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Sewell Stipends for APHA 2015

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.


This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year is Health in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website (


History and Purpose of the Sewell Fund


The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers who plan to attend the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.


The Fund aims to increase librarians’ effectiveness at providing reliable/relevant information to health care professionals in the fields of public health and pharmacy. To achieve this purpose, the Fund awards reimbursement funds to librarians and other information professionals to defray association membership/registration/travel and per diem expenses of attending and/or participating in activities of the American Public Health Association (APHA).


More information about the Sewell Fund can be found at the following sites:

IOM Health Literacy Roundtable

The Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold a workshop featuring invited presentations and discussions of the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care. In general, low health literacy is a barrier to receiving high quality health care. This is particularly important for people living with serious or chronic illnesses that require complex management regimens and have significant symptoms or treatments with significant side effects. The ability to understand the scope of the illness, what is necessary to treat the illness, and how to live with serious illness as comfortably as possible is crucial to patient treatment outcomes and quality of life. The workshop will cover end-of-life and advance illness care models and other areas of interest within palliative care. It will also include the interaction between patients, families, and providers, as well as the knowledge of palliative care and its principles among providers.

Tweet language: Join @theIOM #HealthLiteracy Roundtable for 7/9/15 workshop on health literacy and #palliativecare

What: Health Literacy and Palliative Care
Where: Keck Building, Room 100, 500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 and online via free webcast
When: July 9, 2015, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
More Information: Health Literacy and Palliative Care IOM Roundtable Meeting Information

PubMed Update

Join us this Wednesday July 22nd, to hear about recent changes in PubMed. Rebecca Brown, a trainer with the National Library of Medicine Training Center, will demonstrate PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months, such as the removal of the Citation Status Tag in the Summary view and database “rescues”. Bring your questions! NN/LM NER July 22, 2015 at 2 PM Eastern.

To attend go to and login as a Guest, using your own name.  Once logged into the web meeting, a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen, just call the 800 number and use the participant code that appears in the Notes box on the screen.

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the NER website later.

The NER webcast sessions are eligible for 1 hour of Medical Library Association continuing education (MLA CE) for attending the webcast or listening to the recording. A brief online evaluation form link will be offered at a website that is provided during the end of the webcast. Upon completion of the survey, you will be able to download the certificate.

ASPR’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE)

HHS ASPR’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), launched on June 15! ASPR TRACIE is a gateway to smarter healthcare emergency preparedness information! Whether you work for a hospital, are part of a healthcare coalition, or are a healthcare provider, emergency manager or a public health practitioner, you can use ASPR TRACIE to learn more about disaster, medical, healthcare, and public health preparedness. You can now browse Technical Resources<> and review Topic Collections, visit our Assistance Center<> and submit a request, and apply to join our password-protected Information Exchange<>.

We are very grateful to the National Library of Medicine for allowing the ASPR TRACIE Resource Library to link to the complete Disaster LitTM: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health <> database of over 8,000 records that include no-cost, online disaster medicine and public health documents and other resources selected from over 700 organizations! This helps the ASPR TRACIE Resource Library to be even more comprehensive and useful for our stakeholders.

For technical assistance or general questions, please contact our Assistance Center (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm ET) at 1-844-5-TRACIE or<>.

Pamela Shayne Brannman, M.S., M.A.::HHS-OS-ASPR-OEM
Director, ASPR Technical Resources Assistance Center & Information Exchange
ASPR TRACIE is a healthcare emergency preparedness information gateway
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