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Call for Applications for NIH Funded Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Fellowship

Precision medicine’s promise to deliver the right treatment at the right time relies on our ability to extract information from high-dimensional data sets that combine traditional clinical data in electronic health records with data generated by high- throughput technologies. To meet this challenge, new approaches for data representation, integration, analysis, visualization and sharing need to be developed collaboratively by quantitative scientists, biomedical researchers, clinicians, and bioethicists.

Fellowship applications are now being accepted for a joint Weill Cornell Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and University of Minnesota week-long Big Data Coursework for Computational Medicine (BDC4CM) funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). BDC4CM will emphasize how to navigate the interface between research and practice by offering participants in-depth lectures, case studies and hands-on training from leading researchers in academia and industry. The course will be held on July 11-14, 2016 at Weill Cornell Medicine, in New York City.

Applicants must be faculty, scientists, post-doctoral fellows and researchers with a PhD, MD, or equivalent in computer science, biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, statistics, health information technology or a related degree, or graduate students enrolled in a PhD, MD, or equivalent program in these fields. For additional information about the program and to apply, visit the CFA website. The deadline for application submission is March 15, 2016.

Webinar Series: Mapping an Outreach Project: Start with Information; End with a Plan

If you want to develop a project that requires stakeholder support, you need more than a solid plan. You need to build the case for both the need and potential success of your program. In February, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) will offer a four-session webinar series on how to use program evaluation tools and methods to develop a program plan that you can promote to stakeholders, such as funding or partnering organizations. Community assessment will allow you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project, as well as help you build relationships with potential partners. You will learn about planning tools that help you connect program activities to desired outcomes and add a strong evaluation component to your project proposal. The information in this workshop will help you organize both your project ideas and supporting data in preparation for proposal writing.

  • (Webinar 1) How people adopt new ideas. Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project.
  • (Webinar 2) Meeting the Community through Community Assessment. Gather community information that is most effective for planning your project.
  • (Webinar 3) Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs. Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results.
  • (Webinar 4) Adding Evaluation to Your Plan and Next Steps: Proposal Writing. Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full proposal.

Dates and Times: This webinar series will be offered at two different times during the month of February. (Sessions will be recorded for those who with schedule conflicts.)

  • Session 1: Classes will meet Monday 2/1; Wednesday 2/3; Monday 2/8; and Wednesday 2/10. All sessions will be held from 9am-10am PST.
  • Session 2: Classes will meet Tuesday 2/16; Thursday 2/18; Tuesday 2/23; and Thursday 2/25. All sessions will be held from 1pm-2pm PST.

Registration is required. To sign up, go to the Mapping an Outreach Project webpage to select your preferred session and click on “Register” to fill out the registration form. Participants are eligible to receive 1, 2, 3, 4, or 8 hours of continuing education (CE) credit from the Medical Library Association. One hour of CE will be earned for each live or recorded webinar attended (up to 4 CEs), and an extra four CEs can be earned for a four-part homework assignment. All webinars must be viewed and homework completed and sent to the instructor by the deadline.

AAHSL Data Scholarships

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Future Leadership Committee has announced the one-time offering of several scholarships to support individuals from AAHSL member libraries interested in learning more about any aspect of the data life cycle. A total of $5000 is available for the committee to award. Scholarship awards, in amounts up to $2500, may be used for participation in established educational programs, or for individually designed learning opportunities. Candidates should be employed in a professional position in an AAHSL member library (full or associate member) and have an MLS or comparable graduate degree. The maximum award for any single scholarship will not exceed $2500. Funds must be used within 12 months of the award date.

Applicants should express in a Word document of 300 words or fewer how they would use data scholarship funding to enhance their understanding of data, and how they would apply that knowledge in their work. Additionally, an itemized cost breakdown of anticipated expenses (e.g. travel, accommodations, registration, or other expenses) should be included. The Future Leadership Committee will consider a wide variety of learning opportunities, so applicants have significant latitude in their proposals. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified March 1, 2016. Please submit applications to office@aahsl.org with the subject heading AAHSL Data Scholarship. Persons awarded data scholarships are required to submit a report upon completion of the learning activity.

New OMH Webinar Series: Guide to Successful Grant Proposals

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is presenting a new webinar series designed for community-based, faith-based and other organizations that want to learn the basics of creating successful federal grant applications:

Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PDT: Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing (Rescheduled due to technical problems. Please re-register)
This introductory webinar, for community-based organizations that want to respond to federal funding opportunity announcements, covers the basics — from how to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) to the key sections in funding announcements to successful strategies for responding.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PDT: Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
This webinar provides an overview of logic models and when to use them in both applications and evaluations. The webinar includes how to write specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) objectives and how to access logic model designs. Logic model templates are provided.

Thursday, November 5, 2015 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PST: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
A federal funders panel reveals best practices in responding to federal funding announcements. Opportunities for federal funding are identified.

Professional Development Awards Available for PSR Hospital Librarians!

Professional development funding is available to support Network Member hospital librarians in the Pacific Southwest Region wishing to attend workshops or conferences, to develop their skills and knowledge in health information access and delivery. We expect to fund three awards, with a maximum award amount per person of $1,000, to cover registration fees and travel expenses. The activity and any associated travel must be completed by April 30, 2016. Applications submitted by Friday, October 16, will receive priority consideration. The award guidelines and application form, including submission instructions, are available on the NN/LM PSR Funding webpage. Awardees are expected to submit a Latitudes article reporting on the activity and associated benefits, after attending the event.

CMS Announces $67 Million in Grant Funding to Support Affordable Care Act Outreach

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded $67 million in three-year Marketplace Navigator grant funding to assist consumers in signing up for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2016. With Marketplace Open Enrollment set to begin on November 1, 2015, the grant awards will support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they enroll in a health plan that fits their budget and best meets their family’s needs, and seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at HealthCare.gov. Awards were made to 100 organizations located in 34 states that operate Federally Facilitated Marketplaces, State Partnership Marketplaces, and supported State-Based Marketplaces.

Navigators and assisters are trained specialists who provide consumers in their communities with in-person help, answering their questions about their health insurance and financial assistance options and assisting them as they complete their application. Navigators and assisters are knowledgeable about the range of health plans available on HealthCare.gov as well as other public health insurance programs offered in their state, including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In addition to Navigators, Marketplaces make other resources available to consumers to help them access Marketplace coverage, such as certified application counselors, non-navigator assistance personnel (also known as in-person assisters), and agents and brokers. A list of HHS Navigator awardees, as well as more information about Navigators and other Marketplace resources is available by visiting the CMS web site.

New NIH BD2K Funding Opportunity Announcement!

A new Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) funding opportunity (FOA) is available, Development of Software Tools and Methods for Biomedical Big Data in Targeted Areas of High Need, with an October 6 application due date. This FOA solicits development of innovative analytical methods and software tools with the objective of addressing critical current and emerging needs of the biomedical research community for using, managing, and analyzing the larger and more complex data sets inherent to biomedical big data, focusing on the three topic areas of Data Privacy, Data Repurposing, and Applying Metadata, all as part of the overall BD2K initiative. This FOA aims to support the development of innovative tools and approaches to tough problems, as opposed to having fully fledged software tools developed for less-daunting problems. It is not expected that software and methods developed under this FOA will be fully hardened, but rather that investigators show a novel approach to a difficult problem and show some proof-of-concept for this new approach using relevant biomedical big data. While this FOA is intended to foster new development, submissions consisting of significant adaptations of existing methods and software are also invited.

It is anticipated that a single application will have a primary focus on one of the three topic areas. Applicants can submit multiple independent applications, each addressing a separate topic area. The award mechanism will be a Cooperative Agreement, used used when there will be substantial Federal scientific or programmatic involvement. Substantial involvement means that, after the award, NIH scientific or program staff will assist, guide, coordinate, or participate in project activities. NIH intends to fund 8-12 awards in fiscal year 2016, corresponding to a total of $5 million. The maximum project period is three years, and direct costs are limited to a maximum of $300,000 in each year. Scientific Merit Reviews of applications are expected in February 2016, and the earliest award start date is expected in July, 2016.

Congratulations to the 2015 AAHSL Leadership Scholarship awardees!

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Scholarships support career development opportunities for persons interested in leadership roles at all levels in academic health sciences libraries. Scholarship awards, in amounts up to $2500, may be used for participation in established educational programs or for individually designed learning opportunities. Applications are accepted and awards are made annually. Following are the four recipients of scholarships awarded in June 2015, two of whom are current NN/LM PSR Network members and one who is a former PSR Network member:

  • Frances Chu, University of Washington Health Sciences Library, to attend the 2015 Women’s Negotiation Academy.
  • Jonathan Koffel, University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library, to attend the 2015 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.
  • Anneliese Taylor, University of California San Francisco Library and Center for Knowledge Management, to attend the 2015 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.
  • Annie Thompson, University of Southern California Wilson Dental Library and Learning Center, to attend the 2015 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Kudos to all the recipients, who were selected as part of a competitive process from the largest number of applicants in a decade!

2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Solicitation Released!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the solicitation of proposals for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, 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. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. Quotations are due to NLM by July 20, 2015!

The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. The Federal Business Opportunities Web site will also list all notices, updates, and modifications to the Solicitation.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be 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 services 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.

The NLM primary point of contact for the solicitation is Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist, and the secondary point of contact is Shari Shor, Contracting Officer.

San Francisco General Hospital Library Receives NLM Grant to Reduce Health Disparities!

Congratulations to Stephen Kiyoi, Library Director at San Francisco General Hospital, who is a Principal Investigator on a newly awarded three-year, $300,000 NLM Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities (G08) from the National Library of Medicine. The project, Patient Engagement with Personal Health Records, will support the research and development of better ways to engage safety net patients with personal health records.

Partnering on the grant are Courtney Lyles, PhD, and Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH, from the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP). The CVP is an internationally recognized leader in health communication and health policy to reduce health disparities, with special expertise in the social determinants of health. The team will also partner with Yemila Alvarez, Community Outreach Manager at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). SFPL will help disseminate and scale project interventions across its 27 branch locations.