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Teaching Social Determinants of Health

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The social determinants of health — or conditions under which people live, work, attend school and play — have an effect on health, quality of life, access to care, life expectancy, and more. Factors such as socioeconomic status, education, and physical environment contribute to risk factors and life expectancy. The Kaiser Family Foundation has an issue brief addressing these issues, Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity. The Centers for Disease Control’s Social Determinants of Health page has tools for teaching and learning about the social determinants of health, as does Healthy People 2020, with Interventions and Resources.

Teaching health professions students about the impact of social determinants of health, especially in medical school, is part of a recent trend towards social accountability. Educating future medial providers to be aware of the diversity of their patient populations will lead to better care for these patients. Published in the journal,Medical Teacher, Twelve Tips for Teaching Social Determinants of Health in Medicine, seeks to increase awareness and provide recommendations based on a review of the literature to develop ways of teaching medical students to think critically about the social and cultural issues impacting health.

K-12 NLM Games: Reinforce Science Concepts and Supplement Curricula

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Over the years NLM  talked with hundreds of science teachers of all grade levels from all over the country.  These teachers were asked what they wanted from NLM resources. Since science concepts can be difficult to understand and to remember many of these science teachers requested animated videos or games to help supplement their curricula and help students better understand concepts of science using a method they would find enjoyable. Whether wanting to pair DNA or learn about chemicals, these games offered by NLM are a fun and creative way for students to better grasp concepts and reinforce learning.

Bohr Thru: 3-match style game which requires users to collect and organize protons, neutrons and electrons in order to create Bohr models that represent the first 18 elements on the periodic table, such as Carbon, Nitrogen and Lithium. With the help of the main character, Atom, players become familiar with a variety of chemical elements and their structures. Teachers can easily implement short, in-class game sessions to enhance their students’ understanding of the periodic table.

ToxInvaders:  Players learn about chemicals and the environment by engaging in an interactive shooter game to protect the environment from toxic chemicals.  Quizzes are taken to progress between levels. A detailed tutorial is included. Available for iPhone and iPad.

Base Chase: Learn the bases of DNA with this fast-paced, educational app. Players grab bases of DNA in order to complete unique DNA strands for a variety of animals. DeeNA, the game’s cartoon mascot, assists players in completing each of the required tasks. The game includes a helpful tutorial. Available for iPhone and iPad.

Run4Green: The importance of environmental conservation is reinforced through this interactive, slide scrolling game. Topics, such as greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy and green product purchases are emphasized throughout game play. Playing as a jolly, green and earth-shaped character, users collect coins and perform environmentally friendly tasks. The game is appropriate for students in grades 5-8. Available for iPhone and iPad. (more…)

Free Online CE Classes: PubMed for Librarians – registration is open

Friday, August 19th, 2016

If your institution or organization includes programs in the health sciences, involves the health of the public, or works with biomedical researchers, most likely PubMed is a resource often used or should be considered for their work. Unfamiliar with PubMed or want a refresher course so you can better serve your colleagues? Consider taking one or all of the classes offered by our National Training Center.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) is offering three free online PubMed CE classes in September in a series called PubMed for Librarians.

  1. Introduction to PubMed: September 7, 2016 (9:00am Pacific Time)
  1. MeSH: September 14, 2016 (9:00am Pacific Time)
  1. Automatic Term Mapping: September 21, 2016 (9:00am Pacific Time)

Read a description for all three classes and find the link to the registration page here: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/pml/

PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). PubMed includes free access to MEDLINE, the NLM database of indexed citations and abstracts to medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, health care, and preclinical sciences journal articles as well as additional selected life sciences journals not in MEDLINE.

Videos Featuring NLM Resources for Nurses

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Does your library serve nurses or nursing students?

If so, then check out the latest video from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) regarding the freely available resources nurses and nursing students will find invaluable in their research.

NLM Resources for Nurses: Research

In less than four minutes learn about 15 different resources—all free, reliable and online—to support nursing research and promote quality health outcomes.

And once you’ve watched it, please share this video with your colleagues, patrons, and students. Information like this wants to be shared!

Want to alert nurses and nursing students about where their patients can find quality consumer health information?

If so, then check out the latest video from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) about the various resources that NLM freely provides which clinicians can recommend to their patients.

NLM Resources for Nurses: Patient Education

In only 2 ½ minutes learn about 11 different resources—all free, reliable and online—to help patients and their families learn more about diseases, disorders, conditions, and treatments.

And once you’ve watched it, please share this video with your colleagues, patrons, and students. Quality health information can make a positive impact on the lives of patients and their families.

Want more videos on quality health resources? Subscribe to the NLM YouTube Channel and check out the playlists.

NLM is the world’s largest medical library, and millions of scientists, health professionals, and members of the public use NLM services every day. Check out the many resources NLM has to offer today!

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…)

NLM K-12 health and science resources

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

knowledgeFor many, the school year is right around the corner as the summer break will soon be over. Many school teachers, administrators, and staff will soon be preparing for the fall start if they haven’t already. MedlinePlus is a familiar NLM resource but perhaps the K-12 resources are not.  The Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is responsible for the many freely available resources that school staff as well as students and parents may find helpful in regards to school policies, science information as well as health information for the wider community.

As many may already know, STEM education has taken a front seat with the White House campaign of “Educate to Innovate” involving partnerships with top companies, universities, foundations, and other organizations to continue the push towards advancing the achievements of students in the STEM arena. However, we also know that many schools are underfunded and have several priorities needing attention. These NLM K-12 resources are available for free and can help reinforce and supplement curricula as well as provide information for science and health research papers and projects. These are resources that students and parents can access and use from home and do not require creating an account or a special login.  (more…)