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Videocast on October 4: Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services

Louis W. Sullivan, MD, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (1989–1993), will talk about his life story, and racial disparities and medical care on Tuesday, October 4, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT. The presentation, A Personal Perspective on Race, Opportunity and the US Health System, will be live-streamed globally and archived for future viewing. Dr. Sullivan will share his life story, growing up in rural Georgia during the period of legally-sanctioned and enforced racial segregation, and the impact it had on him, his family, and on the black community. He was inspired to become a physician when, at age 5, he met the only black physician in Southwest Georgia. After becoming a hematologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, he went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, followed by an appointment as US Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Sullivan developed initiatives to increase racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the US Department of Health and Human Services and in the nation’s health workforce. Throughout his career, he has worked to improve the effectiveness of the US health system and the diversity of its workforce. The elimination of disparities in health care, which exist between whites and the nation’s underserved minorities, is an ongoing priority of Dr. Sullivan. He’ll discuss progress to date and remaining challenges.

AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Center Program Requests Suggestions for Systematic Review Topics

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program wants to hear from you about important topics for systematic evidence reviews. Nominations may be submitted online through October 31. The vision for AHRQ’s EPC Program is that all health care decisions are based on the best available evidence, resulting in the best possible health outcomes. The EPC Program funds 13 EPCs across the United States and Canada to conduct rigorous, comprehensive evidence reviews of the scientific literature. These reviews focus on a variety of clinical, behavioral, economic, and other issues. EPC evidence reviews are publicly available and may be used to support and inform activities, such as the development of clinical practice guidelines, policies, and translation materials.

The EPC program’s principles are to be: stakeholder-driven, scientifically rigorous, and independent and unbiased. Therefore, it’s critical that they hear from you regarding which topics to examine. EPC will review every proposed topic with these selection criteria: Appropriateness, importance, duplication, feasibility, potential impact of a new systematic review, and value. For more information about the topic nomination process, contact: EPC@ahrq.hhs.gov. To see what others have suggested, visit the AHRQ Effective Healthcare Program web site.

University of Michigan Offers Live Streaming of NCBI Discovery Workshops October 4-6

Remote site registration is available for a series of three three-hour NCBI Discovery Workshops hosted by the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan on October 4-6, with instructors Peter Cooper, Ph.D., and Wayne Matten, Ph.D. The sessions will be streamed using BlueJeans. The workshops are:

  • Tuesday, 10/4, – Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Using the Integrated Entrez System and BLAST
  • Wednesday, 10/5, – A Practical Guide to NCBI BLAST
  • Thursday, 10/6, – EDirect: Command Line Access to NCBI’s Biomolecular Databases

Health Hotlines Database To Be Retired January 2017

Health Hotlines was developed by NLM as a community service to help the public locate health-related information from organizations with toll free numbers. NLM has decided it will no longer update the Health Hotlines database because most of the information is now readily available through web search engines and many of the organizations no longer have toll-free numbers. Health Hotlines will remain online until the end of January, 2017, at which time it will be retired.

NLM Funding Opportunity: Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

The National Library of Medicine has just issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Institutions with demonstrated commitment to the needs of health disparity communities (including Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and other institutions in rural and socially disadvantaged areas) are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is December 16, 2016.

NLM expects to commit $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2017 to fund up to five awards. The earliest expected project start date is July, 2017. Applicants may request up to three years for the project period. Budgets up to $100,000 for one year, $200,000 over two years or $300,000 over 3 years, in direct costs, may be requested. The total amount requested need not be the same in each year for a multiple year project, but needs to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. Facilities and administrative (F&A) costs, also called overhead or indirect costs, are not covered by this FOA.

NLM Job Announcements: Two Leadership Positions Now Posted Through September 19

The National Library of Medicine is seeking candidates to apply for two important leadership vacancies, Chief of the Public Services Division and Head of the National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. NLM invites applications from candidates who are looking to contribute to the Library’s programs and mission as the strategic planning process proceeds with the new director, Dr. Patricia (Patti) F. Brennan. More information can be found in the following two 13-minute videos, which briefly describe each of the programs and how to apply for a federal job.

Both jobs are posted on USAJobs.gov, and linked on the NLM Job Openings web page through September 19. Both are GS-15 level positions, with a salary range of $128,082-$160,300.

New NN/LM Collaborative Webinar Series Begins September 28!

Registration is available for the inaugural session of a new bi-monthly NN/LM collaborative webinar series, NN/LM Resource Picks, which will be held on September 28, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT. Every two months, NN/LM and/or NLM staff will highlight NLM resources. Coming up first is Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness, hosted by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region.

2016 Association of Health Care Journalists–NLM Journalism Fellows Announced

The 2016 Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)-National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fellows class features seven reporters and editors representing diverse media backgrounds.

The 2016 AHCJ-NLM Fellows are:

Now in its eighth year, the program brings journalists selected by AHCJ to NLM for four days of training to better use some of NLM’s health information resources, such as PubMed, PubMed Health, Genetics Home Reference, TOXMAP, ClinicalTrials.gov, and MedlinePlus. This year’s Fellows class will be at NLM September 26-30. AHCJ is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With more than 1,500 members, AHCJ’s mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism are based at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

NIH Request for Information: Metrics to Assess Value of Biomedical Digital Repositories

The NIH has announced a new Request for Information (RFI): Metrics to Assess Value of Biomedical Digital Repositories (NOT-OD-16-133). This RFI seeks input on metrics to assess the value and impact of biomedical data repositories. This information will support development of best practices across repositories, communication about the usage and value of repositories, and decisions required to support long-term sustainability. The NIH seeks feedback from a broad range of repository stakeholders, including researchers, data scientists and curators, repository managers, and standards or tool developers. Responses must be submitted by September 30, 2016. For additional information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Hsu.

TOXNET Update: Chemical Databases Now Link to Most Recent Five Years of PubMed Citations

The following National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXNET databases now provide a link to an NLM PubMed search for the past five years of publications:

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