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Sewell Stipend 2009 APHA – Call for Applicants

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Sewell Stipend 2009 – Call for Applicants

Do you work with public health professionals? Are you interested in public health? Are you interested in attending the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting?

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Philadelphia, PA from November 7-11, 2009. Its theme will be Water and Public Health.

The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. is offering stipends to librarians and other information professionals to help cover the costs of their attending and/or participating in this meeting.  Successful applicants from the greater Philadelphia area will receive a stipend of at least $650. Successful applicants from outside greater Philadelphia will receive at least $1,000. This amount covers most of the APHA Membership at $195 and Early Bird (pre-August 28, 2009) Member Registration at $395. Though significant, these amounts will NOT cover all costs, so stipend recipients will need to find additional monies to cover remaining costs.

Completed applications are due July 24, 2009–just over a month from today. To apply, read and complete the application form attached or download the Word application form at Add all required application materials to the completed form and send as an email attachment to Joey Nicholson at

For more information, contact Joey Nicholson at

Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

H1N1 Virus Reaches Pandemic Status

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Last week, the H1N1 influenza virus returned to the forefront of national and world news with the announcement of its elevation to Phase 6 pandemic status by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO Pandemic Phase Descriptions indicate that the primary difference between Phase 5 and Phase 6 is related to its spread to additional regions and countries of the world, and is not related to the severity of the illness or the number of resulting deaths. Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, in her press release on June 11, 2009 stated, “No previous pandemic has been detected so early or watched so closely, in real-time, right at the very beginning. The world can now reap the benefits of investments, over the last five years, in pandemic preparedness.”


June 17 SCR CONNECTions Webmeeting Online

Friday, June 19th, 2009

The recording of the June 17 SCR CONNECTions webmeeting “Health Information Literacy Research Project Update” is available online at  This presentation was made  by Jean Shipman, Director of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the NN/LM MidContinental Region, and Lenora Kinzie, Director of the Stormont-Vail Healthcare Stauffer Health Sciences Library in Topeka, KS.

Please note, due to technical difficulties there are some problems with the sound for approximately three minutes of the recording.  This problem has been fixed so in the future this will not happen.

Next month’s meeting will be held Wednesday, July 15 at 10:30 am CT.  Re Mishra, the Health Professionals Outreach Coordinator, will be presenting “Introducing DOCLINE 4.0.”


Hello from Cheryl, New Public Health Outreach Coordinator

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Cheryl Rowan
Hello, everyone! My name is Cheryl Rowan, and I am the new Public Health Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM South Central Region. I started in this position on June 15th.

Some of my job responsibilities will include: developing outreach programs targeted to public health professionals designed to generate interest in NLM databases and services; conducting workshops and classes on NLM databases; and developing and implementing health information outreach efforts to refugees and other underserved population groups. I will also serve as the Texas liaison.

Prior to beginning this position, I worked as an assistant for the Information Services department at the Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library. I have also worked at the Midland County Public Library, Midland, TX, and as a library assistant for both Midland ISD and Humble ISD. I received a Master of Science degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas College of Information. I also hold a B.S. degree in Biology from Wheaton College, IL, and a certification in Medical Technology from the Rockford Memorial Hospital School of Medical Technology, Rockford, IL.

Outside of work, much of my time is spent with my husband and children (ages 24, 22, and 17). I enjoy walking, bike riding, canoeing, traveling, reading, and cooking (both with them and alone!).

I am very excited to be here at the NN/LM SCR, and look forward to the challenges ahead. I look forward to working with and for you, and I also hope to be able to meet many of you personally in the not-too-distant future. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns.

Here is my contact information:

Phone: 713.799.7880

IHS Releases Recovery Act Funds for Indian Health Care

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that the Indian Health Service (IHS) will release $500 million allocated for improvements in Indian health in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

“These Recovery Act funds will provide critical assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native communities,” said IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux. “These funds will help improve health care, create jobs and make our native communities stronger.”

The Recovery Act funds are to be expended by the IHS as follows: $227 million for health facilities construction, $100 million for maintenance and improvements, $85 million for health information technology, $68 million for sanitation facilities construction, and $20 million for health equipment that will help improve health care in Indian Country.

For more information, see news release:

American Indian Health Care Substandard

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

According to the AP article that appeared in the Washington Post on June 14, 2009, the infant death rate of American Indians is 40 percent higher than the rate for whites.  American Indians are twice as likely to die from diabetes and 60 percent more likely to have a stroke.  In 1787, the United States government agreed to provide American Indians with free health care on reservations.  However, patients on many reservations often do not get the care they need until it is too late.  Many of them are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid but have not enrolled because they do not have access to computers.

PROMISES, PROMISES: Indian health care needs unmet
The Associated Press

12 Libraries Selected to Host “Harry Potter’s World” Exhibit

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health, announced that 12 libraries will host “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” for a four-week display period between September 2009 and November 2010 and present at least two public programs on the exhibition themes.  All showings of the exhibition and related programs will be free and open to the public.

Congratulations to University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas for being selected to host this exhibit in the South Central Region!

To see the rest of the selected libraries, go to:

My NCBI Enhancements

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

On May 29, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) added two enhanced features to My NCBI.  Users can now share their bibliographies and collections, and they can create custom filters. To share the bibliographies and collections, users will need to change the setting from  “Private” to “Public.” The custom filters are created under the Search Filters section.

See the NLM Technical Bulletin article, Share Your PubMed® Collection and Customize Filters with My NCBI, for detailed instructions.

June NIH News in Health Now Online

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

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

Breaks, Tears & Strains: Preventing Sports Injuries
You’ve heard about the many health benefits of exercising and playing sports. But these benefits can come at a price: sports injuries. You can prevent many sports injuries by taking some simple precautions.

Season of Ticks: Don’t Let Them Take a Bite Out of Your Summer
Every year thousands of adults, children and pets across the country are exposed to Lyme disease and other diseases carried by ticks. Simple precautions can help you avoid getting sick from these blood-feeding creatures.

Health Capsules:

  • Real and Imitation Acupuncture Both Ease Back Pain
  • Medicare Basics for Caregivers
  • Featured Web Site: Know Stroke

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.

Visit our Facebook wall to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or start a discussion about how you use the newsletter. We want to hear what you think! Also check out the new NIH Health & Science Gifts and send some to your Facebook friends.

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health.  We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics.  Just email us or call 301-435-7489 for more information.

National Institutes of Health
Office of the Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison

Free Technology Cookbooks from TechSoup

Monday, June 1st, 2009

TechSoup assists non-profit organizations in finding useful and affordable technology resources.  As part of their TechSoup for Libraries, they gathered tips and techniques from public librarians all over the country and compiled them into three helpful and FREE technology “Cookbooks.”

Planning for Success:
The most recent cookbook, Planning for Success covers innovative ideas and best practices for planning, building, and managing your library’s computer technology. The six sections are:

  • Planning and Decision Making
  • Communication and Partnerships
  • Buying and Deploying Technology
  • Maintaining and Sustaining Technology
  • Networking and Security
  • Innovation

Recipes for a Five Star Library:
This cookbook discusses using library technology to build community interest.  Topics include:

  • Wireless Networks
  • PC Reservation/Time Management Software
  • Print Management
  • Laptop Checkout Programs

Small and Rural Libraries:
Although this cookbook targets smaller libraries, it has some useful information that can be used by a library of any size.  The topics include:

  • Technology Planning
  • Computer Maintenance
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Technology Training Tips
  • Library Technology in the Future

All of the cookbooks are available for download in a PDF format.