Dear fellow PH/HA members,
As your Continuing Education Co-Chairs, we want to check in with you on your topics of interest for CE courses at MLA 2015 (to be held in Austin TX, May 15-20, 2015). It may seem early but the MLA 2015 planning committee is already looking to get started on rounding up excellent CE speakers/instructors and we’d like to submit topics of interest based on PH/HA membership feedback.
We created a *short* survey of 3 questions (Survey link). *This survey will be open until end of day (5pm Pacific Time) on Monday, December 2nd.
This is the November installment of News to Know…bytes and bits from around the social web.
The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path, Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents.
Flowing Data has a great new map on Food Deserts.
Happy GIS Day! November 20 is International GIS Day. GIS Day is an international day to celebrate how geographic information systems (GIS) technology is tackling real-world problems and making a difference in our society. Check out the GIS Day page, to view GIS Day Events Around the Globe, and to find a GIS Day event near you.
Want to develop your GIS-skills? In this awesome video, the staff from National Geographic not only define geographic literacy, but make a case for why it is important.
For the sixth year, AIDS.gov is hosting the Facing AIDS photo sharing project. Follow the link to find out about more ways to participate.
If you would like to guest-blog for one of our News to Know posts, please let me know.
The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown recently posted on its website two new resource briefs to help answer questions from professionals and families about the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Resources for Professionals directs readers to a selection of resources about the ACA and its major provisions, policy developments, and implementation efforts.
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Resources for Families provides information about the ACA and how it will affect families in each state.
The resource briefs were developed by the University of Miami Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND), the University of South Florida College of Public Health MCH Leadership Training Program, the University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) Leadership Training Program, and the MCH Library at Georgetown University, all of which are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
Beginning October 1, the new Health Insurance Marketplaces will give Americans new options for health coverage. I put together a list of resources that might be useful to MLA PH/HA members.
“ACA Basics and Background” from the American Public Health Association (APHA).
American Library Association Affordable Care Act Tools (ACA) page.
“An Early Look at Premiums and Insurer Participation in Health Insurance Marketplaces, 2014” from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Insurance Marketplaces resources.
Healthcare.gov Marketplaces: background information about the ACA and ways to connect to information about Health Insurance Marketplaces.
“Health Insurance Marketplace by State” or does your state participate in Health Insurance Marketplaces, and by the way what does that even mean? From the Commonwealth Fund.
North Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Health Reform Resources page.
Webjunction Archive of the “Meaningful Use: Libraries connecting patrons to ACA resources.” This webinar was streamed via YouTube.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and the Winfield Public Library are examples of libraries that are providing innovative ACA-related support for their communities.
What does the Winfield Public Library recommend to get involved?
- Research the current status of ACA in your state
- Contact your local state agency overseeing ACA
- Build a relationship and partner with local organizations taking an active role with ACA
- Post listing of enrolling agencies in your community
- Train reference staff
- Host education workshops
- Host an In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program
What does the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library recommend to get involved?
- Direct customers to the relevant reliable information
- Help customers to use necessary technology to sign up
- Connect to local health or helping agencies for programming or partnerships