McGoogan News

Health Information Outreach to the Community

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 christian.minter@unmc.edu.

NLM Spotlight: AIDSinfo Redesign

AIDSinfo home page

AIDSinfo is your one-stop shop for information from the U.S. federal government on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research.  The site features federally approved practice guidelines, health education materials, FDA-approved and investigational drugs, and a clinical trial search tool.

A new web design was launched on April 15th. The major enhancements to the site include:

  • Patient education materials are reorganized: They are now all located in a new “Understanding HIV/AIDS” section of the website.  The resources include fact sheets, infographics, an HIV/AIDS glossary, and webpages highlighting the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.
  • More prominent display of mobile apps: the AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines, Drug Database, and Glossary apps are now prominently featured in each section of the website.
  • Enhanced search functionality: an updated search feature allows users to quickly find relevant resources.
  • Increased linking between AIDSinfo resources: Resources are now linked to each other across the website. For example, patient fact sheets are now linked directly from the guidelines pages, so health care providers can easily access materials for their patients.

You can visit AIDSinfo at https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/

AIDSinfo is a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a collaboration between the following agencies:

  • National Library of Medicine
  • NIH Office of AIDS Research
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

 

NLM Spotlight: Community Health Maps Blog

The Community Health Maps Blog provides information about affordable Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools for use in collecting and visualizing public health trends through maps and spatial data. The blog is geared towards community-based organizations engaged in collecting information about the health of their communities. Since many community organizations may not have the resources for expensive GIS software or a fulltime GIS specialist, the blog focuses on tools that are low cost or open source.

The blog posts feature reviews of mapping apps and software; best practices for using the tools during data collection, analysis, and visualization; and experiences of groups who have implemented a mapping workflow into their projects. The blog also includes lab exercises to take a user through the Community Health Mapping workflow with step-by-step instructions for each of the tools involved. The labs are currently being updated to reflect recent changes in some of the software, and the new labs will be available this spring.

You can visit the Community Health Maps Blog at https://communityhealthmaps.nlm.nih.gov/. The blog is a collaboration between the National Library of Medicine, Center for Public Service Communications and Bird’s Eye View.

Want to learn more about the Community Health Maps blog and resources? Attend an upcoming webinar!

NNLM Resource Picks: Community Health Mapping
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 2:00 pm CT
To register and for more information: https://nnlm.gov/class/community-health-mapping/278

The Library Wants to Hear Your Story

Interview

The McGoogan Library of Medicine is looking for volunteers from UNMC and Nebraska Medicine to participate in 30-minute interviews. We are interested in learning about your information needs, how you look for information, and how the library fits into your work and life. Your stories and comments will be used in the development of our new strategic plan, and decisions on future goals and priorities.  Each interview participant will receive a $10 gift card.

If you are interested, and have 30 minutes to talk with us, please fill out this form so that we can schedule a time to meet with you: http://unmc.libwizard.com/interview2017.

We look forward to hearing your story!