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Archive for February, 2013

National Library of Medicine Announces a Suite of Educational Resources for the Charles R. Drew Papers!

Portrait of Charles Drew sitting at his desk, ca. 1947African-American surgeon Charles R. Drew (1904-1950) organized and directed America’s first large-scale blood bank program during the early years of World War II. He also worked tirelessly to provide access to medical training to African American students, and to improve the quality of that training. The Charles R. Drew Papers on Profiles in Science makes available an extensive selection of digitized documents and visual materials about and by Dr. Drew, in collaboration with the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, which holds the original papers. Dr. Drew’s life and legacy add unique perspectives and rich historical materials to the study of history of African Americans.

Now available from the National Library of Medicine is a new suite of educational resources for The Charles R. Drew Papers. These new resources offer hands-on activities for students to explore the challenges and achievements of Dr. Drew’s life, by examining primary and secondary sources from The Charles R. Drew Papers on Profiles in Science. Three lesson plans are designed for middle and high school levels:

These lesson plans provide detailed class procedures, background information, suggested extension activities, relevant standards, and learning outcomes, as well as a complete set of instructional materials.

The fourth resource, “Life after Death: Dr. Charles Drew, Civil Rights, and the Legacy of Race,” is a higher education module that outlines six one-hour classes, each of which offers an introduction, a list of readings and other instructional materials, and class discussion questions.

The educational resources for Charles Drew allow students at all levels to engage in a hands-on exploration of history through primary sources and scholarly commentary. In so doing, students acquire knowledge and skills that align with educational standards for literacy and higher-order thinking. Educators are welcome to adapt these resources in whole or in part for their students’ interests and academic goals. These new resources are developed by educators in collaboration with the Exhibition Program and the Images and Archives Section of the History of Medicine Division, and bring the Library’s digitized collections to secondary and post-secondary educators and students, while addressing current educational standards.

Update on NIH’s Public Access Policy!

In November, 2012, NIH announced upcoming changes to the public access policy reporting requirements, and funding delays for grant awards that are not in compliance with the policy. This week, NIH announced that the compliance measures outlined in the November guide notice will be implemented for all awards with anticipated start dates on or after July 1, 2013, as stated in NIH Guide Notice NOT-13-042. The public access compliance monitor is a web-based tool that allows administrators to monitor policy compliance across their particular institution. A three-minute YouTube video is available for a quick look at its features. More in-depth training is available from a recording of a public webinar, held in January, 2013, and designed for compliance officials at grantee institutions. Additionally, the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) presents conversations with NIH staff members, through its All About Grants podcast series. Check out the new episodes on public access, designed for researchers and compliance officials, featuring NIH staff involved in public access policy implementation.

New Children’s Electronic Health Record Format Announced!

A new database developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), can help software developers create better Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for the care of children. The children’s EHR format establishes a blueprint for EHRs to better meet the needs of health care providers and pediatric patients by combining best practices in clinical care, information technology, and insights from experts in children’s health. Since few EHRs have been created with children’s needs in mind, gaps in functionality, data elements, and other areas tend to occur. The format guides EHR developers in understanding the requirements for functionality, data standards, usability and interoperability of an EHR system to more optimally support the provision of health care to children, especially those enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The format is readily accessible and adoptable by EHR developers for use during product development or enhancement.

The children’s EHR format was authorized by the 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). The format includes a minimum set of data elements and applicable data standards that can be used as a blueprint for EHR developers seeking to create a product that can capture the types of health care components most relevant for children. Child-specific data elements and functionality recommendations are sorted into topic areas that include prenatal and newborn screening tests, immunizations, growth data, information for children with special health care needs and child abuse reporting. The EHR format provides guidance on structures that permit interoperable exchange of data, including data collected in school-based, primary, and inpatient care settings. The format is compatible with other EHR standards and facilitates quality measurement and improvement through the collection of clinical quality data.

In addition to providing guidance to developers, the format can provide guidance for EHR system purchasers and policy makers. For example, policy makers and purchasers can use the requirements when assessing functionality of EHRs. More information about the children’s EHR format is available on the AHRQ website.

Call for proposals: MLGSCA/NCNMLG 2013 Joint Meeting July 24-26 at UCSD

The Planning Committee of the MLGSCA/NCNMLG Chapters of the Medical Library Association invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2013 Joint Meeting. The meeting will be held in La Jolla, CA, on July 24-26, 2013, at the University of California, San Diego, Price Center. The conference theme is Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity, which can encompass a variety of topics. Projects, services, innovations, lessons learned, and success stories which illustrate how we are celebrating opportunity during continual change are all possible paper or poster topics. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013. Banner for the MLGSCA NCNMLG Joint Meeting

The poster session will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2013, from 1:30 to 3:00 in the Exhibit Hall. Posters may continue to be displayed through the last exhibit break on Friday July 26, 2013, at 4:00pm. Contributed paper sessions are Thursday, July 25, from 10:30am to noon and Friday, July 26, from 10:15-11:45am, and occur in three concurrent sessions each day. For both poster and paper proposals, submit a 250 word abstract describing your project. Include your name, position title, address, phone number, and email address. Send poster submissions to Rebecca Birr via email. Please put “poster proposal” in the subject line. Send contributed papers submissions to Annie Hughes via email. Please put “contributed paper proposal” in the subject line. More information will be added to the conference website as it becomes available.

Publisher Supplied Author Keywords Now Displayed in PubMed!

PubMed now displays author keywords when supplied by publishers. NLM will not review author keywords for accuracy or add them to non-publisher supplied citations. Author keywords can be searched untagged or using the Other Term [OT] or Text Words [TW] tags. Author Keywords are available on the Abstract, MEDLINE, and XML displays. Author keywords are preceded by a KEYWORDS label and appear below the abstract text on the Abstract display:

Screen capture of Author Keywords on the Abstract Display

Author keywords also appear in the OT field of the MEDLINE display, and users of the XML display will see author keywords in the Keyword element of KeywordList.

“Haga La Llamada, ¡No Pierda Tiempo!” Heart Attack Awareness Campaign

Unusual upper body discomfort is a key heart attack symptom to be aware ofThe HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH) launched its new new heart attack awareness campaign targeting Spanish-speaking women age 50 and over: “Haga La Llamada, ¡No Pierda Tiempo!” The new Spanish-language campaign aims to educate and empower Spanish-speaking women to call 911 when they experience any of the seven symptoms of a heart attack, and to do the same for their mothers, sisters, and friends. “Haga La Llamada, ¡No Pierda Tiempo!” builds on OWH’s successful “Make the Call, Don’t Miss a Beat” campaign, that began in 2011.

This February, American Heart Month, OWH urges women to make the call to 911 immediately if they experience any one or more of the following seven symptoms:

  • Chest pain, discomfort, pressure or squeezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Light-headedness or sudden dizziness
  • Unusual upper body pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Cold sweats

February 2013 Issue of NIH News in Health

Illustration of a mother and toddler brushing their teeth in front of a mirror.NIH News in Health is a monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The practical health information in NIH News in Health is reviewed by NIH’s medical experts and based on research conducted either by NIH’s own scientists or by our grantees at universities and medical schools around the country. The February 2013 issue features:

NIH News in Health is available online in HTML and PDF formats, and free print copies are available for display in offices, libraries, or clinics. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you would like to see covered, or to start a discussion about how you use the newsletter!

Changes to Northern California Kaiser Permanente Libraries DOCLINE Accounts

On February 1, 2013, Northern California Kaiser Permanente Libraries will begin to use a single DOCLINE account under the LIBID, CAUONY. This new account will handle ILL requests for online journals, while the Kaiser Arden Annex Library, CAUJBS, will handle print journal requests. The 18 participating libraries are listed below, and their DOCLINE accounts have been deactivated. They will remain as Affiliate members in the National Network of Libraries, Pacific Southwest Region. If you currently have any of these LIBIDs in your routing table, you are strongly encouraged to delete them and replace them with CAUONY. These are the only Kaiser LIBIDs which have been affected.

  • Kaiser Permanente Antioch (LIBID: CAULQW)
  • Kaiser Permanente Fresno (LIBID: CAUKMO)
  • Kaiser Permanente Hayward (LIBID: CAUKPH)
  • Kaiser Permanente Modesto (LIBID: CAULBB)
  • Kaiser Permanente Oakland (LIBID: CAUKOA)
  • Kaiser Permanente Redwood City (LIBID: CAUKRC)
  • Kaiser Permanente Roseville (LIBID: CAUKMP)
  • Kaiser Permanente Sacramento (LIBID: CAUKFS)
  • Kaiser Permanente San Francisco (LIBID: CAUKHS)
  • Kaiser Permanente San Jose (LIBID: CAUSNT)
  • Kaiser Permanente San Rafael (LIBID: CAUKSR)
  • Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara (LIBID: CAUKAP)
  • Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa (LIBID: CAUZQL)
  • Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento (LIBID: CAUBWV)
  • Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco (LIBID: CAUKPS)
  • Kaiser Permanente Vacaville (LIBID: CAUNBS)
  • Kaiser Permanente Vallejo (LIBID: CAUVKP)
  • Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek (LIBID: CAUKWC)