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Accepting Applications for Health Literacy Heroes

MAR is celebrating National Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month by awarding a Health Literacy Hero with a professional development award! Are you a Health Literacy Hero or do you know a Health Literacy Hero? Health Literacy Heroes identify and solve health literacy problems in their communities and organizations. If you’re a hospital or academic medical librarian, send us your stories highlighting programs, partnerships or accomplishments that demonstrate how you’re a Health Literacy Hero! For more information about Health Literacy Month and ideas visit created by Helen Osborne.

For instance, did you:

  • Develop or participate in a unique service or program for a particular patient organization?
  • Promote health literacy within your organization or community?
  • Work to create easy-to-read or easy-to-use materials?
  • Collaborate with a partner to boost health literacy in your community?
  • Create a course or program that teaches health literacy elements?
  • And so on!

Tell us about it! Submit your project by Friday, October 21 using the attached slides. Add photos and graphics to your project description to make your projects stand out! We will post your stories on the MARquee News Blog throughout October, and members will vote for their favorite entry. Voting instructions will be posted after the submission deadline.

The winner will be eligible to receive a professional development award of $1,500 that may be used for any conference or class that will further his/her professional development or nurture their interest in the field. Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution and not an individual.

Submission guidelines:

  • Deadline for submissions: COB Friday, October 21
  • Send to: now through October 21
  • Stories should reflect anything done within the last year including this month (Oct. 2015-Oct. 2016)
  • Use any of the template slides (below) to describe your project and fill out the details (format is up to you). Limit 3 slides.
  • Award is available for hospital and academic medical/health sciences librarians
  • Multiple entries may be received from the same library or library system, but they will be voted on as separate entries. It will be up to the winning library to determine who will receive the award.
  • We reserve the right to edit submissions but we will not change content.

Use of Funding:

  • Professional development opportunities must be completed before April 30, 2017.
  • Funding can be used to cover costs of professional development courses/conferences such as registration or speaker fees and travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem, etc.).

Health Literacy Heroes template slides

Health Literacy Heroes examples

Give Your Baby a Healthy Start with Newborn Screenings!

From the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:

It’s Newborn Screening Awareness Month. Newborn screenings are tests that check for diseases and conditions in newborn babies — like heart problems and hearing loss. If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor or midwife about newborn screenings. These tests help doctors find many diseases and conditions early, so your baby can be treated sooner.

Before your baby is born, take these steps so you’ll be prepared:

  • Find out which tests are available at the hospital where your baby will be born
  • Ask when you can expect to get your baby’s test results
  • Make a plan to keep track of your baby’s test results
  • Check with your health insurance company to find out which tests are covered
  • If you aren’t planning to give birth in a hospital, see if your midwife can screen your baby.

Want to learn more? Read about newborn screening tests from and check out these other resources to help you get ready for your baby.

Complementary Therapies and Traditional Healing Resources from NLM

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

If a medical treatment is not part of mainstream medicine, it may be called complementary, integrative, or alternative medicine.  Examples of complementary medicine may include herbal supplements, acupuncture, meditation, and many other forms of treatment.  The Arctic Health portal defines traditional healing as treatment that focuses on the health and wellness of the individual in the context of culture and community, and it incorporates Native beliefs, practices, and traditional ecological knowledge. Traditional healing may be practiced by Native American communities across the USA, including Alaska and the Arctic region.  Resources for both complementary medicine and traditional healing are available through the National Library of Medicine for many different populations, including:

  • For the General Public – MedlinePlus provides an overview of various complementary and alternative therapy health topics, as well as reliable information on the known health benefits and possible side effects for a long list of herbs and supplements.  Complementary health information is also available in Chinese and Spanish.
  • For Older Adults – NIH Senior Health discusses a variety of topics on complementary health approaches, including information on natural products, mind and body practices, the safety of these complementary health approaches, and how to be an informed consumer with complementary health treatments.
  • For Native American Communities – The American Indian Health portal includes a list of traditional healing resources, with resources for community members, researchers, health professionals, educators, and the general public. The Traditional Healing section of the Arctic Health portal lists organizations and programs, stories, research and learning tools, and teaching tools for traditional healing practices of Native American communities in the Arctic region.

New Collaborative Webinar Series: NN/LM Resource Picks

NN/LM Resource Picks is a bimonthly webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities. Several of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine offices are combining efforts to feature resource experts from NLM for this national webinar series.

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Upcoming Presentations:

Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 3pm ET

Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center

Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to

  • learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities
  • take action to increase preparedness
  • participate in community resilience planning

The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is “Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.


AIDSource and AIDSInfo Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 3pm ET

PubMed Update Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 3pm ET

History of Medicine Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3pm ET

Drug Information Portal Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 3pm ET

PubMed Health Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 3pm ET


Webinar: Applying Data Management Strategies: A Showcase of Data Management Projects

Registration is now open for the FREE Medical Informatics Section fall webinar, Applying Data Management Strategies: A Showcase of Data Management Projects. Three librarians will discuss their experiences with a variety of data management projects, share their lessons learned, and answer your questions. The webinar will feature the following presentations:

  • Kevin Read, NYU Health Sciences Library: Developing and Implementing a Data Catalog
  • Margaret Henderson, VCU Libraries: Data Management Considerations for Clinical Trials
  • Marci Brandenburg, University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library: Data Visualization

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST

Registration is free and open to all, and attendees will receive 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Details and Registration

Webinar: Achieving Health Equity- One Policy at a Time

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.


  • 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

Smart Choice Basics Health Insurance Webinar

From the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition:

Smart Choice Basics Health Insurance Webinar
Thursday, September 22nd from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM ET

Learn evidence-eased ways to improve consumers’ understanding of health insurance.

What is Smart Choice Basics Health Insurance?
A consumer education program that explains health insurance cost to consumers and communities. It’s based on an evidenced-based program, Smart Choice Health Insurance™ that was developed by the facilitators of this webinar at the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware.

Why is the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition offering the webinar?
It provides a consistent and actionable way for Coalition members to talk about health insurance with the consumers in the communities they serve. Smart Choice Basic provides access to practical tools to aid consumers in selecting a plan or better understanding one they have already chosen. In addition, we feel that the rollout of the program creates a targeted project and a clear objective to assist in growing regional meetups. Our hope is that your participation in this program may help pave the way to future collaboration across the State.

Who should take part in the webinar?
This training is ideal for anyone offering community education on health or financial wellness, as well as those who assist consumers in buying or using health insurance. We recommend it to librarians, social workers, enrollment assisters, financial counselors, and anyone passionate about improving knowledge of the benefits of health insurance in their community.

What benefits does this training offer me?
As a Certified Smart Choice Basics Educator, you’ll have exclusive access to an outstanding library of resources. This includes an in-depth consumer workbook, presentation materials, and a facilitation guide with activities designed to keep your in-person workshops lively and fun. You’ll also gain the confidence of knowing that you’re using evidence-based resources to help consumers.

Details and Registration

Where to Turn Resource Fair

Join our Education & Health Literacy Coordinator, Michelle Burda, at the Where to Turn Resource Fair on Friday, September 16! Michelle will be giving a presentation to celebrate the Go4Life initiative, promoting healthy living for older adults, and other resources from the National Institute on Aging and NLM NIH Senior Health.

The Where to Turn Resource Fair will feature speakers and exhibitors that have a stake in the growing access to our region’s community resources.

When: September 16, 8AM-12:30PM

Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

Admission is free and continuing education credits will be awarded, however registration is required. Please visit the Fair event page for more details.

Science and Health Resources for Educators

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

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.