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Professional Development: Teamwork & Collaboration online course

Do you work in a team environment? Would you like to learn more about decision-making, consensus-building, and problem-solving within a group environment? This edX free online course may help shed some light on these skills.

Topics in the course include:

– Team formation and development
– Building, leading, organizing, and motivating teams
– Managing conflict in groups to build productive professional relationships
– Collaboration among cross-functional teams
– Interpersonal relationship dynamics in small groups

Begins: January 15, 2018
Course length: 3 weeks
Time involved: 6-8 hours/week
Price: Free with a Verified Certificate available for $49 if desired
Instructor: David Neumann, Professor, School of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Find out more about this class including how to register at the edX website.

New MeSH 2018 terms now posted

Finding the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) term for your search topic can often help you retrieve more relevant results and help ensure that you don’t miss articles.

MeSH is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus which is updated annually. NLM uses the MeSH thesaurus to index articles from thousands of biomedical journals for the MEDLINE/PubMed database.

Every year, NLM reviews the MeSH thesaurus and considers changes in terminology. New concepts are constantly emerging while old concepts are in a state of flux, and NLM adjusts MeSH terminology and usage accordingly.

This year 113 MeSH headings were either changed or deleted and replaced with more up-to-date terminology. 471 new MeSH Headings were added to MeSH in 2018.

One major change is to the MeSH vocabulary for smoking and smoking-related terms. These have been updated and expanded for 2018.

Several smoking-related terms are now new MeSH terms. These are:

* Tobacco Smoking
* Cigar Smoking
* Cigarette Smoking
* Smoking, Non-Tobacco Products
* Smoking Reduction

Other new smoking-related MeSH headings to note are Smokers, Smoking Devices, and Smoking Prevention.

Remember that the new MeSH won’t have a lot of articles tagged with them just yet, and most are not retroactive.

The NLM has an online article that you can read if you’d like to learn more about changes in MeSH. It includes a link to the entire list of new terms.

Want a quick MeSH refresher? We have a MeSH Tri-Fold available for you. Or call us with your questions at 510-642-2510.

The Prevalence of Prescription Opioid Misuse: Doctor Shopping, Co-ingestion, and Exposure, an online class

Do you need more information on the prescription opioid epidemic? Then this free online class by NIDA Notes and IRETA 2 might be of interest. You can read more about it on the IRETA website.

This self-paced online course covers three important aspects of prescription opioid misuse. The three sections will introduce you to prescription opioids, the link between multiple doctors and opportunities for misuse, and the prevalence of high-risk use among adolescents (including mixing pills with other drugs).

Continuing Education Credits are available:
NAADAC Approved for 2 CEHs (FREE)
PA CADC Approved for 2 CEUs (FREE)
Social Work Approved for 2 CEUs ($10.00)

Free membership to myIRETA, the Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions’ collaboration and online learning portal is required.

Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health: Example Cases and Legal Analysis

Have you ever wondered about the hospital data that might be available to you and how you might obtain it? How does HIPAA affect the data you can get access to? And how might you use the data once you’ve got it? If so, then you may want to read on!

This 21 page white paper from the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins University was written for public health departments. It gives you a framework that will help you request data from hospitals and health systems – data that can help move the needle on critical public health challenges.

You’ll find six examples of how you might use electronic health data to make progress on childhood asthma, a common and preventable chronic illness. You’ll also read answers to some frequently asked questions about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Each case includes a brief discussion of how it might be applied to other public health challenges. Possible applications include monitoring opioid overdoses via data on emergency department visits, assess falls prevention efforts, and map diabetes or lung disease hot spots.

You’ll find this paper available to read for free online here.

NACCHO Government Affairs Update: What to Watch For in 2018

What’s in store for 2018? Find out as the National Association of County and City Health Officials hosts “NACCHO Government Affairs Update: What to Watch For in 2018.” The webinar will discuss pressing legislative and policy issues that could have critical implications for public health in 2018. Registration is required, and the webinar will be recorded.

Date: January 10, 2018
Time: 10 – 11am PST

You can register online here.

New Books!

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

1. Public health nutrition. Edited by Judith Buttriss, Ailsa Welch, John Kearney, Susan Lanham-New. Chichester, W. Sussex: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2018.
Call number: RA645.N87 P83 2018
See the table of contents and preview the first pages at amazon.com.

2. Health inequality: an introduction to concepts, theories and methods. By Mel Bartley. Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA, USA: Polity, 2017.
Call number: RA418 .B37 2016
View the table of contents as well as a brief description at the publisher’s website.

3. Health communication for health care professionals: an applied approach. By Michael Pagano; With chapters on risk management and medical malpractice by Canera Pagano. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC, 2017.
Call number: RA427.8 .P34 2017
Read the table of contents and a sample chapter publisher’s website.

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

4. Guiding Principles for Developing Dietary Reference Intakes Based on Chronic Disease (2017).

5. People Living with Disabilities: Health Equity, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy: Proceedings of a Workshop (2017).

6. Making Medicines Affordable: A National Imperative (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, December 2017

CDPH in the News

Bears exposed to plague found in Paradise

from ChicoER

Two black bears exposed to the plague were found in Paradise, according to the California Department of Public Health. The department collected blood in September from two bears killed under depredation permits, and the samples tested positive for antibodies to Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes plague.

California Plant Transforms Medical Waste to Green Energy

from Future Structure

Aemerge RedPak officials said Christmas came early as they unveiled their “technological wonder” to the High Desert in the form of the first medical waste treatment facility permitted in California. “Besides being the only facility in the state permitted to treat all types of medical waste as regulated by the California Department of Public Health, RedPak will have also created 30 new jobs within the community at full ramp-up.”

Why big business will love California’s new marijuana rules, and why you should worry

from Sacramento Bee

McWeeds may be coming soon to your community. The state of California last week proposed emergency rules to regulate marijuana when recreational use becomes legal in January. Some parts of the emergency regulations are urgently needed. But their overall breadth and lack of caution will fulfill big business’s wildest dreams. They will promote the unfettered growth of a new harmful California industry dominated by special interests and wealthy investors, not the health and well-being of our communities.
The California Department of Public Health’s subset of the proposed new regulations do make some significant progress: not allowing human or animal-shaped edibles, nixing cartoons from packaging and generally saying products shouldn’t be attractive to youth or look like M&M’s. But that’s not enough.

SLO Food Bank cited for ‘food adulteration’ in addition to permit issue

from KSBY

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County is facing a citation related to unsanitary conditions in addition to an issue over apparently expired paperwork. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a state investigator inspected the Food Bank’s facility on Kendall Road in San Luis Obispo on Monday, Nov. 27 and observed unsanitary conditions. It also found that the Food Bank was operating without a valid Processed Food Registration permit.

Public Health Office teams up with spiritual leader to talk safe sex

from The Renegade Rip

A 2016 California Department of Public Health report found that one out of every four sexually active teen girls in Kern County has an STD. Kern County ranked fourth highest in cases of Gonorrhea and Primary and Secondary Syphilis, while ranking second highest in Chlamydia. The county also exceeds state averages for Congenital Syphilis, a form of Syphilis that is passed from mother to child during pregnancy, by 344 percent.
“We asked our community for help, including parents, educators, medical providers, media, non-profits, and the faith-based community.” The first to accept the invitation was Pastor Eric Simpson of the Bridge Bible Church. KCDPH staff joined Simpson at his church in giving a presentation on ways in which parents should discuss sexual health issues with their children.

Avoiding EMF radiation not as easy as quitting smoking

from San Francisco Chronicle

How much more proof do we need that being online isn’t healthy for us? The latest terrible tech research is from Kaiser Permanente, published last week in the journal Scientific Reports. In a study of hundreds of pregnant women in the Bay Area, the authors found that those who were more exposed to the kind of radiation produced by cell phones, wireless networks and power lines were nearly three times as likely to suffer miscarriages.
San Francisco’s radiation-warning law, championed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, passed in 2010. But after a lawsuit from the cell phone industry, the city backed off on implementing it. Around the same time, the California Department of Public Health drew up its set of guidelines to inform the public about the risks associated with cell phone use. The health department then sat on these guidelines — for seven years — until The Chronicle told the state it was going to publish a news story about the case, and a judge signaled that she would order them to be released.

Public Health Library Holiday Hours

Although the Public Health Library will be closed to the public from December 16 to Jan 2, we will be providing library services to CDPH staff on December 18 to 22 from 8am to 5pm and December 27 to 28 from 9am to 5pm. The Public Health Library will be closed to all on December 25, 26, 29, 2017 and January 1, 2018 as these are academic holiday closure dates.

You can reach us as usual by calling (510) 642-2510 or by logging in to your web portal.

If you wish to visit the library on any of these days, please let us know beforehand by calling 510-642-2510 so we can open the door for you and make sure that a librarian will be here to assist you.

Please plan ahead and anticipate your project needs, especially if you will be using our Document Delivery service. We may not be able to readily get non-online material for you.

Thank you for your support.

Happy holidays!

Richmond Instruction: Health Promotion/Health Education Resources class

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 10-11am
Room C-136
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA


RSVP by Tuesday, January 9th 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 involve health promotion, health communication, or health education?

* Are you interested in learning about toolkits and other resources that will help you develop a health intervention program?

* Interested in how to find literature on health education/promotion topics?

* Do you need to develop consumer health handouts?

* Want to know about quality sources for consumer health information, including non-English language handouts and materials?

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

Topics covered will include:
1. Resource Toolkits for Developing Programs
2. “Best Practices” in Health Education/Promotion
3. Finding Health Education Literature
4. Patient/Consumer Health Education Materials

(This class will not cover program evaluation resources; there will be a separate Program Evaluation Resources class on Wed. Feb. 14, 2018.)

Class Objective:
To introduce CDPH staff to quality health promotion and health education tools and resources that are freely available online. Use of these resources will assist with efficiently developing effective, evidence-based health promotion 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 for you online here.

Sacramento Instruction: PubMed My NCBI Hands-On class

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 10:30am-12:00pm
Room 72.164 Vault
1500 Capitol Ave, Sacramento


RSVP by Tuesday, January 23rd 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 16 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.

New: In the vault you will need to log in to the computer with your CDPH logon.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

Do you want to know how to:

* Save your PubMed search(es) and receive e-mail updates as new relevant citations are added to PubMed?
* Permanently store citations you find from a PubMed search?
* Share a list of citations with colleagues?
* Customize the PubMed display such that searches are filtered into categories of your choice?
* Keep track of searches run and citations viewed during the previous 6 months?
* See what new articles are coming out in your field using PubMed Journals?

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

Topics covered will include:

1. How to register for a My NCBI account
2. How to save searches and have PubMed periodically re-run the search and automatically e-mail you new citations
3. How to permanently save and share citations in My NCBI
4. How to set up search filters in PubMed, so search results are sorted into your desired categories (e.g., age groups, citations that link to other databases, etc.)
5. Other features of My NCBI

Class Objective:
This class will assist you in keeping aware of new literature in your field. It will help save you time by allowing for the saving of searches and search results (citations), and will facilitate collaboration by letting you create shared citation sets.

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.

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