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What I learned at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2014 meeting

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

By: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

This year’s APHA meeting had the theme of “Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-being,” and many of the sessions I attended addressed these issues. During the opening session, APHA’s Executive Director, Georges Benjamin, MD, announced the APHA goal to create the healthiest generation in American history within one generation. He was then followed by announcements from other leaders who are taking steps to make this goal a reality. From the Partnership for a Healthier America looking at campus food and physical activity to Louisiana’s Well-Ahead initiative that celebrates voluntary changes to become more healthy, there are many out there taking those necessary baby-steps and celebrating good decisions. Our culture of personal freedom need not pull us down; positive improvements are possible. A session on “Healthography and the Food Environment” discussed research of the New Orleans food environment, access to healthy food, and unhealthy marketing in vulnerable neighborhoods. The results were not surprising; people in minority and low-income areas are exposed to more unhealthy marketing and have less access to fresh fruits and vegetables than those in more affluent areas. Only the areas in New Orleans with the most tourism escape this reality. As a vegetarian seeking healthy dining options while attending the conference, I personally saw the changes that have been made since I last visited the Big Easy over a decade ago. There are more options, but much education and effort will be needed to continue down the path to better health. Building the databases full of information and learning from this research are key to bringing in funding and conducting projects that can help bring about desired change.

Along with addressing grim realities and watching as colleagues struggle to change the world, this conference had lots of local music and fun. Jazz bands opened and closed big sessions and made impromptu appearances throughout the week. Also, I truly enjoyed dinner Sunday evening with this year’s Sewell Stipend recipients. The Sewell Memorial Fund’s mission is to “increase librarians’ identification with the medical and health care professionals they serve,” and the stipends, provided by the Public Health/Health Administration Section of the Medical Library Association, help defray the cost of attending APHA annual meetings. http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/activities/sewell-stipend/

Another highlight of this year’s meeting was getting to hear Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson talk about her book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” Wilkerson is an eloquent and knowledgeable speaker; she spent 15 years researching and writing and interviewed more than 1200 people for this masterpiece, according to her website http://isabelwilkerson.com. After the session, I started reading this book and have to admit that I had little prior knowledge about the migration of African Americans from the South to the North. Many of her words have remained in my mind since hearing her speak, and the book is fascinating. Our work with health disparities means we understand how crucial a role geography and social status play in health and well-being, and the factual characters in Wilkerson’s book epitomize these facts.

Although the APHA annual meeting is huge and often threatens to overwhelm, I always return to my office afterwards feeling refreshed and with a clearer vision of what I want to achieve in this position. It’s important to network and meet others with similar tasks and goals and to get a sense of the overall successes of colleagues and the field itself. This year was no different; from the powerful speakers down to the small sessions and paper and poster presentations, the energy and dedication of this nation’s public health workforce is inspiring.

Webinar: Framing the Future of Education for Public Health in the 21st Century Where We’re Headed – December 4, 2014

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Speakers:
Richard Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD
Professor and Founding Dean
Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Cynthia Wilson, EdD
Vice President of Learning and Research
League for Innovation in the Community College

This free webinar will present overall findings of the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) 2014 report “Future of Education for Public Health in the 21st Century,” with special emphasis on the future role of community colleges and the health education profession.

An application has been submitted to award up to 1 .0 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for certified health education specialists (CHES), master certified health education specialists (MCHES), and those certified in public health (CPH). SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated multiple event provider of CECHs by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

**Fees apply for CHES credits. This webinar will be recorded and available in SOPHE’s Center for Online Resources & Education (CORE) in 2 weeks.

Registration Information

 

Information and News: Ebola Update

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

***Webinar:  Ebola Preparedness and Response: What Every Nurse Needs to Know!***
American Nurses Association (ANA)
Tuesday, October 28th 1:00 pm ET

ANA has brought together a panel of health care experts to discuss what every nurse needs to know to be prepared to protect themselves from contracting Ebola while providing quality patient care. This 90-minute webinar will cover topics designed to ensure that you and your organization are ready. Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=876357&sessionid=1&key=DA6329A9C22C23BA0036F2237092C24E&sourcepage=register

*** Webinar: Lessons Learned From Texas: How You Can Help With the Ebola Threat***
Texas Nurses Association
Texas Organization for Executive Nurses
American Nurses Association
Thursday, October 30th 1:00 pm ET

The state of Texas was thrust into the national spotlight when it treated the first case of Ebola in the U.S. at the end of September. The city of Dallas had to quickly mobilize and determine how to best support all health care workers, hospitals and other care facilities while planning for the real possibility that more patients with Ebola would present themselves. This webinar will highlight what nurses need to know to effectively handle Ebola cases, including chief nursing officer preparation, critical resource mobilization, balanced communications, and practical application of new processes and procedures. Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=876407&sessionid=1&key=0CFA0456213478871C0F3045B4DA70DC&sourcepage=register

***FDA 2014 Ebola Virus Emergency Use Authorizations for Testing Assays***

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) to authorize the emergency use of testing assays in the 2014 Ebola outbreak. The FDA provides access to letters of authorization, fact sheets for healthcare providers and patients, and labeling document for each EUA. This website is updated as additional EUA’s are released.

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/EmergencySituations/ucm161496.htm#ebola

The EAUs along with additional documents from the FDA can be found in Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health: http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?search=Search&SourceID[]=128

 
***Information Specialists Vital to the Ebola Effort*** The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is documenting staff efforts in the fight against Ebola through a blog series “Profiles in Courage”. The October 24th entry focuses on two Information Officers (IO) who “compile, collate and verify all the information about the U.S. Government’s Ebola response efforts and the crisis at large.” This blog entry discusses the critical role that information is playing in the response efforts, and describes the work of the two IOs.

http://blog.usaid.gov/2014/10/paloma-and-alisha-the-information-gurus-behind-the-u-s-ebola-response/
***Add your Logo to APHA Tools***

Sharing information with the public is important in the Ebola response efforts. The American Public Health Association (APHA) has created a “Get Ready” Ebola Fact Sheet that covers what the disease is, how it is spread, and the risk to the general public in the United States. To personalize the fact sheet, you can add your logo by following instructions provided for both Word and Adobe Acrobat versions.

Instructions: http://getreadyforflu.org/customizeGR.htm

Ebola PDF file: http://getreadyforflu.org/facts/EbolaFactsGetReadyAPHA.pdf

Ebola Word file: http://getreadyforflu.org/facts/EbolaFactsGetReadyAPHA.doc


***Interview with Dr. Frieden on Ebola 2014 Outbreak***

Journal of the American Medical Association

October 23, 2014

This is an interview by Howard Bauchner, MD, executive editor of JAMA, with Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, about managing Ebola in the United States and West Africa.

https://soundcloud.com/jama-network/ebola-2014-interview-with-cdc-director-tom-frieden-md-mph

***Did You Miss?***

Items posted recently to the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv on Ebola information resources:

Ebola: Planning Considerations for Human Services Programs

Office of the Administration for Children and Families:  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohsepr/resource/ebola-planning-considerations

Managing your fear about Ebola

American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/ebola-fear.aspx
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/All-New-Products/SMA14-4886

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

SAMHSA: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Coping-with-Stress-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/SMA14-4885

***Health Information Compilation of Ebola Materials***

We are continuing to add the latest Ebola health information documents to the Disaster Lit Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. In the last week we have added over 65 documents dealing with a variety of topics and formats, including guidance documents, Q&A’s, resources for airline employees, isolation and quarantine, and more.

http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=ebola+OR+hemorrhagic&search.x=22&search.y=18&search=Search

News You Can Use: Trusted Resources on Ebola

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Written by: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Contact Sheila at: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

The Ebola virus is all over the news these days; the World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared the outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency. As always, we urge everyone to use authoritative resources for information and common sense when evaluating news and reports. Remember, there have not been any cases of human illness or death due to Ebola reported in the western hemisphere. Good information can be your best defense.

For basic information about the virus, MedlinePlus is the best starting point for research. Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) and learning about the category is a great place to begin: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hemorrhagicfevers.html (also available in Spanish). MedlinePlus provides links to other great resources, such as the World Health Organization, covering the overall VHF category, http://www.who.int/topics/haemorrhagic_fevers_viral/en/ and Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in particular, http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is our primary research organization and they are working overtime addressing this crisis; learn about it from them at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/vhf.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/. The CDC also provides a helpful guide to assist health professionals when evaluating patients suspected of having the Ebola virus: http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00364.asp. A perhaps less known government organization, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is another great source of information, as they are working together with many other organizations and colleagues to develop vaccines and treatments: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/ebolaMarburg/research/Pages/default.aspx.

Learning the facts before becoming overly alarmed remains good advice regarding all illnesses. With Ebola, receiving intensive treatment as soon as possible is key. Untested, rumored treatments and cures are dangerous because they provide false hope and often prevent or delay people from seeking medical treatment. Major health organizations work hard to provide and disperse good information along with treatment; knowing where to send colleagues and friends for quality information is important and we should all learn what we can before the virus ever reaches our shores.

Free Online Class Announcement: Public Health Information on the Web

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Class:  Public Health Information on the Web

Where: Free, Online via Moodle. Moodle does not require a software download.

Presenter: Sheila Snow-Croft, MLIS, MA, Public Health Coordinator. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A)

Contact Sheila at: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Register: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html

Date/Time: August 5-26, 2014

Three webinars will be broadcast during this class:

  • Thursday, 8/07/14: 11am – 12pm  ET
  • Thursday, 8/14/14: 11am – 12pm  ET
  • Thursday, 8/21/14: 11am – 12pm  ET

Summary:  The field of public health encompasses a wide array of disciplines including health education, epidemiology, and nursing. Digital literacy and the effective utilization of online information are among the core public health informatics competencies of the 21st century. This course will highlight web resources tailored to the public health workforce and public health information specialists.

The course uses Moodle, a free online course management system that does not require a software download. There will be three 1 hour Adobe Connect webinars along with discussions and assignments. If attending the live webinars is not possible, recordings will be available for viewing afterwards.

Participants who complete all requirements will be eligible for 4 Medical Library Association Contact Hours.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland