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Archive for September, 2011

September 2011: A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare.

Friday, September 9th, 2011

National Preparedness Month 2011Several government agencies (FEMA, Citizen Corps, and others) as well as the American Public Health Association (APHA) have joined to promote the month of September 2011 as a time to remember the events of September 11, 2001 and also to encourage all Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Each of the resources below has additional information on various aspects of the promotion.

For more information on becoming a National Preparedness Month Coalition member or information on planning an event, see: http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM . Information on the Ready campaign is available in several languages.

The APHA designates September 21, 2011 as Get Ready Day and has resources on planning or participating in an event, including a video contest for K – 12 students. 

America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released Remembering 9/11 and Anthrax: Public Health’s Vital Role in National Defense, a report featuring more than 30 firsthand accounts of public health professionals who were directly involved in the response to the September 11, 2001 and anthrax tragedies. A summary of how public health preparedness has evolved in the past 10 years is also included in the report.

PubMed + Healthy People 2020 = SEQs

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

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If you have ever wished that you could locate the perfect journal article to support one of the Healthy People 2020 objectives, there may be a solution! The SEQs (Structured Evidence Queries) on the PHPartners website were created with this in mind. The purpose of these SEQs is to make information and evidence-based strategies related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives easier to find. The National Library of Medicine has worked with subject experts to develop pre-formulated search strategies for selected Healthy People 2020 subject areas.

These one-click strategies search PubMed, a database of the National Library of Medicine that provides access to over 21 million citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

The “pre-formulated” search strategies can save time and take the guess work out of choosing the right search terms. The terms and strategies for these Healthy People objectives were carefully chosen and constructed in order to return the greatest number references relevant to your research. The number of subject areas for which SEQs exist continues to grow, and currently covers fifteen Healthy People 2020 subject areas, including: Diabetes, Mental Health and Mental Disorders, Tobacco Use, and Vision.

Check it out by clicking on the SEQ box, prominently featured on the upper right of the PHPartners website.