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Archive for March, 2012

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

Friday, March 16th, 2012

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and the health care providers who care for those populations. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries. Because this FOA focuses on providing health information to health disparity populations, institutions with demonstrated commitment to the needs of health disparity communities (including Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and other institutions in rural and socially disadvantaged areas) are encouraged to apply.

Coming Soon: New Design For NIHSeniorHealth

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Senior Health Banner

NIHSeniorHealth, the premier government website for older adults, will soon have a fresh look and enhanced features.  The redesigned site will include longer pages, more  menu choices, and a search feature – all presented in an inviting, colorful, and still easy-to-use format.  The updated look reflects input from visitors to the website as well as testing with older adults.  Watch for the new NIHSeniorHealth, launching in late March.

Eleventh Annual Health Literacy Conference: Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy, May 9-11, 2012

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Are you interested in improving the health information literacy of your organization?  The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) invites you to attend the Eleventh annual Health Literacy Conference, “Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy,” May 9-11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency, Irvine (near Orange County/John Wayne airport).  Medical Library Association continuing education contact hours are offered for attending.  There is even a special discount for librarians!  Use discount code MLA12 when you register, and save $50 off the regular low registration rate.  Register early to get this special rate – early registration deadline is on or before April 11th. (more…)

WISER for iPhone/iPod Touch 2.0

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) is a mobile application from the National Library of Medicine designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents.

The second release for WISER for iPhone/iPod touch is now available.  Investigate what’s new in this updated release:

WISER’s Help Identify Chemical capability is now available on the iOS platform. Identify and validate an unknown chemical based on the following criteria:

  • physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors
  • signs and symptoms of victims of exposure
  • the ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab or a flammable substance
  • hazard values from NFPA 704 placards
  • transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer, and type of rail car

Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your iPhone or iPod touch. Visualize the areas likely to be affected during the first 30 minutes after a substance is spilled or released on a live map. The Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook is the source of WISER’s protective distance data.


Seeking Disaster Information Continuing Education Instructors/Course Developers

Monday, March 5th, 2012


The Medical Library Association (MLA) is looking for up to five continuing education (CE) instructors/instructor teams to develop and teach courses on disaster information as part of a project to enhance its Disaster Information Specialization project.  Each instructor/instructor team selected will be responsible for developing one new disaster information course.  At the end of this project, 5 new courses will be added to MLA’s specialization.  (more…)

Teaching Health Literacy Quality Improvement to Pharmacy Students

Monday, March 5th, 2012


Recognizing that pharmacies may need additional knowledge and assistance to improve their health literacy practices, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed four new health literacy tools for pharmacy and a set of curricular tools for pharmacy faculty.

Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement: Curricular Modules for Faculty is a set of modules to help pharmacy faculty integrate health literacy and health literacy quality improvement into courses, experiential education, and projects for PharmD students and pharmacy residents. The curricular modules can be used for lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, and experiential education. The modules consist of 17 activity guides with 4 accompanying PowerPoint® presentations. Each activity guide includes a list of further resources.

Access the modules here.