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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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

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)

NLM Webinar series: “Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed”

Beginning February 21, 2017, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will present the three-part webinar series “Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed.”

This series of workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises, and we encourage students to follow along. Before registering for these classes, we strongly recommend that you:

*             Watch the first Insider’s Guide class “Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed”, or be familiar with the basic concepts of APIs and E-utilities.

*             Be familiar with structured XML data (basic syntax, elements, attributes, etc.)

*             Have access to a Unix command-line environment on your computer (for more information, see our Installing EDirect page: https://dataguide.nlm.nih.gov/edirect/install.html#unix-command-line-environment).

*             Install the EDirect software (for more information, see our Installing EDirect page: https://dataguide.nlm.nih.gov/edirect/install.html#edirect-installation).

Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 50 students per offering.

Registration is currently open for the February/March 2017 series:

  • Part 1: Getting PubMed Data: Tuesday, February 21, 1-2:30 PM ET
  • Part 2: Extracting Data from XML: Tuesday, February 28, 1-2:30 PM ET
  • Part 3: Building Practical Solutions: Tuesday, March 7, 1-2:30 PM ET

Students are expected to attend Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 in a single series.

To register, and for more information, visit https://goo.gl/qgClZn.

An Easier Way to Search Clinical Trials: Try the Beta Version of ClinicalTrials.gov

An Easier Way to Search Clinical Trials: Try the Beta Version of ClinicalTrials.gov

Health outreach professionals can help patients find relevant clinical trials in a quicker, more efficient manner through the beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov, which can be tested now at https://clinicaltrials.gov/beta/. The beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov offers improved features including:

Default Search with Fielded Search Options – The default search form now includes separate search fields for Condition/Disease, Intervention/Treatment, Other Terms, US State, and Country.
Search Result Filters – Filter studies by status, such as “Recruiting” or “Completed”. Also filter by study type, study results, study phase, or funder type.
Show/Hide Columns – Choose which columns to display in the search results table.
Saved Studies – Use a checkbox to add studies of interest to a “Saved Studies” list.

The new beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov accesses the same data as the current operational version of ClinicalTrials.gov. You can provide feedback about the beta version of the site by choosing the Give us feedback link in the upper right corner of the beta homepage.

Learn more about the beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov: http://go.usa.gov/x9HZ9

 

February NIH News in Health Now Available

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

 

 

Check out the February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research: To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark http://health.nih.gov

Do Social Ties Affect Our Health?
Exploring the Biology of Relationships

Learn how your relationships with others can influence your biology and well-being.
Read more about social ties and your health.

 

 

 

 

The Power of Your Pancreas
Keep Your Digestive Juices Flowing

Your pancreas produces digestive juices and hormones that help you benefit from the food you eat.
Read more about how to keep your pancreas working properly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ASPPH Webinar: Accessing and Using Public Health Data, Part 1

ASPPH Presents Webinar: Accessing and Using Public Health Data, Part 1

February 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Speakers from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and ASTHO will showcase several available data sources, such as the ASTHO Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS), and also discuss data standardization. This presentation will be valuable for public health students at all levels, as well as faculty members who may be able to direct their students to the available resources.

Speakers:
•Lisa Sedlar, MLIS, MT (ASCP), Librarian, National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology
•Elizabeth Harper, DrPH, MPH, Senior Director, Research and Evaluation, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Moderator:
•Christine M. Plepys, MS, Director, Data Analytics, ASPPH

Registration is required. Please visit: http://www.aspph.org/event/aspph-presents-webinar-accessing-and-using-public-health-data/ for details.

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.