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Next PNR Rendezvous is February 15 (this session is cancelled)

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

We apologize, but this webinar session is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances for speaker.

When: Wednesday February 15, 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time

Session Title: “Library, Family, Primary Care and Community Collaboration for Young Children”

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Join us for the next PNR Rendezvous webinar session where Kate Orville who is the Co-director of the Washington State Medical Home Partnerships Project for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (MHPP) housed at the University of Washington’s Center on Human Development and Disability.

Learn how primary health care providers and clinics are changing to become “patient-centered medical homes” and the opportunities this opens up for  libraries, public health, early learning and other community partners to become part of the bigger “medical home neighborhood.” Libraries support children’s healthy development through typical story-time offerings but also by collaborating with local initiatives to promote developmental milestones awareness, health and developmental screenings, and connecting parents with reliable health information and linkages with community services.  Using examples from Washington State and nationally, the presenter will share resources and strategies available to libraries anywhere to improve the health and well-being of young children and families in your community.  Resources you can access will include, the CDC’s Learn the Signs,  Act Early; Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive; and Reach Out and Read and its 5,500 medical clinics encouraging early literacy. Find out where to refer families locally with a variety of concerns.  Bring your questions and experience to share!

All of Us Research Program Announces Funding Opportunity for Community Partners

Monday, February 6th, 2017

An announcement regarding the Precision Medicine Initiative All of Us Research Program which may be of interest to public and medical libraries who could be eligible partners. Please note scheduled informational webinar on February 10, 9:00 – 10:00am PT. Register

All of Us Research Program logo

The National Institutes of Health has announced a new opportunity for organizations interested in helping engage volunteers in the All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. This funding opportunity, open to national and regional organizations, as well as local community groups, will support activities to promote enrollment and retention in the All of Us Research Program across diverse communities.

All of Us is an ambitious effort to gather data over time from 1 million or more people living in the United States, with the ultimate goal of accelerating research and improving health. Unlike research studies that are focused on a specific disease or population, All of Us will serve as a national research resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide variety of health conditions. Researchers will use data from the program to learn more about how individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biological make-up can influence health and disease. By taking part, people will be able to learn more about their own health and contribute to an effort that will advance the health of generations to come. NIH plans to launch the program later this year.

“We want the All of Us community to be as diverse as our country, so that the knowledge we gain from the research will benefit everyone — including groups that haven’t been well represented in biomedical research before,” said Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program at NIH. “Many organizations have expressed interest in working with us to spread the word. This opportunity will support grassroots efforts across the country, which are critical to the program’s success.”

Pending available funds, NIH is designating up to $5 million per year over the next three years to support these community-led outreach efforts, to complement the program’s existing research and engagement infrastructure . Eligible organizations include nonprofits, other community- and faith-based organizations, minority-serving institutions and local governments, among others.

Applicants must submit their proposed strategy for helping educate community members or health care providers about All of Us, whether through special events, trainings, communication programs or other activities. Applicants must also include a funding proposal tied to specific outreach goals. Applications are due on March 24, 2017, and NIH plans to issue awards in May 2017. (more…)

Women’s Health and Health for All

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

womens_marchWhat an amazing day January 21, 2017 was with a Women’s March in every state in the country and to even have other countries join in solidarity with their own marches! Having a day to remember women and men as well as those who are disenfranchised, under-represented and under-served and to recognize the importance of the voices of many is one of the reasons that made this march significant. The health inequities and health disparities experienced by many in this country call us to constantly work toward what is right. The National Library of Medicine resources are authoritative and freely available. MedlinePlus is available in English and Spanish as well as some information in other languages. It also includes information that is easy-to-read. You’ll find information about women’s health, LGBT health, rural health, various disabilities,  as well as how to prepare and cope with disasters and other safety tips. Health Reach is the resource for health information in other languages for patients and healthcare consumers as well as cultural information for health care providers.

Also, it’s not too late to enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance plans for 2017. Now is the time to enroll if you haven’t already as January 31 is the deadline! Go to and sign up!

Help narrow the gap in health disparities by providing access to health information through your libraries, community organizations and health practice. Contact the NN/LM PNR for more information.

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…)

Your Role in the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Last month, on the PNR Rendezvous, the guest speaker was Malia Fullerton, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW Departments of Epidemiology and Genome Sciences, who informed the audience in regards to the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program. This program has since been renamed the All of Us Research Program. The name reflects how All of Us will come together to change the future of health care. Many in the general public may not know much or anything about the Precision Medicine Initiative and may be even less aware of the All of Us program despite the fact that the National Institutes of Health is seeking one million volunteer to participate starting early 2017.

Participating in health studies has not always been a smooth road for participants who may not always understand the release forms they are signing despite steps taken to ensure what their participation means. Sometimes these studies have led to providing information for other uses than was originally understood leading to legal steps, anger, and distrust. This has happened in some populations and communities where government relations are already fragile due to historical events.

Fullerton’s presentation provided information on some of these historical cases as a way to provide context regarding the All of Us Program. The Precision Medicine Initiative is seeking to provide unique healthcare by working towards “providing the right treatment at the right time to the right person”. Volunteers are encourage to participate in the All of Us Program as a way of participating in improving the nation’s health. By voluntarily providing information through various means such as blood samples, it is hoped to that a wider range of data from more diverse groups of participants than in the past will provide better information to improve healthcare. The All of Us Program assures top security and privacy regarding the collected data of participants. (more…)

Next PNR Rendezvous – Precision Medicine

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

“Adventures in Precision Medicine: A Major Public Research Initiative and it Implications for Healthcare Consumers and Institutions” is the title of our next PNR Rendezvous webinar September 21. Malia Fullerton, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW Departments of Epidemiology and Genome Sciences, as well as an affiliate investigator with the Public Health Sciences division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC).  In early 2015 President Barack Obama announced an ambitious research initiative aimed at generating data needed to usher in a new era of medicine, one that will deliver “the right treatments, at the right time, every time to the right person.” This project, known now as the Precision Medicine Initiative or PMI, is recently underway and seeks to enroll 1 million or more patients from around the United States.  What will healthcare consumers need to know before they decide to participate?  And how will the national effort to study specimens, medical record data, and information collected by mobile health technologies from thousands of patients impact healthcare delivery?

Public librarians and those working in healthcare will find this an informative session as Precision Medicine becomes the primary delivery of healthcare. This impacts not just researchers and clinicians but the general public as healthcare consumers.

When: September 21, 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time (more…)