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NLM Grant Expands Health Communications Training for Health Educators and Medical Librarians

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) announces a two-year award from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to improve the public’s health by jointly training 30 medical librarians and health educators in health communications planning. The project will utilize CDCynergy, a CD-ROM based multi-media tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as a framework for creating, implementing and evaluating public health communications campaigns.

In this train-the-trainer project, each participant will be expected to deliver CDCynergy workshops at the state and local levels, especially rural and underserved areas of the country. Some 120 new CDCynergy workshops are expected to be held in the next 24 months.

SOPHE’s National Network of CDCynergy Trainers have been delivering CDCynergy workshops throughout the United States since 2001. With NLM funding, the project will expand the number of certified trainers to more than 50, including 16 medical librarians. Throughout the project, SOPHE will provide materials, technical assistance and support to the trainers as they hold the multi-media workshops at the state and local levels. The project is part of NLM’s ongoing initiative: Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health science libraries (www.phpartners.org).

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