Population and Public Health

Featured Sites

A Practical Playbook: Public Health. Primary Care. Together
This resource guides users through the stages of integrated population health improvement through increased collaborations between primary care and public health groups. Throughout each stage, the Practical Playbook provides helpful resources such as success stories from across the country, lessons-learned from existing partnerships, and further guidance from industry experts.

County Health Rankings
The County Health Rankings show us that where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors – ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. This first-of-its-kind collection of 50 reports – one per state – helps community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to develop these Rankings for each state’s counties. This model has been used to rank the health of counties in Wisconsin for the past six years.

What Works for Health
An Evidence-based Resource: Policies and Programs to Improve Wisconsin's Health. What Works for Health is a database of policies and programs that can improve health. These policies and programs address key drivers of health that, in turn, improve health outcomes. This database is based on a wide scan of analyses assessing evidence of effectiveness. We summarize research about what does and does not work to help different stakeholders (such as public health practitioners, community organizations, businesses, schools, and others) identify policies and programs that could improve health.

Social Determinants of Health for Rural People
Visit this new guide to learn how income-level, educational attainment, race, and where you reside impact health. Find statistics and FAQs on the health inequities that rural residents experience.

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CDC
The mission of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

CDC for Health Care Providers
Organized top resources. Information includes immunizations, safety, oral health reproductive and sexual health, physical activity, and international travel.

CDC for Public Health Professionals
Organized top resources. Information includes preventive services, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered resources, national disasters, nutrition and physical activity, travel health, and the flu.

Community Health Guide
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free evidence-based resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. You can use the guide by searching topics, policies, research, programs and services, education, funding, or general. You can also find information on community guide publications and the guide to clinical preventive services.

Community Health Resources
Search or browse through CDC's best resources to help you plan, implement and evaluate community health interventions and programs to address chronic disease and health disparities issues. You'll find links to hundreds of useful planning guides, evaluation frameworks, communication materials, behavioral and risk factor data, fact sheets, scientific articles, key reports and state and local program contacts.

Data & Statistics
CDC has top statistic links and highlights. Information is arranged by topic, interactive tool, surveys, surveillance, publication and products, and vital signs.

MMWR (Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report)
Here you will find the MMWR including Table of Contents, RSS feed, podcasts, Continuing Education credits, State Health Statistics, and more. You can also sign up to receive a free electronic subscription.

Photos/Images
PHIL (Public Health Image Library). You can use these photos for free and search by photos, illustrations, and video.

Podcasts
You can search by featured podcasts, browsing by series or topic, or searching by title or transcript. You can also subscribe to podcasts here.

Publications
You can find featured publications include Emerging Infectious Diseases, MMWR, and Preventing Chronic Disease. You can also search via topic, top publications, or A-Z topic index.

RSS Feed
Here is a list of CDC RSS feeds

Vital Signs
CDC Vital Signs offers recent data on the important health topics of key diseases, conditions, or risk factors.

WISEWOMAN
The WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) program is located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, within the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP). WISEWOMAN consists of 21 CDC funded WISEWOMAN programs in 20 states (2 programs in Alaska) and tribal organizations. Through these 21 programs, WISEWOMAN provides screening and lifestyle interventions for many low-income, uninsured, or under-insured women aged 40–64.

County Health Rankings
The County Health Rankings show us that where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors – ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. This first-of-its-kind collection of 50 reports – one per state – helps community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to develop these Rankings for each state’s counties. This model has been used to rank the health of counties in Wisconsin for the past six years.

Health Outcomes
Health outcomes in the County Health Rankings represent how healthy a county is. We measure two types of health outcomes: how long people live (mortality) and how healthy people feel while alive (morbidity).

Health Factors
Health factors in the County Health Rankings represent what influences the health of a county. We measure four types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment factors.

Resources for Health Care Professionals
Hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, and other health leaders can see where the health problems are and work to identify and create solutions. As leaders in health care, they are a trusted source for delivering health information to the community.

Ebling Library, UW Madison, Public Health Portal
Information includes systematic reviews, guidelines, filtered searches, best practices, and statistics. Usage may be restricted to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Off campus users: you may be prompted to log in with your NetID.

ERIC
Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week. If available, links to full text are included. Within the ERIC Collection, you will find records for: journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, other education-related materials

Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health
This website provides free online access to evidence-based public health (EBPH) resources, knowledge domains of public health, and public health journals and databases. The resources are arranged along a pathway of evidence to allow public health practitioners to easily find and use the best evidence to develop and implement effective interventions, programs, and policies. This site is an outcome of the Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health Project, based at the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. The original project was funded by a cooperative agreement award from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine. Current support is provided by Lamar Soutter Library and the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Free Public Health Articles and Content

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. You will not always find free full-text.

MedlinePlus.gov
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

MMWR (Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report)
Here you will find the MMWR including Table of Contents, RSS feed, podcasts, Continuing Education credits, State Health Statistics, and more. You can also sign up to receive a free electronic subscription.

Partners Health Promotion and Education
Resources for health educators and health promotion specialists from Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce. Information includes checklists, library resources, patient safety, health literacy, health disparities, advocacy, immunization, refugee, and rural populations.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.

Education and Training
Links to educational events and resources, including opportunities for distance learning.

Health Data and Statistics
Links to health statistics and data sets as well as resources to support data collection.

Health Promotion and Education- Resources for health educators and health promotion specialists.

Legislation and Policy
Resources to support legislation and policy at the state and federal levels.

Literature and Guidelines
Resources to help you access the public health literature as well as links to titles from members of the Partners project.

Workforce Development
Workforce development activities and resources for the public health workforce.

Public Health Information Portal from the CDC
Organized top resources. Information includes preventive services, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered resources, national disasters, nutrition and physical activity, travel health, and the flu.

What Works

What Works for Health is a database of policies and programs that can improve health. These policies and programs address key drivers of health that, in turn, improve health outcomes. This database is based on a wide scan of analyses assessing evidence of effectiveness. They summarize research about what does and does not work to help different stakeholders (such as public health practitioners, community organizations, businesses, schools, and others) identify policies and programs that could improve health.

WHO
WHO (World Health Organization) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Wisconsin Community Health Improvement Process and Plans (CHIP)
Wisconsin statutes have required communities throughout Wisconsin to develop and implement local health plans to address health conditions impacting their residents. This process has been referred to as the "Community Health Improvement Process" (CHIP), named in part, due to the resulting health status changes in a community and the people that live there. Find examples, models, assessing and evaluation information here.

Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Responsible for environmental and public health regulation, and for providing public health services. The Division includes programs that address environmental and occupational health, family and community health, emergency medical services and injury prevention, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, and communicable diseases. It is also responsible for issuing birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates as well as collecting statistics related to the health of Wisconsin's population.

Public Health Programs

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. Goals include Assure the health, safety, and well-being of Wisconsin citizens while emphasizing prevention, Make Wisconsin a national leader in reforming health care, Improve the lives of Wisconsin seniors and people with disabilities, Increase opportunities for children to grow up safe, healthy, and successful in strong families, Create a high-performing organization that is customer-focused and values our partners and employees.

A-Z List
Search topics alphabetically

Community Health Improvement Process and Plans (CHIP)
Wisconsin statutes have required communities throughout Wisconsin to develop and implement local health plans to address health conditions impacting their residents. This process has been referred to as the "Community Health Improvement Process" (CHIP), named in part, due to the resulting health status changes in a community and the people that live there. Find examples, models, assessing and evaluation information here.

Public Health Information Portal
Information includes arthritis, cancer, environment, oral health, tobacco, women, etc.

Public Health Nursing Consultants
The Public Health Nurse Consultants are a part of the Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. We offer consultation and technical assistance in a defined geographic area or program area for the purpose of promoting and maintaining a strong public health infrastructure. This is accomplished through supportive relationships with local public health and tribal community health agencies, and other community partners.

Wisconsin Public Health Information Network
The Wisconsin Public Health Information Network is a secure, online network from the Department of Health Services for integrating the information resources of the public health system and all public health partners. Using the Wisconsin PHIN, public health practitioners can securely contribute, retrieve, analyze, and eventually visualize public health data. Users must register and be approved.

Wisconsin State Health Plan
Information on Healthy People 2010 and 2020 and implementation and evidence-based practice.

Healthiest WI 2010
This is the second Status Report from the Department of Health Services on progress in implementing the State Health Plan. The 2005 report serves as a midcourse review. It analyzes data to assess progress toward achieving the 11 health priorities in the Plan, and summarizes key Department activities and issues for each of the health priorities and the five infrastructure priorities.

Healthiest WI 2020
Healthiest Wisconsin 2020: Everyone Living Better, Longer represents the third decade of statewide community health improvement planning that is designed to benefit the health of everyone in Wisconsin and the communities in which we live, play, work, and learn. Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 declares a bold vision: Everyone Living Better, Longer, which reflects the plan’s twin goals: improve health across the life span, and eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. The plan’s mission is to assure conditions in which people can be healthy, and members of healthy, safe, and resilient families and communities.

Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene As the State’s public and environmental health laboratory and a part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene scientists and academic leaders provide analytical testing, consultation, research, and education in a variety of specialties, including infectious diseases, genetics, newborn screening, cytology, environmental sciences, occupational health and toxicology.