NNLM All of Us CEN Newsletter - December 2019

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December 2019

Community Health Challenges: Training, Language and Programming for Libraries

December 17, 2019
3:00-4:00pm EST

Public libraries are uniquely positioned to help their communities address substance misuse, homelessness, and mental health concerns, by connecting residents with accurate information and resources. Libraries are seen by many as safe, neutral spaces; but some topics carry fear and stigma that can have an outsized impact on staff and community members’ ability to respond. Compassionate training, policies, programming, and choice of terminology can help remove barriers that prevent people from seeking help for themselves or others, and give library staff the information and support they need to address this and other public health crises. This webinar will use several examples of library responses to the opioid crisis to highlight approaches, resources, and programs that can help reduce stigma and fear and promote healthier communities. Register

World AIDS Day Title Selection

The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

The NNLM Reading Club is pleased to recognize World AIDS Day, celebrated each December 1st. Since World AIDS Day was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Even so, today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Knowledge about HIV may lead to taking action to prevent its spread and also help reduce the stigma of this disease so those living with HIV receive needed support.

To help spark an important conversation about HIV/AIDS, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: HIV/AIDS Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then  download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding HIV/AIDS information. Short on time? We’ve got you covered! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.


December NIH News in Health

Check out the December 2019 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.


Help Your Community Get a Jump on Fitness

The GMR announces an exciting new funding opportunity, Resolve to Stay Active: A Fitbit Kit for Your Community. This award supports public libraries or other community organizations which serve populations that are underrepresented in biomedical research in the Greater Midwest Region by providing access to health technology and consumer health resources. Learn more and apply here!

Memory Cafe

Memory Café at Missoula Public Library honored at 2019 Montana Library Association Conference

Last year Missoula Public Library received an All of Us Community Health Outreach Award to continue the Memory Café program which was started with a previous grant from the Montana Geriatric Education Center. A Memory Café is a program designed as a social engagement for individuals experiencing memory loss. The goal of the library’s Memory Café is to create a safe, welcoming and supportive space for these individuals as well as their caregivers and family members. Research shows the importance of remaining social throughout the memory loss diagnosis and the café helps to achieve this goal. Once a month the library invites a guest to lead a discussion or activity with the participants. We also have a representative from Missoula Aging Services at each café available to answer questions and connect people with resources. Read more here!