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NLM Funds Three New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

For the third year, NLM has funded projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations that have disaster-related responsibilities. The partnerships will work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners, and others responsible for disaster preparedness response and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics, including those from the National Library of Medicine. One of the awardees is based in the Pacific Southwest Region! Special congratulations to Jane Barnwell at Pacific Resources for Learning and Education (PREL) in Honolulu, HI, for the project “Disaster Health Information in American Samoa:”

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) will collaborate with the Feleti Barstow Public Library (FBPL) and the American Samoa Government’s Public Health Department, LBJ Tropical Medical Center, both of the US Territory of American Samoa (AS), to promote the use of reliable disaster health information and increase awareness of the NLM resources available to librarians, public health workers, and first responders in times of crisis. The resources covered will include tools such as WISER, REMM, CHEMM, TOXNET and the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Center website. The 2009 American Samoa earthquake and tsunami disaster response will be used as a case study throughout this project.

The project objectives are to: 1) provide health information access training workshops for librarians, public health personnel, disaster and emergency first responders, and the health and disaster workforce; 2) conduct cross-training and mutual awareness of the roles of librarians (information providers), emergency disaster teams, and health care workers; 3) assess the roles and needs of librarians (information providers), emergency disaster teams, and health care workers; and 4) add the latest NLM disaster and emergency resource links to the FBPL website to support training workshops and services. The project will establish a framework for AS librarians and disaster workers to exchange information, so they can network to improve disaster services and response beneficial to the entire community.

The other two 2013 projects are:

Further award information about these and previous years’ projects is available on NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center’s web site. Kudos to all the awardees!

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