Peds Psych Plus — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of April 14, 2014)

Pic of the day - Brains & Balls

I had a GREAT question last week. A faculty member wanted a list of hashtags and accounts for him to follow for his research interests. I’m not going to give all of the answer here, but I thought it would be useful to look at how I’d start out to answer a question like this.

The faculty member is one who works in pediatric psychology/psychiatry, so let’s just start with that broader category. The first thing I tried was to search in Twitter using the common ‘lingo’ “pediatric psychology” or abbreviation, “Ped Psych.” That found people, but not a hashtag. Finding people is a good thing. So I looked to see if there was a common hashtag that people in this area are using. Um, well, no.

For a next step, I went to the Symplur Hashtag Project and searched. No luck again. There are other pediatric specialties that do, with the notable examples of #pedpc for pediatric palliative care, #PedRySm for pediatric rheumatology symposium, and #pnpchat for pediatric nurse practitioners. But ped psych, not so much. I’m guessing maybe that has something to do with why this faculty member wasn’t already on Twitter, if his people aren’t already there. And this is both embarrassing and discouraging, at least at this level.

The strategy that proved to be most effective for this topic was to search conferences in that area (SPPAC), and then individual conditions (#ADHD, #Anxiety, #autism, #ASD, #Bipolar, #Depression, #EatingDisorders, #OCD, #PTSD)virtually all of what had multiple hashtags in use.

The trick was to combine either specific or general mental health hashtags and terms with population hashtags or terms. Here are a couple examples.

General mental health:
(#mh OR #mental OR #mentalhealth OR #mentalillness OR #mhsm)

Population terms:
(#kids OR #children OR #child OR #teens OR #teen OR #youth OR #adolecents OR #ya OR #youngadults)

(#mh OR #mental OR #mentalhealth OR #mentalillness OR #mhsm) AND (#kids OR #children OR #child OR #teens OR #teen OR #youth OR #adolescents OR #ya OR #youngadults)

While there doesn’t seem to be a unified or overarching community of folk using Twitter to discuss pediatric psychology and/or mental health, there are certainly many people there working in specific subsections of the broad topic. Most notable was that the professionals tweeting on these topics are using slightly different tags than the general public. The preferred tag from the public to indicate children is #Kids or #Teens, while the pros are using #Children or #Peds. To get to relatively professional tweets on child psychology, I ended up using:

(#mhsm OR #mhchat) (#children OR #peds)

What kind of stuff did I find? Here are a few.

First posted at THL Blog:

Lives Change! — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of April 14, 2014)

Hatcher Graduate Library

Libraries change lives. As medical librarians this concept is at the heart and soul of our daily lives. What we do either directly informs the patient or the care provider, and can change both individual lives as well as the standard of care across institutions and nations. We all have stories of this happening. Sometimes it is that the information actually changed the progression of a disease or healing from an injury, while sometimes it is simply the caring and sense of someone listening who cares and understands.

This year, for National Library Week (which, by the way, starts today), the theme is LIVES CHANGE! Barbara Stripling, the President of the American Library Association, has proposed the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. Getting people to sign the Declaration is only part of it. Another part of it is getting people to stop and think and talk about how libraries have changed their lives.

Was it the librarian who made a safe place for you when you were a child in an unhappy home?

Was it the librarian who got you permission to access secured information for a school project that ended up becoming your career?

Was it the librarian who quietly found just the right book to help you deal with something that was troubling you?

Was it the librarian who dug deep and found some less common treatment ideas when everything else had failed?

Was it the librarian who kept your health challenges private, but gave you a person to talk with when there seemed to be no one?

Was it the librarian who listened to every idea you had for your thesis, and then turned up surprising tidbits you didn’t know you wanted?

Was it the librarian who helped you find and connect with a person to prototype your invention to make a new career for yourself?

Was it the librarian who found the answer to that one question that your next big project hung on, making it possible to complete the planning on time and under budget?

The hashtags for the week are associated with this meme – Lives Change, and National Library Week. Now, go sign the Declaration, and then tell your librarian you did, and why.

“Lives Change” / “Libraries Change Lives” #LivesChange

National Library Week 2014 #NLW14

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Preparedness — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of April 7, 2014)

SL - Wolverine: UMMS Elective, Play2Train

It seems like now every week has so many incredible conversations going on that it is hard to choose a topic for these weekly posts. This week I was saved by the synchronicity of two separate tags with similar themes. The annual Preparedness Summit conference was going on (#PS14), and then the weekly medical librarians chat (#medlibs) also focused on disaster preparedness. So, there you go, that’s today’s topic!

The Preparedness Summit focused on the profession, trends, new research, etc. The medical librarians chat, to my surprise, focused less on libraries and more on practical personal sharing of what’s most important to remember for personal safety in various types of disaster scenarios. Both were useful and information. Here are highlights from both hashtags. There are even overlapping tweets, with both hashtags!

First posted at THL Blog:

Beyond “Light it Up Blue” — Maybe “Light it up Gold”!

UN: World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day, a permanent observance created by the United Nations. Monday, Anna Schnitzer and I attended a presentation on campus by Elizabeth J. “Ibby” Grace on the rhetoric of autism activism. You can find notes, pictures, and livetweets from the event in this Storify.

Autistic Activism in an Age of the Blues:

In the event, part of what we learned was that the Light It Up Blue campaign for autism awareness, which presents itself upon first glance as if they are representing the UN in this, is actually a corporate project sponsored by the controversial organization Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue

Autism Speaks does fund a great deal of interesting research, so I’m not going to touch on why they are considered so controversial (at least not in this post!). It was interesting to learn more from Ibby Grace about other ways to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and support autism acceptance and the ASD community. Here are some she mentioned. Tone it Down Taupe seemed to be her favorite, but since we are UM, I figured if we aren’t going blue, maybe gold is another good choice! There are also a few others that appeared while I was searching.

WAAD: Tone it down taupe

Tone It Down Taupe (for Autism Acceptance):
TIDT on Facebook:

WAAD: Light it up Gold

Light it up Gold (from AU for Autistic Union):

WAAD: Light it up Red

Light It Up Red:

There are so MANY images of the ribbon with the puzzle or the rainbow puzzle ribbon, that I can’t possibly point to them all. Here is one from Wikipedia.

Autism Awareness Ribbon

Meanwhile, Ibby Grace had a great point about diversity and acceptance in considering the question of autism awareness and acceptance.


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April Fools Alphabet

SLBPE: Exhibits & Posters: Educational Innovations - More Alphabets

Start typing in a Chrome search bar and it starts to fill in URLs it thinks you might want, usually based on where you’ve been recently. So, here is an “Alphabet” of where I’ve been recently! Looks like most of what I do is work. Such a surprise, eh?

A is for Amazon
B is for Books
C is for CORE-Ed
D is for Doodle
E is for ETechLib (Duh!)
F is for Facebook
G is for Guides
H is for Healthfinder
I is for Images
J is for Jamendo
K is for Keep Calm
L is for Library
M is for Mirlyn
N is for News
O is for Open Badges
P is for Pubmed
Q is for “Questions to ask before surgery
R is for Rosefirerising
S is for Slideshare
T is for Twitter
U is for UMich
V is for Venngage
W is for Wunderground
X is for XKCD
Y is for Youtube
Z is for ZDnet

Reverse Innovation — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 31, 2014)

Ethnic Box

Reverse innovation is a concept I’ve been tracking closely recently, and which is critical in global health. The idea, in health anyway, is that we have as much to learn from developing nations as they have to learn from us. I heard a story of a visiting faculty member here from Ghana who saved a baby’s life because he knew how to manually reposition babies in the womb during delivery when there isn’t enough time to get the machines that are sometimes used here for the same purpose. That’s just one small, local example. Last week’s Twitter chat on reverse innovation brought up several others. You can find the complete chat and cited articles in this Storify:

Do low-income countries hold the key to health innovation?:

Here are a few selected tweets from the chat.

First posted at THL Blog:

On My Radar: “Reverse Innovation”

Ethnic Box

“Reverse Innovation” is a concept that came across my horizon a few months ago, and for which I immediately went into high alert. This is important. I want to push today’s Twitter chat on this topic, so I’m going to keep this post very short, and hope to come back to this more soon.

Briefly, then. What first brought this to my attention was a blogpost at Biomed Central which was closely followed by an article in Smart Planet.

Reverse Innovation in Global Health Systems: Building the Global Knowledge Pool

Dehydration cure from developing countries comes to U.S. hospitals

The basic idea of “reverse innovation” is this, as expressed through my ill-informed novice point of view. The past century or two have largely seen scitech and research and cultural innovation flow from the first world countries to the third world countries. This has resulted in unrealistic expectations and unsustainable processes which are making life harder for all of us, everywhere across the planet. In the interests of increased sustainability and the desire to create innovation that will integrate more efficiently with the broader systems of the planet, the idea is that problem-solving partnerships between first world and third world researchers can result in innovations that are both effective and sustainable, with the innovations flowing from the third world countries to the first world, thus reversing what has been the recent pattern.

You can discover more information about reverse innovation through these resources.

Globalization and health:

Developed-developing country partnerships: Benefits to developed countries?


“Developing countries can generate effective solutions for today’s global health challenges.”

Reverse innovation in global health systems: learning from low-income countries

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