Immunization & Vaccination Conversations — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of May 5, 2014)

Council for Foreign Relations: Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks

Last week we highlighted the CDC Grand Rounds on Autism. This week was World Immunization Awareness Week. Do you see a connection? I do. And you can guess what happened. Conversations from pro- and anti-vaccination exploded. Here are some of the hashtags that were used, but FYI, for me I found some of the most coherent and interesting conversations happening under the hashtag #CDCvax. The links below go to archives and metrics for the hashtags listed.

* AntiVax
* AskScotFlu
* CDCvax
* GetVax
* HCSMvac
* Immunization
* Immunizations
* MassVax
* McrFluSafe13
* NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course
* RUuptodate
* Vaccination | Vaccinations
* Vaccines | #Vaccines
* VaccinesWork
* VaxFax

Council for Foreign Relations: Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks

Tough Topics on Twitter — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of February 10, 2014)

Second Life: Red Curtain: View thru the Curtain

Tough topics come up all the time on Twitter, and many of the Twitter chats explicitly present challenging concepts. Sometimes it works better than others. In general, people tend to think that Twitter won’t lend itself to this, because of the forced brevity of tweets, but sometimes it works surprisingly well. Last week, there were two Twitter chats that used Twitter exceptionally well to make a difference in clinical practice and real world interventions on topics as tough as domestic violence and suicide.

The first one was the #bioethx chat on ethical challenges in providing care to victims of domestic violence. For this chat they presented challenging questions derived from real case studies, such as what if the victim protects their abuser, what if known victim suddenly stops showing up for appointments, what if victim can’t afford (or access funds) to pay for medical treatment, what are the ethics of discharging (or not) a victim back into the abusive situation.

What happened was really interesting. Clinicians tended to respond with their sense of what should happen, and then domestic violence survivors jumped in and said, “That isn’t realistic, and this is why.” That conversation was so powerful, complex, and intricate, especially the parts related to informed consent and coercion, I’m not going to try to replicate the conversation in this blogpost, but only share the links and resources that were recommended as a mini-tutorial at the close of the session. You might want to skim the actual transcript for the full conversation.

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#OutbreakWeek — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of December 23, 2013)

Proof of Party

Heading home for the holidays? Going to parties? Meeting up with old friends? All of these are potential ways in which infectious diseases are transmitted across the country, and across the globe. In preparation for this, there was a major public health outreach effort on Twitter last week called Outbreak Week, with the obvious hashtag. Here are some highlights and tips from that initiative.

“Toward Quality Measures for Population Health and the Leading Health Indicators”

If you, like me, missed this report when it first appeared last summer, visit the Institute of Medicine website to read the free PDF (or to order a copy).

coverPublic health practice and health care delivery in the United States share a common goal: longer, healthier lives for all. Quality in health care is essential for achieving this goal and is a central focus of implementing the Affordable Care Act. However, the notion of quality in the public health system and more broadly in the multisectoral health system – public health, health care, and other partners – has received less attention. Identifying measures of quality for the healthy system is essential to the work of assessment and quality improvement, and for demonstrating accountability throughout these systems.

The IOM was asked to examine the intersection of HHS’s public health quality effort and the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) in Healthy People 2020, the nation’s 10-year agenda for advancing toward long, healthy lives for all. The IOM committee finds that every community should use measures of quality to monitor progress on the LHIs and recommends criteria for selecting measures of quality. The recommendations in the committee’s report are designed to inform and support the development, endorsement, promotion, and use of a unified and coherent set of quality measures useful across a range of settings.

Sewell Stipend Award


judyTaubman Health Sciences Library librarian, Judy Smith, has received the Sewell Stipend to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts in November.  The Sewell Stipend is administered by the Public Health/Health Administration section of the Medical Library Association and provides financial support to librarians and information providers to attend the annual meetings of the APHA and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

More information on the Sewell Stipend is available at:

This year’s APHA Annual Meeting theme is: Think Global Act Local – Best Practices Around the World.

Institute of Medicine Webinar: Health & Global Climate Change

"Globe" by Nick Wheeler 2008 CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“Globe” by Nick Wheeler 2008 CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The second in a series of webinars from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM),  this webinar will focus on Health in the Context of Global Climate Change.

When: From 2:30pm – 4:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, June 27.

From the IOM’s Roundatble on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, the webinar series aims to bring together audiences form academia, government, professional societies, and public health students. This one in particular will be a venue to:

  • Provide an overview of the set of Shared Socioeconomic Pathways being developed to aid in the modeling and analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Discuss key narrative elements that can be utilized to describe health in the context of changing global climate change.
  • Identify mechanisms for developing and disseminating these climate change scenarios.
Learn more about the discussion here, and register for the webinar here.

Counting the sick and dead: Surveillance and society in contemporary Europe

From the Center for European Studies:

Modern states use surveillance to watch the bodies of citizens, monitoring them for illness, infection, and threats to public health. Public health surveillance is, however, a poorly understood service and its importance, intrusiveness, and rate of technological change are rarely matched by administrative resources or academic understanding. We know remarkably little about how surveillance works and how it should work.

This event will feature a lecture by Peter Donnelly, professor of public health medicine at St. Andrews University, followed by a round table discussion of the many unknowns in this important area. Who is responsible for public health surveillance in different European countries? What diseases concern them? How do they find and monitor diseases—that is, how deeply into their citizens’ lives can they look, and, above all, why do they do it that way? What configurations of technical expertise, politics, history, and culture shape the different ways European states track their peoples’ health?

Convener: Scott Greer, associate professor of health management and policy, U-M.
Speaker: Peter D. Donnelly, professor of public health medicine, University of St. Andrews.
Discussants: Rachel Kahn Best, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research and assistant professor of sociology, U-M; Daniel M. Fox, president emeritus, Milbank Memorial Fund; Peter Jacobson, professor of health law and policy, U-M.

  • Date:  26 March
  • Time:  4:00pm
  • Location:  1636 International Institute

Co-sponsored by International Institute, School of Public Health, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.

New Resource: Funding for Public Health Graduate Students

In response to lots of interest from our colleagues at the School of Public Health, the Taubman Health Sciences Library has developed a new research guide: Funding Sources for the School of Public Health.

Geared primarily toward graduate students seeking fellowships, internships, and research funding, this guide has information on:

"Fund" 2012 from United Nations OCHA on the Noun Project - public domain

“Fund” 2012 from United Nations OCHA on the Noun Project – public domain

If there is funding information you’re not seeing on the guide, or have an opportunity you might like included, please contact the Preet Rana (, Judy Smith (, or Irina Zeylikovich (

Lecture – Economics and Human Biology – The Findings of 25 Years of Research

The first invited lecture in a series will be given by John Komlos, Professor of Economics, University of Munich and Visiting Professor of Economics, Duke University.

Born in Hungary,  John Komlos is an American economic historian at the University of Munich where he is professor of economics and chair of economic history. He currently serves as a Visiting Professor of Economics at Duke University. In the 1980s, Komlos was instrumental in the emergence of anthropometric history, the study of the effect of economic development on human biological outcomes such as physical stature (height).

  • Date:  Tuesday, Sept. 25
  • Time:  4:00-5:30pm
  • Location:  1690 Lane Auditorium, SPH

Presented by the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health.  For more information, contact Meredith McGehee @