Library Service Changes from the Public Health Library

As most of you already know from Michael Marks’ April 19th email, the Public Health Library contract with CDPH is coming to a close on June 30, 2018.

In preparation for that, there will be a number of changes upcoming in May and June. The first items to let you know about is that no new library card applications will be accepted after May 7th and book checkouts will stop May 24th so if you need a book, please request it right away. Also, just a reminder that all library cards expire June 30, 2018 so if you have checked out any books yourself they need to be returned before the contract ends.

As mentioned in the email, you need to register as a CDPH Library Services User in order to receive any library services after June 30th. More information about the new library services and the Public Health Library’s changes will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Debbie Jan

Debbie.Jan@cdph.ca.gov


Richmond Instruction: Literature Searching Hands-On class

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 10-11:30am
Room P-1246
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA

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

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PLEASE NOTE: This class is limited to 16 participants.

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 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

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.

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

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.


Sacramento Instruction: Public Health Digital Library Basics Hands-On

*** CANCELLED ***

Wednesday, May 30, 10:30am-12:00pm
Computer Training Room 72.169
1500 Capitol Ave, Sacramento

Come learn how to use the Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) and request documents not available from your desktop. The Public Health Digital Library offers a number of electronic resources for you to search. In addition, some full text journals will be available from your desktop. For books and journal articles not available from your desktop, you will see how to request that material. More details about the class will be available closer to the class date.


Professional Development: Business Communications

Do you want to learn how to communicate effectively? Want to understand diverse audiences and build sound arguments? Then this class might be of interest to you!

The Business Communications self-paced course will sharpen your writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to help you succeed at work. You will learn a range of successful practices and guidelines that have been derived from both research and experience.

What you’ll learn:

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

Course length: 6-7 weeks
Time involved: 3-5 hours/week
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $150
Institution: University of British Columbia
Instructor: Marlisse Silver Sweeney Lecturer, Law and Business Communications Group UBC Sauder School of Business


Case Studies in Marijuana Policy: 3 Part Webinar Series

Want to learn from the experiences of other states working to develop and manage the effects of marijuana policy? Here are 3 webinars that are one hour long each that may help. Hosted by RTI International, these webinars are moderated by RTI experts and feature presentations from state representatives.

Marijuana Policy Webinar

Part 1: The Challenge of Edibles
Part 2: The Impact of Legalization on Youth
Part 3: Driving While High (available soon)

Note: Part 1 webinar requires Adobe Connect or Adobe Flash to view. Part 2 is a YouTube video. The slides are in pdf format.


Indoor Environments & Green Buildings Policy Resource Center

Would you like to easily search for other states’ laws for indoor air quality (IAQ)? For school environmental health? Then this resource might be of interest to you!

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has developed just such a resource. Its Indoor Environments & Green Buildings Program provides information to support the development and implementation of sound policies to address key health and environmental issues in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of schools, homes, and other buildings.

In the ELI Policy Resource Center, you’ll find a database of state IAQ laws that cover a range of IAQ issues. As a subset of it, you can search for topics in school environmental health separately.

You’ll also find research reports on IAQ in homes and schools; policy briefs like the one on Indoor Air Quality in Nail Salons; and profiles of innovative state programs such as the Washington State Department of Health’s Guidance on Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality during Wildfire Smoke Events.


Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes: A Life-Course Perspective

Does your work involve women and infants of color? Are you interested in learning about the life course perspective and its effects on risk factors during pregnancy? Then you might be interested in this webinar hosted by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)! In it, Dr. Lu presents evidence that suggests that risk factors happen prior to conception which puts an emphasis on treating the whole person and not just the symptoms.

When: May 3, 9:00 – 10:00 am PT
Cost: Free!
Presenter: Dr. Michael Lu, Professor of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health

More information and registration information is available from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC).


New Books!

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

1. The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States 2018.

2. Review of the Draft Fourth National Climate Assessment 2018.

3. Review of the Draft Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2) 2018.

4. A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century 2018.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request by May 24th 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). Book requests will end May 24th.

Through May 7th, if you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you can apply for one. You need to do this before we can check out a book to you.


Richmond Instruction: Health Statistics and Data Resources HANDS-ON class

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 10-11:30am
Room P-1246
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA

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RSVP by Tuesday, April 10th to Michael Sholinbeck at msholinb@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.
Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.

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

PLEASE NOTE: This class is limited to 16 participants.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

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

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

• How many people in Sacramento County have been immunized with the flu shot?

• How many children live in poverty by census tract or ZIP code in any US location?

• How do I find health status reports for California counties?

• How can I get raw data from a national survey that describes nutritional and behavioral factors associated with morbidity and mortality?

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sacramento Instruction: EndNote Basics Hands-On class

Wednesday, April 25, 10:30am-12:00pm
Computer Training Room 72.169
1500 Capitol Ave, Sacramento

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RSVP by Tuesday, April 24th to Michael Sholinbeck at msholinb@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.
Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.

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

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

* Interested in a program that lets you easily create a customizable database of citations?

* Do you already have the EndNote program but are not sure what it can do for you?

* Do you write journal articles or reports and need to cite literature you’ve read or referenced?

* Are you already using EndNote and have some burning questions?

* Are you interested in a hands-on session so you can learn and practice using EndNote?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s EndNote X8 Basics Hands-On class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Some new features in EndNote X8
2. How to populate your EndNote database with citations from PubMed and elsewhere
3. EndNote X8 features: display, search, groups, etc.
4. How to use “Cite While You Write” with Microsoft Word
5. How to get help

Class Objective:
Learn how to save time and work more efficiently:
– Save article and other citations in a customizable database
– Add PDF files to the references in your database
– Create groups to organize references by topic, project, etc.
– Add citations to a Word document, and automatically format the bibliography and notes in any of thousands of styles

This class is intended for CDPH staff who wish to gain a basic understanding of the EndNote X8 software program and how to use its features. Users of older
versions of EndNote are welcome to attend. The EndNote X8 software will not be distributed at this class. If you need EndNote for your work, the instructor can tell you how to obtain a licensed copy from CDPH.

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

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