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New Public Health Information and Data Tutorial Released

The National Library of Medicine, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Public Health Library & Informatics Division and Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, announces the release of the Public Health Information and Data Tutorial. This online tutorial, at http://phpartners.org/tutorial/, is a new tool designed to help the public health workforce effectively locate and use health information.

The Public Health Information and Data Tutorial helps public health workers use and manage the wealth of information available from myriad sources. The tutorial is made up of four modules:

  • Staying Informed
  • Health Education Resources
  • Health Statistics
  • Evidence Based Public Health

"In these modules, users can learn how to build a plan to stay informed about developments and events related to public health, find reliable and authoritative consumer-oriented materials to support health education goals, retrieve statistical information, access data sets relevant to public health, and use information in support of evidence-based practice," commented Marjorie A. Cahn, head of the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM's lead office in the creation of the tutorial.

The Public Health Information and Data Tutorial builds on the success of Public Health Information and Data: A Training Manual, a publication for those developing training for the public health workforce published by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the National Library of Medicine, and prepared by the NN/LM Public Health Training Workgroup. The Public Health Information and Data Tutorial captures these critical strategies employed by information specialists in the field to locate and manage public health information in an easily accessibly online format.

The Public Health Information and Data Tutorial was developed collaboratively by staff of the University of Michigan Public Health Library & Informatics Division, the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce project, and the National Library of Medicine.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (http://phpartners.org) is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries. The group's mission is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively, to improve and protect the public's health.