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2015 Sewell Travel Award for Public Health

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year isHealth in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website (https://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual).

History and Purpose of the Sewell Fund

The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers who plan to attend the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

The Fund aims to increase librarians’ effectiveness at providing reliable/relevant information to health care professionals in the fields of public health and pharmacy. To achieve this purpose, the Fund awards reimbursement funds to librarians and other information professionals to defray association membership/registration/travel and per diem expenses of attending and/or participating in activities of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

More information about the Sewell Fund can be found at the following sites:

http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/2015/sewell-stipend-to-attend-the-apha-annual-meeting-2015-call-for-applicants/

http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/activities/sewell-stipend/faq/

National Public Health Week: April 6-12, 2015

Monday, April 6th, 2015

April 6-12, 2015, is designated as National Public Health Week by the American Public Health Association. APHA is an organization that seeks to highlight public health issues and policies facing Americans today. NPHW is a manifestation of these efforts, by seeking to collaboratively reach various communities with the goal to reflect and highlight various health related problems that face our nation.  NPHW 2015 theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030.” Each day of the week, there will be an emphasis on a particular method on how we can become the healthiest nation in the world.  They are

Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade – The public health community will discuss why many America is ranked poorly compared to other nations, although many believe we have the best health care in the world.

Tuesday, April 7: Starting from ZIP – Focuses an in-depth discussion of health disparities from one ZIP code to the next, and why.

Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum – Outlines current and trending changes for the public health community and how will it affect everyone.

Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections – Emphasis to seek out and sustain a collaborative effort with various public and private organizations, city officials, education personnel, etc. as partners to combat health related issues.

Friday, April 10: Building of 20 Years of Success-To reflect on past accomplishments of NPHW and discuss what must be done to accomplish the goal of becoming the healthiest nation in the world.

To find out more information about National Public Health Week, you can visit www. nphw.org/

In addition, you may contact your state’s public health association for events and programs.

Arkansas: http://www.arkpublichealth.org/

Louisiana: http://www.lpha.org/

New Mexico:  http://www.nmpha.org/

Oklahoma:  http://www.opha.net/

Texas: http://www.texaspha.org

Community Health Status Indicators 2015 (CHSI 2015)

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine has partnered with the CDC on the implementation of Community Health Status Indicators. (CHSI 2015) The purpose of CHSI 2015 is to provide heath profiles for the 3,143 counties in the United States. Social factors and the environment can have a direct correlation on an individual standard of living, especially health. If you or someone you know is interested to know about various factors that affect or influence health care outcomes, this is a good place to start. In addition, CHSI 2015 follows the directive of Healthy People2020 by seeking to inform the public about their social and physical environment which in turn, is a catalyst for healthier lifestyles for all.

http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth

 

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Request for PHPartners.org Feedback

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Reposted from aspph.org, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public health:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently assessing and redesigning the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PHPartners.org) website. Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet. ASPPH is a proud participating partner organization.

To better serve and understand the needs of its audiences, NLM is conducting surveys and usability testing. Public health graduate students, public health undergraduate students, and public health researchers are currently being recruited to participate in seven 15-30 minute sessions spread over a 12-16 month period. Each participant is not required to participate in all seven sessions.

Feedback is invaluable as NLM works to improve the PHPartners.org website. Participation by volunteers will help create a successful user experience and help make this an essential resource for the public health workforce.

Public health graduate students, public health undergraduate students, and/or public health researchers that are interested in participating in NLM’s survey and usability testing of PHPartners.org should complete an online form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/phpartnerswebsite by Friday, November 21.

Thank you,

PHPartners.org web team

Health Information in Multiple Languages

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Did you know that many patients and healthcare providers often have difficulty identifying good sources of non-English language health information? Many librarians, health care providers and patients are familiar with MedlinePlus.gov. What they may not know is that the National Library of Medicine also provides health related articles in 44 other languages; from Amharic and Arabic, to Urdu and Vietnamese. Spanish has its own MedlinePlus site, MedlinePlus en español. Foreign language teachers and students can also use these articles for language learning and practice.

This service benefits people who prefer to read health information in their native language. Users can navigate the collection of health information in multiple languages either by language or by topic. A page listing all of the languages covered is linked from the bottom right corner of MedlinePlus.gov’s homepage. Users can browse these languages and click through to the page listing all of the topics covered for a given language. Additionally, a languages box is displayed on the right side of the English language Health Topic pages. The languages box lists the languages with links on that topic in MedlinePlus. This box also links users to the collection of health information in multiple languages.

Health information in multiple languages serves many people around the world. This benefits those who have a better understanding when they read the health information in their native language. Physicians, health clinic personnel, hospital librarians and public librarians serve patients and care givers who seek health information in their native languages. Please share this excellent resource with those you know who may benefit from understanding more about their health and wellness in their own language.

Direct link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/languages.html

New Version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) Available

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/

New or updated content in CHEMM includes:

1) updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education

2) an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)

3) content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals

4) a workshop report describing toxic chemical syndromes, or toxidromes, that lays the foundation for a consistent lexicon for use in CHEMM and for other uses that, if adopted widely, will improve response to chemical mass exposure incidents

5) a toxidromes outreach plan whose goal is to raise widespread awareness and encourage use of the toxidromes throughout the stakeholder community, and

6) an evaluation and validation plan for CHEMM’s Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST) that, once completed, will move CHEMM-IST from its current state as a prototype to a product ready for use in an operational response environment.

CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers.  CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

For more information see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM.

November Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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The November issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research is now available:

Features:

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Steps Toward a Healthier Life

Diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, amputations, and other serious issues. But the most common type of diabetes, called type 2 diabetes, can be prevented or delayed if you know what steps to take.

Parkinson’s Disease: Understanding a Complicated Illness

Parkinson’s disease can rob a person of the ability to do everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. There’s no cure, but treatment can help.

Health Capsules:

Progress Toward a Bird Flu Vaccine

Participating in Alzheimer’s Research

Featured Website: Safe to Sleep

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!
Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

 

Update on Important Resource: RHIN Becomes HealthReach

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

HealthReach logoThe Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) was a national collaborative partnership whose principal focus was to create and make available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees.

Earlier this month, the National Library of Medicine (Specialized Information Services Division) broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach. This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences. HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations.

Currently, there is not a great deal of change between the “old” RHIN and the “new” HealthReach; over the next several months new resources will be added.  This was intentional in order to help provide continuity of service throughout the transition.  Please use the new Twitter handle @NLM_HealthReach and the new URL http://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov .  Over the next several months the site will transition from the .org to the .gov site. Feedback is welcome through the “Contact Us” link on the website.

October Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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The October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research is now available:

Features:

Sweet Stuff:  How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health
Is sugar really bad for us? How about artificial or low-calorie sweeteners? Learn more about the sweet things most of us eat and drink every day.

Cold, Flu, or Allergy:  Know the Difference for Best Treatment
You’ve got sniffles, sneezing, and a sore throat. Is it a cold, flu, or allergies? Learn to tell them apart so you can choose the best treatment.

Health Capsules:

Genetic Clues to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

NIH Health Information at Your Fingertips

Featured Website: It’s a Noisy Planet

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!
Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

 

Update on the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Ebola

Since publishing our previous blog post on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the South Central Region has seen the first official imported case of Ebola.

On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first imported case of Ebola in the United States. The patient, a man who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, “did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately five days after arriving in the United States”. After being given experimental treatments, the patient passed away on October 8, 2014. The CDC is currently monitoring the people that have come into contact with the patient, although the risk of infection is very low.

From the CDC:

Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with:

  • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
  • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
  • infected animals
  • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food.

A person must be exhibiting symptoms in order for Ebola to spread. Ebola has an incubation period of up to 21 days and the average time for symptoms to appear is 8-10 days. These symptoms often include fever, severe headaches, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and unexplained hemorrhaging. Isolation precautions and proper sterilization are the primary methods of prevention.

As these developments impact our region, the NN/LM SCR is committed to connecting you with quality health information resources. To register for an upcoming webinar on Managing Health Information Resources regarding Ebola hosted by the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), visit their page.

An additional webinar, entitled Fighting Ebola and Infectious Diseases with Information, also featuring presenters from DIMRC will take place on October 14, from 1pm-2pm CT.