Information for Public Health and Civil Emergencies

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Blogs

The role of libraries in times of crisis

Libraries support their communities in many different ways. Whether through times of humanitarian or political crisis, civil unrest or even the personal crises that affect all of us, libraries can be places of comfort, safety, reconciliation and hope. [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

Journal Articles

Kalyanam, K., Quezada, K., Poblete, B., Lanckriet, G. (2016) Prediction and Characterization of High-Activity Events in Social Media Triggered by Real-World News. PLoS ONE 11(2):e0166694. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166694 [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

Social Media

Evidence Aid Facebook Group

Evidence Aid is a coordinated, international initiative to improve effective and time access to the best available evidence of relevance to distastes and other humanitarian emergencies. [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

Healthcare Information for All Facebook Group

HIFA is a global campaign and knowledge network. Out vision: a world where people no longer die due to lack of healthcare information. A world where every person and every healthcare worker will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own heath and the health of others. [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

Libraries and the Opioid Crisis Facebook Group

As library staff see the opioid crisis impacting patrons and communities, this group provides a way to share research, news, and strategies to respond. This group is intended to inform and serve as a resource for library staff and trustees around issues connected to the opioid crisis. [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

Libraries Step Up (in times of Crisis) Facebook Group

Our mission is to kick ass and save the day, library-style. We’re a centralized location for collecting and disseminating information about urgent political or natural disasters’ effects on libraries and library services. [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

Trauma-Informed Libraries Facebook Group

We are a collaborative of library professionals and library supporters who seek to share ACEs Science with our institutions, organizations and communities; explore and implement Trauma-Informed approaches; and build community resilience through our programs, practices and publications. [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

UKMedlibs Twitter Chat

Transcript and analytics for the February #UKmedlibs chat on Coronavirus, and other public health emergencies: the librarian’s role. [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

Websites

Public Health England

We exist to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. PHE is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care. [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

Evidence Aid

Evidence Aid was established as a charity in 2015. It uses knowledge from systematic reviews to provide reliable, up-to-date evidence on interventions that might be considered in the context of natural disasters and other major healthcare emergencies. Evidence Aid seeks to highlight which interventions work, which don’t work, which need more research, and which, no matter how well meaning, might be harmful; and to provide this information to agencies and people planning for, or responding to, disasters. [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

Healthcare Information for All

HIFA is a global campaign and knowledge network. Out vision: a world where people no longer die due to lack of healthcare information. A world where every person and every healthcare worker will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own heath and the health of others. [Last Checked 20/02/20]

IFLA Evidence for Global Disaster Health SIG

Evidence for Global and Disaster Health [E4GDH] provides a significant opportunity for libraries, under the leadership of IFLA and its Global Vision agenda, to play a critical role in supporting global and disaster health, bringing together partners and stakeholders within and outside the profession. [Last Checked: 20/02/20]

Training Courses

Disaster Information Specialist Programme

One of the core competencies in disaster health is to be able to “communicate effectively with others in a disaster or public health emergency, including identifying authoritative sources for information and strategies for appropriate sharing of that information.” (Source: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health). [Last Checked: 20/02/20]