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Healthy People Tools for Working in the Community

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Get Healthy People 2020 program planning tools: MAP-IT - Healthy People 2020 Healthy People 2020 provides tools for working in the community. MAP-IT, which stands for Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, Track, is a five-stage framework that can be used to plan and evaluate public health interventions to achieve Healthy People 2020 objectives. MAP-IT pages include Planning and Funding resources to help get you on your way. MAP-IT badges may also be inserted in a blog or web page as a link to these resources. Just copy the provided code and insert in your site: http://healthypeople.gov/2020/connect/webBadge.aspx

Healthy People is based on a simple but powerful model:

  • Establish national health objectives.
  • Provide data and tools to enable States, cities, communities, and individuals across the country to combine their efforts to achieve them.
  • Create and implement a plan to reach Healthy People 2020 objectives.
  • Track your community’s progress.

 

Mobile Resources from the NLM

Friday, February 17th, 2012

This week, the NLM’s Technical Bulletin had an item about mobile TOXNET access.  For those of you who are not familiar with TOXNET, it is a set of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.  It falls under a larger group of database and services available from the NLM – the Specialized Information Services, or as they are more commonly known, SIS.

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NLM Announces the Expansion of PubMed Health

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

NLM announces the expansion of the information available from PubMed Health (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/), which provides integrated access to clinical effectiveness reviews. PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.  It is a service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). (more…)

Aligning Forces for Quality

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform.

AF4Q asks the people who get care, give care and pay for care to work together toward common, fundamental objectives to lead to better care. The Foundation has made an unprecedented commitment to improve health care in 16 geographically, demographically, and economically diverse communities that together cover 12.5 percent of the U.S. population.

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Awards Announced to Enhance the Public Health Infrastructure

Friday, September 9th, 2011

“U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today over $40 million in grant funding, partly supported by the Affordable Care Act, to state, tribal, local and territorial health departments and several schools of public health to enhance the nation’s public health infrastructure and strengthen the public health workforce. Awarded in nearly every state, this funding will improve the delivery of necessary public health services in communities, cities and states across the country.” Read more about it here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/08/20110831a.html.

Some of the CDC/HRSA grantees are right here in our region:

State Project Grantee Amount
Illinois Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant City of Chicago $300,000
Illinois Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Illinois State Department of Public Health $500,000
Illinois Public Health Training Center Grant The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois $650,000
Indiana Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Indiana State Department of Health $400,000
Iowa Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Iowa State Department of Public Health $300,000
Iowa Public Health Training Center Grant University of Iowa $650,000
Kentucky Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Cabinet for Health and Family Services $300,000
Michigan Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Michigan State Department of Community Health $500,000
Minnesota Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Minnesota State Department of Health $993,662
Minnesota Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians $350,000
Minnesota Public Health Training Center Grant Regents of the University of Minnesota $650,000
Ohio Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Ohio State Department of Health $500,000
Wisconsin Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant Wisconsin Department of Health Services $993,662

Congratulations to the organizations!

Health Data Tools and Statistics from PHPartners

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Health Data Tools and Statistics page, on the PHPartners.org website has been reorganized to make public health data and statistics easier to find and use.

New Public Health Data Tools and Statistics Categories:

The Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PHPartners) is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health science libraries. The mission of PHPartners is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health.

PHPartners.org welcomes suggestions of public health online information resources. Submit new link suggestions at http://phpartners.org/suggestlink.html.

Questions, comments, and feedback about PHPartners.org can be submitted at http://phpartners.org/about.html#Contact%20Us.

To keep up-to-date with public health news and online information resources, subscribe to a weekly email announcement of What’s New at http://list.nih.gov/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=phpartners_link&A=1 or to the PHPartners RSS feed at http://phpartners.org/rss_phpartners.xml.

New Grant Announcement on Tobacco and Low SES Women

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Deadline: July 15, 2011

A new grant announcement for an Office on Women’s Health tobacco cessation and prevention program has been posted onto GrantSolutions.gov and Grants.gov. Two awards will be funded over a two-year period beginning in September 2011 to conduct activity that will help identify successful models to increase quit attempts and provide comprehensive culturally and linguistically appropriate tobacco prevention and cessation services for Low, Socio-economic women of childbearing age, based on the Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. Program-specific information on this announcement is provided below. Organizations interested in implementing a tobacco cessation and prevention program for Low SES women are encouraged to apply.

DETAILS:
Program Name: Sustainable Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Clinical Program for Low, Socio-Economic Status Women of Childbearing Age
DUE DATE for Response: Friday, July 15, 2011

Catalogue for Domestic Assistance (CFDA No.) 93088 – Grants.gov

Public Health Information Outreach at MCW Libraries

Monday, June 20th, 2011

By Emily Schearer
Outreach Librarian
Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries

The Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries recently wrapped up its Health-E Public project with the Citizens and Organizations Active in Disaster and Medical Reserve Corps of Southeastern Wisconsin. The project was funded by a Public Health award from the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region.

The award allowed us to provide hands-on workshops and both formal and informal presentations for audiences working and volunteering in public health related fields. In addition to providing training on the use of PubMed, MedlinePlus, Toxnet and other resources, we were also able to advertise the availability of LoansomeDoc services to a number of people that had limited or no access to full-text articles.

Throughout the project, we found that many people who wished to attend workshops or presentations were often called out of the office for last-minute flu vaccine clinics or other duties in the community. For this reason, it became necessary to provide a great deal of information via email and electronic formats. Overall, the project allowed us to connect and solidify relationships with community organizations that we had little contact wither previously. We gained a better understanding of the information needs of public health professionals and volunteers, and are better equipped to serve them as they continue their work in Milwaukee and surrounding counties.

Using Your Smartphone to Lose Weight (and other interesting things you can do with a smartphone)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Today in Chicago, it is currently 48 degrees at 10:00 am.  Not exactly beach weather.  However, it will be soon time to take off those winter jackets and replace it with t-shirts and suntan lotion.  So, did you know you can use your smartphone to help you lose weight? (Not saying you need it! You look marvelous!) Duke University researchers are using Android smartphones and wireless weight scales for a weight loss study.  It’s not just that you connect with a scale wirelessly and it adds your weight to a chart on your phone; the app on your smartphone will keep track of your weight and depending how it is trending, send you messages.  Hopefully they aren’t messages like “lay off the cookies, Max!” Because I love cookies too much.  Anyway.  This article came out a few days ago and you may find it interesting: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2011/04/duke-researchers-android-phones-bluetooth-weight-scale/.

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Got Drugs?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm., for safe disposal of unused prescription drugs. Go to http://www.justice.gov/dea or call 877.462-2911 for the disposal location closest to you. During last year’s Take Back Day more than 121 tons of pills were returned.