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Archive for 2012

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.

Rendezvous: PubMed Health

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

PubMed Health logo with cartoon man and scattered pages

Edit: A recording is now available at

It’s time for another National Library of Medicine (NLM) resource! PubMed Health is a growing collection of clinical effectiveness information that aims to help users find the evidence that could answer their questions about effects of health care – and help them understand what they find.

Come join us on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 1pm Pacific time (Noon Alaska, 2pm Mountain) during our free monthly webcast at to learn more about PubMed Health, including recent developments – some as recent as this week. The session will be presented by Hilda Bastian, from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Find out more about clinical effectiveness information at NCBI, and where it fits in. (more…)

Takeaways from Diverse Partners in Emergency Preparedness

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

cartoon of flashlight

One in an ongoing series of reports from our funding awardees. Rudy Hurtado shares what he learned when he was awarded Professional Development funding to attend the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference in Tacoma.

By Rodolfo (Rudy) Hurtado, Director, Viva Hispanic Foundation NW, Seattle

The incredibly informative Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference included plenary sessions and numerous concurrent workshops, beginning with the very engaging keynote speaker who provided some valuable information and good tips on managing stress. Dr. Grady P. Bray, President of Crisis Human Services, Inc. spoke on the topic “Emergency Response: The Trauma that Does Not Bleed.”


QR Your Mobile Resources – A Brief How To

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

mobile phone scanning a QR code
1. find QR code by cocreatr

Do you have a mobile-optimized website or other mobile resources to feature at an open house or similar event?

Here is a step by step guide about how we created a quick response (QR) code flyer and introduced students to National Library of Medicine (NLM) Mobile resources at a recent open house for the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. (more…)