NNLM All of Us CEN Newsletter - April 2020

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April 2020

Wash Hands

Update on COVID-19

The All of Us Research Program is dedicated to better health, both in the future and today. As we learn more about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we encourage you to visit coronavirus.gov for up-to-date information and tips to keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy.

Connecting Communities to Health Information: Graphic Medicine Kits at the Public Library

April 15, 2-3pm ET (1-2pm Central, noon-1pm Mountain, 11am-noon Pacific).

Description:To combat health misinformation and stigma, Darien Library created Graphic Medicine Kits to circulate within their community. During this webinar, hear about the creation, promotion, and circulation of these kits, successes and potential improvements in the process, and the NNLM grant that made it all possible. Learn more and register here. 

Citizen Science

NNLM Reading Club - April Selections for Citizen Science

Citizen science is research done by everyday people, anytime, anywhere, to help answer questions scientists can’t answer alone. In order to turn curiosity into impact, Citizen Science Month is recognized annually in April. Community libraries can serve as a hub for citizen science by mobilizing patrons to collect data and spread the word about their efforts, and participants can develop a deeper understanding of scientific and health literacy through their active involvement in the scientific process.

Our friends at SciStarter have easy citizen science ideas to share and some health-related projects selected in collaboration with NLM. There are many citizen science projects that can be done even in a backyard or from home.

To learn more, visit NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Citizen Science. Choose one of the three featured books. Then either host a digital book club discussion or, when your library reopens, apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit.

Leading with Compassion during the COVID-19 Crisis
April 22, 2020  -  11:00AM - 12:30PM CT

Leading is hard. Global pandemics are harder still. Leading during a global pandemic is not only hard, but it is also traumatic, upending and confusing with competing priorities, community needs, personal values and more. Let’s spend time learning together. Library leaders will join us to discuss how they are leading with compassion. Learn how they are making decisions, what is influencing them and the challenges they have experienced along the way. Participate with your questions and ideas – we are all in this together. Register.

CHIS Spotlight - Lee Whiting 

Interested in the CHIS Certification? Learn from someone who received it! Words from Lee Whiting, Assistant Manager, Sandy Branch, Salt Lake County Library

How did you hear about the CHIS Certification?
I learned of the CHIS certification through the Public Library Association's CHIS training at the 2018 annual PLA pre-conference workshop in Philadelphia, PA. I applied for and received a stipend to attend this workshop.

How has your CHIS Certification helped you in your current role?
I have used what I have learned in the CHIS training to write and obtain an NNLM grant for skin cancer awareness.  I have also leveraged our library's resources by partnering with the local health department to promote health and wellness topics at our library.  We participate in annual health events, such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), Diabetes Prevention Month (November) and Mental Health Awareness Month (May).  We also have improved some of our monographs in our collection in support of some of these initiatives. Having the CHIS has also led to my involvement with other like-minded individuals who are interested in health literacy. I am now a member of the Utah Health Literacy Coalition.

Describe your experience with the CHIS Certification classes
The 1-day pre-conference workshop was a great way to push though this certification.  With just a little bit of prep work and then a post-conference assignment, the credential was easy to obtain. I enjoyed meeting other librarians and sharing programming ideas with them.  

Any advice for folks looking to earn their CHIS Certification?
I would strongly recommend anyone involved in providing reference or other direct services to public library patrons to obtain this certification.  An emphasis on evidence-based resources is invaluable in delivering valid and actionable information to our patrons. I would also encourage participating in face-to-face training if it is offered, as it creates a collaborative learning environment where idea sharing can take place in a social setting.

Wow! Thanks Lee, for talking to us about your CHIS Certification Process. Are you ready to obtain your CHIS? Browse some of the current classes here. Read more about the CHIS here.

Updates and Resources from Libraries Transform

In these uncertain times, we want to provide content you find relevant and useful to your library and community. With that in mind, this month’s e-newsletter has been tailored to include resources for COVID-19 and stories about how libraries can continue to serve their communities during the crisis. If there is content you’d like to see in future e-newsletters, please reach out and we’ll work on it. We hope you find these resources helpful and also serve as a way for us to stay connected to one another. Stay healthy and be well. View newsletter.

Informed Community

Study Finds Irregular Sleep Patterns Double the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Older Adults

Going to bed on time may be healthy for your heart. A study funded by the National Institutes of Health examined almost 2,000 adults. Those who went to sleep and woke up at the same time every day lowered their risk of heart disease by over 50 percent. This result was most significant for African Americans. Regular sleep is also associated with a healthy weight and lower blood sugar. Read more.

Doctor and Child

NIH News in Health - April

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, and we at NIH are doing everything we can toward the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. You can find the latest public health information from CDC at www.coronavirus.gov and the latest research information from NIH at www.nih.gov/coronavirus. Meanwhile, we have posted the April 2020 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.

CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan

Earn a health specialization certificate in about a month through free, online, self-paced classes from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Contact the GMR at gmr-lib@uiowa.edu for more information or download the Plan.

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Ken Burns presents The Gene: An Intimate History

The National Human Genome Research Institute is proud to help support the PBS documentary, “Ken Burns presents The Gene: An Intimate History,” based on the book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. The Gene will air April 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The series, based on Mukherjee’s best-selling 2016 book, will journey through key genetics discoveries that are some of the greatest achievements in the history of science. Learn more.

Virtual Citizen Science Month Events and Support

NNLM is pleased to share the recording of the webinar, "Host or Facilitate Remote, Live-Streamed Citizen Science Events in a Pinch," presented by our partners at SciStarter and Science Friday. You can find the recording, slides, and other resources for your online CitSciMonth event in this blog post. After viewing we are asking you to please complete this survey, so we can evaluate the webinar.

Upcoming webinars: We're offering a free webinar this Friday to help you learn more about digital accessibility in resources like PowerPoint. Register for the upcoming webinar and learn how to make electronic content shared accessible.

And...stay tuned to Science Friday on your local public radio station this Friday. Citizen Science Month and The Field Guide to Citizen Science are scheduled to be featured on air!

Stress and Coping with COVID-19

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media.
  • Take care of your body: exercise, meditate, eat healthy, get plenty of sleep.
  • Make time to unwind and do activities that you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk about your concerns and feelings with people you trust.

Things you can do to support your children:

  • Talk about the COVID-19 outbreak with your children and share facts.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage.
  • Try to keep regular routines and schedule fun activities.
  • Be a role model: exercise, eat well, talk to friends and family.

Positive Emotions during COVID-19

Though it is normal to feel stressed and anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to express positive emotions during this time as well. Maintaining good mental health will help keep your body healthy too. You can boost your mood by adding some humor to your day; many comedians are posting videos online and creating new material to help us all have a laugh.