NNLM All of Us CEN Newsletter - March 2020

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March 2020

New on-demand class - Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices

Now available: Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices – on demand

Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies in this 4 credit/4 module asynchronous online class. Through interactive, self-paced tutorials, discussion forums, and a synthesis exercise, users will learn:

  • What is a health reference interview
  • How the library can protect patrons’ health privacy and confidentiality using ethical guidelines from library associations
  • Effective communication strategies to identify the health information needs of patrons
  • Simple methods for evaluating online health information that can be easily explained to patrons

This is an on-demand class, open February 10, 2020 - April 30, 2020. This class is approved for 4 MLA CE credits and qualifies for CHIS Level 1 and Level 2. Register here.

Cultural Humility in Public Libraries: Colleagues & Customers

An Infopeople Short Format Course: April 21 - May 4

Are you curious about the term cultural humility? At its root, cultural humility requires one to acknowledge inequality and take action. This online course will introduce the concept of cultural humility as a professional tool in the library. We will focus on your role as colleague and as a professional and will link the concepts of cultural humility to librarianship. We will explore personal identity and culture. We will also examine how culture and identity translate to a deliberate practice of cultural humility in the workplace. Learn more!

CHIS Spotlight - Amanpreet Kaur

Amanpreet Kaur

Position: Community Health & Engineering Librarian
Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Please share a few sentences about your position and what you do.
I am the University of Pennsylvania's inaugural Community Health & Engineering Librarian. As part of the Biomedical Library's Information Services team, I provide reference and instructional support to both health sciences and engineering communities. I also coordinates for the Inter-Professional Student Advisory Gatherings (#IPSAG), the Penn Libraries' interprofessional networking event series geared towards students interested in health-related careers. I assists with collection development and traditional liaison services for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition to the traditional academic librarian duties, I am engaged in planning Community Health Outreach initiatives in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Penn Nursing, Penn Medicine, and other partners both on and off campus. In 2019, the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) appointed me to the role of Associate Fellow. Through my collaboration with CPHI, I received funding from the Office of the Provost to coordinate Weekly Themed Wellness Walks, one of three winning pitches from the Chief Wellness Officer's 2019 "Your Big (Wellness) Idea" Challenge to promote campus wellness.

Why did you want to receive Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS)?
Several librarians that I have met at various branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia already had Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certificates, so I felt that it would be important for me to receive CHIS to demonstrate that I too had a subject expertise in the area of Consumer Health Information.

How have you used what you learned in NNLM CHIS courses in your work?
I particularly enjoyed learning about navigating information regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) interesting. It is not a topic that appears in the traditional daily work of a librarian working in a health sciences library.

Why do you feel providing health information is important to your work/community?
Providing credible and reliable health information is important to my work and community, because health is the one topic that everyone cares about. We are either trying to improve or maintain our health status at any given time. In my role, I get to interact with current and future healthcare workers as well as members of the general public.

Any tips or advice you have for someone interested in taking classes to achieve CHIS?
Be sure to look at the NNLM website on how the online courses and webinars fit within the CHIS requirements.

Save the Date! - #citeNLM on April 30, 2020

NNLM's Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon will take place on Thursday, April 30, 2020, and this year's topic is Preventative Health & Wellness.  Kelsey Cowles, MAR Academic Coordinator & Liz Waltman, SEA Education and Communications Coordinator will host a training webinar on April 2, 2020 from 2-3 PM ET. Sign up for the training webinar to learn more about the editing process and hosting your own in-person event and edit with us on the #citeNLM Outreach Dashboard here!

Nutrition Month

NNLM Reading Club: Nutrition 

Good nutrition, combined with physical activity, can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, and promote your overall health. Unfortunately, social factors such as poverty or inadequate food options may lead to obesity, malnourishment, and poor health. National Nutrition Month, recognized each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating habits, and raising awareness of food insecurity.

To spark the conversation, visit NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Nutrition. Choose one of the three featured books. Then download the discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding health information. Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

**Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency, and following instructions from our sponsoring agency,All of Us funded in-person activities must be postponed starting now through April 30th. This includes the NNLM Reading Club. Book kit shipments may be ordered but will not be shipped during this period. Current national guidelines are to limit social gatherings to no more than 10 persons and we hope you will join us in our collective efforts to protect the health and safety of everyone. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

University of Utah Summer Teacher Institute applications NOW OPEN

The University of Utah announced its next Summer Teacher Institute “Health and Science for All”  on their website Teach.Genetics. Utah will be hosting a 6 ½ day workshop this summer for Elementary teachers, Middle and High School life science and health teachers to develop engaging ways to communicate with the public about important science and health topics related to the All of Us Research Program and to support program goals. Please refer to their website for more information and feel free to share the link with any eligible K-12 teachers in your local communities.