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Join us! November NNLM Region 5 Listens Session

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-10-25 15:47

Please join us for our monthly NNLM Region 5 Listens Session on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Alaska | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. HST | Noon – 1:00 p.m. SST (American Samoa) | November 17, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ChST (Guam). NNLM Region 5 serves organizations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States.

A laptop computer announcing the November NNLM Region 5 Listens Session

The purpose of the NNLM Region 5 Listens Session series is to:

  • build relationships among NNLM Region 5 Network members;
  • learn about health information access, education, or technology needs; and
  • foster a fruitful exchange of perspectives on regional issues impacting the equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.

After hearing from participants, our discussion topic for this session will be: Lifelong Learning: NNLM Educational Programs! NNLM staff will facilitate a discussion by asking the following:

  • How do you like to learn? On-demand? Live webinar? Short tutorials?…
  • What health information topics are important to serve your communities?
  • What professional development training is priority?
  • Additional comments related to training.

Registration is required to join the NNLM Region 5 Listens Session. You may submit questions  at the time of registration. NNLM Region 5 staff will do their best to address all submitted questions during the sixty-minute listening session.

Interested? Registration is free! And with this month’s session, we are using the new NNLM website to register. You’ll need to create a free user account. If you have any issues with registration, please contact NNLM Region 5’s membership coordinator, Emily Hamstra (Email: ehamstra@uw.edu)  Register here!

Please note that registration closes Monday, November 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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DataFlash: What is Health Data Literacy and “Data Literacy for the Busy Librarian”

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-10-25 03:00

A face with numbers dropping down in front of the eyesBig Data is a buzzword in many industries these days including healthcare.  What is data literacy and how does it apply and impact healthcare?  According to MIT and Dalhousie University, data literacy is the ability to collect, manage, evaluate, and apply data in a critical manner.  Though, most individuals didn’t go to school to be data scientists, statisticians, computer scientists etc.  In fact, most people do not consider themselves to be data literate.

In the healthcare field where we are bombarded with all kinds of data, – laboratory and test results, vitals, costs, patient EHRs, and much more – it is absolutely important for the healthcare industry to maximize its usage of this critical data for the betterment of the healthcare field as a whole.  How do we solve data illiteracy? The key is to understand that organizations and individuals need to actively buy in and embrace the data revolution, especially leadership which can help set the standard for the culture of the organization to make good use of data. At the individual level, people need to be honest with oneself and address one’s own weaknesses and fill in the knowledge gaps they have for data literacy – i.e., the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data.  Once, individuals can understand their data literacy weaknesses, then, they can begin to understand how they can improve their respective data skillsets.

In February of 2022, the NNLM Region 5 will be offering a course on data literacy called “Data Literacy for the Busy Librarian”.  This 2-week Moodle course is designed for the beginner and the busier librarian in mind who has an interest in improving their data literacy skillset.  Registration for “Data Literacy for the Busy Librarian” is open now.

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2021-10-22 04:30

Look for the soul within your books by sharing a poem with words on their spines. In honor of National Medical Librarians Month and National Health Literacy Month NNLM is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free copy of each of the books selected from the NNLM Reading Club – a total of 15 books to add to your collection and share with your users!

The Rules

  1. Grab some books (at least 3)
  2. Stack them up!
  3. Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  4. Take a photo and share it with us!

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted throughout October. Send us your entry on Twitter by tagging @nnlmregion5 and #BookSpinePoetry or e-mail: nnlm@uw.edu                                          Individuals can submit up to three times.

10 winners will be selected following National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month.

Winners will receive a collection of 15 books on Citizen Science, Digital Health Literacy, Disability Health, End of Life and Environmental Health.

Here’s a little book spine poem to spark your creativity:

This book spine poem reads, "A Homemade Life, On Trails, The Pull of the Stars, Written in Stone."

Let’s Go Region 5!

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Back By Popular Demand: Collection Equity Award

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2021-10-21 04:45
Collection Equity Award Background/Purpose

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Region 5 under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of funding through its Collection Equity Awards to fund collection development that amplifies diverse voices writing on health/medical topics or that include a health or medical issue as an integral narrative theme. Such collection development efforts are important to ensure equitable access to health information and promote health literacy and support programmatic outreach in under-resourced communities.

The Awards are designed to help build collections that are reflective of voices of the communities served which may be revealed through different genres such as graphic medicine, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, Young Adult, manuscripts (published and unpublished), oral histories and film. Expanding diverse voices in libraries (all types), public health agencies, academic programs, or community organizations ensures collection equity and supports health literacy by illuminating health issues either common, or conversely, unique to underserved populations in the region.

Specifically, the Collection Equity Award seeks to address one or more of the following aims from the NNLM Region 5 cooperative agreement and supports NLM’s mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.

  • Advance health equity through national and regional partnerships and initiatives to ensure a variety of members and the public will have equal access to biomedical, health, and public health information and data.
  • Administer funding awards to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through information.
Eligibility

Applicants must be from institutions that are members of NNLM Region 5. Membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information. To verify your membership, find out your NNLM ID or to apply for membership, contact Outreach and Access Coordinator Emily Hamstra via email: ehamstra@uw.edu.

Funds from this award must be used for purchase of materials and resources from any genre that amplify diverse voices writing on health/medical topics or that include a health or medical issue as an integral narrative theme.

Funding

Funding Period: December 17, 2021 – April 30, 2022

Amount:  $1,500

Number of Awards Available: Minimum of 6

Application

Step 1: Send an email stating your intent to apply by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 12, 2021 to nnlm@uw.edu. Include the name of your library/organization and your intent to apply for the Collection Equity Award.

Step 2: Download this Application Form and submit the completed Application Form to nnlm@uw.edu by the Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, December 10, 2021

Note: 

  • Applications submitted by 5:00pm Pacific Time, December 10, 2021, will receive first consideration.
  • The NNLM Region 5 staff will acknowledge your application when received, and notification of awards will be given by December 17, 2021.
Budget Guidelines:
  • Award is $1,500. A lump sum payment will be issued upon submission of a completed invoice. The invoice template will be provided by Region 5 staff.
Evaluation of Applications

Applications will be reviewed by: NNLM Region 5 staff.

Reviewers will score applications based on the following categories and criteria.

  1. SIGNIFICANCE (60 points): The proposal:
    1. clearly defines the target populations it is meant to serve; and
    2. provides evidence of need.
  2. PROJECT PLAN (20 points): The project plan:
    1. demonstrates potential to increase access to biomedical and health information for defined target populations; and
    2. describes an effective publicity/promotion strategy.
  3. EVALUATION (20 points): The evaluation plan is clear and uses sound methodology.

REPORTING: The applicant agrees to the reporting requirement. This is an inclusion/exclusion criterion. Applicants lacking this element will be disqualified.

Additional Information

Reporting: 

A final report is required no later than May 27, 2022, which consists of a bibliography of the resources purchased. The citation format will be provided to awardees.

NIH Acknowledgement:

Any resource developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:

“Developed resources reported in this [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM013725. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

Need additional information or help?

Michele Spatz, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, NNLM Region 5, nnlm@uw.edu

Telephone: 206-543-8262

 

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Health Literacy Month: Digital Literacy

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2021-10-20 04:30

Today, for Health Literacy Month, we are focusing on digital literacy.

The World Health Organization defines digital health literacy as “the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources and apply the knowledge gained to addressing or solving a health problem.”

The current global pandemic has heightened our reliance on digital communications – think telehealth, education, commerce, social connections – and has brought the digital divide into sharp focus. A 2019 survey found more than 21 million people in the United States still lack internet access. That includes 27 percent of rural Americans (nearly three in ten) as well as 2 percent of city dwellers and 44 percent of adults living in households with incomes below $30,000 (Winslow, 2019).

Libraries play a crucial role in communities by bridging that digital divide, from loaning hot spots and digital devices to offering both assistance and formal instruction in using digital technology to “seek, find, understand and appraise….knowledge.”

To help, NNLM has partnered with Wisconsin Health Literacy to offer digital health literacy skill-building resources. Interested in teaching or offering digital health literacy instruction? Try the Digital Health Literacy Curriculum. Want to link to short, instructional videos in both English and Spanish to support community members’ digital literacy skills development? Check out the Learn Internet Skills Online: Free Online Learning ModulesAnd lastly, a downloadable poster, Detecting Reliable Health Information Online.

Winslow, J. (2019, July 26). America’s digital divide. The Pew Charitable Trusts. https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/trust/archive/summer-2019/americas-digital-divide

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See you at ARSL!

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-10-18 05:30

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) will be at the annual ARSL (Association for Rural & Small Libraries) conference in Reno/Sparks Nevada.

Stop by the NNLM exhibit both, both in-person and virtually. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the freely available classes, funding, membership, and more. Learn more about health information resources and services to offer your communities to become better informed health consumers.

We have a session at the in-person conference. Attend the session, “I’m Not a Doctor”: Ethics and Best Practices in Health Reference, on Friday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. to gain some tips to provide basic knowledge and improve your ability to conduct a health reference interview confidently and ethically at your library. Through discussion and role-playing activities attendees will come away equipped to address health-related questions through knowledge of authoritative health information resources, clarify the difference between providing health information versus medical advice, and tips for maintaining patron confidentiality and privacy.

Outreach and Access Coordinator, Emily Hamstra, will present Spark Talk, Finding and Using County Health Data to Inform Programming, Collections & Services, virtually. Resources for locating health data on your community will be presented, leaving you with fodder for generating ideas for programming, collections, and services to offer at your library.

Looking for ways to engage your community around health and digital literacy? Attend the virtual session, Health Literacy Possibilities @ Your Library, to learn how NNLM and All of Us are working together to support health and digital literacy initiatives at public libraries. Participants will learn about free resources from the National Library of Medicine as well as funding and programming opportunities for small and rural libraries.

We’d also like to offer those who are attending in-person the opportunity to meet with us during the conference. It’s a chance to learn about your health information work, ask questions, or just get acquainted.  Email us at nnlm@uw.edu

We’re excited to be part of the conference and are looking forward to meeting you virtually or in-person. Safe travels.

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“A healthy attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” – Tom Stoppard

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2021-10-15 05:30

Let’s be carriers and create messages with book spines that can inspire others. In honor of National Medical Librarians Month and National Health Literacy Month NNLM is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free copy of each of the books selected from the NNLM Reading Club – a total of 15 books to add to your collection and share with your users!

The Rules

  1. Grab some books (at least 3)
  2. Stack them up!
  3. Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  4. Take a photo and share it with us!

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted throughout October. Send us your entry on Twitter by tagging @nnlmregion5 and #BookSpinePoetry or e-mail: nnlm@uw.edu                                          Individuals can submit up to three times.

10 winners will be selected following National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month.

Winners will receive the following topical collection of books:

Citizen Science
Citizen Science; The Crowd and the Cosmos; Diary of a Citizen Scientist

Digital Health Literacy
Deep Medicine; The Digital Doctor; The Future of Healthcare

Disability Health
Every Note Played; Switched On; Tough as They Come

End of Life
The Unwinding of the Miracle; Can’t we talk about something more Pleasant?; The Five Invitations

Environmental Health
Amity and Prosperity; Plastic: A Toxic Love Story; What the Eyes Don’t See

Let’s Go Region 5!

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Health Literacy Month: Community Health Literacy

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2021-10-14 21:14

Today for Health Literacy Month, we are looking at community health literacy. What is meant by community health literacy?  According to a policy statement from the American Public Health Association, “An individual’s health literacy level is influenced by his or her language, ability to communicate clearly and listen carefully, age, socioeconomic status, cultural background, past experiences, cognitive abilities, and mental health. In addition, health literacy is affected by the assumptions and operations of health communicators and their respective health and social systems.” We can think of community health literacy as the unique ways health literacy operates in a given community or population group. To encourage community health literacy, it is important to be culturally competent, practice cultural humility, and be aware of language needs within different communities.

More About Community Health Literacy Children lined up in school. A young girl gets her temperature taken with a forehead thermometer by a person mostly out of frame.

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels

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Coming Soon! October NNLM Region 5 Listens Session

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-10-12 11:25

Please join us for our monthly NNLM Region 5 Listens Session on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time | 2:00 p.m. Alaska | Noon HST | 11:00 a.m. SST (American Samoa) | October 20, 8:00 a.m. ChST (Guam) for a one hour Listens Session. NNLM Region 5 serves organizations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States.

Picture of a laptop computer

After responding to your questions, our discussion topic for this session will be: Strength Through Community Partnerships. NNLM staff will facilitate a discussion by asking the following:

  • How do you identify potential community partners?
  • What types of collaborative projects have you done with your community partners to advance health information access and use?
  • What advice would you share when working with community partners?
  • What kind of support can NNLM offer collaborative community partnerships?

Registration is required to join the NNLM Region 5 Listens Session. You may submit questions  at the time of registration. NNLM Region 5 staff will do their best to address all submitted questions during the sixty-minute listening session.

Interested? Registration is free. Register here!

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DataFlash: Recruiting Students for MCBK Pilot Class

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2021-10-08 12:45

MCBK Cycle

Would you like to be part of pilot class to help improve delivery of computable applications to LIS professionals and healthcare providers? Library and Information professionals are invited to apply for training on Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK). Training will be online using Zoom over two weeks in late December 2021 and early January 2022 (between traditional fall and spring semesters). As part of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the training will introduce how electronic journals can provide “dynamic knowledge” that readers can validate immediately. For example, for data, programming code or encodable prediction models in healthcare, readers can provide feedback and contribute to faster development of diagnosis treatments or tools to compute risk of coronavirus infection.

LEARNING GOALS from the pilot training in MCBK collections and technology are:

  • LIS professionals can help design more effective data archives and repositories to improve healthcare information accessibility for professionals, patients, and researchers.
  • Based on the pilot class and a community of practice (CoP) from universities, libraries, and medical schools, a sustainable open educational resource (OER) will be developed with online materials for future use.

As part of Learning Health Systems (LHS), MCBK strives to speed up access to information and computable tools, but the process is also applicable to other sciences and research. Whereas printed publications provide readable information, new technologies and platforms support electronic publication of computable knowledge. The availability of computable information can reduce the gap between research and practice from years to a few months. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has begun supporting MCBK publications, such as the LHS Journal from the Michigan School of Medicine.

Space is limited to 15 students, but there will be a wait list. A stipend of up to $1500 will be paid to students for attending class and providing feedback. The 40-hour interactive class with speakers and discussions are 2-4 hours: December 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 28, 30 and January 3, 5, and 6. Mentors will support groups of students, too.  Please submit your letter of interest and resume to Dr. Deborah Swain, Project Director (dswain@nccu.edu) or Dr. Christopher Cunningham, Co-Director (ccunni23@nccu.edu) by November 15. Criteria for students includes both years of experience in LIS profession and motivation to learn for LIS students.

NOTE: The project directors will confirm your attendance prior to the workshop, and invited attendees will have 48 hours to reconfirm participation. Nonresponses will be removed from the list of potential students. If in the meantime you learn that you cannot attend, please alert Dr. Swain so that your space can be given to someone else. We will only contact waiting list participants if there is a place available.

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“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m Possible.” – Audrey Hepburn

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2021-10-08 05:00

Don’t forget, in honor of National Medical Librarians Month and National Health Literacy Month NNLM is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free copy of each of the books selected from the NNLM Reading Club – a total of 15 books to add to your collection and share with your users!

The Rules

  1. Grab some books (at least 3)
  2. Stack them up!
  3. Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  4. Take a photo and share it with us!

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted throughout October. Send us your entry on Twitter by tagging @nnlmregion5 and #BookSpinePoetry or e-mail: nnlm@uw.edu    Individuals can submit up to three times.

10 winners will be selected following National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month.

Winners will receive the following topical collection of books:

Citizen Science
Citizen Science; The Crowd and the Cosmos; Diary of a Citizen Scientist

Digital Health Literacy
Deep Medicine; The Digital Doctor; The Future of Healthcare

Disability Health
Every Note Played; Switched On; Tough as They Come

End of Life
The Unwinding of the Miracle; Can’t we talk about something more Pleasant?; The Five Invitations

Environmental Health
Amity and Prosperity; Plastic: A Toxic Love Story; What the Eyes Don’t See

Let’s Go Region 5!

We can’t wait to read your submissions!

 Notes from a Public Typewriter, Bringing Yoga to Life, Till We Have faces

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Recap: September 21, 2021 NNLM Region 5 Listens Session

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2021-10-07 04:00

Hello everyone! Thank you for your interest in our recent NNLM Region 5 Listens Session. In follow-up, we’re sharing questions and answers that came up as well as some URLs to resources that were mentioned during our time together either during discussion or shared via chat. Here we go!

Questions and Answers

Q: Who do we contact when Docline is not working?

Please contact Region 5 DOCLINE Support: docline@uw.edu.  Emily Hamstra, NNLM Region 5 Outreach & Access Coordinator, is your DOCLINE liaison.

Q: How can a (small) public library participate in resource sharing, either directly (DOCLINE) or indirectly (through a medical library)?

Please see:

DOCLINE Participation Requirements (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/doclineguidelines.html)

More info about interlibrary loan options available from the National Library of Medicine

Q: Would you please review all support you provide for hospital librarians?

NNLM Region 5 provides support through:

  • NNLM training opportunities
  • Funding opportunities. NNLM Region 5 has announced the following funding opportunities: Technology Equity Award  Letter of intent due 10-1-21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Applications due 10-15-21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Environmental Health Outreach Award  Letter of intent due 10-1-21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Applications due 10-15-21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Professional Development Awards coming soon! Watch for our announcement.
  • PNC-MLA is planning a panel session focusing on hospital librarians at their annual conference, Nov. 4-5, 2021. More information will be posted on the PNC-MLA conference information website. The conference is free and open to anyone in NNLM Region 5. Registration opens October 4, 2021.
  • Coming up on December 9, 2021 NNLM will host a webinar: Ransomware Attacks: What Medical Librarians Need to Know

Q: Like to address, clearing the “clap-trap” and the garbage information being perpetuated within communities. Audience: rural, older adults, college, or any health consumer.

NNLM Region 5 is deeply concerned about misinformation. Here are two resources on misinformation that offer practical steps to help address it:

 Q: Resource for culturally and linguistically appropriate health information?

  • Ethnomed provides information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other topics related to the health care of immigrants to the US, many of whom are refugees. Try the Clinical https://ethnomed.org/Topics (For Patients) section.

Q: Are there any patient-friendly resources for the ClinicalTrials.gov website?

  • MedlinePlus has patient-facing Clinical Trials information on its Clinical Trials page.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov is undergoing a modernization effort. NLM will host a webinar: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization on October 7, 2021, from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time for an update on this effort. For those who are unable to join the live webinar, a recording and slides will be available. Want to attend? Register here.

Q: Does NLM do any advocacy (have a seat at the table) for policies regarding broadband expansion and internet access?

  • There are conversations identifying these needs, including telemedicine, within NIH.

Q: How to stay up-to-date on NNLM Region 5 news and announcements?

From the Padlet discussion on A World of Health Information Resources:

Q: What are the topics for which you need health information resources?

The top 5 responses fell into these categories:

  1. LGBTQ Healthcare/LGBTQI+/Intersectional Identities and Health Information/Transgender Health
  2. Sexual/Reproductive Health
  3. Medical Misinformation (see resources noted above)
  4. Understanding Health Disparities
  5. Vaccine Hesitancy

Q: Who is your intended audience or audiences?

The top 5 responses fell into these categories:

  1. Public Libraries/General Public
  2. Residents/Clinical Faculty
  3. Medical Students
  4. Academic Libraries – Graduate and Undergraduate
  5. Local Community

Q: In what languages do you need health information resources?

The top 5 responses fell into these categories:

  1. Spanish
  2. Information in gender inclusive language particularly relating to pregnancy & childcare. Potentially relevant resources:
  3. ASL
  4. English
  5. Tied results for: Thai/Lao and Tagalog

Q: What format would best reach your intended audience(s)?

The top 5 responses fell into these categories:

  1. Paper (not everyone has good internet connection)
  2. Visual infographics or even memes
  3. Stories, not just facts.  A participant shared this example: https://www.elsolnec.org/news-and-media/covid-19-response/
  4. Influencers – whether these are celebrities or the organizer of the church prayer group
  5. Online

As a reminder, our next NNLM Region 5 Listens Session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time | 2:00 p.m. Alaska | 12:00 p.m. HST | 11:00 a.m. SST (American Samoa) | September 22, 8:00 a.m. ChST (Guam). Our discussion topic will be: Strength through Community Partnerships. To attend, register here.

 

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Consumer Health Minute: Participate in Health Literacy Month!

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2021-10-06 05:00

Health Literacy Month began with Helen Osbourne, health literacy consultant, in 1999 to bring awareness of the need to create and provide health information that is understandable by patients and the general public.

Healthy People 2030 updated their definition of health literacy to include both personal and organizational health literacy:

  • Personal health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others.
  • Organizational health literacy is the degree to which organizations equitably enable individuals to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others.

This new definitions:

  • Emphasize people’s ability to use health information rather than just understand it
  • Focus on the ability to make “well-informed” decisions rather than “appropriate” ones
  • Incorporate a public health perspective
  • Acknowledge that organizations have a responsibility to address health literacy

word cloud with the words Health Literacy centered and other words around it such as Patrons, Library, Outreach and more

What can you and your organization or library do to address health literacy?

Highlight MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health information resource, in your library’s newsletters and programs, post links to specific health information on social media, and use MedlinePlus in your reference services. It’s free and includes information from a variety of authoritative sources.

Organize a program highlighting health and wellness and include health information resources such as MedlinePlus, the Medical Library Association’s resources for patients and the public, and additional resources included in the NNLM guide for public libraries. Attendees will appreciate these resources to have handy after the program.

Take classes focusing on consumer health and earn the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) from the Medical Library Association. NNLM classes are free and many are eligible towards CHIS. Currently NNLM will take care of the CHIS application fee for library staff and those involved in health outreach. Taking classes will help keep you current and aware of consumer health topics and resources and increase confidence in providing consumer health information services.

You and your community members may sign up to receive free consumer health information:

Highlight and listen to Helen Osborne’s podcast, Health Literacy Out Loud with episodes pertaining to the public, organizations, and health professionals

Libraries Transform Health Literacy Toolkit, is an easy way to highlight the role of libraries in providing quality health information to help increase their community’s health literacy. Sign up for a free account and you’ll have access to downloadable posters, bookmarks, table tents and more to print and post around the library in October and all year long.

Reading fictional or real-life stories is a great way to discuss health issues and concerns from various perspectives. Host a book discussion with books that include a health topic such as:

Check out additional reads with the NNLM Reading Club.

And to observe both Health Literacy Month and National Medical Librarians Month, NNLM is holding a spine poetry contest!

  • Gather your books (at least 3)
  • Stack them up!
  • Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  • Take a photo and share it with us!

Individuals can submit up to three time throughout October. Send us your entry on Twitter by tagging @nnlmregion5 and #BookSpinePoetry or e-mail nnlm@uw.edu

10 winners will be selected following National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month (both observed in the month of October). All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free copy of each of the books selected from the NNLM Reading Club – a total of 15 books to add to your collection and share with your users! Learn more about it on a previous blog post.

Each week, during the month of October, this NNLM Region 5 blog will include special posts focusing on health literacy. Stay tuned!

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Join us! October NNLM Region 5 Listens Session

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-10-05 03:30

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Please join us for our monthly NNLM Region 5 Listens Session on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00pm Alaska | Noon – 1:00 p.m. HST | 11:00 a.m. – Noon SST (American Samoa) | October 20, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ChST (Guam). NNLM Region 5 serves organizations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States.

The purpose of the NNLM Region 5 Listens Session series is to:

  • build relationships among NNLM Region 5 Network members;
  • learn about health information access, education, or technology needs; and
  • foster a fruitful exchange of perspectives on regional issues impacting the equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.

After hearing from participants, our discussion topic for this session will be: Strength Through Community Partnerships. NNLM staff will facilitate a discussion by asking the following:

  • How do you identify potential community partners?
  • What types of collaborative projects have you done with your community partners to advance health information access and use?
  • What advice would you share when working with community partners?
  • What kind of support can NNLM offer collaborative community partnerships?

Registration is required to join the NNLM Region 5 Listens Session. You may submit questions  at the time of registration. NNLM Region 5 staff will do their best to address all submitted questions during the sixty-minute listening session.

Interested? Registration is free. Register here!

Please note that registration closes Monday, October 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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DataFlash: MLA’s Data Services Specialization (DSS) Certificate and Region 5 Application Fee Sponsorship

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2021-10-01 10:38

Last January, MLA announced the Data Services Specialization (DSS) certificate that librarians can earn to demonstrate their attainment of the relevant knowledge and skills necessary to provide data services.

Best geared for health sciences librarians and information professionals and built upon the MLA Data Services Competency, the Basic Certification requires the completion of four 4-credit free Network of the National Library of Medicine courses. These courses cover 5 skill areas (i.e. principles of data literacy; data services; research data best practices across the data lifecycle, open science practices, and training and consultation on data-related topics) and are available on demand. An additional three credits in the five skill areas are required and several NNLM courses are listed on the NNLM Data Services Specialization page.

Registration for the NNLM courses is open and free.  MLA DSS certification costs for MLA members is $55 and for MLA nonmembers is $75. You can find more information about the DSS certificate, including cost, requirements, and skills on the MLA website.  If you are interested in having your application fee sponsored by Region 5, fill out this application form.

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Calling all Maya Angelous, Pablo Nerudas, and Claude McKays!

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2021-09-30 21:32

In honor of National Medical Librarians Month and National Health Literacy Month NNLM is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free copy of each of the books selected from the NNLM Reading Club – a total of 15 books to add to your collection and share with your users!

The Rules

  1. Grab some books (at least 3)
  1. Stack them up!
  1. Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  1. Take a photo and share it with us!

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted throughout October. Send us your entry on Twitter by tagging @nnlmregion5 and #BookSpinePoetry or e-mail: nnlm@uw.edu   Individuals can submit up to three times.

10 winners will be selected following National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month.

Winners will receive the following topical collection of books:

Citizen Science
Citizen Science; The Crowd and the Cosmos; Diary of a Citizen Scientist

Digital Health Literacy
Deep Medicine; The Digital Doctor; The Future of Healthcare

Disability Health
Every Note Played; Switched On; Tough as They Come

End of Life
The Unwinding of the Miracle; Can’t we talk about something more Pleasant?; The Five Invitations

Environmental Health
Amity and Prosperity; Plastic: A Toxic Love Story; What the Eyes Don’t See

Let’s Go Region 5!

We can’t wait to read your submissions! To get things started, here’s my first attempt at book spine poetry:

 The Missing Piece, Go In and In the Weight of a Soul, When Breath Becomes Air, Peace is Every Step.

This book spine poem reads: The Missing Piece, Go In and In the Weight of a Soul, When Breath Becomes Air, Peace is Every Step.

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DataFlash: Brent Dykes’ “Effective Data Storytelling” Book Review

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-09-27 08:05

These days, there are so many books on data storytelling that claim to do an effective job of explaining how to give impactful data narratives. Lately, I have to go through a pilBooks Logoe of books to find one that really works, sort of like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I stumbled across Brent Dykes’ book “Effective Data Storytelling” when it was first released back in December 2019, but just didn’t have the time to read it.  Finally, I set some reading time aside to read this gem of a book.  I’m so happy that I did!!!

Dykes’ “Effective Data Storytelling” uses fascinating and well-balanced historical stories and anecdotes to explain effective data storytelling; he obviously spent a great deal of time researching the history of data storytelling and data visualizations because it shows in his work!  He not only features historical facts about male pioneers that dominate the data visualization field and data visualization references like Edward Tufte but features historical facts about less talked about female influencers like the nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale and her influential statistical data visualization that demonstrated the disproportionate number of deaths due to infectious diseases rather than to battle injuries in order to convince British army leaders at the time that they needed to adopt better sanitary measures.  Her influential data visualizations on sanitary reforms ended up saving the lives of many British soldiers during both peacetime and during military conflicts.

In short, Dykes’ book on “Effective Data Storytelling” is exactly it.  He teaches about the three pillars of effective data storytelling which he identifies and elaborately but elegantly explains as being data, narrative, and visuals. Dykes goes into quite the detail to explain the psychology, ethics, and anatomy of a great data story.  I thoroughly enjoyed and updated my data storytelling knowledge through reading this great book.  The only thing I regret is not reading this book sooner!!!

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There’s Still Time for Fall Funding Opportunities

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-09-20 21:00

The Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 5 (NNLM Region 5), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), is pleased to announce we’ve extended the deadline to submit your Letter of Intent to apply for our two fall funding awards. The new deadline to submit Letters of Intent for either award is October 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Organizations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States are eligible to apply.

NNLM Region 5’s Environmental Health Outreach Awards are designed to address environmental health issues in underserved communities through education and creative community responses to improve health equity. A minimum of three awards with a maximum fixed price of $5,000 each will be funded. To see the full Environmental Health Equity Outreach Award, including the eligibility criteria, funding period and application instructions, please see this NNLM Region 5 blog post.

NNLM Region 5’s Technology Equity Awards are designed to upgrade, replace or adopt hardware or software technologies that will increase access to health information, and/or strengthen communications and connectivity for health. A minimum of six awards with a maximum fixed price of $5,000 each will be funded. To see the full Technology Equity Award, including the eligibility criteria, funding period and application instructions, please see this NNLM Region 5 blog post.

Although NNLM members may apply for either or both awards, only one award will be made per successful applicant. Letters of Intent are due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 1, 2021. Applications submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2021 will receive first consideration.

Questions? Your NNLM Region 5 staff is here to help. Please reach out to Michele Spatz, NNLM Region 5 Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at: mspatz@uw.edu

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NNLM R4 Connections: First Meeting (September 2021)

MCR News - Wed, 2021-09-15 14:56

Thank you to all that attended our first bi-monthly “NNLM R4 Connections.” It was a wonderful meeting where we, the NNLM R4 Team, had the opportunity to share with the region our plans as we move forward. The first presenters were our Communications Team, revealing methodology that will be utilized to communicate out to the region and methods to gather input. A multimodal approach was presented, covering emails, social media, etc…  

Dana Abbey, our Community Based Health Organizations (CBHO’s) Engagement Coordinator, talked about plans she has moving forward and activities she is planning with partners throughout the region. A Jam board (https://tinyurl.com/NNLMR4FirstFeedback) was shared to gather feedback from participants to learn more about other partners and methods that she could use to reach CBHO’s throughout the newly designed region. The same Jam board was utilized to gather information about preferable methods of communication. 

David Brown, our Public Health Organizations (PHO’s) Engagement Specialist, talked about programming that he was also planning, communication he has had with entities in our region, and was very open to learning more from participants about what other methods they recommend he use to reach our region, in particular the new states that we have. He created a Mentimeter, to gather more information about what he could do, and what participants thought he should do as the Engagement Specialist for PHO’s in the region. He will be analyzing the results and working to improve his work in this area taking into consideration the feedback that was gathered.  

George Strawley, our Libraries Engagement Specialist, presented his plans in this area. He also mentioned the awards that we currently have available encouraging participants to apply. (https://tinyurl.com/NNLMR4Awards). The same Jam Board used for both Communications and CBHO’s was used to collect more information for him to consider in his program areas. 

John Bramble, our Executive Director, presented to us his responsibilities and how he saw us moving forward as a team. He also talked a little about Catherine Soehner’s responsibility as the Principal Investigator of this project and the plans they had to help mentor the specialists and oversee the projects throughout the region.  

All Engagement Specialists were super excited about this meeting and the feedback that was gathered. They are looking into it to learn more about how they can improve and tweak programming in their areas to help increase programming within the region and compliment current programs.  

The meeting was recorded and is available at: https://youtu.be/IS-tQk9L81Q  

Stay tuned for our next “NNLM R4 Connections” meeting taking place November 11th 2021. See you then! 

Do not forget to join our listserv to learn more about activities in our region: https://tinyurl.com/NNLMR4-Listserv  

 

Yamila M. El-Khayat, MA serves as Communications and Citizen Science Specialist at NNLM (Network of the National Library of Medicine) Region 4. She has a passion for health information and working with all communities in particular traditionally marginalized communitiesYamila is a medical librarian at the University of Arizona. In working as a Librarian, she has been determined to increase health literacy to better serve the needs of the Latino and Native American populations, improving access to information related to the health of Native American, Hispanic, Border, Evidence-based, intercultural, bilingual and culturally appropriate. She has experience training information for clinicians, students, and community members, including health promoters/ “Promotores de Salud. 

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Hello from NNLM Region 5 staff: Daina Dickman

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-09-14 06:00

Hi! I am Daina Dickman, Assistant Director of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Region 5. The Regional Medical Library for Region 5 is based at the University of Washington, but I will be working remotely from Sacramento, CA. I am brand new to my position, and began last week!  I am excited to move from being a network member to a new role as a part of the NNLM Region 5 team.

white woman with shoulder length blonde hair and glasses, wearing a black hoodie with pins. She is looking to the left on a vista with pine trees, water, and clouds in the background.

Hiking on Orcas Island in Washington.

I have worked as a health sciences librarian in Portland, OR for a hospital system and a midwifery college. My most recent position was as a scholarly communication librarian at California State University, Sacramento. Earlier in my career I was a public and school librarian where I had the opportunity to be a Bookmobile librarian in San Francisco, CA and a librarian at an international school in Germany.  I have also worked in community clinics focused on HIV prevention, the LGBTQIA+ community, and reproductive health care. I am active in MLA and am serving as the immediate past chair of the Social Justice and Health Disparities caucus.

When not working I like to spend time with friends, printmaking, making crafts, baking, and gardening.  I enjoy being in the Sacramento sunshine. My yard has a persimmon tree, pomegranate tree, passionflower vine, grape vines, apple tree, cherry tree, plum tree, grapefruit tree, mandarin tree, lemon tree, peach tree, kumquat tree, and blueberry bushes.  I’ve been learning a lot about canning recently!

My email is ddickman@uw.edu. I look forward to getting to know the NNLM Region 5 community and learning how best to support your work.

 

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