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Resources for Locating Health Data, Statistics, and Data Visualization Tools

Health professionals often need to locate health statistics and data and to visualize that data in chart, graph, or map format. The following resources related to health data, statistics, and data visualization tools may be useful:

  • NLM’s MedlinePlus: The Health Statistics page provides a summary of health statistics and  links to a wide variety of reliable health statistics resources.
  • 2010 Census Data: The most detailed information available from the 2010 Census about a community’s entire population, including cross-tabulations of age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and group quarters.
  • Healthdata.gov: Comprehensive catalog of health-related data sets relevant to all aspects of health, for a broad array of users, supplied by a wide range of federal agencies, and available for free.
  • CDC Data Resources: Reference list of nationally funded data systems with a relationship to environmental public health; highlights the major data systems with a national scope where public health and environmental data can be directly downloaded.
  • Visualize Toxic Chemical Data: Use NLM’s TOXMAP to visualize locations of US EPA Toxics Release Inventory facilities, US Superfund sites, Environment Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory sites, US nuclear plants, and EPA coal plants. Additional layers of US census and health data can be added to the map.
  • Learn How to Create Maps with Low/No Cost Tools: Use NLM’s Community Health Maps to learn about free and low cost methods for collecting field data, combining field data with other organizational data, and visualizing the data through online mapping tools.

New NN/LM Moodle Class, Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NN/LM) Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) and Mid-Continental Region (MCR) Regions are hosting the 9-week, self-paced, asynchronous course Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles from February 27 to April 28. The course is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes forum, top picks from the NN/LM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club articles, and completion of the course Big Data Fundamentals from the Big Data University. This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours upon completion of all requirements.

Love Your Data Week: February 13-17!

Love Your Data week is an online event coming up on February 13-17, 2017! This year’s theme is emphasizing data quality for researchers at any stage in their career. Follow the activities on Twitter to gain inspiration, share ideas, and find new ways to promote data services and resources at your library and beyond! More details will be available soon!

Webinar Registration Available: Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library

On March 14, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT, join Jeff Julian, Director of the Public Awareness Office for the American Library Association, for the one-hour informative session Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library, hosted by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region. Attendees will learn about ALA’s Libraries Transform public awareness and advocacy campaign which effectively conveys the transformative nature of today’s libraries and the critical role they play in the digital age, as well as how to incorporate messaging into regular communication channels to leverage the campaign in advocacy activities and more.

Resources for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

In addition to joy, the holiday season can also bring stress, home safety hazards, and weight gain. Following are several reliable resources to help everyone stay safe and healthy during the holidays:

  • MedlinePlus Text Campaign for Holiday Mental Health: Get three text messages per week through the holidays on how to cope with anxiety, depression, and stress. Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online.
  • Browse and Share Heart Healthy Holiday Recipes: The Million Hearts® Initiative from the Centers for Disease Control offers a slideshow of nutritious and heart healthy holiday recipes.
  • Tips for Holiday Food Safety: The Food and Drug Administration provides tips, links, and videos in both English and Spanish about how to safely prepare foods during the holidays.
  • Holiday Fire Safety Resources: The US Fire Administration shares a number of outreach materials about fire safety with candles and Christmas trees, including handouts, posters, videos, and infographics.
  • Indoor Exercise Activities at Go4Life: The National Institute on Aging offers a helpful page of endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility exercises, many of which can be done indoors.

Recording for “NN/LM Resource Picks: AIDSource and AIDSInfo” Webinar Now Available!

The archived recording of the November 30 session for the NN/LM collaborative webinar series, NN/LM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was AIDSource and AIDSInfo with Andrew Plumer, from the National Library of Medicine’s Specialized Information Services Division, Jean-Paul Rock, AIDSInfo Translation & Outreach Manager, and Alison McDougal, PMP, AIDSinfo Project Manager. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Newly Revised, Web-Based NLM Disaster Information Specialization Courses Available!

The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. Anyone completing all 15 hours of the courses is eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA. The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

  • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
    This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.
  • U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
    This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.
  • Information Roles in Disaster Management
    This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

Two additional courses are available online, at no cost, from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute:

  • IS-700.A National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
    This course introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • IS-100.B Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
    This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies; establishes common processes for planning and managing resources; and allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.

New Free Resource: Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets for Factors Impacting Health of Minority Populations

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the release of a new resource to aid researchers, public health practitioners and policymakers with data on health and health care disparities and social determinants of health. The Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources is a free resource that compiles in one place descriptions of and links to 132 public datasets and resources that include information about health conditions and other factors that impact the health of minority populations.

The Compendium includes data and data-related resources from the following federal agencies within the HHS: Administration for Community Living (ACL); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Indian Health Service (IHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It also includes data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Compendium was created by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) to advance research, public policy and the public’s knowledge of issues related to health equity. It fills a gap that researchers and practitioners frequently face in locating federal datasets in one place, with information that is vital to conduct research on various topics. Check it out!

Free Webinar on November 29: Best Practices for Social Media Accessibility

Registration is available for the next session in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series, Getting Social: Best Practices for Social Media Accessibility, on November 29, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM PST. It will provide helpful tips and practices to ensure that your agency’s social media content attracts the largest possible audience while being accessible to individuals with disabilities. Presenters will review best practices for preparing and deploying social media that is accessible to all citizens. They also will provide an overview of the Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit, a key accessibility resource developed by the ePolicyWorks team in the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy that offers tips to improve the accessibility of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs. Featured speakers include Hope Adler, ePolicyWorks, Communications Project Manager; Emily Ladau, ePolicyWorks, Communications Consultant; and Timothy P. Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board (moderator).

New Web-Based Broadband Health Mapping Tool!

The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force recently launched the Mapping Broadband Health in America tool, a web-based mapping tool that enables more efficient, data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health. By allowing users to ask and answer questions about broadband and health at the county and census block levels, the tool provides critical data that can help drive broadband health policies and connected health solutions for this critical space. The mapping tool is an interactive experience, showing various aspects of connectivity and health for every state and county in the United States. Users can generate customized maps that display broadband access, adoption and speed data alongside various health measures (e.g., obesity, diabetes, disabilities and physician access) in urban and rural areas. These maps can be used by both public and private sectors and local communities to identify not only gaps, but also opportunities. Also released with the mapping platform are the Priority 100 and Rural 100 lists, identifying counties that have critical needs in broadband and health. Priority 100 is a list of the 100 counties nationwide with the greatest broadband and connectivity needs and populations of at least 25,000. Rural 100 is similar to Priority 100, but only includes rural areas with a population of 15,000 or more. Additional information is available in the Press Kit.

On November 10, 11:00am-12:00pm PST, the FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs will jointly host a free webinar to further explain and explore this new tool, Mapping Connected Health County by County. The session will focus on how state and local government offices, agencies and other local community stakeholders can effectively use the Mapping Broadband Health in America platform. Key audiences for the webinar include federal, state and local agencies and offices that address health, connectivity, technology and/or rural development; such as county health departments, public health officers and epidemiologists, broadband and technology officers, data analytics and GIS teams, and community health workers and strategists.