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U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health

Americans live shorter lives and experience more injuries and illnesses than people in other high-income countries. The U.S. health disadvantage cannot be attributed solely to the adverse health status of racial or ethnic minorities or poor people: even highly advantaged Americans are in worse health than their counterparts in other, "peer" countries.


A recent report from the National Academy Press, U.S. Health in International Perspective presents detailed evidence on the issue, explores the possible explanations for the shorter and less healthy lives of Americans than those of people in comparable countries, and recommends actions by both government and nongovernment agencies and organizations to address the U.S. health disadvantage.

An interactive graph is located at Drawn from the report U.S. Health in International Perspectives: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, this chart allows you to explore how the United States compares to 16 "peer" countries--other high--income democracies--on specific causes of death such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS, violence, and traffic accidents.

Jan 23, 2013 | Categories: News, New Resources | msholinb

2 Upcoming Trainings: PubMed Your Way; Advanced EndNote

A quick advanced notice of two upcoming trainings offered by the Public Health Library:

  • "PubMed your way!" February 12, 10-1130am, Bioscience Library Training Room
  • Advanced EndNote March 12, 10-1130am, Bioscience Library Training Room

More details to follow ... Mark your calendars now!

Jan 16, 2013 | Categories: Events and Workshops | msholinb

Access problems on new Springer platform (ejournals, ebooks ...)

Springer online content moved to a new platform about a month ago. Currently, all UC campuses are reporting access issues with some books and journals on the new platform. Springer is aware of the problem, and we hope it will be resolved soon.

In the meantime, if you are directed to content on the new platform (at and are unable to access it, try accessing it on the old platform ( instead: Click the Access old SpringerLink link on the new platform; you should then search for the journal, article, or book on the old platform.

Image of new Springer platform with Access Old SpringerLink link highlighted

If you have questions about access on the old or new platforms, please feel free to ask us.

Dec 27, 2012 | Categories: News | msholinb

Public Health Library Winter Intersession Hours

As the end of the semester approaches, here's a reminder of our hours over the upcoming weeks:

  • Friday, December 14:
    9am to 5pm (as usual)
  • Saturday/Sunday, December 15-16:
  • Monday/Tuesday December 17-18:
    10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday, December 19 to Wednesday, January 2:
  • Thursday, January 3 to Monday, January 21:
    M-F 10am to 5pm; Sat-Sun closed
  • Tuesday, January 22:
    Regular schedule resumes (M-Th 9-8, F 9-5, Sa-Su 1-5)

Enjoy the break!

Dec 10, 2012 | Categories: News | msholinb

Interested in building your knowledge and skills in program evaluation?

Check out the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's online module!

This online module has been developed to support practitioners, managers and researchers in the evaluation of health and health research initiatives (including knowledge translation).

A key aim of this module is to develop capacity to conduct evaluation to support evidence-informed action.

The module has five sections:

  • Section 1: Evaluation: A Brief Overview
  • Section 2: Getting Started (preliminary work)
  • Section 3: Designing an Evaluation (developing an evaluation plan)
  • Section 4: Special Issues in Evaluation (ethical, conceptual and logistical issues)
  • Section 5: Resources (glossary, checklist and evaluation templates)

A number of resources are available in this online module, including:

  • Evaluation Checklist: questions to consider when developing and assessing an evaluation plan
  • Evaluation Planning Matrix (Appendix A)
  • Sample Evaluation Planning Matrix (Appendix B): a completed matrix for reference

For more info, check out: Evaluation module: CIHR resource. Please let me know if you find this tool useful!

Dec 05, 2012 | Categories: New Resources, Tips and Updates | msholinb

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