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|2003 January-March Vol. 19 No. 1|
Tox Town: A New Approach to Presenting Toxic Chemical and Environmental Health Information
Have you ever been asked
to provide "non-technical" information about the health effects of radon,
about what can be done about asbestos in homes, or about how to identify
the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Catch the WAVE. MLA '03 in San Diego
CAPHIS Program'sSession: "The Crest of the Wave: Cool New Health Information Resources for Consumers"
Primary Section Sponsor: CAPHIS
Secondary Section/ SIG Sponsors: Public Services, Health Association Libraries, Chiropractic Information Services, Public Health/Health Administration
Moderator: Naomi C. Broering, MLS, MA, CAPHIS Chair-elect, Director, Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, Grossmont Healthcare District, La Mesa, CA
An exciting session on the latest library services for consumers will include an invited speaker from the NLM who will address The NN/LM Electronic Access to Health Information Projects and timely contributed papers on E-Reference for Consumers, Informed Medical Decision Making, and Resources for Diverse and Minority Populations.
Libraries have reached the next stage of consumer health services. Vibrant new electronic resources and library services for patients and their families are here today. Papers will cover innovative resources, delivery systems, avant-garde services and web-based NLM funded projects as they relate to consumer health information. What are some experiences and outcomes of e-reference services, informed medical decision making services and resources suitable for diverse and minority populations? Join us to hear and learn the latest trends.
Title: "Electronic Access to Health Information for the Public: Analysis of 53 NN/LM-Funded Projects"
Speaker: Angela B. Ruffin, PhD, Head, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Office, Library Operations Division of the National Library of Medicine.
Fifty-three health information outreach projects funded through NLM's National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) were conducted in 2000 and 2001. These projects implemented a variety of approaches to achieve the common goal of improving access to electronic health information for consumers. The institutions conducting the projects included hospitals, academic health sciences centers, public libraries and other community-based organizations across the United States. In order to understand the relative success of the approaches taken, the investigators extracted data from the final reports of the projects and conducted follow-up telephone interviews with the project directors. In addition to descriptive information about the projects, this presentation highlights the common barriers encountered and lessons learned.
1. Abstract Title: "BestTreatments.org: Bringing evidence to patients"
Author: Tamara M. Rader, MLIS, Information Specialist, Unified Ltd., BMJ Publishing Group, London, , United Kingdom; Andrea K. Lane, MSc, Information Specialist, Unified Ltd., BMJ Publishing Group, London, United Kingdom;
2. Abstract Title: "What Do Consumers Really Want? Planning for a Regional Consumer Health Website"
Authors: Julia F. Sollenberger, M.L.S., AHIP, Director, Health Science Libraries and Technologies, and Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics, Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY ; Bernie L. Todd Smith, M.S.L.S., AHIP, Health Information Consultant, Werner Library, ViaHealth, Rochester, NY;
3. Abstract Title: "Health Information Hispanic Outreach: New Resources along the Rio Grande"
Authors: Virginia M. Bowden, PhD, Library Director, Library, University of Texas HSC SA, San Antonio, TX ; Debra G. Warner, Library Director, Medical Library, Regional Academic Health Center, University of Texas HSC SA, Harlingen, TX ; Evelyn R. Olivier, Deputy Library Director, Library, University of Texas HSC SA, San Antonio, TX ; Cynthia Olney, PhD, Evaluation Specialist, Academic Informatics Services, University of Texas HSC SA, San Antonio, TX ; Frederick B. Wood, PhD, Special Expert, Office of Special Programs, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.
Session: "Through Tempests and Storms: Vaccines, Biological, Patient Education, and Environmental Health"
Primary Section Sponsor: CAPHIS
Secondary Section/SIG Sponsors: Cancer Librarians, Pharmacy and Drug Information, Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG, Public Health/Health Administration, Chiropractic Libraries
Moderator: Lucy B. Thomas, AHIP & CAPHIS Chair, Librarian, Reeves Medical Library, Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA
Papers on issues of vaccines, biologicals, and environmental health, as they relate to health care, library services, collections, consumer and patient health information, and informatics.
What are the latest issues and historical background of the current resurgence of interest in vaccines? What effects has this had on consumers and patients? How do biological agents and research show promise for medical uses and threat for military ones? How do both of these relate to environmental toxicology and health? Most importantly, what do they have to do with your library? The papers will showcase creation and sources of on vaccines and immunization, biologicals, patient education and environmental health issues. Find out more by attending the program on Vaccines, Biologicals, Patient Education and Environmental Health.
Invited Speaker Presentations:
1. "Is the Environment Hazardous to Our Health? Toxics: Where We Work, in Our Neighborhoods, and Homes."
Speaker: Dr. Ruth M Heifetz, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego.
This presention provides an overview of the current environmental health problems (childhood lead poisoning, asthma, cancer, infertiltiy) and the common exposures (air pollution, pesticides, metals like chromium, lead and mercury). The groups at greatest risk for these problems and exposures will be identified (the very young and old, pregnant women, individuals living in poverty). The focus will be on the prevention and control of environmental health problems. The importance of education and the availability of complete and accurate information for poth professionals and the general public well be discussed, examples data sources will be provided. The primacy of implementing Pollution Prevention programs and utilizing the Precautionary Principle to set policy will be underlying themes.
2. "Biodiversity, Conservation and Utilization: Patient Empowerment."
Speaker: Marian Hicks, MLIS, Director of Learning Resources at Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles
Education on natural resources is necessary and people are demanding more information and trying to find the causes and cures of human illness. The public is now demanding and requiring librarians to become more knowledgeable about complementary health care. Some of the answers can be found in the ecosystem. The preservation of biodiversity is vital to humanity. An estimated 40% of modern drugs come from the wild and is worth some US $40 billion a year in over-the counter and prescription sales. The study of medicinally active plants is one of the most active and potentially beneficial areas of inquiry into the benefits of preserving biodiversity. Some of the most powerful and effective methods for curing human illness are found in plants. This paper will cover information on patient education and the importance of the conservation of species and plants.
3. "The Influenza Vaccine: The Eternal Battle"
Speaker: Jennifer Lyon, MS, MLIS, Coordinator of Eskind Biomedical Library's (EBL) Research Informatics Consult Service (RICS), Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville
For most healthy adults, influenza is a seasonal nuisance that causes about a week's worth of misery. Yet, this virus caused more deaths during the 1918-1919 years than World War I and remains one of the most deadly illnesses in the world today. In order to provide protection against influenza, scientists study the prevalent strains of influenza throughout the world and make a yearly prediction about which strains will be most likely to spread during the following year. Those strains are then used to make a vaccine that can be distributed to vulnerable populations. However, unlike other vaccines that can provide protection for many years up to a lifetime, the influenza vaccine must be prepared and inoculated every year. This is due to the shifting antigenic nature of the virus. Thus, the success of the influenza vaccine is a yearly struggle between the ability of scientists to make an educated guess and the virus' ability to 'fool' them. This talk will discuss the history of influenza, the process of predicting and developing the yearly vaccine, potential side effects of the vaccine, and the effectiveness of the vaccine over time, and issues for the future. Current vaccination issues also may be highlighted.
Abstract Title "Historic or cutting edge? Consumer and practitioner interest in public health information"
Author: Kristine M. Alpi, AHIP, Library Manager, Public Health Library, NYC Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Health Librarian "On the Street" -- Bringing in the Bucks: Library Support and Fundraising.
This is the first in a series of articles that will briefly look at
issues relevant to consumer health libraries and information services.
The survey is small and unscientific, but knowing what colleagues do
may be a source of inspiration
New Editors for Consumer Connections
Stanford Health Library librarians Howard Fuller and Nancy Dickenson are new co-editors for Consumer Connections.
"We want this newsletter to be relevant to the work of all CAPHIS members," said Fuller. "With that in mind, we invite your ideas and suggestions. Tell us your stories."
CAPHIS Section Business Meeting
To be held in Garden Salon 2. Eva Marie La Croix from the NLM will provide a MedlinePlus update.
CAPHIS Communications Meeting
All involved members to discuss CAPHIS message and various vehicles we use to get that across (Top 100 list, Newsletter, Brochure, MLA Column, Discussion list, etc.)
CAPHIS Executive Committee
New and retiring officers and committee chairs.
Consumer Connections (ISSN 1535-7821) is the newsletter of the Consumer and Patient Information Section of the Medical LibraryAssociation and is published quarterly.
Content for each issue is cumulated online at http://caphis.mlanet.org/newsletter, primarily during the first two months of the quarter; the issue is considered complete at the end of the quarter. Notification of publication is sent quarterly via the CAPHIS listserv. Newsletter articles and book reviews are copyrighted; please contact the editor for reprint permission.
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