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Get Serious about Disaster Health

Summer is over, and it is time to get serious about disaster health. September includes several major events:

  • Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
  • A new preparedness rule for Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers
  • National Preparedness Month, which concludes with the National PrepareAthon

Health effects of the September 11, 2001 Attacks

Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The NLM Disaster Health information guide for Health Effects from the Collapse of the World Trade Center has been recently updated with a Disaster Lit® search and new resources from the Federal Register, USGS, NIOSH, and the CDC World Trade Center Health Program.

New emergency preparedness rule for Medicare and Medicaid

On September 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized their Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The new rule ensures that affected health care providers and suppliers plan adequately for both natural and man-made disasters, in order to increase patient safety and establish a more coordinated disaster response. The providers and suppliers will need to meet four common industry standards: develop an emergency plan, implement policies and procedures based on the plan, maintain a communication plan, and maintain training and testing programs, including drills and exercises.

There are 30+ resources in Disaster Lit® related to Medicare and Medicaid, and ASPR TRACIE has more resources and technical assistance on the new rule.

National Preparedness Month

We are already at the end of week two—how have you been observing National Preparedness Month? The 2016 theme is Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. and CDC suggest weekly themes as reminders to take different types of action toward preparedness. Here at NLM Disaster Health, we’ve paired some of our best preparedness resources with the weekly themes:

Week 2: Preparing Family & Friends: Week 2 is almost over, but our Community and Personal Preparedness page is relevant throughout the month—and the year. Don’t forget your furry, feathered, and scaly friends when you prepare. Meanwhile, this week the CDC focuses on the critical role of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).

Week 3: Preparing Through Service: This week, focus on serving your larger community. Think about what your community can do to help prepare the very young, the very old, the disabled, and others with special needs. Meanwhile, the CDC suggests we learn more about what state and local health departments can do to be prepared.

Week 4: Individual Preparedness: suggests downloading disaster apps to your mobile devices. This would be a good week to check out our list of Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag. The CDC proposes studying what resilient communities have in common.

Week 5: Lead up to America’s PrepareAthon: As National Preparedness Month draws to a close, suggests you “be counted and register your preparedness event.” Consider listening to an archived NLM Disaster Health webinar in which librarians and other information specialists discuss their roles in the disaster life cycle. The CDC reminds us this week to prepare ourselves—just in time for America’s PrepareAthon on Friday, September 30.

What are you planning? Share your ideas and resources—and search for others’—on social media using the hashtag #NatlPrep.


Active Shooter: Healthcare Evolution in Risk & Response

When: Friday, September 16, 1-2PM ET

Hospitals and healthcare organizations are facing the very real threat of active shooters or violence in the workplace. Join this webinar and learn about updated IAHSS hospital violence studies, Run-Hide-Fight training, and rapid notification considerations. Reserve Your Spot Today!

REMM Website Updates

From the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC):

The Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Website Team is proud to announce a major content update for August 2016.

Since REMM’s last major content and design update in September 2015, significant content updates include but are not limited to the following:

  • Major update to the Potassium Iodide page, reflecting FDA guidance on liquid countermeasures for children and other prescribing information.
  • Major update to the Planners page, including reorganized references to the National Response Framework
  • Update to the retrospective assessment of dose information on the software tools page
  • Update of HHS information including TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange)

New Assessment Workshop coming to WNYLRC

From the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC):

Developing and Assessing Library Services and Resources: Making Data Work for Your Library

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:30am-4pm ET

Speaker: Lisa Janicke-Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University Library,University of Illinois at Urbana.

As an extended version of the MLA workshop: Engaging Assessment to Show Value and Make Decisions, this day-long workshop will building on the service design and program models to incorporate locally relevant theories of change and change management as well as using social media and other marketing channels to extend the reach of formal presentations and reports.

Registration is required.

New Class! Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources

Are you interested in learning more about rural health issues and information resources? Register now for this course from NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region!

Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources

Date/Time: September 21, 2016 / 3:00 – 4:30 pm (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.

The class will consist of a 90-minute synchronous webinar and practice exercises. Participants will receive 2 MLA CEs.

Details and registration:

Back-to-School Updates for NLM K-12 Resources

From the NLM Outreach and Specific Populations Branch:

School is back in session, and you can learn about the latest updates to K-12 educational resources from the National Library of Medicine i the most recent edition of the Education Connection Newsletter. The August edition of the newsletter includes articles on:

For even more K-12 health and science education resources, check out the NLM Outreach homepage!

BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science- Beginning this Friday!

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge program is pleased to announce The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science.  This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science.

This is a joint effort of the BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC), the BD2K Centers Coordination Center (BD2KCCC), and the NIH Office of the Associate Director of Data Science.

When: each Friday at noon Eastern Time (9am Pacific) beginning September 9th, 2016.

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

You may also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 786-506-213

For up-to-date information about the series and to see archived presentations, go to:

Tentative schedule:

9/9/16:  Introduction to big data and the data lifecycle (Mark Musen, Stanford)

9/16/16:  SECTION 1: DATA MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW (Bill Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences)

9/23/16:  Finding and accessing datasets, Indexing  and Identifiers (Lucila Ohno-Machado, UCSD)

9/30/16:  Data curation and Version control (Pascale Gaudet, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)

10/7/16:  Ontologies (Michel Dumontier, Stanford)

10/14/16:  Metadata standards (Zachary Ives, Penn)

10/21/16:  Provenance (Suzanne Sansone, Oxford)


11/4/16:  Databases and data warehouses, Data: structures, types, integrations (Chaitan Baru, NSF)

11/11/16:  No lecture ‹ Veteran¹s Day

11/18/16:  Social networking data (TBD)

12/2/16:  Data wrangling, normalization, preprocessing (Joseph Picone, Temple)

12/9/16:  Exploratory Data Analysis (Brian Caffo, Johns Hopkins)

12/16/16:  Natural Language Processing (Noemie Elhadad, Columbia)

1/6/17:   SECTION 3: COMPUTING OVERVIEW (Dates tentative)

1/13/17:  Workflows/pipelines

1/20/17:  Programming and software engineering; API; optimization

1/27/17:  Cloud, Parallel, Distributed Computing, and HPC

2/3/17:  Commons: lessons learned, current state


2/17/17:  Smoothing, Unsupervised Learning/Clustering/Density Estimation

2/24/17:  Supervised Learning/prediction/ML, dimensionality reduction

3/3/17:  Algorithms, incl. Optimization

3/10/17:  Multiple testing, False Discovery rate

3/17/17:  Data issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing data

3/24/17:  Causal inference

3/31/17:  Data Visualization tools and communication

4/7/17:  Modeling Synthesis


4/14/17:  Open science

4/21/17:  Data sharing (including social obstacles)

4/28/17:  Ethical Issues

5/5/17:  Extra considerations/limitations for clinical data

5/12/17:  reproducibility

5/19/17:  SUMMARY and NIH context

Upcoming Conference on Grey Literature

The New York Academy of Medicine is hosting the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature (GL18), November 28 and 29, 2016, Leveraging Diversity in Grey Literature. We will be welcoming participants and researchers from across the globe. Experience the First International Grey Literature Week (#GreyLitWeek) November 28-Decemeber 2 by attending the conference or workshops on Islandora, GreyLit, and Wikipedia.

For more details, visit the Grey Literature Week events page.

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Hermine?

Weather reports are calling for Hurricane Hermine to possibly cause flooding and damage in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast over the course of the Labor Day weekend, and possibly into next week. In response to the recent severe flooding in Louisiana, the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) has updated the pertinent resource guides on hurricanes and floods. Here you will find information from all major government organizations on safety and health issues related to preparing for, and coping with, these natural disasters.

In addition, you can embed the content from these pages on your own website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. This will ensure that any updates made to DIMRC pages will carry through to your website as well.

Hurricane Information Resource Guide / Embed

Flood Information Resource Guide / Embed

Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

For more information on evacuation procedures and emergency health concerns in your area, contact your local state or federal emergency management agencies.


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National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. MAR and the National Library of Medicine have classes to help you get your home, workplace and community prepared for emergencies.


Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations:
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe
Monday, September 19, 2016  2-3:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

NN/LM Resource Picks: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Lunch with the RML: Celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month with MAR Emergency Preparedness Project Reports
Thursday, September 29, 2016 noon-1:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Self-paced courses:

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources
Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today. For more information on National Preparedness Month, follow #NatlPrep on Twitter and visit: