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Archive for January, 2009

Children’s Dental Health Month

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University in collaboration with the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) released a new edition of the knowledge path about oral health for infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant women.   Presented in time for Children’s Dental Health Month in February, this electronic guide points to resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and the quality of oral health care. The knowledge path contains sections with resources for professionals, resources for consumers, and resources on specific aspects of oral health. Topics include child care and Head Start, dental sealants, early childhood caries, fluoride varnish, K-12 education, pregnancy, school-based care, school evaluation mandates, and special health care needs. The knowledge path is available at Knowledge paths on other topics are available at

Susan Brune Lorenzo, MLS
Maternal and Child Health Library
National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University
Web site:

Service Continuity Class–Register Now!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

NER has been talking about Emergency Preparedness for the last few years. We’ve visited with members at their association meetings (MAHSLIN, HSLIC, SEMCO, ARIHSL, NAHSL) and presented on the different resources available to put together a preparedness plan.

NER conducted an assessment of members’ activities in preparedness planning, here are some figures:

  • 76% of you reported not having a preparedness plan
  • 84% of you indicated you’d be interested in assistance in developing continuity of service plans.

As part of its battery of training and professional development opportunities being offered this winter, NER is announcing a course on Developing Your Library Continuity of Service Plan.

Through the course we hope to assist NER members in developing their own plans for handling emergencies. The course is designed to meet via Adobe Connect sessions–many of you have already participated in our other Connecting with the NER sessions. The course will follow a 10-Step Process to Service Continuity Planning developed by the NN/LM National Coordinator. To provide an opportunity for librarians to work together, the class will also use the Moodle online learning platform as a collaborative virtual space for working through exercises and Steps that will serve to help build your own Service Continuity Plan

Here are the details:


  • Adobe Connect Session 1: January 27th
  • Adobe Connect Session 2: February 11th
  • Adobe Connect Session 3: Feb 24th
  • Adobe Connect Session 4: March 4th

Sessions will start at 2:00p.m. and may last until 3:30.

Adobe Connect Session will also operate with an audio telephone conferencing system

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be introduced to the basic elements of a service continuity plan.
  • Participants will learn how to:

· Conduct a risk assessment

· Assure personal safety

· Identify core services and resources

· Plan for remote service and resource provision

· Identify print and unique resources and prioritize resource recovery

  • Participants will be able to develop and complete a service continuity plan for their own library.

8 MLA CE Credits have been approved!.

Javier and Penny will be the course instructors. The course is only available to NER member libraries. As with all NER offerings, the course is free of charge.

Participants will need access to workstations that enable the use of Adobe Connect as well as be able to telephone into the conferencing system.

To register, please contact Martha Pearson at In your email please include: Your name, institution address with phone number and zip code and the name of the course (Developing Your Library Continuity of Service Plan).

Details on how to access the teleconference and Adobe Connect session will be forwarded upon registration.

Act fast and spread the word!

Free online learning opportunity

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Health Information Outreach and Community Engagement: 

Lessons Learned from the Experts


Thursday, February 12, 2009 / 2 – 3:30 PM

Engaging your community with health information outreach projects is rewarding, meaningful work. Come learn from the experiences of experts in health information outreach and community engagement. Each speaker has led a successful health information outreach subcontract from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/ New England Region. The program is intended for anyone interested in pursuing funding or interested in learning more about how to engage the local community in effective health information outreach.

*Earn 1.5 Medical Library Association CE units

The Experts:

Beth Schneider, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Project: Access to Resources for Community Health (ARCH) / Head Start CAPIC Collaboration

Marianne Burke, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Project: Connecting Patients, Providers, and the Community with Quality Health Information Outreach

Anne Conner, Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton, NH
Project: Northern New Hampshire Health Information Outreach


Participants will:

a)      Learn about three successful health information outreach projects

b)      Learn how to plan and implement a successful health information outreach project

c)       Know about the process of applying for funding from the NN/LM

d)      Be aware of the rewards and challenges of conducting a health information outreach project

e)      Gain knowledge about project evaluation



Registration is free and on a first come, first serve basis.  Session will be limited to fifty participants.


To register, please contact Martha Pearson at


In your email please include: 

  • Name
  • Institution / address with zip code / phone / e-mail
  • Name of the program (Health Information Outreach and Community Engagement:  Lessons Learned from the Experts). 


Details of how to access the teleconference and Adobe Connect session will be forwarded at registration.

New Family Health History Tool

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The Surgeon General’s Family Health History Tool, originally created in 2004 to help families track their health history to share with care providers leading to better prevention of diseases by raising awareness of health risks, is recently updated and improved.  

The most exciting update to the Family Health History Tool is the code for the new tool is now openly available for others to adopt.  Other organization are encouraged to download the code and use to create their own customized risk assessment tools.  A couple early adopters of the tool are the National Institute of Genomic Medicine of Mexico and the Indian Health Service of the HHS.

The new version of the Family Health History Tool has enhanced convenience, consumer control and privacy, sharing and is EHR ready.  Estimated time to completed a family health history is 15-20 minutes. 

Check out the press release for more information about the updates to My Family Health Portrait.

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