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Descriptions of classes/courses offered by NN/LM MAR staff.
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Consumer Health Classes (A - G)

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers

This class explores basic concepts such as genes and chromosomes and offers an overview of genetic disorders, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the Human Genome Project.  Ethical and legal issues associated with genetic disorders will be covered with regard to privacy, discrimination, and potential legislative impact on medicine and society.  This class is intended for consumers, public librarians, and health sciences librarians who work with the public: and

African American Community Health

This class will assist librarians, community organizations and health professionals serving African American populations with identifying resources specific to the African American community: and

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

This course covers NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted.  Audience: consumers, public and consumer health librarians, pre- hospital responders, health care professionals, first-responders, or disaster preparedness administrators.

Beyond an Apple a Day:  Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This class will be offered to public and hospital librarians with an interest in providing consumer health information services.  It will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public.  Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists.  Creative ideas for health information outreach will also be discussed: and

The Canny Consumer:  Resources for Consumer Health Decision-Making

With the sharp rise in web-informed consumers and today’s fast paced communication technology and inclusive health care systems, information is readily available.  Many health care systems now offer portable electronic records and electronic prescription services.  The technologically savvy generation makes use of tools such as YouTube, blogs, and websites to share experiences in their health care.  Yet, with the estimated 90 million Americans who do not understand how to read, comprehend, or use health information, health literacy will determine who is left behind in this techno cultural revolution.  This class will focus on the interaction between technology, culture, and politics.  An interactive session will allow participants to explore new and upcoming technologies such as personal health records and e-health tools.  The resources covered will assist consumers and those helping consumers to find quality health information and to navigate the health care system. Implications for those left behind, including the ethical, social, and privacy issues concerning these new technologies will also be discussed: and

Caring for the Mind:  Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants' skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public: and

Combatting Information Fatigue:  Health Information Resources for Veterans

This course will cover resources for finding information on general health conditions, mental health resources including those for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), family issues, substance abuse, amputations, support groups and more.  Additionally, this class will prepare participants to find and assess other veterans' health resources.  It will be promoted to librarians, mental health professionals and community groups identified with a mission for providing health information to veterans: and

From A(norexia) to Z(its):  Providing Health Information to Teens

This class is designed for public librarians and secondary school librarians, teachers, nurses, and counselors. Participants learn health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors; review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers; and discuss credible health information resources that are designed for teens: and

From Beyond Our Borders:  Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations

This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers and others who work with refugee populations in locating health information.  The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population: and

Grants and Proposal Writing

This class is designed for beginning proposal writers.  It is designed to teach participants how to apply for funding opportunities. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan; an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.  This course will be promoted to librarians, health professional organizations and community- and faith- based organizations: and

Health & Wellness @ the Library:  The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services

This course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies.  The course starts by preparing you with tools to learn the demographics and health status of people in your community: and

Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources

Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use when providing services to those living in rural communities:\

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information

This “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health resources on the Internet. Participants will learn techniques for teaching seniors, resources for teaching them to use computers to find health information, tips to help seniors with Medicare information, and other senior health information resources: and

Making PubMed Work for You

This class is intended to hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE.  It will be promoted to librarians and unaffiliated health professionals: and

MedlinePlus and More

This course is designed to train librarians and consumers groups on MedlinePlus, the premier consumer health database by the National Library of Medicine.  Additional consumer health resources from the National Library of Medicine will be selected and demonstrated:

More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Health Professionals

This presentation will introduce free health information resources for K-12 health professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Participants will learn about consumer health sites covering general health, drug information, and environmental health, with an emphasis on MedlinePlus: and

NLM's Online Playground: K-12 Health and Science Resources from the National Library of Medicine

This presentation will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, and HIV/AIDS: and

¿No Comprende?  Online Health Resources for English Speakers Serving Spanish Speaking Communities>

This class will cover resources for learning basic, library, medical, and Internet Spanish vocabulary.  Participants will learn to evaluate and identify health websites in Spanish.  It will be offered to public and medical librarians and organizations providing outreach to Spanish speaking communities: and

Patient Safety Resource Seminar:  Librarians on the Front Lines

This class focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety processes and activities - both within their institutions and organizations and in providing patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families: and

Super Searcher:  Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers

This course focuses on the advanced search features of web search engines and online searching.  Participants will use various online search engines, compare the features of each and broaden their knowledge of search strategies and online search techniques.  This class focuses on search tips and techniques for online search engines.  Search strategies for popular or propriety health science databases are not explored.  This course will be promoted to librarians: and

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