Health Round Table (HEART)

The Utah Library Association HEART Round Table is an organization that provides professional resources and training regarding health and medical information in the library setting. For many individuals the access to reliable health and medical information is becoming a necessity. As information specialist, librarians need to be aware of the resources available to meet the health and medical information needs of the community they serve.

Any member of ULA or interested individual may join the HEART Roundtable. For more information about the HEART Roundtable. Please contact the current chair or vice chair listed below.

Chair: None elected at this time.

Vice Chair: TBA

News & Events

Great Courses and Offers from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

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September is Go4Life® Month
September  Go4Life® Month. Did you know the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active? Go4Life sample exercises,  exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, even tools for setting goals and tracking progress, NIA’s got it all! What’s more, all the information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+. Your library may want to sponsor Go4Lifeprogramming in September and now’s the time to start planning.
This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, walk the dog – all activities important to older adults. /ch

Consumer Health Information Specialization/Medical Library Association CE Offering
Interested in getting Consumer Health Information Specialization credits or Medical Library Association CE in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse? We’ve got you covered with a 12 credit hour CE online class for providing consumer health services. Read on for the details:
CLASS: Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services
This 12 credit hour CE course defines the basics of consumer health information and then dives directly into the essential skills and information that library staff needs to help users find trustworthy, appropriate health information.
COURSE STRUCTURE: This course is self-paced; there are no set class hours for you to attend. The course is divided into 4 weekly units, beginning the week of September 12th. The units build upon one another, with Week 1 providing the foundation for the rest of the course. Week 1 assignments are essential and will likely take a little more time than assignments for the remaining weeks. Time commitment: plan on an average of 3 hours per week.
September 7-9th – set up Moodle account, review class materials, create/update profile, and introduce yourself.
Week of September 12th (Week 1) – Consumer Health Basics
Week of September 19th (Week 2) – Health Reference
Week of September 26th (Week 3) – Health Resources: There’s a (Book, Web, App) for That
Week of October 3rd (Week 4) – The Library as a Healthy Place
CERTIFICATE of COMPLETION or MLA CE CREDIT: This course has been certified for 12 contact hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit. If you are taking this course for MLA CE, there are specific requirements to satisfy the 12-hour instruction requirement. The coursework also provides everything you need to qualify for Level 1 CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA.
Information on MLA CE credit.
Information on the CHIS certification.
REGISTRATION: Space is limited, so register soon @
COST: No charge.
QUESTIONS: Please contact Dana Abbey (

Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award
Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of the K-12 School Partnership Award.
The purpose of this funding is to support new or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, academic, or health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) to promote and/or introduce NLM health information resources that could serve as a model for other partnerships. Examples of projects include raising awareness of NLM health information resources, participation in health fairs, or developing media resources featuring NLM health information resources. The NN/LM MCR will fund two awards up to $2,500 each.
Single year Awards: Project performance period will begin and end within the NN/LM MCR budget period: May 1, 2016 thru April 30, 2017.
  • Application Due Date: September 30, 2016
  • Notification of Award: October 10, 2016
Prior awarded projects:
  1. Public library partnership with a six county prevention coalition to provide teen health outreach programming in the areas of youth mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and depression.
  2. Academic library partnership with a middle school and a volunteer community health organization to instruct students on evaluating and using online health information.
  3. Public library partnership with an elementary school to conduct  fun after school programming for K-3 on health topics incorporating play to engage participants in healthy behaviors and body functions.
  4. High school library partnership with health careers academy to create public service announcements relevant to the student’s medical and bioscience curriculum.
  5. Hospital library partnership with a school serving K-8 students with chronic illnesses to provide instruction to bolster health literacy skills.
For application instructions and to access the online submission form click here.
Award contact: Dana Abbey @ or 303/724-2110.

Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information Online Course
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) invites you to this 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources.
From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information
August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016
Class Description:
This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse 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. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.
This class has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association for each part and is eligible for MLA Level I and Level II CHIS.

For the full list of training opportunities see:
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
MidContinental Region
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library


The HEART Roundtable’s Opening Social is coming up.  A link to the evite for the the social is listed below to get more details.  Looking forward to seeing you there.


To get the 2016 year started. HEART will be hosting a “Get to Know the HEART” Opening Social. A Doodle Poll has been created to decide the date and time of the event. If you would like to attend please participate in the Doodle Poll below. More information regarding the event will be posted soon.

HEART Archived Report 1998-2016

Here are a list of great resources to use to locate reliable, up to date health and medical information.


This site offers authoritative, up-to-date health information, without advertisements, from the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.

MedlinePlus Española

Provides the same great resources and information as MedlinePlus, yet in Spanish.


This site offers authoritative, up-to-date health information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

This site provides information on the health and medical services that are provided in the United States.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

This site offers authoritative, up-to-date information on many health and medical topics. It also provides a list of the different health care institutes, centers, and offices. Providing information on specific health conditions.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clear Communication

This site developed by the National Institutes of Health provides information on how important it is to provide clear and simple health information to the public.

HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages

This site provides simple to understand health information in varying languages from Abkhaz to Zande. It also provides very helpful information on how to provide health information to Refugees and Multicultural communities.

Deaf Health

This site provides health and medical resources in American Sign Language.

Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information

This site provides resources for specific populations regarding health and medical needs. This site also provides tools that may be used to conduct outreach activities and services for your community.

Think Cultural Health

This site provides resources to advance the services of health information to diverse cultures and providing health equality to all social communities.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

This site provides vast information on health and medicine in the librarian field. Providing training courses for librarian to learn how to best provide consumer health information. Links to health and medical databases, including medical illustrations and historical content.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NN/LM)

This site provides training courses to librarians to improve public health information in the library field. The main offices for the NN/LM MidContinental Region are located at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Medical Library Association (MLA)

The authoritative site for improving the quality of health care, education, and research through the training of health and medical library professionals.

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