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Archive for March, 2010

The Joint Commission and DiversityRx present

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

[forwarded from DiversityRx]

Webinar #7 in the ‘Your Voice’ Webinar Series:
New Joint Commission Standards to Improve Patient-Provider Communication

Friday, April 16, 2010 at 12:30-1:45 p.m. Eastern Time

The Joint Commission has approved new and revised hospital accreditation standards to improve patient-provider communication. In addition, The Joint Commission will be releasing a free resource, Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals. Hear about how the Roadmap and the new and revised accreditation standards can inspire hospitals to improve the quality and safety of care to all patients. Some of the new and revised standards that will be discussed include:
• Identifying and addressing patient communication needs
• Providing language services, including addressing qualifications for language interpreters and translators
• Collecting race, ethnicity and language data
• Patient access to chosen support individual
• Non-discrimination in patient care

These standards were developed as part of an initiative supported by The Commonwealth Fund to increase quality and safety through effective communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care. The Roadmap was developed in collaboration with the National Health Law Program.

Visit this URL to register for this free webinar:

Healthcare 411 en Español

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

[Forwarded from AHRQ]

Healthcare 411 en Español is a new audio news series that provides Spanish speakers with evidence-based consumer information. AHRQ is producing two 60-second audio reports each month that helps Spanish speakers stay healthy, prevent diseases, compare the effectiveness of various medical treatments, and obtain high-quality and safe health care. AHRQ distributes theses reports to Spanish-language radio stations nationwide and posts the audio to its Healthcare 411 Web site, where consumers can subscribe and download the segments to a computer or portable media device such as an MP3 player.

The new initiative is part of a broader effort by AHRQ to reduce health disparities by providing information to Spanish-speaking Americans about their health and health care. Other elements in the effort include:

• Consejos de salud para tí (Health Advice for You) a monthly online health advice column.

• Staying Active and Healthy With Blood Thinners, a 10-minute bilingual video about the safe and effective use of blood thinner drugs:

• Superhéroes, a multimedia Spanish-language public service advertising campaign developed in partnership with Ad Council that urges Hispanics to get the preventive health care tests they need.

These and other resources for Spanish-speakers, can be found at:

You can access Healthcare 411 in English at:

New Topic Page on How to Access Journal Articles

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

The Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce has released a new topic page on PHPartners is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health science libraries. The mission of PHPartners is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health.

The How to Access Journal Articles topic page is now available at The page includes information on how to access free full text journal articles, strategies to obtain journal articles through professional organizations and libraries, and paying for full-text journal articles. welcomes suggestions of public health resources to post on the site. Links can be suggested at

To keep up-to-date with public health news and new content posted to, you can subscribe to the PHPartners RSS feed at, or to the weekly email announcement list at

NLM Interested in Feedback on Emergency Access Initiative

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) managed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will end free access for Haiti earthquake response on Friday, March 19, 2010. The Initiative will have been active for 8 weeks since soon after the Haiti earthquake, thanks to the generous participation of several publishers.

EAI ( provides temporary free access to online journals and e-books for users affected by a disaster. The primary goal is to provide a temporary collection replacement for users whose normal access to biomedical literature is unavailable through the destruction of infrastructure at the site of a disaster. It also serves as a resource to medical personnel deployed to those areas.

NLM is interested in any feedback you have on the EAI project. In particular, they are interested in feedback from medical personnel that were deployed to Haiti or other disaster event; or from library staff supporting those personnel. They would like feedback on the project itself, the web site, and the content. They are very interested to hear stories from Haiti responders and others who may have benefited from having access to these books and journals. Also, if you needed access and were unable to get it or didn’t know about EAI until now, please let them know. Comments may be sent to through NLM’s customer service form at or emailed to

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