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The Importance of Flexibility

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

This is a guest post from Kathryn Kane, Health Sciences Outreach Librarian. It originally appeared in her blog, Adventures in Library Land: My Travels Through the World of Professional Librarianship. We welcome guest posts in Dragonfly. Please contact Patricia Devine if interested.

My position as a Health Sciences Outreach Librarian is entirely new, so I am able to design my work approach as I go along. I love that freedom, but as I’ve said before, it can also be challenging because I am essentially making things up as I go along. Sometimes my initial approach is successful, and sometimes it misses the mark. Over the last few months, I have been working on ways to increase awareness of health information resources among rural healthcare professionals in my region. The original aim was to meet with healthcare professionals in person and guide them through an interactive workshop, and supplement that contact with online resources.

I am now finding that the opposite approach may be more successful.

Healthcare professionals are busy. This is hardly a surprise to anyone familiar with this particular population. This makes it hard to find a convenient time for an hour-long workshop. And this problem is compounded because I am targeting rural healthcare professionals. This subset of healthcare professionals are more widely dispersed than their urban counterparts. So it becomes even harder to gather this group of people in one place.

I read hints of this in the literature, and I have experienced it myself. I spent weeks planning a series of workshops in the bigger cities in my region of focus, sending out posters and emails, and contacting people at the main hospitals. There was interest in the content, but few were interested enough to spend an hour in a workshop at the end of the day. I ended up cancelling the workshops.

This was hugely disappointing. I wanted to follow my grant proposal to the letter, but the reality of the situation is that doing so may result in a failure to reach the outlined objectives.The important thing to remember is the purpose of my position, which is to increase awareness of the health information resources available to rural healthcare practitioners. How that ends up taking shape is less important than actually accomplishing the objective.

I need to be willing to look honestly at my approach and evaluate what is working and what is not. I am still hopeful because people are telling me that this is information they want to learn, and an interested target audience is half the battle. My new strategy will be to hold online webinars and to create an online self-study module that healthcare professionals can access on their own time. I plan to supplement that virtual contact with site visits to hospitals during staff meetings, when people are already gathered in one place.

I am optimistic about this new approach. I have the rest of December to work out the details, and come January, I will be ready to start again!

 

Upcoming PNR Partners, November 1

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

When: Tuesday, November 1 at 1:00 PM Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00 PM Mountain Time

How: Connection is through WebEx at  https://nih.webex.com/nih/k2/j.php?MTID=t8c88e862681e7156650006944dc7e5a6

Andrea Ball and Joanne Rich, librarians at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, will present about recording interviews and lectures and creating interactive modules to expand the reach of the library’s instruction to more patrons. Noel Nicolai, Library Resource/Research Coordinator for Education for Pullman Regional Hospital  and Becky Highfill, Grants Manager with Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation, will present how they increased health literacy and access to health information to the senior population in Whitman county Washington through interactive training.

PNR Partners is a webinar to feature the work of members who have received funding from the PNR. Each presenter has an opportunity to speak about the great work they have done and offer their tips. If you are considering a health program or service you may want to attend to have the opportunity to ask questions.  PNR has announced new funding opportunities and the deadline is approaching.

How to connect: Please note, we have changed our webinar system to WebEx. Please read below how to connect to this free webinar. (more…)

Ann Glusker Interview at MLA

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

ann-gluskerAnn Glusker, Reference Librarian at NN/LM PNR Network member institution Seattle Public Library, was interviewed by McGraw-Hill Education at the annual Medical Library Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario in May 2016. She talked about her experiences on the reference desk and the way that information is being delivered and consumed, and also how to make sure healthcare consumers are getting reliable information, stressing the importance of staff education as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exGTAr_u8gU

NLM and ALA Partnership Brings Native Voices Exhibit to Libraries in PNR Region

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Native Voices logo

A year ago last fall, the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) partnered to bring the NLM traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness to academic, public, and tribal libraries in the United States and other Native-serving cultural institutions beginning in 2016 through 2020.  Libraries and institutions were encouraged to apply for this opportunity and the awardees were announced late in 2015. Here, in the Pacific Northwest Region, several libraries received notice that they were selected. In fact, libraries in all five states are represented.

In 2016 three libraries were hosts to Native Voices and include libraries at Clark College, Fort Peck Community College, and North Seattle College. Library staff from each of these libraries have written a short summary of the activities planned around the exhibit as well as the benefits to the library community.

 

James E Shanley Tribal Library, Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, MT
Hosted exhibit from Feb. 3 – March 16, 2016

Anita Scheetz wrote,

The exhibit opened on February 4th but we held the native blessing and smudged the building and the exhibit on February 18. As part of the Native Voices grant, we were asked to do two health related programs but since we had the exhibit for an extended length of time we decided to do one each week in the month of March. The most popular of these events was the Native plants program.

  • March 3 Lois Red Elk  “Native Plants and Medicines”
  • March 10 Loy Sprague “Mind Body Medicine: Mindfulness and Stress Reduction”
  • March 17 Dr. Christine Holler-Dinsmore will present “Science, Faith, Family, Friends and Healing”
  • March 24 Beth Brown Morgan “Essential Oils: Uses in Health”
  • March 30 Teresa Rorvik “Pitfalls of Fad Diets”

There have been lots of people reading the posters and checking out the iPads.  I don’t have exact numbers but almost everyone who comes in stops and looks at the banners.

 

Cannell Library, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
Hosted exhibit from Feb. 3 – March 16, 2016

Laura Nagel wrote, (more…)

Upcoming PNR Rendezvous and PNR Partners webinars in August

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

This month’s PNR Rendezvous guest speaker will be Andrew Plumer, Outreach Librarian for the National Library of Medicine (NLM). His presentation, NLM’s K-12 Resources: Supporting the Teacher, Engaging the Student, will be Wednesday August 17 from 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time.

The National Library offers a wide selection of resources to assist the educator and engage the students. Web portals designed with educator input focusing on such topics as environmental health, chemical and toxicological hazards in the community and genetics.  The National Library of Medicine offers other databases that can be used as adjuncts to existing classroom lessons.  It isn’t all just web portals and databases, the NLM has created a series of animations dealing with environmental health issues and games covering  multiple issues  including chemistry, biology and environmental health.

How do I connect to PNR Rendezvous?
You can participate in this free, web-based interactive session from your desk with your computer and telephone.

  • Please click here https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm to test your computer prior to the meeting. The diagnostic test will prompt you if you need to update Flash, check your connection speed and install an Adobe Connect add-in. If you have problems with these steps, please call your information technology department for help.
  • Go to the following website and login as a Guest, using your own name: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous.
  • Once in the web meeting a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen call the 800 number and use the participant code given in the Notes box (lower left-hand corner) on the screen.

PNR Partners will be the next day on August 18 from 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time. (more…)

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Visits Seattle

Thursday, August 4th, 2016
 Molly Carney, Executive Director at Evergreen Treatment Services, meets with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Molly Carney, Executive Director at Evergreen Treatment Services, meets with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

This is a guest post from Jim Anderson, Physician Assistant and Dispensary Manager at Evergreen Treatment Services, a PNR Network member.  If you would like to write a guest post please contact Patricia Devine at devine@uw.edu.

On Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s recent stop in Seattle, he visited Evergreen Treatment Services to learn more about medication assisted treatment in Seattle and the opioid epidemic in the Pacific NW and Alaska. Evergreen Treatment Services has been working to transform the lives of individuals and their communities through innovative and effective addiction and social services in Western Washington since 1973.

The Surgeon General also visited the Seattle Police Department, to hear about their efforts to address the opioid epidemic and their successful use of naloxone in reversing 10 overdoses recently. Naloxone is provided for patrolling officers, and its use among police departments is rapidly spreading.

Murthy also spent time with an Opioid Task Force, a group made up of a variety of representatives from governmental and medical agencies and institutions, with a goal of addressing the opioid epidemic, including both heroin and other opioid medications.

While in Seattle, Murthy described what he believes to be the need to view opioid addiction as a chronic disease, and to respond rapidly to known opioid addiction the same way that the medical community responds to other chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Seattle Times quoted him sharing his thoughts about this with the Seattle Police Department leaders:

“For too many people in America, addiction is a character flaw or a moral failing, but that’s not the case. We have to help people see addiction for what it is, which is a chronic illness of the brain that we have to treat with the same urgency, compassion and skill that we would treat diabetes or heart disease. That shift is going to take all of us.”