Monthly Archives: February 2013

Vermont Environmental Public Health Tracking Resource

How clean is Vermont’s air? What health problems could be linked to the water we drink? What relationships may exist between environmental exposures and cancer?

Vermont’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program aims to assist policymakers, health professionals, scientists, researchers and others to answer these questions and more. According to the Vermont Public Health Tracking web site, environmental public health tracking brings environmental and public health data together in one place in order to understand how environmental factors play a role in certain illnesses. As the VT Department of Health notes,

For decades, the United States has faced a fundamental gap in understanding how environmental contaminants affect people’s health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to close this gap by improving surveillance through the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network). The Tracking Network is a dynamic Web-based tool that, for the first time, provides health and environment data in one easy to find location.

Policy makers and public health officials can use the Tracking Network to make critical decisions about where to target environmental public health resources and interventions. Health practitioners and researchers can use the Tracking Network to learn more about health conditions related to the environment, and improve treatment plans. Anyone can use the Tracking Network to find out how the environment may be affecting them, their family’s or community’s health.

The building blocks of the national network are state and local health departments around the country that are funded to build local tracking systems. These systems supply data to the National Tracking Network and address local environmental public health concerns. The tracking programs use their networks every day to improve the health of their communities.

Vermont’s Tracking Program also links you to comparable information from other states and to national data.

Anyone can use the site to search for data about environmental and health topics such as air quality, cancer, lead, drinking water and birth defects. The site also connects users to additional resources on the health and environmental topics. For more information, be sure to visit the site at

New Resources

The Dana Medical Library wants to maintain a dynamic and relevant collection of books, journals, and databases for our health sciences patrons at UVM and FAHC. Requests are submitted by faculty, staff, and students.

Each year the Collections Team sits down with the “wish list” of items requested by our users, and after evaluating their price, impact factor, and other evaluative measures, decides which ones to add to our collection.

This year, the Dana Medical Library added the following electronic journals:

Nature Reviews Endocrinology
Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries
Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)- Clinical & Translational Medicine and
JoVE- Neurosciences
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British edition (new title)

In addition, the Library added another simultaneous user for the title Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics as a result of high numbers of patrons being turned away.

Still under consideration is another segment of the MEDU database, which offers virtual patient cases for use in medical education. CORE provides educational cases designed for use in radiology. Dana Library has subscribed to this resource for trial this month to evaluate its usefulness.

A collection of streaming videos for use with psychiatry clerkship students as well as residents has been also added. It can be found in our catalog under the title Symptom Media.

And, of course, the Library regularly adds book titles– print and eBooks. An up to date list of new books at Dana can always be found at:

Education Librarian

Hi, my name is Gary Atwood and I am the Health Sciences Education Librarian here at Dana Medical Library. Prior to UVM, I worked at Springfield College in Springfield, MA as a Reference and Instruction Librarian. I hold a BA in Political Science and an MA in American History from the University of Maine and a MSLIS from Simmons College.

Like all librarians, I have a wide variety of job responsibilities. I provide reference and instruction services to students, faculty, and staff as well as the clinicians at Fletcher Allen Health Care. In addition, I am the liaison to the Department of Nursing, Psychiatry, and Neurological Sciences as well as the College of Medicine’s Clerkship program. I am also involved in expanding the library’s education efforts in areas such as the use of technology in teaching and in teaching online.

In my spare time, I like to read, explore Vermont with my family, and work with our dog Bady. I am also a passionate Liverpool Football Club supporter. Go Reds!

Picturing the Ski Capital of the East

The current exhibit in Special Collections features postcards that document Stowe’s development as the Ski Capital of the East during the 1940s-1950s. For many years, Newport, Vermont photographer Harry Richardson traveled around Vermont and took thousands of pictures of people, places, and activities. He published many of the images as real photo postcards. The postcards in this exhibit are from a sample book that Richardson may have used to sell his cards to Stowe retailers. The cards promoted Vermont skiing with images of deep snow, downhill descents, modern facilities and traditional landscapes, and above all, happy skiers.