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PNR Weekly Digest: June 23, 2020

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Announcing NEW NNLM 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), is pleased to announce the following funding opportunities:

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

Read the blog post for more information and to apply

Join us for an author talk: The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19
The NNLM Reading Club announces the launch of NNLM Reading Club Presents…. NNLM Reading Club Presents… are web-based author talks that highlight timely health issues brought to light by the NNLM Reading Club. First session July 14. Learn more about this webinar series 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

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!: Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This session contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here! Part of the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt” webinar series. July 15 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

How PubMed Works: NNLM National Training Office is offering the How PubMed Works series in July. Each session is 90-minutes and offers 1.5 MLA CE. Register for each separate session:

Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines: This 4 week online course introduces learners to the environment of health reporting. Learn how health is reported in the news, how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories, and the consider the impact of celebrity illness on health reporting. Class runs from July 20 – August 14. (4 MLA CE) Register

Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services: Centered around eight core competencies, this interactive 4-week online course provides a rich learning experience to build all the essential skills for providing consumer health information services. Course runs from August 3 – 28. (12 MLA CE) Register

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

Dismantling Institutional Racism in your Library: From Theory to Practice: One of the major barriers to dismantling institutional racism is a lack of effective vocabulary, analysis, and principles. Libraries have the potential to be at the forefront of efforts to dismantle racism in our country.Tobin Miller Shearer, PhD, introduces you to training on field-tested and research-based concepts you can use to address both issues of institutional racism in your own organization and in the communities to which you connect and serve in this Niche Academy webinar. June 23 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

What will it take to create health equity for sexual and gender minority young people: In this talk, Dr. Mustanski will describe his research examining multi-level drivers of health disparities among young MSM and his program of research that uses community-engaged methods to create, test effectiveness, and now study the implementation of eHealth approaches to HIV prevention. The talk will conclude with a model of the multilevel changes that will be necessary to allow sexual and gender minority youth to have an opportunity to attain their highest level of health. June 30 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

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

Earlier this month the National Library of Medicine issued its Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the upcoming NNLM Cooperative Agreement in 2021-2026, there are some big changes, including:

  1. The number of regions will be reduced from eight (8) to seven (7). The current Pacific Northwest Region will be divided among Region 5 (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific; and Region 4 (Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) and
  2. A name change: NNLM now stands for the Network of the National Library of Medicine.

Additional information can be found in the NNLM Organizational Workbook

“Graduation 2020: Tradition in the Midst of Change”, from the NLM Director’s blog

New BLAST default parameters and search limits coming in September

Revealing Data: Learning About Zika

*“Genes, Blood Type Tied to Risk of Severe COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

NIH announces new Transformative Research Award program for ALS

“Clear Health” from NIH is a good place to start if you or someone close to you has received a recent diagnosis, or if you are curious because you heard about a disease, disorder, or condition on the news or from friends and want a good place to find the basic information

National Eye Institute establishes office of regenerative medicine

*Funding opportunities: COVID-19 testing for underserved populations

* NIH Clinical Trial Evaluating Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin for COVID-19 Closes Early

Nerve stimulation helps manage pain without opioids

*NIH launches analytics platform to harness nationwide COVID-19 patient data to speed treatments

*COVIDsearch- COVIDsearch is intended to provide a unified means of searching across available research preprints, publications, and clinical trial information

*Building a COVID-19 Analytics Platform to Turn Clinical Data into Knowledge

New Scholars Program for Current College Students or Trainees, submit application between July 15 – September 1

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


*Resources: COVID-19:

  • The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published a blog that informs consumers about health care scams during the COVID-19 pandemic: Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Scams, Fraud, & Rumor During an Emergency.
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has released a resource guide that addresses the issues disproportionately affecting communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus Equity Considerations.
  • The Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement Research Center has archived their 2-part discussion on how misconceptions about COVID-19 contribute to prejudice against Asian Americans and how this affects their health and well-being: Not a Virus: Asian Identity and COVID-19, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • And the Aspen Institute has published a guide that sets out how various sport and recreation activities can be enjoyed while minimizing transmission or contraction of COVID-19: Return to Play: COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool.

Washington Medical Librarians Association online business/networking meeting
WMLA has cancelled its annual conference due to COVID-19 and has scheduled an online business meeting and networking opportunity. Also, renew your membership and WMLA welcomes new members who are working in health information for biomedical personnel, patients, students, and the public. The online event is June 26 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. PT. Learn more on the WMLA website

Masculine Norms and Men’s Health: Making the Connections
The Masculine Norms and Men’s Health: Making the Connections report, published by Promundo in collaboration with the Global Action on Men’s Health and the Movember Foundation, provides an overview of men’s health globally and illustrates the direct connections between masculine norms and health-risk behaviors including poor diet, substance use, occupational hazards, unsafe sex and limited health-seeking behavior.

Black Male Achievement City Index: The Promise of Place
The Campaign for Black Male Achievement has developed an index that scores 50 cities on a scale from 1 to 100 according to their visible level of engagement and committed action on behalf of Black men and boys. Cities were scored using the following indicators: demographics around race and gender, city-led commitment to supporting and addressing individual and systemic challenges facing Black men and boys, local presence of national programs, initiatives and organizations supporting Black men and boys, and targeted philanthropic funding.

*20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good
Parents and other caregivers are seeking resources to help them hold children through the current, terrible wave of racialized violence, which is exacerbated by the tensions and vulnerabilities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As scholars, writers, and parents who use books to connect with our children and spark conversations with them, we’ve developed this book list to help engage the broad range of emotions and needs of diverse children in our multiracial society.

*Front Lines and Fault Lines: Embarking on the next great era of library services
Chicago—like Detroit, Milwaukee, New York City, and rural Louisiana and Georgia—is a place where African Americans, along with Latinos, are dying from COVID-19 at disproportionately higher rates, and the symbiotic relationship between information access and public safety has become abundantly clear…This moment presents libraries with the opportunity—the mandate, really—to advance a new library service model, one that reaches far beyond the library building and becomes ubiquitous in public life. One that reaches the people on the front lines, those straddling the fault lines of who is—and isn’t—informed and equipped to weather emergencies and public health crises. Read more of ALA  Executive Director Tracie D. Hall’s American Libraries article

*Reopening Gets Real: Libraries enact post-pandemic plans to keep workers and patrons safe 
As parts of the country begin to reopen, libraries are slowly restoring services. For many, contactless or curbside pickup is the first service to return, but some have begun opening buildings to staff and visitors. Read the American Libraries article

*New Genomics: Insights Articles – The High School Student Edition
This month, Genomics: Insights features articles from high school students focusing on current areas of science research with global relevance. The topics explored include the creation of a COVID-19 vaccine, the prediction of structural changes to viral proteins caused by genetic mutations, and how genetically engineered bacteria can solve the plastic pollution crisis. Great inspiration for teachers exploring ways for their students to communicate and write about science topics. Submissions for the August 2020 edition are being accepted through July 15.

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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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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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