Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 529–543 | Cite as

Improving Information Access for Public Health Professionals

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Abstract

Fundamental to our protection against biological weapons and the detection of disease outbreaks is the need to strengthen our surveillance systems. Improved electronic communications between local, state, and federal public health agencies provide a way for health officials to share information on unusual disease outbreaks and provide important health alert information. This article describes a model of a partnership between a regional medical library of the National Library of Medicine, a school of public health, and federally qualified community health centers. This project upgraded technology and provided public health professional training on Internet information and resources for local public health agencies.

public health informatics bioterrorism Internet resources public health professionals community health centers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicago
  2. 2.The Lamar Soutter LibraryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School, University of MassachusettsWorcester

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