Affordable Care Act – Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 1

At the 2013  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and WebJunction, a program of OCLC, to assure that librarians have the information and connections with local experts needed to
connect their customers to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace when open enrollment begins October 1, 2013.

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is collaborating with the State Library of Iowa on a series of webinars and training sessions held throughout the state for Iowa librarians.  Another result of the collaboration is the creation of a website entitled “Public Libraries, Affordable Care Act & Health Information Marketplace” at that provides key resources on understanding the Healthcare Marketplace for librarians and consumers

New App for Accessing the National Library of Medicine’s FREE Mobile Resources

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library recently released a mobile app that is intended to serve as the authoritative guide to all of their mobile resources.  You can use this app to find information about health topics, prescription drugs and more.

The best part about this app is that all of the resources listed are FREE!

Check out the app on your mobile device by going to

Mobile Version of Drug Information Portal

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices.

This mobile optimized web site covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams.  Each record also features information links to 19 other resources including NLM PubMed, NLM LactMed, and Drugs@FDA.

Redesigned Web & Mobile Versions of Haz-Map

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has released redesigned web and mobile versions of Haz-Map ( The new design adapts to web browsers on desktop computers, laptops, and tablets, as well as mobile browsers on smart phones, such as iPhones, Android and Blackberry phones.

Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work.  Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. It currently covers over 5997 chemical and biological agents and 235 occupational diseases.

More information can be found at

American FactFinder

American FactFinder provides access to the population, housing and economic data collected by the Census Bureau.  You can find information from the 2000 and 2010 Census, American Community Surveys (ACS), Population Estimates and the Economic Census and Surveys. Some of the data from these programs may not be available for rural communities.  Information on Puerto Rico is also available in Spanish.

Searches can be done by:



Race & Ethic Groups

Industry Codes

To start searching American FactFinder, go to

NLM Announces New Look for NIHSeniorHealth

In March, the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) released a redesigned version of NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health consumer health Web site for older adults, launched in 2002. The redesign improves usability and modernizes the appearance throughout the site. Changes incorporate user feedback about the site as well as results from usability testing of proposed designs with seniors.

The redesign includes:

  • New NIHSeniorHealth Banner makes it easier to find information on the website
  • New left-side navigation to make searching for topics easier
  • New search feature that shows top ten results for a search topic

To take a look at the NIHSeniorHealth redesign, go to

2012 County Health Rankings Available

More than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia can compare how healthy their residents are and how long they live with the 2012 County Health Rankings.  The Rankings are an annual check-up that highlights the healthiest and least healthy counties in every state, as well as those factors that influence health, outside of the doctor’s office. The Rankings highlight the importance of critical factors such as education rates, income levels, and access to healthy foods, as well as access to medical care, in influencing how long and how well people live.

To take a look at the 2012 County Rankings go to

National Public Health Week

State, local and federal health officials from across the county unite this week to celebrate National Public Health Week (April 2-8), an annual health observance aimed at educating the public, policy-makers and the public health community about critical public health challenges facing the nation.

To learn more go to

National Library of Medicine Announces Expansion of PubMed Health

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, announces the expansion of the information available from PubMed Health (, which provides integrated access to 18,000 clinical effectiveness reviews. PubMed Health organizes these clinical effectiveness research results, including full texts as well as summary information, for consumers and clinicians.

Users of PubMed Health can:

•Access the whole comprehensive collection of resources in a single search, including cancer information for consumers and clinicians from the National Cancer Institute

•See the results of a simultaneous search for reviews in PubMed

•Refer to consumer medical encyclopedia search results also delivered simultaneously

•Follow RSS feeds of featured reviews and “Behind Headlines,” which looks at the research behind news stories

•Learn to make sense of research results in its “Understand clinical effectiveness” and “Behind Headlines” sections

•Share resources via e-mail and social media with “Add this”

NLM invites you to visit PubMed Health, learn more about the Web site ( or follow the project on Twitter @PubMedHealth ( to help you keep up with the evidence on healthcare effectiveness.