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Native American Cultural Competency Webinar Series: Working with Tribal Governments

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Native American Cultural Competency Webinar Series: Overview of Working with Tribal Governments

Thursday, February 16, 2017
11 am MT/ 12 pm CT

Are you interested in learning more about tribal communities and how to work with their tribal governments? Upon completion of this webinar, the participants will be able to accomplish the following from the specific tribal perspective:

  • Describe tribal communities and the history of American Indian law and policies
  • Discuss the self-determination component of tribes with regard to the environment and natural resources, as well the Federal Government’s treaty obligations
  • Describe the healthcare system within Indian Country, including an explanation of tribally operated 638 programs and Indian Health Service direct healthcare services

Click here for more information and registration.

Sponsored by the Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC)


All of Us Research Program Funding Available for Community Groups

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The All of Us Research Program is a large part of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) from the National Institutes of Health. The goal is to engage 1 million or more U.S. research participants in sharing health data to help researchers develop more precise treatments for many diseases and conditions.

A new funding opportunity is available for community groups to assist with outreach efforts. This opportunity allows nonprofits, other community- and faith-based organizations, minority-serving institutions and school districts, and local governments to apply for funding to create community engagement activities and provide feedback to the research program about community needs and perspectives.

Priority will be given to applicants with:

  • Reach into priority geographic areas (three states in the MidContinental Region are Priority 2 areas: Kansas, Missouri, and Utah).
  • Reach into communities historically underrepresented in biomedical research.

Applications are due March 24, 2017.

For more information, read the NIH press release:

To watch the recording of an informational webinar about this opportunity click here.


NNLM Membership Certificates: Part of the Renewal Process

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Several MidContinental Region members  have asked when the new NNLM membership certificates will be issued. We haven’t forgotten you.  As you know, the NNLM traditionally has mailed each member a beautiful paper certificate suitable for framing.  The certificates are issued for five years with the new period beginning in 2016.  We are behind,  and we apologize, as we’ve been learning the behind-the-scenes data processes of the  NNLM Member Directory on the new NNLM website.

You will receive the renewal certificate, after we complete our online membership renewal drive and that should be starting later in February. We will contact your institution with instructions for the renewal process.  If you have questions, please contact us.

Jim Honour, Member Services Coordinator



MCR Voices Podcast Series Launched!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
The NN/LM MCR has launched the first episode of our new podcast, MCR Voices.
In this episode, Claire Hamasu interviews Jim Bothmer, of Creighton University, on his vision of the future in his library and medical libraries in general.
We hope you will take a few minutes to listen and learn about effective practices in the region. You can listen to the podcast on YouTube: or learn more on our website:  (bbj)

Member Participation Welcomed!

Monday, January 30th, 2017

NN/LM members are always welcome to jump in and assist with MCR programming.  In what kinds of MCR activities may members volunteer? Please visit  this web page to learn more. Examples are in writing, presentations, teaching, exhibiting, and more.  In some cases members have seen a niche that can use their expertise and volunteer. Some times members are asked to serve on task forces, working groups, committees or boards. Your ideas and time are valuable. If you’d like to learn more about involvement please contact your state coordinator. It’s just a matter of sharing your skill set with the NN/LM community! [jh]

MedPrint, Loansome Doc and EFTS

Monday, January 30th, 2017

These friendly reminders are a service of your MCR Member Services Coordinator and apply primarily to DOCLINE participants:

  • We encourage all DOCLINE users to  participate in the Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFTS.) It’s an efficient and easy way to pay for your interlibrary loans borrowed from other libraries. Here are 5 reasons to join.  To learn more about the program click here
  • Likewise, DOCLINE users can participate in the Loansome Doc program. This program provides full text access to unaffiliated heath professionals.  Any DOCLINE library has the ability provide this vital service.
  • Why not consider committing to the MedPrint – Medical Serials Print Preservation progam? We can’t always be certain that journal articles will be available electronically.    [jh]

NCCIH Live Event: Twitter Chat on Health and Well-Being

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Twitter Chat_node social_01262017 01It’s a new year (welcome 2017!) and with that comes the opportunity to refresh, reboot, and set goals for the future. This can mean taking a closer look at our health and identifying small changes we can make to sleep better, eat better, get more exercise, or improve how we manage our daily stresses.

So, to help kick start your new year health resolutions, we’re hosting a Twitter chat with the American Public Health Association (APHA) (link is external) on Thursday, January 26 at 3 p.m. ET to answer your questions about how complementary health approaches may be useful in encouraging better self-care, improving a personal sense of well-being, and promoting a greater commitment to a healthy lifestyle. We’ll #ChatWellness (link is external) and we hope you join us!

We’ll tweet from @NIH_NCCIH (link is external) and APHA will tweet from @PublicHealth (link is external). /da


Basic Level Courses: Disaster Health Information

Monday, January 9th, 2017


The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA.

The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.

This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.

This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

Learn about these and other related classes here:    [jh]

WEBINAR: Updated and Enhanced Online Disaster Health Information Training Classes

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Discussion Listserv:

WHEN:  Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC and SPEAKERS:  Representatives from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center will show you how you can access newly updated, self-paced, online courses that introduce you to sources of critical disaster health information and get you on your way toward becoming a Disaster Information Specialist.


Meeting URL:

Event Password: 1234

Audio conference information
When you log in, you will be given a choice of Audio Connections. We suggesting using the “Call Using the Computer” (VOIP) option to participate in the webinar.

If you cannot use VOIP option:

Select “Call Me” to receive a call back and provide your phone number.
OR Select “I Will Call In” and enter the number below and then the access code.
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4493
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 627 371 296

If asked for your Attendee ID Number and you do not see one appear on the screen, just hit # on your phone and you will be connected.  [jh]

New NLM Customer Support Portal

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

NLM has launched a new Customer Support portal with answers to the questions that its customers ask most often. You can access the portal from the “NLM Customer Support” link in the top right corner of the NLM Web site. At this portal, NLM answers librarian questions like, “I found an error or mistake in PubMed; how do I get it fixed?” and “Why can’t I find a citation in PubMed when other citations from the same journal are there?” The portal also has answers to questions frequently asked by consumers such as, “Can I get advice about my disease?” For more information on this portal check out the article in the NLM Technical Bulletin. /ch