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Public Health Subcontract - Recipients

2006-2011 Contract

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Year Four - May 2009 to April 2010


Recipient: Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee, WI
Project Director: Emily Schearer
Project Title: Health-E Public: Improving Access to Health Information Resources for Public Health Professionals in Southeastern Wisconsin
Amount: $32,064
Start/End Date: March 2010 to April 2011
Phone: 414-995-8427

Description: The main purpose of this project is to increase awareness and usage of online health information resources among public health professionals working in Southeastern Wisconsin. The Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries (MCWL) in partnership with the Southeastern Wisconsin Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Citizens and Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) will assess the information needs of their network members and volunteers, and develop appropriate training materials and educational opportunities for those members and community partners.


Recipient: University of South Dakota, Wegner Health Science Information Center, Sioux Falls, SD
Project Director: Molly Youngkin
Project Title: Stepping Stones: Moving Public Health and Libary Partnerships Forward
Amount: $14,000
Start/End Date: February 2010 to March 2011
Phone: 800-521-2987

Description: The purpose of this project is to form a stronger relationship or network with the public health workers in the state.


Recipient: Indiana University School of Medicine Library, Indianapolis, IN
Project Director: Elaine Skopelja
Project Title: Indiana Public Health Digital Library
Amount: $40,000.00
Start/End Date: November 2009 to April 2011
Phone: 317-274-8358

Description: This project continues and earlier project that consists of locating, auditing, digitizing, organizing, and making publicly available state public health publications and documents (both historical and current), as well as other publications and documents of medical or public health historical value.


Recipient: University of Michigan, Health Sciences Libraries, Ann Arbor, MI
Project Director: Jane Blumenthal
Project Title: Social Media for Public Health
Amount: $39,697
Start/End Date: November 2009 to April 2011
Phone: 731-936-1403

Description: Social Media for Public Health is a project to expand the use of social media technologies for public health practice in Michigan by providing training, resources, and an online community.


Recipient: DuPage County Health Department, Wheaton, IL
Project Director: Jane Zimmerman
Project Title: Access to Health Information for At-Risk Maternal/Child Population
Amount: $26,327
Start/End Date: August 2009 to July 2010
Phone: 630-221-7386

Description: The purpose of this project is to increase access to health information to the at-risk maternal/child population of DuPage County. We hope to increase computer access to this population by setting up computer kiosks at the five DCHD sites in DuPage County where we provide services to this population. Clients will be educated how to use computers and how to access multilingual, multicultural health information on websites of MEDLINEplus, the College of DuPage (COD) Library, the DCHD, Positive Parenting DuPage (Positive), the March of Dimes, websites with health information for people with a low literacy level, and other websites with accurate and useful health information pertinent to the targeted population. Non-English-speaking clients will be instructed how to access health information and WIC information in many languages other than English through MEDLINEplus and multilingual websites through the COD Library as well as the website for the Illinois Coalition for Refugee Rights.

Year Two - May 2007 to April 2008


Recipient: University of Michigan, Health Sciences Library, Ann Arbor, MI
Project Director: Jane Blumenthal
Project Title: Creating a Road Map: Local Public Health 2.0
Amount: $34,895
Start/End Date: November 2007 to April 2009
Phone: 734-936-1403

Description: Creating a Road Map: Local Public Health 2.0 is a collaborative project between the University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries and the Genesee County and Monroe County Health Departments to develop best practices for integrating Web 2.0 technologies into the work of local public health departments. Following a needs assessment and an evaluation of opportunities for the use of Web 2.0 technologies, a series of workshops will be provided in order to train staff in the use of the relevant technologies.

Year One - May 2006 to April 2007


Recipient: Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Project Director: Elaine Skopelja
Project Title: Indiana Public Health Digital Library
Amount: $40,000
Start/End Date: July 2007 to June 2009
Phone: 317-274-8358

Description: The Indiana Public Health Digital Library project consists of locating, auditing, digitizing, organizing and making publicly available state public health publications and documents (both historical and current), as well as other publications and documents of medical or public health historical value. The digital library that will be created from these materials will be further enhanced by converting the statistical information contained within tables, charts and graphs into searchable datasets that can be used for data mining by government agencies, public health workers, researchers, historians, and the general public. In addition, the illustrations contained within these materials will be separately processed to become another dataset of freely available resources.


Recipient: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Project Director: Linda Walton
Project Title Empowering Public Health ⁄ Patient Safety Outreach Through Community Partnerships — PPECA II
Amount: $40,000
Start/End Date: July 2007 to December 2008
Phone: 319-335-9871

Description: The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa proposes to build on an existing model to inform and educate consumers and librarians on patient safety awareness, a major public health concern. To further develop the 2004 Partnering for Patient Empowerment Through Community Awareness (PPECA) train the trainer program, the library will collaborate with the University of Iowa College of Public Health and its Institute for Quality Healthcare, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), Consumers Advancing Patient Safety and Zipperer Project Management (specializing in patient safety information projects), to launch Empowering Public Health ⁄ Patient Safety Outreach through Community Partnerships or PPECA II to train public health educators and program planners on the use of a community-focused patient safety consumer awareness program. Five rural Iowa communities have been targeted for the project as well as a kick-off program at the UIHC. The program will provide a train-the-trainers workshop for librarians, consumers, health care educators, and hospital and public health employees. It will utilize existing presentation slides, training tools and a facilitator's guide; involve a team of experts to train participants on this topic in a variety of community-based settings. The program will be evaluated using focus groups and an online survey six months after the training has taken place.


Recipient: Library of the Health Sciences - Peoria, University of Illinois at Chicago, Peoria, IL
Project Director: Sandra De Groote
Project Title: Evidence Based Public Health Nursing: Follow-Up Project
Amount: $12,000
Start/End Date: October 2006 to September 2007
Phone: 309-671-8494

Description: The Evidence-Based Public Health Nursing (EBPHN) Follow-up Project will improve the skills of public health nurses in finding and evaluating evidence and enhance their access to information to support evidence-based practice. Online tutorials, web-based seminars, and in-person workshops will offer instructional options to a national audience. Information technologies including desktop document delivery, podcasts, RSS feeds, a digital repository of graduate nursing research products, and the EBPHN gateway (http://www.uic.edu/depts/lib/projects/ebphn/) will increase and speed access to critical information for population-based decision-making. The EBPHN Follow-up project will enhance and expand the impact of the successful Disseminating the Evidence Base in Public Health Nursing project completed in April 2006.

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