July - Sept 2002
Online Higher Ed Notebook
July - September 2002
24, 2002. Public Health 101 Online,
Pennsylvania & Ohio Public Health Training Center
Public Health 101 Online was developed by the Pennsylvania
& Ohio Public Health Training Center, a project of the Center
for Public Health Practice, Graduate School of Public Health, University
of Pittsburgh, funded through the ASPH/HRSA cooperative agreement.
The course is a free continuing education accredited on-line introduction
to the field of Public Health. It provides information on the
fundamentals of U.S. Public Health including public health history,
legal underpinnings of the US public health system (with specifics
of PA's & OH's public health systems), and public health core
functions (with practical examples from people within the field).
Public Health 101 addresses the basic public health
sciences skills competency (from the Council
Note: You must create an account before you
can take the course.
Source: Molly M. Eggleston, Project Coordinator at:
412-383-2230, or email@example.com.
23, 2002. Best Practices
in Public Health
The Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, initiated a program this year to
showcase best practices in public health from around the country.
View different Websites offering best practices. It looks as if the
best practices documents will be coming out monthly. Join the listserv
to be notified when these best practices come out.
23, 2002. CDC 2000 Growth Charts.
Interactive Training Modules
View the MCHB training modules, and a link to the
Recognizing the need for training for use and interpretation
of the 2000 CDC Growth Charts, the Health Resources Services Administration/Maternal
and Child Health Bureau has collaborated with the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention to develop a new training website.
This website provides self-directed and interactive training modules
for clinical and public health professionals who use growth charts
to assess physical growth in infants, children, and adolescents.
MCHB-developed training modules include: Accurate Weighing
and Measuring; Using the CDC Growth Charts for Children with Special
Health Care Needs; Adolescent Physical Development: Uses and Limitations
of Growth Charts; Children with Poor Growth; and Head Circumference.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed
related modules, including: Overview of the CDC Growth Charts,
Using the BMI-for-age Growth Charts, and Overweight Children and Adolescents:
Recommendations to Screen, Assess and Manage. Each module
contains learning objectives, text, examples to complete, and a
glossary of new terms. Users complete modules at their own pace
and may choose to listen to audio clips and complete self-tests to gauge
Source: Carolyn Gleason, MS, RD, Public Health Advisor,
and Stephanie Blum Magill, MS, RD, HRSA Seattle Field Office
This is a well-designed Website. The content flows
23, 2002. SmokeFree
NW (British Site)
The logo for this site says, "Don't give up giving
up". Says it all.
This site captures information around tobacco control
and the development of tobacco control alliances in the North
West. There is also material on Smoking Cessation Services
in the region. The site holds evidence, policy documents, reports,
some promotional material and news of conferences around tobacco
The down side of the site is that it takes forever
to get any information. Slow, slow, slow. Plus, they use frames.
17, 2002. EPA Publishes List of Pests
of Significant Public Health Importance [PDF]
There is a link from this page to a PDF file that
lists insects, reptiles, birds, mammals, bacteria, fungi, viruses
etc, and their public health importance/clinical significance.
14, 2002. Public
Health Supercourse - University of Pittsburgh
Want to learn more about public health through (PowerPoint)
lectures? This is the place to go. Get lectures on anything from
learning epidemiology to public health history done by the giants
in the field of public health. International in scope. My personal
favorite site for learning about public health. Site creator is Ron
Get lectures by topic, author, alphabetical order,
new lectures or a listing of all lectures.
This is really a super site.
2, 2002. AHRQ offers emergency planning checklist
for hospitals [PDF]
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
now offers a checklist for hospitals to use when evaluating existing
emergency plans, or assessing their capacity to handle potential
victims of bioterrorist attacks. The "Bioterrorism Emergency Planning
Questionnaire for Healthcare Facilities" covers subjects
such as on-call nursing policies, emergency overflow patient areas,
pharmaceutical supply, and in-hospital laboratory capacity. The survey
is available on
the AHRQ Web site.
If the PDF checklist is set up for you to use to enter
the data as you collect it, it should be quite valuable
This sounds like something you'd might want to convert
to carry around with you on your PDA for collecting the date and
answering subsequent questions.
2002: New Federal Advisory Panel on Public Health
Meets for First Time To Address Bioterrorism
Press release reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Story originally by Kemper, Los Angeles Times, 8/27.
|August 25, 2002: IOM Report on Assessing
Integrity in Research Environments: Creating an Environment
That Promotes Responsible Conduct (2002)
The Institute of Medicine Committee on Assessing
Integrity in Research
Environments has issued a report concluding that no
established measures for assessing integrity in the research environment
exist. The report states that there is lack of evidence to definitively
support any one
approach to promote and evaluate research integrity.
Although education in the reasonable conduct of research is critical,
the report concludes that such effort is likely to be of only modest
help unless it is done appropriately and creatively.
Information: Go to http://www.nap.edu/books/0309084792/html/
On August 8, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) hosted a satellite program on the West Nile Virus,
led by CDC Director Julie L. Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H. The broadcast
provided information on
pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical diagnosis, laboratory
testing, and prevention strategies for West Nile Virus infection.
Videotape copies of the program and an archived version of the Internet
broadcast are available.
Course materials are available for viewing.
Information: Public Health Foundation, 1.877.252.1200
2002: Regional Healthy
People 2010 Events and Priorities
Use resource listings, event information, and contacts
on this site to get involved in your region's Healthy People 2010
activities and priority area(s). Click on the map or state listings
to find information for your HHS region. For each region's priority
area(s), you can download, print, or search listings of action resources
in Acrobat Reader. Two-page resource listings describe Healthy People
2010 companion resources, sites with evidence-based
strategies, and other tools to achieve and promote relevant objectives.
2002: Data Warehouse on Trends
in Health and Aging
"The Data Warehouse on Trends in Health and Aging,
created at the National Center for Health Statistics with the
support of the National Institute on Aging, is a web-based tool
providing access to current information on the health and well being
of older Americans. This system shows trends in health-related behaviors,
health status, health care utilization, and health care costs of the
older population. The information in the Data Warehouse is presented
for older men and women of various ages, races, and ethnicities and
is organized in Beyond 20/20® tables. Beyond 20/20® is user-friendly,
easy-to-use software that NCHS utilizes to allow the user to retrieve
and display customized tables, analyze the data with graphs and maps,
and access explanatory information about the health indicators."
12, 2002: Nuzee.com's Public
Lots of really good public health news here. This
site includes Agriculture News, Climate Change News, Earthquake
News, Environment News, Genetics News, Pollution News, Water Resource
News. Worth bookmarking, that's for sure.
2002. First Among Equals:
How to Manage a Group of Professionals
by Patrick J. McKenna and David H. Maister.
The Free Press, 2002
Although not a public health book, with the move to
improving leadership in public health, this book is great for nurturing team
growth. Abstract with an opportunity to purchase.
2002. HIPAA Regulation,
Final (Press Release)
The final regulation amending the HIPAA health information
privacy regulation has been announced. Background information
and an the Final Rule can be found on the web site of the Office
for Civil Rights, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at
8, 2002. WebMIRS
"The Web-based Medical Information Retrieval System
(WebMIRS) is a research tool that facilitates the dissemination
of multimedia biomedical database information across the Internet...In
its initial implementation, it is based on data from the multi-year
NHANES II and NHANES III surveys (National Health and Nutrition Examination
Surveys) collected by the National Center for Health Statistics. Subsequent
versions will expand the number of data repositories to which access
Some of the fields for which WebMIRS is potentially
relevant include: epidemiology, multimedia databases, medical imaging,
radiology, bioinformatics, vertebral morphometry, and computerized
x-ray image understanding and analysis. Examples of biomedical research
areas that may potentially benefit from the use of WebMIRS data include
all of those targeted by the NHANES II and NHANES III surveys, such
as: osteoarthritis, cardiovascular conditions, kidney and bladder
disease, tobacco use, and exposure to pesticides (for NHANES II);
and diabetes, high blood pressure/cholesterol, gallbladder disease,
musculoskeletal conditions, respiratory and allergy conditions, diet,
vision and hearing, and dental care (for NHANES III)."
Source: Marj Cahn, NICHSR and the Website.
August 7, 2002. Maternal and Child Health Library
This site was developed by the National Center for
Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University
with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and offers
a variety of resources useful to faculty and students of MCH training
programs for staying abreast of current MCH information, conducting
research, and accessing descriptions of MCH programs.
The site links to full text information in a variety
- Knowledge paths on high interest topics
(such as asthma in children, nutrition, physical activity, adolescent
pregnancy prevention and others)
- bring together the best Web and print
resources, which have been researched and evaluated by library staff;
- MCHLine®, an online catalog of
NCEMCH's library of more than 20,000 volumes on a wide range of
maternal and child health (MCH) topics, lists research and training
reports, program development materials, policy and planning documents,
historical publications about the development of the MCH field in
the 20th and 21st centuries, and other resources;
- Organizations and MCH Projects databases
identify further sources of authoritative information;
- NCEMCH publications in pdf format are
In addition, the MCH Alert, a weekly
electronic newsletter, provides timely information about the latest
research findings, policy developments, recently released publications,
and initiatives affecting the maternal and child health (MCH) community.
MCH faculty can subscribe for themselves, and can encourage students
to subscribe to the MCH Alert, so they are up to date on recent MCH
information. (To subscribe, send an e-mail to MCHAlert@list.ncemch.org
with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.
You do not need to enter any information in the message.
You will receive confirmation that the subscription is being
processed; you will receive your first issue of the MCH Alert within
the next week.) Below is a copy of a recent issue.
Source: Laura Kavanagh (HRSA)
This is a really great site. The staff have done a
terrific job of pulling togehter information for practitioners.
1, 2002. Kaiser Permanente Community
This Web site features a searchable list of
over 1000 Kaiser-produced health education videos
which may be borrowed at no cost by groups or individuals. Topics
include general health issues, specific diseases and conditions,
and medical education. Some are available in Spanish, Cantonese, and
Mandarin. Materials may also be purchased; online order forms are available
for both loans and purchases.
Source: Jean Pasche, Librarian, Pacific Northwest
Commercial software site that sells a suite of software
being used by the New York City DOH.
2002. Food Clip Art
from Food & Health Communications, Inc.
FoodandHealth.com provides public health nutritionists
and hangers-on with clipart images that can be used for free.
I loved the 5 a day image so I included it here. Yum.
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