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Public Health Information Outreach at MCW Libraries

Monday, June 20th, 2011

By Emily Schearer
Outreach Librarian
Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries

The Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries recently wrapped up its Health-E Public project with the Citizens and Organizations Active in Disaster and Medical Reserve Corps of Southeastern Wisconsin. The project was funded by a Public Health award from the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region.

The award allowed us to provide hands-on workshops and both formal and informal presentations for audiences working and volunteering in public health related fields. In addition to providing training on the use of PubMed, MedlinePlus, Toxnet and other resources, we were also able to advertise the availability of LoansomeDoc services to a number of people that had limited or no access to full-text articles.

Throughout the project, we found that many people who wished to attend workshops or presentations were often called out of the office for last-minute flu vaccine clinics or other duties in the community. For this reason, it became necessary to provide a great deal of information via email and electronic formats. Overall, the project allowed us to connect and solidify relationships with community organizations that we had little contact wither previously. We gained a better understanding of the information needs of public health professionals and volunteers, and are better equipped to serve them as they continue their work in Milwaukee and surrounding counties.

Using Your Smartphone to Lose Weight (and other interesting things you can do with a smartphone)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Today in Chicago, it is currently 48 degrees at 10:00 am.  Not exactly beach weather.  However, it will be soon time to take off those winter jackets and replace it with t-shirts and suntan lotion.  So, did you know you can use your smartphone to help you lose weight? (Not saying you need it! You look marvelous!) Duke University researchers are using Android smartphones and wireless weight scales for a weight loss study.  It’s not just that you connect with a scale wirelessly and it adds your weight to a chart on your phone; the app on your smartphone will keep track of your weight and depending how it is trending, send you messages.  Hopefully they aren’t messages like “lay off the cookies, Max!” Because I love cookies too much.  Anyway.  This article came out a few days ago and you may find it interesting:


Got Drugs?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm., for safe disposal of unused prescription drugs. Go to or call 877.462-2911 for the disposal location closest to you. During last year’s Take Back Day more than 121 tons of pills were returned.

AIDSinfo Launches Mobile Site

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

AIDSinfo Launches Mobile Site!

AIDSinfo is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services project, managed by the National Library of Medicine, that offers the latest federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public. Along with housing the latest HIV medical practice guidelines, the Web site provides access to many other resources related to HIV treatment and research. Health information specialists are also available by phone, e-mail, and an online chat to assist the public with accessing this information.

AIDSinfo now offers a mobile site that allows users to access its resources and information on-the-go. The new site optimizes many of the main site’s features for phones and other mobile devices. When viewing AIDSinfo on your mobile device, you will be automatically redirected to the mobile site. JavaScript must be enabled on your device for the mobile site to function properly.  The AIDSinfo mobile site is available at (more…)

The 2010 Sewell Stipend is now accepting applications!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Social Justice lies at the heart of public health. It is central to its mission and is frequently described as public health’s core value. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work, play a greater role in longevity and overall health in the United States than genes, health insurance and access to health services…Ultimately education, transportation and housing policies affect the health of people. The challenge for any government–municipal, regional, state and federal–is to introduce health consequences into all discussions of social policies.

These opening lines in this year’s Preliminary Program for the 138th Annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting and Exposition really help set the tone to explain why social justice is a public health imperative. Join us in Denver at APHA this year November 6-10, 2010, to explore this link and discover more about the social determinants of health! (more…)

Rural Health Mobilizes with MedlinePlus Mobile

Friday, May 14th, 2010
Carol Gordon, MLS, AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Medical Library
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL
Fran E. Kovach, MLIS, AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Medical Library
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL

Rural Health: Uncommon Challenges Met With Unwavering Spirit was the conference theme for the 21st annual conference of the Illinois Rural Health Association meeting held at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois, April 27-29, 2010.

Southern Illinois School of Medicine Library exhibits the National Library of Medicine databases, such as MEDLINE/PubMed, MedlinePlus, TOXNET, the Household Products Database, NIH Senior Health, Multicultural Health Information, Wiser, etc. MedlinePlus Mobile was the hit of the year. People were placing the link, on their mobile devices and taking the I-Touch out of our hands with eagerness. The attendees were pleased to learn that it was not an app, but a website. They also found the ability to look up drug information while waiting for a prescription quite appealing.

EthnoMed Unveils Enhanced Website for Cultural Health Information

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The EthnoMed team has unveiled its redesigned website, EthnoMed: The site also features a new, prize-winning logo: EthnoMed

For more information about the EthnoMed Transformation, see the post in the Dragonfly, the blog of our sister region, the Pacific Northwest.

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009

Monday, November 30th, 2009

December 1, 2009, has been designated World AIDS Day in order to bring attention to the increasing prevalence of HIV and AIDS. Organizations around the world will be joining together to promote awareness and education of HIV/AIDS through a variety of events.

The Specialized Information Services division of the National Library of Medicine provides information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research for the public, researchers/scientists, health professionals and students/educators at:

For more information on HIV/AIDS and World AIDS Day, please see: or These sites contain personal stories, links to awareness and promotional materials, common myths, and a wealth of information on HIV/AIDS including print resources and new media tools such as podcasts, blogs, ecards, Twitter, widgets and more.

HITECH Act to Tear Down e-Health Barriers

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Many of our readers were in the listening audience yesterday for the MLA webcast, “Cut the Cord: Connecting to Our Mobile Users.”  In the webcast, I discussed some funding opportunities, including those in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.  A part of ARRA, is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.


National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Today is the first annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, “marking the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to research aimed at preventing HIV infection in older adults and improving the health and quality of life of those who are infected,” according to a statement on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) website. See the complete statement by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: one-quarter of the U.S. HIV-infected population is age 50 years and older.

For more information on HIV/AIDS, see the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine on HIV/AIDs at and NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine, Summer 2009 Issue: Volume 4, Number 3 has two related articles, HIV, AIDS, and the Future, and a Feature on Senior Living.