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PNR Weekly Digest: January 5, 2021

Posted by on January 5th, 2021 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

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 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: 

  • 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

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

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics and Bias Mitigation: The increasingly widespread use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in AI applications must be continually monitored for biases and false associations, especially those surrounding protected or disadvantaged classes of people. This webinar will discuss methods used to mitigate such biases and their weak points, using real world examples in civilian agencies. January 22 at 8:00 a.m. PT. No MLA CE credit. Register

Substance Use Disorder Treatment in the Time of COVID: Primary care clinicians face many challenges when addressing the complex needs of patients with chronic pain, substance use disorders or both. Over the last 10 months, the SARS-CoVID-2 pandemic has both increased and changed the challenges that healthcare providers face. You will learn about how SARS-CoVID-2 pandemic has changed SUD treatment and prescribing protocols. January 28 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.

Supporting Urban Native Youth: Mental Wellness Series: This webinar series hosted by the National Council of Urban Indian Health. Register for both sessions and view the recording of the first session.

  • Traditional Medicine, January 5 at 4:00 p.m. PT
  • LGBTQ2S+ Youth, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. PT. 1 pm PT

Differences Between the Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccine: This webinar will be hosted by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) on January 6 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register 

PLA Leadership Lab: Embedding EDI in Library Leaders: Join this first-ever PLA Leadership Lab: Embedding EDI in Library Leaders, a virtual workshop that will explore transformational leadership through the lens of the current social crises, emphasizing equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice (EDISJ) principles and approaches. Public library services have evolved with a constant mission to serve the public good but have demonstrated that equal access is not equitable for all. Embedding EDISJ in library leadership development requires a multi-pronged approach that relies on building trust internally with library staff and externally with community assets. This workshop consists of six live virtual classroom sessions that will take place Wednesday, 2/3/2021–Wednesday, 3/24/2021. Each 90-minute session will include open discussion, facilitated presentations, small group work, and Q&A. $400 for PLA members and $475 for non-members. Deadline to register is January 27.

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

“Above and Beyond”, from the NLM Director’s blog

The National Library of Medicine is recruiting early career librarians to join its Associate Fellowship Program. Applications for next year’s cohort are due January 28, 2021, 8:59 p.m. PT. Attend the webinar on Thursday, January 7 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PT to learn about the program from current Associate Fellows Brianna Chatmon, Allison Cruise, Levi Dolan, and Amanda Sawyer.
National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program Overview:

Founding and Future: 50 Years of the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

*Phase 3 trial of Novavax investigational COVID-19 vaccine opens

*NIH study uncovers blood vessel damage and inflammation in COVID-19 patients’ brains but no infection

*Peer-reviewed report on Moderna COVID-19 vaccine publishes

Tool Helps Children Cope with Painful Procedures

NIH and Alaska Native leaders identify how to achieve socially responsible genomics research


Make Every Bite Count: USDA, HHS Release Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025
Jointly published by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) every five years the guidelines provide science-based recommendations designed to foster healthy dietary patterns for Americans of all ages – from birth through older adults. Importantly, this edition expands the guidance, for the first time including recommended healthy dietary patterns for infants and toddlers. Steeped in scientific evidence, the key recommendations look similar to those of the past and address two topics that garnered much attention throughout the development of the guidelines – added sugars and alcoholic beverages. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 carried forward the committee’s emphasis on limiting these dietary components, but did not include changes to quantitative recommendations, as there was not a preponderance of evidence in the material the committee reviewed to support specific changes, as required by law. As in previous editions, limited intake of these two food components is encouraged. Learn more about the new guidelines

Survey: The State of Telehealth Services in Indian Country
NIHB is asking for a tribal representative from each of the 574 federally-recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes to complete an online and anonymous survey on the state of primary, behavioral and other telehealth services and capacity in Indian Country. Survey responses will be analyzed into a list of themes and recommendations that will be shared with tribes and stakeholders to help advance efforts in securing resources for improvements to AI/AN telehealth. Deadline is January 16.

Hypertension Resources for Health Professionals
The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed and compiled several hypertension resources for health professionals, including patient handouts, guidelines and recommendations, training programs and the Hypertension Communications Kit, which includes social media messages, graphics and more.

*COVID-19 Initiatives and Resources
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) has created a new COVID-19 Initiatives and Resources webpage, where you can find information on OMH and HHS initiatives and efforts to address the impact of the pandemic on racial and ethnic minority communities.

*Report: Ten Action Steps to Enhance the Health and Quality of Life of Communities of Color
The Black AIDS Institute, the San Francisco Community Health Center and the Latino Commission on AIDS have published the Final Report of the COVID-19 Virtual Think Tank: Ten Action Steps to Enhance the Health and Quality of Life of Communities of Color across the U.S., which addresses COVID-19, the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, viral hepatitis and STIs in communities of color.

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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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