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2017 Comics and Medicine Conference

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017


The 2017 Comics & Medicine Conference, to be held in Seattle June 15-17, is accepting proposals, due January 30. The conference is free to attend and will take place at the Seattle Public Library in downtown Seattle.

The conference theme is Access Points. Participants are invited to consider accessibility as a crucial aspect linking comics and health. Comics — a medium broadly characterized as “accessible” because of its ability to reach diverse audiences and to provide a platform for marginalized voices — can make visible and reflect upon the urgent subject of health access. Comics can explore the issue of accessibility in past and current practices of health care and can point to imaginative solutions for extending and expanding health care.

Submissions focusing on health, medicine, and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels and memoir, comic strips, manga, web comics) are welcomed, including those that focus on the following topics:

  • Comics depictions of disability
  • Visual depictions of systemic and structural inequities in health care and social determinants of health
  • Use of comics to provide health education for or about under-served communities
  • Comics representations of physical or geographical spaces related to the delivery of medical care
  • Collaborative comics projects that create access points between patients, healthcare providers, community organizations, and/or institutional stakeholders
  • Use of comics to access new understandings of bodily/mental states
  • Therapeutic uses of comics and cartooning
  • Use of comics to encourage conversations about accessible spaces/events
  • Innovative uses of comics to access diverse health experiences
  • Use of comics to visualize ideological and/or political boundaries and access to medical therapies
  • Comics and environmental health
  • Ethical implications of creating comics for patients, physicians, or institutions
  • Trends in, histories of, or the use of comics in health care and public health

Lightning talks, presentations, panel discussion and working groups and workshops are the presentation formats. See more information at their website.


National Influenza Vaccination Week

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

What is the best way to reduce the risk of the flu? That’s right, getting the flu vaccine is the easiest and best way to prevent the flu and its complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) everyone 6 months and older should receive an annual flu shot. Some people are at greater risk of flu related complications than others. This includes children younger than age 5 and adults 65 and older. Those who have certain medical conditions such as heart disease, liver disease, and blood disorders. Go to the CDC to see the full list of ages and health issues of those who are at increased risks.

Of course there are those who should not receive the flu shot or may be eligible to receive an alternative protection option. These include children younger than 6 months and those who are severely allergic to ingredients in the vaccine. A physician should be consulted for those who have had Guillain-Barre Syndrome, may be allergic to eggs and other ingredients in the vaccine, and those who are feeling ill. The CDC has complete information regarding those who should not receive the flu shot or consider not having it. (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:

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…)

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance is Here!

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

News from the Partnership Center of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The fourth Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace has begun. Americans are able to visit to shop for and enroll in an affordable health plan for 2017.  In launching open enrollment, HHS Secretary Burwell commented, “This Open Enrollment, we’re encouraging every American who might need coverage to visit, where they’ll find options for affordable health insurance. This year, the vast majority of consumers will qualify for tax credits that help keep coverage affordable, and it’s easier than ever to shop around and compare options.  As we sound today’s opening bell, let’s also take stock of the historic gains in coverage we’ve made as a country, and work together to continue that progress.”

This year, we’ll be using social media more than ever before to get the word out to consumers to #GetCovered. It’s more important than ever that we share key messages about Open Enrollment: (more…)