July - Sept
Online Higher Ed Notebook
|November 26, 2002. Smallpox
CDC has developed a web-based resource kit, which
contains the most current information about smallpox. This resources
kit includes a number of materials that can be directly reproduced or may
assist with the development of community-targeted materials. (Note:
this kit links to only a partial listing of resources available on the CDC
Smallpox Site. More resources can be found in the "In-Depth Information and
Resources" section of the website.)
The Resources Kit can be found at: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/reference/resource-kit.asp
CDC will continue to update all Internet and resource material as necessary.
Source: Steve Rauch, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
posted by Laura Larsson at 2:14 PM
|November 25, 2002. Internet Access to
Digital Libraries grant
The purpose of the Internet Access to Digital Libraries
grant is to help health-related organizations provide their health professionals,
staff, researchers, librarians and clients with access to digital health
information resources and information services of the highest quality.
The phrase 'digital library' refers to a collection of information, data
or knowledge, stored on a computer that can be accessed over a network.
Examples of digital libraries include collections of published articles
and books, electronic health records, curriculum materials, multimedia documents
and scientific knowledge bases. Access to a digital library may also involve
access to professional library services and expertise, such as question answering,
advanced searching, online training and document delivery.
|November 22, 2002. The Public Agenda: Public Opinion
and Public Policy
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan,
nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization based
in New York City. It was founded in 1975 by social scientist and author Daniel
Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. It intends
to "help leaders better understand the
public's point of view on major policy issues" and "help citizens better understand critical policy issues
so they can make their own more informed and thoughtful decisions".
For more on such issues as abortion, child care, crime, education, the
environment, the family, gay rights, health care, illegal drugs, immigration,
Internet speech/privacy, medical research, medicare, poverty and welfare,
race, the right to die, and Social Security, visit this site.
|November 21, 2002. MEDLINEplus home page
NLM has redesigned the MEDLINEplus home page http://medlineplus.gov.
This redesign went live today, Thursday, November 21.
The search engine has also been redone and should be more efficient,
using concepts as well as words to find results.
Search results are grouped into separate folders for Health Topics, Medical
Encyclopedia, Drug Information, and News. In addition, links from the Health
Topics pages are also searched.
Source: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest
|November 19, 2002. United States Cancer Statistics:
November 2002 - United States Cancer Statistics:
1999 Incidence (PDF 1770K) is a joint publication of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), in
collaboration with the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries
(NAACCR). This report is the first set of official federal cancer incidence
statistics from each state that meets high-quality data standards
Source: Auburn Steward, MLIS, AHIP, Center for Toxicology
& Environmental Health Library
|November 19, 2002. Health, United States 2002
A note came through in the HUS mailing list that
33 Updated tables are now available. Updated tables include mortality data
for 2000 (tables 20-25, 28-33, 35-48), Healthy People 2010 Leading Health
Indicators (table 52), NHANES data for 1999-2000 (tables 68-69, tables 70-71
were updated in October), childhood vaccination data for 2001 (tables 73,74),
and revised 1998 mental health data (tables 87, 108).
Source: HUS distribution list
|November 18, 2002. Means
to a Better End: A Report on Dying in America Today
This report "paints a statistical portrait of the
availability and use of end-of-life care. For each state and the District
of Columbia, the report assigns a grade (A-E) to eight measurement criteria
which reflect key aspects of end-of-life care". (Web site) It's a
nationwide report card on care for the dying put out by Last Acts.
Fact Sheets as well as the main report.
|November 18, 2002. Women's Health USA
2002 - HRSA
Take a look at the first annual report on the health
status of America's women and get current and historical data on some
of the most pressing health challenges facing women and their
families. Data on health and health-related indicators in three
categories: population characteristics, health status and health
services utilization. (from Web site)
|November 15, 2002. PrevNut: The Unit for Preventive
Nutrition at Novum
The introduction and background states that this
site provides: "public health-related preventive nutrition and physical
activity. Public health nutrition ("folkhälsonutrition") is an
expanding and very interesting field of study, and of growing importance
for health and well being of individuals as well as whole populations. Our
interests lie in the physiological, psychosocial and environmental aspects
of both prevention and promotion of nutrition, physical activity and health."
Get information about the courses, projects, publications and
links found on this interesting Swedish site. Their newsletter is available
|November 15, 2002. 2002 edition of the National Library
of Medicine Classification.
The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce
the availability of the 2002 edition of the National Library of Medicine
Classification. Beginning with 2002 the NLM Classification ( www.nlm.nih.gov/class
published annually in electronic form only. Publication of
printed editions ceased with the 5th revised edition, 1999.
The Index to the NLM Classification consists primarily of
MeSH concepts used in cataloging. It includes concepts first appearing
in the latest edition of MeSH and other older concepts as warranted by
literature cataloged. Schedule numbers are added or revised to reflect
changes in the biomedical and related sciences.
The new online environment offers many advantages over print,
including hyperlinks between terms and the MeSH Browser and class
numbers; however, the biggest improvement will be in NLM's ability
to keep the Classification current with changes in MeSH.
Source: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific
|November 8, 2002. Tobacco, Alcohol,
and Other Drug Abuse Trends in Washington State - 2002
The Washington (state) Division of Alcohol & Substance
Abuse (DASA), publishes this summary of reference data and policy
on substance abuse annually.
The "Trends" report presents summaries (mainly statistical)
on substance abuse costs, prevalence, impact, treatment & prevention,
and policy implications, often comparing Washington state to national
Source: Nancy Sutherland, ADAI, University of Washington
|November 8, 2002. Healthy Start,
Grow Smart (does not work as of this date)
Initially distributed in hospitals
in both English and Spanish.
|November 8, 2002. Just For You (HealthFinder)
A new on-line information center
designed to address the health needs of American Indians and
Alaska Natives has been recently launched. The site is located off HealthFinder
in the Just For You section. In addition, special content for Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders, Blacks, and Hispanics has been organized
for use by anyone interested in this information.
|November 7, 2002. World Association for Infant Mental
WAIMH (the World Association for Infant Mental Health)
is an international interdisciplinary association to promote scientific,
educational and clinical work with infants and their caregivers.
WAIMH sponsors an journal that might be familiar to you, "Infant Mental
Health Journal" and a world congress -- the most recent was held in
Amsterdam. Abstracts for
the 8th Congress are available online.
Colleen Huebner is setting up a Washington State Chapter
and welcomes potential members.
Source: Colleen E. Huebner, PhD, MPH, President, WA-WAIMH
|November 6, 2002. Health Education
Help change health policy. "The site enables users
to search the status of specific bills, send emails to their Congresspersons,
access health resolutions and policy statements of sponsoring organizations,
identify advocacy training opportunities, and provides tips for
working with the media."
|November 5, 2002. Leadership by Example:
Roles in Improving Health Care Quality (2002)
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Improve health care quality through better data.
Source: Yuki Durham, University of Washington
|November 5, 2002. Multidimensional
Family Therapy (MDFT) for Adolescent Substance Abuse
On behalf of the Secretary for Health and Human Services
and the Department, Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Eve E.
Slater has initiated a program to showcase best practices in public
health from around the country to foster an environment of peer learning
This month the featured topic is Multidimensional
Family Therapy (MDFT) for Adolescent Substance Abuse. It is with
great excitement we share these best practices to foster an environment
of peer learning and collaboration.
The file is available in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document
Format (PDF) and an HTML version of the report is available on
the Best Practice Web page on the Office of Public Health and Science
Web site at http://www.osophs.dhhs.gov/ophs/BestPractice/
Public health programs are encouraged to submit short
reports about successful initiatives that have measurable outcomes
for consideration. Guidelines for the reports, including where to
send them, are provided online at the address above.
Source: DBaker@OSOPHS.DHHS.GOV via the ASHBESTPRACTICES@LIST.NIH.GOV
|November 5, 2002.
Introduction to Computers in Public Management II, January 2002
MIT has begun putting up some of its courses in preparation
to making all of them available to the public. This gives the
public, especially those with appropriately-aged teens, the opportunity
to view the quality of the courses.
I looked at several of the sites but this one seemed
the most interesting to me. It teaches in a compressed format
how to use relational databases and GIS in public management. The
instructors have included a case study and information on how to
work with the Census data. The next to the last lecture is titled:
GIS, Spatial Analysis and Internet Mapping. I wanted to see what they
meant by Internet mapping since it was a term I hadn't heard before.
All lectures are available. The lectures in this course were quite sparse.
To see all available lectures, visit the MIT Open Courseware
|November 4, 2002.
Committee on Educating Public Health Professionals
for the 21st Century. Who Will Keep the Public
Healthy?: Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st
The Institute of Medicine released a study focused
on assessing the past and current state of education and training
for public health professionals, identifying future practice needs,
and developing a framework for future public health professional
education. New areas of study are recommended. These
are: informatics, genomics, communication, cultural competence, competency-based
participatory research, global health, policy and law, and ethics.
The content can be read online. The summary is available
for reading in PDF format.
|November 3, 2002. Online Dictionary
of Mental Health
of Mental Health is brought
to you by Human Nature
as a global information resource and research tool, compiled
by Internet mental health resource users for Internet mental health
resource users, covering all of the disciplines contributing
to our understanding of mental health." Lists
the top ten bestsellers on mental health issues from Amazon.com.
Gives mental health news.
I wouldn't call this a dictionary, tho', because
it's mostly Websites that may or may not define the concept you're
searching for. Still, it's very good at providing annotated
sites. A commercial site.
|November 3, 2002. Medical Statistics
Using SPSS: an Introductory Course
For those needing an introduction to SPSS, this is
the one to try. Covers key topics in statistics.
|November 3, 2002. Health-Track
This site is supported by supported by The Trust
for America's Health. The purpose of the Trust for America's
Health, a national non-profit organization, is to protect the
health and safety of all communities from current and emerging
health threats by strengthening the fundamentals of our public
The site is a really rich source of information
on chronic diseases. Find headlines, state data, rankings of
states, research and related resources. Nice site on disease clusters and community
action. A good advocacy group with useful information on
how to be community active.
posted by Laura Larsson
|November 2, 2002. State Public Health.org
I didn't find the search engine particularly helpful,
but the site does allow you to find a directory of current
state health officials and their agencies, public hotlines,
and a query box of preformatted searches that you can run against
all the state health agencies. This is very nice. Also find an
Alumni Directory of Former State Health Officials by state, by last
name or by expertise. I'm not exactly sure what good this latter
is except that it does list individuals and give where they worked
and for which years.
Plan on spending some time on their Public
Health Informatics page. There you will find Community
and Information Access, Data Standards, Immunization Registries,
State Reports, and Surveillance and Statistics.
|November 2, 2002. International
Journal of Health Geographics
This new journal is "ready to
receive papers on the application of geographic information
systems and science in public health, healthcare,
health services, and health resources."
This journal is edited by Richard Hoskins, well-known Epidemiologist
from the Washington State Department of Health.
If you are in the field and have written
an article you'd like considered for publication, submit your article
"This handbook provides basic facts regarding foodborne pathogenic
microorganisms and natural toxins. It brings together in one place information
from the Food & Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control
& Prevention, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, and the National
Institutes of Health."
Find your favorite nasty bug. I'm partial to the parasitic
protozoa and worms, but also found mushroom toxins interesting
since I occasionally venture into the woods to collect and eat
posted by Laura Larsson at 2:20 PM
|November 2, 2002. Weapons of Mass Destruction
(WMD) certificate program
:The Center for Domestic Preparedness of the U.S.
Department of Justice and American Military University have
teamed to develop five online academic courses that comprise
a new Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Certificate Program."
"This five-course certificate program offers the first responder
the opportunity to study current information in an online
environment minimizing the interruption to important, ongoing
duties and responsibilities."
posted by Laura Larsson at 1:45
- GM160 Emergency Response to Terrorism
Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards
- GM261 Weapons
of Mass Destruction Incident Command
Federal Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction
Regulatory Issues in Weapons of Mass Destruction Response
|November 1, 2002. H.E.R.E. Catalog
of Educational Materials
The Washington State Department of Health catalog
of educational materials has gone digital. This year's edition
is available in a CD format and online in Word format.
The digital catalog is easy to navigate
and has great features and conveniences that weren't possible
in paper form, such as active links to DOH web pages with .pdf
files of materials, camera-ready art materials, and links to other
web sites. This feature will give users the option to print an
item directly from their desktop, or to go on to learn more about
the topics covered. Publication of the catalog in a CD format compared
to paper copies saved $9,000 in printing costs that will be used
to translate, publish, and distribute other DOH educational materials.
Come have a look on the H.E.R.E website.
You will see instructions for how to download the catalog
to your desktop, and how to order CDs if needed.
Source: Heidi Keller, Director,
DOH Office of Health Promotion
|November 1, 2002. Tox Town - National
Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine invites you to
preview a new web site, Tox Town, at http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/
Tox Town is designed to give information
Tox Town uses color, graphics,
sounds and animation to add interest to learning about connections
between chemicals, the environment, and the public's health.
Tox Town is a pilot project to explore how best to provide environmental
health information to a general audience. Tox Town looks at an ordinary
town and points out environmental hazards that may be in that town.
Users can click on a town location, like the school, and see a cutaway
view of that building. Toxic chemicals that might be found
in the school are listed, along with links to selected Internet
- everyday locations
where you might find toxic chemicals
- non-technical descriptions
- links to selected,
authoritative chemical information on the Internet
- how the environment
can impact human health
- Internet resources
on environmental health topics
In this first release, Tox Town gives
information on eight chemicals and eleven locations in an
imaginary small town. Plans to expand Tox Town include adding more
chemicals and adding new scenes, such as an urban community and a
For further information and to send
comments, please contact: Cindy Love, Office of Outreach
and Special Populations, Specialized Information Services,
National Library of Medicine.
|November 1, 2002. Getting Connected:
to the Internet for Health Promotion Workers
Although a little dated this site does have some
interesting information for health educators.
In this article, Alison Stirling, the
author, discusses how to use computers for health promotion,
gives you ideas for getting connected and once you do, how to use
lists and the Web to get information. Lastly, she discussed new
opportunities for health promotion using the Web. I also like the
Glossary of Online Terms. Likely you already know these terms, and
there are other sites with this information, but the information is
accessible as you read the document.
The rest of the site is also quite interesting.
From this site you can find linked the following definitions
and key papers on health promotion:
Since this is a Canadian health educator,
most of the resources are Canadian. She's also included a
list of Canadian Health Services Research Organizations. For those
doing Community Mapping, this site has several sites doing mapping.
Directory of Internet Sources for Non-Profits
Basics: Foundations to GIS
Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows
Public Health Training
for Inclusion in this Weblog