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PNR Partners webinar

When: Wednesday, October 26 at 1:00 PM Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00 PM Mountain Time

How: Connection is through WebEx

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.

October 26, we will feature two presenters, both in the Washington, with two very different projects. Dr. Robin Jones, is a community dentist and the owner of Dental Village, initiated a Dental Village Express Outreach Program to teach multicultural, immigrant and underserved children, adolescents and adults how to access online health information on MedlinePlus. Meg Brunner, librarian at the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute will present about the creation of an online toolkit of resources and an online training module to support professionals who are assisting those impacted by substance abuse disorders.

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 »

Recruitment of the 2017-2018 NLM Associate Fellows

Position(s): National Library of Medicine Associate Fellows
How many: between 3 and 6 Associate Fellows selected each year
Fellowship: one-year with an optional second year to learn about the National Library of Medicine, its products and services
Where: National Library of Medicine, campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

When: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018
Stipend: $53,435; additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance; up to $1,500 in relocation funding
Eligibility: recent graduate (within the past two years) with a master’s in information science/library science
Deadline for applications: January 27, 2017 Read more »

New NN/LM class- Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities using NLM Resources

When: November 10, 2016 at Noon Pacific Time, 11:00 am Alaska Time, 1:00 pm Mountain Time

The NN/LM PNR is offering a new class this fall on the topic of developmental disabilities. For many families and individuals, learning about a child’s or family members’ diagnosis can be devastating and cause an array of emotional responses. It can be an unexpected event and for others it is something they have been anticipating. Information is important regarding the diagnosis whether it is about a particular condition, accessing services, or finding support. The National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government entities offer an array of resources which may be of help.  This class will introduce you to those resources as well as ideas of how to incorporate them into your library to inform and make accessible to your communities.

The class is approved for Medical Library Association credit (1 or 3 CE hours) as well as for the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

  • To receive 1 MLA CE credit, attend the webinar on November 10
  • To receive 3 MLA CE credits, complete the pre-class readings, attend the webinar, and complete the class exercises (you will be given until November 23 to turn in the completed exercises)

To register for the class please go to deadline is November 9th.

PNR Rendezvous: PubMed Tutorial for Nurses

Please join us on October 19 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific Time, Noon – 1:00 PM Alaska Time, 2:00 – 3:00 PM Mountain Time for our next PNR Rendezvous session.

We will have Megan Kellner, an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) who will tell us about the PubMed tutorial for nurses. Searching PubMed for relevant literature can be an intimidating task for new or inexperienced users. Librarians at the National Library of Medicine identified the need for a PubMed tutorial that is specifically catered to the needs of nurses and nursing students. In the fall of 2015, a Master of Library Science student from the University of Maryland developed the introductory PubMed for Nurses tutorial as an internship project. This webinar will discuss the tutorial development process, what makes nurses’ research needs unique, and reflections on the project a year later.

How to connect: We’ve recently changed our webinar system.  Please read below how to join this free webinar. Read more »

National Dental Hygiene Month

When it comes to good health many of us tend to forget that good health includes good oral health. Oral health, or dental health, should not be viewed as a separate entity from general overall health as is so often done. Several studies have linked oral infections and inflammation to lung and heart diseases as well as diabetes. Periodontitis, a form of gum disease, has even been linked with premature births and low-birth-weight babies. Many medications such as anti-depressants, antihistamines, and painkillers can also affect oral health by limiting the amount of saliva which helps to protect teeth from certain bacteria that can lead to diseases. When visiting the dentist make sure to update them on what medications you are taking as well as any changes in your health.

While some of us have the privilege of accessing dental care and have it part of our health insurance coverage, many find what dental insurance they do have is limited in its coverage or it may not even be part of the insurance benefit offered by employers. The number of dental health facilities is no where near enough in many parts of the country but more so in rural areas. NPR recently broadcasted a story last month regarding this lack of dental services. One fact that was reported besides the lack of dental facilities was that many dentist do not accept Medicaid patients. According to the American Community Survey the poverty rate for those in rural areas is three percent higher than that of urban poverty.  The 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey also reports that adults ages 20-64 91% had dental caries and 27% had untreated tooth decay. The percentage of untreated tooth decay was much higher for Hispanics and African Americans. The health disparities for many under-served populations is alarming and more efforts need to be made to address this issue. Read more »

Big Data To Knowledge Webinars and Discussion Group

The following announcement is from Jenny Muilenburg, Acting Data Services Coordinator University of Washington Libraries

The UW Health Sciences Library and Research Data Services are collaborating with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Northwest Region, to provide a monthly discussion group focused on issues around Data Science, with a focus on biomedical science. The discussion group will provide a venue for those interested in the National Institutes of Health’s Big Data to Knowledge “Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science,” a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science.

The online lecture series is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science, and will run all year, once per week, from 9-10am Pacific Time. The list of speakers through the beginning of 2017 is available online, Upcoming topics include Ontologies, Metadata, Provenance, Databases, Social Networking Data, Exploratory Data Analysis, and lots more. Read more »