RNZ: Consulting with Dr Google can be a good idea – study. “Far from convincing people they have contracted an exotic disease or terminal illness, a new study shows googling their symptoms allows patients to ask better questions and that they are more likely to understand what their doctor tells them.”
KBZK: Montana environmental group launches informational website on wildfire smoke. “The group Climate Smart Missoula has used $10,000 from the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund to put forward out educational information on impacts from wildfire smoke via a new website and direction communications.”
Gizmodo: Yelp Will Now Show You Restaurant Hygiene Scores. “Yelp announced today that the platform will start featuring hygiene scores of restaurants alongside reviews, photos, and other information. As of today, the feature is available in California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Washington, DC, but Yelp says it intends to roll the initiative out in other states soon. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of U.S. restaurants should have their hygiene scores listed publicly on Yelp.”
eHealthNews: Sierra Leone Launches Ebola Database . “The SLED is based on information recorded during the Ebola epidemic by thousands of Sierra Leonean surveillance officers, burial team members, laboratory technicians and data managers. The data in the SLED is from more than 500,000 alerts, burial and other patient records, creating the most complete collection of data from the 2014 – 2016 Ebola epidemic.” Based on this article and the other ones I was able to find, I don’t think this will be fully open. I think it will be available for researchers via the CDC.
Washington Post: How prepared is the world for the next epidemic? This tool shows most countries are not.. “Public health officials and business leaders like Bill Gates have long warned that the world is not ready for the next pandemic. Now an initiative led by Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has developed a tool that spotlights gaps in preparedness, and actions that countries and organizations can take to close them. The new website…gives an individual score to each country and uses color codes to rank the world by five levels of preparedness.”
University of Florida: University of Florida and ArtPlace America launch national initiative for arts and public health . “The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine in partnership with ArtPlace America is launching ‘Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America,’ a two-year national initiative designed to accelerate innovation at the intersections of the arts, creative placemaking, community development, and public health. Beginning in May 2018 and culminating in April 2020, the initiative aims to build healthy communities in alignment with national public health goals through strategic cross-sector collaboration, research, translation, and resource sharing…. The research team will publish its findings and will lead the development of open-access resources, including a searchable research database and a repository of arts in public health resources expected to launch in March 2019.”
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Tool Links Health Care Organizations, Public To Improve The Health Of Wisconsinites. “The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has updated and improved its online tool to help communities, organizations, and individuals easily assess and share health-related work in their local communities. The site, Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin, shows how local health departments and nonprofit hospitals work with each other and with other community organizations and members to assess local health needs and target priorities for action.”