AARP State Data

AARP’s State Data site, part of its Public Policy Institute, posts state-specific statistics on the 50+ population. Topics covered include demographic data, health expenditures and financing, health status, Medicare enrollment, utilization and quality of services, economic indicators, and state housing profiles. Take a look at this site, linked from our Statistical/Data Resources web page.

California Breathing (CDPH)

California Breathing makes asthma data available for each county in California. This site also includes a toolkit for schools, a childcare video, and free online publications related to asthma in California. In addition, the report “The Burden of Asthma in California: A Surveillance Report” (June 2007) details asthma data for California, including prevalence, school-based surveillance, work-related rates, emergency department visits, hospitalization, and mortality, among other information. Access this resource from our Statistical/Data Resources web page.

Chronic Disease Indicators (CDC)

“The Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI) is a cross-cutting set of 97 indicators that were developed by consensus and that allows states and territories and large metropolitan areas to uniformly define, collect, and report chronic disease data that are important to public health practice and available for states, territories and large metropolitan areas.” The search box allows indicators for states/areas within states can be compared to each other. Check it out from our Statistical/Data Resources web page.

Food Environment Atlas (USDA)

The Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors: Food Choices—indicators of the community’s access to and acquisition of healthy, affordable food; Health and Well-Being—indicators of the community’s success in maintaining healthy diets; and Community Characteristics. Results can be viewed by selected indicators for the US or specific states, with details available for each county. Data can be downloaded in an Excel spreadsheet. Take a look, from our Food/Nutrition Resources web page.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Evidence-based public health. 2nd edition. By Ross C Brownson, et al. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Call number: RA427.E954 2011.

*This book is now available on the Public Health Library’s CDPH Electronic Books webpage at:

2. Principles & practice of public health surveillance. By Lisa M Lee. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. Call number: RA652.2.P82 P75 2010.

3. Health informatics: a patient-centered approach to diabetes. By Barbara M Hayes and William Aspray. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010. Call number: RA645.D5 H427 2010.

4. Epidemiology and demography in public health. By JZJ Killewo, et al. San Diego, CA: Academic Press/Elsevier, 2010. Call number: RA652.E55 2010.

5. Environmental toxicology III. By V Popov and CA Brebbia. Southampton: WIT, 2010. Call number: RA1226.E5687 2010.

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.

Bancroft Library to expand documentation of Japanese Americans’ World War II experiences

“The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, has received two grants from the U.S. National Park Service to expand its efforts documenting the World War II era experiences of Japanese Americans.

A $50,000 grant will underwrite work by The Bancroft’s Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) to find Japanese Americans who were interned during the war and conduct audio and video interviews with them. The interviews will be posted on the ROHO website, supplementing the office’s existing World War II Homefront interview series.

Meanwhile, a $220,493 grant will further The Bancroft’s efforts to digitize and make available online the library’s extensive Japanese American internment materials, and to integrate the resources into a new digital archive that will serve as a central resource for students of the Japanese-American evacuation and resettlement.

‘The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is an unfortunate part of the story of our nation’s journey, but it is a part that needs to be told,’ said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in announcing the grants.” – Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations

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