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

‘Rainbow’ class worries father July 8, 2012A father is concerned his son  attended alternative sexuality education classes at school that  explored ideas like transsexuality without his knowledge or permission. However the Rainbow Youth  organisation’s education co- ordinator stands by the presentations, sayings its education package has been evaluated and is  backed up by research. Earlier this year Rainbow Youth  presented two one-hour sessions to the 15-year-old’s class. Auckland-based Rainbow Youth  provides “support, information,  advocacy and education for queer  young people” and has been  delivering education workshops  for more than 10 years. One presentation was about  gender and sexual identity and the  other addressed issues such as  homophobia and bullying. The teenage boy said two of the  presenters introduced themselves to the class as lesbians, one who was attracted to transsexual girls, while the third said he had been a  woman attracted to women but  became a man “with a vagina”. The teenager said the first lesson  was “OK” and the message was that there were multiple gender  identities. But he felt the second  lesson was “quite weird”. It looked  at homophobia and how society  treated people labelled as “other”. The class heard two of the presenters’ coming-out stories, including how one had grappled with  discrimination and deciding if they  were male or female. “[The  transsexual speaker] was saying  things like, ‘it’s legal to have a  physical relationship with your  cousin but it’s illegal to have gay  marriage’. And things like, if you’re  really homophobic you usually  turn out gay. read more

Millions in Volkswagen settlement funds available to replace diesel engines

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Transportation is accepting applications for funding from the national Volkswagen settlement.Debra Arp leads the team that is handling the grant paperwork. “Volkswagen came into a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and created this trust fund to do environmental mitigation resulting from their defeat devices that were in the vehicles that resulted in faulty emissions testing,” according to Arp.She says there is nearly $5 million in funding available to private organizations, public transit system operators, city, counties and schools which own and operate diesel powered equipment are eligible to apply. Arp says the goal is to upgrade to make the vehicles cleaner.She says the funds will replace the current diesel engines being used to improve the emissions in the vehicles or equipment. Arp says anyone in the categories she mentioned is encourage to apply. She says there is $4.9 million available, with $3.1 million dollars available for buses, around one million dollars for trucks and $700,000 for non-road and transport equipment.You can learn more about the funding and how to apply at the program website: read more