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PNR Weekly Digest: July 28, 2020

Posted by on July 28th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine – Upcoming Webinar
Join a lively panel of librarians all engaged in using graphic medicine as they discuss how they incorporate it in their work. August 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Read the blog post to learn more

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.

NLM Resources for Images: This session of the Health Sciences Libraries webinar series highlights NLM’s several unique resources for locating various types of images related to medical and health topics. This one-hour webinar tailored to health sciences librarians will cover how to use several of these resources. Practical and creative ideas for utilizing these resources and introducing them to faculty, staff, and students will also be provided. August 18 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Reaching the Hard to Reach: Empowering Community Members to Think Differently & Embrace Teens with SUD and Mental Health Challenges: Being a teenager is hard, and COVID-19 has made these difficult years even harder. Over the past decade, U.S. teens report feeling increased pressure and stress and those working with this population see the result — young people with mental health conditions, lack of resiliency skills and many with substance use disorder. The healthy coping mechanisms that used to contribute to mental wellness, like community connection, physical activity and the pursuit of creative outlets has been declining. These trends were happening even before COVID! August 25 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Virtual Programs for Public Libraries: Do you work in a public library? Are you looking for ideas for virtual programming and outreach? This webinar is for you! We will cover how to decide what virtual programming your community might be interested in, technical requirements for virtual programming, and include a wide variety of program suggestions. September 29 at 11:00 a.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

Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape: The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work. October 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

*Addressing Health Misinformation Through Health Literacy Practices: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene a 75 minute virtual workshop, exploring the rise of health misinformation and examining health literacy strategies to address health misinformation among various populations, especially as it relates to COVID-19. July 29 starting at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

*REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Materials Testing and Resource Overview: As libraries and museums around the country begin to resume operations and reopen to the public, the need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials has become increasingly urgent. Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. Join us to learn more about the testing process, how to present results to your stakeholders, project resources to inform your local decisions, and what you can expect from the project in the months to come. Registration is full so this session will also be livestreamed on YouTube. August 4 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about this session on WebJunction’s website

Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals: Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this Office of Minority Health e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.

*Save the Date: Advancing the Response to COVID-19: The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will host a virtual symposium on Thursday, September 17, 2020 to highlight state, Tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations. The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium aims to support and disseminate promising practices, programs and strategies for combating COVID-19, especially in communities of color. Stay up to date on the virtual symposium by visiting the webpage.

*The CDC’s COVID-19 Response: Promising Practices in Health Equity II: The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webinar will discuss actions taken to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities. July 29, 12:00 pm PT. Register

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

“It’s My Birthday: An Ode to Aging and to Lifespan Research”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, August 24 to December 11, 2020

*“Racing to Develop Fast, Affordable, Accessible Tests for COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*Phase 3 clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Arthritis and Complementary Health Approaches

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Interactive Safe Sleep Environment Tool

*COVID-19 means long stretch of stormy weather for people with alcohol and substance use disorders

*National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: Cloth face coverings and distancing pose communication challenges for many

Research Highlight: Genetic Variations Highlight the Importance of Metabolic Processes in Anorexia

Educational Packets Available from NNLM’s HIV/AIDS Coordinating Center

RSVP today for events in the Citizen Science Meets Summer Reading series

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

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


MLA Chapter Project of the Year Award
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of MLA received the MLA (Medical Library Association) Project of the Year Award. The project was a new logo pin design contest to grow member engagement and raise funds for student conference scholarships. The winner of the design was Hannah Pollard, librarian at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA. View the listing of awards on the MLA website.

*Resources: COVID-19:

  • HHS has made May and June COVID-19 Testing Plans from all states, territories and localities publicly available. The plans include details on the response to surge cases and how to reach vulnerable populations including minorities, immunocompromised individuals and older adults.
  • HHS has also created a new campaign, Coronavirus Stops with Me, that provides information on the HHS coronavirus response, the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, COVID-19 community-based testing sites and more.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) seeks to change the culture surrounding mental health and suicide prevention through enhanced community integration, prioritized research activities and implementation strategies that emphasize improved overall health and well-being. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PREVENTS launched a national public health campaign that seeks to help individuals deal with the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic: #MoreThanEverBefore.

Spanish-language Resource: Guide for Patient Navigators – A Supplement to the Oncology Patient Navigator Training
Through funding and support from the CDC, the George Washington University Cancer Center, along with Navegación de Pacientes Internacional and the Latino Cancer Institute, is pleased to announce the release of the Spanish Guide for Patient Navigators – A Supplement to the Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals. This guide provides the foundational knowledge that Spanish speaking oncology patient navigators need, as well as free resources and tools that can be put into practice immediately. Please note that this resource is in Spanish.

Mental Health Resources:

  • For resources and materials on mental health, please visit the OMH website and the OMH Spanish website.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • A Guide to Suicide Prevention for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, published by the One Sky Center, provides information and an assessment tool for AI/AN communities and local, state and regional sovereign Tribal governments.
  • Youth MOVE National, in partnership with the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, published A Guide for Youth: Understanding Trauma. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

NCUIH Youth Indigi-Wellness Healer Contest
The National Council of Urban Indian Health Youth Council is proud to launch its 2020 Indigi-Wellness Healer Campaigns #NativeHealing and #IndigiLove created by Native Youth for Native Youth to express the importance of mental & physical wellness and healthy relationships as Native Youth, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Deadline for raffle and submission is August 7. Learn more about how to get involved on the NCUIH website.

Office of Minority Health: Active and Healthy
OMH continues to encourage the nation to stay Active & Healthy in and around their homes and communities during these uncertain times. Through simple and creative steps we can continue to advance our mental and emotional wellness while adhering to the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, physical activity can help boost your mood, sharpen your focus, reduce your stress, and improve your sleep. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration developed a free handbook to help address eight dimensions of wellness: social, environmental, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual and financial. Encourage others to take active and healthy steps towards better health by sharing resources, downloading OMH graphics, and using the hashtags #ActiveandHealthy and #EmotionalWellness.

New Era of Smarter Food Safety
Many believe we will see more changes in the food system over the next 10 years than we have in decades. Foods are being reformulated; there are new foods, new production methods, and new delivery methods; and the system is becoming increasingly digitized. To keep pace with this evolution, FDA is taking a new approach to food safety, leveraging technology and other tools to create a safer and more digital, traceable food system. Learn more about the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint.

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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