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NER Staff Update: New Education and Outreach Coordinator

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Please join me in welcoming Susan Halpin, MA to the NN/LM New England Region. Susan began on August 22 and will be working as an Education and Outreach Coordinator. Prior to working in the NER, Susan worked as a Program Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute Organizational Development and Learning Solutions Business Unit for the past year. While in that position Susan worked with Massachusetts Department of Public Health, specifically, the Massachusetts Cancer Control and Prevention Network (MCCPN). She was responsible for the convening and administration of several cancer-related work groups comprised of doctors and researchers who meet regularly to work on selected initiatives from the Massachusetts state cancer plan; specifically supporting the Palliative Care, Lung Cancer, and the HPV/Cervical Cancer work groups, as well as the Massachusetts Dental HPV Prevention Task Force. Prior to Donahue Institute, Susan taught nutrition and wellness at the Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA for nine years. We are excited that Susan also has a history of community engagement and project management skills. Susan earned a BS in Family and Consumer Science and a MA in Education from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. Susan can be reached via email at or by phone at 508/856-2435.

Welcome Susan!!!

Mary Piorun, PhD
Associate Director
NN/LM NER and the
Lamar Soutter Library
UMass Medical School

Thank you, NER members!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Dear NN/LM New England Region members,

Thank you for your outpouring of congratulations and notes of appreciation!  I’ve greatly enjoyed working for the NN/LM NER for the past 13 years.  I will miss my New England Region, NN/LM, UMassMed, and National Library of Medicine colleagues very much!  I feel very lucky to have made so many wonderful friends in our region and nationally.  In my new position at the Massachusetts Library System, I will present professional development workshops, facilitate community partnerships, and support strategic planning for all types of libraries throughout the state.   My path will surely continue to cross with our Massachusetts members.  If you would like to get in touch with me in the future, you can find my new contact information on the Massachusetts Library System contact page in mid-September.  You can also connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter (@MichelleEberle).

I’ve always felt blessed to serve a network of librarians who make a difference in people’s lives every day – contributing to patient safety, bridging the digital divide, supporting biomedical research, and improving health literacy.  Keep up the good work!  Please stay in touch.

With appreciation,

Michelle Eberle

Free exercise information for older adults!

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

From the National Institute on Aging:

You already know how important exercise and physical activity are for maintaining health and function, especially as people get older. But did you know the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active? Sample exercises, an exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, even tools for setting goals and tracking progress, NIA’s got it all. What’s more, all the information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+.

Learn more about the Go4Life exercise and physical activity campaign and use it to help older adults incorporate exercise into their daily lives. Older adults can get activity ideas, and sign up to receive free e-mail exercise tips and weekly motivation from Go4Life virtual coaches. You can sign up to become a Go4Life partner to get updates on the latest campaign activities, as well as have a voice in shaping campaign materials so that they best meet your needs.

And, please join us to celebrate Go4Life Month this September. This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yard work, walk the dog – all activities important to older adults.

Remember Go4Life has what you need to help older adults become more active for their health and function!

Changing the Face of Medicine

Monday, August 8th, 2016

We have some extra copies of the ChanChanging the Face of Medicineging the face of Medicine NLM exhibit DVD that features profiles of achievement of America’s women physicians.

Please email NN/LM NER with your preferred mailing address at  if you would like a copy.  We have a limited number of DVDs available.

First come, first serve.

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