In the Pacific Ocean near the equator and just west of the international dateline, there is a small country known as the Marshall Islands, which has a population of 53,000 inhabitants. Somewhat similarly, if you head to Springdale, Arkansas, located in the northwest corner of the state, you will find not only the Consulate of the Marshall Islands, but the largest community of Marshallese Americans in the continental U.S., with an estimated population between 6,000 and 14,000.
The Marshall Islands have become a place of despair and great poverty. It was the site of 67 nuclear tests that occurred over a 12-year period; in 1956, the Marshall Islands was called “the most contaminated place on Earth” by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
In 1986, after the war had ended, the Marshall Islands became their own fully sovereign nation, but also became a U.S. Associated State, receiving assistance from the U.S., and also allowing Marshallese to travel and work within the U.S. without a visa. Springdale, Arkansas became the best immigration option after the first Marshallese to arrive, John Moody, sent back word about jobs available at Tyson Foods, where the company is headquartered.
And while 1,000s of Marshallese traveled halfway across the world to to escape the poverty and health issues, they are still plagued by diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancer, some of which stem from the nuclear tests, but others that occurred after the fact; like how U.S. food aid to the Marshall Islands came in the form of processed items, which have contributed to the diabetes among the population as well as obesity.
Besides having a general distrust for health professionals, causing them not to seek medical treatment, many Marshallese also have no way to afford it, as the U.S. rescinded Medicaid and Medicare following the original 1986 agreement, leaving many without any form of health insurance.
But there is some hope for the Marshallese in Springdale, Arkansas. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library has begun a program to assist those displaced Marshallese, in part through funding by NNLM SCR. By teaching classes to Marshallese health workers and raising awareness for the health literacy information available, UAMS hopes to be able to eventually improve the overall health of the Marshallese of Northwest Arkansas. It will just take time.
The All of Us Research Program is a large part of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) from the NIH. While many of the research and engagement grants have already been awarded, a new funding opportunity have been opened for community groups to assist with outreach efforts. This opportunity allows nonprofits, other community- and faith-based organizations, minority-serving institutions and school districts, and local governments to apply for funding to create community engagement activities and provide feedback to the research program about community needs and perspectives.
This grassroots engagement could make a huge difference in recruiting populations that have traditionally been excluded from biomedical research. Additionally, priority will be given to applications that reach into geographic target areas. The geographic priority areas include our entire SCR region. Priority 1 geographic areas include Houston, TX; Louisiana; and New Mexico. Priority 2 geographic areas include Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Applications are due on March 24, 2017.
A heart means more than just love this February—this month, the United States recognizes American Heart Month, shedding light on heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.; heart disease affects 1 in 4 Americans, and 1 in 3 American women.
The New Mexico Department of Health is just one organization that hopes it can raise awareness for the disease and the risks associated with it. In New Mexico, 4,000 people die annually from heart disease or stroke.
What’s important to know about heart disease is that it can be prevented. Well-known risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, low physical activity, a poor diet, and obesity, among others. Additionally, heart disease risk increases with age, specifically if you’re over the age of 45, or if you have a family history of it.
Shari Clifton, Outreach Librarian at the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been awarded the 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.
Shari has extensive experience providing outreach programming throughout Oklahoma and was instrumental in developing an outreach program that has helped public libraries increase their ability to locate and search for authoritative health information. In partnership with other OUHSC librarians, Shari developed the Health Information Specialists Program. This program provided training to Metropolitan Library System (MLS) staff which allowed participants to obtain extensive training in consumer health resources and ultimately obtain a Level I Consumer Health Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association.
This prestigious award was established in the early 1990s in honor of Dr. DeBakey, to recognize outstanding service and contributions to rural and underserved communities by a practicing health sciences librarian. The award is presented annually by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine.
Congratulations to Shari for providing exceptional health information programming!
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Myriam Martinez-Banuelos, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, has been instrumental in helping establish the new office in Fort Worth. Prior to transferring to the RML, she served as the Outreach Librarian for the UNT Health Science Center and has been developing outreach programming and services within the designated Lewis Library 24 county outreach region.
In this role, Myriam coordinated Lewis Library’s NN/LM Resource Library Outreach subcontract award and was able to develop new partnerships that allowed Lewis Library to extend its programming to reach Hispanic communities. Some examples of successful partnerships are: Fort Worth Public Library, Haltom City Public Library, Hispanic Wellness Coalition, and Northside Inter-Community Agency.
Myriam was able to establish a new partnership with Dia de la Mujer Latina, a community based organization that primarily serves Hispanics, for the first time to reach community health workers and provided training sessions in Spanish for this audience. She also has developed programs focused on health topics for children and their parents at the Fort Worth Library.
Myriam has provided instruction services to consumers, English learners, community health workers, nurses, English as a second language instructors, public librarians, public library staff members, academic librarians, seniors, teenage parents, and high school students.
Myriam has also been teaching adult education classes since 2012. She was a volunteer ESL instructor at the Fort Worth Public Library for almost two years where she started exploring strategies to integrate health literacy into ESL instruction. She was also a volunteer instructor and assisted in developing an ESL program for Facilities Management Employees at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Her outreach efforts have also been extended to international audiences. Myriam has provided online instructional sessions for library students in Costa Rica and medical librarians in Colombia. She recently coordinated a professional exchange program funded by NN/LM SCR where Lewis Library was able to host a medical librarian from Mexico during the MLA/SCC Annual Meeting.
Myriam is a past recipient of the NN/LM SCR Library Student Outreach Award and was selected for the 2016 Emerging Leader Class by the American Library Association. Myriam received her Consumer Health Information Specialization, Level II, from the Medical Library Association in 2015.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.
Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:
Resource development and dissemination; and/or
Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:
Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center Library, Fort Worth, Texas
NN/LM South Central Region
Three (3) Position Announcements: Health Professions Coordinator, Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Research Administrator
The Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library of the University of North Texas Health Science Center invites applications for a Health Professions Coordinator, an Emerging Technologies Coordinator and a Research Administrator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR).
The Gibson D. Lewis Library at the University of North Texas Health Science Center will host the NN/LM SCR which serves as the Regional Medical Library (RML) for Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is to provide U.S. health professionals and consumers with equal access to biomedical and health information resources.
Both Coordinators will develop outreach and educational programming throughout the region in support of the mission of the NN/LM. Coordinators will also assist community partners in identifying and applying for NN/LM funding opportunities.
The Research Administrator will provide fiscal, business, and program records management and maintain accurate agreement procedures and obligations for the NN/LM SCR. This position will also serve as the liaison to program sub-awardees and the UNTHSC Office of Grants and Contract Management.
All positions report to the NN/LM SCR Executive Director and are funded via a five year National Library of Medicine (NLM) cooperative agreement. Positions are full time, benefits-eligible. Coordinator positions require a willingness to travel and a valid driver’s license.
Application Procedure: To view the complete job descriptions and to apply, visit the University of North Texas Health Science Center website athttps://www.unthscjobs.com
The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit – and takes actions to prevent – discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.
The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.
Lisa Smith, MLS
Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library
University of North Texas Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107 firstname.lastname@example.org
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By: Jovonni Spinner, M.P.H., C.H.E.S. Public Health Advisor in FDA’s Office of Minority Health
Every February, Black History Month is celebrated as a time to reflect, celebrate, and honor the contributions of African-Americans to our society. Achieving and maintaining good health is a long-standing issue for this group, many of whom may experience worse health outcomes in critical areas like heart disease and diabetes. By focusing on the positive and providing consumers with health education materials to support healthy behavior changes the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health www.fda.gov/minorityhealth have made progress in eradicating the health equity gap, and the gap has narrowed over time, but there is still significant room for improvement. Here are few things that the Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/ (FDA) and the Office of Minority Health www.fda.gov/minorityhealth (OMH) have done over the past year to reduce health disparities. More than 29.2 million blacks/African-Americans are on social media — and we want to meet consumers where they are. FDA and OMH are using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms and electronic communications (e.g. our newsletter and e-blasts) to educate African- Americans on issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and sickle cell disease among others, and also provide tangible solutions to help manage these chronic conditions. For example, to mark American Heart Month in February, we developed a social media toolkit to help our stakeholders engage with their members and partnered with the Association of Black Cardiologists to spearhead an http://www.abcardio.org/articles/lovemyheart.html #ILoveMyHeart social media campaign. The FDA and OMHhave cultivated relationships with a core set of partners to better understand their health needs, aligned our priorities to meet those needs, and worked together to leverage each other’s resources for the common good. By doing so, the FDA and OMH have increased the stakeholder’s capacity to communicate with the agency on regulatory issues. For example, multicultural stakeholders are now better able to make their voice heard in FDA-sponsored public meetings and on open dockets. In regards, to Minority Health Research FDA and OMH has worked with academia to fund African-American-based research projects (e.g. HIV/AIDs and triple negative breast cancer) and research fellows working on topics like genomics and digital communications. This allows us to increase the knowledge base on these issues and ensure a diverse workforce is in place to solve these complex health problems. FDA and OMH’s Minority Health education Resources , offer infographics and fact sheets, tailored to African Americans. The FDA website has valuable information on sickle cell disease and lupus, both of which affect African Americans more than any other racial/ethnic group. FDA and OMH are working to continue to work toward increasing clinical trial diversity, to ensure that medical products are safe and effective for everyone!
President Obama has said, “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” OMH will continue walking down the path to improving health equity and we want you to join us, because this work cannot be done alone.
The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (http://fnlm.org/) seek your nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award (Nomination form).
Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these.
Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
The official nomination form (see attached)
A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than 5 pages please
A current resume or curriculum vitae
Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
All nominations must be received by May 1, 2016 via mail, fax, or email (details below):
Friends of the National Library of Medicine
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814
October 31 was the end of our second fiscal quarter. We are now halfway through the 2015-2016 contract year! Our wonderful New Mexico Resource Library, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center has had a productive outreach year thus far. Just a few of UNM’s outreach activities so far this year include:
UNM librarians presented the NN/LM SCR funded project and presentation “Good Information for Good Health: A Collaboration to Educate Unaffiliated Community Health Care Practioners about Patient Information Resources through Online Continuing Education,” at MLA ’15 Librarians Without Limits, May 18, 2015, Austin, TX. Patricia V. Bradley, AHIP, Gale G. Hannigan, AHIP, Eliot Knight, and William F. Rayburn.
UNM Outreach Contact Patricia Bradley participates in several regularly scheduled meetings including the Tribal Health Connections-Trusted Information for Native Communities conference call, UNM Hospital’s Health Literacy Task Force, and the Health Science Center Native American Alliance for Community Health and Wellness Group whose mission is “Working together with Southwest Native American Communities and the UNM to create policy in the areas of health care, research, and education to improve health while protecting and respecting traditional values and indigenous wisdom.”
UNM has a state-wide service mission and HSLIC maintains a Distance Services webpage that describes the services provided to the state of New Mexico.