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PNR Weekly Digest: April 13, 2021

Posted by on April 13th, 2021 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has awarded a new five-year cooperative agreement grant to the University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences Library to lead the NNLM Regional Medical Library (RML) Region 5 serving a six-state region including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States. Region 5 is part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), which will include 7 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as of May 1, 2021…read more regarding this announcement on the blog

Important Information about your NNLM.gov Profile – Take action by April 30th!
Due to upcoming system upgrades on nnlm.gov, your current transcript of NNLM classes will not be available after Friday, April 30th, 2021. Your NNLM Class Transcript lists all NNLM classes you have registered for since December 2016. If you want to keep a copy of the classes you’ve taken over the past 5 years…learn how to get the list of your past NNLM classes on the blog

*We Can Do This! COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Resources
he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services We Can Do This COVID-19 public education campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing…read more about how you can support this effort on the blog

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 

Telehealth in Rural Public Libraries
Learn how a rural library partnered with the University of North Texas Health Science Center to launch a pilot telehealth program. In rural communities, libraries often have the fastest internet connection in town together with digital literacy to assist users. Rural Americans face health inequities that result in worse health care outcomes than their peers in more populated areas. The presentation will include a discussion of logistics, and the role of health and digital literacy in telehealth. April 14 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Social and Environmental Determinants of Maternal Health Disparities and a Roadmap to Effective Solutions: This Emerging Trends webinar series presentation will describe historical and contemporary pathways by which features of the physical and social environments likely contribute to maternal health disparities. Potential interventions along with priorities for future research will also be described. April 20 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19: Join the next PNR Rendezvous webinar to learn how Library Journal 2021 Librarians of the Year launched and lead an international network of librarian volunteers in a new role: emergency responders in the COVID-19 pandemic. April 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Tips and Tools for Closing the Digital Health Divide Webinar Series
Join NNLM All of Us, Wisconsin Health Literacy, and community subject experts to discover health literacy insights, best practices, videos and guides, designed for meaningful and effective engagement with diverse populations. These tips and tools for your health literacy toolkit are available in both English and Spanish. If you work with patients, community members or library patrons, this training is for you! This free, four part webinar series will be held April 19, 20, 21, 22. 4.0 MLA CE Contact Hours will be awarded for successful completion of this series. Learn more and register 

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

*Addressing COVID Vaccination Rates in Underserved Communities Data, Tools, and Supporting Information: Join the American Public Health Association, the GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health, MDB, and SSF, in a free 90-minute webinar explaining tools and approaches to raise vaccination rates in underserved communities. April 16 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. PT. Register

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

“NIH Strategically, and Ethically, Building a Bridge to AI (Bridge2AI)”, from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM Awards 2021-2026 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements

NLM Issues Notice of Special Interest for a New NNLM Data Science and Services Center

Updated CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization) Learning Plan Available

Join SciStarter and the Network of the National Library of Medicine for Gaming 4 Science Day from April 15 at 11:00 p.m. to April 16 10:59 PM PT

*Pictures of the Pandemic

*“Mapping Severe COVID-19 in the Lungs at Single-Cell Resolution”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH begins study of allergic reactions to Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines

*NIH experts call for accelerated research to address concurrent HIV and COVID-19 pandemics

Drug prescriptions in older adults with dementia

NEI (National Eye Institute) joins call for standardization of ophthalmic imaging devices

NIA (National Institute on Aging) study identifies FDA-approved drugs that may also be helpful for dementia

NIH scientists try a new twist on using ‘personalized’ stem cells for studying dementia

Request for Proposals: Health Disparities Codeathon, proposals due April 26


Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW)
Black Maternal Health Week takes place every year from April 11 –17. The month of April is recognized in the United States as National Minority Health Month – a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. Additionally, we are joining dozens of global organizations who are fighting to end maternal mortality globally in advocating that the United Nations recognize April 11th as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks. Learn how to participate, get the toolkit, and more on the Black Mammas Matter Alliance website

Register to Attend MLA ’21 vConference
Conversations and connections. Energy and insights. Connections and interaction. MLA’s 2021 virtual conference will give you can’t-miss value: research and projects from your colleagues; interactive learning sessions; plus the latest innovations from exhibitor partners. This year’s Medical Library Association’s annual conference includes a variety of events throughout the month of May. Visit the conference website to learn more and register.

Rural Queer History: Hidden in Plain Sight
False narratives about queer populations’ absence from rural places are still present today. But there are scholars and activists who try to paint a fuller and truer picture. Read the full article on The Daily Yonder

Looking at the Rural Homelessness Experience: Definitions, Data, and Solutions
Though often considered an urban problem, homelessness also affects rural individuals and families, impacting their health and well-being. A Vermont nonprofit leader shares her organization’s work using the evidence-based solution Housing First and reminds us that for many, homelessness is just “one catastrophic event away.” Read the full Rural Monitor article

*When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions—like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in public places until we know more. These CDC recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings.

*Vaccines for COVID-19
Visit the CDC website to learn more about vaccines and where to find where to get the vaccine. Information is also available for health professionals.

Earth Day is April 22
Earth Day is an annual event that began in 1970 and is a time to learn about how we can protect the earth, bring awareness to environmental health issues, and work together to protect earth’s resources. Both the EPA and earthday.org provide resources and tools for the classroom and the public.

National DNA Day, April 25
National DNA Day is a unique day when students, teachers, and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics. The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. This annual celebration offers students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about the latest advances in genomic research and explore what they may mean for their lives. Unlocking Life’s Code provides online resources for the classroom or for the public to learn and appreciate advances in genomics.

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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