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PNR Weekly Digest: July 7, 2020

Posted by on July 7th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

July NNLM Reading Club on Racism and Health: Black Maternal Health
Bring your book-discussion group into one of the central conversations impacting our nation as the NNLM Reading Club focuses on Racism and Health for its July reading selections, with special attention to Black maternal health…read the post to learn more

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

NNLM Reading Club Presents… The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19: Join Dr. Robert Wachter, author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, as he discusses how digital health and health technology have evolved since his book was published in 2015 and what patients need to know in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. July 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

Citizen Science in the Academic Library: Academic libraries can bring citizen science to the campus and to the community, whether through supporting the integration of citizen science into courses or by bridging the gaps between researchers, students, and community members. This two-part webinar series will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus, and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts. MLA CE available for each session.

Roles for Medical Librarians in Graphic Medicine: Discovery, Access, and Beyond: Join Medical Librarians to hear about how they use Graphic Medicine in their work with colleagues, students, and staff. Panel participants will also discuss the past, current and future role of Medical Librarians in the Graphic Medicine Community and take questions from attendees. August 5 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.

*Reopening Colleges and Universities During COVID-19 — Keeping Students and Communities Healthy: This is the eleventh COVID-19 Conversations webinar will discuss the variety of considerations being weighed before reopening colleges and universities in fall 2020, including the role of testing and contact tracing, responding to outbreaks, if sports can safely resume, and other strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while allowing education to continue. July 8 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. PT. Register

Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium: While the symposium is free and open to the public we do want to be clear that the intended audience is folks who have been already centering equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the professional work that they do and are wanting to learn from folks that are also equally committed and engaged in the work. Check to see if this event is for you before registering. Symposium runs from July 8 – 10.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is turning 30!: Join Oregon Disabilities Commission for its weekly virtual Lunch & Learns. The ADA was a crucial civil rights law in 1990 and it remains an essential resource for people with disabilities in securing full rights for participation in society. We’ve adjusted this year’s program, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of a one-day event in Salem, Ore., we are holding four Lunch & Learn sessions, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PT, via Zoom. Register for any of the listed sessions and learn more on the website.

  • July 7, ADA History
  • July 14, Disability Language & Etiquette
  • July 21, Assistive Technology & Universal Design
  • July 28, Effective Communications & COVID-19:  Lessons Learned

A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice and Policies: This American Public Health Association webinar will cover the historic and present day impact of racism on the health of mothers and birthing individuals with a panel of experts. The webinar will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing on APHA’s website within a week of the live event. July 14 from 11: 00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. Learn more about this series and register at the APHA website.

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

“Biomedical Informatics and Health Equity: Using One to Improve the Other”, from NLM Director’s blog

We want to hear from you about changes to NIH’s Sequence Read Archive data format and storage

Al Gore, the Internet and the National Library of Medicine

*“Finding Antibodies that Neutralize SARS-CoV-2”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*The July issue of NIH News in Health is now available focusing on personalized exercise, relieving rosacea, coping with traumatic events, and more

*Testimony on Operation Warp Speed: Researching, Manufacturing, & Distributing a Safe & Effective Coronavirus Vaccine

*NIH ACTIV vaccine working group weighs role of human challenge studies for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development

Lower wealth linked with faster physical and mental aging

NHLBI expands access to diverse genetic data, creating more possibilities for personalized medicine

Rx Reminder: Helping People with Sickle Cell Disease Take Their Meds

New chance to advance inclusion of all ages in research

NIH funds centers to improve the role of genomics in assessing and managing disease risk

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


*Resources: COVID-19:

*Considerations for Travelers—Coronavirus in the US
This CDC webpage is about travel that is different from your everyday activities, away from your local community. For advice on how to safely meet basic household needs within your local community, see CDC’s webpage about running essential errands. COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

*Deciding to Go Out
As communities and businesses are opening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. When you can leave home and be around others depends on different factors for different situations. Follow CDC’s recommendations for your circumstances.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) recognizes July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and encourages partners to join us in educating communities about the importance of mental healthcare and treatment especially during the pandemic. OMH will also encourage behavioral health professionals to develop their knowledge and skills to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services through OMH’s free and accredited e-learning program. For resources and materials, please visit the OMH website and the OMH Spanish website.

*Elder Mental Health During COVID-19
The fact sheet Elder Mental Health During COVID-19, created by the HHS Indian Health Service (IHS), provides caretakers with concise definitions and recommendations for elder care during a pandemic, such as how to meet medical needs and suggested activities including physical and cognitive exercises.

NAMICon 2020, Together Toward Tomorrow
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has transformed its canceled in-person NAMICon into a virtual event. This is a no cost event though donations are appreciated. Registration is now open for NAMICon 2020 Virtual Event, taking place July 13–14.

*The Black Men’s Project – Virtual Wellness Summit
Another Life Foundation’s The Black Men’s Project is coming Saturday, July 18, 2020, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. PT. It will be presented as a virtual wellness event. Black/African American men will speak about the importance of mental wellness in this climate of social unrest and COVID-19. Learn more about The Black Men’s Project and register to attend

Image of the author ABOUT Carolyn Martin
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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