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PNR Weekly Digest: May 5, 2020

Posted by on May 5th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Welcome to the new format of the PNR Weekly Digest. The Weekly Digest is a compilation of news and information from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, professional development opportunities, and other items of interest for the Pacific Northwest Region. We hope you find the information useful for you and those you serve.

The Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) offers regional programs, funding, and training to improve access to health information, increase community engagement about health, expand professional knowledge, and support outreach. The NNLM PNR invites you to participate in a regional needs assessment via this survey. The insights you provide in our survey will help to shape NNLM PNR programs going forward. 


Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Read All About It: May is Mental Health Month
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought widespread stress and uncertainty which may take a toll on our mental health. What an appropriate time to recognize May as Mental Health Month. The NNLM Reading Club features three books to spark a book club discussion on different facets of mental health…read the full post

Professional Development:

NNLM Educational 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 Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101: What better sexual identities way to learn about than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities. Part 7 of the ” Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt” webinar series. May 13 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather any Situation: PubChem is the world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. You can use PubChem to search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers. And, you can use PubChem to find chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, literature citations and more. Join this session of the NNLM Resource Picks on May 27 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 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. Obtain the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) by taking this class. August 3 – 28. (12 MLA CE) Register

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-based public health for CHES CECH: 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. This is a registration page for Certified Health Education Specialists to receive continuing education credit for viewing the recording of the NNLM class From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-based public health, which took place on February 26, 2020. This recording will be available for CHES CECH through August 26, 2020. After registering, you will receive an enrollment code via e-mail and a link to the recording. After viewing the course recording, you will be asked to complete a quiz based on the course content. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

Overview of COVID-19 and CDC’s Response to the Pandemic with a Highlight of Federal COVID-19 Resources: This FDLP Academy webinar will provide information on the CDC’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. May 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

Navigating Benefits.gov: A Resource for Community Advocates: During this FDLP Academy  webinar, attendees will learn how to navigate Benefits.gov and its many resources. Representatives from Benefits.gov will provide a tutorial of the Benefit Finder questionnaire, the newsroom, help center, and continuously developing COVID-19 resources. May 11 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020: New England Science Bootcamp for Librarians will host a free virtual conference on June 11, 2020, from 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT. Topics may include, depending on speaker availability:

  • Vaccine research & manufacture
  • Virology
  • Making Health Devices in non-industrial settings
  • IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape

Learn more and register for this conference

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

*COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. 

Check out the May issue of NIH News in Health with articles covering concussions, vaping, social isolation and more

*“Rising to the COVID-19 Challenge: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx)”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH mobilizes national innovation initiative for COVID-19 diagnostics

*NIH clinical trial shows Remdesivir accelerates recovery from advanced COVID-19

* Honoring Health — What Your Community Needs To Know About COVID-19 — April 2020

Learn about over-the-counter hearing aids, which will be available soon

New study links severe sleep apnea to higher blood glucose levels in African Americans

NIDA launches drug education booklet series for middle school students

*Shareable Resources on Coping with COVID-19

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


*Resources: COVID-19:

Telehealth: Health Care from the Safety of our Homes
The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is encouraging healthcare practitioners to integrate telemedicine into their practice. As part of this effort, HRSA has launched telehealth.hhs.gov as a resource for both healthcare providers and patients. It provides helpful information about telemedicine and links to tools and resources for practitioners.

*53% of Americans Say the Internet Has Been Essential During the COVID-19 Outbreak
The coronavirus outbreak has driven many commercial and social activities online and for some the internet has become an ever more crucial link to those they love and the things they need. As Americans turn to the internet for critical purposes, there are rekindled debates about how the digital divide – that is, the gap between those who do or do not have access to technology – may hinder people’s ability to complete everyday tasks or even schoolwork. Learn more about this new Pew Research Center survey conducted in early April

*Helpful Questions and Answers about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your Pets
FDA offers some helpful questions and answers about keeping your pets safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

National Prevention Week May 10 – 16, 2020
SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW) is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity-building, tools, and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day. NPW culminates in May by recognizing the important work that communities have done throughout the year to inspire action and prevent substance use and mental disorders. Each day this week, SAMHSA will focus on a specific health theme related to prevention. SAMHSA provides free publications, tip sheets, and resource centers for each of the 2020 daily themes to educate and discuss in your community. Check out the Planning Toolkit (available in English and Spanish) for templates, tools, and support for organizing your own prevention events and activities.

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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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