Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Oct. 31 was the end of Quarter 2. We are now halfway through the 2015-2016 contract year! Our seven amazing Texas resource libraries have had a productive outreach year thus far. Highlights include:
- The Texas Medical Center Library: Exhibited at a trauma conference and taught the Healthy Aging at Your Library class at a Houston Public Library location.
- Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library: Developed a tutorial during the previous contract year (2014-2015) called PubMed for Veterinarians. This year they have been promoting it and evaluating feedback on it. They have also attended the American Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting and other veterinary conferences across the country in order to promote it.
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences: Demonstrated National of Library (NLM) resources to high school students and public library staff and exhibited at a caregivers’ conference. Also presented at a Texas Library Association district meeting.
- University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Gibson D. Lewis Library: Has been successfully reaching out to senior citizens, rural communities, Hispanics, community health workers, and osteopathic physicians by exhibiting and conducting demonstrations on NLM resources.
- Dolph Briscoe Library, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Met with community advisors, staffed several exhibits at health fairs and professional conferences, and presented to school nurses and Girl Scout troops.
- University of Texas Medical Branch Moody Medical Library: Taught the class From Snake Oil to Penicillin, MedlinePlus and PubMed classes at their outreach events and have also exhibited at a pediatrics conference. They also distribute copies of the MedlinePlus magazine to hundreds of area health clinics.
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library: Targeted four populations for health information literacy outreach: public librarians, community based organizations, Latinos/African Americans, and nurses in the Dallas area. Taught the class “Healthy Living” and exhibited at various health fairs and festivals.
The NN/LM SCR relies on its outreach contacts to be the face of the NLM in the community. We are gratified to see all the valuable work they do. Thanks, y’all!
Monday, September 28th, 2015
NN/LM SCR Coordinators Michele Woods and Marcus Spann are exhibiting at the American Health Information Management Association annual convention this week in New Orleans, LA, along with Tulane University Rudolph Matas Library for the Health Sciences Public Health Librarian Elaine Hicks.
AHIMA is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Serving 52 affiliated component state associations and more than 101,000 health information professionals, it is recognized as the leading source of “HIM knowledge,” a respected authority for rigorous professional education and training.
Left to right: Michele Woods, Elaine Hicks and Marcus Spann
Thursday, August 13th, 2015
This week from Aug. 11-12 we hosted our indispensable and hardworking Resource Library outreach contacts for our annual meeting. This year we held the meeting at our own Regional Medical Library, The Texas Medical Center Library. As always, we treated them to dinner the night before at a great local restaurant.
Agenda items for the meeting included: NLM and NN/LM updates; reporting guidelines w/Q&A; and everyone had an opportunity to share what they’ve been working on during the past year.
Of course, we have more pictures from the dinner/meeting on our Facebook page to share too!
We hope to meet with many of them again in October at SCC/MLA. The date/time for that meeting is scheduled for Sat. Oct. 3, 8am-10am.
Friday, March 13th, 2015
In continuing our work in reaching out to the K-12 community (also see February’s School Library Committee meeting and our upcoming NLM Online Exhibition Program webinar), our office will be exhibiting at next week’s ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show in Houston, TX from March 21-23.
Founded in 1943, ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. It comprises 125,000 members, mostly superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 138 countries.
This will be a significant avenue for us to promote the extensive K-12 resources from the NLM, most of which can be found on NLM’s SIS K-12 webpage.
Sunday, March 1st, 2015
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.
- 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.
- Nominations 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.
- Nomination must be made in writing and include the following information:
- Official nomination form (http://fnlm.org/pdfs/2015DeBakeyAwardNominationForm.pdf)
- Five page description of the nominee’s achievements
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- Additional information (no more than 5 pages double-spaced) that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient
- Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
- Nominations must be received by June 1, and can be submitted via mail, email or fax:
Friends of the National Library of Medicine
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
The December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research is now available:
Feeling Stressed? Stress Relief Might Help Your Health
f you’re feeling stressed out over supposedly fun things—like holiday gatherings or vacations—it might be time to reassess. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress may help your health.
When Your Back Hurts: Don’t Let Back Pain Knock You Flat
Your back is a complicated structure, and a lot can go wrong with it. Protect your back by learning about the causes, treatment, and prevention of back pain.
Detecting Rare Disease-Producing Glitches
A Priceless Gift: Your Family Health History
Featured Website: Go4Health
Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!
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 for more information.
Monday, November 3rd, 2014
Now that Halloween is past and we have turned the page to November, the next Open Enrollment Period for the Health Insurance Marketplace is just around the corner!
Open Enrollment at HealthCare.gov begins on November 15th, and concludes on February 15, 2015. Although the Open Enrollment Period targets consumers yet not enrolled in a health insurance plan, individuals who currently have coverage through the Marketplace will want to review their plan and decide whether to make changes during the Open Enrollment Period as well. The “5 Steps to Staying Covered through the Marketplace” has been created to help consumers better understand the renewal process. In brief, the steps are:
From Coverage to Care (C2C) is another initiative from CMS designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to the primary care and preventive services that are right for them. C2C resources are available to download and print in English and Spanish. Other resources include consumer tools and an 11-part video series.
Other Marketplace updates have already and will continue to take place as the date for the Open Enrollment Period gets closer. Several changes to the HealthCare.gov website and application process have been made which are designed to make the process simpler, faster, and more intuitive. You can visit the site today to begin to see these changes.
The NN/LM SCR is working to continue to provide information for our Network members on the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace. The ACA Resources page on the website has been recently updated to include these and other resources.
Upcoming webinar: The NN/LM SCR office will be hosting a special webinar on November 18, 2014 presented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Region VI Office on the topic of Preparing for Open Enrollment. Please watch our listserv and other sources for specifics on this webinar.
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) was a national collaborative partnership whose principal focus was to create and make available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees.
Earlier this month, the National Library of Medicine (Specialized Information Services Division) broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach. This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences. HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations.
Currently, there is not a great deal of change between the “old” RHIN and the “new” HealthReach; over the next several months new resources will be added. This was intentional in order to help provide continuity of service throughout the transition. Please use the new Twitter handle @NLM_HealthReach and the new URL http://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov . Over the next several months the site will transition from the .org to the .gov site. Feedback is welcome through the “Contact Us” link on the website.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Yesterday, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs are http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol
Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets. Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.
The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:
• Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español
• Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites
• Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages
• Updated look and feel with a refreshed design
This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively. Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.
In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov) when using any device.
Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol. Send us your feedback and comments about the new site via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.
Friday, October 17th, 2014
I am pleased to announce that Cheryl Rowan, the NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator, recently received the 2014 Librarian of the Year Award by the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA). This award recognizes a mid-career librarian for outstanding contributions in health sciences librarianship. Cheryl’s first encounter with the NN/LM SCR occurred in October 2008 when she was a recipient of the Library Student Outreach Award. In June of 2009, she joined the NN/LM SCR office as the Public Health Coordinator. In that position, she taught numerous classes on health literacy, statistics and outreach to minority and underserved populations. It was due to these and other accomplishments that she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. She conducted presentations at national and regional conferences including the Arkansas Health Literacy Partnership Conference, Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit, Eight National Conference on Quality Health Care for Diverse Populations, Texas Library Association and American Library Association.
In December of 2012, she moved into the Consumer Health Coordinator position where she has taken a lead role in the dissemination of information on the Affordable Care Act. She has provided training on this topic to numerous library associations throughout the South Central Region. During Cheryl’s tenure, she has created numerous classes including: Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources, From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations, and Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as Easy as 1,2,3.
As the Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR, I want to publicly thank Cheryl for her contributions to the NN/LM SCR program and her impact on librarians, health professionals and consumers throughout the country. This honor is well deserved. I look forward to continuing to work with Cheryl in the future.