NNLM All of Us CEN Newsletter - April 2019

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April 2019


From Data to Discoveries:
Creating a Research Program for All of Us

One year following the launch of the All of Us Research Program, what have we learned about how to build an engaged and diverse participant community and its potential for scientific impact? Join us for a symposium discussing these topics and highlighting precision medicine data. Featured speakers include NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., All of Us Research Program Director Eric Dishman, and National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D. View the live via webcast at https://allofus.nih.gov/news-events-and-media.

Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources

This presentation will introduce school librarians, public librarians, science educators, and other participants to health science education resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The resources pertain to the following subjects: K-12+ science education focusing on anatomy, genetics, health, and health science careers.

The overall goal of this course is to help participants find STEAM resources, lesson plans, and programs through a unique and fun subject. Public and school librarians can support science educators and students by fostering science literacy and health literacy programs. Organizations that assist libraries with integrating STEAM into their programs will be discussed. These efforts are creating value to the science education community. Such support can open the door to professional partnerships with educators. Learn more and register here!

May is Mental Health Month. Get the conversation started with help from the NNLM Reading Club


Because mental health conditions are real, common and treatable, May is recognized as Mental Health Month – as noted on the National Health Observances calendar. To help raise awareness and to find a variety of trustworthy resources and program ideas to help educate and reduce the stigma often associated with mental health disorders, choose one of the NNLM Reading Club’s featured selections. Read the book, share the information, and start the conversation.


NNLM Book Club in Action!

We just finished our monthly book club where we discussed Beautiful Affliction and the other handouts about heart health. The general feeling about the book was very positive and the questions elicited a lively discussion about health and family issues that were so beautifully written about in the book. 

We are so grateful for your generosity in sending these books since we are a rural, small library without resources to have such an informational and instructive discussion. Thank you for the books, information and bags you send. It was just right for our group and we hope to participate again in the future with another book.

Priscilla Backstrom - Director, Maddock Community Library

Career Opportunity -NNLM PNR Outreach Coordinator

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual for the position of Outreach Coordinator in the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR). The goal of the NNLMis to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. For a complete job description and application details please see:  https://bit.ly/2OETWMd

Building Healthy Communities – A Success Story!

An Innovative Collaboration Between Librarians and Pharmacists in Rural WA State Empowers the Community Around Safe Medication Return

Building Healthy Communities

On April 2nd a WA State Pharmacist, Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, and pharmacist consultant for NNLM, Rachel Firebaugh, presented on the topic of safe return and disposal of medications in the rural community of Ritzville, Washington. The Ritzville Public Library, which hosted the event as part of its focus on health programming led by Assistant Librarian Amy Hille, promoted it in conjunction with the upcoming ‘National Prescription Drug Take Back Day’ on April 27th. There was an engaging and inspiring discussion before and after the presentation around further opportunities for action related to this important topic which included the pharmacist, librarian, and community members.

How can you get involved?
To access the materials for a Program-in-a-Box designed to help you facilitate learning, awareness, and empowerment around safe medication return with members of your own community, follow this link: https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/national-health-observances . The Program was created in partnership, collaboration, and excellence between librarians and pharmacists. This presentation could be given in preparation for the ‘National Drug Take Back Day Health Observance’ (April, October) or at any time to facilitate discussion and awareness around this topic. If possible, partner with a local pharmacist and law enforcement to present the included material! 

PNR Rendezvous: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage
Jun 19, 2019    1:00PM - 2:00PM PT

Libraries all over are taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community. The Public Library Association's (PLA) health insurance education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, was part of a national partnership made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst. Registration is encouraged but not required.