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PNR Weekly Digest: November 17, 2020

Posted by on November 17th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

*COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

In the Dragonfly:

NIH calls on clinical researchers to swiftly share COVID-19 results
NIH is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to speeding life-saving research for vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tests to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the establishment of major public-private initiatives such as the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) and the Rapid Acceleration of Diagostics (RADx) initiatives, NIH and its partners have launched dozens of COVID-19 vaccine and treatment clinical trials and funded dozens of new and innovative testing technologies at an unprecedented rate…read more of the NIH Director’s statement

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

DOCLINE for Health Sciences Libraries: DOCLINE is an integral part of interlibrary loan services in Health Sciences Libraries. Journal Holdings, Library Profiles, and Routing Tables guide all DOCLINE requests. In this webinar, NDCO Coordinator Erin Latta will review current best practices for maintaining your Journal Holdings, Library Profiles and Routing Tables. This webinar will include how experienced librarians participate in the FreeShare Library Group, and how they utilize the Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) for borrowing costs. December 8 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

NNLM Reading Club Presents… : This session of the webinar series is scheduled to host Indiana University School of Medicine Professor and author of the book, Please to Meet Me. Bill Sullivan describes how genetics, epigenetics, microbiology and psychology combine to affect our personalities and actions. November 17 at 12:00 p.m. PT.  Visit the webinar webpage to learn more about how to attend this free session. 

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community for Public Libraries: Do you work in a public library? Are you interested in engaging with other public librarians and staff members to improve your knowledge and comfort with health and wellness related reference and services? Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community is a free online course that was developed in cooperation with WebJunction, PLA, and public librarians to create a cohort learning experience. Registration is limited to public library staff. This 4 week asynchronous class runs from January 11 – February 5, 2021. It qualifies for the first level of the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). (12 MLA CE) Register

Better On The Outside After Being Inside – Improving Health Literacy and Self-Care For Incarcerated Persons: This presentation describes findings from an Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities project, funded by the National Library of Medicine. The project aims to engage justice-involved individuals with health education to enhance their knowledge and use of health services and resources. This project won the Frank Bradway Rogers Health Information Advancement Award from the Medical Library Association in 2020. Join the PNR Rendezvous session to learn more about this award winning project. December 9 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Understanding the Power Human Behavior Wields in Our Lives: The webinar will help “de-mystify” the concept of behavioral and mental health by describing the continuum of human thoughts and emotions from wellness to illness to chronic impairment. Additionally, new ways of approaching mental health outside specialty care as well as methods to address the persistently mentally ill will be inventoried. Special focus will be given to the role society can play in recognizing the impact of childhood trauma and the COVID-19 pandemic. December 9 at 8:00 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.

Society, Culture, and Politics: The Government Has Resources to Make You Socially, Culturally, and Politically Educated: The Government has resources to offer in sociology, anthropology, and political science. If your users have questions about the basic functions of society, culture, and politics, this webinar is for you. The information available in these areas range from how to find a career in these subject fields to lessons plans for teachers and scientific investigations. The webinar will introduce sources in these areas from the Library of Congress, the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Science Foundation, ERIC, along with state and local information. November 19 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

Call for Applications to the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI):  The Medical Library Association (MLA) Research Training Institute (RTI) is a unique, highly-effective, and collaborative online research training and support program. The RTI ‘21 immerses practicing librarians in scholarly research, inquiry, and publishing. Librarians of all levels of professional experience and types of work environments who provide health information, services, and support and who have an interest in increasing their research skills and confidence and want to improve library and health care outcomes, are encouraged to apply to the RTI program. The institute is a one-year online program that consists of a series of online modules in advanced research methods, mentoring by faculty experts and peer coaches, preparing and implementing a research project, and an opportunity to present findings at the MLA ‘22 virtual conference. RTI ‘21 features an expanded research curriculum and greater affordability and flexibility for participants. Learn more about RTI program details. Deadline to apply is January 4, 2021. Fees apply

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

“Making Connections and Enabling Discoverability – Celebrating 30 Years of UMLS”, from the NLM Director’s blog

Applications are being accepted until January 28, 2021 for the NLM Associate Fellowship program for librarians

Revealing Data: Flu Masks on Ships, 1918

From the NIH Director’s blog:

Rural youth often lack access to suicide prevention services

NIH study finds long-acting injectable drug prevents HIV acquisition in cisgender women

Join the Learn More Breathe BetterSM program in an effort to promote COPD resources and educate others during National COPD Awareness Month (November)

The Human Pangenome, Explore the monumental effort to redefine the human genome and our understanding of human genomic diversity.

National Human Genome Research Institute Spanish Resource on Polygenic Risk Scores

Census Bureau releases new report on commuting patterns of older workers

* Treatments for People with Early COVID-19 Infection is an Urgent Research Focus

Trans-NIH FIRST program will address faculty diversity and inclusion in biomedical research

National Family Caregivers Month, Tips for helping an older relative with oral care

Neighborhood conditions associated with children’s cognitive function


*Join the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN)
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is working with the Morehouse School of Medicine through a cooperative agreement to develop a national network of state, territorial, tribal and local public and community-based organizations to help address the impact of COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations. Morehouse School of Medicine established the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) which will share important messages and linkages to healthcare and social services in communities across the nation and in areas hardest hit by the pandemic. OMH invites organizations and individuals across the country to be a part of this initiative. To sign up for updates and become a part of this effort, please visit the NCRN website.

Compassion in Action – A Guide for Faith Communities
The HHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives Compassion in Action: A Guide for Faith Communities Serving People Experiencing Mental Illness and Their Caregivers seeks to help faith leaders from all religious and spiritual traditions, as well as their congregants and community-based organizations, increase awareness and build capacity to serve people in their midst experiencing mental illness, and to care for their family or caregivers.

Worldwide Social Media Event: Rock your Mocs
November is Native American Heritage Month. As part of this national observance, OMH invites you to Rock Your Mocs throughout November 15-21. Rock Your Mocs is a week-long social media event that offers American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) a positive opportunity to be united and celebrate tribal individuality by wearing moccasins. The event honors ancestors and indigenous peoples worldwide. Use the hashtag #ROCKYOURMOCS 

*Best Practices for American Indian and Alaska Native Data Collection
Current standard data collection practices by many federal, state, and local entities effectively omit or misclassify American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, both urban and rural. This is particularly concerning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as these current standards of practice are resulting in a gross under count of the impact COVID-19 has on Native people. Learn about best practices by downloading Best Practices for American Indian and Alaska Native Data Collection

#WhiteCoatsForBlackLives — Addressing Physicians’ Complicity in Criminalizing Communities
A recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine takes a look at the role of physicians in contributing to health inequities and the continued racism of the medical and legal systems.

Hate-Motivated Behavior: Impacts, Risk Factors, And Interventions
A recent Health Affairs policy brief states that hate-motivated behavior is a public health threat with structural, interpersonal, and individual antecedents and effects. There is a need for interdisciplinary, multilevel research to better understand the causes of such behavior and to test prevention strategies and interventions.

New Interactive “Family Health: Understanding Family Health History”
November is Family Health History month and we are celebrating by presenting a brand new interactive “Family Health: Understanding Family Health History.” Learn about what family health history is, why it is important, and how to record it.

*Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19.

*COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub
The UCLA Asian American Studies Center, in partnership with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the UCLA Institute of American Cultures, has created the COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub, which includes resources in Vietnamese, Swahili, Somali, Hmong, Spanish, Chinese, Chukese and more.

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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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