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Focused Outreach Two Years In

Monday, July 16th, 2012

NER’s Focused Outreach initiative has had two cycles of focused outreach periods in which NER staff work in selected areas to promote NLM resources and provide training to health services agencies and other community based organizations. We are currently wrapping up our outreach period in our second cycle of outreach areas: 1) the Downeast Maine Health District, and 2) Holyoke, Massachusetts.

The Focused Outreach Model involves

  1. Connecting with community agencies that serve NLM target populations
  2. Conducting training and promotional activities and developing and developing partnerships with other agencies to carry out further training
  3. Assess the project’s work through a comprehensive evaluation plan using data collection, process assessments, and outcomes measurement

In the Downeast Maine Health District NER worked with both Healthy Maine Partnerships, Healthy Acadia and Washington County One Community. Healthy Maine Partnership coalitions are community health education agencies. NER also worked with the Maine State Library’s BTOP (Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program) teaching MedlinePlus at BTOP training sites. Outreach work was conducted to reach Passamaquoddy tribal communities and smaller community hospitals that have no library services.

In Holyoke, a train the trainer model was established with local chapters of the Health Occupations Students Association: college students taught high school students about finding good health information and using MedlinePlus. Training was also conducted with residents at Holyoke Housing Authority communities, Holyoke Public Schools science teachers, and adult education centers.

NER’s previous focused outreach cycle was conducted in the Western Maine Health District and Providence, Rhode Island. A comprehensive report is available: Focused Outreach Evaluation Report: Providence, RI and Western Maine Health District.

NER is putting together its report on the Downeast and Holyoke focused outreach sites. We have also begun the initial phases for a third focused outreach cycle in Northern Worcester County and Hartford, Connecticut.

As with other NER initiatives the success of Focused Outreach relies on developing meaningful collaborations and linkages. Throughout all project cycles, NER Network Members have been instrumental in collaborating and helping to create those meaningful connections.

Emergency Preparedness Updates

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

A few new developments in emergency preparedness…

Recent Service Continuity Class

NER recently offered the four session course on Developing Your Library’s Service Continuity Plan. Four libraries prepared a 10-Step Service Continuity Plan developed by the folks who brought you Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit (Dan Wilson). The course has been offered by NER since 2009. Since then more than a dozen libraries have developed their own service continuity plans.

Disaster Specialization

The Medical Library Association is developing a Disaster Preparedness Specialization for its members. Five new courses are being developed for the Disaster Information Specialization. The courses are being developed through a collaboration with the National Library of Medicine.

The focus for the DIS is to develop the capacity of librarians to provide disaster-related health information outreach. The plan would have DIS participants taking a specific number of classes to reach one of two levels: The first level of the specialization would be for those who desire a basic familiarity with disaster information resources. The second level is for those who wish to gain additional training.

Two courses are being launched at the MLA Conference in Seattle:

  1. U.S. Response to Disaster and Public Health Emergencies
    (taught by Mary Moore and Kimberly Loper) on
    Thursday, May 24, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
  2. Information Roles in Disaster Management
    (taught by Robin Featherstone) that same afternoon from 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Contact Kathleen Combs at MLA for more details on these classes and the Disaster Information Specialization.

Consult your Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

Resources and reports are constantly being developed and refreshed at the Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit. Recent reports include summaries of The Earthquake Summit held in San Francisco earlier this year. And the NN/LM Hurricane Summit recently held in Miami.


Funding Announcement: Deadline Approaching

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Hello everyone,

We want to announce that we are re-establishing our time line for funded projects. Because of our new contract we are advancing the solicitation of funded projects. The time line is being changed so that project performance periods will coincide with our own fiscal year. The plan is to have funded projects being May 2012. In order to do that we are announcing the RFPs now.

As in the previous years our funded projects fall into

1. Express Outreach Awards
2. Health Information Outreach Subcontracts
3. Knowledge Management Pilot Sites Funding.

The full solicitations are available on our funding page. This year we are asking proposal submitters to notify NER of your intent to submit a proposal. This helps give us an idea of the proposals to expect and we can notify the COIs and organize the appropriate reviewing teams.

Express Outreach
is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design. Funding amounts are generally under $8,000.

• Multiple projects throughout the region will be funded.
• Proposals are due January 20, 2012.
• Approved projects will be contacted on or before March 1, 2012.
• Funded projects can begin their performance period May 1, 2012. Performance period should not exceed 12 months.

Health Information Outreach Subcontracts
assist Network members and other health-related agencies in providing information services and training to audiences not normally reached.

• $25,000 is available to fund one or more projects
• Proposals are due January 20, 2012.
• Approved projects will be contacted on or before February 24, 2012.
• Funded projects can begin their performance period May 1, 2012. Performance Period should not exceed 12 months.

Knowledge Management funding stimulates innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. Pilot sites will develop Knowledge Management practices tailored to their institutional needs. Please note the link to the Field Guide developed as a resource for KM implementation.

• $12,500 is available to fund one or more projects
• Proposals are due January 20, 2012.
• Approved projects will be contacted on or before February 24, 2012.
• Funded projects can begin their performance period May 1, 2012. Performance Period should not exceed 12 months.

This note was previously posted on our Funding Opportunities mailing list. Contact the NER with questions or your intent to submit a proposal.

Funded Projects for 2011-2012

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Earlier this summer NER issued its funding solicitations announcing the availability of funding for outreach and other health information activities. I am happy to present below the list of awardees and their projects that have already commenced. This year Communities of Interest were involved in reviewing projects in conjunction with NER’s internal review.

Audiences reached by funded projects are:

  • Older adults in urban settings
  • Oral health patients in rural New Hampshire
  • Emergency department visitors
  • Providers in sports medicine
  • Providers at emergency department
  • Community health workers

Institution Project Title/Description

Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, Worcester
Health Literacy, Your Knowledge Your Health
Course and tutorial development on health information resources for community health workers

Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton NH
Dental Health and Education Project
Oral health interventions for emergency department visitors, providers (teach-back technique), and mobile public health dental clinic

Maine Medical Center, Portland
Clinical and Academic Resource Center
Knowledge Management Pilot Site: Creating a repository of local content to support knowledge management services

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester Campus Helping Older Adults Search for Reliable Sources of Information
Health information training for older adults at community centers using mobile computer classroom

Massachusetts General Hospital, Chelsea MA (Two projects)
Upgrading and Enhancing ARCH Training
Technology implementation and health information training for aging populations

Funded projects spread the work of conducting outreach throughout the New England Region and are a key part of NER programs. Congratulations to our funded projects!

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