Patient Empowerment, Emergency Preparedness, and Other Free Training


Take advantage of these upcoming free training opportunities provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and funded by the National Library of Medicine:

February 14: Preparing for the Worst – Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness

Bill Icenogle, Director for Emergency Management, Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge

This presentation is focused on surfacing and discussing some practical “best practices” when considering organizational preparedness and operational resilience. Key points during this brief include; capturing vulnerabilities, mitigation applied, knowing where your agency fits, the value of networking, communications and resource acquisition before and during disasters.

February 22: Healthy Aging: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information

This “train the trainer” class is designed to help individuals assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.

February 28: Shared Decision Making: Patient Empowerment

Michelle Burda, NNLM MAR and Bonnie Anton, Informatics Nurse, UPMC St. Margaret Hospital

This presentation will address patient empowerment by introducing attendees to consumer shared decision making (SDM) tools. We will hear how one health system is implementing shared decision making in their organization. Included in the session will be the historical background of SDM; examples of various types of decision support tools and their functionality. Free, easy-to-read, health information resources and SDM tools easily accessible to patients and families will also be discussed. Tips, techniques and lessons learned creating the processes and workflow implementation of SDM tools will be shared with participants.