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MedlinePlus Reaches 1,000th Health Topic

A major milestone was recently reached as MedlinePlus.gov launched its 1,000th health topic page. The topic that lifted the site to that number was “Eye Care.”

Since its launch in 1998, MedlinePlus has steadily added new topics to respond to the growing needs of the public for reliable, up-to-date health information. The demand for additional health topics grew with the 2010 launch of MedlinePlus Connect, a service that links Electronic Health Records and other Health IT systems to targeted information from MedlinePlus. Today, over a million people visit MedlinePlus daily and benefit from the health topic pages, a medical encyclopedia, health news, surgery videos, a medical dictionary and much more. A Spanish language version of the site, MedlinePlus en español, premiered in 2002.

[From NLM News]

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MCR Membership Renewal Drive: Coming Soon

NNLM MidContinental Region member institutions will be receiving an  invitation, the first week of March, to renew their memberships  via  a link in an email message.  Members will be asked to spend less than ten minutes to fill out an online form and submit it to confirm they are continuing as members.  It will be very important to submit the completed form as soon as possible.

An institution that has submitted the form will receive a new NNLM certificate, suitable for framing.  They will also receive instructions on how to gain login  access to the new NNLM Members’ Directory so that they can edit their institution’s profile.  Rememer – membership is FREE!

Questions can be sent HERE

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Dr. Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine, appeared in a fun interview with a reporter from the Washington Post. I appreciated her comment that heading up the library doesn’t make her a librarian. You can read her interview here. /ch

Debrief and Discuss -BD2K Fundamentals of Data Science – This week’s topic: Unsupervised Machine Learning

 

Dear Network member data geeks or those interested in learning neat things about data and how it will save the planet…

Please consider joining a 30 minute debrief/discussion shortly following the BD2K Guide to the fundamentals of Data Science weekly webinars. The debriefing/discussion will start after a 10 minute break after the series session ends.

If you attend both the debriefing and BD2K GFDS can earn you 2 MLA CE contact hours. No registration is required.

If you can’t attend the live sessions, you can participate asynchronously.

This week’s topic is: Unsupervised Machine Learning

Speaker: Ali Shojaie, University of Washington

Webinar Date/Time: February 24, 2017 / 10 am MT-11 am CT

Debrief Date/Time: February 24, 2017 / 11:10 am MT-12:10 pm CT

If you are new to the topic or series, past sessions have been posted to the BD2KCCC’s YouTube Channel

The debrief/discussion will be held online here: nih.webex.com/meet/johnbramble

To shape the discussion, we will address these questions:

  1. In the context of health information access (organization of information, research, findability, etc.) what role can the librarian play to support researchers in their data lifecycle at your institution?
  2. What assets do librarians have to bring to the table?
  3. What skills do librarians need?
  4. What Resources are needed?
  5. Who are the most important stakeholders librarians need to align with to get a seat at the table?

Summaries of the discussions will be posted to https://nnlm.gov/mcr at a location to be announce in the future (likely in the P2PP).

If you have questions about this post, please contact john.bramble@utah.edu or 801 585 5743 – jb

Debrief and Discuss -BD2K Fundamentals of Data Science – This week’s topic Supervised Machine Learning (MLA CE Contact Hours Available)

Dear Network member data geeks or those interested in learning neat things about data and how it will save the planet…

Please consider joining a 30 minute debrief/discussion shortly following the BD2K Guide to the fundamentals of Data Science weekly webinars. The debriefing/discussion will start after a 10 minute break after the series session ends.

If you attend both the debriefing and BD2K GFDS can earn you 2 MLA CE contact hours. No registration is required.

If you can’t attend the live sessions, you can participate asynchronously.

This week’s topic is: Supervised Machine Learning

Speaker: Daniela Witten or University of Washington

Webinar Date/Time: February 17, 2017 / 10 am MT-11 am CT

Debrief Date/Time: February 17, 2017 / 11:10 am MT-12:10 pm CT

If you are new to the topic or series, past sessions have been posted to the BD2KCCC’s YouTube Channel

The debrief/discussion will be held online here: nih.webex.com/meet/johnbramble

To shape the discussion, we will address these questions:

  1. In the context of health information access (organization of information, research, findability, etc.) what role can the librarian play to support researchers in their data lifecycle at your institution?
  2. What assets do librarians have to bring to the table?
  3. What skills do librarians need?
  4. What Resources are needed?
  5. Who are the most important stakeholders librarians need to align with to get a seat at the table?

Summaries of the discussions will be posted to https://nnlm.gov/mcr at a location to be announce in the future (likely in the P2PP).

If you have questions about this post, please contact john.bramble@utah.edu or 801 585 5743 – jb

New Episode of MCR Voices Podcast

The NN/LM MCR has released the second episode of our new podcast, MCR Voices.
In this episode, Claire Hamasu interviews Melissa DeSantis, of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, on her vision of the future in her 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: https://youtu.be/BioRNZHRZDU or learn more on our website: https://nnlm.gov/mcr/professional-development/advocacy/mcr-voices  /al

Native American Cultural Competency Webinar Series: Working with Tribal Governments

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)

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All of Us Research Program Funding Available for Community Groups

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: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/all-us-research-program-announces-funding-opportunity-community-partners

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

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NNLM Membership Certificates: Part of the Renewal Process

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

 

 

Debrief and Discuss -BD2K Fundamentals of Data Science – This week’s topic Data Modeling & Inference Overview (MLA CE Contact Hours Available)

Dear Network member data geeks or those interested in learning neat things about data and how it will save the planet…

Please consider joining a 30 minute debrief/discussion shortly following the BD2K Guide to the fundamentals of Data Science weekly webinars. The debriefing/discussion will start after a 10 minute break after the series session ends.

If you attend both the debriefing and BD2K GFDS can earn you 2 MLA CE contact hours. No registration is required.

If you can’t attend the live sessions, you can participate asynchronously.

This week’s topic is: Data Modeling & Inference Overview

Speaker: Rafa Irizarry of Harvard University

Webinar Date/Time: February 10, 2017 / 10 am MT-11 am CT

Debrief Date/Time: February 10, 2017 / 11:10 am MT-12:10 pm CT

If you are new to the topic or series, past sessions have been posted to the BD2KCCC’s YouTube Channel

The debrief/discussion will be held online here: nih.webex.com/meet/johnbramble

To shape the discussion, we will address these questions:

  1. In the context of health information access (organization of information, research, findability, etc.) what role can the librarian play to support researchers in their data lifecycle at your institution?
  2. What assets do librarians have to bring to the table?
  3. What skills do librarians need?
  4. What Resources are needed?
  5. Who are the most important stakeholders librarians need to align with to get a seat at the table?

Summaries of the discussions will be posted to https://nnlm.gov/mcr at a location to be announce in the future (likely in the P2PP).

If you have questions about this post, please contact john.bramble@utah.edu or 801 585 5743 – jb