Last year four projects were funded that advanced the Network through health information outreach or advancing health information practice through knowledge management.
In November we announced available funding opportunities for the 2011-2012 year. Proposals were submitted and reviewed by corresponding Communities of Interest. Three projects were approved for funding:
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston
Standards for Care for Rehabilitation Services.
The Standards of Care for Rehabilitation Services project will research and investigate systems that would be appropriate to manage the creation and revision of the Department of Rehabilitation Standards of care and integrate them into clinical practice. Physical, occupational, and speech therapists author and review the standards and manage standards documents. The library will develop a knowledge management process that will allow for the creation, approval, and ongoing revision of the standards within an integrated system.
Community Engagement Project
Healthy Acadia serves as the Healthy Maine Partnership for Hancock County and provides public health services for Hancock County, Maine’s second most rural district. The Community Engagement Project will enhance the awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources among service providers as well as the general public. The project aims to conduct 15 training sessions and reach 170 participants.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Worcester Campus)
Improving Health Information Literacy in Middle School Children
This project uses community-based, interactive, and age-appropriate strategies to introduce 6th graders to the role of libraries in higher education, educate about lead poisoning, and improve students’ ability to use and apply health information. The program includes off-site components that bring students to public libraries, academic libraries, and art museums to explore the uses of lead and the effects of lead poisoning.
Rhode Island Welcome Back Center at Dorcas Place (RIWBC)
Health Information Literacy Outreach Project
RIWBC based at Dorcas Place adult education center is an initiative designed to help underemployed internationally educated medical practitioners re-enter their professions or alternative health careers in the state. . The project will partner with RI Community Health Workers Association and will use a train the trainer mode for workshops designed to inform RI’s health and adult education providers about how to effectively promote reliable health information to underserved minority populations. The project aims to reach 2,000 adult learners and community health workers.
Projects began on or after the start of our second fiscal year, May 2012. Projects will be completed by April 2013. In November, NER will announce its funding opportunities for the third (2013-2014) fiscal year.