Richmond Instruction: PubMed My NCBI Hands-On

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10am-11:30am
Computer Training Room P-1246
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Building P, Richmond, CA


RSVP by Monday, January 12th to Michael Sholinbeck at or (510) 642-2510.
Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.


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. A waiting list will be created, if necessary, for an additional class.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

Do you want to know how to:

* How to save your PubMed search(es) and receive e-mail updates as new relevant citations are added to PubMed?

* How you can permanently store citations you find from a PubMed search?

* Share a list of citations with colleagues?

* Are you interested in customizing the PubMed display such that searches are ?filtered? into categories of your choice?

* Are you interested in keeping track of searches run and citations viewed during the previous 6 months?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s PubMed: My NCBI Hands-on class!

Topics covered will include:
1. How to register for a My NCBI account
2. How to save searches and have PubMed periodically re-run the search
and automatically e-mail you new citations
3. How to permanently save and share citations in My NCBI
4. How to set up search filters in PubMed, so search results are sorted into your desired categories (e.g., age groups, citations that link to other databases, etc.)
5. Other features of My NCBI

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.

Sacramento Instruction: Health Statistics/Data Resources

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 1:30-2:30pm
Training Room C, Rm. 72.148
1500 Capitol Ave, Sacramento


RSVP by Monday, January 26th to Michael Sholinbeck at or (510) 642-2510.
Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.


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 vaccinated for flu?

–What percentage of the population of Contra Costa County is African American?

–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 can I find data to download and save?

If you want the answers 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. Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
5. California 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 significant issues associated with the collection and interpretation 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.

Professional Development: Girls Matter! a 6-part Webinar series by SAMHSA

Do you work with girls or young women? Want to learn best practices, see the latest research, and hear some of the top professionals speak about working with them? Then the Girls Matter! series might be of interest to you.

This six-part webinar series, held in 2014, provides research, best practices, and critical thinking on the topics that professionals working with girls and young women must know. Each session addresses a key area of what matters to adolescent girls today?including challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting girls. 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) ae available for you while updating your knowledge on adolescent girls. National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) and National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) CEHs are available through the ATTC Network Coordinating Office.

Each session may be taken individually as an online class or viewed as a webinar. The classes are free and require an online registration. CEHs are available for a nominal fee.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

CDC Vaccine Schedules Now Available On Your Mobile Devices

Have you ever wanted to access the CDC Vaccine Schedules on your phone or mobile device? Now you can! All of the CDC’s recommended immunization schedules and footnotes can now be accessed via your tablet or smartphone using the CDC Vaccine Schedules app. The app shows the child, adolescent, and adult vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

This valuable free app was selected as one of the best medical apps released in 2014 by iMedicalApps in partnership with MedPageToday. According to iMedicalApps, some of the more notable features of the app are the ability to look up recommended adult vaccines based on conditions such as pregnancy, diabetes, HIV, and more.

To use, the app requires iOS 5.0 or later and Android 2.1 or later. It’s optimized for tablets and useful on smartphones.

You can read the review by iMedicalApps online.

Want to read more about which schedules are included? More details are available on the CDC’s website.

Want to view this with your desktop or laptop instead? The immunization schedules are also available online.

CDPH in the News, January 2015

CDPH in the News

California surgeon disciplined for removing wrong kidney from inmate
from Chicago Tribune

A California surgeon who accidentally removed the wrong kidney from a prison inmate and left the patient’s tumorous kidney in place has been put on probation for three years by a state medical board, records from the agency show. The board also prohibited Dr. Charles Coonan Streit, who performed the 2012 surgery at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, southeast of Los Angeles, from supervising physician assistants during his probation. The botched operation put the 59-year-old federal prison inmate’s renal function in jeopardy and required further surgery, according to records from the Medical Board of California. The board disciplined Streit last week, after the California Department of Public Health last year fined the hospital $100,000 over the surgery.

New Billboards Portray A Fiery Hell In Which We All Have Syphilis

You’ve probably become accustomed to the AIDS Health Foundation’s last syphilis billboard, featuring an embarrassed bear and the statistic that California ranks second when it the country when it comes to most syphilis. Their new billboard, however, is much more dramatic. It kind of looks like it would work better as the cover of a book about people left behind after the Rapture or a SyFy original about a volcanado or something. It’s got some seriously apocalyptic graphic design, spelling out ‘Syphilis Explosion’ over an image of an erupting volcano. he ads are meant to encourage people to check out, which will help you get tested for STDs and, if you have syphilis, get treated. Obviously, getting tested is not a bad idea, and according to the California Department of Public Health, syphilis is, in fact, on the rise?particularly among men.

Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded
from NPR

Remember that worrisome new form of botulinum toxin we told you about in late 2013, the one that supposedly had to be kept secret out of fear it could be used as a bioweapon that would evade all of our medical defenses? Well, as it turns out, it’s not that scary after all. The antitoxin stored in the government’s emergency stockpile works and would neutralize the toxin just fine. Botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances known, and for a long time scientists knew of seven different types. Then researchers at the California Department of Public Health announced that they’d discovered the first new form of the toxin to turn up in over 40 years. They called it "type H" and described their find in a medical journal. But here’s the unusual and worrying part: The editors of the journal allowed the researchers to withhold key genetic details that would allow others to make or study this toxin. The reason given was that "no antitoxins as yet have been developed to counteract the novel C. botulinum toxin."
When other scientists finally got the strain, they were relieved. "We don’t think it poses a new, novel threat," says Robert Tauxe of the CDC’s division of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases. "It appears to be a hybrid, that is a naturally occurring combination of two other existing toxins."

3 cases of wound botulism in O.C.: Here’s what it is
from Los Angeles Times

Three people have been hospitalized in Orange County in the last month with wound botulism after injecting black tar heroin, health officials say. What is wound botulism? It’s a serious illness that can cause paralysis or even death and occurs when the botulism bacteria gets into a wound, multiplies and produces toxin. Heroin can be contaminated with botulism spores. Heroin-related botulism has spiked in California in recent years, according to the California Department of Public Health. The state has an epidemic of wound botulism, the department says. Three-quarters of the reported cases of wound botulism in the United States are in California.

Hispanic infants hit hardest in 2014 pertussis epidemic
from Family Practice News

In the 2014 pertussis epidemic in California, the burden of disease was highest for Hispanic infants and non-Hispanic white teenagers aged 14-16 years, researchers from the California Department of Public Health reported.
Pertussis incidence was 207 per 100,000 population for Hispanic infants less than 12 months old and 166.2 cases per 100,000 in white 14- to 16-year-olds, compared with an overall incidence of 26 cases per 100,000 for the period from Jan. 1 to Nov. 26, 2014. White, non-Hispanic infants and black infants also had rates over 100 per 100,000, noted Kathleen Winter and her associates of the California Department of Public Health.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available in print:

1. Principles of evaluation and research for health care programs. By Karen (Kay) M. Perrin. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2014.
Call number: RA440.85 P47 2014.
See sample materials and table of contents from the publisher.

2. Integrating health impact assessment with the policy process: lessons and experiences from around the world. Edited by Monica O’Mullane. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Call number: RRA394.9 .I584 2013.
Find abstracts of each chapter here.

3. Multicultural approaches to health and wellness in America. Edited by Regan A.R. Gurung. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger, 2014.
Call number: RA776.9 .M85 2014 v.1; RA776.9 .M85 2014 v.2.
View a table of contents for each volume.

and here are some new titles available online from the National Academies Press which require a free registration to download a pdf of the title:

4. Supporting a Movement for Health and Health Equity: Lessons from Social Movements: Workshop Summary. Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014.

5. Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration Between Health and Education to Improve Population Health. Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014.

6. Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities: Workshop Summary. Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2015.

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.