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PNR Weekly Digest: October 13, 2020

Posted by on October 13th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Now Open! Application process for NLM Traveling Exhibitions
The application process for hosting two new National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibitions, Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health and This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in their Communities is now open.  All submissions must be received by November 6, 2020, 11:59pm, E.S.T.  An announcement of host sites will be made on December 28, 2020 by 5:00pm, EST….Learn more about applying to host an exhibit on the blog

Consumer Health Minute: Health Insurance Marketplace
Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is from November 1 – December 15, 2020. Your library or organization may offer assistance whether for the Health Insurance Marketplace or for any health insurance enrollment. NNLM PNR has gathered some information resources for you to offer your patrons and clientele as they navigate their way…read the blog post for more health insurance information 

October is Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month!
Happy October!!! It’s Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month. Will you help us celebrate, and take a shot at some great prizes? Enter an original meme into the #NNLMmeme contest! Learn more about a contest and prizes we have for YOU to celebrate

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

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin?: The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options. We will discuss many of these resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs in your library or organization. This 1 hour, online class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals. October 16 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 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

What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling: A one-hour introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. In this talk, we’ll look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. October 29 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Library Carpentry Workshop: The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants. 5 workshops will be offered October through January. This course is eligible for 20 continuing education credits through the Medical Library Association. Applications and more information available here.

DNA to Z: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: This webinar class will provide an overview of the history and current state of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, which has become extremely popular in recent years. The differences between ancestry and health testing will be explored. The veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies will be assessed, and concerns and challenges surrounding these tests will be examined. November 20 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

Spirituality and Mental Health Webinar Series: Understanding the critical intersections of spirituality and mental health can increase the overall effectiveness and quality of treatment across an individual’s continuum of care. Faith leaders and mental health practitioners are working together, developing  strong and successful examples of what can be replicated around the nation. Each session is recorded. All sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. PT.

  • Sept. 29 Spirituality in Treatment: Systemic Treatment Models Bridging Faith and Mental Health Professionals   Watch the YouTube recording
  • Oct. 13 Spirituality and Post-Traumatic Growth: Spirituality as Catalyst for Resilience Register
  • Oct. 27 — Spirituality and Severe Mental Illness: Questions of Recovery versus Purposeful Renewal Register
  • Nov. 10 Spirituality and the Life-time Course of Mental Illness: Support for Patients, Caregivers, and Family by the Faith Community Register
  • Nov. 19 — Spirituality and Relationships: Contributions to Faith and Forgiveness in Recovery Register
  • Dec. 8 Spirituality and Community-wide Crisis: Building Systems to Support Connection and Recovery Register

 Disrupting Whiteness & White Supremacy in the Library: In this free presentation, participants will be taking a look at how whiteness and white supremacy have affected our library systems, and what we can do to be more aware of our internalized oppression(s). Part of the Oregon Reference Summit Presents…October 26 at 2:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about this event and register

Open Science: COVID-19 and Beyond: The landscape of scientific publishing has shifted during the pandemic. Many publishers have made research related to COVID-19 freely available, preprint servers have surged in popularity to share new results ahead of formal publication, journals have expedited their publication processes, and international collaborations have formed to compile the large volume of information being produced. This webinar will explore these changes in scholarly communication and discuss their implications for access to scientific research and evidence synthesis. October 27 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Learn more about this webinar and register

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

“What Health Literacy Outreach Looks Like at NLM”, from the NLM Director’s blog

PubMed Updates and Retirement of the Legacy Site

Request for Information (RFI): Strategic Opportunities and Challenges for the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

A new release of Profiles in Science is now available. This update includes enhanced metadata and functionality to support research and use of Profiles collections.

ISO TA Element Removed from NLM Files

NCBI ALFA: Open-Access to dbGaP Aggregated Allele Frequency for Variant Interpretation

NCBI Datasets now provides downloads of gene data for more than 30 thousand organisms

The Sulfonamide Revolution and Children’s Health Care Delivery in the US

“Give a Man a Fish…” from the NNLM NER blog

“Discussing the Long Arc of Discovery with NIH’s Newest Nobelist”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH RADx initiative advances six new COVID-19 testing technologies

All of Us Research Program Issues Funding Opportunity for New Engagement Partners 

National Institute of General Medical Sciences has just launched a new issue of the Pathways magazine in partnership with Scholastic to help students explore the basics of infectious diseases and investigate why some bacteria and viruses can’t be treated with drugs


Act fast: Sewell Stipends for librarians at APHA
The Sewell Stipend is a professional development resource for librarians who work with public health information and public health workers. The Sewell Stipend supports librarians at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association by covering their financial costs and by connecting librarians to peers and mentors. What’s different this year?

  • APHA 2020 is online
  • The timeline is very compressed: applications October 12 – 18, conference October 24-28
  • The application process is simpler: no essay requirement and no mentor requirement
  • At least ten stipends (covering APHA membership and registration) will be awarded by lottery

Click here to get more details about the Sewell Stipend and apply

Genetic Counseling Virtual Career Fair
The first Genetic Counseling Virtual Career Fair, hosted by the Western States Regional Genetic Network, is being held on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Information about genetic counseling careers will be offered by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and exhibit rooms will be live staffed with professionals from 50 masters-level genetic counselor training programs in the U.S. and Canada. Have the opportunity also to chat with genetic counselors and trainees from the Minority Genetic Professionals Network. Times vary per region. Register

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day – October 15
Every year on October 15, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day is observed to address the impact of HIV and AIDS in the Latino community in the United States. Visit our Minority Population Profiles to learn how HIV/AIDS is impacting the Hispanic/Latino community. Help spread awareness and visit both the CDC and  HIV.gov’s website for resources, graphics, tools and more.

Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19
Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio has launched Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19, a digital communication campaign in English and Spanish to help Hispanic/Latino families take action to slow the spread of coronavirus. The campaign features Hispanic/Latino culturally relevant and research-based resources, bilingual fact sheets, infographics and video role model stories.

Sleeve Up to Fight Flu
This season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging everyone to roll their sleeve up for the annual influenza vaccine. By continuing to wear a mask, washing hands often, and getting a flu vaccine we can help stop the spread of flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 this fall and winter season. Additionally, HHS is asking everyone to get vaccinated against the flu by this Halloween and say Boo to the Flu!
According to the CDC:

  • Everyone aged 6 months and older needs a flu vaccine
  • The flu can cause serious complications such as pneumonia
  • Getting a flu vaccine lowers your chances of being hospitalized from the flu
  • Getting a flu vaccine can help save medical resources this fall and winter

Join the CDC in raising awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated by using the hashtag #SleeveUp to #FightFlu on social media and by sharing resources and graphics.

Report: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health & Housing Equity
The American Public Health Association’s Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health & Housing Equity examines how structural racism and discriminatory policies led to housing and health inequality in America for low-income communities and people of color. To equip public health professionals with the tools to address these inequities in their communities, the report outlines numerous ways to advance equitable change in housing equity through policy and advocacy, cross-sector partnerships and community engagement and education.

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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