Here’s Some New Public Health Online Resources

Librarians at the Public Health Library have been busy adding new or newly discovered resources to our web site. Here’s a sample of the latest; more may be found on our What’s New and Updated web page.

California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being

children now logo This scorecard tracks 26 indicators by county of the wellbeing of California’s children. View results by county or by indicator. The data here comes in large part by analysis done by Children Now of 3 surveys: the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2006 American Community Survey, California Health Interview Survey and California Healthy Kids Survey. From our Statistical/Data Resouces and our Maternal and Child Health web pages

Foreign Dissertations Search (CRL) (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students)

crl logo Provides access to doctoral dissertations from around the world which have been submitted to institutions outside of the U.S. and Canada. Allows limiting to specific languages. From our Dissertations and Theses web page


From Exposure to Illness: Community Health Studies and Environmental Contamination

community health studies logo The Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Public Health has created an online guide for those who want to study the link between environmental exposure to chemicals and the health effects experienced by a community by conducting a health study. The information gives the basics about health studies, discusses when a health study is appropriate, and offers examples and alternatives to health studies. From our Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources web page

Geography (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students): The Geography database covers over 2000 international journals, monographs, books, conference proceedings, reports, and theses in geography (including GIS). Covers 1990 to the present. From our Public Health GIS Resources web page

Public Health Goes a-Bloggin’

Want more public health news to come your way? Here’s just a few of the public health blogs that are available for your reading pleasure.

Effect Measure is a “forum for progressive public health discussion and argument…” Recent posts include “Flu and the news business” and “Regulating peanut butter (and lots more): good for business.”

The Pump Handle is “a place for people interested in public health and the environment to discuss the issues that interest us, particularly when they’re not getting the treatment we think they deserve in the mainstream media.” Recent posts include “Obama Frees Agencies from White House Interference” and “OMG! MSDSs N.G. Rx?.”

Wall Street Journal Health Blog: Public Health, “Health and the Business of Health.”  Recent posts include “Beware of Reused Syringes When You Get a Shot” and “Feds Accuse Georgia Plant of Knowingly Shipping Bad Peanut Butter.”

Karen Grepin’s Blog, “Exploring global health and public health issues.” Ms. Grepin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Health Policy (economics) at Harvard University. Recent posts include “What would we want in the US HIV/AIDS Czar?” and “Cholera situation in Zimbabwe is continuing to worsen.”

Secret Ingredients is Andrew Schneider’s (of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) blog on public health and worker safety. Recent posts include The Chinese kill their food poisoners. What about the U.S. peanut butter execs who know salmonella was present 12 times” and “U.S. pigs and farmers carry MRSA but federal food safety agencies are doing little to see if the pork is safe.”

Let me know about more!