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PNR Weekly Digest: June 2, 2020

Posted by on June 2nd, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Coming Soon: NLM PNR Funding Opportunities
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), will soon announce the following funding opportunities:

  • Community Health Award
  • Professional Development Award
  • Technology Improvement Award

Learn more about these funding opportunities on the blog

Explore Digital Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club
Join with the NNLM Reading Club as we explore Digital Health Literacy this month to learn more about the bits and bytes driving today’s healthcare system. Discover what we need to know to fully participate in this rapidly evolving approach in how we prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses…see the list of selected book titles on the blog

DataFlash: LitCovid
LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up to date scientific information about COVID-19.  Right now, it is the most thorough resource on the subject through providing access to a growing number of relevant articles in PubMed…learn more about LitCovid 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

*Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on ongoing low-morale experiences: As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kendrick has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed. June 11 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Still Searching for One Health: Information Services that Support Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Disease: We have long known that 75% of emerging diseases begin at the human-animal interface. RNA viruses including HIV, SARS, novel influenza strains and COVID-19 all trace their origins to animal reservoirs and environmental factors. What role can information specialists play in developing sustainable One Health cultures and mindsets at local, regional, national and international levels? Attend this PNR Rendezvous session to learn more. June 17 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Eval Basics: This course is made up of 4 separate on-demand classes. Take them all or select individually. The classes help guide in the planning and assessing of a health related program. Each class is eligible for 1 MLA CE.

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

Lighting Up Our Lives: How Light Influences Our Mental and Physical Health: Dr. Burgess will examine how light reaches the brain and can alter brain centers that regulate circadian (body clock) timing, sleep, and mood. Specific properties of light, such as intensity, wavelength, and timing, will be discussed, as will individual differences in light sensitivity. June 30 at 8:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and how to attend this live NIH videocast

Understanding Global Climate Change and How It Affects Air Quality and Human Health: Attend this free NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences webinar session which is part of the “Climate, Environment, and Health Seminar Series”, a series of compelling scientific talks on how climate change affects human health and the role of environmental health science in achieving climate sustainability and resilience. June 10 at 8:00 a.m. PT. Register

*Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 Online Course: The American Red Cross’s Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 is an online course designed to help individuals support themselves and lend support to others during and following the COVID-19 outbreak. The topics covered in the course include recognizing stress, practicing mental health first aid, caring for yourself, supporting your family and supporting your coworkers.

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

“Decoration Day, Pandemics, and the National Library of Medicine,” from the NLM Director’s blog

NIH Preprint Pilot in PubMed Central

Download high-quality graphics from the NCBI Multiple Sequence Alignment Viewer (MSAV)

Seeking Leek Island: An Interview with Pamela Robertson

*“3D Printing the Novel Coronavirus,” from the NIH Director’s blog

The June issue of NIH News in Health is now available with articles on safe driving, aphasia and more

*Llama antibody engineered to block coronavirus

Autism risk estimated at 3 to 5% for children whose parents have a sibling with autism

*Building an Innovative Analytics Platform to Study COVID-19

NINR Research: Markers in Blood Can Help Identify Risk for Complications After Mild TBI

PhenX Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Assessments Collection

*Spotlight on COVID-19 and Health Disparities: Opportunities to Achieve Better Understanding and Equality for Vulnerable Populations

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


*Resources: COVID-19:

The American Society of Human Genetics Scholars Initiative
The American Society of Human Genetics has launched a new initiative designed to prepare individuals for professional success. The program is intended for late stage graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or early-career researchers interested in committing to advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives. Those selected receive an annual enrichment fund to support career development activities, complimentary ASHG membership for two years, and much more! Deadline to apply is June 11, 2020.

*Science Librarianship in the time of COVID-19
A Virtual Half Day Conference: Hosted and Planned by the Boston Library Consortium’s (BLC) Engineering Community of Interest (COI) and the Chemistry Community of Interest (COI) on Wednesday, August 5. Submit your proposal for a 15 minute presentations that feature a developed idea or question OR for 5 minute lighting talks that address a more brief topic or question. 300 word proposals due Sat. June 20th.

Clinical Trials: A Lay-Led Intervention for War and Refugee Related Trauma
This behavioral study, sponsored by the University of Washington, the NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Seattle Pacific University and Case Western Reserve University, seeks Islamic, Somali volunteers age 18-65 years old to examine the efficacy and feasibility of a program called Islamic Trauma Healing on PTSD, depression, somatic symptoms and quality of life among refugees. Study to be conducted at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash.

The Aging LGBTQ+ Community – Healthcare, Financial Planning and Long Term-Care
The University of North Dakota has created a list of resources that address the needs of the older LGBTQ community. The items on the list include guidance on mental and physical health disparities, long term care and financial planning, as well as general resources for the LGBTQ community.

HIV Surveillance Reports 
The CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention has published an updated HIV Surveillance Report, Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018, as well as a supplemental report, Estimated HIV Incidence and Prevalence in the United States 2014–2018. The reports include data on HIV incidence by race/ethnicity, particularly among Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx communities.

Videos Produced by Kids Across America’s Communities with Important Messages on Marijuana Prevention
Middle and high school students can play an important role in marijuana use prevention efforts. Watch the winning entries of the “420 Remix Counter-Ad PSA Contest” organized by the North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC).

*Back to Work Safely
The American industrial Hygiene Association features expert, industry-specific guidance for both businesses and consumers to safely re-open and re-engage as they emerge from the COVID-19 quarantines, including guidelines for libraries.

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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Developed resources reported in this program are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012343 with the University of Washington.

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