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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
TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad
TOXinvaders is an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store. TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.
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.9/28/2015
AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.
Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. Feedback received through a website survey conducted in 2014 contributed to the design of the website. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:
- Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
- Addition of images for topics
- Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas
The AIDSource website was initially developed by NLM to provide quality reviewed current content about HIV/AIDS. In 2005, it was linked to AIDSinfo to make access easier for both sites. AIDSinfo offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information.
The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.
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