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Target Project Award - Recipients

Option Year Three - May 2014 to April 2015

Recipient: University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences - Peoria

  • Project Director: Carmen Howard
  • Project Title: Nursing Experts: Translating the evidence (NEXT)
  • Amount: $14,997
  • Start/End Date: May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015
  • Phone: 309-671-8492

Description: This project focus of the Nursing Experts: Translating the evidence (NEXT) project is Minority Health Professionals/Minority Populations. This project will promote awareness of and access to resources from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health among public health nurses (PHNs) serving throughout the state of Illinois. Many public health nurses work in small, local public health departments that are unaffiliated with large academic institutions or hospitals. The NEXT project will educate these unaffiliated public health nurses on the high quality, free government resources available from the National Library of Medicine and other agencies and teach them how to translate the evidence that they find in these resources into their daily practice in order to better serve their communities. A study of public health nurses identified a need for resources that are easy to navigate and well organized for their specific needs. The NEXT project will provide a source for easy access to PHN resources, CE opportunities, and self-guided learning through an online library guide available to all public health nurses. Through the Library of the Health Sciences Outreach Committee, the NEXT project will have institutional support for its long term sustainability. By educating public health nurses in the NLM/NIH resources available and how to translate the evidence from those resources into practice, the NEXT project will impact the health of our communities.

Target Outreach Subcontract - Recipients

Option Year Two - May 2013 to April 2014

Recipient: University of Chicago
Project Director: Andrea Twiss-Brooks
Project Title: “A Day in the Life” Mapping Project: Applying ethnographic methods to clinical health information research
Amount: $15,000
Start/End Date: August 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014
Phone: 773-702-8777

Description: We propose to build on the results of a previous target outreach subcontract in which we gained an understanding of ethnographic methods used at the University of Rochester Libraries and their applicability to health sciences libraries. We now propose a low-cost, seven-institution study of how third-year medical students seek and use information in the course of daily activities, especially activities conducted in a clinical setting. Third-year students typically rotate through different clinical specialties and types of clinics, exploring their practice options and beginning the process of selecting the post-doctoral specialty. We will ask 12 of these students at each of the seven institutions to mark their movements on a map for one full day, specifying that this be a day on which they spend at least part of their time in a clinical setting. On the day following the mapping day, we will interview each student, asking him or her to narrate the day, paying special attention to those times when information was sought or used. We will record and transcribe each interview and then analyze the interviews to develop a picture of what third-year medical students need to do in order to find and use information when they are in a clinical setting. We will further investigate how students make use of various information sources, platforms, media, devices and finding aids – including but not limited to libraries and library personnel – to meet those needs. We propose to conduct the project during 2013 and 2014; each institution will provide in-kind contributions to augment the grant funds we seek. Project findings will provide insight for future review on how and how well the library is meeting the current needs of these fledging practitioners and what additional resources and services are needed to support a clinician’s health practice. The findings will also help participating institutions identify emerging needs that the library has not traditionally met but that would fall within its bailiwick.

Recipient: Heartland Health Outreach
Project Director: Erin Hantke
Project Title: Bhutanese Video, Intervention, Education and Wellness Project (B‐VIEW)
Amount: $13,551
Start/End Date: August 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014
Phone: 773-751-4174

Description: HHO’s Refugee Health Programs requests $15,000 in support of its Bhutanese Video Intervention, Education, and Wellness project (B‐VIEW). The project will address the health information needs of Bhutanese refugees who are ethnically Nepali and whose experience of oppression and violence in their home country lead to flight and decades living in refugee camps. Since 2009, The United States has resettled more than 50,000 Bhutanese refugees; 1,500 of whom have resettled in Illinois, largely in Chicago. The B‐VIEW project will create three health promotion videos. Objectives include: provision of health information in an easily accessible and understood format that overcomes low‐literacy levels; increasing the knowledge and comprehension among Bhutanese refugees of the health issues they face and the resources available to address them; and improved patient‐provider understanding. The videos will be five to seven minutes in length, narrated by refugees in Nepali, and include English sub‐titles. Currently, RHP is creating a video for refugees on the health screening process at the behest of the Illinois Department of Public Health. With the support of NN/LM, RHP will extend the knowledge and resources that result from this project to the B‐VIEW initiative. We anticipate the B‐VIEW project to reach 200 Bhutanese refugees and 50 providers. The videos will be posted on Heartland Alliance’s YouTube channel, RHP social media sites, Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN), the New Americans Health Information Portal and distributed throughout the refugee provider community.

Recipient: Illinois College of Optometry (ICO)
Project Director: Christine Weber
Project Title: The Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging Project (The Rosenbloom Center)
Amount: $15,000
Start/End Date: August 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014
Phone: 312-949-7153

Description: The Illinois College of Optometry’s (ICO) Library is a resource for students, optometrists and ophthalmologists throughout the region, the country, and the world. The Library lends books and materials to the faculty and attending optometrists of the Illinois Eye Institute, (IEI), the patient care division of the college, as well as ICO’s students, residents and faculty. Each year, the IEI sees approximately 3,000 visually impaired patients with age-related eye disease. It is expected that this number will increase dramatically over the coming years. Recently, the Library secured a Back to Books grant from the Illinois State Library, for the acquisition of materials on low vision and aging to supplement its collection. Most of these materials will be used to populate the Library’s new Reading, Education and Training Station, (The Training Station), physically located in the Rosenbloom Center. Grant monies will allow the ICO Library to purchase equipment and software for use by the Rosenbloom Center’s patients, so that they can more easily read and/or access the Library’s recently acquired low vision and aging materials housed at the Center’s Training Station. The Training Station will serve as a vision therapy workspace for patients who need to learn and adapt to vision loss, and to teach them to use the equipment and software as part of their patient education training. ICO’s Library will serve as manager of all low vision and aging related materials housed at the Training Station. Staff members will work with the Rosenbloom Center’s Chief, Eric Bass, OD, to oversee all purchases. Equipment and related software will drastically improve the daily life skills of patients recently diagnosed with low vision and/or failing vision through the training they receive at the Training Station.

Option Year One - May 2012 to April 2013

Recipient: University of Michigan Taubman Library
Project Director: Jane Blumenthal
Project Title: Pilot Systematic Review Course for Health Sciences Librarians
Amount: $12,545
Start/End Date: February 1, 2013 – August 31, 2013
Phone: 734-936-1403

Description: The Taubman Library staff proposes to design, create, and conduct a systematic review course utilizing both online and in-person instruction, with an emphasis on student participation. The overall goals of the course are: 1) increase participants’ knowledge of best practices in conducting systematic reviews, including methods, resources and relevant issues; and 2) assist participants in creating an action plan to establish the library as a recognized center of expertise for systematic reviews at their home institutions.

Recipient: Northwestern University Galter Library
Project Director: Jim Brucker
Project Title: Replicating Rochester: Understanding User Information Needs in the Health Sciences
Amount: $11,676
Start/End Date: August 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013
Phone: 312-503-8121

Description: Galter Library is requesting funds to develop a plan that would allow the medical school libraries of Illinois to replicate a study conducted at the University of Rochester Library to better understand user approaches to library research. While the University of Rochester's study focused primarily on undergraduates’ approach to library research, this study will focus on faculty, students and academic staff in schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and allied health at academic health sciences libraries in the state of Illinois. In the Rochester study, librarians and anthropologists worked together to study how undergraduates completed research for term papers in various courses. More specifically, the initial study group "was interested in how students write their research papers and what services, resources, and facilities would be most useful to them.” This project would study the anthropological methods and techniques used in Rochester to understand if they are applicable to the health sciences environment and culture or consider new or different methods. In order to ensure the study is a success, a thorough plan will be developed addressing several objectives. These objectives include: determining what are the common information needs among all these users in order to study them effectively and comparatively; determine which study methods work best with which group of users and how they should be applied; and develop recommendations that librarians can use in providing innovative and value-added services based on the findings.

Recipient: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Project Director: Emily Merkt
Project Title: Improving Health Literacy Information Access
Amount: $13, 344
Start/End Date: May 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013
Phone: (414) 955-8427

Description: This project will assist the Clinical Services Librarian and Advanced Practice Nurses at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) in providing lower literacy level health education materials to patients and their families. Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries will work with CHW Educational Services Department and the Health Literacy Special Interest Group to assess the needs of nurse educators and purchase equipment in order to evaluate several modes of delivery (print, electronic, audiovisual) for health education materials. This project will focus on educating and supporting nurses and hospital staff working with asthma patients at CHW and staff working in the Neonatal intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Recipient: Heartland Health Outreach Refugee Health Programs
Project Director: Hannah Hoover
Project Title: Refugee Youth Health Information Project
Amount: $14,000
Start/End Date: August 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013
Phone: (773) 751-1744

Description: The Refugee Youth Health Information Project (RYHIP) will link health professionals and refugee youth to age- and language-appropriate health information. A spring 2012 RHP needs assessment identified a significant need for health education information among refugee youth. The assessment also revealed the lack of health programming within the resettlement agencies, which serve more than 200 refugee youth annually. Agencies are funded to address adjustment during the first year of resettlement and so lack the resources and expertise to promote health literacy. Consequently, refugee youth rely on ad hoc responses to crises that lack follow-up and longitudinal benefits. With NN/LM funding, RHP will address this disparity by compiling, adapting and translating ten refugee youth health resources. The resources will address five areas of need identified by the RHP assessment: nutrition; medical visits; mental health; physical exercise; and hygiene. The age-appropriate materials will be posted on RHP social media sites, the RHP microsite, the New Americans Health Information PortalExternal Link Indicator (NAHIP), and shared with other health information hubs, such as Healthy Roads Media and the Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN). Materials will be disseminated through outreach efforts and trainings that will target refugee youth, school- and community-based health providers, and refugee service providers. UIC’s Library of Health Sciences staff will provide trainings on accessing and evaluating web-based health information. A refugee youth intern will assist in developing content, monitoring social media, and conducting peer outreach. RYHIP will equip refugee youth and professionals with the tools to promote and improve health literacy.

Recipient: Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health Board - Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center, Rapid City, SD.
Project Director: Vanessa Tibbitts
Project Title: Commercial Tobacco Education Project
Amount: $20,000
Start/End Date: November 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013
Phone:(605) 863-1503

Description: This project will address an area of significant need in tribal communities for health information resources aimed at the reduction of cancer and other chronic disease associated with commercial tobacco use. The purpose of the project is to affect behavior change regarding commercial tobacco use by influencing community norms through education. The focus of the project will be to develop information resources on the health risks of commercial tobacco use, offer tips for quitting smoking, and disseminate that information to four tribal communities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. The content of these resources will be based on the translation of data from several sources, including the IHS GPRA, state department of health data, and findings from the American Indian Adult Tobacco Survey (AI-ATS). The AI-ATS is a survey designed to assess the prevalence, knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes of tribal members regarding commercial tobacco use. The translation, including format and delivery of the tobacco survey results, will be determined with input from each of the partner tribes.

Base Year - May 2011 to April 2012

Recipient: Heartland Health Outreach Refugee Health Programs
Project Director: Hannah Hoover
Project Title: Iraqi Health Outreach Project     
Amount: $14,000
Start/End Date: November 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012
Phone: (773) 334-7117 x1056

Description: The Iraqi Health Outreach Project will link health professionals and recently arrived Iraqi refugees directly to language-appropriate health information through a targeted media campaign.  It is a direct response to an ongoing needs assessment conducted by the Refugee Health Program (RHP) indicating that Iraqi refugees prefer to access their health information at their convenience and on an individual basis.  Findings also indicated that while Iraqi refugees may know that Arabic-language health materials are available on certain websites, these sites are hosted in English and, consequently, it is still difficult for them to access the desired materials.  This project will eliminate language barriers and the identified disconnect between the population and health information, as both refugees and providers will have access to information in an acceptable and accessible format.  Through this campaign, a monthly health fact sheet will be developed and translated into Iraqi Arabic, and subsequently disseminated through the RHP microsite ( Link Indicator, on its social media tools, and through targeted electronic and postal mailings directly to Iraqi refugees and health care professionals. The project will share these documents with moderators of the New Americans Library Project, Healthy Roads Media, project partners, and other information hubs designed for refugees.  Fact sheets will address health topics of importance identified by the Iraqi refugee needs assessment.  Both providers and refugees will have an opportunity to assess the relevance and quality of the fact sheets as well as make suggestions for future mailings through a feedback mechanism embedded in the mailings. 

Recipient: UIC Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria
Project Director: Margaret H. Burnette
Project Title: Knowledge Translation in Evidence-Informed Practice for Public Health Nurses (KTEP-PHN)
Amount: $12,118
Start/End Date: November 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012
Phone: (309) 671-8491

Description: In their 2006 exploration of the importance of Knowledge Translation (KT) for public health, Armstrong et al describe the need to create new models for public health practice that involves a move from dissemination of information to “translation and exchange”. (Armstrong 2006) This project will serve to bridge the knowledge gap between evidence-based principles and practice. Knowledge translation links theory to practice to promote evidence-informed practice in public health nursing. The KTEP-PHN project will provide instruction in evidence-based practice principles, available tools and resources for practice, and application strategies for public health nurses and students enrolled in public health nursing degree programs. Phase 1 of the project will focus on updating existing training modules developed for the Evidence Based Public Health Nursing projects (2004 and 2007) in order to reflect the changing EBP landscape. These self-paced asynchronous online modules create the knowledge foundation for evidence-informed practice. In Phase II of the project, library and nursing faculty will collaborate to develop an instructional model that uses case scenarios from public health to explore effective implementation of evidence-informed practice. Synchronous online sessions will introduce the model that will incorporate knowledge translation strategies and opportunities for implementation and assessment using real-world examples. Feedback from an initial pilot series of sessions will inform revisions and refinements of the model as needed before extensive marketing efforts begin.

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