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PNR Weekly Digest: April 28, 2020

Posted by on April 28th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

The NNLM PNR, in coordination with Washington School Research Associates (WSRA), is conducting a regional needs assessment via SurveyGizmo. Please consider taking our survey when you receive the survey link via email. The insights you provide will help to shape the nature of our partnerships and focus of our work going forward. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting. Thank you for participating in this important process of ongoing improvement!


[Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *]

In the Dragonfly:

Citizen Science & Alzheimer’s Disease
Stall Catchers is an easy online game developed to help accelerate Alzheimer’s research. The game was created by the scientists at Cornell University to support their EyesOnAlz research project. Learn more about the game and how to participate in this project on the blog

DataFlash: New and Free Virtual Science Conference in June 2020
We are pleased to announce that New England Science Bootcamp for Librarians will host a FREE virtual conference on June 11, 2020, from 6 A.M. – 1 P.M. PT. Learn more about this event and how to attend on the blog post


Educational Opportunities:

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

What’s All This Talk About Citizen Science?: Darlene Cavalier, founder of SciStarter, author of “The Field Guide to Citizen Science” and Principal Investigator (PI) of multiple programs catalyzing citizen science in libraries and around the globe, will guide you as you discover what citizen science is, who is and isn’t engaged, how libraries can be community hubs for citizen science, and where the field may go in the future. Her introduction will be followed by two high school teachers from The Dalles, Oregon, who will share their experience working with students on the SciStarter/NLM citizen science projects. Don’t miss out on a unique opportunity to learn about the buzz surrounding citizen science and how your library can facilitate citizen science in your community! April 29 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

How PubMed®Works: How PubMed Works is a series of four 90-minute classes presented via WebEx. The individual classes are:

  • How PubMed Works: Introduction
  • How PubMed Works: Selection
  • How PubMed Works: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
  • How PubMed Works: ATM (Automatic Term Mapping)

Classes are scheduled in May and June. Register for each separate session. (1.5 MLA CE for each session).

Dementia Awareness for Public Libraries: This interactive presentation will introduce library staff to the National Library of Medicine resources, enhance understanding of the public library’s role in supporting families living with dementia, and present an opportunity to contribute to our understanding of the disease by participating in the All of Us Research Program. April 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. Register

Wellness in the Library Workplace: You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Join us to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. August 3 – 16. (4 MLA CE) Register

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information: This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities. August 28 – September 25. (4 MLA CE) Register

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

COVID-19 and Health Equity: Exploring Disparities and Long-Term Health Impacts: The National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association are exploring the state of the science surrounding the current outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States and globally, with a focus on the emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact through the webinar series, COVID-19 Conversations. The sixth COVID-19 Conversations webinar will explore the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on minority communities, what we can learn from past pandemics in how to provide equitable care to all, and what we can do now to ensure that all communities receive the care they need. April 29 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. PT. Register and view recordings of past webinars in this series

How Climate Changes Health and Why You Should Care: Join this live NIH webcast with speaker John Balbus, Director, NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences on Wednesday, May 6 from 8:00 a.m. – Noon. Register


From the National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health:

“Profiles in Science: Exploring Stories of Scientific Discovery”, from the NLM Director’s blog

The World’s First Public Health Emergency of International Concern

The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program have partnered together to create free resources for library staff to support their community’s digital literacy needs.

*“The Challenge of Tracking COVID-19’s Stealthy Spread”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*Expert U.S. panel develops NIH treatment guidelines for COVID-19

*Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines

*NIH begins study to quantify undetected cases of coronavirus infection

Diet may help preserve cognitive function

*Digital Mental Health: Innovating in a Time of High Anxiety

Infant Temperament Predicts Personality More Than 20 Years Later

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:



*Resources: COVID-19

 *American Psychiatric Association (APA) Coronavirus Resources
To provide support in the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), APA is collecting authoritative and timely resources in this information hub. Included are resources for families, psychiatrists, community leaders and others.

Report: Healthy Eating Research Nutrition Guidelines for the Charitable Food System
This report, prepared by Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, presents recommendations for evidence-based nutrition guidelines tailored to the unique needs and capacity of the charitable food system. The intent of these recommendations is to improve the quality of foods in food banks and pantries in order to increase access to and promote healthier food choices

Survey: National Inventory of Data Sharing Collaborations for Health
The 2019 National Inventory of Data Sharing Collaborations for Health is a nationwide survey conducted by Data Across Sectors for Health on behalf of All In: Data for Community Health. The National Inventory is focused on better understanding the location and nature of multi-sector collaborations in the U.S., their capacity to systematically share data to improve community health outcomes and how these collaborations progress over time. Results from the survey will be summarized in a report and made available in an online directory and map.

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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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