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PNR Weekly Digest: November 10, 2020

Posted by on November 10th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

DataFlash: NIH Issues New Policy for Data Management and Sharing
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing which requires NIH-funded researchers to prospectively submit a plan outlining how scientific data will be managed and shared. This new policy will replace the 2003 NIH Data Sharing Policy…read the full post

NNLM Reading Club Looks Beneath the Surface
Your health is the product of three factors: lifestyle, environment and genetics. In November, NNLM Reading Club is taking a closer look at human genetics…learn more about the books selections on the blog post

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

Library Carpentry Workshop: The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants. 5 workshops will be offered October through January. This course is eligible for 20 continuing education credits through the Medical Library Association. Applications and more information available here. Questions can be directed to nto@utah.edu

Create Your Own Air Quality Sensor with CanAir.io: Daniel Bernal is an electrical engineer dedicated to the environment as an activist and expert on issues such as wetlands, urban biodiversity and air quality. He focuses on electronic design applied to environmental issues such as recycling and air quality. Bernal is also a member of the CanAir.io group, a citizen network for air quality measurement. November 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. (1.5 MLA CE) Register

Crea tu propio sensor de calidad del aire con CanAir.io!: Daniel Bernal es un ingeniero Electrónico dedicado a la parte ambiental como activista y experto en temas como humedales, biodiversidad urbana y calidad del aire. Diseño electrónico aplicado a temas ambiental como el reciclaje y la calidad de aire. Integrante del grupo CanAirIO red ciudadana de medición calidad del aire. Noviembre 18, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. PT. Registrarse

Public Programming and NLM Traveling Exhibitions: NLM Traveling Exhibitions are a unique way to connect your patrons to valuable NLM health information resources through related public programming. To support you and your communities when your libraries borrow NLM exhibitions, the Exhibition Program is developing sample programming ideas related to individual exhibition topics. These ideas will help jump start your creative planning. Julie Botnick will discuss how those ideas can be adapted to your situations and ways to develop your own unique programming at this NNLM Resource Picks webinar session. December 2 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

*2020 NIH Rural Health Seminar: Challenges in the Era of COVID-19: This seminar will explore the impact of COVID-19 on rural populations, systems and workforce issues, and community engagement to respond to the pandemic. This NIH Videocast is virtual event is free and open to the public. November 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT. Learn more about this seminar and register

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

“Fostering a Culture of Scientific Data Stewardship”, from the NLM Director’s blog

October 2020 SNOMED CT Spanish Edition

UMLS 2020AB Release Available

GenBank 240.0 is available and surpasses 10 trillion basepairs!

*“Speeding COVID-19 Drug Discovery with Quantum Dots”, from the NIH Director’s blog

New report on indicators of well-being among older Americans

NIH Researchers Discover a New Inflammatory Disease Called VEXAS (vacuoles, E1 enzyme, X-linked, autoinflammatory, somatic)

*COVID-19 Test Us program—an indispensable partner in diagnostics, validation, and deployment

November is National Diabetes Month, this year’s focus is on taking care of youth who have diabetes

The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with an Envisioning Health Equity Art Challenge 2020, deadline is Feb. 5, 2021

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


*How to Spot Fake News – COVID-19 Edition
IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) has produced a COVID-19 edition of our popular How To Spot Fake News infographic, with a stronger focus on some of the issues encountered around the pandemic – especially the need to check with other sources – and recognition of the fact that much news today spreads through conversations on social media. It is hoped that it proves useful in your efforts to help promote media and information literacy, and to stop the spread of the virus. Download the infographic

*HRSA launches #TelehealthTuesday campaign
The Health Resources and Services Administration has kicked off the #TelehealthTuesday social media campaign to spotlight Telehealth.HHS.gov as the trusted place for telehealth information for patients and providers. Every Tuesday, join HRSA and follow #TelehealthTuesday on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn as they highlight tips, best practices, and other resources to ensure telehealth success. Telehealth is convenient and easy, and an important tool, especially during the COVID-19 public health emergency. On Telehealth.HHS.gov providers can find everything they need to know about telehealth, including policy and reimbursement updates, “how to” information, and implementation resources. Patients can get tips and information about the types of services they can receive via telehealth and what to expect from a telehealth appointment.

National Family Health History Day – November 26
Understanding your family health history not only benefits you, but the health of everyone in your family. The CDC encourages everyone to collect their family health history and has tips for how to get started:

  • Talk to your family.
  • Ask questions.
  • Record the information and update it whenever you learn new family health history information.
  • Share family health history information with your doctor and other family members.

Take time this month to begin the conversation with your family and take steps to act on your family history by using the My Family Health Portrait web tool.

Native American Heritage Month
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is proud to celebrate the rich history and traditions of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AIAN). This month, OMH will focus on the health disparities that continue to challenge the health of AIAN populations, especially as they continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic and influenza season. In addition to persistent health disparities, AIAN populations also face the following issues when seeking medical care:

  • Cultural barriers
  • Geographic isolation
  • Inadequate sewage disposal
  • Low income

Last month, OMH announced the grantees for the State/Tribal/Territorial Partnership Initiative to Document and Sustain Disparity-Reducing Interventions. This initiative aims to address these health disparities and help improve health outcomes for AIAN populations and other racial and ethnic minority populations. Visit our Native American Heritage Month observance page for more information, downloadable materials and health resources.

Trauma Responsive Schools Theory of Change Toolkit: National Edition
The Trauma Responsive Schools Theory of Change Toolkit is designed to guide users to develop a plan and to organize efforts to meet evidence-based practice standards in creating trauma responsive schools. The toolkit integrates knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices. Throughout, it aims to avoid re-traumatization. The toolkit provides an action-oriented guide for school administrators, staff, and teachers, along with community systems that serve children, youth, and families.

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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