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From the OERC: CDC Program Evaluation Resources

The OERC has posted a link to the CDC’s Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self Study Guide on their blog (

From their post:

“Examples of public and community health programs that can be considered for program evaluation include direct service interventions, community-based mobilization efforts, research initiatives into issues such as health disparities, advocacy work, and training programs. The guide is available online or as a PDF download that consists of a six step process (from Engaging Stakeholders to Ensure Use of Evaluation Findings), a helpful Glossary of program evaluation terminology, and Resources for additional publications, toolkits and more to support public and community health program evaluation work.

A related CDC guide (A Framework for Program Evaluation) is one of several resources we at the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) feature in the Evaluation Planning section of our Tools and Resources for Evaluation Page at” – bk

October Issue of NIH News in Health is Now Available

The October 2014 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. Learn how sugars and sweeteners affect your health; know how to determine whether you or a family member has a cold, flu or allergy; and, read about genetic clues to the recent Ebola outbreak./da

Consumer Guide for Medicare & Medicaid Services in English and Spanish

From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. C2C resources in Spanish are now available to download and print./da

EDUCATION: Save the Dates …

Wednesday, October 22, 1:00MT/2:00 CT 

Discover NLM Resources and More:  Roadmap for Navigating Drug Information – Join Barb Jones for a tour of NLM drug information resources.  We will visit the more well-known landmark sites that direct us to specific drug information as well as the less well recognized sites with necessary but harder to find information.  Links to foreign sites will be identified as well as sites that provide information on drug and medical procedure costs.  We will also discuss what resources are available on mobile devices.  This session would be appropriate for Health Science Librarian, Public Librarians,  School and Community College Librarians.

Wednesday, November 19- 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – Using Results of the Marshall Study – Advocating for your Library

Wednesday, November 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT  – Pet Health/Healthy People

Join us at:   Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.  One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information.  Questions to


Evidence Based Practice: Online Continuing Education Course

This asynchronous online course is designed to introduce health and information professionals to the principles of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) including the steps of the EBP process, understanding the literature of evidence, and an overview of epidemiological concepts. Recorded lectures, independent readings, assignments, and threaded discussions provide an opportunity for assimilation, interaction, and exchange of ideas. Formative feedback will be given throughout the course.

It will take approximately 20-30 hours to complete the course. Consider reserving 3 hours of dedicated time per unit for optimum benefit.   The course is approved for 21 Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits

Cost is $150.00. The course runs from October 27th – December 5th, 2014.
Registration deadline is October 20th. Visit the course registration site. You will be asked for information that is required to establish access to the course site. /ch


Project Tycho – Open Access to Public Health Data

Presenter: Wilbert van Panhuis, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

When: October 14, 2014 – 10-11 MT, 11-12 CT (The recording will be archived for those unable to attend the live session.)

Where: (No registration required)

The Project Tycho team aims to provide open access to public health data from around the world. Currently, the database contains the entire 125 year history of U.S. weekly nationally notifiable disease surveillance reports. All these data are freely available to the public through an easy-to-use online interface. Oftentimes, restricted access to public health data limits opportunities for scientific discovery and technological innovation. The Project Tycho™ team is continuously engaging in new partnerships with scientists, funding, and public health agencies around the world to add or connect new historical and current datasets to the system. New datasets include global dengue surveillance data and Chikungunya data for Latin America.

The Project Tycho team is collaborating with international partners from a large variety of scientific disciplines to create innovative analytical approaches to add value to public health data. Analytics range from creative data visualizations to reveal population level patterns of disease spread that help to understand disease causality leading to better control strategies. Currently, about 1,300 people from around the world have registered for free to use Project Tycho data and over 17,000 users have visited the website since the launch in November last year. Project Tycho data are used for research, for student theses, dissertations, and homework, for teaching, and for public advocacy.  PH Partners lists Project Tycho as a resource. /ch

Carcinogenic Potency Database (CPDB)

benzene_exampleThe Carcinogenic Potency Database (CPDB) – part of the TOXNET suite of resources –  reports analyses of animal cancer tests used in support of cancer risk assessments for humans. It includes 6,540 chronic, long-term animal canter tests, with coverage from 1980-2011. [da]

National Library of Medicine Now Part of The Commons on Flickr

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce its partnership with Flickr as a new member of The Commons.  Public domain images from the History of Medicine Division’s historical collections are now accessible through The Commons on Flickr via a photostream, where visitors are encouraged to contribute information about images by adding comments and tags. Among the hundreds of images available are book illustrations, photographs, fine art work, ephemera, and posters, including the 1918 World War I Red Cross nurse recruitment poster featured above. Visitors will also find albums (collections of images) including selections from the book Hidden Treasure, patent medicine trade cards, and AIDS posters.  See photostream at: (mm)

Webinar – Ebola Outbreak: Managing Health Information Resources

The 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak has resulted in an explosion of information on many aspects of managing the disease from a clinical and public health perspective. Cindy Love, specialist in public health information management with the National Library of Medicine, will discuss the nature of information flow during an infectious disease outbreak, with a special focus on Ebola-related resources from the National Library of Medicine. MLA CE credit is available.

  • When: Thursday, October 9 at 11:30 MT,  12:30 CT
  • Log into the Adobe Connect session at
    Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”. A box should pop up asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
  • For those who cannot use the call-back feature or can only attend by telephone:
    Dial-In: 1-888-757-2790
    Pass-Code: 745907


Job Announcement: NN/LM Kansas/Technology Coordinator

If you’d like to work with a great team of librarians consider applying for this position.

The A.R. Dykes Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) seeks a dynamic, customer-focused individual for the position of NN/LM Kansas/Technology Coordinator.

This position works as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR) coordinator for the state of Kansas, and will provide outreach and training to medical librarians, healthcare professionals, and the public.  This position also serves as a co-coordinator of technology in collaboration with the Technology Coordinator at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah.  As a co-coordinator of technology for the NN/LM MCR, the individual in this position will be responsible for identifying emerging technologies and is responsible for promoting and supporting the use of technology throughout the region.  This position requires travel.

Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school; experience in collaboration projects including, but not limited to, diverse groups, community/library, business/library, local and virtual; an understanding of technology’s use in libraries and its effect on library services, particularly in a medical library setting; and a working knowledge of NLM databases and products.

For a complete job announcement and application details, please visit  the KU Medical Center Employment Opportunities web site.  Search for the position title,  NN/LM Kansas/Technology Coordinator, in the pull-down menu. Applications are currently being reviewed and will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. /ch