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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.

Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund 2014-2015 Learning Partnership program

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund 2014-2015 Learning Partnership program is seeking organizational applications! Please distribute this notice to organizations who could benefit from a Sewell fellow.

The program places experienced librarians and information professionals within leading health care or research organizations in order for both partners to gain a better  understanding of how best information sciences can be effectively applied in each environment. The Fund believes that this experience will facilitate a bridging of cultures resulting in a more creative and effective application of information science in the health care arena.

Host organizations will present a learning environment, a series of activities, and access to organizational leaders which will allow the librarian to more fully understand the nature of the organization’s work, its decision-making processes, the clients served and the health care issues addressed. The librarian will participate in team settings designed to utilize the librarian’s skills and knowledge in non-traditional ways. Immersion is the goal and expanded knowledge the anticipated result for both partners.  To read about past Learning Partnerships, click

The Sewell Fund support covers salary and incidental expenses for twelve-month Learning Partnership fellowships. The deadline for applications from organizations to host fellows is April 15, 2014.

This includes organizations with emergency and disaster responsibilities. In 2012-13, the Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the Division of Out-of-Hospital Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the MESH Coalition jointly hosted Kacy Allgood, who became known as the “Ambulance Riding Librarian.” See Kacy’s recorded presentation for the Disaster Information Specialist Program on April 11, 2013,

For more information:
Sewell website:


Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine Health Care Workforce COI

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest is offering a webinar next week. Please see the details below:


TITLE: Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine – Health Care Workforce COI

DATE: Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  2:00-3:00. Online.

INSTRUCTORS: Hathy Simpson, MPH, Public Health Information Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region

Meredith Solomon, MLS.  Education and Outreach Coordinator.  National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region

DESCRIPTION:  This webinar, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest, will be an overview of some lesser-known but equally valuable information resources maintained by the National Library of Medicine.  Hathy Simpson, Public Health Information Specialist, will discuss public health resources including the public health portal,, and Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (pre-formulated searches of PubMed). Meredith Solomon, Education and Outreach Coordinator, will present on the tools and resource available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center.  These include web-based programs and portable apps designed for first responders and other medical personnel responding to biohazard emergencies.

APHA 2013

Friday, January 10th, 2014

By Stephanie Friree, MLIS, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM NER

Having never been to the American Public Health Association annual meeting, I expected to be overwhelmed, similar to an ALA Annual conference. That was the only way that the conference failed to meet my expectations. While very large, it was manageable.

Prior to my arrival, I had looked at the schedule online and marked some sessions as must-see. The Film Festival had some fascinating short films. I regret I didn’t have more time to spend watching all of them.  Families with Autism: Let Them Stand Tall, was one that I was able to catch and it really opened my eyes to the experiences that families with autistic children go through. It highlighted four families from Hawaii.

The highlight for me was a presentation by Karen Dahlen, MLS, “Digital Access to the World’s Literature: A Blueprint to Integrate Evidence with Practice”. Since part of my day is spent working with Karen on a project creating digital libraries for Public Health Departments, I was eager to see what she had to say and she did not disappoint. When you work on small segments of a project, it is nice to see the big picture as it gets presented to the public.

While exhibiting at the NLM booth, I met a lot of Public Health professionals and students. It was great exposure to that audience and nice to be able to focus on a different area than what I normally do in my work. It’s always wonderful to hear from current users of our resources and I heard one moving story from a public health professional that had used our resources for personal reasons. He expressed great thanks at the ability to get authoritative information without institutional affiliation and the ability to find information on clinical trials. There were interesting questions about a wide range of resources, but PubMed was the most common resource for inquiries and I highlighted most frequently. Another key benefit of exhibiting was the chance to connect with some colleagues from other regions and NLM. It’s nice when we have the opportunity to talk in person.

If you will be attending this conference in the future, my best suggestion is to plan ahead! Look at the schedule and plan your days. It can be overwhelming trying to find a session to attend if you haven’t already narrowed down your choices to two or three (but the Film Festival was always an available option). There was a half hour of open time between sessions which allowed for plenty of time to get around the convention center. The number of sessions available and the broad range of topics, made this conference appropriate for anyone with an interest in Public Health. Next year the conference will be held in New Orleans, which is just one more reason to go if you have the opportunity!

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