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Archive for July, 2011

Toolkit for Community Action

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities released a Toolkit for Community Action to support community efforts to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. The toolkit aims to:

  • Raise awareness about health disparities
  • Engage others in a conversation about the problems and soluttions
  • Take action for change

The tooklit provides facts and tips to learn about health disparities and social factors; to provide culturally and linguistically competent care; and to learn about how racial and ethic groups can benefit from the Affordable Care Act.  Use the toolkit to increase awareness about health disparities, become a leader for addressing health disparities, support healthy behaviors in your community, improve access to health care, and create healthy neighborhoods.  This toolkit is useful for librarians interested in health information outreach and community engagement.

Cuddle Up & Read

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

InfoPeople is offering a webinar, “Cuddle Up & Read: Storytimes for Pregnant and Parenting Teens”. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 3-4 PM EST. For more information and to participate in the August 9 webinar, go to
Webinar attendees will learn:

. About the Cuddle up & Read programs in San Diego

. How to establish successful community partnerships in order to
create a literacy based program for teen parents and their children

. How to improve their existing literacy based programs for pregnant
and parenting teens.

Presenters: Anna Hartman and Kirby McCurtis.

Anna Hartman is the children’s librarian at the San Diego County Library – La Mesa Branch. In addition to reference work, she is responsible for programming for birth to 5th graders. She works extensively with the local schools and hospital to provide services needed for the community.

Kirby McCurtis is a Youth Services Librarian in the Children’s room at the San Diego Public’s Central Library. She plans programs for the Children’s Room at the Central Library, outreach to local organizations and schools, and serves as the Children’s Reference Librarian at Central Library.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar. Check the archive listing at:

Transcripts for HealthDayTV on MedlinePlus

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

NLM added a text transcript to each health news video from HealthDay TV. The transcript appears below the video player on each individual health news video page. This benefits users who want to read the video content but do not want to use Closed Captioning. You can view the changes at

Healthcare Workforce COI Introduction

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The American workforce is a large and diverse population working in a variety of environments and being trained in programs ranging from community colleges to university medical schools.  About 10% of the New England workforce is employed in healthcare fields and the newly formed Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest will explore these professions and the roles librarians have, possibly identifying new ones.

Since the COI was created, Lauri Fennell (the NN/LM NER facilitator of this group) and Pat Gorman (the COI leader) have been brainstorming and discussing various ways to approach this task.  We’ve come up with a number of ideas but need input, suggestions and assistance.

Pat works in a community college that has an associate level nursing program, a dental hygienist program, and a variety of allied health programs. Many of you will have varying experiences and roles that will be of value to this group. We will hold web-meetings to discuss ideas and perhaps develop a program, invite speakers or design a pilot project.

We hope that you will join us to bring your experience, thoughts, and suggestions to this group.

A recent e-mail communication was sent to those who subscribed to this Community of Interest through the NER’s new e-mail subscription service.  If you have not signed up to receive the eNews via e-mail on the topic of the Healthcare Workforce you can do so by going clicking here Subscribe to NER eNews, then making your selections. Note if you receive a message indicating that you are subscribed it means we sent you an initial message; you will still need to proceed in order to make topic selections and receive future e-mail communications from us.


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