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Health Happens in Libraries Update

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Margot Malachowski, our Healthy Communities COI Leader, is featured in the Public Libraries Online article about the Health Happens in Libraries project.

[Source: WebJunction’s e-newsletter]

Hello, and welcome to summer –

June 30 marks the completion of the third year of WebJunction’s Health Happens in Libraries project. We’re incredibly proud of the work that we’ve witnessed from public libraries to advance health and wellness in your communities.

Recently, we had the opportunity to publish a three-part article series at Public Libraries Online, reflecting on the evolution of the project over the past few years, and celebrating the contributions of public libraries in building healthy communities. We invite you to read and share these articles with your networks.

Part 1: Public Libraries Promote Health Literacy

Part 2: Programs

Part 3: Promoting Health Information and Services at Your Library

As a reminder, in addition to updates from this email list, you can also stay up-to-date on WebJunction activities and resources on a wide variety of library-specific topics through our twice-monthly newsletter, Crossroads. If you are not yet subscribed to receive Crossroads, you can sign-up here.

And, as always, if you have questions, feedback, or your own story to tell about how your library promotes community health, you can contact the WebJunction team at any time.

Enjoy a happy, healthy summer!


ACA Funding to Help Consumers

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

[CMS Press Release]

September 2, 2015

Contact: CMS Media Relations
(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries

CMS awards $67 million in Affordable Care Act funding to help consumers sign-up for affordable Health Insurance Marketplace coverage in 2016

With Marketplace Open Enrollment set to begin on November 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced grant awards totaling $67 million to support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at Awarded to 100 organizations located in 34 states that operate Federally Facilitated Marketplaces, State Partnership Marketplaces, and supported State-Based Marketplaces., the three year-long Marketplace Navigator grants will fuel efforts to help consumers enroll in a health plan that fits their budget and best meets their family’s needs.

“There are a lot of choices when it comes to signing up for health insurance and we want to help make sure consumers feel confident that they’ve picked the right plan,” said Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces. “In person assistance from Navigators and assisters has proven to be an incredibly important avenue for consumers to get the right coverage. I’m pleased that Navigators and assisters will be available in even more geographic areas this year.”

Navigators and assisters are trained specialists who provide consumers in their communities with in-person help, answering their questions about their health insurance and financial assistance options and assisting them as they complete their application. Navigators and assisters are knowledgeable about the range of health plans available on as well as other public health insurance programs offered in their state, including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The navigator awards announced today will allow organizations to work with consumers for the next three years.

This year’s Navigator grantees will expand access to local help in many states. In Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, more counties will be covered by Navigator entities during the Marketplace’s third open enrollment period than during the second open enrollment. In West Virginia alone, an additional 42 counties will be covered, providing improved access across the state. These gains will enable more consumers to get the help they need with enrollment.

Of the Navigator grantees awarded for this three-year cycle, 67 are returning grantees, providing stability and continuity for many consumers who have come to rely on the assistance offered by these Navigator grantees both for enrollment and post-enrollment concerns. While grants could continue for three years, each year, CMS will assess Navigator grantees’ performance for ongoing support.

In addition to Navigators, Marketplaces make other resources available to consumers to help them access Marketplace coverage, such as certified application counselors, non-navigator assistance personnel (also known as in-person assisters), and agents and brokers. Consumers in federally-facilitated and state partnership Marketplaces can visit Find Local Help to find assistance in their area.

For a list of HHS Navigator awardees or more information about Navigators and other Marketplace resources, please visit:

NN/LM MAR Training Opportunities

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

[Guest post by Renae Barger]

Training opportunities from NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region

  1. Directory of History of Medicine Collections (DHMC): A Valuable Resource (Boost Box) – Learn about the Directory of History of Medicine Collections as a resource and the capabilities of the fully searchable database.  Libraries, museums, archives and others with history of medicine collections will hear the benefits of adding collections to this valuable resource.  Presented by Crystal Smith, Reference Librarian, Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, National Library of Medicine – June 9, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)  Online / No Registration Required
  1. On-demand access to the Affordable Care Act:  Libraries Making a Difference Symposium – if you missed the symposium, MAR is offering on-demand viewing of the webcast. Registration is required to view. Those who watch the entire program may request 6 hours MLA CE.

Emergency Access Initiative for Nepal Earthquake

Monday, April 27th, 2015
NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Responding to Earthquake in Nepal

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the response to the earthquake in Nepal. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the earthquake in Nepal, please let them know of this service.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Earthquakes

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

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