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2010 Express Outreach Awards Announced

The following three Express Outreach Award projects were recently funded in amounts ranging from $3,315 to $12,000. All of the projects strive to improve access to health information for health professionals and health consumers and to promote the awareness and use of products and services available from the NLM and the NN/LM. Target groups include urban populations, medically underserved communities, and minority and immigrant populations.

Darlene Parker-Kelly, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Health Sciences Library, Los Angeles, CA
Project Title: “Reaching Out to Los Angeles: The Charles Drew University Health Sciences Library and the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library Share NN/LM Health Information with the Community”

This project provides opportunities for the Charles Drew University Health Sciences Library and the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library to jointly participate in 4-6 health fairs throughout Los Angeles County, reaching several hundred community members. The goal of the project is to promote NLM resources to a diverse and broad constituency in a major metropolitan area. The project coordinators will submit narrative reports to NN/LM PSR providing updates on user feedback, and informing the National Library of Medicine of ongoing trends and issues affecting the diverse population of Los Angeles. Partner organizations include a large church group and two local chambers of commerce.

Min-Lin Fang, University of California, San Francisco, Library and Center for Knowledge Management
Project Title: “Consumer Health Initiatives for Asian and Hispanic Communities in California”

The goals of this project will include training classes for MedlinePlus and other NLM resources targeting Asian immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area and Hispanic migrant workers and socioeconomically disadvantaged people in Los Angeles and California’s Central Valley. Another target audience will be students attending San Francisco Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School. Partnering with the Tzu Chi Foundation, exhibits at health fairs in the Central Valley and Los Angeles area will also be conducted. Ten workshops will be offered: two at the Tzu Chi Northwest regional office in San Jose, two at the Tzu Chi Free Clinic in Alhambra, located near Los Angeles, and at least six at the MLK Academic Middle School.

Joy Graham, San Francisco General Hospital, Barnett Briggs Medical Library
Project Title: “Text-A-Librarian in an Under-Connected Hospital”
This proposal involves a demonstration project called “Text-A-Librarian @SFGH”. Using a mobile device enables us to demonstrate various mobile resources anywhere in the hospital, and allows reference staff to respond to texts whether or not they are near a computer. Clinical and administrative hospital staff, patients, and patients’ family members will be invited to text their information requests to the library and receive answers via the text messaging feature of their cell phones. The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) administers the hospital and is responsible for maintaining the computer systems and equipment in patient wards. Due to various restrictions, the DPH-networked computers have limited value for searching the Internet, but most clinical staff and patients use cell phones.

Congratulations to all of the awardees on their successful proposals!

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