"Designing Healthy Communities" is a 4 DVD series that originally aired on PBS stations.
The Public Health Library is happy to announce that we have purchased the streaming rights for these DVDs, and they are now available for viewing to anyone with a CalNet ID; see links below.
"Host/Narrator Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, looks at the impact our built environment has on key public health indices - obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer and depression. Dr. Jackson connects bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyzes and illustrates what citizens are doing about this urgent crisis by looking upstream for innovative solutions."
The links will eventually appear in the OskiCat record, but for now, use these links:
Part 1: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/videodir/asx/x7957a.asx
Part 2: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/videodir/asx/x7957b.asx
Part 3: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/videodir/asx/x7957c.asx
Part 4: "http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/videodir/asx/x7957d.asx
(Folks using Macs will need to download the Flip-4-mac plugin in order to stream this Windows Media File: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-media-components-quicktime)
Please also note that the accompanying book is also available online for UCB students, staff, faculty.
We are happy to announce that the California Digital Library has purchased a one-year trial to Scopus, a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and more, with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
Scopus contains over 50 million records in all disciplines, with more than half the content originating from outside North America.
Use the Journal Analyzer tool to compare journals on a variety of parameters:
Scopus also integrates with Embase: Records in Embase with citing articles will have a link to open Scopus so one can view the citing articles. Also, Scopus is considered an essential database to search when conducting systematic reviews
The Sheldon Margen Public Health Library is sponsoring a drop-in hands-on Scopus training on Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 from 11am to 12pm at the Bioscience Library Training Room, VLSB. Come try it out! No registration required. Use the training room PCs or bring your own laptop.
In addition, representatives from Scopus will conduct a demonstration, also in the Bioscience Library Training Room, on Thursday Feb. 27 from 11-12. Again, no pre-registration required.
UC-wide access to Scopus ends on December 31, 2014; at that time each campus will decide whether or not to subscribe.
The University of Pittsburgh has released Project Tycho, a collection of surveillance reports about diseases in the United States going back 125 years.
"The researchers obtained all weekly notifiable disease surveillance tables published between 1888 and 2013 - approximately 6,500 tables - in various historical reports, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. These tables were available only in paper format or as PDF scans in online repositories that could not be read by computers and had to be hand-entered. With an estimated 200 million keystrokes, the data - including death counts, reporting locations, time periods and diseases - were digitized. A total of 56 diseases were reported for at least some period of time during the 125-year time span, with no single disease reported continuously."
Details on the methodology, levels of data, and more are available on the Project Tycho website.
From the latest Epidemiology Monitor.
"With improvements in commercial software, such as SAS, SPSS, Stata, and others, is there still a need for free epidemiologic software?
Commercial software can be expensive, may have a steep learning curve, and may not provide certain types of desired analyses. In this article information on three free epidemiologic/statistical programs is provided: Epi Info, OpenEpi, and WinPepi."
This 24-page booklet from The Best Start Resource Centre (Canada) was designed to help service providers consider strategies to reach populations that are at higher risk for maternal, newborn, and child health concerns. It is useful for other types of public health and social welfare interventions, however. It includes information on why and how to focus on higher risk populations, examples, and tips for specific populations. It also includes a chart, "Things that Isolate / Things that Connect." For example, instead of referring to people as "clients," refer to them as "participants;" don't ask "Do you plan to breastfeed your baby," ask "How have you decided to feed your baby?" The latter facilitates opening the door to discussion.
This guide is freely available at http://www.beststart.org/resources/howto/pdf/HowTOGuide_2c.pdf.