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Sacramento Instruction: PubMed Advanced Hands-On class

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 10:30am-12:00pm
Room 72.169
1500 Capitol Ave, Sacramento


RSVP by Wednesday, November 15th to Michael Sholinbeck at msholinb@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.
Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.


PLEASE NOTE: This class is limited to 12 participants. A few seats may be available on the day of the class so if you don’t register in advance, you can just show up to see if there is availability.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

It is highly recommended, but not required, that you have already taken the PubMed Basics class, or already have a basic understanding of and ability to search PubMed. This class will not cover what was covered in the PubMed Basics class.

* Want to learn more about focusing your search using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)?

* Want to know how to effectively use MeSH subheadings?

* Want to learn how to use “evidence-based medicine” filters, useful for both clinical medicine and epidemiology?

* Want to learn about using PubMed’s Topic-Specific Queries, such as Comparative Effectiveness, Healthy People 2020, Health Disparities, and more?

* Interested in alternative PubMed interfaces that facilitate seeing new patterns or insights on your search results?

* Interested in other advanced features of PubMed?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s PubMed Advanced Hands-On class!

Topics covered will include:
1. More about MeSH
2. Using MeSH Subheadings effectively
3. Clinical Queries
4. Topic-Specific Queries
5. Alternative PubMed Interfaces
6. Other Advanced PubMed features

Class Objective:
This class will teach you how to create more focused searches using MeSH and MeSH subheadings, and to quickly find “evidence-based medicine” citations utilizing PubMed’s pre-defined clinical queries.

These training sessions are free to CDPH staff. A certificate of completion will be available for those who attend the class.

A schedule of other upcoming training sessions is available online here.

Richmond Instruction: Health Statistics and Data Resources Hands-On class

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 10-11:30am
Computer Training Room P-1246, Building P
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA


RSVP by Tuesday, November 28th to Michael Sholinbeck at msholinb@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.

Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.


NON-BUILDING P OCCUPANTS: Please make sure to register so your name will be on the class participant list given to the Building P Security Desk for entry into Building P.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is limited to 16 participants.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

Having difficulty finding the health statistics or data that you need?

Do you want to know where to look for the answers for the following questions?

• How many people in Sacramento County have been immunized with the flu shot?
• How many children live in poverty by census tract or ZIP code in any US location?
• How do I find health status reports for California counties?
• How can I get raw data from a national survey that describes nutritional and behavioral factors associated with morbidity and mortality?

Do you want to be able to download and save health data?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Health Statistics and Data Resources Hands-On class! By popular demand, this class is now HANDS-ON in a computer lab, so you can follow along and explore the websites we visit in class.

Some of the topics that will be covered:
1. Vital Statistics
2. Incidence and Prevalence Statistics
3. National Surveys
4. Mapping Applications & GIS Data
5. California and Local Statistics

Class Objective:
After this session, you will be able to more quickly and easily locate quality health-related statistics and datasets. You will also be able to identify some of the issues associated with the collection of health statistics.

These training sessions are free to CDPH staff. A certificate of completion will be available for those who attend the class.

A schedule of other upcoming training sessions is available online so that you can plan ahead.

No librarians Nov 6-9

What! Yes, it’s true. The Public Health librarians will *all* be gone from Nov 6-9. We apologize for any interruptions to your work that this might cause. Please plan ahead for any literature requests that you anticipate needing.

Our document delivery department, however, will be open and processing your article and books requests during this time.

The Public Health Library will be closed on November 10 to observe Veterans Day.

Our usual services will resume Monday, November 13.

Professional Development: Business Communications

Would you like help in learning to communicate effectively, understand diverse audiences and build sound arguments? Then this self-paced ed.x class might be of interest to you!

In this course, you will learn how to sharpen your writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to help you succeed at work. You will see successful practices and guidelines drawn from both research and experience.

What you’ll learn:

* Build sound and logical arguments using the best evidence available
* Communicate effectively in a business setting
* Understand how to communicate with diverse audiences
* Create a variety of effective and clearly written supporting business documents to better communicate

Begins: November 13
Course length: 6-7 weeks
Time involved: 3-5 hours/week
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $150

The University of British Columbia offers this instruction provided by Marlisse Silver Sweeney Lecturer, Law and Business Communications Group UBC Sauder School of Business.

Community Health Maps: Using Mapping Tools During Disasters : A webinar recording

Perhaps you’ve seen the way others use mapping in public health and wanted to try it yourself but are overwhelmed by the technology and/or simply too busy to pursue it. Or maybe you are already engaged in mapping but wish to enhance your community mapping initiatives with other tools. Now there’s a blog that was created to facilitate the use of GIS mapping for those that fall into these categories. This webinar, recorded on October 12, provides an overview of the tools available for you on the Community Health Maps blog and how they can be utilized during disaster response.

The Center for Public Service Communications and its partner Bird’s Eye View, together with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), have developed the Community Health Maps (CHM) initiative. The goal of this blog is to provide information about low cost mapping tools that can be used by community organizations.

The webinar discusses three GIS tools: Fulcrum for iOS and Android, QGIS for the desktop pc, and Carto which is a cloud-based platform. It also includes several case studies from around the country involving different populations so that you can see how these could be used.

Under its resources tab, the blog includes lab exercises to take you through the entire Community Health Mapping Workflow from field data collection through online data presentation. These are also available for you on YouTube.

This is a collaborative effort between the National Library of Medicine, the Center for Public Service Communications and Bird’s Eye View.

Improving the availability of reliable health information: A webinar

Do you use disaster related health information in your work? Would you like to learn more about it? If so, then you might want to attend this webinar by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM)’s Disaster Information Research Center. In it, Robin Taylor, MLIS and Dr. Neil Pakenham-Walsh will provide an overview of two powerful platforms that promote access to health information for those involved in disaster, public health emergency, and humanitarian situations.

Ms. Taylor will describe the scope of the Disaster Lit database maintained by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). She will talk about the process used to select high-quality resources which are freely available on the internet, as well as the medical and public health aspects of disaster and public health emergency preparedness and response.

Dr. Pakenham-Walsh will discuss how his organization, Healthcare Information For All (HIFA), promotes communication among stakeholders to move toward a world where every person will have access to the healthcare information they need to stay healthy.

When: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 a.m. PT

Ms. Taylor, MLIS, selects electronic resources about disaster health for inclusion in the Disaster Lit database and provides communications support.

Dr. Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign and co-director of the Global Healthcare Information Network. For the last 20 years he has worked to improve the availability and use of relevant, reliable healthcare information for health workers and citizens in low- and middle-income countries.

This webinar is a part of Humanitarian Evidence Week, observed from November 6-12, 2017.

New Material Added to ToxTutor, NLM’s Toxicology Tutorial Resource

Could you use a plain language refresher on toxicology? Would you like it to include illustrations and animations? Then this self-paced tutorial from the National Library of Medicine may be of interest to you!

You may use ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. This tutorial will provide you with a basic understanding of the subject. You can obtain a certificate of completion if wanted by completing the tutorial through NLM’s free learning management system.

The National Library of Medicine has added new material to its basic online version. The new sections cover Basic Physiology, Introduction to Toxicokinetics, Absorption, Distribution, Biotransformation, Excretion, and Cellular Toxicology. New animations were created including From a Gel to a Cell, which follows the
journey of a chemical from a theoretical shower gel product through several membranes and ultimately into a cell. The tutorial also has a glossary of more than 300 toxicology-related terms.

Time required: about 3 hours
Cost: free
Certificate of Completion available

While a knowledge of anatomy and physiology is not required for viewing ToxTutor, the Introduction to the Human Body from the National Cancer Institute provides a good introduction to the topic.

Public Health Law Academy

Find the law challenging to understand? Want a clearer understanding of the role it can play in improving population health? Then you may wish to explore the online trainings provided by the Public Health Law Academy.

The Public Health Law Academy, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives you a deeper understanding of the use of law and policy to improve population health outcomes. Developed in cooperation with ChangeLab Solutions, the easy-to-use online trainings offered here are essential for all public health professionals.

These online trainings are appropriate for all public health professionals, including public health lawyers, public health nurses, public health educators, public health advocates, and public health faculty and students.

The Public Health Law Academy currently offers introductory courses as well as classes on hot topics, and plans to add courses in legal epidemiology soon.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available in print:

1. Deadliest enemy: our war against killer germs. By Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Call number: RA651 .O87 2017
See the table of contents and preview the first pages at amazon.com.

2. IT’s about patient care: transforming healthcare information technology the Cleveland Clinic way. By C. Martin Harris and Gene Lazuta. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2017.
Call number: R855.3 .H37 2017
See the table of contents and preview the first pages at amazon.com.

3. Gerontechnology: research, practice, and principles in the field of technology and aging. Edited by Sunkyo Kwon. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC, 2017.
Call number: RC952.5 .G47 2017
View the table of contents or read a sample chapter or two at the publisher’s website.

and here are some new titles available online from the National Academies Press of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

4. Protecting the Health and Well-Being of Communities in a Changing Climate: Proceedings of a Workshop. 2017.

5. Examining Challenges and Possible Strategies to Strengthen U.S. Health Security: Proceedings of a Workshop. 2017.

6. Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of the Global Burden, Causes, Prevention, Management, and Public Policy. 2017.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request using our online form and we will mail the book(s) to you.

You may also log into your web portal account to request book(s).

If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you.

CDPH in the News, October 2017

CDPH in the News

State Health Officer Urges Caution During Wildfire Cleanup

from YubaNet

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents of recently burned areas to use caution in cleaning up ash from recent wildfires. Ash from trees burned in wildfires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. However, ash from burned homes and other items will likely contain metals, chemicals, and potentially asbestos, items that may be considered toxic if breathed in or touched with wet skin.

Understanding California’s Hepatitis A outbreak

from PBS

On March 18, the California Department of Public Health first announced an outbreak of the Hepatitis A virus. Seven months later on Oct. 13, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. Reported cases of Hepatitis A had more than tripled in the state, and 19 people have died. Nearly 600 hepatitis A cases, mostly concentrated in downtown San Diego, have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, likely caused by person-to-person transmission. This is up from an average 160 cases per year in California, said Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist at California Department of Public Health. More than 500 of the cases were reported in San Diego County.

An ‘open door’: Gay and Lesbian Center celebrates new facility

from Bakersfield.com

The Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield celebrated the opening of its new home with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. The Annex, as it’s called, located at 841 Mohawk St., provides private counseling, workshops and other services. Vice Mayor Bob Smith and Councilman Andrae Gonzales, as well as representatives from the offices of Congressmen Kevin McCarthy and David Valadao, were among those attending the event.
“We’re very excited about what today represents. This is such an achievement for the center,” Center Executive Director Jan Hefner said. “Before the center was born in 2011, there was no specific place available year-round where LGBTQ people could gather in comfort and create a community. This new facility gives us the ability to expand our services.”
The Annex was developed after the center received a five-year $1.18 million grant in September 2016 from the California Reducing Disparities Project, a program of the California Department of Public Health.

Policy changes at Alameda Co. hospital after high-profile murder: 2 Investigates

from KTVU

The California Department of Public Health has agreed with part of an Oakland mother’s complaint that Alameda Health System (AHS) could have done more to treat her mentally ill son, who later followed through on threats to kill his own brother. Days after Demetrius Sells was discharged from Highland Hospital — an AHS-run facility — in May 2015, he stabbed and killed his brother Kevin McGhee.
Before being discharged, medical records obtained by 2 Investigates show Sells had attempted suicide, overdosing on the prescription drug Abilify. He also threatened to kill McGhee for calling 911. Documents show staff knew Sells made threats and had a history of bipolar disorder, drugs and violence. Sells spent less than nine hours in treatment before his mandatory hold was canceled by a John George mental hospital psychiatrist working in the hospital’s Emergency Department.

Why I’m Suing California for Lead Data

from Capitol and Main

Digging through documents for hidden truths and revelations is a huge part of what investigative journalists like myself do. Requests for documents made under California’s Public Records Act typically take 10 days to a month to be fulfilled. Sometimes the wait can be excruciatingly longer. Earlier this year I spent four months waiting and pleading with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to hand over 56 pages of documents related to lead contamination at a Sacramento gun range.
Ultimately, the records showed that in 2003, California public health officials were aware of life-threatening levels of lead at Sacramento’s city-owned, indoor Mangan Park Rifle and Pistol Range. Yet the range continued to operate for another dozen years, raising questions about official negligence in allowing such a hazardous operation to continue.
Because the delay in providing the documents seemed unreasonable and one not allowed under California law, I considered suing CDPH. However, public records lawsuits are time consuming, requiring an attorney who believes the case is one for which it is worth going to the mat. But occasionally lines are crossed that simply have to be challenged. That’s why I filed a lawsuit last week in Sacramento County Superior Court objecting to the secrecy surrounding the protracted cleanup of lead at the range.

STD Rates In California Reach ‘All-Time High’

from laist

According to a new report from the California Department of Public Health, California ranked first among all states in 2016 for the total number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and congenital syphilis. Bacterial STD rates (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis) in California “significantly increased” in 2016, with over a quarter million cases reported during the course of the year. This marks a 40% increase compared to five years ago, according to the CDPH, which characterized the 2016 data as marking an “all-time high” for the state.

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