Public Health Library merges with Bioscience & Natural Resources Library

Bioscience Library
The collections of the Public Health Library will be moved to the Biosciences, Natural Resources & Public Health Library in the Valley Life Sciences Building, shown above. (Photo by J. Pierre Carrillo for the UC Berkeley Library)

On June 4, two important libraries in the Life & Health Sciences Division will come together under one roof as the Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library. The Sheldon Margen Public Health Library — located in 1 University Hall, at Oxford Street and University Avenue — will close June 1.

For more details, read the story at Library News.


Library Service Changes from the Public Health Library

As most of you already know from Michael Marks’ April 19th email, the Public Health Library contract with CDPH is coming to a close on June 30, 2018.

In preparation for that, there will be a number of changes upcoming in May and June. The first items to let you know about is that no new library card applications will be accepted after May 7th and book checkouts will stop May 24th so if you need a book, please request it right away. Also, just a reminder that all library cards expire June 30, 2018 so if you have checked out any books yourself they need to be returned before the contract ends.

As mentioned in the email, you need to register as a CDPH Library Services User in order to receive any library services after June 30th. More information about the new library services and the Public Health Library’s changes will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Debbie Jan

Richmond Instruction: Literature Searching Hands-On class

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 10-11:30am
Room P-1246
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA


RSVP by Tuesday, May 15th to Michael Sholinbeck at or (510) 642-2510.
Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.


PLEASE NOTE: This class is limited to 16 participants.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

* Are you interested in learning about databases besides PubMed where you can find articles and more?

* Want to know about sources of systematic reviews and grey literature?

* Want to practice using these databases with some hands-on, in-class exercises?

* Do you want to know how to search for articles more effectively by using index terms (aka subject terms, thesaurus terms, descriptors)?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Literature Searching: Beyond PubMed & More, Hands-on class!

Topics covered will include:
1. How to think about your topic to improve your literature search
2. The basics of indexing
3. Databases beyond PubMed, including sources for systematic reviews and grey literature
4. Critically evaluating what you find

Class Objective:
In this class you will learn effective techniques for searching the scientific literature, including tips on search topic formulation, and how a database index (a set of subject terms, such as PubMed’s MeSH) works. You will also learn about – and explore – databases to search other than PubMed, including sources of systematic reviews and “grey literature.” Also covered will be how to critically evaluate what you find from your searches.

It is recommended, but not required, that you already have some experience or familiarity with searching PubMed.

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 for you.

Sacramento Instruction: Public Health Digital Library Basics Hands-On


Wednesday, May 30, 10:30am-12:00pm
Computer Training Room 72.169
1500 Capitol Ave, Sacramento

Come learn how to use the Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) and request documents not available from your desktop. The Public Health Digital Library offers a number of electronic resources for you to search. In addition, some full text journals will be available from your desktop. For books and journal articles not available from your desktop, you will see how to request that material. More details about the class will be available closer to the class date.

Professional Development: Business Communications

Do you want to learn how to communicate effectively? Want to understand diverse audiences and build sound arguments? Then this class might be of interest to you!

The Business Communications self-paced course will sharpen your writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to help you succeed at work. You will learn a range of successful practices and guidelines that have been derived from both research and experience.

What you’ll learn:

* Build sound and logical arguments using the best evidence available
* Communicate effectively
* Understand how to communicate with diverse audiences
* Create a variety of effective and clearly written supporting documents to communicate better

Course length: 6-7 weeks
Time involved: 3-5 hours/week
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $150
Institution: University of British Columbia
Instructor: Marlisse Silver Sweeney Lecturer, Law and Business Communications Group UBC Sauder School of Business

Case Studies in Marijuana Policy: 3 Part Webinar Series

Want to learn from the experiences of other states working to develop and manage the effects of marijuana policy? Here are 3 webinars that are one hour long each that may help. Hosted by RTI International, these webinars are moderated by RTI experts and feature presentations from state representatives.

Marijuana Policy Webinar

Part 1: The Challenge of Edibles
Part 2: The Impact of Legalization on Youth
Part 3: Driving While High (available soon)

Note: Part 1 webinar requires Adobe Connect or Adobe Flash to view. Part 2 is a YouTube video. The slides are in pdf format.

Indoor Environments & Green Buildings Policy Resource Center

Would you like to easily search for other states’ laws for indoor air quality (IAQ)? For school environmental health? Then this resource might be of interest to you!

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has developed just such a resource. Its Indoor Environments & Green Buildings Program provides information to support the development and implementation of sound policies to address key health and environmental issues in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of schools, homes, and other buildings.

In the ELI Policy Resource Center, you’ll find a database of state IAQ laws that cover a range of IAQ issues. As a subset of it, you can search for topics in school environmental health separately.

You’ll also find research reports on IAQ in homes and schools; policy briefs like the one on Indoor Air Quality in Nail Salons; and profiles of innovative state programs such as the Washington State Department of Health’s Guidance on Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality during Wildfire Smoke Events.

Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes: A Life-Course Perspective

Does your work involve women and infants of color? Are you interested in learning about the life course perspective and its effects on risk factors during pregnancy? Then you might be interested in this webinar hosted by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)! In it, Dr. Lu presents evidence that suggests that risk factors happen prior to conception which puts an emphasis on treating the whole person and not just the symptoms.

When: May 3, 9:00 – 10:00 am PT
Cost: Free!
Presenter: Dr. Michael Lu, Professor of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health

More information and registration information is available from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC).

New Books!

Here are some new titles available online from the National Academies Press of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

1. The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States 2018.

2. Review of the Draft Fourth National Climate Assessment 2018.

3. Review of the Draft Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2) 2018.

4. A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century 2018.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request by May 24th 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). Book requests will end May 24th.

Through May 7th, if you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you can apply for one. You need to do this before we can check out a book to you.

CDPH In The News April, 2018

CDPH in the News

Battery Blood: How California Health Agencies Failed Exide Workers

from Capital & Main

For nearly a century a hulking industrial plant near downtown Los Angeles melted down car batteries to reclaim their lead. The facility, most recently owned by Exide Technologies, was shut down in 2015 in a deal the company made with the U.S. Justice Department to avoid criminal prosecution for polluting nearby residential communities. Neighborhood activists have criticized California’s Department of Toxic Substances, which allowed Exide to continue operating for years with a temporary permit, despite evidence it was a major polluter. But a year-long investigation by Capital & Main and the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism has found that two other agencies, the California Department of Public Health and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, failed to take action during a simmering public health crisis involving hundreds of lead-poisoned workers at the plant.

This Video Shows What It’s Really Like When a Tick Latches Onto Your Skin

from Cosmopolitan

One of the many unsolved mysteries of nature is this: why can’t you just flick a tick when it grabs onto your skin? If you’ve ever wondered this, here’s your chance to learn a little somethin’ somethin’.
Apparently, a tick’s mouth is designed to be a bunch of little hooks that work together to ensure it can stay latched onto your skin for DAYS at a time. “Ticks have a lovely, evolved mouth part for doing exactly what they need to do, which is extended feeding,” supervising public health biologist at the California Department of Public Health in Richmond Kerry Padgett told NPR. “They’re not like a mosquito that can just put their mouth parts in and out nicely, like a hypodermic needle.”

Gambling prevention group seeks to expand services in SF’s Chinese community

from SF Examiner

When Michael Liao began an internship focused on gambling prevention with The City’s NICOS Chinese Health Coalition in 2005, he was unaware that some 6,500 miles away, his stepfather was struggling with a crippling gambling addiction in his home country of Taiwan.
“It’s ironic because I was learning about the issue and [working] to prevent it from happening to other families, not knowing that there was an issue in my family,” said Liao, now the director of programs at NICOS, a public-private community partnership of more than 30 organizations working to enhance the health and well-being of San Francisco’s Chinese community.
“The younger you start, the more likely and severe addiction is later on,” said Liao.
Aside from creating financial hardships for families in San Francisco’s Chinese community, gambling addiction has contributed to domestic violence and higher rates of divorce. Woo estimates that up to 50 percent of Chinese households exposed to gambling addiction have also experienced domestic violence.
The Office of Problem Gambling, a division of the California Department of Public Health, estimates that gambling affects about 3.7 percent of the states’ populations, or just over one million individuals.

ADA advances national policy to reduce opioid dependency

from California Dental Association

The ADA has adopted a new policy to combat the opioid epidemic, calling it the potential first of its kind by a major health professional organization to support mandates on opioid prescription limits and continuing education.
The major studies cited today say dentists write 11 to 12 percent of immediate-release prescription opioids annually in the U.S. Perhaps more critically, oral surgeons write the majority of opioid prescriptions to patients who are in a particularly vulnerable age range: the 10- to 19-year-olds. Opioid overdoses account for more than 1,900 deaths in California in 2016, according to California Department of Public Health data. The ADA cites 42,000 opioid-related deaths nationwide in 2016 — the highest of any year on record — with 40 percent of those involving a prescription pain reliever.

USGS maps changes to beach, seafloor after Montecito Mudslides

from VC Reporter

Driving northbound on the 101 Freeway from Ventura is a far different experience now than it was prior to Jan. 9, when a storm rolled through, mud slid from the hillsides, and 21 lives were lost. The days following the event forced closure of the freeway, and images of the path of destruction that tore through Montecito and parts of Santa Barbara County made international headlines. The damage can still be seen as residents continue working to return to normal.
Now, the U.S. Geological Survey is mapping changes to the beach and seafloor adjacent to the Montecito mudslides, including in their survey an area that stretches from Goleta to the beach at Mandalay Bay in Oxnard, in an effort to better understand long-term coastal changes. With these data, both Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties can better plan for future coastal living. These data are provided to county planning divisions, who use them to determine coastal planning for the long term. Climate change models show that California may see up to a 66-inch rise in sea level during this century, according to a report released by the California Department of Public Health in 2017.

Gala Pharmaceutical to Launch Its First State-Of-The-Art Cannabis Testing Laboratories

from Globe Newswire

Gala Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OTCBB:GLPH), an emerging cannabis cloning and breeding company, today announced that it expects to build its first state-of-the-art testing laboratory that will fulfill the new ISO requirements set by the City of Long Beach and the State of California in accordance with the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. The Act will require the California Department of Public Health to enforce its provisions related to the manufacturing and testing of medical cannabis across the State.