Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:45pm
Presenter: Marcus Spann
Location: Street Level Classroom
This class is designed to help individuals with database searching and planning.
Provider: United States Census Bureau
Descriptions: QuickFacts provides various local-level views of community characteristics through key demographic variables. Search by U.S. city or town, county, state or ZIP Code. This data can support efforts to tailor health education and communication to particular audiences, so they receive critical public health information in a format that is relevant, intelligible and timely.
Keywords: census, community, data, demographics, economy, emergency preparedness, general reference, population, public health
Provider: DHHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Descriptions: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disasters and Emergencies page covers specific types of natural and man-made disasters, and is a portal linking to information resources for citizens, health professionals, federal, state and local governments, and businesses.
Keywords: bioterrorism, communicable diseases, consumer health, disaster, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, public health, U.S. Government
Provider: United States Environmental Protection Agency
Descriptions: This website emphasizes the Environmental Protection Agency's pledge to "protect human health and the environment." The latest EPA news is featured here, but more importantly, the site provides numerous in-depth topic sections: acid rain, asbestos, global warming, hazardous waste, human health, oil spills, etc.. Click at upper right to read the EPA's website in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean. Some topics include links to the text of relevant laws and regulations.
Keywords: bioethics, biohazard, chemicals, consumer health, current events, environmental, federal agencies, government, healthcare, healthcare policy, law, nature, news, policy, public affairs, public health, toxins, U.S. Government
Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: The Food and Drug Administration states the main points of its very broad mission as: "...protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation." This website presents a large amount of useful consumer information and health-related news, as well as providing a public account of the FDA's many activities and efforts on behalf of the citizenry.
Keywords: animal, biohazard, chemicals, clinical trials, consumer health, drugs, environmental, federal agencies, general health, law, legal, licensing, products, public affairs, public health, research, toxicology, U.S. Government, veterinary medicine, wellness
Provider: U.S. Geological Survey
Descriptions: The USGS researches, monitors trends, and provides impartial scientific information on geologic topics, from Earth's ecosystems and environment to natural hazards like volcano and earthquake activity, floods, storms and drought, to the impacts of climate and land-use change on natural resources, to the geomagnetic field and meteorite activity.
Keywords: data, disaster, disease, environmental, federal agencies, general reference, geology, geoscience, hurricane, maps, microbiology, minerals, natural sciences, news, pandemic, reports, research, science, scientist, seismology, statistical, U.S. Government, weather
Provider: United Nations
Descriptions: This is the United Nations website devoted to the UN's and its partners' activities in response to the global AIDS epidemic and in support of its goal of halting and reversing the spread of AIDS by 2015. Information on care, support, testing, counseling, prevention, research, societal and cultural issues are to be found here, as well as free full text publications relating to all aspects of the epidemic.
Keywords: AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), health services, health statistics, international, population, public health, social services
Provider: UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
Descriptions: This is the website of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Keywords: astronomy, international, multicultural, multidisciplinary, multilingual, natural sciences, social sciences
Provider: United Way Houston
Descriptions: The United Way supports the needy through its many sub-agencies and service centers in the Greater Houston area, all of which are listed here. Disaster recovery is one of the many needs addressed by this charity. United Way's 2-1-1- helpline can be dialed from the website, and emailing questions via the website is also an option.
Keywords: disaster, jobs, multilingual, poverty, social services, women, workforce
Provider: Medical Library Association
Descriptions: This resource provides tips on how to judge whether a website purveying medical information is trustworthy and authoritative. It also presents links to high quality sources of such information. The guide "...outlines the collective wisdom of medical librarians who surf the web every day to discover quality information in support of clinical and scientific decision making by doctors, scientists, and other health practitioners responsible for the nation's health."
Keywords: consumer health, education, ethics, information literacy, Internet, libraries, medicine