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Promote the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut at Your Workplace

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Have you been thinking about how to participate in drills and exercises, but aren’t sure where to begin? The Central U.S. ShakeOut Drill is scheduled for 10:15 AM on February 7, 2012. The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get everyone prepared for major earthquakes. This is an easy drill to practice in your workplace. Register online and find resources such as posters, flyers, web banners, and other promotional items you can print or use. You will even find articles you may reprint in your newsletter or website. Take advantage of this opportunity to carry out a drill for your library, public health or emergency organization!

More information may be found at: .

The National Library of Medicine Training Center Needs Your Input

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will be creating web based self-paced tutorials related to PubMed®, TOXNET®, and NCBI databases.

We need your input in order to inform topics, length, and format of the tutorials we will develop. Please visit: to complete a short questionaire.  The questionnaire should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Please complete the questionnaire by close of business on Friday, February 17, 2012.

Questions may be directed to Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director of the NTC, at .

iPad at Work: Showing Its Versatility in Hospitals

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Hospitals around the world are yet another area where the iPad is seeing increasing use.

Read more:  [iPad Insight, January 2, 2012]

Happy Holidays from BHIC!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The BHIC blog will be taking a break for the holidays from December 22, 2011 through January 2, 2012.

Our very best wishes for Happy Holidays and a safe and healthy New Year.

HHS to Give States More Flexibility to Implement Health Reform

Monday, December 19th, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services released a bulletin late last week outlining proposed policies that will give states more flexibility and freedom to implement the Affordable Care Act.  

The Affordable Care Act ensures all Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. To achieve this goal, the law ensures that health insurance plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges (Exchanges), offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as “essential health benefits.”  

Read more: [HHS Press Release, Dec. 16, 2011]

Request for Qualifications: Building Capacity to Conduct Effective HIV Prevention Among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is working in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a program that aims to increase the use of evidence-based HIV prevention education interventions with American Indian and Alaska Native youth between the ages of 12-16 years.

 NNPHI is seeking a qualified consultant to support this project. The consultant will collaborate with the project team at NNPHI and project advisers and subject matter experts at the CDC. The initial period of performance for the contract is January 1, 2012 – May 31, 2012, with the possibility of extension through May 31, 2013. If you are interested in this position, please click on the the following link for additional information about the Request for Information: NNPHI- Request for Qualifications_11_11.pdf .  The deadline for submitting qulalifications is today: December 12, 2011. Interested parties should contact Sarah Gillen by email at

[from National Network of Public Health Institutes]

Holiday Food Safety Poem

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Author Unknown

`Twas the night after Christmas
And all through the kitchen
Little creatures were stirring up
Potions bewitching.

Salmonella were working
In gravy and soup
In the hopes they could turn it
To poisonous goop! (more…)

Interactive Map of Climate Change and Health

Monday, December 5th, 2011

 The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has a user-friendly, interactive map on the threat of climate change to health.  “Climate change is one of the most serious public health threats facing the nation, but few people are aware of how it can affect them. Children, the elderly, and communities living in poverty are among the most vulnerable.” The map provides state specific data on threats from air pollution, extreme heat, infectious diseases, drought and flooding.  For a link —

[Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, Dec. 1, 2011]

Surprising Decline in Consumers Seeking Health Information

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

In 2010, 50 percent of American adults sought information about a personal health concern, down from 56 percent in 2007, according to a new national study from the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC). The likelihood of people seeking information from the Internet and from friends and relatives changed little between 2007 and 2010, but their use of hardcopy books, magazines and newspapers dropped by nearly half to 18 percent.

Read the full report: [Center for Studying Health System Change, Nov. 2011 via American Libraries Direct]

My Medications App from AMA

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) first consumer app, My Medications, hit Apple’s AppStore late last week. The app allows patients to manage their medications, immunizations, allergies, and to access their medical team’s contact information. The app costs just under a dollar: $0.99.

More at:   [Mobile Health News]