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PNR Weekly Digest: July 14, 2020

Posted by on July 14th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

NIDA Request for Information
As part of the strategic planning process, NIDA (NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for feedback on an initial outline of the plan, which includes both Scientific Goals and Cross-cutting themes. NIDA would like to hear from the community of researchers, clinicians, patients, policymakers, members of the public, and other stakeholders. …read the post to learn more about how and when to submit comments.

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

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!: Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This session contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here! Part of the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt” webinar series. July 15 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”): Native Americans live with some of the nation’s most significant health disparities. While the causes are immensely complex, it is widely recognized that food insecurity, associated food behaviors, and malnutrition are major influences. To help combat these disparities, the Greater Midwest Region funded Anna Wirta Kosobuski, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth, MN, a health information outreach award to support her Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”) project in 2019. Join the session to learn more about this project. July 29 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Front Line Workers: One Way Libraries Can Contribute to the Pandemic Response: The UTA Libraries FabLab has contributed to the national movement among makerspaces to craft sewn masks and 3D printed face shields for the community and for front line health care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will cover our approach to safely facilitate the making of these Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items; how they have been distributed; implications these efforts have for the maker movement medical librarians, and health professionals; and resources for further making! August 12 at 8:00 a.m. PT. 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

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

“Bridging the Gap: From Research to Policy”, from the NLM Director’s blog

The BLAST Docker and databases are now ready to use on Google and Amazon clouds

Prevention Posters Push the Message

*“Meet the Researcher Leading NIH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Development Efforts”, from the NIH Director’s blog

Meet the 2020 Coding it Forward Civic Digital Fellows

“The TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories” Published in Scientific Data

*NIH Launches Clinical Trials Network to Test COVID-19 Vaccines and Other Prevention Tools

*RADx Tech: Diagnosing Disease-Delivering Health: Watch a video on NIBIB’s new initiative

Medical Imaging App, Learn how medical scans work and what to expect during your next one

Engineers 3D-print sensors onto moving organs

Piecing Together the Puzzle of Chronic Low Back Pain: A computer model may be able to inspire new insights and treatments.

Data harmonization and sharing are essential for COVID-19 research

Large study links gum disease with dementia

Join the National Eye Institute for Healthy Vision Month 2020! The theme is Eye Health Is My Health, spotlighting the connection between eye health and overall health. Explore the resources

National Human Genome Research Institute researchers reframe dog-to-human aging comparisons

Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa)

In coordination with the launch of the NIH Common Fund’s Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) program, NIH is hosting an online-only, Virtual Symposium Platform, a collection of networking tools and online events that is free and open to the public. The Virtual Symposium Platform will be open from July through November 2020 with several online events and networking tools available to participants during that time frame.

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


*Resources: COVID-19:

  • The Association of American Medical Colleges has published a blog that addresses racial health disparities during the pandemic: Why is my community suffering more from COVID-19?
  • The American Public Health Association has compiled resources on the impact of COVID-19, reopening, and public health safety tips and tools: COVIDGuidance.org
  • The University of Chicago Center for Spatial Data Science has developed an interactive US COVID Atlas that provides county-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, with the option to view regional clusters and to overlay the map with American Indian/Alaska Native reservations.

Two New Toolkits from the Accessibility Assembly

  • Accessible Communication Styles provides guidance for choosing Inclusive language to celebrate the diversity of experiences. The toolkit discusses use of “people-first” and “identity-first” language  to address the concerns of disability advocacy groups while promoting human dignity. This toolkit offers current best practices which promote an inclusive library environment.
  • Virtual Accessibility includes tips and resources to ensure that library events are welcoming and accessible for everyone who is interested in participating. The Virtual Accessibility toolkit offers specific tips for video meetings and presentations, webinars, group discussions, an accessible documents and handouts. When online programs and classes are planned with accessibility in mind, it is possible for many people who have previously found barriers to enjoy and benefit from the opportunities their libraries provide.

2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being. This publication delivers the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being, including topics such as health, family and community, education and economic status. It also compares statistics from 2010 to 2018. Please note that this year’s edition describes how children across the United States were faring before the coronavirus pandemic began.

Mental Health by the Numbers
The National Alliance on Mental Health has created infographics and fact sheets on topics such as the warning signs of mental illness and suicide, including statistics by race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation/identity: Mental Health By the Numbers.  NAMI also provides Spanish-language information on mental health and its cultural dimensions among the Hispanic/Latinx community.

Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Disparities
The National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC has published a booklet, Mental Health Disparities among Hispanic and Latino Populations, that emphasizes the social determinants of health, as well as non-medical health-related social needs, and their impact on Hispanic/Latinx mental health outcomes.

Younger, more educated U.S. adults are more likely to take part in citizen science research
In recent years, a host of new ways have emerged for people with little or no formal science training to take part in scientific research projects. One-in-ten U.S. adults say they have taken part in an activity classified as citizen science in the past year, and 26% say they have ever done so, according to a Pew Research Center survey…learn more about this Pew Research survey

*Hand Sanitizers with Methanol
FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. Learn more about these hand sanitizers on the FDA website

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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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