Recent library outreach to the UNMC community has included visiting outpatient clinics, and a consumer health presentation.
Visiting Nebraska Medicine Clinics
Starting in Fall 2017, McGoogan Library has been reaching out to outpatient clinics to raise awareness of library services that support patient care. We are starting with primary care, and have visited seven clinics so far. During the visit we attend a staff or provider meeting to discuss our Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS) for patients and families, and highlight library services available to providers and staff. Our next stop will be the Chalco clinic in March! If you would like a librarian to visit your clinic, please contact Christian Minter, Community Engagement & Health Literacy Librarian at email@example.com.
Olson Center Brown Bag Lecture
In January, Marty Magee provided the presentation “They Said It, You Heard It: Health Issues in the Headlines” for the Olson Center Brown Bag Lecture. The presentation featured criteria to evaluate health news shared in the media, and resources to find quality health news stories. You can watch a recording on the UNMC Brown Bag page.
December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Each year, thousands of children suffer toy-related accidents, including eye injuries, hearing loss, cuts and bruises, and choking. If you are wondering how to keep your holidays safe and jolly, we have some resources for you! Check out the links below for tips and advice on how to buy safe toys, and what to look for when inspecting new toys that you receive as gifts.
For Kids’ Sake: Think Toy Safety (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
This 2-page handout provides tips for thinking about safety when buying, maintaining, and storing toys.
Safety Toy Checklist (Prevent Blindness)
This checklist provides tips for selecting and inspecting toys to help protect children’s eyesight.
Able Play Toy Guide (Able Play)
Able Play provides a rating system and information for toys for children of all abilities. The site also provides a new toy guide to make play accessible for everyone.
Choosing Safe Toys (KidsHealth)
This article provides information on choosing age-appropriate toys, toy safety in the home, and how to report unsafe toys.
Safety Education Resources: Toys (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Includes links to different education resources including toy safety alerts, guides for buying and selling toys, and posters.
Exhibiting at Community Events
Fall is often a busy time with conferences and health fairs, and this year has been no different! McGoogan Library often participates in local community events to promote the Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS), and highlight specific information materials relevant to each audience. Some of our activities have included:
- Sharing evidence-based breastfeeding information resources at the Breastfeeding: Baby’s Natural Choice conference.
- Helping librarians learn about multilingual and multicultural health information resources at the Nebraska Library Association conference.
- Sharing quality websites for women’s health at the Omaha Women’s Health and Wellness Conference Health Fair.
Our next stop is the UNO Health and Wellness Fair in November. We hope to see you there!
Find Us at the Resource Center
In June, we launched a pilot partnership with the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center’s Resource and Wellness Center. We help the community find quality information to understand a cancer diagnosis, learn about treatment options, cope with a new role as caregiver, and more. The Resource and Wellness Center is on the 2nd floor of the Buffett Cancer Center, and library faculty and staff are available Monday -Thursday, 1:00-4:30 pm, and Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
For more information on how McGoogan Library can be involved in your community events, contact Christian Minter, Community Engagement & Health Literacy Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PubMed Health will help you answer the question of “What works?” when it comes to the prevention and treatment of diseases and health conditions. This website specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, and provides easy-to-read summaries for the general public as well as full technical reports for clinicians. Categories of information include:
- Health A-Z/Drugs A-Z: a list of different health and prescription drug topics. Each page includes a brief description of the topic, a glossary of relevant terms, and summaries and evidence reviews for current clinical effectiveness research.
- Understanding Clinical Effectiveness: provides resources for understanding clinical effectiveness and systematic reviews, where to find systematic reviews, and free ebooks for understanding how to interpret research results.
- PubMed Health Blog: receive updates on new content on PubMed Health, health news, and information about new resources relate to clinical effectiveness research.
- Behind the Headlines: provides evidence-based analysis of health stories in the news.
PubMed Health is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine.
Want to learn more about PubMed health? Attend the webinar: “Understanding Systematic Reviews and More at PubMed Health.” Wednesday, July 26, 2:00 pm CT. Register for the webinar here.