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PNR Weekly Digest: September 15, 2020

Posted by on September 15th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Wildfires in the Northwest
The states of Oregon and Washington are plagued by major wildfires and smoke this summer.  Learn about resources on response and recovery, smoke inhalation, fire and smoke hotspots, coping, and more-– from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Resources Center and other agencies and organizations.

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

Effective Health Communication and Health Literacy: Understanding the Connection: This introductory class to health literacy and health communication will help you understand and raise your awareness of the complexity of these concepts. We will define health literacy today, identify various types of literacy, explore how communication and health literacy affects how a person manages and makes health care decisions. October 6 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

HESPA II 2020 Curricular Mapping for Advancing Health Education Specialist Professionals Webinar: The New HESPA II 2020 Curricular Mapping for Advancing Health Education Specialist (HESPA) Professionals Webinar, is a one hour webinar for any public health professional who would like to learn how to map Health Education curriculum to the new HESPA II 2020 competencies. October 8 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

NLM Drug Information Resources: The National Library of Medicine provides a variety of resources to locate the most up-to-date information on drugs. This one-hour webinar designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists will provide an overview of locating relevant consumer and clinical drug information, as well as normalized names for clinical drugs. The session will include interactive audience participation with hands-on exercises, polls, and discussion. October 13 at 10:00 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

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The goal of this class is to increase the understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. You will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies. Class runs from Nov. 2 – Dec. 11. (8 MLA CE) Register

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

Health Disparities: The Core Paradox: The Cross Cultural Health Care Program webinar will explore how poor health outcomes can occur when the needs of patients diverge from traditional Western medicine. September 16 at 3:00 p.m. PT. Register

Economic Inequality and Health: Join this free NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) lecture by former director of NIEHS on September 21 at 8:00 a.m. PT. Learn more about how to attend

Secrets of the Super Searchers: Turbocharge your Federal Government information reference skills! Join Super Searcher Chris Brown, long-time depository coordinator at the University of Denver, Main Library, as he shows you his search strategies to answer the toughest Federal Government information reference questions. Chris literally wrote the book on Federal Government information reference with his new book, “Mastering United States Government Information: Sources and Services.” September 22 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

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

“A 21st-Century Approach to Health Services Research: NLM Moves Forward with You in Mind”, from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM seeks comment on strategic opportunities and challenges, through Oct. 19

Darkening Day: Air Pollution Films and Environmental Awareness, 1960–1972

Coming Soon: NLM Classification Redesign

MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing Activities for 2021 MeSH

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021, deadline to apply is Sept. 25

*”Genome Data Help to Track COVID-19 Superspreading Event”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*Testimony on Vaccines: Saving Lives, Ensuring Confidence, and Protecting Public Health

*NIH ACTIV initiative launches adaptive clinical trials of blood-clotting treatments for COVID-19

Access to the COVID-19 Data Analytics Platform Now Open

*Tiffany Haddish interviews Dr. Fauci about COVID-19, view on YouTube

September is National Recover Month, visit the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for resources


Parts of the Cell Animation Resource for the Virtual Classroom
Are you looking for images or animations to update your lesson plans this fall? The “Parts of the Cell” resource is a series of short 3-D videos that journeys into the human cell revealing cell parts such as the nucleus, Golgi body, mitochondria, the endoplasmic reticulum and other organelles. These digital media files are available for educational use by the general public, students, and teachers. “Parts of the Cell” videos and associated images are considered public domain images and may be freely used. Additional credit details can be found on the webpage.

*Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness
The Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness resource aims to provide the most up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge. The resources span a wide range of healthcare settings (EMS, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care) and cover a broad array of topics ranging from behavioral health to healthcare operations to telehealth.

*Learning Community: The HHS Telemedicine Hack
To support the wide adoption of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has partnered with the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico and the Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN Learning Network to deliver Telemedicine Hack, a free, virtual peer-to-peer learning community to accelerate telemedicine implementation. September 16 and 23, 7:00 a.m. PT, Virtual. Register

*COVID-19 Podcasts
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Public Health Review podcast recently aired an episode on Addressing Rural Health Disparities in a Pandemic, and the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) has developed a new podcast series to update the public on the latest scientific information from CDC’s COVID-19 response: the MMWR Weekly COVID-19 Briefing.

2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
The CDC has released the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) 2019 Results and Data. The YRBSS monitors several categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including unintentional injuries, violence, unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, inadequate physical activity and asthma.

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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