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Health Information Literacy Partnership Award: Physician Assistants & Librarians

NNLM PNR is currently accepting proposals for Health Information Literacy Partnership Awards, with specific emphasis on partnerships between physician assistants and librarians. Complete the Health Information Literacy Partnership Award Application and submit via email attachment by April 23, 2010. Applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible, and projects should begin in July 2010 and be completed by April 30, 2011.

Health Information Literacy Partnership Goals:

  • To promote health information literacy and surrounding issues;
  • To improve the use of quality health information resources for patient education by physician assistants;
  • To promote strategies for improving patient health information literacy by physician assistants;
  • To foster local health information expertise among physician assistants;
  • To promote awareness and use of the products and services of the NLM and the NNLM, including, but not limited to the InfoRx Program.

Priority will be given to proposals including physician assistant/librarian partnerships:

  1. In communities serving minority populations;
  2. In rural areas;
  3. Focusing on low-income populations;
  4. Focusing on senior citizens.

A few examples of potential Health Information Literacy Partnership activities and strategies:

  • Librarians training physician assistants in the effective use of electronic health information resources, with an emphasis on NLM databases, especially
  • Librarians and physician assistants co-presenting at professional conferences or community events regarding health information literacy issues, including risks of low health literacy, and demonstrating strategies to improve health information literacy.
  • Physician assistants and librarians training colleagues and/or students about effective use of electronic health information resources such as .
  • Physician assistants using the InfoRx program to refer their patients to a library for follow-up after office visits.


  1. Applicants must be members of the NNLM PNR.
  2. Project personnel must have demonstrated experience using MedlinePlus and/or other NLM resources, or identify a project partner with this expertise.

Period of Performance:

Health Information Literacy Partnership activities must be completed by April 30, 2011.

Reporting Requirement:

The project leader will submit to the NNLM PNR two short reports: a mid-project and a final report. The mid-project report is due at the halfway point of the award period and should include a summary of progress toward completing goals, modifications made to original project plan, a summary list of any training activities or exhibits conducted, lessons learned and plans for sustaining project activities. The final report is due within 30 days of the conclusion of the award period, and an outline for the final report will be provided. When training activities or exhibits are conducted as part of the project, an Outreach Activity Data Collection Form or Exhibit Report must be submitted within 30 days of the training or exhibit. These forms are linked from the Project Reporting Toolkit at In addition, the project leader must submit an article describing the project to the NN/LM PNR newsletter/blog, Dragonfly.


Maximum fixed price award is $12,000, to be paid incrementally at the time of the award and upon receipt of mid-point progress report and the final report.

In making awards decisions, the NNLM PNR will strive for diverse geographic distribution throughout the five states of the Northwest.

Application Instructions:

The application, Health Information Literacy Partnership Award Application, must be submitted via email attachment to Cathy Burroughs, Associate Director, by April 23, 2010. Applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible, and projects should begin in July 2010.

For additional information contact:

Gail Kouame, Consumer Health Coordinator,
Cathy Burroughs, Associate Director,

Telephone: (206) 543-8262, 1-800-338-7657 (within AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)