Funding opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a new funding opportunity for small pilot projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as a hospital, volunteer organization, public health department, public safety department, fire/rescue, or other local, regional or state agency. NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Proposals are limited to six pages plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget.

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2011” (NLM-011-130-KDB), please visit

http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2011disasteroutreachrfq.html.

The solicitation notice is on FedBizOpps.gov at

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=54495f6f78d46c7c5d6873a8f0825e88&tab=core&_cview=0.

The National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov ) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, and other resources.

 

Homeland Security Grants

Governor Mike Rounds of South Dakota announced Friday that his state has approved $1 million in grant money for hospitals and clinics looking to improve their disaster preparedness planning. Over half the money allocated is targeted to creating disaster policies, performing drills, and coordinating efforts with local responders. Click here to read the news story in pulic-cio.com.

Click here for information on Homland Security grants in your state.

Grant Awarded

Click here for an article from the Shreveport Times about a grant that was recently awarded to the Louisiana State Medical Society Educational and Research Foundation. The foundation will analyze emergency preparedness plans across Louisiana. “We aren’t trying to invent anything new, but to see what has been done, what’s out there and look at how we can all work together,” states Rachel Alonzo, continuing medical education coordinator for the foundation. Best wishes to Foundation on its endeavor.