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PNR Weekly Digest: August 18, 2020

Posted by on August 18th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

NLM Seeks Comment on Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) invites the public to provide input and help shape the continuing implementation of its strategic plan through 2027 by responding to their Request for Information (RFI). Responses will be accepted through October 19. Read the full post to learn more

Washington State Broadband Office Survey
The Washington State Broadband Office and state Public Works Board have launched a mapping initiative to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs in order to advance the state’s goal to have universal broadband access in Washington by 2024. Learn more and take the one-minute survey here.

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account

Citizen Science & Libraries: Advance Alzheimer’s Research Online Presentation and Q&A: Register for this event for an introduction to citizen science, to learn more about libraries as hubs for citizen science, and to learn how to participate in the Stall Catchers citizen science project through a presentation and online Q&A. The Stall Catchers project is designed by researchers at Cornell University to advance Alzheimer’s solutions. This project focuses on one aspect of the disease: reduced blood flow in the brain. September 16 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

“Because I See What You Do”: How Microaggressions Undermine the Hope for Authenticity at Work: Despite the wealth of information available, racial microaggressions at work remain frequent and toxic. Microaggressions can push people of color out of our jobs, stymie our careers, and compromise our mental well-being. These toxic interpersonal interactions are a symptom of a deeper structural racism that damages people of color professionally and challenges our goals for inclusive and authentic work cultures. Join Jodi-Ann Burey as she explores the structural racism underpinning experiences with racial microaggressions so we can better support individuals and institutions to effectively lead an increasingly diverse, geographically dispersed and culturally complex workforce and transform our work cultures so that everyone can truly belong. September 17 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

NNLM Reading Club Presents…We Live for the We with Dani McClain: Join authors Dani McClain and Andrea Collier as they discuss McClain’s book, We Live for the We: the Political Power of Black Motherhood. We hope you will join us for this important conversation which will be livestreamed on YouTube and NNLM PNR’s Facebook Page. September 22 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Learn more about this event on the Reading Club Presents webpage

NNLM Resource Picks: PubMed Central: PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). The presentation will consider PMC’s role in supporting open access and discovery of research results as well as open data sharing, and look at how that role is evolving in response to changes in research funder priorities and the current public health emergency. Join us to learn about ways you can use PMC to support open access research! September 30 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers: This class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community. Class runs from October 19 – November 15 on the Moodle platform. (8 MLA CE) Register

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

*ALA Connect Live Monthly Series: Reopening: Join President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr for the August ALA Connect Live program focused on reopening and recovery initiatives within libraries. With the academic school year kicking off, let’s gather to discuss how libraries are approaching reopening during the coronavirus. Connect with fellow librarians and leaders within our community to discuss how to approach and tackle the difficult questions that the new school year brings. Please submit your questions in advance on any topic of interest to you, including your library’s reopening plans. August 27 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register for this session and view past sessions on the Connect Live webpage

Strengthen Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practice Through Self-Paced Learning: Strengthen Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practice Through Self-Paced Learning In this webinar, learn about Multnomah County Library’s Racially Just Toolkit, containing activities staff can use to learn and practice EDI. Sept. 15 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

*Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities: A virtual symposium hosted by the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) to be held on September 17. Register to learn from national, state, Tribal and local experts leading these efforts to confront the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on racial and ethnic minority populations. Continuing education credit hours (CECH) for this virtual event will be available. Visit the webpage to learn more and to register.

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

“Watch All About It!”, from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM seeks comment on strategic opportunities and challenges

“A New View of the 3D Genome”, from the NIH Director’s blog

Recording available for “What will it take to create health equity for sexual and gender minority young people?”, the first of the NIH Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office’s Scientific Webinar Series

Want to Learn More About Careers in Nursing Research? Watch Panel Discussion Recording

New treatments spur sharp reduction in lung cancer mortality rate

Multifocal contact lenses slow myopia progression in children

NIH Provides Cyber Safety Resources for Children and Families

Tool Helps Children Cope with Painful Procedures

*Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding

Learn more about the advances of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases as it celebrates its 70th anniversary

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


*COVID-19 Resources:

Public Library Association’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Twitter chat series
PLA’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) has been hosting a series of Twitter chats focusing on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice in public libraries. On September 2, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PT, the third chat will be focusing on health disparities. To participate, simply follow PLA on Twitter (@ALA_PLA). The EDISJ Task Force will tweet introductions and discussion questions to get things started. To join the conversation, tweet using the hashtags #chatPLA and #Inclusion. Visit the ALA initiatives webpage to learn more about this series of chats and  the work of the EDISJ Task Force

Say Ah! Symposium: Racism & Health Literacy
Join the Say Ah!’s free online symposium Racism & Health Literacy to further your understanding of how racism and health literacy interact to impact health equity. The three night conversational “march” kicks off with Janet Ohene-Frempong, Dr. Kirkland Vaughans, and Dr. Tyree Oreiden on Monday evening, August 24th, from 4:30-5:45pm PT. Learn more about the symposium and register

*AAMC Live Q&A: Mask Me Anything
Join Atul Grover, MD, PhD, executive director of the AAMC Research and Action Institute, and Ross McKinney, Jr., MD, AAMC chief scientific officer, on August 18 from 3:00-3:30 p.m. PT for a live Q&A event to answer questions about face coverings. Have questions such as “Is it okay to reuse the same mask” or “How often should I clean my mask?” Join this informative and engaging session or send questions ahead-of-time using #COVIDRoadMap.

Become a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization
For any libraries interested in becoming a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization (CDO) through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the deadline to apply is August 31, 2020. Libraries who successfully apply and are accepted as CDOs are given access to certify and train staff members or volunteers as Certified Application Counselors (CAC) who can work with patrons to assist with health insurance enrollment during the ACA Open Enrollment window of November 1, 2020- December 15, 2020 or during any special enrollment periods. Training for CACs is self-paced, free, fully online, and takes approximately 25 hours to complete.  CACs must complete the 2021 training by the end of October 2020, which CMS will release later this summer, in order to assist patrons this year.

*Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19
Wildfire smoke can irritate your lungs, cause inflammation, affect your immune system, and make you more prone to lung infections, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that cause COVID-19. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, preparing for wildfires might be a little different this year. Visit the CDC to know how wildfire smoke can affect you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to protect yourselves.

*The Nation’s Doctor to America
The Surgeon General asks America to join him in taking these actions with #COVIDStopsWithMe. Watch the short YouTube video

Through the Window and Into the Mirror: Narratives of African American STEM Professionals
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAACH) invites middle and high school students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through the Window and into the Mirror is a video conversation series about the experiences of African American STEM professionals today. Through the Window and into the Mirror aims to inform, inspire, and be a starting point for students as they take steps towards having careers in STEM, but hurry this series ends August 28th!

New Interactive DiY Apps to Supplement the Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code DiY Panel Exhibition
Have you signed up for Genome: DiY Panel Exhibition? You may have noticed a password for an app in the Educator’s Resource Guide. A brand new Genome: DiY App is now available on iPad and tablet devices. Navigate engaging interactives and supporting resources to enhance your DiY exhibition experience. Download your copy today.

Image of the author ABOUT Carolyn Martin
Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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