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PNR Weekly Digest: December 15, 2020

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

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

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 

New version of the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Learning Plan for December 2020 to April 2021 is now available. The CHIS Learning Plan utilizes NNLM’s many online learning opportunities for library staff to earn a Consumer Health Information Specialization Level 1 or 2 within a short amount of time. In this version, the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) CHIS grid has been incorporated so users can more easily track points and connect to recordings, on-demand offerings, and scheduled webinars.

Citizen Science & Libraries: Help Develop RNA-based Medicines Online Presentation and Q&A: Do Soon Kim is a PhD candidate in the Jewett Lab at Northwestern University. In his research, he works on designing variant ribosomes using experimental and computational methods. December 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT (1.5 MLA CE) Register

Evaluation Pathways: A Webinar Series: The pathways were developed to help NNLM members who are implementing projects with underserved communities, design and carry out effective evaluations that will help showcase all that you have achieved, while identifying ways that programming can improve. This 5 – part series was developed to provide actionable resources to help you effectively design and implement an evaluation. This series does not provide MLA CE credits. Register for each individual session: 

  • 5 Steps to Evaluation: December 18 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register
  • K-12 Health: January 8 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register
  • LGBTQIA+ Health: January 15 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register
  • Race & Ethnicity: January 22 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register
  • Rural Health: January 29 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

Beyond the Binary: Health Resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities: This purpose of this course is to provide culturally sensitive health information resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) populations and the librarians, health care practitioners, and others who support them. The acronym LGBTQI+ refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning individuals and others. January 4 – February 4. (4 MLA CE) Register

Building Reference Skills for Nursing and Allied Health Research: This class is designed for library staff who support, or want to support, nursing and allied health professionals. This class will provide an introduction to the professions of nursing and allied health and NLM databases used by health professionals. The class concludes with you developing your own plan on how to use this information in your own work. Registration is limited to 35 per class and the class is offered 3 times in early 2021. (4 MLA CE) See below for dates:

  • January – Monday, January 11 – Friday, January 29, 2021 – Register
  • February – Monday, February 8 – Friday, February 26, 2021 – Register
  • March – Monday, March 8 – Friday, March 26, 2021 – Register

Scholarly Communication in Academic Libraries: An ever changing landscape of responsibilities: Scholarly Communication in academic libraries provides leadership and guidance in matters pertaining to the management, policy making and procedures as they relate to various scholarly pursuits of a campus. These responsibilities encompass issues related to creating and maintaining the Institutional Repository, copyright, open access policy and publishing, open educational resources, data management and funding, among others. Scholarly Communication is a dynamic environment that requires changing approaches, making modifications and accommodating a landscape that is evolving rapidly. January 13 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

NNLM Reading Club Presents…an afternoon with Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D.: He’ll join our host, Edgar Gil Rico, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, to discuss his book, Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon. Dr. Q, as he is known, shares his journey from a child in a Mexican village to migrant farmworker in California to world-renown brain surgeon and researcher. Dr. Q will also answer audience questions. January 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Learn more about how to attend

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

*Making Sense of Vaccines During COVID-19: What do we need to know about vaccines? With highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccines on their way, Washington’s leading experts are here to go beyond the headlines and bring you the scientific facts. This live conversation will dig into how vaccines work, how they’re usually developed, and what is the same or different about the proposed COVID-19 vaccine. Researchers from Fred Hutch will talk about their participation in Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trials, while leading physicians will answer the “most-asked” vaccine questions they hear every day. Today, December 15 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. PT. Register

*The World We Live in is a House on Fire: Latinx Health and COVID-19: “The world we live in is a house on fire, and the people we love are burning.” -Sandra Cisneros. Join the conversation about our community’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic—and how we can work together to put this fire out. December 16 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

Resources for Wellbeing: Toolkit Tour for Rural & Small Libraries: This WebJunction webinar will introduce tools for helping libraries improve social wellbeing in their communities, created from the Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing Project. February 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

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

“10 Tips After 10 Months of Video Calls”, from the NLM Director’s blog

MedlinePlus Social Media Toolkit Available

Making Exhibition Connections: Spokane County Library District

MeSH RDF Updated with 2021 MeSH Vocabulary

NLM Announces HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program’s Request for Proposals, submission deadline is December 28

The National Library of Medicine will discontinue the JDonate System Website on March 1, 2021, but will continue to accept donations through its Journal Donation Program

“All of Us: Partnering Together for the Future of Precision Medicine”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*Dr. Collins joins Bill Nye on the Science Rules! podcast to discuss the science behind COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics

NIH Participating in Smart Health and Biomedical Research Interagency Program with National Science Foundation

*All of Us Releases Initial COVID-19 Survey Data to Researchers 

NIH’s All of Us Research Program returns first genetic results to participants

NIH to fund cohort recruitment and development program to enhance diversity and inclusion among biomedical faculty

Listen to one-minute audio tips on living a healthy lifestyle featuring Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of NIDDK

Employment Opportunity, Assistant Director, Regional Medical Library at UW


*FDA Press Conference: First COVID-19 Vaccine
Watch the 44 minute recording of the FDA virtual press conference from December 12, 2020 regarding the first COVID-19 vaccine.

*How CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations
What you need to know about how CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations in the United States. The webpage includes what you need to know for yourself and your family as well as a link to information for healthcare professional.

*CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit
Medical centers, clinics, and clinicians can use or adapt these ready-made materials to build confidence about COVID-19 vaccination among your healthcare teams and other staff.

Medical Library Association (MLA) Data Services Specialization
Earning the MLA Data Services Specialization (DSS) indicates that you have received training in providing data services to researchers, clinicians, students, librarians, and others who work with data–and recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring skills in providing data services. MLA offers a Basic DSS certificate. An Advanced DSS certificate is planned for 2021.

The U.S. Surgeon General Releases a Call to Action to Improve Maternal Health
The U.S. Surgeon General Call to Action provides a list of strategies and specific actions to optimize women’s health. The opportunity for action exists across the spectrum of women and families; states, tribes, and local communities; healthcare professionals; healthcare systems, hospitals and birthing facilities; payors; employers; innovators; and researchers. Learn more about this Call to Action

 *Resource List: During COVID-19, You are Not Alone
Physical distancing creates increased social and mental health concerns, but there is help. The Oregon Department of Human Services curated a list of resources for you, friends and family, and community members. All of the help lines included in the list offer translation services and are confidential. Your personally identifying information is not required when contacting a helpline.

HHS Celebrates Title X’s 50th Anniversary
For 50 years, Title X family planning clinics have played a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and related preventive health services for millions of low-income or uninsured individuals and others. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. To celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary, the HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA) has put together a suite of materials highlighting the important work of Title X grantees over the years, including the Title X Family Planning Clinic Locator widget. Visit the Locator to learn how you can simply copy and paste the code to host the tool.

*Office of Minority Health COVID-19 Holiday Safety Toolkit
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) is promoting a very important and simple task for communities across the country – #HolidayAskWearAMask. By wearing a mask, watching your distance, and washing your hands frequently we can make the holidays safer for everyone.  Download the #HolidayAskWearAMask Toolkit that includes social media messages and graphics in English and Spanish, a sample newsletter article, and key messages from the CDC to help spread awareness about holiday safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together we can make the winter holidays safer.

The Joy of Cooking with Kids During the Holidays
With special treats and family gatherings, the perfect time to teach your child about cooking and nutrition is during the holidays! Kids not only will get to try the new foods they prepare, but they also will get a big boost to their confidence when they see family and friends enjoying their creations. Most importantly, cooking with your children will promote future health by teaching them about nutrition and how to prepare healthy meals. Learn more about how to safely cook with kids on the EatRight.org website

New SAMHSA publication: Crisis Services: Meeting Needs, Saving Lives
The book is composed of SAMHSA’s “National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care: Best Practice Toolkit” and related papers on crisis services and is free to download. The toolkit reflects relevant clinical and health services research, review of top national program practices and replicable approaches that support best practice implementation. The related papers address key issues relevant to crisis services, homelessness, technology advances, substance use, legal issues impacting crisis services, financing crisis care, diverse populations, children and adolescents, rural and frontier areas, and the role of law enforcement.

Healthy People 2030’s Leading Health Indicators and Overall Health and Well-Being Measures
On December 10, HHS released a new subset of objectives and a new set of health measures as part of the Healthy People 2030 initiative: Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) and Overall Health and Well-Being Measures (OHMs). Together, LHIs and OHMs will help public health and health care professionals, businesses, policymakers, national organizations, and community leaders set priorities and track nationwide progress toward improving health and well-being.

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Carolyn Martin is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the NNLM Region 5. 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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