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Public Libraries Lead Community Health Engagement

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Five U.S. public libraries are currently participating in program activities of Health Happen in Libraries. Staff at these libraries are planning and implementing community health activities that will establish or deepen local partnerships to bring meaningful health services to their communities.

  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (New York)
  • Crandon Public Library (Wisconsin)
  • Hampton Public Library (Virginia)
  • Charles Parish Library (Louisiana)
  • Wilkes County Public Library (North Carolina)

The experiences and processes of these libraries, as well as related project resources, will be posted to the Health Happens in Libraries community of practice in summer of 2015, to inspire and inform the development and delivery of community health programs by other public libraries. Stay tuned for updates on the outcomes of this exciting work!

Community Health Status Indicators 2015 Now Available

Data is a powerful tool for understanding unique community needs and opportunities, particularly in relation to many of the interconnected elements of health and wellness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made available Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015, “an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

“Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.” Public libraries and partners may find this resource to be a useful reference point for prioritizing or aligning health information and service efforts.

Communications Are Key

We’re curious – have you promoted your library’s health information and services to target audiences in your community? If so – we’d love to know more about your experience conducting outreach about this important topic! Please drop us a line and let us know who you’ve reached out to and how, and we’ll be happy to follow-up and learn more about your experience!

What’s New for You?

Do you have resources, news, or examples of community health programming at your library that you’d like to share? We’re always eager to highlight great service happening in the field. Feel free to reach us at any time via email or at #libs4health to share your story!

[Shared from WebJunction’s Health Happens in Libraries e~newsletter]

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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Women of Color Health Data Book

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is pleased to announce the publication of the Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition.

The Women of Color Health Information Collection presents data on race/ethnicity and disease. Through data, clues about how culture, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and geographic location contribute to the health status of women of color can be identified. In order to explore sex differences, scientists need data about the similarities and differences between women and men in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions.

Learn more about women of color and their unique health needs, and how the Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition, can assist clinicians in providing person-centered care for diverse populations of women. Please be sure to check out the Data Book, pull-out Data Book collections on breast cancer and HIV/AIDS, and a podcast from the Academy of Women’s Health. Also visit ORWH Director Dr. Janine Clayton’s blog for a commentary introducing the Data Book.

For more information on women’s health, visit the NLM Women’s Health Resources website.

Created in a partnership between the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health, this page presents topics pertaining to women’s health collected to support the mission of the Office of Research on Women’s Health to promote research in the field.

Michael Honch
Outreach Intern
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Desk: 301.443-7635
michael.honch@nih.gov

Webinar on Community Health Status Indicators

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine to Co-Host Webinar on Newly-Released Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application

This CDC/NLM webinar (Tuesday, March 24, reprised on Thursday, March 26) will provide an overview of the new features and redesign of CDC’s Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 online Web application. Learn firsthand from experts who developed CHSI 2015 about how best to use this redesigned and newly released web application to support community health and health need assessment and population health improvement.

Please register for either session. After your registration has been received, you will be sent instructions for joining the meeting.

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing (1 hour)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Register

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing (1 hour)
Thursday, March 26, 2015
11:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Register

Can’t register? Contact support.

About CHSI 2015

CHSI 2015 is an interactive online tool that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes that describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment. CHSI 2015 supports comparisons to peer counties, HP 2020 targets and national performance, and is designed to complement other available sources of community health indicators including the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. First issued in 2000, CHSI 2015 represents the collaboration of public health partners in the public, non-profit and research communities, including the National Library of Medicine. Visit the new CHSI Web application today! http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth

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