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Archive for 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.


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.