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PNR Weekly Digest: February 16, 2021

Posted by on February 16th, 2021 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

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.

Serving Library Users with Mental Illness: A Crash Course on Controlling Clashes: This webinar increases your understanding of mental illness, teaches effective methods of communicating with mentally-ill patrons who are creating a disturbance in the library, helps you protect staff and patrons in rare instances of possible violence, and shows you how to locate resources you can lean on when necessary. February 17 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19: This is a presentation on librarian visioning, leadership, management, and trial by fire. It provides a unique perspective on launching and leading an international network of librarian volunteers in a new role: emergency responders in the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how Elaine Hicks lead an international team who ushered the Librarian Reserve Corps (LRC) into reality. Nearly a year later, the LRC continues to provide expertise and guidance on a myriad of scholarly communications issues concerning COVID-19 research. Elaine, Stacy Brody, and Sara Loree were awarded Library Journal’s 2021 Librarians of the Year in recognition of their important work. April 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register  

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community: This course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. February 23 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Taking Science to the Streets: Community Science and Participatory Approaches to Improve Environment, Health, and Quality of Life in Urban Areas: This presentation will describe local community-driven research, advocacy, and public health practice in an environmentally degraded urban community, Northwest Atlanta’s Proctor Creek Watershed. Community residents (watershed researchers), academics, and non-profit organizations leverage local, community knowledge; community science methods; and participatory approaches to identify, document, and analyze the impacts of local environmental hazards and quality of life stressors. March 3 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

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

ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization Webinar: Join ClinicalTrials.gov for an update on the ClinicalTrials.gov modernization effort. The webinar will include information on the modernization efforts, the Request for Information (RFI), and ways to share your feedback. The webinar will be recorded and slides will be made available for those unable to attend. February 18 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register 

*Dr. Francis Collins on the Coronavirus Vaccines: Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, will share with us why it is critical that individuals living with chronic diseases and conditions receive the coronavirus vaccine. He will describe the scientific evidence for the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and why it is important to get vaccinated when it is your turn on this Genetic Alliance webinar. February 20 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Register

*National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine: CDC is organizing a virtual National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine that will bring together practitioners from national, state, tribal, local, and territorial levels who are engaged in vaccinating communities across the nation. February 22 – 24. Learn more and register 

*Systematizing the One Health Approach in Preparedness and Response Efforts for Infectious Disease Outbreaks: A Virtual Workshop: The National Academies’ Forum on Microbial Threats will host a virtual workshop to examine ways to systemize and integrate the One Health approach as part of outbreak prevention, detection, preparedness, and response efforts. This workshop will explore multi-sector collaboration mechanisms, community engagement strategies, workforce development, and policies that can effectively implement the core capacities and interventions of One Health principles to strengthen national health systems and enhance global health security. February 23 – 25. Register

NIAID Data Science Seminar Series: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will conduct a series of ideas and innovation webinars that bring together experts and stakeholders in data science, infectious disease, immunology, and immune-mediated disorders. First event: “Harnessing the Power of Data for Immune-Mediated and Infectious Disease Research – An Expert Panel Discussion” February 26th, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. PT. Learn more and register 

NHGRI Short Course in Genomics: The National Human Genome Research Institute’s 2021 Short Course in Genomics is for middle and high school teachers, community college and Tribal College faculty teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses. The course will be virtual and held August 2-6, 2021. Deadline to apply is March 8. Learn more about the program and apply

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

“Progress Towards a Modernized ClinicalTrials.gov”, from the NLM Director’s blog

New MEDLINE Website and Policy Updates

NLM Classification Updated, February 12, 2021

Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health

*“Mapping Which Coronavirus Variants Will Resist Antibody Treatments”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*COVID-19 Therapeutics Prioritized for Testing in Clinical Trials

20th anniversary of landmark Human Genome Project publications

*NIAID’s cloud-based, secure data platform enables sharing of anonymous patient-level clinical data to help generate new knowledge to treat and prevent infectious diseases such as COVID-19

*Four Potential COVID-19 Therapeutics Enter Phase 2/3 Testing in NIH ACTIV-2 Trial

Join the National Institute on Drug Abuse for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) and help share facts about drugs, alcohol, and addiction in your community

*NIH has a new NIH Spanish COVID-19 site featuring information on testing, treatments, vaccines and clinical trials and also highlights NIH COVID-19 resources about addiction, mental health, prevention and more

Request for Information (RFI) on use of Common Data Elements in NIH-funded Research, deadline is May 10


*COVID-19 Resources

NNLM invites proposals for a virtual symposium
Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic, on April 8th-9th, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority, and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities, and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19. The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to engage with NNLM Network Members to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Learn more and submit an application. The deadline to submit is February 26 at 8:59 p.m. PT.

NNLM All of Us CEN survey
We are inviting you to complete a survey about the Network of the National Library of Medicine All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN). The purpose of the survey is to learn about your experiences participating in the CEN and how we can improve our services to support your organization to be a trusted health resource in your community. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Completing the survey is voluntary. Participants will be eligible to enter a random drawing for one of ten $25 Target gift cards. Only one person from each NNLM member organization is eligible to win a gift card. Please respond to the survey by February 26, 2021. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Asih Asikin-Garmager at asih-asikin@uiowa.edu

HHS Announces a Special Enrollment Period for Health Coverage
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a special period for health insurance enrollment of qualified individuals and families in states served by the HealthCare.gov Marketplace. Please note that some states run their own health insurance websites and may or may not make a similar offer. Visit HealthCare.gov to find local help.  The special enrollment period runs February 15-May 15.

The Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM)
The Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM) strives to fill a gap in the academic library professional development landscape by focusing on practical management skills and concrete practices. CALM offers a venue to collaborate with library managers across various academic institutions to imagine solutions to local problems. We acknowledge that our profession has a varied history with diversity, equity, and inclusion. CALM seeks to be an inclusive and welcoming space which encourages diversity of ideas and thought. Week of March 15. The conference is free but space is limited. Group registration is encouraged. Learn more about the conference and register

Tools for Teaching the Human Microbiome in the Classroom
Unlocking Life’s Code provides an interactive which highlights ten helpful online tools for understanding and teaching the human microbiome. The free tools are easily accessible with links provided. This is a resourceful way to define, explain, and display microbiome research to your students. 

Health Campaign: Mil Gracias for Not Smoking Indoors!
The Mil Gracias (a Thousand Thanks) for Not Smoking Indoors amid COVID-19! public health campaign from Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio helps people share gratitude for smokers who respect others’ air by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke indoors. Visit the Mil Gracias website to download English and Spanish fact sheets and news about the health impacts of secondhand smoke, the need for smoke-free multifamily housing and resources to help smokers quit if they are ready.

*REALM project Test 7 and 8 results available
As part of the REALM (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) research, Battelle is conducting natural attenuation studies to provide information on how long the virus may survive on materials common to archives, libraries, and museums. The studies are conducted by applying the virulent SARS-CoV-2 virus on five materials (per test set) held at standard room temperature (68°F to 75°F; 22±2°C) and relative humidity conditions (30 to 50 percent). The REALM project has published the results of Tests 7 and 8. These tests compared the effect of colder and warmer temperatures on the attenuation rate of the virus on materials previously tested at ambient room temperatures.

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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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