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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

Updated Disaster Information Specialization Online CE’s Now Available

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Do you have some down time as 2016 comes to a close? Or maybe you made a resolution way back in January that you would learn something new this year?  We have a suggestion for how to end 2016 with a flourish!

The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA.

The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.

This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.

This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

Two additional courses are available online, at no cost, from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute:

This course introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies; establishes common processes for planning and managing resources; and allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.

Finish 2016 feeling prepared for the new and exciting challenges that 2017 will bring! Learn more at the NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center Training Course and Resources Page.

SCR CONNECTions Webinar: Simple, Free, and Painless: Community Engagement at Your Library – December 14, 2016

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Title: Simple, Free, and Painless: Community Engagement at Your Library

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Peters

Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Time: 12 PM ET/11 AM CT/10:00 AM MT

Description: Community engagement is easier than you think, and its benefits can be extraordinary. In this hands-on session we’ll explore why community engagement can make a difference to your library, and discuss simple steps to get you started. You’ll leave the session with 40+ plus ideas for community engagement, and a customized plan for your library and your community.

Speaker Bio: Jennifer Peters is the Community Engagement Administrator at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. She has worked as an archivist, a nonprofit executive, fundraiser, and currently oversees statewide programs to encourage libraries to build partnerships and engage with their community.

This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

  1. To join the meeting:
    Go to: https://nih.webex.com
  2. Enter the session number: 620 309 599 and password: webinar
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
  4. You may have to download and install a web add-on or run a temporary application depending on the browser you use.
  5. Select your audio connection preference:
    1. Call in – Call: 1-877-668-4493 (US/Canada Toll-free)
      1. Enter this access code: 620 309 599 #
      2. Enter the participant code given to you in the application and press #
    2. Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection.
  6. If you are using a mobile device, your event password is: webinar

To view live captioning, open http://livewrite-ncc.appspot.com/attend?event=citwebex in a separate browser window.

For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

For more information about this webinar, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html

 

NIH Tribal Health Research Office: Native American Digital Storytelling Competition

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) is pleased to announce a digital storytelling Challenge, or competition, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The Challenge, entitled Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities is to develop a brief (five minutes or less) digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2017.

The first place winner will receive $4,000; second place will receive $3,000; third place will receive $2,000; and two honorable mentions will each receive $500.  Awards will be announced the week of March 6th, 2017. The first place winner will also be invited to an upcoming meeting of the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee.  Travel will be reimbursed for those invitees.

The submission is a video that describes: 1) how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 2) how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Submissions are limited to a video that may not exceed five minutes.  Winning entries may be posted on the NIH web site.  Submissions must be substantially free of scientific jargon and understandable by viewers without scientific/technical backgrounds.

For more details on the specific requirements of submissions, please go to the announcement of the challenge on the THRO website. If you have any questions, please do reach out to us at NIHTribalCommittee@od.nih.gov or 301-402-9852.

National Health Observances – December 2016

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of December. By supporting National Health Observances, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.

Contact the sponsoring organization to request outreach materials and information.

NIH Featured Toolkit: World AIDS Day

Source: 2016 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

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