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National Public Health Week

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week is organized by the American Public Health Association to bring together communities nationwide to recognize the importance of public health and to highlight issues that are important to improving the country. National Public Health Week 2014 will take place from April 7–13 and focus on guiding communities through the evolving public health system with the theme “Public Health: Start Here.”

Visit the website ( today to get involved; helpful Toolkit ( and a list of Books & Resources ( to assist in raising awareness about public health and prevention.

Each day of the week will focus on a different aspect of the overall theme. The themes are linked here with information and resources to help in addressing each one within your community.

  • Monday, April 7Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home. Let us show you around.
  • Tuesday, April 8Don’t panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action. We’re here to help you weather the unexpected.
  • Wednesday, April 9Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority. Let us show you where you fit in.
  • Thursday, April 10Eat well. The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex. We can guide you through the choices.
  • Friday, April 11Be the healthiest nation in one generation. Best practices for community health come from around the globe. We have a world of public      health to show you.

The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical is partnering with the Worcester Division of Public Health (WDPH) to celebrate the importance of public health in the community.

Local events in the Worcester, MA area include:

Worcester Division of Public Health Open House

Monday, April 7, 5:30-6:30 pm, 25 Meade St. Room 109

The open house is a way for members of the community to meet WDPH staff, learn the functions of the department, find out how to become involved in community projects and have questions about the department answered. College students are encouraged to come and explore internship opportunities through the Academic Health Department. There will be blood pressure screenings conducted by the WDPH nursing staff.

Public Health Film Screening

Wednesday, April 9, 5-6 pm at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Street

A film about a public health issue will be screened at the public library, followed by a discussion of the film.

Public Health Career Panel

Friday, April 11, 11 am-12 pm at Higgins University Center, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester

The panel is open to the public, and current college students throughout Worcester are encouraged to attend. The panel will include five public health professionals from the local community and aims to promote public health in our community, and engage students who are interested in entering the public health field. The panel will be structured as a Question and Answer session with a moderator taking questions from the audience.

More information is available at

Find out of your organization can become a partner and submit your events to the official NPHW calendar; take action by sending messages to members of Congress on a variety of current public health issues via the APHA website, (, and attend an APHA event such as the NPHW Twitter Chat on Wednesday, 4/9. Stay tuned for exciting NPHW announcements on APHA’s Facebook page.

The aftermath: coping with disasters

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

A common thread in many disaster incidents is the immediate and long-term impact on the emotional well-being of survivors and disaster responders. From a mental health perspective there are many potential responses, including PTSD. Children, teens and adults may have very different reactions to trauma and express their reactions in different ways.

Anniversaries of events such as the West, TX explosion, Boston Marathon bombing and the May 2013 tornadoes are often accompanied by extensive media coverage and can re-trigger strong reactions. Individual grief and loss can linger for years at the same time communities may be celebrating their resilience and ability to commemorate and re-build.

This email is a reminder that NLM and others collect or provide many resources for information on disaster-related mental health issues. Of course, online health information is only one small piece of the range of services that must also include local, in-person medical care, counseling, support groups, comfort and security, and strategies for recovery.

For those who are suffering whether from recent events, last year or from long ago, our thoughts are with you.

–DIMRC staff

Disaster Distress Helpline

From the National Library of Medicine:

Topics from MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine) for the general public:

MedlinePlus en español

Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages: Psychological Health Tools

Submitted by Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

Health Happens in Libraries

Monday, March 31st, 2014

[Forwarded from WebJunction]

Hello! Today marks the final day of open enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces established as part of the Affordable Care Act. Public libraries and their community partners supporting outreach, application, and enrollment efforts for patrons will have opportunities to share best practices and lessons learned with one another over the coming months. The resources below are intended to support that process.

  • The full, free archive is now available for Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner EngagementThis session includes information on strategies and resources for patron and partner engagement from the initial open enrollment period, as well as information on ways that your organization can prioritize future planning for marketplace enrollment activities.
  • Many consumers newly enrolled in healthcare coverage may benefit from information on how to use it and maintain it most effectively. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides guidance for individuals for using insurance and supporting health, via the Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You.

The Health Happens in Libraries team is interested in hearing from you. Do you have any lessons learned from the current enrollment period that we should incorporate in future communications? What questions do you have about planning for future open enrollment periods, or managing patron requests in the interim? Please reach us with your thoughts at any time via, or on Twitter by tagging #libs4health, and thank you for supporting health information in your communities!

“Communications Tune Up” Webinar Series

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Maximus is offering a series of free webinars focusing on strategies for clear and effective print, digital and mobile communication.  Experts from the Center for Health Literacy will share tips to make complicated information easier to read and understand.  Upcoming webinars include:

  • Quick and Easy Field Testing: Asking for Affirmative, Corrections and Suggestions (April 25)
  • Design for Readability: Creative Visual Order (May 30)
  • Making Content Accessible: Removing Barriers to Print and Web Information (June 27)
  • Getting the Message Out: Planning and Implementing Public Health Campaigns (July 11)
  • Removing Language Barriers: Reaching Your Spanish Speaking Audience (August 15)

Register at:

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