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Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Outreach Project

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the National Library of Medicine partnered to fund a pilot program for information outreach dissemination projects to promote the NLM-ORWH Women’s Health Resources Web Portal, and to support the ORWH Strategic Goals. All projects focused on information dissemination, and information access or resource development for a university/college or community agency. Each project will promote the NLM-ORWH Women’s Health Resources portal, create a library guide on sex and gender differences/research information resources at the university/college, and promote The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health online curriculum to students and faculty.

Nine sites were funded, including two in the Pacific Southwest Region:

  • Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona
  • Earl S. Richardson Library, Morgan State University
  • Hardin Library for Health Sciences, University of Iowa
  • Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida
  • Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama
  • Medical University of South Carolina Library
  • Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge
  • Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah

Congratulations to all the awardees!

NLM-Funded Study Offers New Insight into Statin Discontinuation

Research funded by the National Library of Medicine provides new insight into why patients stop taking drugs that lower their cholesterol, and what happens when patients try those drugs, known as statins, a second time. Researchers found that more than 90% of patients who stopped taking statins because of an adverse reaction could tolerate the medication when tried again. The study is published in the April 2, 2013, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

NLM grantee Alexander Turchin MD, MS, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, notes that statins are commonly stopped even though their benefits are well documented. He and colleagues wanted to better understand why statins are discontinued and whether adverse reactions play a role. They conducted a retrospective study, analyzing clinical data in an electronic medical record (EMR) system. Researchers examined structured data as well as the narrative electronic notes of health providers. Those notes frequently are the only place in an EMR where adverse reactions to medications are documented. Using the NLM grant, researchers developed natural language processing software and scoured more than 5 million notes, on more than 107,000 patients, recorded over nearly a decade. The software generated data on a scale that could not have been done manually. Researchers say the next step would be to conduct a clinical trial to determine if outcomes are improved when statins are tried again, after an adverse event.

The National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, conducts and funds research in biomedical informatics, which involves applying computers and communications technology to the field of health. This research was supported by NLM’s Division of Extramural Programs grant RC1-LM010460. This was an NIH Challenge Grant, supported by NLM with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For additional information, visit the Brigham and Women’s Hospital News Release.

NLM Selected as a Host Site for National Digital Stewardship Residency!

The National Library of Medicine has announced its participation in the inaugural year of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR), a ground-breaking new program created by the Library of Congress (LC), in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The program enables 10 recent Master’s program graduates in relevant fields to complete a paid, nine-month residency at various institutions in the Washington, DC area. Beginning in September, 2013, accepted residents will attend an intensive two-week digital stewardship workshop at the Library of Congress. Thereafter, residents will move to a host institution to work on significant digital stewardship projects. These projects will allow them to acquire hands-on knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets. The entire list of projects is available on the NDSR Web site.

NLM will host a resident to develop a thematic Web archive collection. The resident will create a collection of Web content on a specific theme or topic, such as medicine and art, or the e‐patient movement. This project builds on a pilot Web archive collection completed by NLM last year and featured in LC’s The Signal in October 2012. The final Web archive collection will become part of the permanent collection of NLM. The resident will be embedded in NLM’s History of Medicine Division under the mentorship of Christie Moffatt, Manager, Digital Manuscripts Program.

In addition to NLM, the inaugural NDSR host institutions include Association of Research Libraries, Dumbarton Oaks, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, National Security Archive, PBS, Smithsonian Institution Archives, World Bank, and University of Maryland Libraries and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. LC and IMLS are accepting applications for the NDSR until April 5, 2013. Apply online to be a part of NDSR’s inaugural class!

First Look at Key Demographic Characteristics of New Congressional Districts

For the first time, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey is providing access to detailed demographic data on congressional districts for the 113th Congress. These statistics include age, education, occupation, income and veteran status. They are accessible via Easy Stats, the Census Bureau’s new online tool offering quick and easy access to American Community Survey data. These statistics are drawn from the most recent one-year American Community Survey sample, tabulated for redistricted congressional districts of the 113th Congress. Easy Stats provides statistics on a wide range of topics, such as income, occupation, housing and education, down to the local level, including states, counties, cities and towns, and now, congressional districts.

I tried Easy Stats and obtained useful demographic data for sample counties that I was able to export into an Excel spreadsheet! Consider using this tool when you are applying for funding for your communities!

The official press release is from the US Census Bureau.

NIH Announces Release of the Public Access Compliance Monitor!

NIH has announced the release of the Public Access Compliance Monitor, a web-based tool that institutions can use to track compliance of publications that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy. According to NIH, “By providing efficient and flexible methods for retrieving, viewing, and organizing public access compliance information, the compliance monitor supports the efforts of grantee organizations to ensure their awards are compliant.” The Public Access Compliance Monitor provides the current compliance status of all journal articles that NIH believes a particular grantee institution is responsible for under the terms of the Public Access Policy. In addition to classifying articles according to compliance status, the compliance monitor provides detailed information about each article, including a full citation; associated grants and program directors/principal investigators (PDs/PIs); the PubMed ID and related IDs where available; and a link to the PubMed record. Institutions can also track the status of papers deposited into the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system.

To gain access to the Public Access Compliance Monitor, institutions must first assign a “PACR” role to one or more individuals in their organization. This can be done by any institutional administrator who is authorized to assign roles in the eRA Commons grants administration system. Reports within the compliance monitor are organized by IPF (Institutional Profile File) number, the unique ID assigned to each grantee organization. Therefore, institutions with multiple IPF numbers must assign a PACR role to someone (even if it is the same person) for each IPF that they plan to monitor. For more information about accessing and using the Public Access Compliance Monitor, refer to the User Guide.

New National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant Opportunity

The Division of Public Programs at the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities funds humanities projects that are intended for broad public audiences at museums, libraries, historic sites, and other historical and cultural organizations. New application guidelines and detailed instructions are now posted on the NEH Web site for America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants. The next receipt deadline is January 9, 2013, for projects beginning in August, 2013. Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, and audience evaluation.

Grants support interpretive exhibitions, reading or film discussion series, historic site interpretations, lecture series and symposia, and digital projects. NEH especially encourages projects that offer multiple formats and make creative use of new technology to deliver humanities content. In the last five competitions, this grant program received an average of 80 applications. An average of seven awards were made per competition, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.

Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Project Funding Opportunity!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are partnering to increase the awareness and access to sex and gender differences research resources available from NIH and its 27 Institutes and Centers through the Women’s Health Resources Portal, by providing a funding opportunity. The purpose of the Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Project is to design programs for creating and improving access to and use of sex and gender differences information for university and college students, faculty, librarians and health professionals. Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information that is relevant and usable by the intended audience, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, professional-level online medical and public health information resource on sex and gender difference basic science, sex-specific studies, disparities, and inclusion research, including the NLM Women’s Health Resources Portal, that serves as an access point to all NIH sex and gender differences resources. The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations between universities and their libraries, specifically medical and health library students and faculty, to increase the knowledge and awareness of sex and gender differences in research design and reporting. University and college libraries may also increase information access to existing partnerships with outside organizations that are primarily focused on health and medical research.

All proposals must be received by September 10, 2012, at 12:00 P.M. EDT. To find more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the following links:

1) NIHLM2012431A-Partial Small Business Set-Aside
2) NIHLM2012431B-Full and Open

2012 Call for Proposals: Center for Sharing Public Health Services

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is seeking proposals for two-year grants of up to $125,000 for up to 24 months, for as many as 18 teams of public health officials, policymakers, and other stakeholders, that are exploring, implementing and/or improving cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements between two or more public health agencies, to participate in the Shared Services Learning Community. As communities face new challenges, like the increasing burden of chronic disease and lean fiscal environments, and new opportunities like advances in technology, many public health officials and policy-makers are exploring ways to organize and structure the management and delivery of public health services. The idea at the heart of cross-jurisdictional sharing is the process of reaching across administrative boundaries to share resources, work and results across multiple public health agencies and jurisdictions. The Shared Services Learning Community will foster a peer learning environment among teams that are taking a systematic approach to CJS arrangements, to achieve the dual goals of greater efficiency and enhanced public health capacity.

The complete Call for Proposals, including full eligibility and selection criteria, and detailed application instructions, is available on the RWJF web site. Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Teams must choose a leading organization to serve as the grant recipient; which could be a state or local government agency, tribal group recognized by the US federal government, or a nonprofit tax-exempt organization. Funding decisions will be made in November, 2012. Also available are presentation slides from an optional informational applicant webinar, held on June 26, 2012.

NCATS Announces New CTSA Funding Opportunity!

The National Institutes of Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), has released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement, RFA-TR-006, for Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). These integrated academic homes for the clinical and translational science continue to focus on enhancing the quality, safety, efficiency and cost effectiveness of translational research, as well as training the translational research workforce.

NCATS, which administers the CTSA program, will also host a Technical Assistance Webinar on July 23, 2012, 11:00am – 12:30pm PDT. All potential applicants are encouraged to register for the webinar by July 20. However, participants may join the event anytime through its conclusion.

Key CTSA FOA submission dates are as follows:

  • Letter of Intent Due: December 10, 2012
  • Application Due: January 8, 2013
  • NIH Peer Review: February/March 2013
  • NCATS Advisory Council Review: May 2013
  • Earliest Award Start: July 1, 2013

For more information, please refer to the CTSA FAQ, and visit the related CTSA web page. Anyone with additional questions after reading the FOA and FAQ may send inquiries to CTSA FOA Questions.

Funding opportunity for 2012 NLM Disaster Health Information Outreach Projects!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2 pm EDT. Proposals are limited to six pages, plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others. NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies. Summaries of the seven projects funded for 2011 are available for viewing.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this requirement has been split into two solicitations; one Partial Small Business Set-Aside (RFP No.: NIHLM2012411); and one Full and Open (RFP No.: NIHLM2012412). The solicitation notices are on FedBizOpps.gov as follows:

Partial Small Business Set-Aside and Full and Open.

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2012,” please visit the web site.