Skip all navigation and go to page content
NN/LM Home About MAR | Contact MAR | Feedback | Help | Bookmark and Share

Health Education Week

October 17-21 is National Health Education Week. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), National Health Education Week brings, “attention to public health issues and promotes consumers’ understanding of the role of health education and health promotion in society. ”

Visit the SOPHE page on this initiative to download a promotional toolkit, which includes daily themes and suggested activities for anyone who desires to take an active role in creating partnerships to build community health.

Use the hashtag #NHEW2016 on social media to help promote Health Education!

5 Types of Information on Breast Cancer from NLM

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Breast cancer is a dangerous disease which impacts one in eight women sometime during their lives.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the National Library of Medicine has a wide variety of reliable breast cancer information available, ranging from genetic information to multilingual resources.  NLM has hundreds of online resources, so here is just a sampling of a few NLM resources that provide different kinds of information on breast cancer:

  • Information for Older Adults: Learn about risk factors, tests/diagnosis, treatment, latest research, and more on breast cancer at NIH Senior Health.
  • Consumer Health Information: MedlinePlus provides a summary on breast cancer for the general public, plus numerous links to reliable sites with research, health check tools, videos and tutorials, journal articles, and more.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on breast cancer in over 15 languages on MedlinePlus, and check HealthReach for multilingual handouts, video, and audio.
  • Clinical Trials: Search for open studies related to breast cancer at ClinicalTrials.gov.

Free webinar series for #HealthLiteracy

In celebration of Health Literacy Month, Health Literacy Innovations is offering a free webinar series, presented by Aracely Rosales, Content Expert and Multilingual Director of Health Literacy Innovations.

Health Literacy: From Problems to Solutions
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 2-3PM ET

Designing with Health Literacy in Mind
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 2-3PM ET

Advancing Health Literacy: The New Health Literacy Precaution Tool Kit and Other Resources
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 2-3PM ET

Details and Registration

Resources from NLM on Alzheimer’s Disease

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

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

NLM Resources for Childhood Obesity

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

September is National Childhood Obesity Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17% of children in the United States are obese. The National Library of Medicine provides health information resources for parents and teachers to help improve nutrition and exercise habits for children from diverse populations, including:

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 http://www.healthliteracymonth.org/health-literacy-heroes/ 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: nnlmmar@pitt.edu 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 healthfinder.gov 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
Register

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