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New Search Engine for Published USDA Research

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

PubAg, which can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1Ej2f4u is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.

Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL’s database.

Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL’s significant bibliographic records.

PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.

NAL has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.

New Multilingual Search on HIV/AIDS Portal

The HIV/AIDS Portal now offers users the ability to search for multilingual content.  The new Multilingual Search interface searches specifically for HIV/AIDS related topics from the multilingual and multicultural content of HealthReach (formerly RHIN). HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information to individuals for whom English is not their primary language. It is also an important resource for health professional as well as public health administrators. Users can search by subject/topic, language and format.  The default for the search is always HIV/AIDS so there is no need for these terms to be included in the search.  There is also an Advanced Search capability to further refine your retrieval.  The content is available in audio and video formats as well as text.  For text documents there is a feature that allows you to view the document in a split screen with one side being English the other being the language you requested in your search.

 

The Multilingual Search interface is listed under the Resources For…Multilingual Speakers on the HIV/AIDS Portal homepage.  http://1.usa.gov/1zshA3H

Free Webinar: Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

Please join Healthy People 2020 on Thursday, February 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Progress Review webinar featuring the Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health topic areas. To be more effective, public health, health care, and prevention practitioners must understand the cultural context of their unique community and possess the skills and desire to work in those contexts. Cultural competence, the ability of an individual or organization to interact effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds to produce positive change, is a key component to achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing health disparities and achieving health equity. This Progress Review webinar will highlight the importance of social determinants of health and cultural competence in working with LGBT and diverse populations to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. Register here:  http://bit.ly/1xqV4Be

New From Diversity Data Kids: Policy Equity Assessment and FMLA

The Family Medical Leave ACT (FMLA) is designed to address workers’ need to balance work duties with caring for family members with health conditions. According to research the parents’ ability to participate in their child’s care improves health outcomes. But access to FMLA is disproportionate among lower skill, lower wage jobs, racial or ethnic minorities, female and immigrant workers.

Diversity Data Kids, from the Heller School for Social and Policy Management, offers resources to understand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), its effectiveness, and improvements needed to reduce inequities: http://bit.ly/1x2mePT

Minority Health Data Widgets

For the latest data on health and demographic trends, use the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services widgets on your web pages. One click takes users directly to the data they need. Detailed health profiles and free access to the largest repository of minority health and health disparities information in the nation is available:  http://1.usa.gov/1ILG7jD

Healthy You: Why your mammogram is a don’t-miss screening

The January issue of Nation’s Health includes a consumer health handout on mammograms. The handout, “Why your mammogram is a don’t-miss screening,” is available in English and Spanish and can be shared on bulletin boards, newsletters, at health fairs or other avenues.

Healthy You (American Public Health Association): http://bit.ly/UD9hur

Learn more at MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1FMiQSI

Stay Active this Winter

When the weather gets cold and the snow starts falling, it can be hard to keep your New Years resolutions to be more active. Here are some resources for winter weather activities.

On January 19, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the United States Forest Service will waive most day-use fees at national forests and grasslands. Find a location near you at Recreation.gov.

Cold-Weather Sports and Your Family (Nemours Foundation): http://bit.ly/14QMFAq

Winter fitness: safety tips for exercising outdoors (Mayo Clinic): http://mayocl.in/1y58Bp3

 

National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The Environmental Protection Agency has resources for the public on radon testing and other ways to protect homes and workplaces. There is an outreach toolkit for public health organizations and others who want to educate the public about the dangers of this tasteless, colorless and odorless gas.

National Radon Action Month (EPA): http://1.usa.gov/1y55Iof

Find a Substance Abuse Facility in Your State

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – An on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs both private and public that are licensed, certified, or approved by their state. Also, includes treatment facilities administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service, and the Department of Defense.  http://1.usa.gov/1AuvMa3

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

HHS and NIH’s National Eye Institute (NEI) recognize January as Glaucoma Awareness Month. For further information, social media toolkits and scripts, PSAs, info graphics, faith-based resources, and other materials, please visit:

The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) http://1.usa.gov/14zyIrk 

The Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) http://bit.ly/1wZydfZ

The Prevent Blindness America Glaucoma Educator Course  http://bit.ly/1s9qVuk