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Health Literacy and Precision Medicine: An Important Partnership Workshop

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

From the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the Institute of Medicine:

Health Literacy and Precision Medicine: An Important Partnership

March 2, 2016, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern

In-person: The meeting will be in Room 100 of the Keck Center of the National Academies located at 500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Online: When registering, choose “Via Webcast.”

On March 2, 2016 the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the Institute of Medicine will conduct a workshop on Health Literacy and Precision Medicine: An Important Partnership. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions of the issues that surround the role of health literacy in the growing field of precision medicine. The recently announced Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) by President Obama plans to recruit a research cohort of more than a million participants to contribute genomic and health data to advance the field. Health literacy plays a significant role in the future of precision medicine. Research participants must be able to grant informed consent and researchers must be able to recruit, engage, and retain a truly representative cohort. In addition the results of the research must be reported in a clear and easily understood manner and patients must fully understand their treatment options. The workshop will cover the areas where precision medicine and health literacy intersect and communication in the research and clinical settings, as well as with the public.  For more information and to register, visit: http://iom.nationalacademies.org/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2016-MAR-2.aspx#sthash.xPtW6iWB.dpuf

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Discover NLM Resources & More – February 24, 2016

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More: AIDSource
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 – 1 PM MT/2 PM CT
Join us at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2

AIDSource is a treasure trove of information on HIV/AIDS-related resources. Resources include information on treatment and prevention, clinical trials, statistics, videos, mobile apps and much more! It was developed to make sure those seeking information about HIV/AIDS have a reliable source of quality, current information. Come and explore the vast array of HIV/AIDS-related information available through one website. This presentation includes hands-on exercises, and will be of special interest to librarians, public health professionals, school nurses, and health teachers.

Registration is not required. Instructions to connect to the webinar audio will show up after you log in. Captioning will be provided. A recording of the session will be posted to our website. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information. Questions to christian.minter@unmc.edu.

 

My Preparedness Story Video Challenge

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently kicked off the My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient Video Challenge on Challenge.gov. The contest invites young people between the ages of 14 and 23 to submit a creative video—up to 60 seconds long—showing how they help their families, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and the top entries will be posted on the My Preparedness Story Video Challenge website so that other people can vote on them. Submissions could be used to help others learn better ways to prepare their communities for disasters and emergencies. And contestants could win up to a $2,000 grand prize. Entries are due on March 28, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST. /ch

Webinar: “2016 MeSH Highlights”

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

On January 20, 2016, join National Library of Medicine staff for a highlights tour of the 2016 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 30-minute presentation will feature a MeSH tree clean-up project; a new Clinical Study publication type; changes to the trees for diet, food and nutrition; restructuring in pharmacology and toxicology; and new terms in psychology and health care. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Date and time: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 10:00 am MT/ 11:00 am CT.

To register: Go to https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3e7492af438d67d6137642d7bd2efbe9

A recording of the presentation will be posted following the event.

For more information about 2016 MeSH, see What’s New for 2016 MeSH and the Introduction to MeSH – 2016.

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“My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy & Resilient” Video Challenge

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is encouraging anyone between the ages of 14-23 to submit a a short video – up to 60 seconds long and compete for a cash prize- ” telling us how you prepare your family, friends and community for a disaster.”  Entries are due on March 28, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST.  Here’s the link for more details  Challenge Website .  [jh]

Video-Challenge-Graphic2-from-NHS

 

Emergency Resources for Libraries

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

If and when your library has an emergency and you need assistance you are encouraged to contact your state coordinator by calling the RML’s toll-free number, 1-800-DevRoks (338-7657) or consulting our  contact  web page or the staff directory

A couple of helpful resources are available online. The first is from the NLM and contains information about responding to water emergencies  and the second is helpful in preparing for any kind of emergency from the NN/LM Disater Ready Initiative .

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2015 Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards Winners Announced

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Congratulations to Network member St. Louis University School of Medicine Medical Library and the Institute for Biosecurity as one of the recipients of the Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project Awards for 2015! Their project was “The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri.”

The awards are sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Research Center through the U.S. National Library of Medicine.   Read more about all the recipients and their projects here     [jh]

Adults Seeking Health Information on the Internet

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Did you know that one third to half of the adult U.S. population has looked for health information on the Internet and that “73% of all those ages 16 and over say libraries contribute to people finding the health information they need.” That’s a lot of people! The CDC recently published a graph that further identified where these adults seeking health information lived by size of community. What the CDC doesn’t relate is whether these seekers of health information found what they were looking for. The Pew Research Center reported how the public depends on public libraries for health information. Is your public library a resource that they could tap into?  Have you promoted your resources and the skills of your staff to help your community members locate credible health information? The NN/LM MCR state coordinators are happy to assist you with ideas and training.

STEM Programming Grants for Rural Libraries

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Rural Gateways: Fostering the Development of Rural Librarians as Informal Science Facilitators is providing grant funding to rural libraries. Participating libraries will have access to public program materials, professional development, ongoing programming support, and an online peer-to-peer community. The application deadline is February 15, 2016. For more information, visit http://califa.org/rural-gateways/ 

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NLM Releases Three New Educational Apps for High School Students

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine‘s (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) is pleased to announce the launch of three interactive, educational iOS apps for high school students studying biology, chemistry and environmental health.

These FREE, readily accessible resources assist students with grasping concepts such as DNA base pairing, the Bohr model of the atom and environmental conservation. Two of the iOS apps, Bohr Thru and Base Chase, were developed in collaboration with a high school educator and are easily usable within the biology/chemistry classroom setting. The third game, Run4Green, is a fun and informative learning tool that reinforces concepts relating to environmental conservation and can be used as an engagement extension activity.

Each of the three iOS games is iPhone, iPad and iPod touch compatible, and can be freely downloaded (with no in-game purchases) today by visiting the Itunes App Store.

  • Bohr Thru: This Candy Crush style game requires users to collect and organize protons, neutrons and electrons in order to form the Bohr Model first 18 elements on the periodic table, such as Carbon, Nitrogen and Lithium. With the help of the main character, Atom, players become familiar with a variety of chemical elements and their structures. Teachers can easily implement short, in-class game sessions to enhance their students’ understanding of the periodic table as well.
  • Base Chase: Learning the bases of DNA has never been as easy with this fast paced, educational app. Players grab bases of DNA in order to complete unique DNA strands for a variety of animals. DeeNA, the game’s cartoon mascot, assists players in completing each of the required tasks. A helpful video tutorial is accessible once the game is successfully downloaded.
  • Run4Green: The importance of environmental conservation is reinforced through this interactive, Mario- style game. Topics, such as greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energies and green product purchases are emphasized throughout game play. Playing as a jolly, green and earth-shaped character, users collect coins and perform environmentally friendly tasks. The game is appropriate for students in grades 5-8.

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