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Build Your Own Zika Prevention Kit

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Do you live in or are traveling to an area that has the mosquito that spreads Zika? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has downloadable posters and handouts in multiple languages. The materials provide guidance for pregnant women and for people who want to build a home Zika prevention kit.

Download materials:

Learn How to Use Free and Low Cost Mapping Tools

Friday, June 24th, 2016

You can learn how to use free and low cost mapping tools to create community health maps through a series of six lab exercises available at the Community Health Maps blog.  The lab exercises take the student through the entire Community Health Mapping Workflow from field data collection through online data presentation. For each of the six labs, you can download an instructional PDF document and a Zip file of data to be used for each exercise.  The topics for the 6 labs include:

  • Lab 1 – Field Data Collection (with either iOS or Android)
  • Lab 2 – Bringing Field Data into QGIS
  • Lab 3 – Combining Field Data with other Organizational Data
  • Lab 4 – Basic Spatial Analysis
  • Lab 5 – Cartography with QGIS
  • Lab 6 – Data Visualization With CartoDB

Learn more on the Community Health Maps blog:

Farmers Markets Directory

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Spring is the perfect time to connect with local farmers markets. Use the USDA Farmers Market Directory to find market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and more. Local markets are a great place to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, bread, meat, and dairy that is grown or produced in your area. Encourage your friends, family, and clients to explore local farmers markets. Please see the site for more information:

MedlinePlus Health Topic: Chikungunya

Monday, April 4th, 2016

MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on chikungunya virus.

From MedlinePlus:

“Chikungunya is a virus that spread by the same kinds of mosquitoes that spread dengue and Zika virus. Rarely, it can spread from mother to newborn around the time of birth. It may also possibly spread through infected blood. There have been outbreaks of chikungunya virus in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”

Chikungunya (English):

Chikungunya (Spanish):

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities. The Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. To see how your county ranks and more information, please visit:

National Library of Medicine Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Please share these resources freely. These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as: Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations; Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents; and Social media resources for situational awareness.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources:
Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak: (PDF)
Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System: (PDF)

Information and News: Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Several Michigan, local, and federal agencies are responding to the presence of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan.  The National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division (NLM SIS) provides information on the medical and public health aspects of chemical incidents for health professionals, policy makers, and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about the affected region. They have compiled a list of information resources. Please visit: to learn more.

Zika virus: Advice for travelers

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can also be transmitted from pregnant mother to baby.  Because there is no known treatment or vaccine for Zika, the Centers for Disease Control has issued a health advisory for travelers to 14 countries and territories in the Americas where Zika has been found.

Health Advisory (CDC):

Question and Answers: Zika virus infection (Zika) and pregnancy (CDC):

Fact Sheets and Posters (English and Spanish):

Tick Bites: Resources for Disease Prevention

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Although small, ticks can cause serious conditions such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

MedlinePlus and the Centers for Disease Control have resources for consumers and health care providers on avoiding and recognizing tick-borne illnesses.

It’s Open Season on Ticks (CDC):

Tick Bites (MedlinePlus):

Ticks (CDC):

AHRQ’s State Snapshots Measure Health Care Quality, Access State by State

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) State Snapshots allows users to analyze data from their state in various ways, including types and settings of care, select clinical conditions, insurance status, access to care and priority populations. Data are drawn from the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which is compiled from more than 200 measures and represents the most complete source of data on the use and cost of health care and health insurance coverage in the Nation.