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PNR Weekly Digest: January 12, 2021

Posted by on January 12th, 2021 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

A Resilient New Year!
How can we practice resilience in the New Year? Psychologists define resilience as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors.”1 This doesn’t mean we deny reality but instead we develop the strong coping skills needed to deal with harsh realities. Fortunately, resilience is something we can cultivate and grow. These featured books offer helpful tips for your resiliency garden…read the blog post to learn about the featured books

Consumer Health Minute: New Dietary Guidelines
“Make Every Bite Count with the Dietary Guidelines!” is the newly released 2020-2025 edition of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Dietary Guidelines. Every five years these guidelines are provided to the public and health professionals with the most current science based evidence to help in the promotion of good health and reduce the risk of disease…learn more about how you can inform your communities about the new Dietary Guidelines

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 clases and create a free account

NNLM offers on-demand classes, below is a sampling: 

NEW class- Consumer Health Collection Management: This asynchronous course reviews collection management principles and resources for health-related collections in public libraries. Watch a recorded presentation and complete 2 assignments to evaluate your own library’s health collection, and consider how you can improve your health related materials to better serve your community. The class was created in partnership with WebJunction. (4 MLA CE) Register

Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices: Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies through interactive, self-paced tutorials and a synthesis exercise. (4 MLA CE) Register

Serving Diverse Communities: Building Cultural Competence and Humility into the Workplace: Participants will learn about some of the current critiques to using cultural competence principles and how cultural humility can be supplemented to create a more accepting, welcoming, and reflective working environment. Short demos of Think Cultural Health, PubMed, and Project Implicit are included to showcase three external resources that can be used to further explore this topic. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Finding and Using Health Statistics: Written by staff at AcademyHealth and provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this tutorial on finding and using health statistics is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics. (3 MLA CE) Register

Grants and Proposal Writing-On Demand: 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. (3 MLA CE) Register

Research Data Management Training series: Research Data Management On Demand is made up of four stand-alone classes that introduce principles and practices of research data management. There is no particular order or progression in which to take the classes. Expect to spend up to four hours on each class learning through tutorials, videos and hands-on activities.

The individual classes include:

  • Open Science and Data Science
  • Data Curation and Documentation
  • Data Security, Storage and Preservation
  • Data Sharing and Publishing

(4 MLA CE per session) View the series and register

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

“Upcoming Training Opportunity: University-based Training for Research Careers in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Important Changes to NCBI Accounts Coming in 2021

Learn more about instructor training from The Carpentries and NNLM

Defoe and the Plague Year

NLM Announces 2021 History Talks

*“What a Year it Was for Science Advances!”, from the NIH Director’s blog

Statement on the establishment of the Office of Nutrition Research within the NIH Office of the Director

January issue of NIH News in Health includes information about ways of improving well-being, preventing sepsis infections, postpartum depression and more

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! Explore the resources provided by the National Eye Institute to help spread the word that treating glaucoma early can help prevent vision loss — and encourage people in your community to get a dilated eye exam

It’s Blood Donor Awareness Month and learn how the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute supports research to improve blood donations and transfusions

*Peer-Reviewed Report on Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Publishes Data from Phase 3 Clinical Trial Confirm Vaccine is Effective

* Large Clinical Trial Will Test Combination Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for Mild/Moderate COVID-19

Physician-pharmacist collaboration may increase adherence to opioid addiction treatment

Employment Opportunity, Assistant Director, Regional Medical Library at UW


*COVID-19 Resources

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the I Love My Librarian Award!
More than 1,850 library users submitted stories highlighting how their librarians had above and beyond in their communities and 10 winners were selected for their outstanding public service accomplishments including Anchorage Public Librarian, Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai. The virtual award ceremony will take place during ALA’s Midwinter conference at 12:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, January 23, and will be streamed on the American Library Association YouTube channel. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Annual DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is proud to support National DNA Day through the Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 worldwide and asks students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to be well-reasoned arguments that indicate a deep understanding of scientific concepts related to the essay question. They are evaluated by ASHG members through three rounds of scoring. The first place student winner receives $1,000 and their teacher receives a $1,000 genetics material grant. Submission deadline is March 3.

Virus Explorer: A New Interactive for Students from Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s BioInteractive
Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s BioInteractive team has created a new Virus Explorer Interactive that you can use in your classroom. This interactive module allows students to explore the diversity of viruses based on structure, genome type, host range, transmission mechanism, replication cycles, and vaccine availability. An accompanying worksheet guides students’ exploration.

HPV Vaccination Campaign for Young Adults and Health Care Providers Launches from HHS’ Office on Women’s Health
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States causing nearly 36,000 cases of cancer in men and women each year. Most of these cases could have been prevented by the HPV vaccine. To address issue, HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) announced its HPV VAX NOW campaign. The campaign will help young adults recognize their risk for HPV-related cancers, pre-cancerous cervical lesions, and genital warts, see the HPV vaccine as an important prevention strategy, and feel empowered to ask for the vaccine. Relevant information and resources from the campaign are also available.

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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