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Public Health/Health Administration Section Newsletter
Summer 2002Kristine M. Alpi, Editor


PH/HA Updates and Projects
* From the Editor
* From the Chair
* PH/HA @ MLA2002
* List of Health Department Library Websites
* Electronic Journal Club: Evidence Based Public Health
* Stipends Awarded for Librarians and Information Professionals to Attend the APHA Annual Meeting
Columns (Edited by Kathy Kerdolff, Assistant Editor)
* CDC Column: CDC en Español
* GIS Column: Open-Source GRASS
* Grey Literature Column: Sources for Grey Literature: Collection Development Tools and Alerting Services
Contributed Articles & Announcements
* Draft of Informatics Competencies for Public Health Professionals
* Introducing the Etext on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Information Resources
* Keeping up with CDC via e-mail
* The Public Health Knowledge Base - A Collaborative Teaching Experience at MLA 2001
* Recognize Health Science Information Innovation- the Frank Bradway Rogers Award
New Resources
* AHRQ Partners With ePocrates to Disseminate U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations
* America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
* Asthma and Allergy Gene Database
* Best Practice Initiative
* CensusScope
* Child Trends
* DPDx: Identification and Diagnosis of Parasites of Public Health Concern
* Effectiveness of Integrated Services for Homeless Adults with Serious Mental Illness
* FoodLink
* Free Access to AIDS and Child Welfare Databases from NISC
* Hamburger Hell: The Flip Side of the USDA's Salmonella Testing Program
* Health Files - Government of British Columbia's Ministry of Health
* The Health Manager's Toolkit
* Healthy Cities, Healthy Suburbs
* HIPAA Health Information Privacy Regulation
* HIV Health Care Use Statistics Online
* Internet for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting
* Kids Count Data Book 2002
* Long-Term Care Insurance
* Maternal and Child Health/Public Health Milestones
* Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000
* Men and Heart Disease
* MIMCom: Malaria Information Resources
* National Academy for State Health Policy
* National Academy Press Titles Freely Available
* National Pesticide Information Center
* National Strategies for Health Care Providers: Pesticides Initiative
* Neighbourhood Statistics, National Statistics
* New York State GIS Help Desk Project
* Northwest Public Health
* Public Health Policy and Management Free Online Etext
* Qualitative Analysis Software from CDC
* Resources Related to Biological Weapons Control and Bioterrorism Preparedness
* Speaking for Ourselves: Media Training and Communication Strategies
* Stalking the Mysterious Microbe
* Suggested Websites for Health Data Standards
* Testing the Waters 2002
* The Trust for America's Health
* Two Reports on Terrorism
* Updated AHRQ Child Health Toolbox Available on the Web
* US News and World Report: 2003 Graduate School Rankings
* US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendations
* USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center
* Web-based Medical Information Retrieval System
* West Nile Virus Maps
* Where to Find Data on the Uninsured
* Women and Heart Disease
* Women's Health USA 2002

PH/HA Updates and Projects

From the Editor

Hi everyone. Welcome to the very late Summer issue of the PH/HA Newsletter! We are still working out the kinks of our new three times a year schedule. We'll be pushing back the fall deadline to November 15 to accommodate the delay. Thanks to all the contributers for this issue. Let me know if we missed anything!

Summer is a time for change. Beginning September 3, I will be the Administrative Manager of the Public Health Library of the New York City Department of Health. New contact information will be on the Officers page in September. I look forward to working with PH/HA members in my new position.

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From the Chair

It was good to see so many of you in Dallas. I'd like to focus this column on what your officers have been doing since MLA.

This will be a busy year, as it is a "compliance" year in which sections are reviewed for compliance with Section Council guidelines (available on the Section Council website at Your appointed and elected officers will work to ensure that we meet these standards.

Minutes from the 1998-2002 section business meetings are now available on the PH/HA website, along with a copy of our most current bylaws. Our bylaws must be revised this year, and I will be seeking assistance from our membership with that task. The Executive Board has also recently approved a procedure manual.

I'd like to welcome three new appointed officers, whose terms last a year. Kay Deeney at UCLA/PSRML takes over as Continuing Education Chair, and will be responsible for our continuing education efforts. Pauline Fulda at LSU has agreed to serve as Membership Chair. Contact her with your news or membership questions. Helen Look at the University of Michigan, a past chair of PH/HA, has agreed to serve as Archivist. Also I have just recently appointed 3 volunteers to form the PH/HA Bylaws Committee. They are: Dave Boilard (; Marjorie Cahn (; and Diana Cunningham ( Their task will be to revise section bylaws to comply with MLA Model Bylaws this year. I appreciate everyone's volunteer spirit this year.

I extend a warm welcome to our new members and encourage you to get involved. PH/HA is a large and active section, and our programming and offerings at MLA are well respected. I had many positive comments in Dallas about our programming this year – thanks again to Matt Wilcox for that. I am sure the program in San Diego will be no exception.

Have a good summer!
Will Olmstadt

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PH/HA @ MLA2002

Some presentations from MLA have been made available on the MLANET website at Many of the PH/HA-sponsored presentations are not listed. We encourage all presenters to make their handouts or slides available.

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List of Health Department Library Websites

We're in the process of developing a list of health department libraries for the PH/HA website. The beginning of the list is located at [Ed. note: link updated 10/8/04]. Please help fill in the blanks by sending your local DOH website URL to Kris Alpi at Thank you.

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Electronic Journal Club: Evidence Based Public Health

The 50+ participants in the Evidence Based Public Health electronic journal club have been working hard this summer. Check out the club's reading list at [Ed. note: link updated 10/8/04]. Thanks to Matthew Wilcox, Kay McCloskey, Carolyn Bridgwater, and Dorice Vieira for coordinating the other sections of the clubs.

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Stipends Awarded for Librarians and Information Professionals to Attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting

This year many librarians and information professionals will attend the APHA Annual Meeting on November 9-13, Philadelphia, PA with financial and collegial support from the the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. The purpose of the Fund is to increase librarians' identification with medical and health care professionals. No matter which of the many aspects of public health information interest you, the benefits of hearing papers on the current research, talking with the exhibitors and networking with other attendees of this primary professional association will be immediately apparent to you.

The PH/HA Client Relations Committee, headed by Laura Larrson, coordinates the application process [the 2002 process is closed]. Thank you to the committee members who worked so hard to get the paperwork ready to go out. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Laura Larsson at or go over to the following URL and download the Word document: [Ed. note: Link no longer active, 3/17/04].

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CDC Column: CDC en Español

Submitted by Becky Satterthwaite, CDC Information Center, Atlanta, GA

Just as everyone else was recognizing the need for health resources in Spanish so were individuals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC website in Spanish, branded as CDC en Español, was formally released in 2000. Initially, four individuals at CDC (on a voluntary basis) led the effort to translate and provide material for the public in Spanish. The website interested senior management, who then met and addressed the issues of translation and dissemination of the material for the public as a CDC objective and allocated appropriate funding for the endeavor.

Today, José Mendizabal and Alex Alvarez, staff of the main CDC library, the CDC Information Center, with assistance from a student intern, provide the Spanish translations for the website. Inquiries and material requests are translated into English and forwarded to the appropriate subject matter experts at CDC for response. The English responses are then sent back to the CDC en Español team who translates back into Spanish and then sends the responses to the inquirers. The team also distributes CDC en Español brochures, fact sheets, press releases, manuals, MMWR articles and other documents.

You can view the CDC en Español site via a sidebar on the CDC home page or directly at: The resources are arranged in much the same format as MEDLINEplus. Material is directed toward certain age groups or addresses various diseases, health problems and issues. Approximately 80-100 public health inquiries are received every week. From January through May of this year, the website received nearly one million visits. This activity represents international interest for information in Spanish on drug abuse, diseases, immunizations, HIV and AIDS, as well as tobacco and bioterrorism.

New information released on the CDC en Español website is announced via the CDCSPAN Listserv, that currently has over 1600 subscribers from 38 countries. Visitors to CDC en Español can subscribe to the listserv and receive weekly emailed updates and news alerts in Spanish. CDC en Español is also registered with popular search engines, and through links from other sites. CDC staff have presented papers and posters at relevant Hispanic and health-related conferences and exhibits to promote the site.

Please visit the CDC en Español website and alert your Spanish-speaking colleagues to this rich resource. If you have questions about CDC en Español, you may contact the CDC en Español team leader - José A. Mendizabal at:

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GIS Column: Open-Source GRASS

Contributed by Will Olmstadt, Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University

Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS) GIS is free software originally developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a tool for land management and environmental planning. See the home page at GRASS is complete with tutorials, FAQ's, problem lists, and an archived discussion list. GRASS is also available for iPAQ/Linux handhelds. Uniquely, email discussion lists and tutorials are available in foreign languages (Polish, German, Korean, Italian), emphasizing the international nature of this collaboration. The website is a wealth of information and is a good example of an actively supported GIS project.

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Grey Literature Column: Sources for Grey Literature: Collection Development Tools and Alerting Services

Contributed by Marie Ascher, New York Medical College (

There are some resources that would be useful to anyone trying to develop a collection and keep up with the literature of health policy and public health.

The number one suggestion is, of course, read everything you can related to new developments in the field. It's amazing the number of leads one can get just by picking up a newspaper like the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the Wall Street Journal, and paying special attention to the health news stories. Stories may refer to recent journal articles, but frequently they refer to new non-journal reports, AKA grey literature.

Regularly valuable sources of information are the three Daily Reports on Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, and Reproductive Health available from, and produced by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Subscribe to these reports at no charge, and they will appear in your email daily. Each of these Daily Reports covers important stories, many of which refer to legal struggles and local health department issues, but some document new reports generated by organizations and agencies.

Paid institutional subscriptions are another option. MD Consult provides a current awareness service in the "Today in Medicine" section. Along with clinical reports, MD Consult reports on developments in insurance, and general topics of interest to public health. As I write, I see a new report has been released by the World Health Organization regarding global cancer prevention. I might not have visited WHO today.

A similar online product is American HealthLine, by the National Journal Group, Inc. This product can be either read on the web or can be set up as an email service. Each day it provides the interesting and important news in health policy and politics by scanning news sources, such as newspapers, magazines, press releases and radio.

Other subscription products which have proven to be extremely useful tools for identifying grey literature documents are the BNA Reports, particularly Health Care Policy Report, Health Plan and Provider Report, and Medicare Report. These publications are produced weekly and provide information on many grey literature products that are not found anywhere else. They are particularly useful in that they provide detailed information on how to obtain the documents. Many of the documents reported here are not found on the Internet.

Also, The Nation’s Health, the monthly newspaper of the American Public Health Association, contains reports of reports and can now be found online at

Last, but not least, is The New York Academy of Medicine's Grey Literature Report, which has been discussed here previously. There are many ways to find out about new grey literature publications - the abovementioned are some of my favorites. There is no substitute for being well-read, on top of the issues, and familiar with the organizations producing this literature.

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Contributed Articles & Announcements

Draft of Informatics Competencies for Public Health Professionals

A draft of Informatics Competencies for Public Health Professionals will be released shortly for comment from the public health and informatics communities. The link to the competencies document, and the background, etc. is at:

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Introducing the Etext on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Information Resources

Submitted by Ione Auston, Librarian, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), National Library of Medicine

The Etext on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Information Resources was created in June 2002 and is available at

This collaboration, undertaken by 24 authors (listed below) from eight countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S.), was recently "launched" at the annual meeting of the International Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care (ISTAHC).

Elaine Alligood, Viveka Alton, María Teresa Astroza, Ione Auston, Catherine Beverley, Susan Bidwell, Deby Blum, Andrew Booth, Ruth Frankish, Anne Fry-Smith, Julie Glanville, David Hailey, Diane Helmer, Malene Fabricius Jensen, Carol Lefebvre, Nancy Muir, Moira Napper, Suzy Paisley, Antoni Parada, Pam Royle, Becky Skidmore, Wendy Wagner, and Kath Wright. Ione Auston, Diane Helmer, Leigh-Ann Topfer

The Etext idea originated as a collaborative effort of ISTAHC's Special Purpose Interest Group on Information Resources ( There are eighteen chapters highlighting searching, finding, and filtering important information resources and managing the information process. The primary audience of the Etext is the HTA researcher, faculty member, and student. Librarians and others interested in searching optimization are the secondary audience. We welcome your comments!

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Keeping up with CDC via e-mail

Contributed by Kris Alpi

Many CDC divisions offer email lists with news and updates on their particular health issues. Some of these are listed on a page "Subscribe to a CDC Mailing List" at Although some of the names are self-explanatory, others are not. However, many other divisions have announcement lists that are not included on that page, such as the National Center for Injury Prevention & Control's NCIPC News and announcements list at, and the Genomics Weekly Update at [see subscribing information at the bottom of the page]. An email was sent to CDC to suggest that there be a single page with links to all of the division pages with update lists. The CDC website will be undergoing some redesign in the near future.

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The Public Health Knowledge Base - A Collaborative Teaching Experience at MLA 2001

Contributed by Nancy Allee, Public Health Information Services & Access, University of Michigan.

A continuing education class at the 2001 Annual Medical Library Association conference in Orlando, Florida was the culmination of a two-year collaborative effort by the Public Health Training Subcommittee of the Partners in Information Access for Public Health Professionals> The committee was brought together to concentrate on training for and promotion of resources available to health sciences librarians and information specialists in serving the information needs of public health faculty, students, and practitioners. Members of the Subcommittee involved int the course development were:

Designed as an 8-hour, hands-on training session, the course focusing on core internet resources in the domain of public health, strategic approaches to information retrieval in PubMed and via the web, and key concepts for effectively using public health data. The course was well-attended, and evaluations were very positive. Four sessions were offered, using a combination of lecture, team-teaching, case study, and co-learning methods.

Session 1 covered the discipline of public health from an academic and community-based and public health practice perspective. Topics examined included an historical overview of public health, key achievements, professional organizations, leadership and funding sources, current research, career opportunities, challenges to the field, core public health services, a review of Health People 2010 objectives, partner organizations, and workforce information needs.

Session 2 covered challenges in searching the public health literature, key databases for the discipline (PubMed, CINAHL, POPLINE, TOXLINE, and others), core subject areas, and the emerging field of public health informatics. For this session, participants received instruction in Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for public health then were given an assignment of designing search strategies for case studies in public health literature searching and asked to present their strategies to the class.

Session 3 covered usage of public health data with a focus on leading health indicators, Healthy People 2010 data, community health status indicators and profiles, and best practices concerning collecting, analyzing, accessing, and interpreting data.

Session 4 covered an introduction to public health resources on the web organized into the following categories: Community Health, Social Determinants, and Health Policy & Services; Social Inequalities; Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, and Health Promotion; Public Health Metasites; and Major Statistical Sources. For this session, participants were given an assignment of searching the web on case study topics and identifying key websites addressing them.

Information about the course is also available by visiting MLA's Continuing Education website at The URL for the course website, which includes access to course materials, is Login: mlace; password: phkb01.

If there is sufficient interest--and feedback from members of the Public Health/Health Administration Section on this topic is welcome--there may be future offerings of the class. Input is also encouraged regarding content that might be helpful to have included.

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Recognize Health Science Information Innovation- the Frank Bradway Rogers Award

[Posted for the Rogers Award Committee] We know you are out there on the cutting edge of new services and initiatives using technology in the most creative ways. Take a moment to think about what your colleagues are contributing and nominate their projects or efforts. The Medical Library Association would like to know about these new applications, so we can give your colleagues the recognition they deserve.

We are seeking nominations for the ISI/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award. This award is presented annually by the Medical Library Association and sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information. The award recognizes an outstanding MLA member OR members contributions for/to:

  1. the application of technology to the delivery of health science information,
  2. the science of information, or
  3. the facilitation of the delivery of health science information.

For more information on the award go to:
For a copy or the nomination form and instructions click here:
Thank you for your nomination and please forward this messages to colleagues who might be interested.

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The National Library of Medicine's Division of Specialized Information Services recently launched a new look for its TOXNET and DIRLINE search interfaces.

Check out the new features at and

See for more information.

Haz-Map – a pilot database on occupational health

Haz-Map is an occupational health and toxicology database that links jobs and hazardous job tasks to exposure to chemicals and occupational diseases and their symptoms. Go directly to Haz-map at or link to Haz-Map from NLM's toxicology and environmental health home page at Haz-Map was created by Jay Brown, M.D. in conjunction with NLM's Division of Specialized Information Services.

For example, a carpenter complains of weakness and tingling in her hands and fingers. Use Haz-Map to find out what chemicals and job activities could cause these symptoms, such as arsenic from sawing or sanding pressure-treated wood. Haz-Map contains information on the chemicals and diseases and includes links to other resources such as TOXNET and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's TOXFAQs and Medical Management Guidelines.

Special Topics in Environmental Health

NLM's Division of Specialized Information Services is developing a series of Special Topic web pages on important and timely environmental health issues ( These web pages include a description of the issue and links to numerous resources. The most recent topic added is on Arsenic ( Arsenic is a major public health concern worldwide and the web page provides links to resources addressing arsenic in drinking water, pressure-treated wood, and chemical waste sites. Other special topics include:

NLM's Division of Specialized Information Services has an extensive list of HIV/AIDS resources including links to treatment information, clinical trials, drug information, and consumer health information ( The section on web links ( was recently updated. This section contains links to resources on vaccine development, diagnosis and testing, research and research tools, statistics and epidemiology and special populations.

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New Resources

AHRQ Partners With ePocrates to Disseminate U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations

AHRQ has partnered with ePocrates to distribute recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to a handheld network of over 600,000 health care professionals through the ePocrates DocAlert® messaging system. This is the first time that USPSTF, an independent panel of primary care and prevention experts that develops evidence-based recommendations for clinical preventive services, has used a handheld network to deliver outcomes to the medical community. Read the Press Release.

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America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released its sixth annual report on the status and well being of America's children. The 2002 edition contains 24 key indicators divided into five categories--population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. In addition, the report also provides data on eight key contextual measures and includes a special feature on children of at least one foreign-born parent. Users have the option of viewing the entire report in HTML or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats, or downloading each section individually in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. [From the Scout Report]

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Asthma and Allergy Gene Database

This database, from Matthais Wjst at Germany's Institut für Epidemiologie, was developed to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers focusing on prevention and cures of asthma. After the free registration, users can access the database to search for references and data on asthma-related genetic linkages and mutations. The site is specifically designed for use by genetic researchers, so there is not much information on using the database or interpreting results. [From the Scout Report]

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Best Practice Initiative

The Assistant Secretary for Health (DHHS) will showcase best practices in public health from around the country in the months to come to foster an environment of peer learning and collaboration. You can also subscribe to an e-mail list for automatic delivery of new best practice information.

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CensusScope is a tool that makes US Census data freely accessible to the Internet community. Presented by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan, CensusScope provides census data for states, counties, and metropolitan areas. Represented by charts, maps, and rankings, the data includes information such as multiracial and population growth, population by race, age structure, and family structure. The site is easily navigable, the charts and maps are concise and comprehensive, and the rankings are easy to follow.

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Child Trends

A nonprofit research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families, Child Trends conducts research and evaluation studies in areas including teenage pregnancy and childbearing, the effects of welfare and poverty on children, and parenting issues such as family structure and processes. Search the Child Trends DataBank of over 70 key indicators of child and youth health and well-being.

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DPDx: Identification and Diagnosis of Parasites of Public Health Concern

This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Parasitic Diseases has a goal of "using the internet to strengthen diagnosis of parasitic diseases." The site provides information about the cause, life cycle, and treatment (among other things) for a number of parasites, listed in alphabetical order and categorized by location of residence. The image library contains a number of images for each parasite. Laboratory researchers and medical professionals may also benefit from the site's Diagnostic Assistance feature, where digital images and data about the parasite can be emailed to DPDx for diagnosis. [From the Scout Report]

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Effectiveness of Integrated Services for Homeless Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Available to the Internet community from the California Department of Mental Health, this 55-page report to the Legislature provides recent information on the Department of Mental Health's administration and implementation of programs at county and city levels that serve homeless adults with serious mental illness in the state of California. Available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, this report contains small fonts and may be more easily readable when printed. [From the Scout Report]

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This website is provided by the Community Nutrition Research Group, which is associated with the US Department of Agriculture. The site includes a group of downloadable databases that contain food pyramid and intake information. Additionally, several research analyses based on these and other databases are viewable online or for download. The Features section is a nice overview of the site that allows easy navigation for those unfamiliar with the site. [From the Scout Report]

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Free Access to AIDS and Child Welfare Databases from NISC

The National Information Services Corporation provides free access (with registration) to AIDSearch (MEDLINE AIDS/HIV Subset, AIDSTRIALS & AIDSDRUGS databases) from the National Library of Medicine and Child Abuse, Child Welfare & Adoption from the U.S. National Clearinghouse for Child Abuse and Neglect Information & U.S. National Adoption Information Clearinghouse

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Hamburger Hell: The Flip Side of the USDA's Salmonella Testing Program - Public Citizen

This 53 page report gives the results of a five-month investigation by the Government Accountability Project (GAP) and Public Citizen.

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Health Files - Government of British Columbia's Ministry of Health

The Health Files are a series of over 120 one-page, easy-to-understand fact sheets about a wide range of public and environmental health and safety issues. Searchable site or browse the table of contents. Some topics are available in other languages: Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish, French and Vietnamese.

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The Health Manager's Toolkit

Management Sciences for Health, a private, nonprofit educational and scientific organization, offers an electronic compendium of management tools designed to assist health professionals around the world to provide accessible and sustainable health services, with 10 management tool categories ranging from clinical services and quality management to human resources management and leadership development. It also provides links to other toolkits around the Web.

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Healthy Cities, Healthy Suburbs: Progress in Meeting Healthy People Goals for the Nation's 100 Largest Cities and Their Suburbs

This report describes city and suburban achievements in reaching Healthy People 2000/2010 objectives for low birth weight, infant mortality, AIDS, tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea, and homicide. The report uses the most recent 2000 Census data and information from the CDC and the FBI. The full report and access to city-specific data for the 100 largest cities is available online. This issue brief is the first in a series of five reports to be released by Dr. Dennis Andrulis and a team of researchers from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York. Their work is supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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HIPAA Health Information Privacy Regulation

Background information and an unofficial text can be found on this website of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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HIV Health Care Use Statistics Online

Public health officials and others can now access HIV health care utilization data online through AHRQ's HIVnet. This interactive service provides statistical answers in real time to questions about HIV patients' use of outpatient and inpatient care by age, gender, race/ethnicity, HIV risk group, insurance status and type, protease inhibitors use, and other variables. Current data, drawn from the AHRQ-supported HIV Research Network, are for 1999, but 2000 data will be added later this year.

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Internet for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting

Internet for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting is a free online tutorial that provides information skills for nurses, midwives, and health visitors, allowing them to make practical use of the Internet in their work. The tutorial contains four main sections -- Tour, Discover, Review, and Reflect -- and takes approximately one hour to complete. Upon completion of the tutorial, users should be able to identify key Internet resources to support the study, teaching, and/or research for nurses, midwives, and health visitors; explain the differences between various types of Internet search tools; and use effective Internet search and browse techniques. [From the Scout Report]

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Kids Count Data Book 2002

Crafted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Kids Count Data Book is a yearly publication that illuminates the status of America’s children by providing data on the "educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children" all across the U.S. By updating the book annually, viewers can assess the changes that have or have not been made by individual states and the nation at large. The report is divided into sections including graphs and color coded maps; profiles, which provides data on individual states or the nation as a whole; rankings, which contains data on all 50 states ranked according to an indicator; raw data, which allows downloading of the entire data book as "delimited files"; and PDF files, which allows downloading and printing of the data book using Adobe Acrobat. Those wanting a hard copy of the book can order a free copy from the home page. [From the Scout Report]

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Long-Term Care Insurance: An Assessment of States' Capacity to Review and Regulate Rates

This report (PDF) issued by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Public Policy Institute explores the inadequacies of the state government's review process of long-term care insurance premiums, and offers recommendations to remedy these problems. [From the Scout Report]

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Maternal and Child Health/Public Health Milestones History Series

Maternal and Child Health/Public Health Milestones, a web-based, 12-volume history of MCH and public health in the US is now available for public use. Developed by the MCH Leadership Skills Training Institute at UAB, with support from HRSA, this history series chronicles milestones from 1792 to the present and highlights significant MCH and public health achievements, political and social events, and landmark legislation, programs and policies related to the health and well-being of children and families. This series is provided free as a resource tool for faculty, students and practitioners in MCH. Each volume of the series is available in a PDF file and hard copies can be downloaded. For complementary copies of the original PowerPoint presentation, please contact Dr. Greg R. Alexander at 205-934-7161 or via e-mail at: [From the Friday Letter]

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Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000

Since 1790, a US population tally has been administered and recorded every ten years. Measuring America, recently released by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau, documents this census of population from its initial start in 1790, when marshals counted 3.9 million US residents, to the year 2000, when the census totaled 281.4 million residents. This 149-page report traces the changes and growth of the US population by providing descriptions of the questionnaires used in each census, along with the instructions on how to complete them. The report also reveals how each census was conducted and information about its historical significance. On the whole, this document provides resourceful information for those involved with census-related research, as well as genealogists, historians, demographers, and others concerned with the evolution of the US population. [From the Scout Report]

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Men and Heart Disease: An Atlas of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality

Presented by the Office for Social Environment and Health Research at West Virginia University and the Center for Disease Control's Cardiovascular Health Branch, Men and Heart Disease: An Atlas of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality is a companion to the Women and Heart Disease site. The atlas, which includes more than 200 national and state maps of heart disease mortality, was designed specifically to provide critical data on "geographic, racial, and ethnic inequalities in men's heart disease death rates." For government agencies and their partners at the local, state, and national levels, the atlas also provides state fact sheets, as well as methodological and technical notes on how the studies were conducted. [From the Scout Report]

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MIMCom: Malaria Information Resources

MIMCom is the malaria resources website at the National Library of Medicine for the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM). The objective of MIM is to support African scientists and malaria researchers in their ability to connect with one another and sources of information, as well as create new collaborations and partnerships.

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National Academy for State Health Policy

The National Academy for State Health Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. Slides and handouts from the annual conference are freely available. NASHP provides state legislators and employees of legislatures and state executive branch agencies with free copies of its publications; libraries are not eligible for free publications.

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National Academy Press Titles Freely Available

Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America

Recent research has shown that between one and two million Americans age 65 or older have been abused and mistreated by someone (either a relative or caregiver) responsible for their care and/or protection. Although a frequent occurrence, little research has been conducted to examine the causes and effective means of preventing mistreatment of the elderly. By highlighting some of its causes and consequences, this report intends to bring forth a better understanding of the nature and scope of elderly mistreatment in the hopes that the information will prompt "the development of informed policies and programs" to help combat this problem. This document is viewable in HTML format and consists of nine chapters and four appendixes. [From the Scout Report]

Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism

The National Academies of Science (NAS) has issued a report on the use of science and technology in combating terrorism to provide guidance to the federal government. The report examines current threats to the nation, areas most vulnerable in light of the identified threats, and the short- and long-term contributions of science and technology to counter terrorism.

Preparing for Terrorism: Tools for Evaluating the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program

This report provides a set of measurement tools and evaluating process to see the level to which communities have implemented the disaster preparedness plans required by the DHHS.

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National Pesticide Information Center

The National Pesticide Information Center is a cooperative effort of Oregon State University and the U.S. EPA. Its website offers a West Nile Virus Resource Guide with information on West Nile Virus; contacts at local, state, and federal agencies; and maps and statistics.

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National Strategies for Health Care Providers: Pesticides Initiative

The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF) has undertaken an initiative in partnership with EPA and in collaboration with HHS, USDA, and the US Department of Labor to launch a groundbreaking plan to integrate pesticides issues into primary health care education and practice. The initiative calls for all primary health care providers - including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives and community health workers - to acquire a basic knowledge of the health effects of pesticides as well as the treatments and preventive public health strategies to address them. The goal is to change the way primary care providers assess and respond to potential pesticide exposure cases in their daily practice. More information is available on their website.

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Neighbourhood Statistics, National Statistics

United Kingdom website with interactive web pages covering statistics from crime to health to population and vital statistics.

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New York State GIS Help Desk Project - Knowledge Base

FAQ and keyword searchable database of GIS help with ArcView and MapInfo products. This pilot project provides free access through the end of August.

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Northwest Public Health

Northwest Public Health is a free biannual publication of the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine dedicated to promoting the discussion of public health issues, ideas, and innovations. The spring 2002 issue explores what the emphasis on bioterrorism means for public health.

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Public Health Policy and Management free online etext

MPH students at Case Western Reserve University, led by course instructor, Duncan Neuhauser PhD, have created this online textbook of public health policy and management. Announced in the June/July issue of Nation's Health.

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Qualitative Analysis Software from CDC

The CDC offers two free software packages for qualitative text analysis:

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Resources Related to Biological Weapons Control and Bioterrorism Preparedness

The American Society for Microbiology has developed this new Web page as a compilation of resources on biological weapons. As a response to potential risks of bioterrorism, the American Society for Microbiology is promoting an increased awareness of lab safety procedures, legislation, and potential risks associated with the field of microbiology. The site is comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy to navigate, while providing a considerable source of important information. [From the Scout Report]

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Speaking for Ourselves: Media Training and Communication Strategies for Communities of Color

Speaking for Ourselves is a new project of the Strategic Press Information Network designed to help "organizations of color" reach audiences with their messages. The Resources section of the site covers key topics from media plans to working with PR consultants.

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Stalking the Mysterious Microbe

This educational website is provided by the American Society for Microbiology. Microbes live all around us; this site focuses on what they are, where they live, and how they both help and harm people. Several experiments are featured that allow students a hands-on opportunity to learn about microbiological principles, most of which can be completed using normal household items. Recent news stories related to microbes add relevance to the information provided by this site. [From the Scout Report]

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Suggested Websites for Health Data Standards / Web-Based Resource Center Work Group, Public Health Data Standards Consortium

This new site offers a comprehensive list of web resources to assist public health organizations and agencies in understanding and implementing health data standards. It includes annotated links to information related to the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requirements plus other clinical, laboratory, and health data standards. To suggest websites or resource categories to add to the site, please e-mail Tom Doremus at

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Testing the Waters 2002: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches

The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) issues its twelfth annual report on the status of beach and recreational water quality. Entitled Testing the Waters 2002, the report offers readers a fifty-fifty appraisal of the nation's lake and ocean recreational beach sites. That is, while water quality overall is indeed improving in the United States, beach water quality is suffering notable setbacks, with increasing reports of beach closings and harmful bacteria or contaminant postings. With more than one third of all Americans visiting or vacationing at beach areas, water quality is no small issue, as it impacts both health and economic vitality of areas branded by closings or warnings. In public interest, therefore, the NRDC urges that more be done to ensure that water quality is carefully monitored, reported, and addressed at governmental, corporate, and local levels. Toward that end, the NRDC lists both the good and the bad, groups they identify as "Beach Buddies" and "Beach Bums," respectively those areas that monitor and disclose findings and those that don't. With state-by-state listings of water quality reports and links to many other environmentally dedicated resources, the report should interest all who use America's recreational water sites. [From the Scout Report]

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The Trust for America's Health

Trust for America's Health has renovated their website. It provides the latest headlines, facts & figures, and resources about chronic disease and environmental exposures in your state. The website ranks and rates states according to health factors, such as: tracking birth defects, cancer rates, and chronic disease. They also track state health agencies, and their topics of expertise. [From Friday Letter]

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Two Reports on Terrorism

Responding First to Bioterrorism

Responding First to Bioterrorism is a search engine for more than 3,000 first responder related websites·

Terrorism Studies

The Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress provides research of literature written by experts on terrorism, inside and outside government. The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why? is a report prepared under an Interagency Agreement by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress in Sept. 1999. The site also includes Media Interaction with the Public in Emergency Situations: Four Case Studies (, a report prepared under an Interagency Agreement by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress Aug. 1999.

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Updated AHRQ Child Health Toolbox Available on the Web

AHRQ has recently revised the Child Health Toolbox, a Web-based resource on children's quality and other performance measures. It is designed to be useful to state and local policymakers, child advocates and others concerned about the quality of children's health care. The Toolbox provides concepts, tips, and tools for evaluating quality of health care in Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Title V, and other health care service programs for children. It now has been expanded to include the CAHPS® 2.0 Child Survey with supplemental questions for children with chronic conditions, new child measures included in the 2002 HEDIS®, and a new generation of quality indicators called AHRQ QIs.

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US News and World Report: 2003 Graduate School Rankings

The U.S. News 2003 graduate school rankings highlights the country's top graduate schools. Health categories other than medicine have not been assessed this year. New ranking categories include business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and the sciences.

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US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendations

The USPSTF has issued several new recommendations. Topics released include: screening for chlamydia; lipid disorders; skin cancer; breast cancer; bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy; newborn hearing; aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular events; chemoprevention of breast cancer; and screening for colorectal cancer. [From the Friday Letter]

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USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center

The US Department of Agriculture's Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine has made this index of children's health information available online. Frequently asked questions on children's nutritional topics are indexed alphabetically by category, along with links to short articles and fact sheets. [From the Scout Report]

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Web-based Medical Information Retrieval System (WebMIRS)

The Web-based Medical Information Retrieval System (WebMIRS) is a research tool that facilitates the dissemination of multimedia biomedical database information across the Internet. It is based on data from the multi-year NHANES II and NHANES III surveys (National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys) collected by the National Center for Health Statistics. Subsequent versions will expand the number of data repositories to which access is provided. Some of the fields for which WebMIRS is potentially relevant include: epidemiology, multimedia databases, medical imaging, radiology, bioinformatics, vertebral morphometry, and computerized x-ray image understanding and analysis. Examples of biomedical research areas that may potentially benefit from the use of WebMIRS data include all of those targeted by the NHANES II and NHANES III surveys, such as: osteoarthritis, cardiovascular conditions, kidney and bladder disease, tobacco use, and exposure to pesticides (for NHANES II); and diabetes, high blood pressure/cholesterol, gallbladder disease, musculoskeletal conditions, respiratory and allergy conditions, diet, vision and hearing, and dental care (for NHANES III).

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West Nile Virus Maps - 2002

The US Geological Survey Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Information has provided these maps of reported occurrences of West Nile Virus (WNV). "The West Nile Virus Surveillance System is intended to monitor the geographic and temporal spread of WNV over the contiguous United States." Maps include 2002 surveillance data for birds, humans, mosquitoes, sentinel chicken flocks, and data submitted by veterinarians. Maps from previous years are available, including comprehensive maps through 2000, and maps of 2001 data. It is unclear whether the 2002 maps are based on 2002 data alone, or include all data through June of 2002. [From the Scout Report]

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Where to Find Data on the Uninsured

Helpful guide from Volunteers in Health Care on finding data on the uninsured. Publications and presentations are also available on the site.

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Women and Heart Disease: An Atlas of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality

This report from the Office for Social Environment and Health Research at West Virginia University providing "critical data on geographic, racial, and ethnic inequalities in women's heart disease death rates for the five major racial and ethnic groups" is available from this Centers for Disease Control website. The report can either be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat format, or a hard copy can be ordered online. The website also contains a series of state maps with which users can compare death rates between different ethnicities and counties. The site also includes a link to a mirror site, Men and Heart Disease. [From the Scout Report]

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Women's Health USA 2002

HHS has recently released Women's Health USA 2002, a new statistical report on the health status of America's women that shows the disproportionate impact that osteoporosis, asthma, diabetes and lupus have on women. Compiled by HRSA, the report highlights current and historical data on some of the most pressing health challenges facing women and their families. Data are provided on health and health-related indicators in three categories: population characteristics, health status and health services utilization. The report includes the most recent federal data available from HHS and the departments of Justice and Agriculture. Available online or request free hard copies from the HRSA Information Center - call 1-888-ASK-HRSA or visit their website at:

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