Resource Trial: 19th Century Masterfile

The UC Libraries have arranged a trial of 19th Century Masterfile, which provides a single access point for over 70 indexes of 19th century newspapers, periodicals, books, and UK and US governement documents. Records in the search results include the UC e-Links button to provide easy access to full-text content that The Library pays for. Other links to resources we may subscribe to (like Readex) or freely available resources (like HathiTrust or Google Books) are also provided.

The trial runs through 3/30/13. Your comments on the resource are welcome. You can leave them here or send them to me at

Health Statistics and Data Resources: Richmond class

Health Statistics and Data Resources
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 10am-11:00am
CDPH Richmond, C-140

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 Alameda 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?

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

This class is intended for CDPH staff that needs to find and use health-related statistics for work. A number of resources will be used to demonstrate how to obtain and save various types of statistics.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, March 11 to Michael Scholinbeck at or (510) 642-2510.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees.
Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

Health Promotion and Health Education Resources: Sacramento class

Health Promotion and Health Education Resources
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 1:30-2:30pm
1500 Capital Ave, 72.167, Sacramento

* Does your work at CDPH involve health promotion, health communication, or health education?

* Are you interested in learning about toolkits and other resources that will help you develop a health intervention?

* Know you need some resources to help you get started with evaluating a project with which you are involved?

* Interested in how to find literature on health education or promotion?

* Do you need to develop consumer health handouts?

* Want to know about quality sources for consumer health information, including non-English language handouts and materials?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Health Promotion and Health Education Resources class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Resource Toolkits for Developing Programs
2. “Best Practices” in Health Education/Promotion
3. Evaluation Resources
4. Finding Health Education Literature
5. Patient/Consumer Health Education Materials

Class: Health Promotion and Health Education Resources
When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 1:30 ? 2:30 pm
Where: CDPH Sacramento Campus, 1500 Capital Ave
Training Room 72.167 (Hearing Room)
(Turn left as you enter the building and proceed through the double doors past the Enterprise Training Room)

Class Objectives:
To introduce CDPH staff to quality health promotion and health education tools and resources that are freely available online. Use of these resources will assist with efficiently developing effective, evidence-based health promotion programs.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, March 25 to Michael Sholinbeck at, or (510) 642-2510.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

Better Health: Evaluating Health Communication (videocast series)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is hosting a spring lecture series to highlight innovative approaches and best practices in evaluating health communication. The first of the five-part lecture series is this coming Monday, March 4, 12:30-2 PM PST. The presentation is “Evaluating Health Communication Programs to Enhance Health Care and Health Promotion,” with speaker Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor; Chair, Department of Communication; and Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, George Mason University.

The event will be videocast live and also archived for future viewing.
Future lecture dates include March 27, April 10, and April 29. Monday’s lecture can be viewed here.

Program Evaluation Online Module

Interested in building your knowledge and skills in program evaluation? An online module called A Guide to Evaluation in Health Research could help. It has been developed to support practitioners, managers and researchers with evaluation skills. The purpose for this Canadian Institutes of Health Research guide is to build knowledge and skill in the area of evaluation of health and health research initiatives.

Developed by Sarah Bowen, an Associate Professor at the University of
Alberta, the guide is divided into 5 parts:
*Evaluation: A Brief Overview
*Getting Started
*Designing an Evaluation
*Special Issues in Evaluation
*Resources (includes a glossary, a checklist, and sample templates)

You can read it for free here!

In the Know: Social Media for Public Health

The CDC’s National Prevention Information Network presents a series of six
free webcasts on social medial. Each webcast in this series focuses on a
different social media channel that you can use to help deliver your health
message to the public. They provide basic information, tips, and hints
for how to use them to meet your needs.

The webcasts will be archived so that users can view them later as well
as attend live. The Twitter webcast which occurred on February 19 is now
available as a recording and on SlideShare. The next webcast, scheduled
for March 12, will discuss LinkedIn and SlideShare. Other social media
channels to be discusses include gaming, mobile, Facebook, image sharing,
Google, YouTube, measurement, and evaluation.

The schedule for these webcasts as well as registration information is available here.

The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is the U.S.
reference and referral service for information on HIV/AIDS, viral
hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB).

Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research
Center (DIMRC) has created a list of tools that have been designed to
optimize access to Web-based content. Each listing includes a brief
description of the content available and the platform(s) it will run on.
The tools were selected from U.S. federal and state government resources,
as well as major national and international organizations.

The DIMRC webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages provides an
optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The
content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit
the user’s device. This is part of the DHHS initiative to build
responsive design websites.

NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites
page. This Gallery includes links to HazMap Mobile, Drug Information
Portal Mobile, Toxnet Mobile, and PubMed for Handhelds, among many others.

In addition, the Public Health Library has created a web guide for disaster response. Although tailored to environmental incident response by the CDPH
Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control, you may also
find the resources listed on our guide useful. Those resources available
offline or via mobile platform are clearly indicated.

The DHHS Responsive Design initiative web page has a description of the program for those interested.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Evidence-based healthcare in context: critical social science
perspectives. By Alex Broom and Jon Adams. Farnham, Surrey, UK;
Burlington, VT: Ashgate Pub. Co., 2012.
Call number: R723.7 .E95 2012.

2. Health economics: an industrial organization perspective. By Pedro
Pita Barros and Xavier Martinez-Giralt. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon;
New York: Routledge, 2012.
Call number: RA410.5 .B37 2012.

3. What makes health public?: a critical evaluation of moral, legal,
and political claims in public health. By John Coggon. Cambridge, UK;
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Call number: RA427.25 .C64 2012.

4. Diversity, ethnicity, migration and work: international perspectives.
By Geraldine Healy and Franklin Oikelome. Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Call number: RA971 .H463 2011.

5. Physical activity and public health practice. By Barbara Ellen
Ainsworth and Caroline A Macera. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor
& Francis, 2012.
Call number: QP301 .P5525 2012.

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.