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Archive for February, 2013

Rendezvous webcast: Encouraging Plain Language

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Edit: A recording is now available at

Given the nation’s limited health literacy, it is essential that clear communication and plain language become standard across medical and public health settings. The Program for Readability In Science & Medicine (PRISM) is a successful plain language initiative launched at Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) in 2005. Using PRISM tools and training, GHRI has dramatically improved the quality and readability of its research consent forms and other print materials. PRISM’s free tools and training resources may help other medical and public health professionals do the same.

Come join us on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1pm Pacific time (Noon Alaska, 2pm Mountain) during our free monthly webcast at to learn more about  effective strategies for encouraging health professionals to use plain language from Jessica Ridpath, Research Communications Consultant for PRISM.


Hot Topics In Practice: Strategies For Successful Public Health Messaging

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013


Tuesday, February 19th
Noon – 1pm, Pacific Time

In the age of information overload, how can we encourage people to hear our messages and take action to protect their health?  Who do people listen to during emergencies?  How do public health agencies counter misinformation or explain complex issues?  In the February Hot Topics, communication specialists from Washington State explore these questions and more, addressing how audiences receive messages and what moves them toward action.


NLM’s DIMRC Apps and Mobile Web Pages

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.
NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps:

New Blog From NCBI

Friday, February 1st, 2013


The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has created NCBI Insights, a new blog to provide an insider’s perspective to better understand the resources offered, explore issues of scientific interest that drive resource development, and learn how to use NCBI resources to enhance research.

Disaster Summit: Magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Event Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What would you do in the event of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest? With whom would you need to coordinate to continue to provide needed services?  NN/LM PNR is pleased to announce a one-day disaster summit to address these types of questions.

Disaster Summit: Magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest is where you can spend the day with colleagues from across multiple disciplines to engage one another about disaster planning and response. We will use a magnitude 9 earthquake along the Cascadia subduction zone as the scenario for our day’s discussions. Speakers include representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, Washington State Emergency Management Division, and the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, just to name a few. Librarians, Emergency Responders, Health Care Providers, and others will gather to learn and share and will walk away knowing more about how to foster and improve collaboration for disaster planning and response. (more…)