NNLM All of Us CEN Newsletter - October 2019

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October 2019

Transform Stickers

October is Health Literacy Month!

To celebrate health literacy month, we’re going all out! During the month of October, public libraries can request a set of 100 Libraries Transform health literacy statement stickers through the CEC educational materials store. This is an exclusive offer during the month of October, while supplies last. Do I sound like an infomercial? For access to all of our content for health literacy month, please visit the NHO webpage.


Upcoming Webinars

Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections
November 13, 11:00am CT

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics
November 14, 12:30pm CT


Reading Club Kits

NNLM Reading Club

NNLM Reading Club provides a book-club kit to public libraries that join NNLM and apply. Topics are tied to national health observances like Healthy Aging Month or American Heart Month. It's while supplies last. Click here for selections and application.


Citizen Science

Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science

Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS) is an NLM and NIH priority area for NNLM. Through citizen science and crowdsourcing, NNLM can engage communities in addressing societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation.

Collaborations between communities and researchers build capacity to address problems and meet research goals. Community participation in the research process also builds trust between NNLM and the communities that we serve.

Engaging network members through CCS supports NLM’s FY2020 Congressional Justification(link is external), which states that NLM is "committed to encouraging citizen science as a way to provide opportunities for members of the community to work with NLM to improve and apply NLM products and services in novel ways" by creating a link between NLM researchers and the community.


Libraries Help to Connect Communities with Free Health Resources 

Healthy Acadia is partnering with public libraries across Hancock and Washington counties to increase awareness and use of the National Network of the Libraries of Medicine’s (NNLM) free public health resources. The All of Us Research Program Community Engagement Project is supported by a grant from the NNLM, New England Region, to help public libraries support the health information needs of their patrons. NNLM resources include Medline Plus, which provides up-to-date information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues, peer-reviewed medical research articles, pharmacological reference, pharmacological, toxic substance and household product databases, clinical trials, opportunities to participate in medical research, and much more.

Participating libraries are scheduling learning sessions and offering one-on-one tutorials designed to increase knowledge and use of the NNLM's free online medical reference and educational content such as MedlinePlus and other resources, including the All of Us Research Program, medical research, and clinical trials. Learning sessions may also include other health-promoting activities such as tai chi, healthy eating, mindfulness and more.

Healthy Acadia will train interested librarians to facilitate community workshops and tutoring sessions; stipends are available for librarians who facilitate or host workshops or tutoring sessions in their library, or in other publicly-accessible community venue.

For more information, or to become a partner library in this exciting project, contact Nina at Nina@HealthyAcadia.org


Sleep as Medicine

A study of over 450,000 people found too much or too little sleep is associated with higher risk of heart attack. This new study looked at genetic risk. People with high genetic risk can lower their chance of a heart attack by almost 20 percent with good sleep habits. For most adults, the recommended amount of sleep is 7 to 9 hours. “I want to tell people that if they prioritize sleep, they can actually do something for heart health,” said senior author Céline Vetter, Ph.D. Learn more


Libraries as Community Catalysts

Libraries as Community Catalysts -Recapping OCLC's Library Futures Conference

On October 2, OCLC President and CEO Skip Prichard opened the day by outlining the five Cs that libraries need to catalyze their communities. Libraries contribute, developing unique offerings that help make them indispensable. Through those contributions, they forge connections. Catalysts create, introducing big changes and little shifts. They compete, constantly pushing themselves forward. And they ultimately choose, from all the goals that they can pursue, the ones most important to their communities. The greatest catalysts maintain a positive view of the future, Prichard said. Read more here.


Explore Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

Because it can be challenging to find a compatible health provider, choose health insurance coverage, or understand medical terms, organizations have been observing October as Health Literacy Month since 1999. It is a time to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. But you don’t have to wait until October. Any time is a good time to become a more informed health consumer.

October Book Club

When it comes to your health, you are your own best advocate. The NNLM Reading Club has selected three books to help you become more knowledgeable and informed. To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding health  information resources, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Health Information.


National Medical Librarians Month:
Sara Mannheimer & Toan Lam-Sullivan

In honor of National Medical Librarians Month in October, the Pacific Northwest Region is featuring librarians in the PNR region who are medical/health sciences librarians as well as those who provide health information to their communities. Read the feature on Montana State University’s Sara Mannheimer who is a Data Librarian and Toan Lam-Sullivan, Bilingual Regional Librarian at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon on the PNR Dragonfly blog.


Increase Information Literacy: Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Liz Waltman, Outreach, Education, and Communications Coordinator, NNLM SEA
April Wright, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM SEA

NNLM’s mission “to improve the public’s access to information to facilitate making informed decisions about their health” relies on building the skills of consumers and librarians in finding, reading, understanding, and using authoritative health information.

Information literacy, and more precisely related to NNLM’s mission, health information literacy, is a practice. As with any skill, information literacy must be learned, practiced, refined, and used for school assignments, looking critically at the news, and evaluating websites. In this regard, Wikipedia edit-a-thons are excellent tools for teaching and learning information literacy skills – they require that participants assess existing information, decide where changes need to be made, and add citations to relevant and authoritative sources.

This fall, join NNLM in our ongoing #citeNLM campaign by hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at your organization. By hosting an event you will be joining a network of librarians, health professionals, and students from around the country working to improve the quality of mental health articles on Wikipedia using trusted National Library of Medicine resources. To get you started, we have created a Guide for Organizers that will walk you through the steps of hosting your own edit-a-thon. In this toolkit you will find an overview of the #citeNLM project, a comprehensive planning checklist, sample marketing materials, and a guide to share with your participants. We also invite you to attend our training session on Thursday, October 17 where you will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more information, and connect with the #citeNLM community.

No matter if you host your own event or join us for our virtual edit-a-thon on November 20, we look forward to working with you to improve mental health information on Wikipedia! Check out nnlm.gov/wiki to learn more about the project and make sure to follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #citeNLM to ask questions, post photos, and share your Wikipedia experience.