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Disaster Distress Helpline

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

If you maintain a directory of helplines, here’s one to add. It was created in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy.

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support. An interpretation service connects callers with counselors in more than 150 languages. Call 1-800-985-5990 and press 2.

Disaster Distress Helpline is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). /ch

Webinar Announcement from HRSA/EMSC

Friday, June 24th, 2016

From  DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program will host a webinar at 3:00 pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, July 6, to introduce the National EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) team based at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Charles Macias, MD, MPH, will direct the EIIC with executive leadership shared by Krisanne Graves, PhD, RN; Kate Remick, MD; and Manish Shah, MD, MS.

Webinar link and call in details are as follows:  Adobe Connect link:

Call-in: 1-517-308-9396;  Toll Free 1-800-593-9975

Participant passcode: 1994980

Best regards,

The EMSC National Resource Center


Apply Now! A New History Fellowship at NLM

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine. The Fellowship supports individuals in pursuing research primarily in NLM’s Michael E. DeBakey Archives, related collections held by the NLM, and the vast range of subjects which informed, or were informed by, Michael E. DeBakey’s professional career—from surgery to health care policy, medical libraries and expanding access to medical information, medical technology to medical ethics, military medicine to veteran health, humanitarianism to international diplomacy in the medical arena. For more information. /da

Disaster Health Information for Orlando Shooting

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB  Email list:

We are all concerned about this past weekend’s mass casualty shooting in Orlando. While most of us are many miles away from the site, we all want to find ways to respond positively to this event. Thanks to Chris Burgess for sharing resources on behavioral health following incidents of mass violence from SAMSHA, the Disaster Distress Helpline, and other organizations.

We’d like to remind you that the National Library of Medicine has a multitude of resources as well, that can be shared with the general public, or with healthcare professionals treating mass casualty patients, or first responders on the scene.  If you are not actively responding to Orlando, consider sharing the resources from Chris’ email and from this one so that when/if they are needed, they will be ready to use.

Coping with Disasters, Violence, and Traumatic Events

MedlinePlus Coping with Disasters:

Searches on Disaster Lit®: the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS

Health Sciences Librarian

Specialized Information Services Division

Disaster Information Management Research Center


NN/LM Training Office is New Name for NTC

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

On May 1, 2016, the NLM Training Center’s name changed to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) to reflect their role in the new 5-year Cooperative Agreement with the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). The Cooperative Agreement ushers in a new era where the NTO will move the vast majority of its training online, collaborating with NLM and NN/LM to ensure broad access to continuing education designed to keep you up to date on NLM resources and maximize your contribution to your institutional missions. You can look forward to several new learning opportunities – available to you in flexible formats – on PubMed, TOXNET and other NLM resources. /ch

HealthReach webinar from MAR

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Focus on NLM Resources: HealthReach

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Noon-1:00P Eastern/11A-Noon Central/10-11A Mountain

Register at

Presenter: Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine

Description: HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency. In Spring 2016, the site was redesigned.

Resources include:

  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health

Courtesy of NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)


Catch the Highlights! – Professional Development Award Winners Share Back

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Catch the Highlights! – Professional Development Award Winners Share Back
Thursday, June 16, 2016
10:00 am MT/ 11:00 am CT
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Catch the Highlights! is an opportunity for Professional Development Award winners to share what they learned from their educational activities. We have two presenters:

  • Liz Kellermeyer will share about her experience in the “PubMed for Trainers” class.
  • Jameson Watkins will share about his experience at the “Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces Symposium.”

Registration is not required. Captioning will be provided, and the session will be recorded and posted to our website. Questions? Contact Christian Minter.

June Breezing and Discover Sessions

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Breezing Along with the RML

Topic: New RML Projects for 2016-2021
Wednesday June 15, 2016
10-11:00A Mountain Time/11-12:00P Central Time
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May 1st marked the beginning of a new 5-year Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine. We have some exciting changes and new projects and funding opportunities to share with you. Our guest speakers will include representatives from the NN/LM National Coordinating Offices sharing about their role in providing services to Network members. This includes the Training Office, Evaluation Office, Web Services Office, DOCLINE Coordination Office, and Public Health Coordination Office. We will also be sharing new activities for our MidContinental Region project areas: community engagement, education, library engagement, research enterprise, member services, technology, and evaluation. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get an update on what we have in store for our members!

Registration is not required. For login instructions, visit: Captioning will be provided, and the session will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

Topic: Health Services Research – NLM Resources for Health Quality, Costs and Access
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
1pm MT/ 2 pm CT
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Presenter: Patricia Gallagher, National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a suite of resources to assist you in research related to health quality, costs, and access. These resources are maintained by NLM’s National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR). Join us for an overview of three key websites, and learn how they can help fulfill your research needs.

  • HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress): A citation database of projects in progress. It provides a comprehensive set of descriptions of health services research grants and contracts from governmental and private funders, with information from the mid-1990s to the present.
  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources): A database of information about data resources – datasets, instruments and software – used by researchers in health services research, behavioral and social sciences, and public health.
  • HSRIC (Health Services Research Information Central): A current-awareness web portal with links to freely available publications, databases, and more in areas important to health services research.  The website places special emphasis on grey literature. It includes topics such as comparative effectiveness research, public health systems and services research, domestic violence and health disparities.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who is involved in research on health quality, costs, or access.
  • Anyone who teaches academic courses related to health services research.
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about these great resources.

Registration is not required. For login instructions, visit: Captioning will be provided, and the session will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to

NLM’s New Director: Dr. Brennan

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

On May 11, 2016, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, announced that Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, will be the next director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Dr. Brennan will begin her work at the National Library of Medicine in August. Dr. Brennan has been a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms. She also directed Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records.  Dr. Brennan also conducts external evaluations of health information technology architectures, and works to repurpose engineering methods for health care.

The complete announcement is available on the NLM site.

We have a Winner! Lisa Spencer is our Top Wonderful Librarian for the 2015-2016 Librarians in Oz challenge.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Dear Network members,

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region is thrilled to announce that Lisa Spencer has met all the requirements to win this year’s game, making her the Top Wonderful Librarian in Oz. This means that she not only earned the most points but also earned over a dozen MLA CE credits to boot. Lisa is a Library Specialist at the Hope Fox Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Please join us in a virtual Bow, Curtsy, Plea, applause, high-five, fist-bump and congratulate her in this achievement.

We really appreciate her and the rest who participated in the game.

If you have any comments or questions about the game, please do not hesitate to contact me.