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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.

Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) workshop

Ingenuity Pathway Analysis

A representative from Qiagen will offer a hands-on training workshop on using IPA to interpret expression data (including RNA-seq).

Date: Thursday, Nov. 9
Time: 1:30-4:30 pm
Location: Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 Valley Life Sciences Building

You are invited to participate in this free training, and are encouraged to bring your own laptop or use the computer workstations in our training room.

Please register if you are interested in attending.

The workshop will cover how to:

  • Format, upload your data, and launch an analysis
  • Identify likely pathways that are expressed
  • Find causal regulators and their directional effect on gene functions and diseases
  • Build pathways, make connections between entities, and overlay multiple datasets on a pathway or network
  • Understand the affected biological processes
  • Perform a comparison analysis: utilize a heat map to easily visualize trends across multiple time points or samples

Questions? Please contact Elliott Smith (esmith@library.berkeley.edu)

ASHRAE Standards and Guidelines: now online!

UC Berkeley researchers now have full online access to standards issued by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). ASHRAE Standards and Guidelines are widely used by researchers and professionals in the design and maintenance of indoor environments and those interested in refrigeration processes. Access is provided through the Techstreet Enterprise platform and requires the proxy or VPN from off-campus.

In addition to the Standards and Guidelines, ASHRAE also publishes a series of Transactions and Handbooks. Interested in other ASHRAE publications? Check OskiCat for access or contact a librarian for help!

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.

How Cultural Alignment and the Use of Incentives Can Promote a Culture of Health: A new RAND report

Are you interested in learning how cultural identity can be harnessed to create a culture of health? Want to read about how incentives can be used to promote health and well-being? Then you might want to read this report published by RAND which was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The research was conducted within RAND Health.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked RAND to examine these two topics to help it understand how organizations are addressing and leveraging culture and incentives to promote health and well-being, as well as to identify facilitators, barriers, potential best practices, and lessons learned that may inform future work in these areas.

This report draws on a series of interviews that RAND researchers conducted with stakeholders whose work focused on cultural alignment, incentives, or both to learn how organizations are addressing and leveraging culture and incentives to promote health and well-being, as well as to identify facilitators, barriers, potential best practices, and lessons learned.

2017 Annual Review of Public Health Now Freely Available Online

The 2017 Annual Review of Public Health is now available via an open access, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) license. Annual Reviews have also released all 37 back volumes (1980-2016) under the same license, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This is a special open access release from the publisher which they hope to be able to find funding for into the future.

Topics covered in the latest volume include:
* climate change and collective violence
* the changing epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders
* the health impact of large-scale changes in public policy
* the value of organic foods in the diet
* surveillance systems to track obesity prevention efforts

The Annual Review of Public Health, in publication since 1980, covers significant developments in the field of public health, including key developments in epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, issues related to social environment and behavior, health services, and public health practice and policy.

New Books!

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

1. The Aging workforce handbook: individual, organizational, and societal challenges. Edited by Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou, Ronald J. Burke, and Sir Cary L. Cooper. Bingley: Emerald Publishing, 2017.
Call number:HD6279 .A445 2017
Read a synopsis and an excerpt at amazon.com.

2. The future of health economics. Edited by Olivier Ethgen and Ulf Staginnus. London; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
Call number: R728 .E874 2017
You can read a description, view the table of contents, and read an excerpt at the publisher’s website.

3. Out in the rural: a Mississippi health center and its war on poverty. By Thomas J. Ward Jr. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.
The first historical account of America’s first rural community health center.
You can see a description and read an excerpt on amazon.com.

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

4. Developing Affordable and Accessible Community-Based Housing for Vulnerable Adults: Proceedings of a Workshop. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2017.

5. Global Health and the Future Role of the United States. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2017.

6. Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 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.

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