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Archive for May, 2014

Webinar recordings

Friday, May 30th, 2014

We received a couple inquires about recordings of the webinars we recently forwarded on behalf of SAMHSA and Maximus.

Here are the links to the webinar recordings:

SAMHSA webinar recordings:

Maximus Webinars Recordings from the “Communication Tune Up” Series:

  • This series of free webinars, a follow-up to the successful “Design That Delivers” series, will focus on strategies for clear and effective print, digital and mobile communication. Experts from the Center for Health Literacy will share tips to make complicated information easier to read and understand. Each one-hour webinar will include a discussion forum for questions and answers.

Also, please note that recordings of National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region webinars are available at:

Webinar: Data Burger: A “Good” Questionnaire Response Rate plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Health Care Workforce COI presents an upcoming webinar:

Data Burger: A “Good” Questionnaire Response Rate plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis
Presenter: Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center
When: June 24, 2014 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Many of us use questionnaires to learn about our stakeholders’ attitudes and knowledge. Let’s picture this as a burger: The data we collect is like the meat in the filling, and we wrap the data in a tasty bun (summaries, graphs, and charts) to present it.

Meat: We want to use the best ingredients for our filling and collect good data. The question “What is a ‘good’ response rate?” often comes up. What does “response rate” mean, and why is it important? And how do you know what your response rate is? We’ll go over practical steps you can take to increase the number of people who complete and return the questionnaires that you send to them. We’ll also talk about some strategies for addressing low response rates.

Bun: Once you have administered a questionnaire, what do you do with all those numbers? The next section of this webinar will be about preparing and presenting those numbers. It will provide a very quick review of basic quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics and suggestions for selecting types of charts or graphs to illustrate your data.

Webinar: It Takes a Community

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Free Webinar
Today! Thursday, May 29, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  (2 p.m. CT; 12 p.m. PT)

It Takes a Community: Learning Together About Tools and Strategies to Support People Through Emotional Distress

Register Today

Registration will remain open through May 29th, the day of the event.

Please share with others who may be interested.


Leah Harris, M.A., Director, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery and an Emotional CPR facilitator

Lisbeth Riis Cooper, Founder, Vice Chair, and visionary behind CooperRiis Healing Community and Founding Partner of “Families Healing Together”

Tom Murray, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC-S, Director of Counseling and Testing Services at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a certified trainer and facilitator of the Partners in Change Outcome Management System and Emotional CPR

Teleconference Overview:

There are many ways that community members can be equipped to provide an informed and compassionate approach to assist individuals facing mental health issues and to prevent potential crises. While most people want to be helpful, they often don’t know how to offer effective assistance to others. We all struggle at times, whether due to depression, anxiety, other mental health challenges, or simply the stresses and challenges of daily life. In these situations, the support of others can make a significant and meaningful difference. Having a supportive community and people to turn to can prevent unnecessary tragedies.

The White House has recognized this important priority and launched a series of community dialogues about mental health, currently underway in cities across the nation. Participation in these dialogues has demonstrated the high level of community interest in learning more about mental health and addictions and how to foster a supportive and inclusive community. There are many successful programs and initiatives that help people feel that they belong and that they have a safe place in the community so when they need support or resources, they get them. Common sense tells us that when people have support and appropriate outlets for their distress or rage, they are less likely to act out in desperation–harming themselves or others.

Understandably, tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the Washington Navy Yard shootings, and others have left many members of the community feeling vulnerable, fearful, and perhaps even a bit powerless to effect change as a community. This training teleconference is an effort to address these situations and share tools and resources that anyone can use at any time to support someone through an emotional crisis or to prevent an escalation to an emotional crisis. Individuals no longer need to struggle in isolation. This training offers help that helps.

Recognizing the importance of equipping all community members to assist and support someone who is experiencing emotional distress, people who have experienced mental health challenges have collaborated with leaders in behavioral health to develop innovative approaches to prepare friends, family members, teachers, administrators, and others to reach out to people they believe may be facing distress. The goal of this Webinar is to provide participants with information about these tools and available supports, both for themselves and to help others.

During this Webinar, the first in a two-part series focused on mental health promotion and early intervention, you will hear three speakers describe how each of us can work to better our community’s health and wellness through supportive actions. You’ll learn about Emotional CPR, a simple, yet powerful, community-building tool that teaches people how to support someone through emotional distress or crisis. You’ll learn about “Families Healing Together,” an organization that believes in “the healing power of community and [is] dedicated to helping families recover from mental health challenges” and works to support families through recovery-focused online educational tools and support programs. And finally, you’ll learn how one university is adopting new practices that encourage and equip teachers and students to support members of their community experiencing mental health challenges.

We invite you to join us in learning how all of us can make a difference.

Learning Objectives:

*   To provide participants with information about tools and supports available, both for themselves and to support others before they reach crisis mode. Use of these tools and supports is the most cost-effective approach, in both financial and human terms, for preventing crises.

*   To learn about recovery education and support for families and how these can help individuals and families to cope with distress and promote mutual support and family healing.

*   To learn how innovative practices on one university campus are promoting a more supportive campus community and how these practices can be adapted for use in other university settings.

Target Audiences:

*   Community members

*   Individuals in recovery, their family members, and their friends

*   People experiencing mental health, substance use, and trauma-related challenges

*   Leaders of community- and faith-based organizations

*   Mental health and substance use treatment service providers

*   Healthcare providers

*   Parent-teacher associations and school officials for grades K-12

*   Higher education administrators, faculty, members of student organizations, and service providers

*   Employers, employee assistance program staff, and human resource professionals

*   Federal, State, and local staff, policymakers, and community leaders


If you have any questions, please contact the SAMHSA ADS Center at 1-800-540-0320 or by email at

NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course Fall Application open

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Reese Library at Georgia Regents University has announced they were awarded a contract to host the NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course. Registration, travel, housing, and meals are covered. This is a very competitive course, so get your applications in by the deadline!

See the announcement below and at their website.

Georgia Regents University to Host National Library of Medicine Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course
The National Library of Medicine has awarded Robert B. Greenblatt M.D. Library, Georgia Regents University a multi-year, $1.7 million contract to host the NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course.

The course, previously held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics and provides continuing education to health care professionals interested in the application of computer technologies to medicine. The Georgia course will be held at Brasstown Valley.

The fall class is scheduled for September 14-20, 2014.

The deadline for application is July 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT.

What is it: A week-long, residential course in biomedical informatics.

Purpose: Familiarize individuals with the application of, and policies related to, computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health care.

Format: A combination of lectures, hands-on computer exercises and other educational techniques to provide participants with the concepts, theories and building blocks underlying the field of biomedical informatics.

Impact: To provide “change agents” with sufficient knowledge of the filed to be able to return to their home institutions with the understanding of how to bring informatics solutions bear on the care delivery, research and education challenges they are facing.

Faculty: Nationally known biomedical informatics thought leaders and educators.

Topics: Principles of biomedical data representation, standardization of terminology and communication, clinical decision support, mathematical modeling, clinical information systems, genetics/genomics, the use of literature and molecular sequence databases, human computer interaction, imaging informatics and telemedicine. Evening workshops will include hands-on experiences to give students the opportunity to bring their own expertise to bear and apply the lessons learned in class to a relevant informatics application.

Eligibility: Application is open to US citizens or US permanent residents. Enrollment is limited and extremely competitive. The program is directed at biomedical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, faculty and others who are not currently knowledgeable but can become agents of change in their institutions.

Cost: Registration, travel, housing, and meals, are fully supported by the National Library of Medicine, NIH.

Location: Brasstown Valley, Young Harris, GA

For questions please contact:

Dr. Brenda Seago
Principal Investigator
Professor and Director
GRU University Libraries

Kathy Davies
Project Leader
Chair, Research and Education Services
Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library

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