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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.

December 2016 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of a dad holding a mop and reading the label on a bottle of cleaning fluid in a kitchenCheck out the December 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:

  • Making a Healthier Home: Cast Toxins From Your Living Space
    Take a look around your home. Do you know what’s in your household goods and products? Some chemicals can harm your health if too much gets into your body. Becoming aware of potentially harmful substances and clearing them out can help keep you and your family healthy.
  • Tai Chi and Your Health: A Modern Take on an Ancient Practice
    Tai chi is sometimes referred to as “moving meditation.” There are many types of tai chi. They typically combine slow movements with breathing patterns and mental focus and relaxation. Movements may be done while walking, standing, or sitting.
  • Oxygen Therapy for Patients with COPD
    Certain people with the lung disease known as COPD will not benefit from long-term oxygen therapy, a new study reports. The finding will help doctors and patients choose among different treatment options for this common condition, which makes it hard to breathe.
  • When Clinical Research Is in the News
    There are many types of clinical studies. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Knowing more about the different types can help you think critically about the health and research news you see and hear.

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!

New Free Resource: Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets for Factors Impacting Health of Minority Populations

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the release of a new resource to aid researchers, public health practitioners and policymakers with data on health and health care disparities and social determinants of health. The Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources is a free resource that compiles in one place descriptions of and links to 132 public datasets and resources that include information about health conditions and other factors that impact the health of minority populations.

The Compendium includes data and data-related resources from the following federal agencies within the HHS: Administration for Community Living (ACL); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Indian Health Service (IHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It also includes data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Compendium was created by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) to advance research, public policy and the public’s knowledge of issues related to health equity. It fills a gap that researchers and practitioners frequently face in locating federal datasets in one place, with information that is vital to conduct research on various topics. Check it out!

New Web-Based Broadband Health Mapping Tool!

The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force recently launched the Mapping Broadband Health in America tool, a web-based mapping tool that enables more efficient, data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health. By allowing users to ask and answer questions about broadband and health at the county and census block levels, the tool provides critical data that can help drive broadband health policies and connected health solutions for this critical space. The mapping tool is an interactive experience, showing various aspects of connectivity and health for every state and county in the United States. Users can generate customized maps that display broadband access, adoption and speed data alongside various health measures (e.g., obesity, diabetes, disabilities and physician access) in urban and rural areas. These maps can be used by both public and private sectors and local communities to identify not only gaps, but also opportunities. Also released with the mapping platform are the Priority 100 and Rural 100 lists, identifying counties that have critical needs in broadband and health. Priority 100 is a list of the 100 counties nationwide with the greatest broadband and connectivity needs and populations of at least 25,000. Rural 100 is similar to Priority 100, but only includes rural areas with a population of 15,000 or more. Additional information is available in the Press Kit.

On November 10, 11:00am-12:00pm PST, the FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs will jointly host a free webinar to further explain and explore this new tool, Mapping Connected Health County by County. The session will focus on how state and local government offices, agencies and other local community stakeholders can effectively use the Mapping Broadband Health in America platform. Key audiences for the webinar include federal, state and local agencies and offices that address health, connectivity, technology and/or rural development; such as county health departments, public health officers and epidemiologists, broadband and technology officers, data analytics and GIS teams, and community health workers and strategists.

NLM’s Asian American Health Portal To Be Retired November 21, 2016

The National Library of Medicine will be retiring the Asian American Health portal on November 21, 2016, to concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials. NLM encourages using Healthreach for patient education materials in multiple languages, and for provider materials for those working with diverse lingual communities.

In 2013, NLM worked with New York University’s Center for the Studies on Asian American Health to identify the needs of Asian American health information for professionals and consumers. Many things were revealed in the study but two things were highlighted: the need for disaggregated population data at subpopulation level and, the need for accurate, quality, culturally relevant and tested patient education materials. Granular population data is a request from several ethnic populations and the Department of Health and Human Services, Census, and Office of Management and Budget of the U.S. federal government are taking the lead to address this need. A Federal Register Notice was recently issued.

In 2017, the HealthReach team will begin working with community based organizations and stakeholders to examine the current HealthReach collection and expand it to include more Asian language patient education materials. Also, MedlinePlus and HealthReach are working to harmonize the multilingual patient education materials collections into one set. MedlinePlus will continue to offer materials through their consumer interface and, HealthReach will continue to provide the database search interface that offers metadata about the patient materials.

New One-Hour NN/LM Webinar, “ALTBIB: What, Why and How” on December 8

The NN/LM Training Office has announced that registration is available for a new one-hour webinar on the NLM database ALTBIB: Resources for Alternatives to the Use of Live Vertebrates in Biomedical Research and Testing, on Thursday, December 8, 10:00-11:00 AM PST. The session will describe the scope of ALTBIB, briefly explain the history of the database and why it exists, identify key people who work on ALTBIB, and demonstrate features of the resource. Participants will gain hands-on experience with practice exercises, and leave the webinar with a sense of what ALTBIB can and cannot do for animal alternative searches. Stephanie Publicker from NLM’s Specialized Information Services will be on hand to answer questions. The webinar is accredited for one MLA continuing education credit.

Redesign for NLM’s Online Toxicology Tutorial, ToxTutor

The National Library of Medicine has updated its online toxicology tutorial, ToxTutor, a self-paced guide covering key principles of toxicology. For almost 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. Written in plain language and including helpful illustrations, the tutorial provides users of toxicology resources, including the NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject. ToxTutor introduces toxicology by covering dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure standards and guidelines. Additional topics will be included in future updates. A certificate of completion option is expected to be released next year. ToxTutor is produced by the NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP).

NLM Launches New Traveling Exhibit, “Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America!”

The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine has announced its newest traveling banner exhibition, Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America, now available free of charge to cultural institutions across the country. It will travel to 50 sites over the next four years. This exhibition looks at the Chesapeake region during the early colonial era, where European settlers survived by relying upon indentured servants, Native Americans, and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition. Without this knowledge, Europeans suffered poor nutrition, in addition to widespread illness caused by the lack of medical care. Despite their perilous position, the colonists used human resources, the natural environment, and maritime trade to gain economic prosperity. With a focus on life at George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation, we learn about the ways that meals transcend taste and sustenance. To book the exhibit, visit the Traveling Exhibition Services web site. Use the “Book Now” button beside preferred dates and include two alternate booking periods in the message box. NLM will strive to find the booking period which works best for host institutions.

The online adaptation of Fire and Freedom incorporates a Digital Gallery of 18th-century materials on food, botany, health, and housekeeping from the NLM collection. Education resources are also featured in the online exhibition, including K-12 lesson plans, a higher education module; an online activity and a robust selection of resources, including K-12 suggested readings. In addition, the Related Resources at NLM feature includes a selection of 18th-century items from the NLM collection on disease in colonial North America, digitized public health posters about nutrition and food, and journal articles that discuss foodways, race, medicine, and health disparities, available through PubMed Central.

The guest curator of Fire and Freedom, Psyche Williams-Forson, PhD, delivered a lecture to coincide with the opening of the new exhibition on Thursday, November 3, which was live-streamed globally and subsequently archived for future viewing. Dr. Williams-Forson discussed the process of curating the exhibition; the triumphs and challenges of telling this story when the information about the history of American slavery is limited in scope and very often narrowly focused, primarily on the 19th century. She tied this larger discussion into using foodways; the intersection of food, culture, and economics, as a lens through which to talk about the lives of African Americans during enslavement. More importantly, Dr. Williams-Forson illustrated why this narrative remains important today.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Fall 2016 Issue Available Online!

Actress Kathy Bates on the cover of the fall issue of NIH MedlinePlus the MagazineThe Fall 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features topics including the latest in cancer research, lymphedema, vasculitis, the opioid overdose epidemic, clinical trials, and healthy pregnancy. The cover features actress and director, Kathy Bates, who developed lymphedema following a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. Bates has been a strong advocate for those with the disease. A national spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, she shares her story with NIH MedlinePlus magazine.

The issue also features an article about cancer research. In January 2016, President Obama announced the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative to double the pace of research. The initiative aims to make more therapies available to more patients sooner. It also seeks to improve the ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage. NIH MedlinePlus magazine sat down with Dinah Singer, PhD, one of the three co-chairs of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative’s Blue Ribbon Panel and Director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Biology, to learn about its progress.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.

October Midday at the Oasis Recording Now Available!

On October 19, NN/LM PSR presented NLM Drug Information Services for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Patrick McLaughlin, from MEDLARS Management, covered a wealth of NLM websites. He covered MedlinePlus, PubMed Health, DailyMed, Dietary Supplement Label Database, Pillbox, RxImage, TOXNET’s HSDB and LactMed, and PubChem. For terminologies, he showed RxNorm, RxNav, RxClass, and UMLS. Last but not least, the Drug Information Portal was highlighted! You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis Archives page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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