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AIDSinfo Website Gets an Update and Redesign!

The AIDSinfo website was updated on April 15th and includes a new design and an improved look and feel. Major enhancements include:

  •  Reorganization of patient education materials: all patient education materials are now located in a new Understanding HIV/AIDS section of the website. AIDSinfo patient education materials include fact sheets, infographics, an HIV/AIDS glossary, and webpages highlighting the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.
  • Increased prominence of apps: the AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines, Drug Database, and Glossary apps are now prominently featured in each section of the website.
  • Enhanced search functionality: an updated search feature allows users to quickly find relevant resources.
  • Increased linking between AIDSinfo resources: AIDSinfo resources are now linked to each other across the website. For example, patient fact sheets are now linked directly from the guidelines pages, so health care providers can easily access materials for their patients.

Online Interactive Health Literacy Training Available!

Both the general public and health information professionals should be familiar with the important topic of health literacy. According to MedlinePlus, health literacy is defined as “how well a person can get the health information and services that they need, and how well they understand them.” A number of interactive online trainings are available for the general public to help everyone improve their own health literacy. Online trainings are also available for public health professionals to help them improve their ability to teach health literacy to the general public. Here’s a quick overview of a few online trainings available from government websites:

Scholarships Available to Attend the Second Annual Health Literacy Summit June 2-3 in Knoxville, TN!

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee Medical Center are hosting the Second Annual Health Literacy Summit June 2-3 at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, TN. The Summit will focus on assessing and promoting changes in the healthcare system to reduce barriers for low health literacy patients. Course topics will include an in-depth look at the Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations and the methods used to assess the health literacy status of hospitals and other healthcare settings. Attendees will participate in hands-on sessions including the evaluation of printed patient education materials, the development healthcare provider oral communication skills, and the application of The Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers needs assessment tools.

Information professionals are eligible for the $100 registration rate through May 19. Scholarships are also available for up to five librarians, to cover the cost of registration only. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 17.

Events for April 2017 National Minority Health Month!

April is National Minority Health Month, and the 2017 theme is Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, which emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work being done across the nation to help achieve health equity. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) offers a number of events and promotional materials to celebrate National Minority Health Month 2017, including:

  • #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall at 10:00 AM PDT on April 12 will highlight examples from around the country of community-based efforts to address health disparities.
  • Other events include the NIMHD Twitter Chat on April 25 from 11:00am-12:00pm PDT and the HHS OMH Health Equity Thunderclap on April 28 at 10:00 AM PDT.
  • Twitter and Facebook posts to share.
  • Graphics to share on websites or through social media.

April 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

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Check out the April issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Reducing Underage Drinking Among American Indians
    American Indian teens have higher rates of alcohol use before age 15 than other U.S. teens. They also have higher rates of alcohol problems. But ways to prevent alcohol use in these groups haven’t been studied well.
  • How Cancer Cells Spread in the Body
    During metastasis, cancer cells spread from the place in the body where they first formed to other parts of the body. Read this interesting article to learn more about how cancer spreads.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

NLM Resources for National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 20, 2017

Today is National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Health outreach professionals can access HIV/AIDS resources for Native American communities through multiple National Library of Medicine websites, including the following:

  • American Indian Health – Check the “Health Topics – HIV/AIDS” section of American Indian Health for links to HIV/AIDS resources for Native American individuals and communities, for researchers/health professionals/educators, programs and organizations working to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS among Native Americans, and health information about HIV/AIDS for everyone.
  • AIDSource – Look under the Specific Populations:Native Americans section of AIDSource for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, education, and research resources related to HIV/AIDS in Native American communities.
  • PubMed – For the latest biomedical research related to HIV/AIDS among Native American populations, visit PubMed.

Check Out These NLM Resources for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The risk of developing colorectal cancer rises after age 50, so screening is important. Following are several resources from the National Library of Medicine to educate and raise awareness about colorectal cancer (including possible genetic causes) among the US general public, multilingual populations, and older adults:

  • General Public – Check the Colorectal Cancer Health Topics page on MedlinePlus for a basic summary and links to a wide variety of reliable websites with information, the latest research, and multimedia related to colorectal cancer.
  • Multilingual Resources – Find information on colorectal cancer in 14 languages under the Colorectal Cancer – Multiple Languages page on MedlinePlus.
  • Older Adults – Learn about risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and latest research related to colorectal cancer on NIH Senior Health.
  • Genetic Causes – Get an overview on possible genetic causes for colorectal cancer, such as Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and Lynch syndrome, on Genetics Home Reference.

Use NLM’s AIDSource Portal to Locate HIV/AIDS Information for Many Specific Population Groups!

AIDSource is a portal to HIV/AIDS-related resources, reviewed and selected by expert information specialists from the National Library of Medicine. Users can easily locate HIV/AIDS resources for special populations under the Specific Populations section of AIDSource, including:

Users can also choose the “Select Audience” menu on AIDSource to view lists of HIV/AIDS resources for specific audiences, such as the general public, health professionals, multilingual speakers, researchers/scientists, Spanish speakers, or students/educators.

March 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

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Check out the March issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Find Help for Low Vision
    Millions of Americans have low vision caused by an eye injury or a disease such as glaucoma. The sooner an eye problem is detected and treated by a physician, the greater your chance of keeping your remaining vision.
  • Featured Website: Bone Health Resources
    How do you keep your bones healthy and strong? It’s never too late to improve your bone health. Find out how to eat the right foods, exercise safely, and make other healthy lifestyle choices to protect your bones.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

Register Now for NN/LM Consumer Health Online Course March 20 – April 21!

Registration is open for the free four-week online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. Attendees will participate in a robust class that includes four weeks of interactive instruction, discussion, and activities followed by an additional week to complete a final project. This course was developed to help all library staff provide excellent service and health information to consumers, patients, students, and other members of the community.

The self-paced class will run from March 20 – April 21, using the Moodle platform. It will be team-taught by Kelli Ham, NN/LM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, and Bobbi Newman, NN/LM GMR Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist. More information will be sent to registrants by March 17, and the course will open Monday morning, March 20. Due to the comprehensive nature of this class, participants can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week to fulfill the requirements. Upon completion, participants will be awarded 12 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE units. In addition, this is an approved CHIS class; participants who complete the class are eligible to apply for Level I or Level II of MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization.