Paddling Toward Health

DH VT Boat Serenity PhotoAn exhibit featuring Dragonheart Vermont is now on display at the Dana Medical Library. Dragonheart Vermont is a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization whose focus is on survivorship, wellness, teamwork, hope and community. The exhibit highlights the organization’s mission, the Dragonheart teams, and the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Also highlighted is Survivorship NOW, a cancer wellness center established by Dragonheart Vermont in 2011 to meet the need for ongoing help and support for all cancer survivors in our community after their clinical treatment ends. This exhibit will be on view through the end of May 2013.

Voyage to Health POSTERIn addition to the Dragonheart exhibit, the Library is hosting A Voyage to Health, a traveling exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. A Voyage to Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging that first brought the people of Hawaii to their island homes. By restoring their heritage, this new generation seeks to heal the Hawaiian people. A Voyage to Health explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being, and self-determination. This traveling exhibit will be on display at the Library from January 28 – March 9, 2013. Please visit the exhibit online.

Visit the Library to view both exhibits, and to browse through Dana’s print resources on cancer and wellness.

Update: VCC Breast Cancer Conference a Success

As noted earlier, the 11th annual Vermont Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Conference was held last Friday, October 31st at the Sheraton in Burlington. Over 700 attendees, breast cancer patients, survivors and their families, viewed exhibits and participated in workshops and presentations. Dana Medical Library’s exhibit table was in good company with the Vermont Cancer Center and UVM/FAHC Hematology/Oncology Dept exhibits, and had many visitors. Conference goers and organizers alike commented about the wealth of medical library resources and services that were on display.

Nancy Bianchi, MLS, with attendee at Dana exhibit table.

Nancy Bianchi, MLS, with attendee at Dana exhibit table.

Nancy Bianchi, Associate Library Professor at the Dana Medical Library, also presented “Treasures in the Breast Cancer Literature for Patients, Survivors and Their Families” to a full audience. Her presentation focused on the breast cancer information portal on MedlinePlus, a free database from the National Library of Medicine, as well as the rich collection of breast cancer books available in the Consumer Health Collection at UVM’s Dana Medical Library.

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s successful Breast Cancer Conference!

Dana Librarian to Present at Annual VCC Breast Cancer Conference

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year the Vermont Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Conference will meet again at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center on October 31st. This is the 11th year of the conference and each year Library Associate Professor Nancy Bianchi has been an exhibitor, highlighting breast cancer materials from the Consumer Health Collection at Dana and helping patients and families navigate the online world of breast cancer information. This year Nancy will again be hosting a table at the conference, but will also present “Treasures in the Breast Cancer Literature for Patients, Survivors and Their Families.” Her presentation will focus on the breast cancer information portal on MedlinePlus, a free database from the National Library of Medicine, as well as the rich collection of breast cancer books available in the Consumer Health Collection at UVM’s Dana Medical Library.

For more information about the conference, see the Vermont Breast Cancer Conference’s website at: http://vtbreastcancerconference.org/.

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