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Sewell Stipends for APHA 2015

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.


This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year is Health in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website (


History and Purpose of the Sewell Fund


The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers who plan to attend the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.


The Fund aims to increase librarians’ effectiveness at providing reliable/relevant information to health care professionals in the fields of public health and pharmacy. To achieve this purpose, the Fund awards reimbursement funds to librarians and other information professionals to defray association membership/registration/travel and per diem expenses of attending and/or participating in activities of the American Public Health Association (APHA).


More information about the Sewell Fund can be found at the following sites:

Learning Self-Advocacy Skills to Navigate the Healthcare System

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

[Guest post by Beverly Doolan and Ashley Conley]

Using video as a teaching medium is one way to reach low literacy audiences and to engage community members in a visual learning opportunity. Developed by the Greater Nashua Public Health Region’s (GNPHR) Access to Health Care workgroup, the “My Health. My Care.” video series and toolkit provide simple tools for navigating healthcare systems. The series was locally produced, and included participation from the area’s two acute care hospitals and other major medical providers, local public libraries, community members, United Way, Marketplace Assistance groups and other supportive service organizations. The project includes four 5-7 minute videos that discuss communicating with healthcare providers, insurance, billing, how to prepare for medical appointments and how to stay healthy. Healthcare providers from regional healthcare partners are featured in the videos. Educational materials were developed to accompany the videos including a brochure that highlights key concepts from the videos, templates for organizations that would like to hold a film screening and a health resources flier for the greater Nashua area. The toolkit of all materials is available on the City of Nashua website so that other regions can use or adapt the materials for their area:



Community impact of the videos has been positive, as evidenced by participant responses to nine screening events held as part of the project’s distribution strategy. For example, 98% of survey participants agreed the videos were easy to understand and 96% agreed the videos and materials showed options for what to do when they don’t understand a healthcare service or bill. 97% agreed that the videos provided suggestions to improve communications with healthcare providers. A majority of participants indicated they learned new terms. In encouraging viewers to connect with good resources for finding additional information, the series promotes use of local libraries as well as the NLM Medline Plus website. Approximately 60% of surveyed participants were not aware of the Medline Plus website before watching the videos.


Knowledge Management (KM) In Action: Silverman Symposium Posters Online

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

[Guest post by Margo Coletti]

First, some background: The Silverman Symposium is an annual celebration of quality improvement at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the BID community hospitals, now in its 8th year. The Symposium is sponsored by the Silverman Institute for Health Care Quality & Safety (the QI department at BIDMC). The Symposium consists of a morning lecture, followed by two afternoon poster sessions to showcase our own safety and quality improvement initiatives. Each year, over 100 posters are mounted and displayed, either on paper or electronically.  The number of posters has grown every year. For the 2015 symposium we had 183 posters. The poster session is our opportunity to show what we’ve accomplished and share our work with each other. During the session, we make connections, discuss our work, garner ideas, and learn from each other. This is knowledge sharing at its finest.

Last spring we asked ourselves: What happens after the Symposium? How can we help the ideas, the connecting, the learning, the sharing continue? Up until this year, the posters had been archived in PDF format on the Silverman Symposium website, but they were not searchable. They were not even discoverable unless the searcher knew the title and year of the poster. In the spring of 2014, after that year’s symposium, we approached a Silverman Institute director. We explained that we in Knowledge Services wanted to harness the knowledge represented by the posters and make it accessible after the symposium. This was an ideal opportunity to utilize and showcase our knowledge management (KM) skills.

With the approval and cooperation of the Silverman Institute, we applied for a Knowledge Management Pilot Project funding from the NN/LM NER. The goal of our project was to produce a searchable, openly-accessible repository of projects, represented by posters, in order to foster knowledge sharing both within the BID organizations and within the global healthcare community.  The objectives were to:

  1. Organize the Silverman Posters PDFs into one searchable repository that is openly accessible and discoverable via Google or any other web search engine.
  2. Design a database that can be used by Knowledge Services as a blueprint for similar projects.
  3. Raise the level of awareness of the quality and safety projects which are undertaken each year in BIDMC.
  4. Raise the visibility and value of Knowledge Services.

The grant allowed us to hire a consultant, Brandy King, MLS, to provide technical expertise in the software selection and database design. It also paid for the first year’s software license. Knowledge Services Director, Margo Coletti, AMLS, AHIP and Senior Information Specialist, Nathan Norris, MLS, AHIP, worked with Brandy King and with Silverman Institute Director of Regulatory Affairs, Kathy Murray. Brandy came on board in August, 2015, and the database software, Omeka, was selected in September.

The work that went into designing the database was shared by everyone on the team. We considered the needs of all of the stakeholders: the database owners (Knowledge Services), the content owners (Silverman Institute), the authors (BID staff members), and the end users (healthcare professionals both within and outside of the BID organization). The Omeka software proved problematic in some areas and we had to work around the quirks and limitations. The most challenging piece was the taxonomy. We considered several options for building a searchable vocabulary and in the end we agreed that the Institute of Medicine’s quality indicators would be of greatest value to the organization. Diane Young, MLS, Information Specialist, joined the team in January, 2015, for the most labor-intensive phase of the project, the data input. By April 9th, the day of the 2015 Symposium, we had loaded, edited and tagged 644 posters, dating from 2012 through 2015.

Silverman Symposium Posters Online can now be viewed at . It is a work in progress as we are still adding the back file from 2006 through 2011. And starting with 2016, we will be reassessing our tags, perhaps adding other indicators of quality such as patient safety goals.

Our project has had an immediate impact on our organization in its recognition of the function and abilities of Knowledge Services. On April 23rd, we presented the database at the BIDMC Leadership Meeting. After the meeting, we were approached by two different people, representing Nursing and Ethics respectively, to work with each of them on different KM projects.

The database itself has contributed to the mission of the medical center, “extraordinary care, where the patient comes first, supported by world-class education and research.” Each of the QI projects represented by the posters is an exercise in knowledge sharing that benefits patient care, teaching and research. It allows our staff to learn from each other and it allows people outside the institution to learn from us as well.

Finally, as the project uses database technology to harness our internal knowledge assets to benefit our community of users, it serves as an example of KM in action (the 3-legged stool of KM: people, technology and knowledge assets). As such, our project was featured in a CE class at MLA 2015, “Knowledge Sharing for Improvement: Hospital Librarians as Knowledge Managers.”

We are grateful to the New England Region for their support.

Submitted by Margo Coletti, Director, Knowledge Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN276201100010C with the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2015

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. These populations include but are not limited to men who have sex with men (MSM), African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos.


Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.


Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.


Awards are offered for up to $50,000.


Quotations are due to NLM on July 20, 2015.


The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site :


Primary Point of Contact:

Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist

Office of Acquisitions (OA)

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105

Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488


Fax: 301-402-0642



 Secondary Point of Contact :

Shari Shor, Contracting Officer

Office of Acquisitions (OA)

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 105

Bethesda, MD 20892-5488

Office Phone: 301-496-6546

Fax: 301-402-0642



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