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Archive for January, 2010

Health Indicators Webinar Series

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) in collaboration with the Medical Library Association (MLA) is very pleased to announce the following 4-part webinar series on Health Indicators.

Registration and descriptions of the Health Indicators Webinar Series are available at

Part I: Health Indicators: Overview – Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1:00-2:00pm

Part II: Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) – Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1:00-2:00pm

Part III: Practical Approaches for Using Health Indicators – Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1:00-2:00pm

Part IV: Examples of Health Indicator Projects* – Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1:00-2:00pm

*The proposed date is contingent upon the availability of two important indicator projects (MATCH and SUSA) which are currently under development.

The presenters, Nancy Allee and Cheryl Wold, have developed informative sessions to acquaint you with the variety, depth, use, and purposes of health indicators, as well as examples of ways in which you can become involved with your communities through these types of projects.

Archived versions will be available in the future.

Mobile MedlinePlus

Friday, January 15th, 2010

From Naomi Miller, NLM

NLM is pleased to announce Mobile MedlinePlus (

Wondering what the side effects are for your new prescription? Go to Mobile MedlinePlus while you’re waiting for the pharmacist to fill your order!

Visit Mobile MedlinePlus during your train ride to work to read the latest news on diabetes.

Or, the next time you’re in your doctor’s waiting room, visit the “Talking With Your Doctor” page on Mobile MedlinePlus to learn how to get the most out of your visit.

Mobile MedlinePlus is available in English and Spanish ( and includes a subset of content from the full Web site. It includes summaries for over 800 diseases, conditions and wellness topics as well as the latest health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications.

There is a link to Mobile MedlinePlus from the MedlinePlus homepage, as well as an FAQ at that includes special instructions for Blackberry users. Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of any page on Mobile MedlinePlus to send us feedback.

Wherever you are, Mobile MedlinePlus puts reliable health information at your fingertips.

Thank you,
The MedlinePlus Team

Sent by Naomi Miller
Manager, Consumer Health Information
National Library of Medicine

Haiti Earthquake – NLM Information Resources

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has an Earthquake topic page on MedlinePlus in English,, and in Spanish,, which may be useful for general background information or for explaining earthquakes to children.

MedlinePlus has patient education materials in Haitian Creole (Kreyol) and in French. Information in multiple languages is also available from the Refugee Health Information Network.

The NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center can assist librarians who are providing information services to staff at their institutions as their hospital, university, military unit, etc. responds to the earthquake. Librarians can subscribe to, post information, and ask questions on NLM’s Disaster Information Outreach Listserv,

National Health Observances 2010

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Happy New Year! January is a great time to reaquaint yourself the the National Health Observances on HealthFinder and think about creative ways to offer related health information outreach.

Cara Helfner, library director, at the Faulkner Hospital in Boston, offers a creative health information outreach program featuring national health observances. She picks a national health observance of the month with her staff. She then invites a guest speaker from databases and resources the library offers to present their resource specific to that National Health Observance. NN/LM NER staff has supported her programs throughout the years presenting on brain awareness on MedlinePlus, low vision resources on NIH Senior Health, and information for new mothers on LactMed.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to reach new library users by offering creative health information outreach programs related to the national health observances.

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