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Archive for April, 2012

Attributes of a Health Literate Organization

Monday, April 30th, 2012

A discussion paper from the Institute of Medicine outlines the 10 Photo of a doctor checking a chart with a patient in the backgroundattributes of a Health Literate Organization, an organization that makes it easier for people to navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their health. These attributes are guidelines for health care organizations that seek to ensure that everyone gets the greatest benefit possible from health care information and services. Health Literate Organizations are those that:

  • Have leadership that makes health literacy integral to its mission, structure, and operations
  • Integrate health literacy into planning, evaluation measures, patient safety, and quality improvement
  • Meet the needs of populations with a range of health literacy skills while avoiding stigmatization
  • Provide easy access to health information and services and navigation assistance


National Severe Storm Preparedness Week April 22-28, 2012

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week poster

Tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, thunderstorms — folks in the South Central Region are familiar with severe weather!

The first-ever National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is this week, April 22 – 28, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered together to raise awareness and save lives.

Last year during this week, storms raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes, claiming hundreds of lives and ranking as one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. As the nation marks the first anniversary of that historic outbreak, from April 22-28 people across the country are encouraged to “Be a Force of Nature” by knowing the risk, taking action and being an example.

As part of NOAA’s campaign to Build a Weather-Ready Nation, this week is all about what individuals can do to take a stand against severe weather. Being a force of nature means taking appropriate actions before, during and after extreme weather strikes by knowing your risk, having a plan, building a kit and staying informed. It also means being connected to family, friends and neighbors and inspiring them to act.

For more information on how you can participate this week  and increase both your and your community’s preparedness check out

Additional resources can be found at:

Follow NN/LM SCR Tweets From Texas Library Association Conference

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Logo for the Texas Library Association Conference 2012This week staff from the NN/LM SCR will be participating in the annual conference of the Texas Library Association (TLA) which will be taking place in Houston, Texas. The NN/LM SCR office is involved in several aspects of the conference this year. Tuesday through Friday the staff will be manning the National Library of Medicine (NLM) booth in the exhibit hall. Library school students and other medical librarians from the Houston area will also serve as volunteers and will be working in the booth throughout the exhibit. If you are attending the meeting, you can stop by booth #2006 to visit the staff, students, and volunteers as well as learn about the latest from the NLM. The booth will highlight NLM products and services. Live demos of NLM resources will be provided.

Consumer Health Coordinator Karen Vargas is active in TLA and will be facilitating a Library and Technology: An Unconference Tuesday morning.

On Thursday, April 19th Associate Director Michelle Malizia will present Responding and Recovering: Continuing Core Services with Disaster Strikes.

Other staff from the NN/LM SCR will be attending sessions and tweeting information they learn. Please follow the hashtag #SCRTLA to find out what the staff is learning at TLA. For all tweets from the conference follow the hashtag #TXLA12.

2012 County Health Rankings Released

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

County Health Rankings 2012 was released on April 3, 2012. The County Health Rankings measures the health of nearly all counties in the nation and ranks them within states. The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights.

This year’s edition includes the addition of the County Health Roadmaps to show what can be done to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is intended to help communities create solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities, focusing on specific factors that we know affect health, such as education and income.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to provide this program to cities, counties and states across the nation.

Visit the website and see how your county ranks:

PubMed Improvements

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

From the NLM Technical Bulletin:

A new FAQ, Article Versions and MEDLINE/PubMed Citations, is now available. A version is a subsequent publication of a previously published article that incorporates new data or findings using a publishing practice designed specifically for rapidly communicating scientific results.
Article Versions and MEDLINE/PubMed Citations FAQ. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Mar-Apr;(385):b11.

The PubMed Send to menu was updated to include a “Citation manager” selection.
Canese K. PubMed Results and Citation Manager Software. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Mar-Apr;(385):e5.

The PubMed Abstract display now includes a “Save items” portlet that will provide users with an easy way to add items of interest to a My NCBI collection. My NCBI users that are signed in may click the Favorite button, which will turn blue when selected, to add the citation to a new My NCBI collection, Favorites.
Canese K. PubMed and the My NCBI Favorites Collection Feature. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Mar-Apr;(385):e6.