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National Health Observances – June 2016

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of April. 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.

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.

Seeking information about Network participation with Remote Area Medical (RAM)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Remote Area Medical (RAM) is a non-profit, volunteer medical corps that provides free health care (including dental and eye care) in remote areas of the United States. The organization, based in Knoxville, TN, was founded by Stan Brock in 1985.

If your library/organization has participated in or if you know of a library that has participated in RAM activities, please drop a line to Dale Prince, Executive Director of the NN/LM SE/A at

Community Health Maps Workshop at the National Library of Medicine

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Space is available to attend the upcoming Community Health Maps Workshop

Dates: June 7-8, 2016

Location: National Library of Medicine, Lister Hill Auditorium, Bethesda, Maryland.

Sponsors: The National Library of Medicine and Health-Equity.Org are co-sponsoring the first Community Health Maps workshop.

Summary: The availability of affordable Geographical Information System (GIS) platforms, data collection and visualization applications and mapping tools is relatively recent. Historically, the cost to procure platforms and applications, to train users, and to sustain operations has been prohibitive for communities and community-based organizations whose health budgets are already strained. Join us to hear experiences using the Community Health Maps workflow and learn how access to quality health information and the ability to visualize that data – to better understand and portray their significance to the community – can support efforts to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.

The workshop will bring together federal/state/local government representatives, related Associations, members of academia, community health professionals, community activists, information specialists, and information technologists from across the country to share and discuss new ideas and methodologies for empowering community organizations serving vulnerable or underserved populations with low cost, intuitive mapping technology.

The agenda for this workshop is available at

You must RSVP to attend. Please contact Colette Hochstein, D.M.D., MLS at 301-496-6590 or e-mail to reserve your seat in this workshop. You will need to provide your contact info, including title, position, e-mail, phone, institution, etc. Any updates that occur including documents to download the tools needed for the sessions will be provided prior to the workshop.

Funding Opportunity Announcement: BD2K Open Educational Resources for Skills Development in Biomedical Big Data Science

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge initiative (BD2K) announces the release of a new RFA for training in biomedical big data science:

  • RFA-HG-16-006: BD2K Open Educational Resources for Skills Development in Biomedical Big Data Science (R25)

The purpose of this RFA is to support the development of develop open educational resources (OERs) that adhere to FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) principles and that enable learners to gain the knowledge and skills needed to extract knowledge from biomedical Big Data.

This new RFA for T32 training programs complements the three RFAs released earlier this month:

  • RFA-LM-16-002: BD2K Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Big Data Science (T32)
  • RFA-ES-16-002: BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science (K01)
  • RFA-ES-16-003: BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science for Intramural Investigators (K22)

These RFAs aim to train more researchers who will new Big Data technologies, methods, and tools.  Training is expected across three major scientific areas: (1) computer science or informatics, (2) statistics and mathematics, and (3) biomedical science; in addition, the awardee/trainee acquire depth in areas of specialty necessary for developing new methods, technologies, or tools.

The receipt deadline for applications vary between late July and early August.  Please see the FOAs for this and other details.

May is Asthma Awareness Month: Resources on Asthma, Allergies, and Air Pollution from NLM

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

For May 2016 National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, learn about the wide variety of asthma and allergy-related resources from National Library of Medicine, including educational and environmental health resources from the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS):

  • The Basics: Learn the basics on MedLinePlus, with summaries and links to research and resources on asthma, allergies, and air pollution.
  • Educational Resources: Children and teens can learn about chemicals and other substances that may trigger asthma from indoor and outdoor air at Tox Town.  The Environmental Health Student Portal explains the dangers of air pollution, a major trigger of asthma.
  • Environmental Health Resources: Explore lists of trusted resources related to leading causes of asthma, including indoor air quality, outdoor air quality, and smoking. Use the Haz-Map database to check which jobs may increase the risk of asthma symptoms.

Resources for Special Populations: Check American Indian Health for information on lung diseases, like asthma, which may affect Native Americans. Use HealthReach to find clear and concise health information handouts in multiple languages on the topic of asthma.

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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