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Beyond the SEA: January 21, 2015 – Public Health Information Access (PHIA): A Project from the New England Region

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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Date and Time: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Noon to 1:00pm (EST)

Presenter: Karen H. Dahlen, MLS, AHIP, PHIA Project Consultant and Manager, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM, NER)

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Sheila Snow-Croft at

Summary: Karen H. Dahlen, MLS, AHIP, will discuss the Public Health Information Access Initiative’s (PHIA) Digital Library Project, which she manages for the NN/LM NER. The purpose of the project is to advance access to evidence-based resources for the public health workforce and assess what resources are “core” and “evidence-based” for public health. Karen’s career achievements include managing the CDC Library & Information Center’s e-resources from 2000-2007, directing the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Wisconsin, and receiving tenure at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

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Mississippi Public Health Association awarded American Public Health Association’s Outstanding Affiliate of the Year

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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

Congratulations to the Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) for being named the American Public Health Association’s Outstanding Affiliate of the Year! The announcement was made on November 15th at the Council of Affiliates Awards Reception at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

This award is given to an APHA Affiliate “that provides a model for other affiliates for work or project(s) of high value in the field of public health.” MPHA states that a cumulative effort over the past five plus years garnered this award, and explains that the efforts to develop and sustain MPHA can be highlighted in 5 key areas:

  • Building the Foundation
  • Making a Difference
  • Learning to Grow
  • Selling the Message
  • Keeping it Going

Building the Foundation:

MPHA improved its infrastructure to include a business plan, a part-time Executive Director, several part-time contract staff, a new membership database, and an email system.

Making a Difference:

MPHA strengthened and expanded its advocacy efforts by establishing an Annual Legislative Agenda, appointing a policy intern to track key legislation, developing an Advocacy Toolkit to arm members with advocacy skills, and creating a system of Action Alerts to notify members to contact their legislators. These advancements, along with strategic partnerships, allowed MPHA to successfully prevent any cuts to the Mississippi State Department of Health in 2012.

Learning to Grow:

In the past five years, the Mississippi Public Health Conference and Business Meeting has become the premier public health event in Mississippi. The conference provides three keynote sessions and over 15 concurrent workshops to over 400 health professionals. MPHA also implements National Public Health Week activities across the state each year and sponsored seminars on water fluoridation for Mississippi water system operators. They co-sponsored the Mississippi Health Summit from 2011 through 2013, which brought 150 stakeholders together to learn and develop health strategies, and co-sponsored a state-wide education event titled “The Power of Municipalities & Community Leaders to Protect the Health of Mississippians” in 2014.

Selling the Message:

In 2013, MPHA received a 3 year grant from The Bower Foundation and began a communications overhaul. During the initial year of the grant, MPHA rebranded itself as the First Line of Defense for public health in Mississippi; rolled out a robust new website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed; produced over 15 testimonial videos; developed new marketing materials; and hired a part-time Communications Coordinator, Agusta Callaway.

Keeping It Going:

“This award from APHA is an honor and a tribute to the incremental progress we have made. We want all of our members to share this outstanding achievement and continue to support your professional association” stated Buddy Daughdrill, Executive Director. “Let’s get everyone more involved to keep moving forward.”

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),

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.

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 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

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.

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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.

*** 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.

***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.

The EAUs along with additional documents from the FDA can be found in Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health:[]=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.
***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.


Ebola PDF file:

Ebola Word file:

***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.

***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:

Managing your fear about Ebola

American Psychological Association:
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks


***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.

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