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Archive for November, 2012

Webinar on Public Health IT Preparedness

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The ePublic Health Informatics Initiative of the National Association of City and County Health Officials is hosting a webinar this Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10am Pacific time.   The webinar, titled “Public Health IT Preparedness: What LHDs Need to Do Now and Plan for the Future” will explore opportunities where local health departments (LHDs) can work with their state health departments, clinical partners and federal agencies to increase health IT workforce and technical capacity to achieve public health goals. The speakers will address the following questions:

* What exactly should LHDs be doing to advance ePublic Health & Informatics within their departments and in coordination with health care partners?

* Where and how can LHDs become more involved and demonstrate leadership?

* Once an LHD is at the table, what should they articulate?

* What should LHDs be doing now and planning for later?

* How can LHDs measure their progress?


Claudia Blackburn, MPH, RNC, Health Director at Sedgwick County Health Department
Jon Rosell, Medical Society of Sedgwick County
James Coates, MS, RS, Informatician at Cuyahoga County Board of Health
Nedra Garrett, MS, Director of CDC’s Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office Division of Informatics Practice, Policy and Coordination

To view the webinar register here.

New After-School Curriculum Targeting Environment-Health Connection From NLM

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released “Discovering the Connection: Your Environment, Your Health,” an after-school science club curriculum for middle school students.  The curriculum combines research on the Tox Town Web site – – with hands-on experiments and communication and with social action activities.  The objective is to introduce middle school students to environmental health issues in their everyday life, emphasizing the relevance of science to informed citizenship.  The curriculum contains six units; each introduces one environmental health topic and includes three to four 50-60 minute lessons. (more…)

New NLM Resources For Toxicologists And About Laboratory Safety

Monday, November 26th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services has released “Especially for Toxicologists” – – a guide to NLM resources on environmental health, toxicology, and chemical information for toxicologists.

Also, a new Enviro-Health Links page, “Laboratory Safety” – – offers links to information for clinical, academic and school laboratories, including resources for handling chemical laboratory safety, biological laboratory safety, and nano material safety.  Also included are links to regulations and policy, hazard analysis, MSDS, waste management, and pre-formulated TOXNET and PubMed searches.


Thanksgiving Traditions: Turkey, Football, and Family Health History

Monday, November 19th, 2012

This coming week, many families across the country will gather to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  While family traditions often center traditional turkey dinners and watching football games, consider starting a new tradition to collect and document your family’s health history.  The U.S. Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day, encouraging Americans to share a meal and the family health history.  This information can help your doctor decide which tests and screenings are recommended to help you know your health risks.  Because family members share genes, behaviors, lifestyles, and environments, they may share a common risk for developing certain health problems.  Family history can be especially valuable in helping a doctor make a diagnosis if a child shows signs of a particular disease or disorder. (more…)

Hot Topics In Practice Webinar: The Toll of Coal, Health Impacts Of Coal Export In The Northwest, November 20th

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Tuesday, November 20th
Noon – 1pm, Pacific
Presenter: Steven Gilbert, PhD, DABT

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice will be presenting its next Hot Topics in Practice webinar: “The Toll of Coal: Health Impacts of Coal Export in the Northwest.”  Communities throughout the northwest are considering proposals to build coal export facilities in their towns.  These facilities are part of a regional infrastructure to ship millions of tons of coal from Montana and Wyoming, through Idaho, and into ports in Oregon and Washington.  If built, these projects will have major impact on human health, state and local economies, environmental sustainability, and quality of life in the region. (more…)

Mobile devices and health information

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Yesterday the Pew Internet & American Life Project released their report on the current intersection of mobile phones and health information.  The data in the report came from a survey of just over 3000 individuals conducted over August and September of this year.  Read on for what I considered to be some of the most interesting tidbits in the report.