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Conference Exhibit Schedule
SIS staff will be available at these meetings and conferences.
Disaster Information Management Research Center1/28/2016
Guides for public health emergencies
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities.
- Zika Virus Health Information Resources
- Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak (PDF, 454 KB)
- Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System (PDF, 300 KB)
These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as
- Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
- Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
- Social media resources for situational awareness
Environmental Health & Toxicology
Community Health Maps Intern
The Community Health Maps (CHM) project team is working with a student intern from the University Of Maryland, School Of Public Health in conducting a community health project using tools promoted in Community Health Maps blog.
The CHM blog provides information about low cost mapping tools and outreaches these tools to public health communities. These tools include field data collection apps using mobile devices rather than GPS devices, open source free GIS desktop tools and web mapping tools.
Like the CHM target audience, the student intern has no experience with GIS or with these tools. She hopes to analyze road accessibility around Seabury Assisted Living in downtown Silver Spring, MD by collecting the geo-locations of curb cut-outs in a quarter mile range around the facility. Customized maps with curb cut-outs, combined with layers of roads, sidewalks, and grocery stores, as well as selected census data, will be developed. Geo-analysis results will be assembled into an informal ambulation guidance for Seabury Assisted Living seniors. Road construction recommendations may be suitable for submission to local government.
This project has provided CHM with additional experience on promoting its tools and their use in a public health effort.
K-12 Science and Health Education
HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2016 Solicitation of Quotations
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public.
Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.
The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.
Visit the News Archive for earlier announcements.