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Webinar recordings

Friday, May 30th, 2014

We received a couple inquires about recordings of the webinars we recently forwarded on behalf of SAMHSA and Maximus.

Here are the links to the webinar recordings:

SAMHSA webinar recordings:

Maximus Webinars Recordings from the “Communication Tune Up” Series:

  • This series of free webinars, a follow-up to the successful “Design That Delivers” series, will focus 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. Each one-hour webinar will include a discussion forum for questions and answers.

Also, please note that recordings of National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region webinars are available at:

New and Improved TOXMAP

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The NLM Specialized Information Services recently released a new TOXMAP website.  The new TOXMAP links to the beta version of the new Flash-based TOXMAP, and to the previous version of TOXMAP, renamed TOXMAP classic.  It also has a refreshed FAQ, News, Glossary, and video tutorials.

TOXMAP is a National Library of Medicine website that uses maps of the United States to show locations and information of toxic chemicals released by industrial facilities and declared hazardous waste sites.  The data is from the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund Program.  The maps can display demographic overlays such as population density, racial/ethnic groups, age groups, income data, and health data (cancer and disease mortality).

Funding Information Session-Disaster Health Info Outreach 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

As previously announced on April 22, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is offering a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.  NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as a health department, emergency management department, and responder organizations. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

An open information session will be held on Thursday, May 8 at 1:30 pm ET during the monthly Disaster Information Specialist webinar. Log in via Adobe Connect and/or dial in (see login information below) to learn about this opportunity and ask questions about the solicitation and its requirements. A member of the NLM Contracts and Acquisition team will be on the call to address questions. All questions and responses will be posted following the meeting on FedBizOpps.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on


For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”, please visit


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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.

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