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Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Teaching Mobile Access to Health Information and Promoting MedlinePlus Connect

by Naomi C. Broering, MLS, MA, FMLA
Dean of Libraries
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
San Diego, CA

Mobile devices are popular for using the powers of a conventional computer in environments where carrying one would be impractical. Loading pertinent Apps to mobile devices makes access to information, when needed, quick and easy. Instantaneous, on-demand access of NLM’s PubMed and MedlinePlus mobile sites accelerates results to health information queries and improves health care delivery. There is no doubt that MedlinePlus Connect for practitioners with EHR capability provides immediate highly useful patient education summaries during an office or hospital visit. However, there are major segments of San Diego’s diverse community without the ability or knowledge to benefit from these advances. (more…)

Highlights of Arizona Outreach in 2014/2015!

by Yamila El-Khayat, M.A.
Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

This year our Outreach program in Arizona had quite a diverse set of programs reaching various populations within the state and beyond. This article provides a mini-overview of the many events accomplished. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Reaching Out to the Unreached – Building a Health Information Hub in California’s Central Valley

by Ying Zhong, Nursing Librarian
Walter W. Stiern Library
California State University, Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA

In the Central Valley of California, the shortage of healthcare workers and resources which are required for the preparation of health professionals are predominant. Future health professionals need to be equipped with the right skills and expertise regarding health information seeking and evaluating, in order to meet the great challenge of serving an ethnic and culturally diverse population. To address this need, Walter W. Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), and Bakersfield Adult School (BAS) initiated a pilot partnership to allow Vocational Nursing students from BAS to use the CSUB library facility and library resources, including print and online books and research databases. The CSUB nursing librarian also developed a one-year training program tailored to meet the needs of BAS nursing students. iPads and flash drives were purchased and provided to the BAS students to access and store health information from the CSUB Library website and the National Library of Medicine. Library tours and orientations were conducted in the CSUB library and BAS labs. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Engaging Patients with MYSFHEALTH, the Patient Portal for the San Francisco Health Network

by Stephen Kiyoi, MLIS
Library Director
San Francisco General Hospital
Barnett Briggs Medical Library
San Francisco, CA

You may be surprised to learn that in San Francisco – the very center of the tech industry – 18% of residents do not have broadband internet at home. This includes our most vulnerable populations – those over 65 (69%), those without a high school degree (68%), and African Americans (70%) – all of whom have disproportionately low broadband internet access.1 (more…)

Announcing the 2015-16 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards!

Four outstanding projects were funded in response to the 2015-16 Request for Proposals: Express Outreach/Training/Technology Awards. These projects will be funded for $9,000 each, for a period of 12 months, beginning May 1, 2015. 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. (more…)

New NLM Funding Opportunity: 2015 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration 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 who play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps.gov. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project. The proposal submission deadline is Monday, July 6, 2015, at 12:00 PM EDT. Visit NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center web site for additional information and instructions about the Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015. (more…)

The Eagle Books – Diabetes Education Materials for Native American Youth

April is National Minority Health Month, which provides an opportunity to highlight some unique health resources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) creates campaigns to educate the public about preventing disease. In 2005, the Native Diabetes Wellness Program introduced the Eagle Books series, a set of culturally relevant stories and videos for young Native American children about diabetes prevention. The books were very popular, and in 2012 the CDC created a toolkit and an outreach program featuring the books and new materials. Most of the titles are still available for ordering from the CDC website or for downloading as PDF files. (more…)

Native Voices Exhibit on Display at the UCLA Biomedical Library February 10 – April 6!

The UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library has announced the opening of the traveling exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, on loan from the National Library of Medicine. It is on display in the first floor of the Biomedical Library from February 10 – April 6, 2015. The exhibit is also available online. (more…)

Join NLM in a Teleconference to Hear About the New Funding Mechanism for the RML 2016-2021 Award Cycle!

In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information. Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements. This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects. A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015. Join NLM in a teleconference to hear about the responses to the RFI and learn about Cooperative Agreements on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 1:00pm PST, by using the toll-free teleconference number 1-888-450-5996 and participant passcode 662939! (more…)

Express Outreach Award Proposals Now Being Accepted!

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for our popular Express Outreach/Training/Technology Award funding program for 2015-2016! For the next contract year (May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016), we intend to fund four awards, at a maximum amount of $9,000 each. The complete details, along with a link to the application form, are now available on the NN/LM PSR web site. Proposals received by March 20, 2015, will receive top priority consideration. (more…)