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Pilot Project: Join our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Facebook Group

Friday, March 10th, 2017

The NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) is piloting a new Consumer Health Information Specialists Facebook group and you’re invited to join!

If you’re a member of the Southeastern/Atlantic region with a passion in Consumer Health Information, this group is for you. You’ll be able to connect with like-minded health information professionals.

Working on your Medical Library Association (MLA) Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS)?

Great news! If you’re currently taking classes to earn MLA CHIS Level 1 or 2, the NNLM SEA has an offer exclusively for its members. Join our new Facebook group and we’ll pay the CHIS application fee.

  • You must be a member of the NNLM SEA Region.
  • Complete the courses needed to earn either MLA CHIS Level 1 or Level II.
  • Download and complete the form available from the MLA CHIS website.
  • Send your completed application to SEACHISsubmission@hshsl.umaryland.edu.
  • NNLM SEA will submit your application to MLA and take care of your application fee. ($55 for members and $75 for non-members.)

The offer will apply whether or not you are a member of MLA or not.

Already have MLA CHIS Level 1 or 2?

  • We encourage you to join our new Facebook Group!
  • Your insights and contributions to Consumer Health are greatly appreciated as members share, interact and encourage each other.

Terri Ottosen and Nancy Patterson, Outreach and Education Coordinators, will facilitate and administer the group on Facebook and will add people that request to join, provided you are earning or have earned your CHIS certification.

We’re excited about our new Facebook group and hope you’ll join and make it a great way to connect with others in the Region who are interested in consumer health and share information and share items of interest with the group. We envision the group page as a place to comment on and “like” posts, discuss issues with providing consumer health services, coordinate with others, and collaborate to share projects and ideas.

This pilot project is an experiment, so we will seek your feedback to improve and modify the project as we go along. We hope this group will serve as a “meeting place” for those interested in and passionate about consumer health. We also hope this project allows for better sharing and collaboration throughout the Region, as well as to promote partnerships and comradery amongst those in the group.

Learn more about the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization

For questions, please contact Terri Ottosen or Nancy Patterson.

Pilot Project: Join our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Facebook Group and your CHIS Fee is on Us!

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Are you currently taking classes to earn your CHIS from the Medical Library Association? Are you passionate about consumer health? Would you like to connect with like-minded health information professionals?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), has an offer exclusively for members of the SEA Region that we hope you can’t resist:

Join our brand new NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region Consumer Health Information Specialists Facebook group and we’ll pay the CHIS application fee for those within the Southeastern/Atlantic Region. You’re eligible once you’ve completed the courses needed to earn either the Level I or Level II Consumer Health Information Specialization and the offer applies whether or not you are a member of the Medical Library Association. The application fee is $55 for members and $75 for non-members.

We’re excited about our new Facebook group and hope you’ll join in to make it a great way to connect with others in the Region who are interested in consumer health and share information and items of interest with the group. The group will revolve around communication, sharing and interaction and we encourage everyone to chime in about how best to use it in serving the needs of the SEA Region.

If you’ve already earned your CHIS, you are welcome to join this group as well. Terri Ottosen and Nancy Patterson, Outreach and Education Coordinators, will be facilitating and administering the group on Facebook and will add people requesting to join, provided you are earning or have earned your CHIS certification. We envision the group page as a place to comment on and “like” posts, discuss issues surrounding providing consumer health services, coordinate with others, and collaborate to share projects and ideas.

This pilot project is an experiment, so we will seek your feedback to improve and modify the project as we go along. We hope this group will serve as a “meeting place” for those interested in and passionate about consumer health. We also hope this project allows for better sharing and collaboration throughout the Region, as well as to promote partnerships and comradery amongst those in the group.

For more information on the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization, please visit: <http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=329>

For questions, please contact Terri Ottosen (tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu) or Nancy Patterson (npatters@hshsl.umaryland.edu)

Webinar – Health Disparities: You know there’s a need, now prove it

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Health Disparities: You know there’s a need, now prove it! (Boost Box) – Sponsored by MAR / February 24, 2017 noon -1 pm ET. Most of us can see with our own eyes that inequity exists, including in health access and outcomes. How do we prove it to policy makers, grant funders and other decision makers? Are there model interventions that we can replicate? This entry-level presentation will explore online sources of reliable health statistics, research and evidence-based community interventions. The emphasis of this presentation will be on free information resources and may be of particular interest to community-based organizations, public health workers, public library staff and others who do not have access to academic library resources. Details and registration

Stay Healthy This Winter: Flu Shot Resources from NLM

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

The flu, also called influenza, is a potentially serious respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses, and getting the flu vaccination every year is the best way to lower your chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others.  National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016 is December 4-10, and the National Library of Medicine offers helpful information and reliable links about the flu shot for many different populations:

  • The General Public: Find a short summary of how the flu shot works, who should get the flu shot, and the latest news and resources about the shot on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on influenza and the flu vaccination in a dozen or more languages on HealthReach.  Information about the flu shot is also available in over 20 languages on MedlinePlus.
  • Native American Communities: The American Indian Health portal offers links to statistics, information for researchers/health professionals/educators, and general information on the flu, targeted towards Native American communities.
  • Older Adults: On NIH Senior Health, older adults can learn about recommended immunizations for anyone older than 50, including the influenza vaccination.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS: Access links about recommended vaccinations for individuals living with HIV/AIDS on AIDSource, including information about the flu shot.

MedlinePlus Flu Shot

2017 CHIS Moodle Class Schedule

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The NN/LM SE/A is happy to announce the 2017 consumer health Moodle classes for 2017. These classes count towards Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) and are free and open to anyone regardless of NN/LM region.

  • January 9 – February 6 – From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health on the Internet
  • February 6 – March 13 – Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
  • March 13 – April 17 – ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers
  • April 17 – May 15 – Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials
  • May 15 – June 12 – The Canny Consumer: Resources for Consumer Health Decision-Making
  • June 12 – July 31 – Health & Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services
  • July 31 – August 28 – Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web
  • August 28 – October 2 – Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • October 2 – October 30 – Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans
  • October 30 – November 27 – Grants and Proposal Writing

In addition to these 11 CHIS Moodle classes, two classes, Keeping Up with PubMed and Making PubMed Work for You, will be “on-demand” via Moodle in the new year. You will be able to take these year-round and at your own pace. Modifications were made to these existing classes to eliminate interactions with fellow students and instead, you’ll interact directly with the class facilitator, Terri Ottosen, Outreach and Education Coordinator, to get feedback on your assignments. The classes employ videos and other materials to help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and is intended to help supplement other instruction on PubMed offered through the National Training Office (NTO) and NN/LM Regions. Here is a description of each of these classes:

Making PubMed Work for You – This class will help to improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s free, public interface to the MEDLINE database of biomedical journal literature citations. Look for Automatic Term Mapping, Managing Search Results, the Details box and applying filters in Week 1.  Searching with MeSH will be covered in week 2. In week 3, we will look at My NCBI and the Topical Queries.

Keeping Up with PubMed – This intermediate level class will help to improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s free, public interface to the MEDLINE database of biomedical journal literature citations. This course builds on the first PubMed Moodle course: Making PubMed Work for You.  Topics we’ll cover include MeSH (Module 1); subsets, filters, and My NCBI including applying Filters (Module 2);  email alerts of new citations, creating tables of contents alerts through the NLM Catalog (Module 3); and LinkOut plus two literature databases linked to PubMed (Module 4).

To see a description of the CHIS classes and/or register online, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/sea/training/chis.

For questions or comments, please contact Terri Ottosen, tottosen@hshsl.maryland.edu.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.