F as in Fat 2009: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America

This site shows obesity rates by state for adults and children in the U.S. and contains other state-specific obesity-related information. The report itself ranks state obesity rates and lists government policies that attempt to curb obesity. The report also lists key recommendations for policy reforms aimed at reducing obesity rates. The report can be accessed from the Public Health Library’s Food/Nutrition Resources web page at:


UC Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility Fall 2009 workshop schedule

UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) recently announced its Fall 2009 workshop schedule. Classes include:

  • Intro to GIS (with either a Social Science or a Natural Resource Science focus)
  • Intro to GPS
  • Intro to Remote Sensing
  • Intro to open source GIS
  • Visualize your data in Google Earth, ArcGIS, etc.

and more!

GIF logoWorkshops fees are available at a subsidized rate of $57 for all UC students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and staff. Workshop fees are $224 for all non-UC affiliates.

The GIF also offers online guides, fee-based consulting, equipment rentals, and more. Check it out!


PLoS Currents: Influenza and New H1N1 Resources

The current epidemic of swine-origin H1N1 influenza A virus highlights the need for the rapid exchange of scientific results and ideas. PLoS Currents: Influenza aims to enable this exchange by providing an open-access online resource for immediate, open communication and discussion of new scientific data, analyses, and ideas in the field of influenza. This web site contains moderated content for rapid and open sharing of useful new scientific data, analyses, and ideas.

The UC Berkeley Public Health Library also recently added new H1N1 resources to its H1N1 Influenza web page.

EBSCO Publishing is making freely available information from DynaMed (a resource for clinicians), Nursing Reference Center, and Patient Education Reference Center on their Influenza Evidence-based Information Portal.

In addition, the Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009 H1N1 Influenza (pdf) was recently released by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu) Resources and FAQs from UCB’s University Health Services was also recently updated.

Stay informed and be ready!

October 28th Sacramento Instruction Session: EndNote X2 Advanced Hands on

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

* Do you write journal articles or reports and want an easy way to prepare manuscripts for submission to various journal publishers?

* Are you already using EndNote and want to learn how to create or modify existing output styles for your references?

* Are you interested in a hands-on session so you can practice using advanced features of EndNote?

If you’ve answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s EndNote X2 Advanced Hands On class! This class will be held at the Sacramento campus in the Computer Training Room, 72.169.

Topics covered will include:
1. Creating/Organizing Groups: Custom and Smart
2. Creating and Using Term Lists
3. Adding/Modifying Output Styles
4. Creating and Using Bibliographies: Individual and Subject
5. Advanced Features of Cite-While-You-Write (templates, figures, tables)
6. How to get help

Class: EndNote X2 Advanced Hands On
When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 10:30-12 pm
Where: CDPH Sacramento, 1500 Capitol Ave, Room 72.169 (Computer Training Room)

This class is intended for CDPH staff who already have and are using the EndNote X2 software program, and who wish to learn more advanced features (see class description above). Users of other versions of EndNote are welcome to attend. The EndNote X2 software will not be distributed at this class; in order for you to use this software for your work, your CDPH unit must purchase or already own a copy.  

It is highly recommended that staff have already attended the EndNote X2 Basics Hands On class, as material in that class will not be covered in this one.  

Please note: This class is limited to 12 participants. A waiting list will be created if necessary for an additional class.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, October 26th to Judy Bolstad at jbolstad@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.

These hands on training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

October 14th Richmond Instruction Session: Health Statistics/Data Resources

* Does your research require health statistics or data, but you’re not sure where to get them?

* Do you want to know where to look for answers to questions such as:
  – How many people in Sacramento County have been diagnosed with diabetes?
  – How many Hispanics migrated to Alameda County in 2007?
  – 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 mortality?
  – How many vehicles enter Berkeley on Interstate 80 each day?

* Do you want to be able to download and save 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 class!

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

Sheldon Margen Public Health Library librarians have scheduled a training session to demonstrate online sources of statistical information and data files. NOTE: We will NOT cover statistical analysis or statistical software programs.

Class: Health Statistics and Data Resources
When: Wednesday, October 14 2009, 10-11 am
Where: CDPH Richmond Campus, Building C, Room 136
This class is intended for CDPH staff who need to find and use health-related statistics for their work. A number of resources will used to demonstrate how to obtain and save various types of statistics.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Monday, October 12th to Judy Bolstad at jbolstad@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.

Feel free to send some examples of real life statistical questions you frequently get or need answers to. We’ll try and incorporate some of these into the class. These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.


This web site contains a select set of high value datasets created by the Executive Branch of the federal government. The datasets are searchable in three catalogs, which provide access to the raw datasets and various tools.

The Raw Catalog provides access to data in XML, Text/CSV, KML/KMZ, Feeds, XLS, or ESRI Shapefile formats. The Tools Catalog links to sites that include data mining and extraction tools and widgets. The Geodata Catalog has links to download federal geospatial data.

Data.gov also provides a link to a list of California’s machine-readable data from a variety of state agencies. You can access this resource from the Public Health Library’s Statistical/Data Resources web page at:


New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Process-induced food toxicants: occurrence, formation, mitigation, and health risks. By Richard H. Stadler and David R. Lineback.Hoboken, NJ:Wiley, 2009. Call number: RA1258 .P76 2009

2. Developmental toxicology. By Deborah Kay Hansen and Barbara D. Abbott. New York:Informa Healthcare, 2009. Call number: RA1224.45 .D47 2009

3. Public health genomics: the essentials. By Claudia N. Mikail. San Francisco:Jossey-Bass, 2008. Call number: QH447 .M55 2008   

4. Health inequities in the Bay Area. By Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative, California Endowment: Public Health Institute, 2008. Call number: RA447.C2 H45 2008  

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 below and we will mail the book(s) to you.


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. The application form is at:


My NCBI Enhancements

Recent My NCBI enhancements include the capability to create custom filters and to share a collection or bibliography. In addition, My NCBI now includes a feature to send an e-mail to users who have forgotten their passwords. For those of you who are not familiar with My NCBI, it is a feature in PubMed that allows you to save searches and search results, which can be automatically updated and e-mailed to you. To sign up for a My NCBI account, go to PubMed and click on Register in the upper right-hand corner.