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Archive for July, 2013

Libraries and Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

[Message forwarded from WebJunction]

For many Americans, libraries are the “go to” places for consumer health information. Open enrollment for the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins on October 1 and libraries will likely see local demand for information. IMLS is working together with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare and with WebJunction and ZeroDivide to provide library staff with the online resources and community contacts they will need to respond to questions about the Marketplace. Please join us to learn more about how your library can increase awareness and involvement around these needs.

This webinar will present the similar information to what was covered during a session at the American Library Association annual conference in June, as well as newly available details. The session will be archived for future viewing if you are unable to attend the live session.

Speakers include:
• Jackie Garner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
• Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services
• Ruth Holst, National Network of Library of Medicine, Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library
• Kendra Morgan, WebJunction

Start time: 12:00 Eastern
Tweet: #wjwebinar

Register at:

New Health Ministry LibGuide

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region: Release of New Health Ministry LibGuide

 By Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

As the Community Outreach Coordinator, I have taken my experience working with health ministries in the region into account and created a Health Ministry Guide. The guide is complete with ready-to-use outreach models, training and evaluation materials, links to reliable health information resources, sources for “Free Stuff,” statistics and funding, and much, much more. The guide is useful for health ministries that are just being formed as well as for health ministries that have been in operation for years. Any faith-based organization or community group can easily adapt and utilize the information in the guide, and information within it will be useful to outreach librarians as well.


I have created customizable Power Point presentations that any health ministry or community group can adapt to use as they wish. There are four Power Points designed for use covering topics from planning and implementation to evaluation:

A: Healthy Ministry: Health Information for All – a Power Point to guide you through your first planning meeting. Gather a core group together and begin!

B: Health Disparities & Health Literacy – A Power Point that illustrates the health disparities crisis in the US and how increasing health literacy is part of the solution.

C: Health Information: Be Equipped – A Power Point that provides a basic introduction to getting clear and reliable health information online and from your doctor.

D: Reliable Health Information from NLM – A Power Point introduction to MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, Clinical Trials, Genetics Home Reference & AIDSInfo.

Also included are an ‘Introduction Sheet’ that explains the templates, exercises to print out and use for hands-on class activities in conjunction with Power Point D, and ‘Question and Answers’ to hand out so class participants can remember how to find information long after the class is over.

These presentations are intended for groups to customize as they wish; add them together, use them separately, remove unwanted slides, revise existing slides, create new slides, etc. They are designed to assist in reaching your health outreach goals, and I encourage you to make them your own.

Being a new resource, I am interested in all input about how to improve the guide as it evolves. I am still populating it, and will continue to add and change information as necessary to keep it current. Please don’t hesitate to send any comments or suggestions to Nancy

Here’s to your community’s health!

Healthnet News

Friday, July 12th, 2013

[UCONN Healthnet Announcement]

The Summer 2013 issue of Healthnet News is now available on the Healthnet website at This issue has information about summer food programs for school children. There is information about where to obtain these meals, which are available to all children, and a telephone number to call for the location of the meal sites. The newsletter also has resources on Lyme disease, water quality reports of state swimming areas, new labeling laws for sunscreen, sun-safety tips, and reviews of new consumer health titles.

As always, your comments about the newsletter are welcome.

Alberta L. Richetelle
Program Director
Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network
Health Center Library
University of Connecticut

New Hospital Engagement Guide

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

AHRQ Releases New Guide to Help Hospitals Engage Patients and Families in Their Health Care
Press Release Date: July 8, 2013

A new resource available online today from HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) gives hospitals four evidence-based strategies to engage patients and families in their care. The field-tested strategies outlined in AHRQ’s new Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Safety and Quality can help hospitals make care better and safer by bridging the communication gaps among patients and families and their health care providers.

“Many of the errors we see in health care stem from communication problems,” said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. “That’s why we developed this resource, to give hospitals practical, evidence-based information to improve communication on the front lines of health care – and ultimately keep patients safer.”

The guide provides four evidence-based strategies that hospitals can use to implement patient- and family-centered care practices. Each strategy includes educational tools and resources for patients and families, training materials for health care professionals and real-world examples that show how strategies are being implemented in hospital settings.

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