support.

Thursday, July 28, 12-1PM ET

Register now: https://nnlm.gov/mar/training/register.html%20?schedule_id=4031

Medicine: Mind the Gap, NIH Seminar Series

Medicine: Mind the Gap Seminar

The Opportunities and Challenges of Using Systematic Reviews To Summarize Knowledge About “What Works” in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Presented by:
Kay Dickersin, Ph.D.
Professor, Epidemiology
Director, The Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

When:
Monday, July 25, 2016
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Eastern time
Presented via NIH Videocast, videocast.nih.gov/

Registration, although not required, is encouraged for planning purposes.

Whether discussing priorities for comparative effectiveness research (CER) from a funder’s or researcher’s perspective, understanding knowledge gaps, or setting guidelines for care, systematic reviews of existing research hold the promise of scientifically summarizing “what works” at any point in time. Dr. Dickersin will review models of how systematic reviews are being used globally to plan, implement, and derive recommendations from CER. Dr. Dickersin will then review some of the existing challenges to using systematic reviews and methods being used to address these challenges.

Dr. Dickersin is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Dickersin also serves as the Director for the Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis. She has conducted studies in a number of important subject areas, including women’s health, eyes and vision, and surgery. Dr. Dickersin’s research has involved comparing internal company documents to the published record, where she and her colleagues have found differing results. Dr. Dickersin is currently engaged in examining practical issues related to demands for “open access to trial data,” when the available data may be discordant.

Medicine: Mind the Gap is a seminar series that explores research design, measurement, intervention, data analysis, and other methods of interest to prevention science.

Dr. Dickersin will accept questions about her presentation via email at prevention@mail.nih.gov and on Twitter with #NIHMtG.

For more information, contact the Office of Disease Prevention at prevention@mail.nih.gov.

If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, contact Jonathan Hicks at jonathan.hicks@nih.gov or (301) 827-5564. Closed captioning will be provided.

New Opportunities from the National Training Office

Teaching Topics: Open and Close with Impact

Dates: August 25th and September 22nd @ Noon PT/1MT/2CT/3ET.

Spend 60 minutes with Jessi Van Der Volgen and Rebecca Brown, Training Development Specialists with the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), to learn ways to incorporate opening and closing activities that will enhance learning and evoke critical thinking. After attending this session you will be eligible for one hour of MLA CE credit.

Here are the questions we’re hoping to answer for you today:

Why should we craft how we begin and end a class?
What’s the difference between an ice-breaker and an opener?
What are some ideas for openers I can put into place?
What are some content-related activities I can incorporate into the last class or last minutes of class?
How can I support critical thinking till the very end?
How can I get feedback about course content without using a traditional evaluation tool?

Click here to register.

 

Discovering TOXNET®

Join the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) for a free, online class to discover TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

The class is taught online, over a 4 week period, in thirteen independent modules. Take only the modules that interest you.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health.

The independent modules will cover twelve databases: TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and a short introductory module. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental science professionals interested in unlocking the information available in TOXNET.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos, and discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

Click here for more details and registration.