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Biomed Library Hosting the Exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness; Panel Discussion on Feb. 24th

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The Biomedical Library is pleased to announce the exhibit “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness”. This exhibit, on loan from the National Library of Medicine, will be on display in the first floor of the Biomedical Library from February 10 – April 6, 2015. The exhibit is also available online.

This exhibit includes over a hundred video clips of interviews with Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians who speak in their own voice about their views of health and illness and how these are interconnected with their cultural life and beliefs. Stories examine both past and present and show how the determinants of health are tied to the community, to the land, and to the spirit.

The exhibit includes six panels, each with a different theme: Introduction, Individual, Community, Tradition, Nature, and Healing. There are six iPads with headphones where visitors can view the video clips. The content on each of the iPads is the same. Content includes the following:

  • Native views and definitions of health and illness
  • Native views of the Land, Food, Community, the Earth/Nature, and Spirituality as they relate to Native health and illness
  • Role of traditional healing in Native American culture today
  • Historical role of traditional healing in the context of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian history
  • Relationship of traditional healing and Western medicine in Native communities
  • Native stories about the practice of healing
  • Native traditions and activities that promote health and healing
  • Issues of economic development and the impact on health of Native communities
  • Role of Native Americans in military service as an element of pride, honor, sense of tribal health, and commitment to tribe and country
  • Contemporary intergenerational views of Native health including those of Native elders, women, and youth
  • Current work by Native communities and leadership to improve their community and individual health conditions

Please join us on February 24th for a panel discussion of “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts on Health and Illness”. The panel of Native scholars will discuss traditional and cultural healing practices, environmental health, and contemporary health care issues and policy.


  • Felicia Hodge, DrPH, (Wailaki) Professor, Schools of Nursing and Public Health
  • Nancy Reifel, DDS, MPH, (Sioux) Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry
  • Dan Dickerson, DO, MPH, (Inupiaq) Assistant Research Psychiatrist, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Christine Samuel-Nakamura, PhD, (Dine) Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Nursing
  • Micah Kamoe, MAc, (Hawaiian) Graduate Student, American Indian Studies

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

Everyone is invited!


Current Issue of JAMA: Critical Issues in Health Care

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The November 13, 2013, issue of JAMA focuses specifically on a variety of aspects of U.S. health care. This issue will be of particular interest to public health students who are studying health care systems.

Note: Online access to JAMA is provided by a licensing agreement. UCLA faculty, staff, and students attempting to access from off-campus should use either the proxy server or VPN client. Instructions for off-campus access can be found here.

Instruction Materials for School of Public Health Career Fair

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Below are links to the materials for the School of Public Health Career Fair to be held on October 16th from 3:45-5:30 p.m. in the CHS West Dining Room.

Important links:

<submitted by Julie Kwan>

Finding Psychology Literature & Tests

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Friday, January 11
noon – 1 p.m.
Biomedical Library 4th Floor Classroom
Part of the Biomed Library’s First Fridays Series

Have you been using Google to find articles only to discover that the Journal website requests payment for you to view the article?  Come discover PsycINFO and other psychology databases and test resource the Biomedical Library offers. Learn techniques for efficient and effective searching.  The class will also cover how to set up email notifications and save searches for future use.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to

Instruction Materials for CHS 132: Health, Disease, and Health Services in Latin America

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Below are links to the materials for the CHS 132: Health, Disease, and Health Services in Latin America library instruction session to be held on October 11, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Important links:

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Instruction Materials for Health Services 225A

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Below are links to the materials for the Health Services 225A library instruction session to be held on October 6, 2011 from 3 – 5 p.m. and October 7, 2011 from 10 a.m. – noon in the Biomed Library Classroom.

Important links:

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Instruction Materials for School of Public Health Orientation

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Below are links to the materials for the School of Public Health library instruction session to be held on September 19, 2011 from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. in the Faculty Center.

Important links:

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

A Time for Sharing Research Data to Improve Public Health

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Finally, there is a movement among major organizations and funders of public health research to commit to sharing research data—a lack of which has made advancements in the field more difficult. A joint statement  was launched on January 10th, 2011 by 17 organizations  who signed an agreement to commit to sharing public health research data. Participating U. S. funding agencies include:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes for Health
  •  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  •  Health Resources and Service Administration
  •  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Since change can happen slowly in this field, it is important to access the studies and research that have already taken place. The wider availability of data will help promote further advances in public health research. Some of the stated immediate goals of this agreement are to develop data-sharing standards, to promote data-sharing as an achievement, and to continue to place value on research in general. Over the long term, data sharing should produce data sets that can be used for secondary analysis, and create increased capacity to manage and analyze data.

The project’s intentions seem good and will hopefully maintain its dedication to equitability, efficiency, and ethics that they have set out to promote. The effects of this project will likely be felt more over the long term, as standards are developed and the practice of data sharing in public health becomes more common. Sounds like a step in the right direction.

 <submitted by Jessica Levy>

Looking for County Health Statistics?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The County Health Rankings are a key component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project. MATCH is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

This web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.

<submitted by Tania Bardyn>

World Bank Opens Free Access to Development Data

Monday, May 17th, 2010

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“In an unprecedented move, the World Bank has made its extensive store of developmental data available to all free of charge. From now on more than two thousand health, economic, human development, financial and business statistics will be accessible via a new website, In the past such information has generally only been available to paying subscribers.”

The full post is available on the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS web site.