Public health informatics training program announced

first_imgJun 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A new program to provide training in the use of informatics to enhance disease detection and other public health functions is being launched with the help of a $3.68 million grant from a private foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today. The grant will support program development at the training sites along with stipends, tuition, and other expenses for trainees, the NIH said. See also: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will administer the grant. Training will be done at four institutions that already have informatics training programs supported by the NLM: Columbia University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of Utah, and the University of Washington. The programs are scheduled to begin Jul 1, the NIH reported. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded the grant to train students in public health informatics, defined as the practice of integrating computer technology for managing information to enhance the work of public health professionals and others, the NIH said. “Informatics can help us make a huge impact on pubic health through disease surveillance,” said Charles Friedman, PhD, the NLM’s leader of the training initiative, as quoted in the news release. “By integrating health data from a range of sources—including hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies—and applying sophisticated analysis tools, we’ll be able to detect disease outbreaks early, potentially saving lives and preventing an enormous amount of suffering.” Jun 8 NIH news release read more

Parents who took children out of school have court cases thrown out (UK)

first_imgDaily Mail 3 May 2016Family First Comment: Interesting case in the UK which could have some influence on any similar case in NZ.“The parents’ legal victory comes after father Jon Platt had the £120 fine he received for taking his seven-year-old daughter to Disney World during term time overturned in October last year. Mr Platt, from Nettlestone, Isle of Wight, had to travel during term because there was no other date when all the relatives would be available, but the girl’s school on the island refused to sign off on her absence.”Parents who were facing prosecution for taking their children out of school during term time have had their cases thrown out of court in a landmark ruling.Two couples were put on trial after council welfare officers in Swindon, Wiltshire accused them of failing to secure regular attendance for their children because they had pulled the youngsters out of class.However, magistrates have now said the case can not proceed because there is no legal benchmark for what constitutes ‘persistent’ absence.The ruling could cast doubt on many similar prosecutions being pursued against parents across the country.The first couple’s child, who is of secondary school age, was pulled out of class for a five-day holiday in October last year without written permission, the court heard.READ MORE: read more

Kane signs new deal with Tottenham

first_imgLeicester are the first Premier League club to complete a deal – they’ve signed defender Robert Huth on loan from Stoke until the end of the season. The 21-year old already has 20 goals in all competitions to his name this season. It’s been a quiet transfer deadline day so far, although Andre Schurrle has agreed terms with Bundesliga side, Wolfsburg. He’s set to leave Chelsea, to make room for the incoming Fiorentina winger, Juan Cuadrado – however neither deal has been confirmed. last_img