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MedlinePlus Text Messaging Campaign on Holiday Mental Health

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:

There is Still Time to Apply for 2016 Funding Opportunities from the PNR

If you have an idea about improving health equity in your community or enhancing information services in your organization, the NN/LM PNR wants to help! We now have four funding opportunities, including a NEW Community Health Outreach award, the Health Sciences Library Partnership award and the Technology Improvement award.  Applications for these types of projects will be funded on a first come, first serve basis, until December 9, 2016. However, please let us know you intend to apply at least 2 weeks before you submit, so we can get reviewers lined up to screen your application. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to

For Professional Development awards, applications will be accepted anytime but an invoice for reimbursement costs related to the event must be submitted by April 1, 2017.

Also, if you have other ideas and you are not sure there is a ‘fit’ with these currently available awards, please drop us a line ( and briefly describe your idea. We want to hear from you, so don’t hold back!

LGBT Elder Health is next PNR Rendezvous topic

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 Read more »

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance is Here!

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:

  • Financial help is available to help keep coverage affordable.
  • Signing up is easier and faster than ever.
  • Help is available! Free, confidential help can be found in person or by phone.
  • All consumers will have choices, and can compare plans by total costs, doctor network, or covered prescriptions.
  • December 15 is the deadline if you want to be covered at the start of the new year.

HHS has developed an Open Enrollment Social Media Toolkit full of resources to help you participate in these efforts. The toolkit includes key Open Enrollment messages, graphics and video, a social media calendar and more. It will be updated throughout Open Enrollment #4 and will be your one-stop-shop for #GetCovered content.

Specific to our faith-based and community partners, the 2017 Health Care Law Toolkit – PDF can help faith and community leaders learn and educate others about the health care law. You can also check out the Tools for Faith Days of Action for how to be involved in our days of action happening on November 11-13, December 19-23, and January 16-20.  Also consider signing up for one of the upcoming Webinars to learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

The HHS Partnership Center is excited to kick off the first Faith and Community Weekend of Action on November 11-13 by highlighting the importance of encouraging men to sign up for affordable health insurance. It’s an opportunity to focus on the health of our fathers, sons, brothers, and friends.  To support men’s health and encourage the men  in our lives to enroll,  we are asking ladies to wear blue at services in faith and community settings during the weekend of November 11th through the 13th.  You can use this flyer on our website to increase awareness about Ladies Wear Blue in your community

Please spread the word about the importance of men’s health and enrolling by taking a picture that weekend wearing blue and sharing your photo on social media using the hashtag #LadiesWearBlue.

National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Caregivers provide a much needed service. According to a report by Indiana University, these informal caregivers provide a service that saves Medicare $375 billion dollars a year. The statistics are staggering regarding caregivers in the last few years. The following statistics are from the  National Alliance for Caregiving website:

  • Approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S.]
  • About 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S.]
  • The majority of caregivers (82%) care for one other adult, while 15% care for 2 adults, and 3% for 3 or more adults. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S.]
  • Approximately 39.8 million caregivers provide care to adults (aged 18+) with a disability or illness or 16.6% of Americans. [Coughlin, J. (2010). Estimating the Impact of Caregiving and Employment on Well-Being: Outcomes & Insights in Health Management.]
  • About 15.7 million adult family caregivers care for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. [Alzheimer’s Association. (2015). 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.]

This caregiving may involve such clinical tasks as doling out medications or assistance getting in and out of bed but it also includes providing transportation, housework, grocery shopping, and even financial assistance.  Many caregivers are spouses but also includes friends or other relatives. The average age of caregivers is around 49 years of age but older caregivers tend to provide more hours of caregiving and 34% of caregivers are over age 65. Many of these caregivers are not necessarily doing this voluntarily. Many are pressured by family or the person needing the care. Also, financial constraints such as low income or lack of insurance coverage contribute to the need. Read more »

Upcoming PNR Partners, November 1

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

How: Connection is through WebEx at

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. Read more »