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2009-2010 Funding Awards Announcement

We have completed the review process for our requests for Major Outreach Subcontract Award and Express Outreach Award proposals. We received thirteen Major Outreach Award proposals and six Express Outreach Award proposals, making the bidding process quite competitive. NN/LM PSR staff did preliminary reviews of the Major Outreach Award proposals, to ensure that all mandatory criteria were met. Following the preliminary review, the Major Outreach Award proposals were thoroughly and carefully evaluated by an experienced review panel of twelve Regional Network members, who had previous experience writing or reviewing proposals. Each proposal was reviewed and scored by one of four teams, each comprised of three panel members. Scores were based on seven evaluative criteria, and a total score was calculated. An average of the three scores was then used to generate a ranked list of proposals. Express Outreach Award proposals were reviewed solely by NN/LM PSR staff. The following three Major Outreach Subcontract Awards and four Express Outreach Awards were funded.

Major Outreach Subcontract Awards

Promoting Web Access to Health Information Throughout San Diego
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library, San Diego, CA Project Director: Naomi Broering
Period of Performance: November 2009 – April 2011

This project involves a collaborative effort to extend and promote access to the NLM/NIH online health information resources throughout San Diego to consumers and health professionals with easy-to-use web informatics technologies. PCOM Library has partnered with an eight-member team of San Diego public libraries, church-based organizations, a community center, and community clinics to substantially expand its instructional program to reach populations previously neglected.

Breast Cancer Health Information Project
Maricopa Integrated Health System Library, Phoenix, AZ Project Director: Rebecca Birr
Period of Performance: November 2009 – April 2011

Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) will implement a Breast Cancer Health Information Project targeting ethnically diverse, low-income, and impoverished women with limited English proficiency, who have received a breast cancer diagnosis. The goals of this project are to: 1) increase and improve communication pertaining to breast cancer health and treatment options by utilizing written and video presentations; 2) create a breast cancer health information web site; and 3) empower women to be involved with their own health care.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander Substance Abuse Information Outreach Center
National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse, Los Angeles, CA Project Director: Alicia DeLeon-Torres
Period of Performance: February 2010 – February 2011

The National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA) will establish the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander Substance Abuse Information Outreach Center. This Outreach Center will expand and improve substance abuse related services for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders (AANHOPI) in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Island Jurisdictions by improving access to substance abuse related information specific to the AANHOPI populations, particularly for those without adequate access to library and information services.

Express Outreach Awards

Improving Access to Health Information in the US-Affiliated Pacific: A Pilot Digital Library
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) Resource Center, Honolulu, HI Project Director: Jane Barnwell
Period of Performance: November 2009 – October 2010

This project seeks to undertake a systematic collaborative process, working with the Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA), for the development of a health digital library, which will result in the aggregation of health and medical digital content in the US-affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). The digital library will strongly complement and enhance NLM resources and make unique regional materials available to a wider audience. The digital health library will be incorporated into the larger Pacific Digital Library (PDL) framework, which is hosted at the College of Micronesia—FSM National Campus.

Diverse Community-Dwelling Elders Health Information: A Cross-Generation Training Program
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center – Hayward Library, Hayward, CA Project Director: Evelyn Kobayashi
Period of Performance: November 2009 – October 2010

This project will build a collaborative health information training program for elders enrolled in basic computer classes where they are individually coached by high school volunteers. The City of Fremont Senior Center staff and teenage volunteers will be trained in finding multi-lingual health information resources of MedlinePlus and other Internet sites. Up to 400 community-dwelling elders will receive training during the project period and beyond.

Community Health Library Without Walls
Marshall Medical Center Community Health Library, Placerville, CA Project Director: Alison Clement
Period of Performance: November 2009 – October 2010

This project will allow the Marshall Community Health Library to conduct a major outreach campaign, consisting of roughly 32 presentations, targeting community physicians, rural health clinics, community support groups, El Dorado County public librarians, El Dorado County public health nurses, and El Dorado County Senior Services groups.

Arizona Health Literacy Collaboration
El Rio Community Health Center, Tucson, AZ Project Director: Laurie Robinson
Period of Performance: November 2009 – October 2010

In this project, the Arizona Health Literacy Collaboration will assess the current knowledge base of health literacy and health literacy resources of health care providers and social service personnel in Arizona and then provide training to this group, to increase their knowledge on the topic and available resources. A train-the-trainer model will be used to empower the participants to return to their agencies, clinics, and health care settings and conduct training sessions for their respective personnel and/or clients. The training materials developed and other health literacy resources will also be compiled in a web-based toolkit to provide access to all Arizona residents with a goal of improving health outcomes for all the state’s residents.

We sincerely appreciate all the thoughtful efforts and contributions to an excellent pool of applications to enhance outreach in the NN/LM PSR. We plan to fund additional Express Outreach Awards in 2010/2011, and look forward to your continued interest in our funding activities. Additional information about funding opportunities is available on our funding page.

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