NNLM All of Us CEN Newsletter - July 2020

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July 2020

Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons / Encuentre Información de Salud Confiable en Español para Sus Usuarios

When library patrons ask you for health information in Spanish about COVID-19 or other issues, NNLM has resources to get you started.

Available tools range from Spanish-language videos featuring Latino medical professionals to resources selected by trusted members of the Spanish-speaking community. The materials come from reliable sources like the National Library of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Many of these resources are recommended by promotores, members of the community who serve as connections between them and healthcare systems, information, and resources. Because promotores are the heart of their communities, they are able to deliver assistance where it is needed the most.

Vision y Compromiso (VyC), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, training, and most importantly celebrating promotores across the nation. Vision y Compromiso is marking 20 years of work devoted to improving the lives and health of their communities.

In response to the pandemic affecting Spanish-speaking communities Vision y Compromiso developed a series of webinars for participants to learn about trusted places to find health information, myths about COVID19, and how to take care of oneself during these safer at home times. Learn more!

All of Us Research Program Launches COVID-19 Research Initiatives

The All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, announced that it is leveraging its significant and diverse participant base to seek new insights into COVID-19—through antibody testing, a survey on the pandemic’s impacts and collection of electronic health record information.

All of Us will make data gathered through these activities broadly accessible to approved researchers over time, in future releases of its data platform, the Researcher Workbench, now in beta testing. Analyses may help reveal the origins of entry, spread and impact of COVID-19 in the United States.

“With our nearly 350,000 participant partners across the country, All of Us will enable the research community to answer some of today’s most critical questions and inform future preparedness efforts,” said Josh Denny, M.D., All of Us’s chief executive officer. Read more.

CHIS Spotlight: Teresa Pennington  Director, Paris Carnegie Public Library

Teresa Pennington

Please share a few sentences about your position & what you do.
As Director, I am involved in the management and public side of library services - programming, acquisitions, marketing/website/social media, and public computers among other things.

Why did you want to receive Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS)?
I started by signing up for a few webinars that interested me and soon saw the value in a more comprehensive approach. Working toward the CHIS was the answer.

How have you used what you learned in NNLM CHIS courses in your work?   
My CHIS courses and NNLM helped enormously in updating and improving our health-related print collection. I also added a health information page on the library website to make it easier for staff and the public to find recommended online resources.

Why do you feel providing health information is important to your work/community?
Access to health information is vital to a community. The Internet is usually the first step for most people, but search engines don't always provide reliable results. The library can help by providing access to authoritative print and online resources.

Any tips or advice you have for someone interested in taking classes to achieve CHIS?
There are so many interesting courses and webinars available. I recommend taking "Stand Up for Health," which offers a solid overview of health resources.

NNLM Reading Club - July Title Selections

Bring your book-discussion group into one of the central conversations impacting our nation as the NNLM Reading Club focuses on Racism and Health for its July reading selections, with special attention to Black maternal health.

The three selections explore motherhood through the experiences of Black women in different ways. NNLM encourages you to use one of them to start a conversation about racism and health or keep an existing discussion going.

July Titles

First-time mother Dani McClain sets out to understand how to raise her daughter in what she knows to be an unjust and even hostile society in We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. Nefertiti Austin recounts adoption for a single African-American woman in Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America. Finally, researchers and doulas from an organization known as Black Women Birthing Justice bring together the birth experiences of more than 100 California women to make recommendations for improving care in Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis. To select your title and get your book club conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

Educational Packets Available from NNLM’s HIV/AIDS Coordinating Center

NNLM’s HIV/AIDS Coordinating Center (NACC) has curated educational packets for community-based organizations working with people with HIV. Each packet contains print books, brochures, and handouts that can be used in your resource room or shared with your clients. Educational packets are scheduled to be mailed in July 2020. Please email NACC nacc@umassmed.edu if you would like to receive a packet.