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AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to:




August 2015: National Immunization Awareness Month

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized August as the National Immunization Awareness month. As such, various activities structured by the National Public Health Information Coalition will focus on encouraging individuals to safeguard their health against infectious diseases. Emphasis of the month-long program is designed to highlight the importance of immunization. The CDC in collaboration with the NPHIC has developed a toolkit as a guide. Each week will highlight a different group:

A Ready for School toolkit is available for communicating the importance of vaccinations for students as well.



Tox Town Updates the City Neighborhood

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The City neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPad, iPad minis, and other tablets.

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.

(Oooh–that Dentist sound effect though!)

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Texas Public Health Association Call for Submissions

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
The TPHA Annual Education Conference will be April 11-13, 2016 in Galveston, Texas. Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration for oral presentation, poster presentation, and student oral and travel competitions. Abstracts must be submitted bySeptember 30 to be considered.

The call for abstracts (and more info on the conference as it is released) can be found here:

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 (

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:

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.

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



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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.


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Request for Feedback

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Reposted from, 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 ( 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 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 should complete an online form at by Friday, November 21.

Thank you, 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 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’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.

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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)

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.

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