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NLM Activities at MLA 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 26-31, 2017, at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA. Attendees are invited to visit the NLM exhibit booth 309 (May 28-30) to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics. All presentations are recorded and made available on the NLM Web site shortly after the meeting.

The NLM Update will be Tuesday, May 30, 11:00 – 11:55 am, in Ballroom 6. Speakers will include Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations; Patricia Flatley Brennan, NLM Director and Interim NIH Associate Director for Data Science; Daniel R. Masys, Co-Chair, Board of Regents Strategic Planning Committee and Affiliate Professor, Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Leiter Lecture will be held Wednesday, May 31, 9:00 – 10:00 AM, in Ballroom 6, featuring a presentation by Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine.

For additional details and a schedule of NLM Theater presentations, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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.

NLM History of Medicine Lecture on April 6

On April 2, 1917, US President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, stating that “The world must be made safe for democracy.” Four days later, on April 6, Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of a war declaration. As part of the 2017 History of Medicine Lectures, the National Library of Medicine marks this important occasion with a forum spotlighting some of its rich collections related to the war and the American experience of the period, World War I Centenary Forum: Stories from the Collections of the National Library of Medicine. The session will be live-streamed globally on Thursday, April 6, 11:00am-12:30pm PDT through NIH Videocasting and will include a variety of stories drawn from these collections, shared by colleagues in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division.

Save the Date for “Consequential and Reproducible Clinical Research: Charting the Course for Continuous Improvement” Conference at NLM June 14-15

Registration is available for the 2017 Annual Conference of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, Consequential and Reproducible Clinical Research: Charting the Course for Continuous Improvement, to be held June 14-15 at NLM’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications Building. The conference will discuss prevention of non-repeatable research and inconsequential studies, highlight positive strategies to achieve trustworthy results and significant quality improvement in clinical research studies. The constructive and practical messages should benefit producers as well as users of clinical research discoveries. The meeting is co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and Research!America. The early-bird discount registration deadline is April 30. Additional information will be provided soon for recommended travel, accommodations, and the conference program.

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.

NLM Mourns the Loss of Faye G. Abdellah, former Deputy Surgeon General and NLM Board of Regents member

Deputy Surgeon General Faye G. Abdellah, RN, MA, EdD, died on February 24, 2017, at the age of 97. Dr. Abdellah was a nurse, educator, and deputy surgeon general of the Public Health Service. She served as the U.S Surgeon General’s alternate ex-officio member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine from 1972-1989. Her accomplishments include being the first nurse and woman to serve as Deputy Surgeon General of the United States (1981-1989), the highest ranked woman and nurse in the Federal Nursing Services when she achieved the rank of Rear Admiral, and the founder and first dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

As possibly the longest serving member of the NLM Board of Regents, Dr. Abdellah gave presentations that updated board members on many public health issues, including smoking, pediatric AIDS, and drunk driving. She contributed to Board policies that shaped NLM programs and services and to the NLM Long-Range Plan for 1986-2006. Dr. Abdellah was recognized internationally for her contributions to nursing research. She was known for creating a typology of 21 areas of focus for nurses, divided into three classes: physical, sociological and emotional needs of the patient; types of nurse-patient interpersonal relationships; and common elements of patient care. She advocated for nursing education to be research based, for nurses teaching self-care to patients, and an interdisciplinary approach to care.

Dr. Abdellah was adamant about the need for education based on science very early in her career. When she first taught nursing students at Yale University, she was so frustrated with the National League of Nursing guidelines because they had no scientific basis that she burned a stack of their curriculum guides in the Yale Courtyard. She told the Journal of Nursing Scholarship that it took her a year to pay for the books she burned. An obituary for Dr. Abdellah has been published.

NLM to Hold First Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine on March 21

The National Library of Medicine has announced the first annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine, a program made possible by a generous gift to the NLM by the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Foundation. The program took place on March 21, and was archived for future viewing. Speakers included:

  • Shelley McKellar, PhD, The Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Associate Professor with Joint Appointment with the Department of Surgery, Western University, Canada, offered the presentation: Intentional Impact:” The Legacy of Michael E. DeBakey Beyond the Operating Room
  • George P. Noon, MD, Professor of Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, presented A Brief Look at Michael E. DeBakey’s Role in Establishing the National Library of Medicine as It Is Today

Michael E. DeBakey (1908-2008) was a legendary American surgeon, educator, medical statesman, and one of most stalwart supporters of the National Library of Medicine. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. He was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world. Dr. DeBakey played a pivotal role in the creation of the National Library of Medicine in the 1950s, and in the establishment of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the 1960s. As a visionary member and chair of the NLM Board of Regents and several other NLM advisory panels, DeBakey made countless contributions to the Library which live on today.

This program is part of the NLM History of Medicine Division’s 2017 lecture series. Learn more about Dr. DeBakey, his work, and his accomplishments at NLM’s Profiles in Science Web site and in this post on the NLM History of Medicine Division’s blog, Circulating Now.

Training Event in Yakima, WA: Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations within the Community Infrastructure

Register by March 31 to attend the free two-day training event Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations within the Community Infrastructure April 4-5 at Yakima Valley Community College in eastern Washington. This course will focus on preparedness processes and activities and provides hospitals and healthcare personnel an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to help them ensure the sustainability of their facilities and organizations during all types of disasters. The session is hosted in conjunction with DHS/FEMA National Training Program, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Texas A&M University System and the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC). Limited seating is available. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided for attendees.

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.