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Upcoming PNR Partners webinar

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Join us next week for the next PNR Partners webinar session.  We have presentations from our members in Alaska and Oregon.  Erin Foster, who is completing her second year of her NLM Associate Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University library, will be telling us about developing an assessment tool to measure the information literacy of incoming Master of Public Health (MPH) students in the Epidemiology program. We will also hear from Sigrid Brudie of the University of Alaska, Anchorage Alaska Medical Library.  She will tell us about the highlights and challenges of medical library outreach to rural Alaska, from the state’s northernmost community of Barrow to its southernmost community of Metlakatla.

When: Thursday, March 24 at 1:00pm Pacific Time (Noon Alaska, 2:00pm Mountain)

To Join: go to  Audio is through the phone.

For more information about PNR Partners go to (more…)

PNR Partners webinar January 28

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Date: Thursday, January 28

Time: 1:00 pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00 pm MT

Join us to hear from two of our recipients who each received PNR Health Disparities Information Outreach funding. In, Somali Cultural Profile Project: Collaborating to Update Information about Culture and Health Disparities in the Somali Community, Christine Wilson Owens will describe the partnership and work of EthnoMed and the King County Somali Health Board in reviewing and enhancing the Somali Cultural Profile and Somali Community Resources pages on the EthnoMed website. (For those who may not be familiar with EthnoMed it is an online resource for healthcare providers serving immigrant and refugee patients.) Collaboratively, EthnoMed and the Somali Health Board pulled in community voices and health care provider perspectives to document information about the culture and the health experience of Somali immigrants in the Seattle area, with particular focus on highlighting health disparity issues affecting this immigrant community.

Library Services Manager at Tuality Healthcare, Judith Hayes had a unique feature to her project titled, Increasing Health Disparity and Resource Awareness at Tuality Healthcare. Tuality Healthcare’s Cultural Diversity Task Force collaborated with People, Places, Things to bring a dynamic, hands-on workshop to demonstrate techniques for facilitating critical information transfer across language divides. Vignettes were used to demonstrate sources of disparity and possible sources of resources and resolution. The one-hour presentations were designed jointly by Tuality and Teatro Milagro to address Tuality’s Specific Situation. The goals were to increase awareness of health disparities in the Tuality service area, increase awareness of available resources to help address health and cultural disparity issues at Tuality, and to improve the level of understanding between staff and clients of different cultural backgrounds.

Listening to the successes and challenges of these particular programs can inspire and generate energy to create your own program or adapt these and other funded projects to your own organization’s needs.  (more…)

Upcoming webinars: PNR Partners and PNR Rendezvous

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The PNR has two upcoming webinars this month.  The first is PNR Partners which showcases our PNR funded recipients.  Thursday, November 12th at 1pm Pacific Time (noon Alaska Time, 2pm Mountain Time), we have Shelley Dougherty, Executive Director  for Oregon Pacific AHEC who will tell us about her project,  Environmental Health Connection for Rural Oregon Schools, that engaged middle school students in the world of scientific inquiry to create healthier communities and prepare them academically as they explored career options.  We also will have Jackie Wirz, Research Data Specialist at Oregon Health & Science University who will present information about the Pacific Research Data Symposium where researchers, students, and librarians shared their work in the world of data.

Do you have some ideas for programs or services in your library but aren’t quite sure how to implement them? This is a great time to ask questions about funded projects and to consider applying for funding from the NN/LM PNR to start your own projects for your communities. To join the webinar:

  • Go to the following website and login as a Guest, using your own name:
  • 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.

And if you have been curious about the connection between human health and animal health you will want to attend the next PNR Rendezvous which is, (more…)

2015 Medical Librarians Month Profile – Andrea Ball

Monday, October 19th, 2015

ALBAndrea Ball, our next featured profile for Medical Librarians Month, is the Care Management and Population Health Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

1. What is your library’s mission and who do your serve? I have been the Care Management and Population Health librarian for the University of Washington Health Sciences Library for the past six months. This is a new position created to support the organization as it moves through this current transformation in healthcare. Our mission is to advance scholarship, research, education and health care by anticipating information needs, providing essential resources, and facilitating learning for the greater health sciences community.

2. Is there a time when you made a difference or someone was grateful for your help you’d like to tell us about? There have been quite a few ‘making a difference’ moments for me mainly because I think every interaction is a chance to share knowledge and information that will help that person solve a problem, clarify a direction, or possibly even save a life. Patrons are always grateful for the assistance, many of whom exclaim “I’m so happy you’re here!”

3. What was your path to becoming a medical librarian? I’ve always been a fan of medicine, so going into health sciences librarianship was a natural fit (plus I didn’t have to go to med school.) I got my MLS from the University of Pittsburgh, and have worked there as well as in other academic and clinical settings. Additionally, I was fortunate enough to be one of the first librarians to participate in a medical informatics fellowship at Oregon Health and Sciences University. After about ten years in the profession, (more…)

2015 Medical Librarians Month Profile – Meg Brunner

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

meg_brunner Meg Brunner, our next NN/LM PNR Network member librarian profile, is the Web Information Specialist at the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.

1. What is your library’s mission and who do your serve? The University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute Library ( primarily serves UW faculty, staff, and students, as well as other college-level students and substance abuse professionals in the region. Our library collection covers the spectrum of research and scientific literature on alcohol and other drug use from all relevant disciplines, including medicine, nursing, social work, criminal justice, sociology, and psychology. Our mission is to support and facilitate science-based research and research dissemination in the field of alcohol and drug abuse.

2. Is there a time when you made a difference or someone was grateful for your help you’d like to tell us about? I have so many stories like that, after over 15 years of working here! But I’ll tell you one from my early years at ADAI, because I’ve never forgotten it and it was one of the things that made me know for sure I was in the right job early on. A man in his early 30s had come into the library and I was helping him collect some information for a paper he was writing for school, where he was studying to become a chemical dependency counselor. As we worked together, he confided in me that he was 6 years sober and had served 3 of those years in prison, after being arrested on drug charges in his 20s. He told me that while he was in a prison, a counselor there had saved his life and he wanted to give back. As we were working together, pulling articles and books from the shelves, I also suggested a few websites to him, and he kind of gave me a blank look. I took him over to our computer, and quickly realized he had never used one before. He didn’t know how to use a mouse, he didn’t know what the web was. So, we sat down for about an hour, and I taught him how to open a browser, do an Internet search, save and print, all those little things we take for granted. He was so excited, and it was just the greatest feeling, getting to see someone’s first introduction to the Internet like that. He was amazed! His mind was blown! I had forgotten what that felt like, that wonder, and it was inspiring to experience it again.

About three or so years later, I got an email from him that I still have tucked in a folder somewhere, in which he thanked me for how helpful I had been, how much time I had spent with him, and told me he’d been a practicing chemical dependency provider since graduation and was loving the work, inspired every day to stay sober and help others. He was also thinking about taking a class about HTML so he could help with his organization’s website! Pretty awesome! (more…)

Introducing WASCLA Tools for Health

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Editor’s note: This outreach project report was completed and submitted in 2014, but the information is still very relevant: 

By Joana Ramos,
Washington State Coalition for Language Access

ramos-1The Washington State Coalition for Language Access marked an important milestone on April 24, 2014, with the launch of its Tools for Health project at a special event held at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. This project created the first centralized resource in the state for multilingual consumer materials about language access rights in healthcare. The launch date itself had special significance as it coincided with the 50th anniversary week of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, on April 21, 1964. The Act’s Title VI includes a ban on discrimination based on national origin which is the legal basis for guaranteeing equal access to services for people with limited English proficiency (LEP).

The idea for the Tools for Health project itself came from ongoing observations by WASCLA members of the need for increased awareness of the right to meaningful language assistance, among both the general public and healthcare providers. While some facilities in Washington now do an excellent job in providing language access services, the situation varies tremendously across the state. It is still common to hear of patients being turned away due to lack of interpreter services, or being told to bring a friend or relative or even their child, to interpret at medical appointments. The need for language assistance is greater than ever, as Washington’s changing demographics mean that LEP residents are now 8% of the population, or over 512,000 people. Our LEP population, about half of whom are Spanish-speakers, increased 210% between 1990- 2010, compared to an 80% increase nationally for this period. Courts, schools, social service programs and medical providers report providing interpreter services in up to 200 different languages. This project was also timely because of the start of implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2013, with our state-based marketplace Washington Healthplanfinder set to open for business in the fall. Immigrants and refugees, many of whom have low incomes as well as LEP, have had some of the highest rates of uninsurance, often due to lack of employer coverage or eligibility for government programs. (more…)