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Archive for December, 2012

Hot Topics In Practice: Paying For Prevention, A Critical Opportunity For Public Health

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Tuesday, December 18th
Noon – 1pm Pacific
Host: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
Presenter: Jean O’Connor, JD, DrPH

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 set the stage for transformational change in both public health and medical care delivery.  Although there has been significant debate about the implementation of the ACA, some states are taking advantage of this opportunity to form new collaborations.  Oregon is one such state and is leading the reform through the development of Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), networks of providers who work together.

In the December Hot Topics, Jean O’Connor, Deputy Director of the Oregon Public Health Division, will discuss the origins and progress of the movement toward CCOs in Oregon.  O’Connor will also explain how the implementation of CCOs will dramatically change how care in delivered by focusing on prevention, fostering accountability, reducing waste, and lowering costs.  This new model offers exciting opportunities for public health to better address the social determinants of health, take on new leadership roles, and work with communities to improve health outcomes.  Register now to learn how the better integration of public health and medical care will help define health in the 21st Century.

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Phone Number*: 1-800-379-6841  Passcode: 541133#

*You may choose to listen to the audio through your computer’s speakers (choose “Connect” when you enter the webinar) or call in by telephone (select “I am dialed in” when you join the webinar).

More information about this and other Hot Topics sessions is available from the Hot Topics web site:

PubReader, New From NCBI

Monday, December 10th, 2012

In order to keep pace with the continuing advances in web technology, PubMed Central (PMC) has launched PubReader, an alternative web presentation that offers another, more reader-friendly view of the articles in the PMC archive. Designed particularly for enhancing the readability of PMC journal articles on tablet and other small screen devices, PubReader can also be used on desktops and laptops and from multiple web browsers.

If an article retrieved by a PubMed search is available from PubMed Central, it will appear in PubReader format. In PubMed Central searches, PubReader will be one of the viewing options.

The display is multi-column, and it’s easy to flip back and forth between pages. A tool called the Figure Strip enables access to all figures in the article, regardless of where which page the reader is on. Read more about PubReader and give it a try:


Free online class: Caring for the Mind

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Woman with sign, "Accept mental health as part of our life experience"
One and Other-Mental Health by Feggy Art on Flickr

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) is pleased to offer a free online consumer health class: Caring for the Mind: Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information beginning on Monday, December 17, 2012 and concluding on January 20, 2013. Nikki Dettmar, Education and Assessment Coordinator, will be facilitating the course which is asynchronous, meaning you can access it anytime via a private website during the class session. Please sign up at the registration link. Priority will be given to people in the Pacific Northwest Region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) but all are welcome to apply for the class.