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Health Indicators: a 4-Part Webinar Series

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No single measure can capture the health of a nation but measuring and tracking health has been a persistent and evolving pursuit. Measures that reflect a broad range of factors such as health, behaviors, environmental and social influences, and health system performance are often used in combination to provide a snapshot of the health of a specific population and are known as health indicators. This 4-part webinar series will provide an overview of health indicators, an in-depth review of a county-level indicator project, practical approaches for librarians in using health indicator data to engage with their communities, and an exploration of several important new indicator efforts expected to be available in 2010.

Educational Objectives:

  • Part I (Overview): Understand the variety of health indicators, their data sources, their key attributes, context and use
  • Part II (Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI)): Learn to navigate and use the Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) effectively to find county-level data
  • Part III (Practical Approaches for Using Health Indicators): Discover ways in which librarians can become more engaged with others in improving the health of their communities and become knowledgeable about ways in which CHSI data can be used in working with the public health practice community
  • Part IV: (Health Indicators in Action): Become familiar with two important local level indicator projects - the County Health Rankings and the Boston Indicators Project

Part I: Health Indicators: Overview

Wednesday, January 20th, 1:00pm EST
Presenter: Cheryl Wold1, Wold & Associates

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Questions and answers
Answers to questions posed during the webinar

Evaluate this module (Viewing this module and completion of this form confers 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit)


Part II: Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI)

Wednesday, January 27th, 1:00pm EST
Presenter: Nancy Allee2, Deputy Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan

View the recording (Adobe Flash™, captions start at 00:22)

View the slides (.ppt)

Read the transcript

Questions and answers
Answers to questions posed during the webinar

Evaluate this module (Viewing this module and completion of this form confers 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit)


Part III: Practical Approaches for Using Health Indicators

Wednesday, February 3rd, 1:00pm EST
Presenter: Nancy Allee2, Deputy Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan

View the recording (Adobe Flash™, captions start at 00:22)

View the slides (.ppt)

Read the transcript

Questions and answers
Answers to questions posed during the webinar

Evaluate this module (Viewing this module and completion of this form confers 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit)


Part IV: Health Indicators in Action (Examples of Health Indicator Projects)

Wednesday, May 5th, 1:00pm EST
Presenter: Cheryl Wold1, Wold & Associates

View the recording (Adobe Flash™, captions start at 00:16)

View the slides (.ppt)

Read the transcript

Evaluate this module (Viewing this module and completion of this form confers 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit)


What do I need to view the webinars?

NLM uses Adobe Connect® for Webcasting. The Adobe Flash Player plug-in for your web browser is required. This comes standard with most browser installations, but can be downloaded for free at http://www.adobe.com/. Captioning will be provided.

How do I access the webinars?

The title of the webinar will be linked to the webinar meeting room on the day of the webinar. Archived versions will be available.*

Can I get continuing education (CE) credits for the webinars?

The Medical Library Association confers CE credit for people viewing these webinars. Viewers will receive 1 MLA CE credit-hour for each module of the webinar. In order to receive MLA CE credits, viewers must complete a short electronic evaluation form offered at the end of each module.


Speaker biographies

1Cheryl Wold, MPH

Cheryl Wold

Ms. Wold has worked in community health assessment and public health for over 20 years. She started an independent consulting business early in 2006, and provides strategic research and evaluative support to organizations seeking to increase their effectiveness and assess and improve outcomes. Prior to consulting, Ms. Wold was the Chief of the Health Assessment Unit in the Los Angeles County Public Health Department where she directed all aspects of the Los Angeles County Health Survey and developed health indicators and data to guide health improvement activities. She oversaw the analysis and dissemination of findings from the survey and publications such as LA Health and the Key Indicators of Health. Ms. Wold also co-chaired the Children's Planning Council Data Partnership Committee and was a research partner with First 5 LA, where she led efforts to improve the assessment of early childhood well-being and related indicators. Before coming to Los Angeles, Ms. Wold worked in public health in both Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, and also with a various sponsored research projects. She received her MPH in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health.

2Nancy Allee, Deputy Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan

Nancy Allee

In her role as deputy director, Nancy Allee provides leadership for the day-to-day operations of the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) at the University of Michigan and works with the director and other team coordinators to plan, implement, and evaluate services and programs. Ms. Allee previously held a joint appointment as Director, Public Health Informatics Services & Access in the School of Public Health and University Library and prior to this position was co-head of reference and resource coordinator in the areas of education, optometry, and nursing at Northeastern State University, located in the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Ms. Allee has extensive information services and technology project management experience. She has managed a variety of training programs for faculty, staff, and students as well as outreach projects for public health professionals. She has also served as project director for several projects funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NNLM GMR), including an NLM Internet Access to Digital Libraries grant, the MI-INFO (Michigan Informatics) and Public Health 2.0 subcontracts, and the Partners in Information Access Public Health Information & Data Tutorials project. Ms. Allee is chair of the Partners in Information Access Public Health Training Subcommittee and is a past chair of the Public Health / Health Administration Section of the Medical Library Association.

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