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Archive for November, 2016

Aim for Excellence!

Monday, November 28th, 2016


Remember, Dec. 31 is the deadline for MLA’s Medical Librarian’s Month contest!

October is National Medical Librarians Month

Library services and quality health information can reduce hospital costs, length of stay, changes in diagnosis and clinical decision making, and improve patient outcomes. Find out how librarians can improve your organization’s standard of care.

This year’s theme for Medical Librarians Month is “Aim for Excellence.” Medical librarians add skill and value to have a positive impact on their institutions. Members of the Medical Library Association (MLA) may request a free poster which highlights research studies proving patients receive better care and institutions save money with information from medical librarians. Themed posters from previous Medical Librarians Months are available here.

And there’s more … to win an annual meeting registration, an MLA membership, or registration for a webinar, enter this year’s Medical Librarian’s Month contest, sponsored by the Medical Library Association. Submit a high quality original photograph of you (and/or your colleagues) in your workplace doing your job. See contest rules and prize information here. Contact Tomi Gunn at MLA with questions. Submission deadline is end of day December 31, 2016. Good luck!

Research Data Management Best Practices and REDCap

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Join us in the new Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) Idea Incubator Space on the second floor of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library to watch the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) online Webinar, “Research Data Management Best Practices and REDCap.” The one hour webinar starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time on December 7, 2016.

“This webinar will begin with a short description of best practices for consideration in any research data collection/management plan. Once this information is covered, the webinar will transition to a demonstration and discussion of REDCap—a data management platform used by research teams across the world. (more…)

My Family Health Portrait

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Do you know your family’s health history? Did you know that gathering information about your family health history is an important screening tool to evaluate genetic risks? Knowing your family’s health history can help you become more engaged in your health and the health of your family. It can also be a way for you to increase your knowledge regarding genetics which is starting to enter mainstream healthcare.

Every year since 2004 the Surgeon General has declared National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving which is November 24th this year. It is a time when many families gather and a perfect chance to review health problems that run in the family and to learn about the family’s health history. This can be difficult for some as it can bring up unexpected or unpleasant topics that are not easy to address. But learning about one’s family health history can allow for some preventive measures as families share genes and often other factors such as the habits and lifestyle. According to an article in Genetic Medicine, “Family health history used as a clinical tool can empower the public with a new understanding of health as it relates to their genetic heritage…” (more…)

MedlinePlus Text Messaging Campaign on Holiday Mental Health

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Anxiety, depression, and stress can be experienced at any time of the year but the holiday season can be especially taxing with added expectations and demands. How to cope with these emotional challenges? The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on holiday mental health. Users that sign-up for the campaign will receive 3 text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support, such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

Subscribe now by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online:

There is Still Time to Apply for 2016 Funding Opportunities from the PNR

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

If you have an idea about improving health equity in your community or enhancing information services in your organization, the NN/LM PNR wants to help! We now have four funding opportunities, including a NEW Community Health Outreach award, the Health Sciences Library Partnership award and the Technology Improvement award.  Applications for these types of projects will be funded on a first come, first serve basis, until December 9, 2016. However, please let us know you intend to apply at least 2 weeks before you submit, so we can get reviewers lined up to screen your application. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to

For Professional Development awards, applications will be accepted anytime but an invoice for reimbursement costs related to the event must be submitted by April 1, 2017.

Also, if you have other ideas and you are not sure there is a ‘fit’ with these currently available awards, please drop us a line ( and briefly describe your idea. We want to hear from you, so don’t hold back!

LGBT Elder Health is next PNR Rendezvous topic

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The next PNR Rendezvous webinar will be on the topic of LGBT elder health. LGBT individuals encompass all races and ethnicities, religions, and social classes. It is difficult to estimate the number of LGBT individuals and their health needs. [Healthy People 2020] While much of the media is focused on LGBT youth or transgender populations, LGBT elders also experience health disparities arising largely from societal stigma and institutional discrimination. This webinar is an overview of the health disparities experienced by LGBT elder populations. The webinar will look at the unique challenges related to accessing high-quality LGBT elder care information and some of the resources available to educate and address some of the disparities for the aging LGBT populations.

Join us as we hear speakers Tony Nguyen, Access and Communications Coordinator for NN/LM SE/A and Patricia Devine, Outreach and Communications Coordinator for NN/LM PNR as they present LGBT Elder Population Health Awareness: Building collections and connections to improve health, safety, and well-being.

When: Wednesday, November 16 at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT

How: No registration required. Go to OR  see below (more…)