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FAQ for PHPartners.org
Who participates in the Partners collaboration and what are its mission and goals?
The About Partners page provides links to several resources about the Partners collaboration. The Partners Fact Sheet provides an overview of the collaboration, including a list of the organizations that are members. The Fact Sheet also describes the collaboration's mission, goals and activities.
What is the history of the collaboration?
Who maintains the PHPartners.org site?
New links to PHPartners.org are selected from among the suggestions submitted by users of the site. Other new links are identified by staff and representatives of organizations participating in the Partners collaboration. The University of Massachusetts Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library has a contract with the National Library of Medicine for maintaining the content of PHPartners.org.
How can I submit suggestions for new links to PHPartners.org?
News Posted on PHPartners.org
How are news items selected for posting on PHPartners.org?
Staff at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library and the National Library of Medicine regularly review the news and announcements posted on the sites maintained by the organizations participating in the Partners collaboration. Other news items are identified from a variety of e-mail and discussion lists. A limited number of news items are selected to appear in the news box on the top page of PHPartners.org. News items remain available for three weeks on the site's news page. News items older than three weeks are available from the site's news archive.
Finding literature and guidelines
How can PHPartners.org help me find literature and guidelines relevant to public health?
Individual journal titles are listed on the Literature and Guidelines page alphabetically by title. The publishers of some of these titles provide full-text copies of articles from their Web sites.
Newsletters are listed on the Literature and Guidelines page alphabetically by title. All newsletters listed provide at least a portion of their content from the publisher's Web site without registration or charge.
Notable public health reports and other publications are listed on the Literature and Guidelines page by the issuing agency or organization. Publishers of some reports and other publications require registration and/or payment to access full-text copies.
How do I get full-text copies of articles?
You can use Loansome Doc to register with a health sciences library in your area. Loansome Doc allows you to submit requests to your local health sciences library for the delivery of articles and other publications, typically for a fee.
Where can I learn more about searching the public health literature?
Finding health data and statistics
How can PHPartners.org help me find public health data and statistics?
At the top of its Health data tools and statistics page, PHPartners.org lists sites that provide access to general statistics relevant to public health. These are listed alphabetically by the site's title. The organization responsible for each site is noted in parentheses.
A second set of links point to sites that provide access to national (United States) health data sets. These are listed alphabetically by the site's title. Many provide users with online tools for analyzing the data.
A third set of links point to sites that provide state and local health data and statistics. These are listed alphabetically by the site's title.
A fourth group of links point to sites with public health infrastructure data, including data related to public health expenditures, information technology and performance standards.
Sites that help users identify possible sources of data and statistics are grouped by title under "Search for Other Tools."
Sites listed alphabetically by title under "Tools for Data Collection and Planning" provide resources to support data collection and planning efforts.
Where can I learn more about finding data and statistics related to public health?
Finding grants and funding opportunities
How can PHPartners.org help me find information about grants and other funding opportunities?
On its Grants and Funding page PHPartners.org provides links to information about grants, fellowships and other awards provided by organizations in the Partners collaboration as well as other organizations and government agencies. Links are listed alphabetically by organization. A separate set of links provides access to resources related to writing proposals.
Finding education and training opportunities
How can PHPartners.org help me find education and training opportunities?
The first set of links on the Education and Training page point users to information about continuing education opportunities, including distance learning programs and online tutorials. The second set of links are to graduate education programs in public health. The third set of links are to fellowship opportunities in public health. The fourth set of links provide access to handouts and other materials used in training events for public health personnel.
Finding information about legislation and policy
How can PHPartners.org help me find information about legislation and policies relevant to public health?
The Partners collaboration does not engage in advocacy, although some organizations participating in the collaboration routinely engage in advocacy on issues related to public health. The links on the Legislation and Policy page provide resources to inform advocacy on public health issues at the state and federal levels.
Finding conferences and meetings
How can PHPartners.org help me find information about public health conferences and meetings?
Upcoming meetings of interest to public health personnel are highlighted as the first set of links on the Conferences and Meetings page. These are listed by the date each meeting is scheduled to occur. The second set of links point users to information about upcoming webcasts. The third set of links is a collection of the "calendar of events" pages on other sites maintained by public health organizations. The last set of links on this page are to archives and reports from previous conferences and meetings.
How can PHPartners.org help me find contact information for people working in public health?
Online directories of public health personnel are listed by title on the Finding People page, with the organization responsible for maintaining each directory noted in parentheses.
Finding discussion and e-mail lists
How can PHPartners.org help me identify discussion and e-mail lists I might want to join?
The Discussion and E-Mail Lists page provides links to information about a variety of discussion and e-mail lists of interest to public health personnel. The organization or agency responsible for maintaining or moderating each list is noted in parentheses. Participating in discussion or e-mail lists can be an effective method for staying informed about developments in specific topics of interests.
Where can I learn more techniques for staying informed about news and developments in public health?
Finding jobs and career information
How can PHPartners.org help me find a job or advance my career?
The Jobs and Careers page provides links to listings of job opportunities in public health. Links to career development resources are also included on this page.