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Richmond Instruction: Literature Searching: Beyond PubMed & More: Hands-On class

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 10-11:30am
Computer Training Room P-1246, Building P
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA


RSVP by Monday, July 10th 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. A waiting list will be created, if appropriate, for an additional class.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

* Are you interested in learning about databases besides PubMed where you can find articles and more?

* Want to know about sources of systematic reviews and grey literature?

* Want to practice using these databases with some hands-on, in-class exercises?

* Do you want to know how to search for articles more effectively by using index terms (aka subject terms, thesaurus terms, descriptors)?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Literature Searching: Beyond PubMed & More Hands-on class!

Topics covered will include:
1. How to think about your topic to improve your literature search
2. The basics of indexing
3. Databases beyond PubMed, including sources for systematic reviews and grey literature
4. Critically evaluating what you find

It is recommended, but not required, that you already have some experience or familiarity with searching PubMed.

Class Objective:
In this class you will learn effective techniques for searching the scientific literature, including tips on search topic formulation, and how a database index (a set of subject terms, such as PubMed’s MeSH) works. You will also learn about – and explore – databases to search other than PubMed, including sources of systematic reviews and “grey literature.” Also covered will be how to critically evaluate what you find from your searches.

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

You’ll find a schedule of other upcoming training sessions online here.

Sacramento Instruction: *New* Environmental Health class

Wednesday July 26, 2017, 1:30-2:30pm
Hearing Room 72.167
1500 Capitol Ave, Sacramento


RSVP by Tuesday July 25th to Michael Sholinbeck at
msholinb@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.
Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.


Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

* Does your work at CDPH require you to access environmental health information, data, or other resources?

* Are you interested in learning about tools to help you find everything from environmental legislation, to continuing education sources, to environmental screening methods?

* Interested in environmental health topics like environmental justice, climate change, or nanotechnology?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Environmental Health Resources class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Tools for data visualization, continuing education, site assessment, and more
2. Information on selected topics in environmental health
3. Finding environmental health literature
4. Environmental health data sources

Class Objective:
To introduce CDPH staff to quality environmental health tools and resources that are freely available online. Use of these resources will assist with finding environmental health data, literature, and more; and in developing evidence-based environmental health programs.

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 for you.

Professional Development: Communication Skills for Bridging Divides, an edX course

Would you like to develop practical communication skills to help build a more tolerant and inclusive worksite? Would you like to learn how to build bridges to communicate better with others who think, look, and have beliefs different from yours? Then you might consider enrolling in this free online mini-course provided by edX!

In this skills-based course, you will explore practical strategies and techniques to apply in your daily life. You will learn about the difference between dialogue, discussion, and debate; micro-affirmations; and how to be an ally.

If you are seeking to develop and practice these skills and apply them to build a more inclusive world, this course is for you. The course is also mobile-friendly.

What you’ll learn:

– Communication skills to help you engage in dialogue instead of debate
– How small but powerful acts of kindness can lead to positive behavior changes
– How to be a meaningful ally
– Strategies to bridge divides, build inclusion, and create places where everyone feels welcome

Course length: 1 week
Time involved: 1 hour
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $25
Organization: Catalyst

You can find more on this class including how to register online here.

Making Scientific Writing Painless: An iBiology video

Are you working on a scholarly paper in the hopes of getting it published? Then you might want to watch this short video by Ian Baldwin! In fourteen minutes, Dr. Baldwin introduces you to the reverse engineering techniques that he uses in his own writing. He also discusses ways to design your figures and charts to ensure that they convey the results of your research in a clear and meaningful manner. His tips might save you time and effort!

Dr. Ian Baldwin is a professor and director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.

iBiology started in 2006 by UCSF and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Professor Ron Vale. It now includes over 300 seminars and short talks by the world’s leading scientists. iBiology is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the Lasker Foundation.

Baby Food FACTS (Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score): Nutrition and marketing of baby and toddler food and drinks

Baby Food FACTS examines the nutritional quality of food and drink products for babies and toddlers up to age 3. It also evaluates the advertising used to promote these products, and looks at how well they correspond to expert advice about feeding this age group.

Written by the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, the report was compiled using a variety of data sources and methods. It focuses on data for marketing in 2015 and nutrition content and product packaging in April to June 2016. It also documents changes in advertising over the past five years where possible.

Support for this project was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Healthy People 2020 Health Disparities Data Widget

Have you every wanted an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) for your report, website, or factsheet? Now you have a tool that might help!

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the Office of MinorityHealth (OMH) have released a new health disparities data widget. The widget provides charts and graphs of disparities data at your fingertips.

You can browse the widget to find its charts and graphs by:

– Disparity type (disability, education, income, location, race and ethnicity, and sex)
– Leading Health Indicator

Once you find the chart or graph of interest, you can link out to more! You’ll find links to more data, infographics and more resources below the text summary to help guide you.

Behavioral Health Barometer, Volume 4: A New Report from SAMHSA

Behavioral Health Barometer, Volume 4. This new report from HHS/SAMHSA presents national data about the prevalence of behavioral health conditions, such as the rate of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, and underage drinking.

In it, you’ll find a concise, reader-friendly summary of key behavioral health measures. The graphics and text include data on the nation as a whole and for subgroups based on demographics such as age, gender, and race/ethnicity, and other factors such as poverty and health insurance status.The indicators are taken from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.

Understanding systematic reviews and more at PubMed Health

Hilda Bastian from NLM will be talking about PubMed Health on July 26. This free online webcast can help you learn how to use PubMed Health for your work. This may be useful because, while it looks a lot like PubMed, PubMed Health is looking for information on clinical effectiveness, and some of the results that you find here will not appear in a PubMed search. This webinar will provide an overview of PubMed Health’s features, discussing recent and coming developments.

PubMed Health brings together systematic reviews of the effects of health care with information support tools to help researchers, consumers and clinicians
find and use reliable evidence. It also incorporates methodological resources about clinical effectiveness research.

Clinical effectiveness research looks for answers to the question, “What works?”, in health and medicine. PubMed Health also developed resources to help you with the complex task of systematic reviewing. Systematic reviewing is a key part of clinical effectiveness research. It is used across many other research areas, too.

A PubMed Health search will first seek out systematic reviews that match your terms. These results are displayed for you in the middle of the results screen. Your search will also look for methods guidance and studies that match your terms. PubMed Health content partners include AHRQ, Cochrane Collaboration, National Cancer Institute, DARE (Database of Reviews of Effects), and the University of California Press, among many others. These organizations and agencies provide the unique content available to you in PubMed Health. Due to the content here, your search can also be filtered in other interesting ways not available in regular PubMed.

Date: Jul 26, 2017
Time: 12:00PM PT
Cost: Free

Registration is now available online.

New Books!

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

1. Superior productivity in healthcare organizations: how to get it, how to keep it, 2nd ed. By Paul Fogel. Baltimore: HPP, Health Professions Press, 2016.
Call number: RA971.35 .F64 2016
You’ll find the table of contents, an excerpt, and reviews at amazon.com.

2. Population health science. By Katherine M. Keyes and Sandro Galea. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Call number: RA407 .K49 2016
You can read more about this book at the publisher’s website.

3. Global climate change and human health: from science to practice. Edited by George Luber and Jay Lemery. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand;
Washington, DC: APHA Press, an imprint of American Public Health Association, 2015.
Call number: RA793 .G58 2015
You’ll be able to View a description, the table of contents and to read an excerpt at the publisher’s website.

and here are some new titles available online from the National Academies Press:

4. Community Violence as a Population Health Issue: Proceedings of a Workshop. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: 2017.

5. Building Communication Capacity to Counter Infectious Disease Threats: Proceedings of a Workshop.The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: 2017.

6. Exploring Equity in Multisector Community Health Partnerships: Proceedings of a Workshop. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: 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, June 2017

CDPH in the News

Judge Trashes California’s $567,000 Medical Waste Fine

from Courthouse News

A federal judge Tuesday found that it a simple call that the California Department of Public Health unlawfully fined a medical-waste disposal company $567,000 for disposing of biohazardous materials out of state.
“The case presents a clear violation of the extraterritorial doctrine that requires little analysis,” U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill wrote, in granting Daniels Sharpsmart an injunction against California Department of Public Health Director Karen Smith. O’Neill found the DPH Medical Waste Management Program violated the Commerce Clause when it threatened Daniels Sharpsmart with penalties if it continued disposing of wastes that originated in California by any method not authorized under California law.

Diner claims restaurant served a dead frog in her salad

from New York Post

A woman from San Dimas, Calif., tells Fox News she was “beyond grossed out” after finding a dead frog in a salad she ordered from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Shawna Cepeda and her family were dining at the BJ’s in West Covina when she claims she noticed something off about her salad – but only after she took several bites and tasted something “a little sour,” reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The case has also been referred to the California Department of Public Health, an investigator for the Los Angeles Department of Public Health confirmed to the San Gabriel Valley Times.

Baby chicks may be cute, but they can make you sick

from Fresno Bee

Public health officials say that as more people keep backyard flocks of chickens, they are seeing more outbreaks of Salmonella bacteria infections linked to the feathery pets. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says between January and May, 372 people in 47 states became ill from infection, with several Salmonella strains that have been linked to contact with live poultry. In California, 21 people in 15 counties, including in the central San Joaquin Valley, have become ill. Health officials with the California Department of Public Health said live poultry, especially baby chicks and ducklings, may have Salmonella in their feces and on their feathers, feet and beaks – even when they appear healthy and clean. The contamination can get on hands, shoes and clothing. Salmonella also can be on cages, coops, feed and water dishes, bedding, plants, and soil.

Stockton SJ, fire district sue drug companies over opioid crisis

from Recordnet

The city, county and a local fire district recently sued several major pharmaceutical companies and a medical distribution firm, charging them with damaging the local economy by promoting the use of opioid painkillers they knew to be dangerous and extremely addictive. The 52-page complaint was filed in Superior Court late last month by two private law firms on behalf of Stockton, San Joaquin County and the Montezuma Fire Protection District, which serves unincorporated portions of southeast Stockton. Data from the California Department of Public Health is startling. According to the CDPH, there were slightly more than 600,000 opioid prescriptions in San Joaquin County in 2015. The county has about 700,000 residents. That same year, there were 45 deaths, 106 emergency-room visits and 114 overdose hospitalizations in the county attributable to opioids, according to the CDPH. Statewide, the data says there were more than 24 million opioid prescriptions and nearly 2,000 overdose deaths in California.

Promise Breakers: Introduction to a Public Health Scandal

from Huffington Post

A Capital & Main investigation has confirmed five cases of lead poisoning that were linked to Sacramento’s James Mangan Rifle and Pistol Range. As we reported last December, the 54-year-old gun range was padlocked in January 2015, after tests showed toxic levels of lead dust in nearly every corner of the building. The recent indictments of state officials in Michigan for involuntary manslaughter related to the lead contamination of the city of Flint’s water supply shows what can happen when there is resolve across the political spectrum to hold officials accountable for environmental crimes. But what happens when the spotlight is dimmer – or, in the case of Sacramento, nonexistent?
Documents obtained as part of our investigation show that officials in California’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) knew as far back as 2002 that workers at the range had levels of lead in their blood so high they could lead to organ shutdown and death. A federal directive on lead hazards in the workplace says that such extreme cases are “high-gravity, serious” and “must be handled by inspection.” Because hazards inside the range required millions of dollars in fixes to bring it up to safe federal standards, an inspection would have almost certainly led to the facility’s permanent closure. Instead of referring the case for inspection, CDPH decided to trust city assurances that Sacramento would do better.

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