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Posted by on February 1st, 2019 Posted in: Weekly Postings

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2019-2020 Funding Preview: Our next round of funding will be opening in early February! Read Executive Director Kate Flewelling’s NNLM MAR Funding 2019-2020 preview to learn what you can be doing now to prepare, like registering for our upcoming grants and programming webinars!

My MedlinePlus: Subscribe to My MedlinePlus for relevant health information delivered straight to your email. This week’s My MedlinePlus focused on winter weather topics like, cold weather safety for older adults, how to prevent frostbite and hypothermia, preparing for winter weather emergencies, and staying safe when exercising in cold weather.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Let us shine a spotlight on the amazing work you do! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

CEN Newsletter: Keep track of the latest news with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network by signing up for their new online newsletter! If you’re interested in hearing about funding and programming opportunities for your library or organization, the All of Us Research Program, health information classes, training sessions, or the latest health information resources and services available, then this newsletter is for you.

Explore NLM’s New Open Data Portal: Data Discovery – Newsbits from PSR

New on YouTube: PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine, January 14, 2019


Data Discover at NLM – Did you know that each day more than four million people use NLM resources and that every hour a petabyte of data moves in or out of our computing systems? Those mammoth numbers indicate how essential NLM’s array of information products and services are to scientific progress. But as we gain more experience with providing information, particularly clinical, biologic, and genetic datasets, we’re finding that how we share data is as critical as the data itself. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Fifteenth Century Books: When Doodles Matter – It may seem hard to believe that a random scribbling or doodle on an empty page or margin of an old book could have much significance. Take for example a face drawn on an otherwise sparse title page of the NLM copy of Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum printed in the late 1480s in Leipzig, Germany. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students: The call for applications for the 3rd HSRProj Research Competition is open. Applications are due on March 1, 2019.

How Naloxone Saves Lives in Opioid Overdose: Recently, MedlinePlus partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to produce an animation about this overdose treatment. The sharable video explains how naloxone works, when to use it, and how it is administered.

During Black History Month in February, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will join partners honoring the rich heritage and diversity of African Americans. During the month, OMH will also raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, sickle cell disease, and the effects of these diseases on the African American community. Utilize OMH’s Black History Month initiative page for shareable materials, including web graphics and publications, to help raise awareness in your community.

NIMH Twitter Chat: Eating Disorders – Join the National Insitute of Mental Health on February 28 at 2:00 PM ET for a Twitter chat that will cover the common types of eating disorders, how they are treated, current research, and how to find help. Follow @NIMHgov on Twitter for updates about the chat and other information about mental health research. Post questions using #NIMHchats to join the conversation!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster Webinar Series – Third Thursday of every month from January-May 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted. There is a constant need for education and discussion. In each live session of this SCR webinar series, Margaret Foster draws from her expertise to discuss issues, provide examples, and demonstrate the steps of her Pieces process, as described in her book, Assembling the Pieces of Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians. This second run of the original series will provide more practical examples for conducting each step of a systematic review as well as look at other types of reviews.

Introduction to Library CarpentryFeb 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – How can librarians remain strong in an ever-changing landscape of new software and research skills? Get involved in “The Carpentries” by learning and eventually teaching software code to improve researcher’s data toolkits! Join this class by NER to learn about the history of the Carpentries (Software, Data and Library) and their mission to empower the library community to use software and data in their own work.

National Library of Medicine Exhibits: Managing Information Around Public Health Emergencies and Pandemics – February 14, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), Patricia Tuohy from the NLM History of Medicine Exhibition Program will introduce the new Exhibitions Connect initiative, curated resource guides of health information resources related to individual banner exhibitions. Highlighting “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America,” as a case study, Ms. Tuohy will review their strategy for creating this resource guide, and how host venues will be able to use the guide to connect their communities to NLM resources. Christie Moffatt, HMD Digital Manuscripts Program Manager, will discuss how NLM’s Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group collects born-digital web resources on public health emergencies, such as the Ebola Outbreak of 2014, the 2016 Zika Virus health threat, and most recently, on the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Applying for All of Us Funding – Health Programs for Public Libraries – February 19, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Through collaboration with the All of Us Research Program, NNLM provides training, funding, and other engagement opportunities to support health programs and services in public libraries, and access to quality health information for the general public. Join MAR for this webinar that will include a background of the NNLM partnership with the All of Us Research Program, information about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, insights about NNLM MAR All of Us funding, and opportunities for continued involvement. Learn about several interactive programming ideas that address how health is influenced by lifestyle, environment, and genetics.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics – February 20, 12:30-2:00 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. Sponsored by MAR, this class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy.

Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone – February 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians? Join this webinar hosted by SEA to find out!

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare – February 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Financial health literacy occurs at the intersection of managing personal finances and health literacy. This hour-long webinar with GMR will explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

Grants and Proposal Writing with NNLM MAR – February 27, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Interested in applying for funding from NNLM MAR? Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. Note: this webinar is tailored to meet the needs of potential applicants in the Middle Atlantic Region. Attendance is restricted to individuals in NY, NJ, PA and DE.

Health Statistics on the Web – February 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – This hands-on course with MAR focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. This class also offers 1 MLA CE.

Introduction to the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) – March 7, 2:00-2:40 PM ET – The Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) is a set of files and software available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) that brings together many biomedical vocabularies and standards for drugs, disorders, procedures, lab tests, medical devices, organisms, anatomy, genes, and more. Join David Anderson from NLM for this brief overview of how researchers and organizations can use the rich collection of terminology data in the UMLS to enhance interoperability and discoverability in research and clinical applications.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job posting: Health Program Specialist, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Harlem Health Advocacy Partners and a Case Study in Data Re-Use – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Launch of new priority area: Oral health for refugees and asylum-seekers – Evidence Aid

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities – Case Studies Sought – OCLC and the Public Library Association are working together to create a series of case studies detailing how public libraries are supporting their community’s response to the opioid crisis. This project, Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities, is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is designed to inform public library leaders about a range of community-based responses to the opioid crisis, including how libraries are addressing emerging learning, challenges, gaps, partnerships, policies, opportunities and evolving community needs.

Mobile Technologies Extending Reach of Primary Care for Substance-Use-Disorders – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is seeking grant applications to develop and test a prototype mobile/tablet technology-based application suitable for U.S. primary care settings, to serve as a low-cost user-friendly tool that primary care providers (PCPs) may use to deliver timely tailored feedback to patients following up on interventions for risky substance use. It should be designed with a specific aim of improving coordination and delivery of indicated services to primary care patients at risk of developing substance use disorders (SUD). The application deadline is March 19, 2019.

Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities – The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to conduct innovative research supporting the development of a product, tool, technology, process or service for commercialization with the aim of eliminating disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minority populations or improving health in racial/ethnic minority populations. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

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