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Archive for August, 2012

Creating an Effective Health Information Handout

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Webinar: Creating an Effective Health Information Handout
Presented by Deb Clark
Part One: October 10, 2012, 2-3 PM
Part Two: December 12, 2012, 2-3 PM
Registration Information

Learn how to create an effective health information handout. Our Healthy Communities COI Leader, Deb Clark, will teach you tips and tricks to create easy-to-read and understand patient education materials using the concepts of plain language and good document design. Between October and December, participants will create their own handouts with support from mentors and peers. At the December session, participants will have the opportunity to share their creations.

Medicare Learning Network Button

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Help health professionals stay informed of the most up-to-date information from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Your library can add the Medicare Learning Network’s (MLN) button to your website. The MLN provides information about educational products, the National Provider Call Program, the FFS Provider Partnership Program, the CMS MLN e-news, electronic mailing lists, and the Contractor Provider Customer Service Program. You can obtain the MLN button.
from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid

Also, you can stay current by joining the MLN Education Products listserv. To join, go to:
2) Enter “MLN”
3) Click search

For more information, contact Valerie Haugen, Director of Provider Information Planning and Development, Provider Communications Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Proposal Writing CE at NAHSL

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

This class, designed for beginning proposal writers, will teach you how to apply for funding opportunities. Each component of the proposal writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan; an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. We will explore examples of successful proposals for NN/LM NER funding. Use this class as the opportunity to draft an outline for your own project. Medical Library CE units will be awarded.

Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Time: 1-3 PM
Place: NAHSL Annual Conference, Woodstock, VT

Presented by Michelle Eberle

Michelle Eberle, MS LIS, AHIP, is the Consumer Health Information Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region. For the past nine years, she served as a reviewer and consultant for NN/LM NER funded projects. She collaborated with NER staff to plan and write the NN/LM NER’s proposals for the 2006-2011 and 2011-2016 contracts. Michelle plays an integral role in NER’s Focused Outreach and facilitates the Communities of Interests for Health Literacy and Healthy Communities. She enjoys presenting on a variety of topics including proposal writing, National Library of Medicine resources, and health literacy.

Check out this and other opportunities for professional development at the NAHSL Conference in Woodstock, VT.

AHRQ Effective Health Care Program

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (New England Region) is sponsoring a webinar on November 14th from 2-3 PM with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to provide an overview of free evidence-based research summaries designed to provide information about treatment options for various conditions.

The summaries are part of AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program, the leading Federal effort to compare treatments for health conditions and make findings public. The program provides evidence-based information about the comparative benefits and risks of treatments that helps doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others work with patients to make more informed treatment decisions.

For instance, the clinician summary Effectiveness of Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring in Adults with Hypertension, reviews clinical evidence comparing the effectiveness and safety of self measured blood pressure.

Companion patient summaries include, Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home: A Review of the Research for Adults and “ACE Inhibitors” and “ARBs” To Protect Your Heart, and many more. All summaries are based on a systematic review of the literature by the John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science.

You can download copies of the all clinician and patient summaries from the AHRQ Web site. The clinician and patient resources, including free Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) courses are available at: Free bulk copies of the summaries can be ordered by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 800–358–9295; use code C-02.
In addition to this, AHRQ offers other free resources for clinicians on the AHRQ Web site.
• Continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE)
• Webcasts, Web conferences, and downloadable presentations

For more information about AHRQ and the Effective Health Care Program, visit or you can contact the AHRQ Regional Office Lead, Tara Schuh at or 212.880.5209 with any questions.

Please join us for the webinar on November 14th from 2-3 PM. Check out the NN/LM NER Training Calendar to register for this and other upcoming programs.

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