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Arkansas Resource Library-UAMS: Mid-year Highlights

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library has been working hard during the 2015-2016 contract year!

Some of their exhibition activities include:

In addition, Jessie Casella presented Reliable Resources for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Reference Questions at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and taught at the Arkansas Library Association on Free Health Information Resources: Free Print & Electronic Materials for Your Collection.

Great job everyone!!!

Arkansas River Valley

PHPartners: A Collaboration of U.S. Agencies, Public Health Organizations and Health Sciences Libraries

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

PHPartners (Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce) is a collaboration of U.S government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. The organization’s directive is to provide information and assistance to the Public Health workforce. The group’s mission is Helping the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health. PHPartners goals are:

  • Organize and deliver public health resources so they are easier to find and use.
  • Identify and develop collaborative projects to meet the information needs of the public health workforce.
  • Increase the visibility of the partnership with libraries and the public health workforce.
  • Increase the information literacy of the public health workforce.
  • Strengthen the collaboration among the Partners.

The organization’s website is a portal to authoritative public health resources and tools. Sections include, Public Health Topic Pages, Main Topic Pages, Current Public Health News, Email signup for Public Health Topics of Interest and In the Spotlight section. There is also a search box function in which users can type what they are looking for. Furthermore, there are multiple tabs that assist in browsing the site. This includes Home, News, About Partners, Contact Us, Sitemap, FAQ and Suggest Link. Maintenance of the site is provided by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library through the National Library of Medicine.  Information on Copyright, Privacy, Accessibility, Freedom of Information Act and Viewers and Players is located at the bottom of each page.

As stated earlier, a component of the site includes Public Health Topic Pages. This section covers various topics such as Bioterrorism, Dental Public Health, Environmental Health, HIV/AIDS, How to Access Journal Articles, Nutrition, Obesity, Public Health Genomics, Veterinary Public Health and Workforce Development. Another section is the Main Topic Pages. This area features Health promotion and Health Education, Literature Guidelines, Health Data Tools and Statistics, Grants and Funding, Education and Training, Legislation and Policy, Conference and Meetings, Finding People, Discussion and E-mail Lists and Jobs and Careers. For example, on the Literature and Guidelines page, individuals can access databases related to public health, find journal titles alphabetically, newsletters, and public health reports. For full-text articles, users can locate a health sciences library in their area and register with Loansome Doc. This will allow personalized document delivery for a fee.

Under the Current Public Health News heading, information is listed by most recent article at the top. News items older than three weeks are removed and can be located in the news archive section. Users can filter news items sent to them by email in the Get the Latest Information of Public Health Topics of Interest section. Also, there is an In the Spotlight section that promotes a resource found on the portal. Finally, has a Public Health Information and Data Tutorial module on Staying Informed, Health Information Resources, Health Statistics and Evidence-Based Practice. is a powerful resource for collaboration, funding, research and information regarding public health. For more information, please contact the site, NLM or your NN/LM SCR office for more information.

Partner members include:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Medical Library Association (MLA)
  • National Agricultural Library (NAL)
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
  • Public Health Foundation (PHF)
  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

PHPartners home page

AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to:




August 2015: National Immunization Awareness Month

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized August as the National Immunization Awareness month. As such, various activities structured by the National Public Health Information Coalition will focus on encouraging individuals to safeguard their health against infectious diseases. Emphasis of the month-long program is designed to highlight the importance of immunization. The CDC in collaboration with the NPHIC has developed a toolkit as a guide. Each week will highlight a different group:

A Ready for School toolkit is available for communicating the importance of vaccinations for students as well.



Tox Town Updates the City Neighborhood

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The City neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPad, iPad minis, and other tablets.

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.

(Oooh–that Dentist sound effect though!)

ToxTown city

Texas Public Health Association Call for Submissions

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
The TPHA Annual Education Conference will be April 11-13, 2016 in Galveston, Texas. Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration for oral presentation, poster presentation, and student oral and travel competitions. Abstracts must be submitted bySeptember 30 to be considered.

The call for abstracts (and more info on the conference as it is released) can be found here:

2015 Sewell Travel Award for Public Health

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year isHealth in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website (

History and Purpose of the Sewell Fund

The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers who plan to attend the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

The Fund aims to increase librarians’ effectiveness at providing reliable/relevant information to health care professionals in the fields of public health and pharmacy. To achieve this purpose, the Fund awards reimbursement funds to librarians and other information professionals to defray association membership/registration/travel and per diem expenses of attending and/or participating in activities of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

More information about the Sewell Fund can be found at the following sites:

National Public Health Week: April 6-12, 2015

Monday, April 6th, 2015

April 6-12, 2015, is designated as National Public Health Week by the American Public Health Association. APHA is an organization that seeks to highlight public health issues and policies facing Americans today. NPHW is a manifestation of these efforts, by seeking to collaboratively reach various communities with the goal to reflect and highlight various health related problems that face our nation.  NPHW 2015 theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030.” Each day of the week, there will be an emphasis on a particular method on how we can become the healthiest nation in the world.  They are

Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade – The public health community will discuss why many America is ranked poorly compared to other nations, although many believe we have the best health care in the world.

Tuesday, April 7: Starting from ZIP – Focuses an in-depth discussion of health disparities from one ZIP code to the next, and why.

Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum – Outlines current and trending changes for the public health community and how will it affect everyone.

Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections – Emphasis to seek out and sustain a collaborative effort with various public and private organizations, city officials, education personnel, etc. as partners to combat health related issues.

Friday, April 10: Building of 20 Years of Success-To reflect on past accomplishments of NPHW and discuss what must be done to accomplish the goal of becoming the healthiest nation in the world.

To find out more information about National Public Health Week, you can visit www.

In addition, you may contact your state’s public health association for events and programs.



New Mexico:



Community Health Status Indicators 2015 (CHSI 2015)

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine has partnered with the CDC on the implementation of Community Health Status Indicators. (CHSI 2015) The purpose of CHSI 2015 is to provide heath profiles for the 3,143 counties in the United States. Social factors and the environment can have a direct correlation on an individual standard of living, especially health. If you or someone you know is interested to know about various factors that affect or influence health care outcomes, this is a good place to start. In addition, CHSI 2015 follows the directive of Healthy People2020 by seeking to inform the public about their social and physical environment which in turn, is a catalyst for healthier lifestyles for all.


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Request for Feedback

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Reposted from, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public health:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently assessing and redesigning the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce ( website. Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet. ASPPH is a proud participating partner organization.

To better serve and understand the needs of its audiences, NLM is conducting surveys and usability testing. Public health graduate students, public health undergraduate students, and public health researchers are currently being recruited to participate in seven 15-30 minute sessions spread over a 12-16 month period. Each participant is not required to participate in all seven sessions.

Feedback is invaluable as NLM works to improve the website. Participation by volunteers will help create a successful user experience and help make this an essential resource for the public health workforce.

Public health graduate students, public health undergraduate students, and/or public health researchers that are interested in participating in NLM’s survey and usability testing of should complete an online form at by Friday, November 21.

Thank you, web team