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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:

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.

New NIH Resource Launched: Language Access Portal!

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has just launched the Language Access Portal (LAP). This resource provides access to reliable cross-cultural and linguistically appropriate health information from NIH and other federal agencies, for tools to help communication with populations with limited English proficiency. NIMHD is committed to supporting research and communications efforts to improve cultural competency and health literacy.

Resources for Locating Health Data, Statistics, and Data Visualization Tools

Health professionals often need to locate health statistics and data and to visualize that data in chart, graph, or map format. The following resources related to health data, statistics, and data visualization tools may be useful:

  • NLM’s MedlinePlus: The Health Statistics page provides a summary of health statistics and  links to a wide variety of reliable health statistics resources.
  • 2010 Census Data: The most detailed information available from the 2010 Census about a community’s entire population, including cross-tabulations of age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and group quarters.
  • Healthdata.gov: Comprehensive catalog of health-related data sets relevant to all aspects of health, for a broad array of users, supplied by a wide range of federal agencies, and available for free.
  • CDC Data Resources: Reference list of nationally funded data systems with a relationship to environmental public health; highlights the major data systems with a national scope where public health and environmental data can be directly downloaded.
  • Visualize Toxic Chemical Data: Use NLM’s TOXMAP to visualize locations of US EPA Toxics Release Inventory facilities, US Superfund sites, Environment Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory sites, US nuclear plants, and EPA coal plants. Additional layers of US census and health data can be added to the map.
  • Learn How to Create Maps with Low/No Cost Tools: Use NLM’s Community Health Maps to learn about free and low cost methods for collecting field data, combining field data with other organizational data, and visualizing the data through online mapping tools.

New NN/LM Moodle Class, Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NN/LM) Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) and Mid-Continental Region (MCR) Regions are hosting the 9-week, self-paced, asynchronous course Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles from February 27 to April 28. The course is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes forum, top picks from the NN/LM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club articles, and completion of the course Big Data Fundamentals from the Big Data University. This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours upon completion of all requirements.

Love Your Data Week: February 13-17!

Love Your Data week is an online event coming up on February 13-17, 2017! This year’s theme is emphasizing data quality for researchers at any stage in their career. Follow the activities on Twitter to gain inspiration, share ideas, and find new ways to promote data services and resources at your library and beyond! More details will be available soon!

Webinar Registration Available: Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library

On March 14, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT, join Jeff Julian, Director of the Public Awareness Office for the American Library Association, for the one-hour informative session Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library, hosted by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region. Attendees will learn about ALA’s Libraries Transform public awareness and advocacy campaign which effectively conveys the transformative nature of today’s libraries and the critical role they play in the digital age, as well as how to incorporate messaging into regular communication channels to leverage the campaign in advocacy activities and more.

Resources for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

In addition to joy, the holiday season can also bring stress, home safety hazards, and weight gain. Following are several reliable resources to help everyone stay safe and healthy during the holidays:

  • MedlinePlus Text Campaign for Holiday Mental Health: Get three text messages per week through the holidays on how to cope with anxiety, depression, and stress. Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online.
  • Browse and Share Heart Healthy Holiday Recipes: The Million Hearts® Initiative from the Centers for Disease Control offers a slideshow of nutritious and heart healthy holiday recipes.
  • Tips for Holiday Food Safety: The Food and Drug Administration provides tips, links, and videos in both English and Spanish about how to safely prepare foods during the holidays.
  • Holiday Fire Safety Resources: The US Fire Administration shares a number of outreach materials about fire safety with candles and Christmas trees, including handouts, posters, videos, and infographics.
  • Indoor Exercise Activities at Go4Life: The National Institute on Aging offers a helpful page of endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility exercises, many of which can be done indoors.

Recording for “NN/LM Resource Picks: AIDSource and AIDSInfo” Webinar Now Available!

The archived recording of the November 30 session for the NN/LM collaborative webinar series, NN/LM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was AIDSource and AIDSInfo with Andrew Plumer, from the National Library of Medicine’s Specialized Information Services Division, Jean-Paul Rock, AIDSInfo Translation & Outreach Manager, and Alison McDougal, PMP, AIDSinfo Project Manager. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Newly Revised, Web-Based NLM Disaster Information Specialization Courses Available!

The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. Anyone completing all 15 hours of the courses is eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA. The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

  • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
    This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.
  • U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
    This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.
  • Information Roles in Disaster Management
    This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

Two additional courses are available online, at no cost, from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute:

  • IS-700.A National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
    This course introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • IS-100.B Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
    This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies; establishes common processes for planning and managing resources; and allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.