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Archive for January, 2010

Two New Funding Opportunities: Health Literacy Partnerships with Physician Assistants and Express Outreach Awards

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Greetings Pacific Northwest Region!

Know any physician assistants or librarians with whom you want to partner?  How about a group with which you’ve always wanted to do outreach activities surrounding health information?  The NN/LM PNR is pleased to announce two new funding opportunities.

First, there is the “Health Information Literacy Partnership Award: Physician Assistants & Librarians.”  The goals of this award are:

* To promote health information literacy and surrounding issues;
* To improve the use of quality health information resources for patient education by physician assistants;
* To promote strategies for improving patient health information literacy by physician assistants;
* To foster local health information expertise among physician assistants;
* To promote awareness and use of the products and services of the NLM and the NNLM, including, but not limited to the InfoRx Program.

See the full announcement and find the application for the “Health Literacy Partnership Award” at:

Next, we have another round of “Express Outreach Awards.”  Goals of these awards are:

* To improve use of quality online health information resources by priority populations (as defined below);
* To promote health information literacy in health education and health care;
* To build or strengthen partnerships between network members and other community organizations;
* To foster local health information expertise in community organizations;
* To promote awareness and use of the products and services of the NLM and the NNLM.

The full announcement this year’s Express Outreach Awards, along with the application are linked here:

Both of these awards will be for a maximum of $12,000.  Then deadline for both applications is April 23, 2010.  If you have questions contact Gail Kouame, Consumer Health Coordinator, at or Cathy Burroughs, Associate Director, at  You can also call the Regional Medical Library at 1-800-338-7657 (in AK, ID, MT,  OR, and WA) or 206-543-8262.

Knowledge Sharing in Hospitals Workshop

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Knowledge Management Cafe by eogez

Update: As of February 12, applications for the knowledge sharing workshop are now being accepted through Monday, April 19th 2010. Please visit the course webpage at for detailed information and application instructions.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR), is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a workshop for 14 teams on Knowledge Sharing in Hospitals: The Librarian’s Role at the Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon on July 29-30, 2010 led by Lorri Zipperer and eligible for 9.5 units of MLA CE credit.  NN/LM PNR will announce a call for team applications later next month.


Hone Your Health Literacy Skills!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Looking to expand your knowledge of health literacy?  Need practical tools for improving health literacy in your hospital, community or university?  Join leaders in the field of health literacy at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California (near Orange County airport) May 6-7, 2010, for the 9th Annual Health Literacy Conference sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA). Focusing on “Health Literacy in the Real World: Programs and Solutions that Work,” the conference features the latest in health literacy practical tips and tools for improving health literacy, poster presentations, and opportunities for small group discussion and networking with a variety of health professionals.

In addition, this year’s program highlights librarians’ roles in health literacy.  A panel of health sciences librarians, including PNR’s Gail Kouame,  will report on MLA/NLM’s
Health Information Literacy Research Project
funded by the National Library of Medicine and several other librarian/health provider partnership initiatives in a session, “Looking for Health Literacy Solutions? Partner with a Librarian.”  Participate in this and other informative sessions and visit the IHA-sponsored Joint MLA and NN/LM exhibit table.  A complete conference program is available at ; click on “2010 Health Literacy Conference.”

To further spark your interest, Medical Library Association CE credit will be granted for attendance, and librarians will receive a $20 conference registration discount (use Discount Code ML10 when you register to get the discount).

For additional information, visit and click on “2010 Health Literacy Conference,” or contact:

Kathleen Amos or Jean Shipman (for general information)

Email:; or

Phone: (801) 587-9246 (Kathleen); (801) 581-8771 (Jean)

Michael Villaire (for conference logistics)


Phone: (562) 690-4001 ext. 202

Geek Out At Your Own Pace

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Last fall, NN/LM PNR offered the online course Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends. This course provided participants with an introduction to social media and the opportunity for some hands-on practice.

The Pacific Northwest Region’s “Geeks Bearing Gifts” course pages are now open for your self-paced learning and amusement. Each unit in the course consists of readings and videos to review for background information, step-by-step exercises to get you started using new Web tools, links to examples of how these tools are being implemented in libraries and/or public health settings, and a discussion forum where you can post questions, comments, and reflections.


National Library of Medicine Launches Emergency Access Initiative

Monday, January 25th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in partnership with members of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers announce the availability of free full-text articles from over 200 biomedical journals and over 65 reference books for libraries and hospitals affected by the earthquake in Haiti.  The collection is also intended for healthcare personnel responding to the disaster.


Haiti Earthquake Resources

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

A new page of Haiti earthquake health information links is now available at

The page lists NEW web pages about the Haiti earthquake situation from both government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). There is also a section on Haitian Creole and French-language materials. Links to background information on earthquakes and subsequent health issues, such as public health assessments, emergency surgical care, and management of dead bodies, are included.

The page will continue to expand and will add a section on hazards from concrete dust and other airborne particulates from the collapsed buildings and subsequent clean-up activities.

Submitted by Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467