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Partners in Information Access

Linking the Public Health Workforce to Information for Improved Practice

The National Library of Medicine announces release of the new Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce website (phpartners.org). This site is one result of a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. The goal of both the Partners project and the Partners site is to provide the public health workforce with timely, convenient access to information resources. This goal is realized through collaborative work on five objectives:

  • Increase awareness and use of distributed learning resources among the public health workforce, with an emphasis on the resources available through the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
  • Assist the public health workforce in obtaining the hardware and software as well as the Internet connection and satellite reception needed for effective access to information resources;
  • Train the public health workforce to use the technology required for effective access to information resources;
  • Train the public health workforce to identify and use pertinent information resources and services; and
  • Increase health sciences librarians' awareness of the needs of and resources within the public health workforce.

The Partners in this endeavor include:

American Public Health Association ° Association of Schools of Public Health ° Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ° Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ° Health Resources and Services Administration ° National Association of County and City Health Officials ° National Library of Medicine ° National Network of Libraries of Medicine ° Public Health Foundation ° Society for Public Health Education