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Mosquito Control Awareness Week

It’s Mosquito Control Awareness week! Below are some great resources for learning how to protect yourself from mosquito bites and the diseases they may carry, as well as controlling mosquitoes inside and outside of your home.

Environmental Protection Agency:

Center for Disease Control:


National Institutes of Health:

National HIV Testing Day

Monday, June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provide some fantastic resources to learn more about screening and diagnosis for HIV/AIDS. Know your status!




Classes, Training Opportunities, and New Recordings Available Now!

Classes and Training Opportunities

PubMed for Librarians Series – Sponsored by the NN/LM Training Office / 5 webinars (choose any or all) / Starts June 27, 2016 Details and registration

NLM Express: Saving Time with PubMed Subject-Specific Queries! – Co-sponsored by MAR and NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region / webinar / July 7, 2016 4pm-5pm ET Details and registration

Nursing on the Net:  Health Resources You Can Use – Sponsored by NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region / Online Moodle Course / Details and registration

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / July 13, 2016 11am – 12:30pm ET Details and registration

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits and Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / July 14, 2016 1:30pm – 3:00pm ET Details and registration

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / July 19, 2016 1pm – 2pm ET Details and registration

See our full training schedule for educational offerings.


New Recordings Available

Putting the Pieces Together: A Librarian & Disaster ResponseRecording and slides are now available – Sponsored by NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Finding Systematic Reviews at PubMed Health and PubMed – Recording available – Sponsored by the National Training Office.

CMS Bulletins

ASPR TRACIE is sharing information released today from CMS Bulletins for Medicare Providers and for Medicaid Private Market with guidance on Zika virus. Please see below for more information.


CMS Bulletin for Medicare Providers:

The bulletin will serve to inform Medicaid agencies and interested stakeholders about how Medicaid services and authorities can help states and territories prevent, detect, and respond to the Zika virus, including efforts to prevent the transmission and address health risks to beneficiaries from the Zika virus.

The informational bulletin is publicly available, and can be accessed on at


CMS Bulletin for Medicaid Private Market:

Medicaid Family Planning Services and Supplies
SHO # 16-008

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to all State Health Officials (SHOs) to clarify previous guidance on the delivery of family planning services and supplies to all Medicaid beneficiaries.  This letter provides guidance on family planning services provided under both fee-for-service and managed care delivery systems; clarify the purpose of the family planning visit; offer strategies to reduce barriers to receiving family planning services and supplies; increase access to contraceptives and clarify policy regarding sterilization after delivery.

For more information on today’s SHO letter click here:



Release and launch webinar for the new resource “Providing Family planning Care for Non-Pregnant Clients of Reproductive AG in the Context of Zika: A Toolkit for Healthcare Providers” scheduled for Thursday, July 7.

June is Men’s Health Month: 3 Resources from NLM

June is Men’s Health Month, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a variety of trustworthy resources on important men’s health topics, such as prostate and testicular cancers, depression, heart disease, and HIV.  Here are just a few of the men’s health resources to be found through NLM databases:

  • AIDSource – Locate reliable resources on HIV/AIDS for gay and bisexual men, including resources in Spanish.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Below are some great NLM and NN/LM training opportunities for you to take advantage of this week and next.  These are open to everyone, so feel free to share widely!

  • Happening Friday!  Finding Systematic Reviews at PubMed Health and PubMed – Sponsored by NN/LM Training Office / webinar / June 10, 2016 noon – 12:30pm ET Details and registration
  • New resource for primary care!   Clinical eCompanion – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / June 14, 2016 noon – 1pm ET Details and registration
  • Engaging Public Libraries in Community Health Information and Services Presenter: Liz Morris – Sponsored by NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region/ webinar / June 15, 2016 4-5pm ET – No registration required, at time of event, go to:

Help Wanted: Special Advisory Group Members

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.

MLA 2016 DOCLINE Update

The pre-recorded “MLA 2016 DOCLINE Update” which aired at the NLM exhibit booth during MLA 2016 is now available. The original presentation file, including speaker notes, is also available on the DOCLINE Presentations page, here.

We invite libraries to share their thoughts on DOCLINE, as well as any insights into future needs regarding biomedical literature resource sharing for health professionals and other library patrons.

You can send comments to NLM by clicking Contact Us in DOCLINE or at  or discuss your ideas with Ashley Cuffia in the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office.  You can contact Ashley at or 410-706-4173.

NN/LM MAR welcomes to Elaina Vitale!

MAR has a new Academic Coordinator!  We are pleased to welcome Elaina Vitale as the MAR Academic Coordinator.  Elaina will have primary responsibility for increasing awareness of, and providing training in the use of NLM’s information resources to librarians, faculty and staff at academic institutions, with an emphasis on community colleges and colleges/universities with programs in the health sciences, health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health.  She will also assist in coordinating MAR educational programs that create opportunities for information professionals to increase their skillset and support various phases of research data management.

Information for MLA IRP (Independent Reading Program)

Earn MLA CE by reading professional journal articles. To participate, just read an article and complete your article analysis application. See preselected articles (articles are marked with the IRP icon in the JMLA). Receive 1 MLA CE contact hour for every article completed.

You can also read self-selected professional journal articles. Articles must fall within one or more of the professional competencies, MLA defined core competencies for professional success.

A maximum of 3 contact hours per year can be applied towards your AHIP application or renewal, for a total of no more than 15 contact hours per five-year credentialing period. For more information on AHIP, go to Academy of Health Information Professionals.