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PNR Weekly Digest: February 9, 2021

Posted by on February 9th, 2021 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

DataFlash: NNLM’s Love Data Week (February 8th-12th)
Love Data Week is an annual international celebration of all aspects of data. This February 8th-12th, NNLM is spotlighting four experts on various aspects of open data for a week of learning and sharing in the spirit of “open.”…learn more about how to attend these data events on the blog 

Care for Your Heart with the NNLM Reading Club
Like tires, the heart does not run forever but can last longer if the driver makes smart choices. NNLM Reading Club’s February selections focus on the heart with three books that provide valuable information for people dealing with heart conditions…read the post to see the selected books 

Pop-up Library: Wellness Edition
Guest Contributor Karen Yother, Community Library Network, Idaho
Anyone who has worked with teens will tell you that they are quite the unique audience. What is trendy one day is out of favor the next. They eagerly develop their own personalities and interests, continually seeking ways to express their ideas in a variety of formats. But today’s teens also are under an intense amount of pressure at home, at school, from friends, the community and – unlike their earlier counterparts — in the virtual world…read more about this NNLM funded teen project on the blog

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 

Love Data Week: Spotlight on “Open” Panel Presentation: Join us for a 1-hour moderated panel discussion featuring the NNLM Love Data Week: Spotlight on “Open” sessions four guest speakers who will weigh in on their careers and what brought them to working with open data, important skills and favorite resources, project management and working with a team, and more. February 12 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library: This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. March 1 – 26. (4 MLA CE) Register

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health: Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.  The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive 1 total Category I continuing education contact hour. March 3 at 11:00 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. 

Going Black in Time: A Story of HIV: The University of Cincinnati’s Libraries is hosting a virtual workshop that will be held on February 10th, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. Going Black in Time: A Story of HIV will present the timeline of the HIV epidemic and its impact on African Americans. The workshop will discuss heroes, advocates, and how prevention methods can alter the future of African Americans for the better. Learn more and register

You Are Your Own Best Heart Health Advocate: Women and Heart Disease: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Women’s Health Awareness Virtual Series “RealTalk With the Experts”, this session addresses early warning signs of heart disease and prevention of heart disease in women. Thursday, February 11 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. PT. Registration deadline is February 10 

*COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: What to consider? (Indiana State Library): Are you wondering what to consider in forming your library’s policy on COVID-19 vaccinations? This webinar addresses the legality of mandatory vaccine policies during a pandemic and examines the pros and cons of such policies to help you determine which type of COVID-19 vaccine policy to propose to your board. February 18 at 7:00 a.m. PT. Check the calendar for a link to register

*Black Mental Health: A Time During COVID-19 and Civil Uprising: The COVID-19 virus has disrupted the world at an unprecedented scale. And over the past several months, Black Americans have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 compared with their white counterparts. This has only been compounded by widespread civil uprising in protest of racial discrimination and police brutality. In these times, the African American Alumni Committee seeks to highlight the impact that these events have on the mental health of affected individuals, and to discuss and explore ways of coping and recovery. February 18 at 3:30 p.m. PT. Deadline to register is February 16

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

*“A Journey to Spur Innovation and Discovery”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Air Pollution is a Human Problem: Mary Catterall’s Campaign for a Livable Leeds

NLM Launches a New Online Exhibition – Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health

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

Show your heart a little love this American Heart month with self-care

Computerized adaptive screener may help identify youth at risk for suicide

NIH networks to advance emotional well-being research

Rare Disease Day at NIH, virtual conference March 1

*One Health: a holistic approach to improving the health of people, animals and the environment

Summary Now Available – “Genomic Response to the Social Environment: Implications for Health Outcomes”

* NIH launches database to track neurological symptoms associated with COVID-19

Research Highlight: NIH Initiative Expands Access to Resources for Early Psychosis Treatment and Research


*Network of the National Library of Medicine (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.

*COVID-19 Resources

  • The Black Coalition Against COVID-19 has a collection of recorded webinars and town halls that offer information on the COVID-19 vaccine and the African American community.
  • The National Medical Association has made its COVID-19 Webinar Series available online. The series covers the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on African American health professionals and the communities they serve, including a presentation on Climate Change and COVID-19.
  • Together Against COVID is a campaign from the Multicultural Health Foundation and Live Well San Diego that targets the African American community. The campaign provides facts, videos, information on COVID-19 vaccines and more.
  • The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has launched the COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics Digital Toolkit. Monoclonal antibody therapeutic products may prevent eligible high-risk adults and children (ages 12-17) from requiring hospitalization. Use the ASPR toolkit to educate high-risk patients with mild to moderate symptoms and encourage them to take action.

February is Black History Month
This month HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is celebrating the achievements of African Americans and honoring the significant role and impact they have made on all facets of life and society throughout U.S. history. During this Black History Month, OMH will partner with fellow Offices of Minority Health at HHS and healthcare professionals around the nation to focus on highlighting the impacts COVID-19 has on African Americans with underlining health issues such as uncontrolled hypertension. Visit the OMH website to learn more and download the Black History Month Toolkit

Cancer Facts and Figures for African Americans
February 4 is World Cancer Day. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers. The ACS’s Cancer Facts and Figures for African Americans, 2019-2021 provides the most recent data on cancer incidence, mortality, survival, screening and risk factors. Learn More Download the Publication 

* Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural America
The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact has been felt in communities across the U.S., from the largest urban centers to the smallest rural communities. As previous research has demonstrated, rural communities face unique challenges in responding to the pandemic due to medical workforce shortages, fewer hospital beds per capita, limited access to telehealth, and populations that are at elevated risk for COVID-19 related deaths due to age or chronic disease prevalence. In addition, a previous KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) analysis found non-metro counties experienced a faster growth rate in the spread of the virus and more recent data confirms that this is still the case. In late 2020, there were countless stories of the most rural communities being impacted by the coronavirus including remote Alaska villages and Texas ranches, and an analysis from Pew Research Center found that sparsely populated rural areas were accounting for twice the number of coronavirus-related deaths as urban areas…read more

Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Three Responses
The American Public Health Association (APHA) has declared, “Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention now.” States, counties, and cities across the country are answering the call by declaring racism as a public health crisis or emergency, which is an important first step in the movement to advance racial equity and justice. We have collected stories from some of these communities to lift up why they took this bold step, and how they plan to hold themselves accountable to action. Read the responses of Minneapolis (city response), Milwaukee County, WI (county response), and Nevada (state response) in this County Health Rankings report.

*States Begin to Incorporate Children into their COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans
In a recent blog post, the National Academy for State Health Policy describes how states are beginning to incorporate children in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans in preparation for when a vaccine is authorized for children under age 16. The blog post was produced as part of HRSA’s cooperative agreement with National Organizations of State and Local Officials.

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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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