Informatics for the public health workforce
The increasing amount of health information available over the Internet can make it more challenging to track all the latest news and developments within public health. This tutorial covers strategies and resources to improve your professional effectiveness in staying informed of news and developments in public health. Keeping up-to-date can take as much or as little time and money as you have available. As a public health practitioner, it is essential to develop an action plan for incorporating these current awareness strategies and resources into your work routine.
Reference: Developed by The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice.
Why adopt a new strategy for staying informed?
Throughout your professional career, you will have various reasons for staying informed. For example, you may have a long-term interest in community health and want to stay informed of all the latest news and development on this subject. At the same time, you might need to temporarily develop more knowledge in an area outside of your regular area of expertise. Perhaps you are filling in for a colleague, working on a specific outreach project, or applying for a new position. You may now need to have a short-term interest in learning about injury prevention programs.
Here are some reasons to adopt a new strategy for staying informed.
Tutorial content adapted from:
Alpi, Kris (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY). "Keeping Informed about Public Health Concerns” in Public health information and data: a training manual. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2004 [cited January 1, 2006] and Public Health Information and Data Tutorials