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Call for Quotations: HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2016

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

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.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

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Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488 Bethesda, MD 20892-5488
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HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative – Participation Deadline May 02, 2016

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative



All hospitals and medical facilities in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic (MAR) and Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) regions are welcome to participate in a technology-sharing, cost-cutting consortium organized by the non-profit Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI).

The consortium, in its 14th year, offers more than 500 resources from 13 highly-regarded academic publishers, at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through negotiations and leveraging group purchasing power.  The region encompasses 14 states; Washington D.C.; Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and represents more than 26% of the nation’s hospitals and medical facilities.

More than 125 medical librarians regularly participate in the HSLANJ GLI and most agree that the biggest benefits are cost-savings and high-quality electronic resources. “Being a medical librarian is more challenging than ever because in healthcare or hospital systems today, everyone needs mobile information,” according to Lisa Block, medical librarian, Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia. 2015 was her first year participating with the HSLANJ GLI. “The biggest convenience of the consortium is you can get more for your money—there’s a big discount on resources.”

To receive a copy of the Spring 2016 Offer, please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or Current participation is open through May 2, 2016.

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.  To learn more, visit

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C, University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System, as well as Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C, University of Maryland Baltimore.

Beyond the SEA Webinar – Moving Beyond Hospital Walls: University of Maryland Medical Center Community Health Improvement Initiatives – April 20, 2016 – Recording Now Available

Friday, March 11th, 2016


Date: Wednesday: April 20, 2016 12 PM ET

Presenters: Asunta Henry, BS, EMT-B and Anne D. Williams, DNP, RN

Contact: For additional information or questions regarding this webinar, please contact Nancy Patterson at

Summary: Anne Williams will discuss the various outreach projects that the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Community Health Improvement Team is currently working on.  The goal of UMMC initiatives is to promote health and wellness outside hospital walls to improve the quality of life of all neighbors.  UMMC provides health services to the underserved, including health education programs and screenings. Programs include the Diabetes Prevention Program, the Maryland Healthy Men Hypertension Program, the Violence Intervention Program, as well as a workforce development initiative. One of UMMC’s most recent initiatives uses evidence-based research coupled with community partnerships; the Maryland Healthy Men Program was launched by UMMC in January 2015 to identify 440 African American men with hypertension over a 21 month period.  Underwritten by a grant from the Baltimore City Health Department as part of their Cardiovascular Initiative, the program’s primary objectives are to reduce the prevalence of hypertension in the participants and educate the men utilizing innovative and engaging activities and empower them to take control of their hypertension.

Presenter Bios:

Asunta Henry, BS, EMT-B is the Community Health Advocate for the University of Maryland Medical Center. She received her Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree from Stevenson University and is slated to graduate this year with her Masters in Healthcare Management. As a former EMT-B, she cared for individuals once they became ill.  Now in her current role, Asunta aims to educate and empower residents within Baltimore City to take control of their health proactively. She is committed to helping each individual whom she encounters by providing health education, referrals, and programs. Asunta manages the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Maryland Healthy Men program which is aimed towards helping African American men in the community control their blood pressure.

Anne Williams, DNP, RN is the Director of Community Health Improvement for the University of Maryland Medical System where she leads the community health improvement agendas for three UMMS hospitals (University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, and the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute).  With her interdisciplinary team, this work includes leading health promotion initiatives for strategic community priorities, like cardiovascular disease prevention and diabetes prevention.  In addition, she oversees the triennial community health needs assessment process, and annual community benefits reporting which fulfill State and Federal regulatory requirements.  Her research has focused on health literacy, obesity prevention, and innovative uses of media for health promotion.  She is also a Faculty Associate at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL:
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection:

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CANCELLED: SEAside Webinar – Culturally Competent Care For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Gender- Queer People: Research, Resources, and Practice Guidance

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen medical emergency, the guest presenter is unable to speak on this topic. We will reschedule this webinar for a later date.  Thank you for your patience.


Date/Time: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 3 PM ET

Presenter: Amy Wilson-Stronks, MPP, CPHQ

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen at This webinar is co-sponsored by the LGBT SIG of the Medical Library Association.

Summary: Quality health care requires that care be delivered timely, safely, effectively, efficiently, equitably and in a patient-centered manner. However, there is strong evidence that people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender-queer (LGBTQ) and people who are affected by differences in sexual development (DSD) experience disparities in care. What can health care organizations, clinicians, and the healthcare team do to better understand the needs of sexual and gender minorities so that care can be improved? What resources are available?

This webinar will present an overview of the LGBTQ and DSD population groups and their specific healthcare needs, challenges, and opportunities.  The primary focus will be to share resources that should be available in every medical library to support quality care for LGBTQ and DSD people. Additionally, the webinar will be an opportunity for participants to share thoughts and experiences and ask questions about how they can support access to existing practice guidance and guidelines for the healthcare team and patients.

Presenter Bio: Amy Wilson-Stronks, MPP, CPHQ is an experienced quality improvement professional, health services researcher, and health policy analyst who advocates for improvements in patient safety and advances in equitable care for vulnerable populations. She is the Principal and Founder of a boutique healthcare firm and spends her professional time “working collaboratively and acting collectively to improve healthcare by putting patients in patient safety.” 

Amy served on advisory panels of the Office of Minority Health, The National Medical Association, The Hastings Center, The Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index, The Joint Commission, and the Association of Professional Chaplains. She served on the Boards of the GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare, and was a founding board member of the ALS Association’s Greater Chicago Chapter. She currently serves on The Advisory Board of NCIHC, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, and The Advisory Board of PULSE NY. Amy was the Project Director for Health Disparities at The Joint Commission and served as the principal investigator of several pivotal studies including The Hospitals, Language, and Culture: A Snapshot of the Nation (HLC) study.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL:
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection:

Get a quick overview:

Request for Nominations: The 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine are seeking nominations for the 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award, for outstanding outreach librarians serving rural or underserved populations, was established in the early 1990s to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. (1908 – 2008). A world-renowned American cardiac surgeon, innovator, medical educator, and international medical statesman, Dr. DeBakey worked tirelessly in numerous capacities to improve national and international standards of health care. We are honored to present the Award to a practicing health sciences librarian who works in the tradition of the incredible advances and medical innovations of Dr. DeBakey to provide valuable health information to underserved and rural populations. The recipient of the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award is publicly recognized at the FNLM Annual Awards Dinner in 2016 in Washington, DC.


  • 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 (E-mail below for the application form.)
    • 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):

Mail: Friends of the National Library of Medicine; 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500; Bethesda, MD 20814

Email:, Fax: 301-657-1296

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

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