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  • Exploring Public Health Databases

    1. 1. Exploring Public Health Databases: getting off the beaten track Cynthia Kahn, MILS, MPH, AHIP Wednesday, June 10, 2009
    2. 2. Public Health Medicine <ul><li>Focus on populations </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention & health promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Environment & human behavior interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse workforce, variable education & certifications </li></ul><ul><li>Social sciences integral; clinical sciences peripheral to education </li></ul><ul><li>Observational studies: case control & cohort studies </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnosis & treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Well-established profession, standardized education & certification </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical sciences integral; social sciences less emphasized </li></ul><ul><li>Experimental studies with control groups: RCTs. </li></ul>
    3. 3. A Source of Information Is …
    4. 4. A Source of Information Is … <ul><li>Focus on populations </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention & health promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Environment & human behavior interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse workforce, variable education & certifications </li></ul><ul><li>Social sciences integral; clinical sciences peripheral to education </li></ul><ul><li>Observational studies: case control & cohort studies </li></ul>
    5. 5. A Source of Public Health Information Is… <ul><li>Focus on populations </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention & health promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Environment & human behavior interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse workforce, variable education & certifications </li></ul><ul><li>Social sciences integral; clinical sciences peripheral to education </li></ul><ul><li>Observational studies: case control & cohort studies </li></ul><ul><li>Human Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Community-Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Data-Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Professionally Focused </li></ul>
    6. 6. Sources
    7. 7. Sources <ul><li>Human Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Community-Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Data-Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Professionally Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care Providers </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Organizations </li></ul>http://phpartners.org/find_people.html
    8. 8. Sources <ul><li>Human Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Community-Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Data-Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Professionally Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care Providers </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Organizations </li></ul>http://scholar.google.com http://www.nyam.org/library/pages/grey_literature_report
    9. 9. Sources <ul><li>Human Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Community-Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Data-Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Professionally Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Community Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Online and Bricks-and-Mortar Possibilities: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking Juvenation </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs – Google Blog Search </li></ul><ul><li>Community Health Centers: Search HRSA or MEDLINEPlus GoLocal </li></ul>
    10. 10. Sources <ul><li>Human Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Community-Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Data-Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Professionally Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Government-based Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Surveillance Data </li></ul>Alphabet Soup: DC-DOH, NCI-SEER, CDC-NCHS
    11. 11. Sources <ul><li>Human Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Community-Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Data-Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Professionally Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Online Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of Databases – Subscription and Free </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health http:// library.umassmed.edu/ebpph/dblist.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Himmelfarb Library – Public Health www.gwumc.edu/library/eresources/edatabase.cfm </li></ul>

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