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Descriptions of classes/courses offered by NN/LM MAR staff.
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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. and

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

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

Disaster Health Information Sources:  The Basics

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response and recovery. This interactive, case-based class will cover key sources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), federal and non-federal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information will also be discussed: and

Disaster Planning in the Library and Beyond

This course has been developed as part of NN/LM’s Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative.  The class examines strategies to assist librarians with preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. It was created to follow the 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning.  Topics include identifying strategies for continuing library services during the emergency; disaster planning models; types of resources available for emergency planning and recovery; relationships with first responders, vendors, and other libraries; and issues related to salvage: and

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Resources

      This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative       information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other       health-   related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be       identified. 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 Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read between the Lines

      This class will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting. Participants will learn about how health is reported in the news as       well as how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories. and

Health Literacy and its Importance to You

      Are you curious as to why health literacy is important to you or anyone in the healthcare field? This introductory hands-on class will help you       understand why this is an issue in healthcare. We will define health literacy today, identify various types of literacy, explore the impact health       literacy plays in patient care and discuss how health literacy will affect healthcare in the future. We will also discuss your role in raising health       literacy awareness in your organization and offer ideas on how this can be achieved. NLM, government agency and other recognized       resources in health literacy will be provided.

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

Information Roles in Disaster Management

This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. The class also discusses the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on class content through tabletop exercises that simulate disaster scenarios and interactive activities. Participants will also gain knowledge of a range of potential information services they could offer members of the disaster workforce: and

Measuring Your Impact:  Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy

Library users and stakeholders will recognize and value the importance of their library's services and of the librarian to the organization. That is the ultimate goal of this class. The outcome for the class is that librarians will be able to show the value of their library's services. Participants will become familiar with an evaluation process and will use and take away methods and tools for assessment, evaluation planning, creating logic models, data collection and reporting:

MedlinePlus and Affordable Care Act Resources for Public Libraries

      This class will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act for public library staff including re-enrollment. Additionally, an introduction to       MedlinePlus highlighting health topics pages relevant to health insurance and health outreach will be covered. Information on strategies for       new enrollment and reenrollment services for public library staff will also be included. 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: and

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

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

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

10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

This class will teach participants to identify the Ten Steps and using the suggestions in the NN/LM's Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit develop a continuity of service/disaster plan.  They will develop a written procedure for handling emergencies: and

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