By Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region
Are you in the field of Public Health? Do you support public health professionals or students? If so, the NN/LM SE/A has classes available that might be of interest. Please help us spread the word: tell your friends and colleagues about these free learning opportunities. The following in-person classes address the basics of Evidence Based Practice and introduce the many free resources available from the National Library of Medicine. For a complete class listing, please see http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/classes.html (classes for Public Health are grouped together at the bottom of the page).
Evidence Based Practice I: asking the right question – A good clinical question is integral to successful Evidence Based Practice (EBP). This class covers the basics of EBP and uses the PICO model to strengthen participants’ ability to formulate well-structured, answerable research questions.
Evidence Based Practice II: finding the right information – Finding and assessing quality peer-reviewed literature is an important but challenging task for public health professionals. This class helps participants develop a clear understanding of different study designs, including strengths and weaknesses, and introduces basic resources for peer-reviewed literature.
Health Statistics on the Web – The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts is addressed, with a focus on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics at the local, state, national, and international levels.
Introduction to NLM Resources – This class introduces free online resources from the National Library of Medicine, including but not limited to PubMed, MedlinePlus, PHPartners.org, Household Products Database, the Drug Information Portal, and TOXNET databases.
Research Shortcuts – Not everyone has a librarian’s researching skills. This course introduces PHPartners.org, PubMed, and the Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries which allow quick searching for published literature related to the Healthy People 2020 topic areas.
TOXNET: Toxicology & Environmental Information – This class introduces some of the different databases available on TOXNET. Attendees will gain experience locating drug, toxicology, chemical, and other hazardous substance information. Databases covered include but are not limited to the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), LactMed, TOXLINE, TOXMAP, HAZMAP, and the Household Products Database.
For more information or to discuss other Public Health training needs, please contact Sheila Snow-Croft at firstname.lastname@example.org.