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HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2013

Friday, May 24th, 2013

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $40,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

The solicitation for the 2013 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site

Full and Open:

Solicitation #: NIHLM2013704(B)


Small Businesses Set-Aside:

Solicitation #: NIHLM2013704(A)


Primary Point of Contact:
Keturah D. Busey, Business Opportunity Specialist
Phone: 301-496-6546
Fax: 301-402-8169

Secondary Point of Contact:
Robin D. Hope, Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-435-4379
Fax: 301-402-8169

Please Note: Refer to the Federal Business Opportunities ( Web site for notices, updates, and modifications to the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2013 RFQ.

2013 Request for Proposals

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Believe it or not it’s time for us to start planning our budget for the next contract year. To facilitate this planning we have posted a Request for Proposals for funds covering the period May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014. You can find the full announcement here: The number of awarded projects and amount of funding available is contingent upon NLM funding for NER’s FY2013/14 budget year. Please look over the information carefully and if you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want someone to bounce the idea off of give us a call. We are happy to help.

IMPORTANT: Please let us know by November 9, 2012 if you will be applying. Proposals are due December 7, 2012.

There are three categories of funding:

Express Outreach Awards

Express Outreach is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design.

  • Library Services to Health Agencies Awards supports outreach to health related organizations based on the unit cost of services (document delivery, reference consultations, and training sessions) to be provided.
  • Member Program Awards is for development of a training program directed at health information professionals or healthcare providers in areas related to health information access.
  • Community Preparedness is for collaborative planning or promotion of community resources for emergency preparedness.
  • Community Engagement Awards support short-term outreach projects that involve advancing health information resources in collaboration with local community groups. These projects are smaller than extensive outreach subcontracts.
  • Exhibits Awards are for members’ participation at venues that promote health information resources. Funds support registration and fees, travel, and related expenses. Members can promote their local library resources while promoting the National Library of Medicine.
  • Health Information Research Awards supports the development and implementation of a project investigating outcomes related to health information interventions.
  • Technology Improvement Awards is for supporting equipment purchases to broaden electronic access to health information.

Knowledge Management Projects

The primary purpose of the Knowledge Management Project funding is to stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. The intent of funding is to assist network members in the establishment of Healthcare Knowledge Service Centers within their healthcare institutions.


The primary purpose of the Health Information Outreach Subcontract is to assist Network members and other health-related agencies in their efforts to provide information services and training to audiences not normally reached. Targeted health care workers and consumers should be engaged in one or more of the following:

  • Working with members of special populations who seek health information;
  • Practicing in medically underserved urban or rural areas; and/or
  • Serving in state, county or local public health offices or settings.

In addition, Health Information Outreach Subcontracts are offered to:

  • Identify areas or populations that are in need of better health information services.
  • Provide access to health information resources to health workers and consumers lacking convenient access to quality information resources.
  • Increase the awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources.
  • Expand the Network’s health information delivery to include the public health work force.
  • Strengthen the Network by developing the role of librarians as health information mediators.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Mary Piorun, MSLS, MBA
Interim  Associate Director,
University of Massachusetts Medical School
P) 508/856-2223

New KM Project at Maine Medical Center

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The NER will fund a new Knowledge Management project proposal from the Clinical and Academic Resource Center at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland, ME.  The Medical Library at Maine Medical Center is currently a pilot project participant in the NER’s Regional KM Initiative.  At the core of the initiative lies a 5-year strategic plan to help develop and transition from traditional hospital libraries to more broadly defined healthcare knowledge services centers (HKSCs).

This additional project represents Stage Two of Maine Medical Center Library’s Knowledge Management Pilot. Their initial Knowledge Management project created a repository of locally generated research, clinical and academic content.  That award funded an environmental scan, product development, staff and workflow design to implement this new service. The Library partnered with the Sports Medicine program to gather content, survey user needs and test repository software.

The second phase of the Knowledge Management project will expand the content area, and gather current practices and processes from MMC’s Research Institute. From their conduct of an environmental scan, it was learned that the Research Institute had been gathering content for principal investigators and other departments on an “as needed” basis. This second project will allow the Library to work closely with the Research Institute, extending the Library’s knowledge of content areas, while expanding their influence to standardize practice across the institution.


Funded Projects Outcomes Year One!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

NER began its 2011-2016 contract period with five exciting projects proposed and approved to extend outreach and provide a mode knowledge management project. Projects were submitted as proposals, reviewed by the corresponding Community of Interest and approved. Project performance periods extended through April 2012.

Here briefly are some of the outstanding accomplishments and outcomes for these projects:

Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, Worcester
Health Literacy: Your Knowledge, Your Health
Funding this project allowed CM AHEC/OWTI to create a health literacy tutorial for community health workers to improve patient communication skills and find and evaluate good health information. A 12 hour course has been developed for community health workers. CHWs are a critical health workforce and are key to supporting consumers in acquiring health literacy skills that will improve their health and access to health care in the long term.

Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton NH
Dental Health and Education Project
The project addressed health literacy issues for patients who resort to using the emergency department to treat a toothache or an abscessed tooth. Patients often cannot pay for routine dental health care. The major accomplishment of this project was developing a curriculum for using “The Teach-Back Method” of ensuring that patients understand instructions (e.g., taking medications, home-care instructions, follow-up, dental prevention across the lifespan). The project librarian was able to “obtain true buy-in from senior leadership” for the health literacy initiative.

Maine Medical Center, Portland
Clinical and Academic Resource Center
Knowledge Management Pilot Site: Creating a repository of local content to support knowledge management services
Funding allowed the library to develop the foundation for a repository of locally generated research, including clinical and academic content. The project involved conducting a needs assessment, product development, and design of necessary staffing and workflow. Our target group within the hospital was the Sports Medicine department, a small but prolific group. Project staff worked with the hospital’s Information Systems department on technical issues, and the Research and Medical & Academic Affairs staff. An independent consultant was contracted to perform an environmental scan of the institution’s research content and volume. Major accomplishments were the analysis of the knowledge asset needs of our users, the exploration of repository software, and the environmental scan report.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester
Campus Helping Older Adults Search for Reliable Sources of Information
This project introduced older adults to MedlinePlus while teaching skills to evaluate health information. A mobile computer classroom was built, a series of three hands-on lessons were offered at 28 sessions across five senior centers. Sessions were based on specific modules from the NIHSenior Health’s “Helping Older Adults Search for Health Information Online: A Toolkit for Trainers.” Pharmacy students in their final year of study in the PharmD program assisted in presenting the lessons by providing one-on-one instructional assistance.

Massachusetts General Hospital, Chelsea MA
Upgrading and Enhancing ARCH Training
Based on the successful operation of ARCH in providing hands-on training and outreach to older adult communities, two ARCH outreach projects focused on strengthening access to health information and resources online among senior citizens in Chelsea, Massachusetts. While purchasing computers, developing and curricula, and conducting five hands-on sessions for seniors, the project also reached out to the Healthy Chelsea Coalition to present ARCH and MedlinePlus resources to 60 health care and human service professionals.

We congratulate our past funded projects for extending the National Library of Medicine’s outreach mission, and enhancing the Network by developing practices.

See our new projects that have been funded for the current fiscal year.

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