Health Resources that Can Help You

Posted on June 14, 2010


The Mayor’s Health Line has been scouring the web for new and fantastic health resources for you. Here’s what we found this week!

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) for iPhone/iPod touch

WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) is a mobile application designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. You may download WISER for the iPhone/iPod touch from the iTunes App Store, which can be accessed directly using the following link:
See more about WISER at and an update on the iPhone/iPod version

While you are downloading Emergency Responder Tools for your iPhone/iPod, don’t forget to add the Radiation Emergency Medical Management Tool (REMM) See instructions at

National Fire Service Resource Guide

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) recently released the National Fire Service Resource Guide (PDF, 2.1 MB) This one-stop reference source provides fire and emergency medical services (EMS) departments with quick information regarding topics of importance to the emergency services, such as retention and recruitment, grants and funding, health and safety, governance, training, and much more. [MCR-leaders listserv]

NIH Access Policy Citation Management Tool

In the interest of easing investigators’ bibliography management, improving data quality, and ensuring compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy (, eRA Commons has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) ( to link NCBI’s personal online tool, “My NCBI,” to Commons. My NCBI offers an online portal—“My Bibliography”(—for users to maintain and manage a list of all types of their authored works, such as articles, presentations and books.  [See entire press release at ]

The Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide [pdf file]
This guide was designed by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago for public health planners, social service agencies, and policymakers.  It provides actionable steps for public health professionals to engage with migrant and seasonal farm workers before, during, and after a man-made or natural disaster.[DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB ]

Discount on Flip Videos to NonProfits and Libraries
Flip Video has partnered with TechSoup to make its pocket-sized digital camcorders available to eligible nonprofit organizations. Flip Video’s simple camcorders can be used by people with any level of video experience to create, edit, and share movies. Nonprofits can use these camcorders to give their staff, volunteers, and constituents the ability to further their causes through digital storytelling.

Diabetes Learning Network in Community Health Centers for Latinos
Hispanics have a higher prevalence of diabetes and are disproportionately burdened with the complications and disability from diabetes. This report describes the development of a learning network project that included interventions and needs assessments at community health centers to help reduce the diabetes disparity in the Hispanic population. [Prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) by Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, Easton, MD under Contract No. 290-04-0009]

Podcast on the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
HLOL #39: National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
Cynthia Baur, Ph.D., is the Senior Advisor for Health Literacy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She co-chairs several federal health literacy initiatives, including the workgroup for Healthy People 2020 Health Communication and Health Information Technology. Dr. Baur is the lead author for the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy and helped develop CDC’s online health literacy training for health professionals. In this podcast, she talks with Helen Osborne about the National Plan to Improve Health Literacy. The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy is available at


ToxRefDB: Toxicity Reference Databases
Provides chemical toxicity data from in vivo animal toxicity studies and links to other public hazard, exposure and risk resources.

NLM in Focus
Newsletter about resources, programs, and services of the National Library of Medicine.
Statistics and reports on children and families including information on family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health.

Studies of Interest

Improving Communication between Doctor and Patient
OpenNotes Study Kicks Off, May Transform Doctor/Patient Communications
As the push for greater transparency and patient engagement in health care gains momentum, a new study begins today that examines what happens when you add a new layer of openness to a traditionally one-sided element of the doctor-patient relationship—the notes that doctors record during and after patients’ visits. Supported by a $1.4 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio, the OpenNotes© project will evaluate the impact on both patients and physicians of sharing, through online medical record portals, the observations made by physicians after each patient encounter.
Visit the Open Notes Website
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NIH Researchers Explore How Healthy, Young Adults View the Role Genetics Plays in Improving Health
Most healthy young adults place greater emphasis on health habits than on genetic risk factors when considering what causes common diseases, a research team from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has found. The study, based on a survey of 25- to-45-year-olds, was released June 8, 2010 in an early online edition of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.


Conferences and Meetings

AHRQ’s 2010 Annual Conference: Better Care, Better Health: Delivering on Quality for All Americans
September 27-29, 2010, Bethesda, MD. Leading authorities in health care research and policy will hold sessions on transforming health care delivery; developing new patient care models; strengthening preventive care and reducing health disparities; improving quality and patient safety; and measuring and reporting on provider and system performance.

Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) 2010 Conference
June 28-30, 2010, Boston, MA. COMET brings together healthcare practitioners, public health professionals and researchers from a wide range of social science disciplines concerned with issues of communication and ethics in the fields of health care and the human and social sciences.

Sackler Colloquium Quantification of Behavior
June 11-13, 2010, Washington, D.C. Interdisciplinary meeting which will illustrate the current state of behavioral neuroscience.

Webinar: Looking Ahead: Advancing the Public Health Response to Climate Change
June 30, 2010, 1:00-2:00 PM EDT. The session will cover the policy outlook and public health perspective of climate change, the continuing role for the public health community in confronting the challenges of climate change, and what the future may hold.