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Weekly Postings

Posted by on February 9th, 2018 Posted in: Weekly Postings

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NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply.

Member Highlights: Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, Rochester, NY – Learn about the ongoing outreach efforts of Central Library as they strive to eliminate resource barriers in their community. Is your organization working on a similar project? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

All NNLM MAR funding opportunities are currently closed. In March, we will announce opportunities to apply for projects starting May 15, 2018. Now is the perfect time to start meeting with potential partners and consulting with NNLM MAR staff on health information outreach ideas. Contact us to set up a consultation.

NNLM is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to present a full-day preconference in conjunction with PLA 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. This preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services, coach you through understanding your community’s needs, and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Details.

Promoting Healthy Communities: as part of our joint consumer health initiative with the Public Library Association, we are encouraging network members to submit a brief write-up about their health and wellness programs to ALA’s Programming Librarian website, so that others may benefit from your success! Learn more about this opportunity.

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week in February – SEA Currents

New on YouTube: Moving from Data to Health Equity Action: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, January 10, 2018


The Office of Minority Health and the American Heart Association will be hosting a Twitter chat on February 14, focusing on African American heart health. Follow #LoveYourHeartChat from 2-3 PM ET and join the conversation!

Reflections on Patient- and Family-Centered CareNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

An Anatomical Essay on the Movement of the HeartCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Medication Reference Terminology (MED-RT) Webinars Available NowNLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

Check out the February 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “The Power of Pets: Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions,” and, “The Problem That Piles Up: When Hoarding Is a Disorder.” Other topics for February include unexplained cases of allergic reactions linked to red meat, how to find a cancer doctor, and bullying prevention.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed – February 13, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join NLM for this introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. Participants will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world.

Shared Decision Making: Patient Empowerment – February 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will address patient empowerment by introducing attendees to consumer shared decision making (SDM) tools, including the historical background of SDM, examples of various types of decision support tools, and their functionality. Learn about free, easy-to-read, health information resources and SDM tools, and tips and techniques for implementing this workflow in your organization.

Using Data to Guide and Evaluate Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Rhode Island’s Drug Overdose Dashboard – March 1, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – The rapidly evolving nature of the nation’s overdose epidemic necessitates the dissemination of timely information to inform effective public health responses. Unfortunately, many overdose surveillance systems suffer from delays in reporting and other logistical challenges. Sponsored by NER, this webinar will provide an overview of Rhode Island’s drug overdose information and surveillance “dashboard.” Participants will learn how the timely analysis and public dissemination of data is being used to guide and evaluate policy and public health response to the overdose crisis in Rhode Island.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed – March 5-22, 2018 – This series of interactive workshops from NLM 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 five 90-minute sessions (plus an optional “office hours”), 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!

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization – March 5-April 8, 2018 – Sponsored by SEA, this asynchronous online class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at a glance. Students will increase their knowledge on data visualization concepts and a variety of data visualization applications.

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 1 – March 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. Join MAR for this webinar that will help participants gain a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community. This class will examine the benefits of LGBT-focused cultural competency for the health care team, identify electronic, print, and other resources for building quality LGBT collections and reference materials, offer ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community, and identify inter-professional opportunities for librarians.

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AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW Initiative: Reducing Primary Care Patients’ Risk of Heart Attacks – AHRQ Views

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Presents a New Strategic Plan for 2018-2022: Vision Will Focus on Advancing Museums, Libraries, and Their Communities

Communicating About Opioids in Appalachia: Open and honest communication about community-level opioid use is one part of finding solutions, according to a new report issued by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report shares findings from interviews and focus groups in 12 largely rural states of the ARC region conducted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Stigma, experienced even years after recovery from opioid use, was reported as a common challenge among interview subjects along with lack of options for treatment. But the researchers were also able to uncover hidden challenges unique to these communities, including an expectation of privacy that keeps neighbors and friends from intervening; lack of opportunity, especially for younger people; and misunderstandings about prevention efforts and the risk of prescription medication for pain. The report outlines successful strategies for communicating about opioid use with messages that specifically target individuals suffering from addiction, family and caregivers, and the broader community.

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Hannah Sinemus is the Web Experience Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR). Although she updates the MAR web pages, blog, newsletter and social media, Hannah is not the sole author of this content. If you have questions about a MARquee or MAReport posting, please contact the Middle Atlantic Region directly at nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

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