Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category
Friday, February 8th, 2013
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is pleased to introduce online applications for many of our most popular funding opportunities. Nine different award types now have online application options. Applicants for these awards may review all guidelines on the NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities page and then click on the “apply online” link where they will find the online application for the award.
The NN/LM SCR Online Applications Portal is powered by Submittable. Users will be asked to create an account or link Submittable to their Facebook account to log on. Creating an account with Submittable will provide online applicants with the ability to save and return to a draft of the application before making the final submission. Users can also upload attachments or supporting materials (Word, PDF, Excel, and images) to their application. The online system also allows users and the NN/LM SCR to promote the award opportunities through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
Traditional downloadable applications are still available for all awards. Either form of application will be accepted for review.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the latest round of funding opportunities:
Disaster Preparedness Award ($10,000):
The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness Award is to help libraries prepare for disasters so that they can assist their communities with health information and other recovery needs after an emergency. Approaches can include, but are not limited to, activities that will integrate the library into their community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery plan; equipment that will allow the library to have more flexibility in responding to the Internet needs of the community; and partnerships with city emergency planning groups, hospitals, public health organizations to enhance health information access in library settings.
Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award ($25,000):
The goal of this award is to connect health professionals, their patients and the general public to the health information resources from the National Library of Medicine. This solicitation will focus on projects designed to improve access to electronic health information for such groups and organizations as consumers, the underserved and minority health care professionals, public health workers, public libraries, and community-based and faith-based organizations.
Express Outreach Award ($5,000 per project):
The purpose of the Express Outreach Award is to support a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine’s databases to improve access to health information.
Health Disparities Information Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award is to support a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine’s databases by populations which experience significant health disparities, including, but not limited to minority, rural and other medically underserved populations.
Health Information Literacy Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Information Literacy Award is to support Network member projects, particularly those from community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and other organizations that serve minority populations, to develop innovative and creative ways to promote health literacy to these target populations.
Health Information Needs Assessment Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Information Needs Assessment Award is to improve health information outreach through increased knowledge of community needs. Thorough needs assessments serve to analyze community needs in depth, with respect to the community’s cultural, social, economic and physical situations. This award is designed to give organizations an opportunity to study a community in detail and to subsequently design strategies that promote the National Library of Medicine’s databases.
Hospital Library Promotion Award ($5,000):
The purpose of this award is to support projects that promote the value of the hospital library to the hospital administrators and staff. As hospitals expand their services and programs, hospital librarians can play a significant role in areas such as: education and training to address knowledge management, clinical information systems, patient safety programs, electronic health records, health literacy, or patient education.
Library Student Outreach Award (funding will cover all costs related to meeting attendance):
The award provides funding for students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Fort Worth TX and participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.
Mobile Applications Project Award ($8,000):
The purpose of the Mobile Applications Project (MAP) Award is to provide an opportunity for Network members to provide outreach services and increase access to health information by utilizing mobile technologies. Projects may target health professionals, public librarians, public health workers, consumers, or the general public.
Professional Development Award ($1,500 per event):
The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NN/LM SCR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.
Technology Improvement Award ($5,000 per project):
The Technology Improvement Project (TIP) Award is intended to improve access to and increase use of free high quality health information including National Library of Medicine’s databases. It is designed to meet the health information needs of “underconnected” communities and increase access to health information services within the community.
See the NN/LM SCR Funding page for more information and for deadlines.
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded 13 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2012 in the 19th round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers. Emphasis is on providing information or access in a way meaningful to the target community. Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval, skills development, Internet access, resource development, and document access.
Congratulations to the two recipients located in the South Central Region:
The Alliance of Border Collaboratives (ABC), El Paso TX
“Promovision – Capacity Building Assistance Project”
ABC seeks to expand its Promovision outreach project that improves access to HIV/AIDS related health information by patients and affected community, caregivers and the general public. Increased utilization of NLMs HIV/AIDS resources in El Paso, Texas will be achieved through skill development via training and tutorials as well as development of resources that provide meaningful information about HIV/AIDS, prevention, services and NLM HIV/AIDS resources.
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
The AIDS InfoNet is an internationally recognized online HIV/AIDS information resource to facilitate access to factsheets on the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related information written in nontechnical language and translated into several languages. The Web site enables users to easily download and print regularly updated factsheets at no cost. In addition, the Web site contains hyperlinks to authoritative HIV/AIDS resources to facilitate individual research. Based on the continued high utilization of the factsheets, AIDS InfoNet will provide ongoing maintenance of existing factsheets and develop new factsheets based on user suggestions.
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
The NN/LM SCR celebrates Banned Books Week http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/ with a display of medically themed banned books. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
Some of the books included in the display are:
- My Mom’s Having a Baby, by Dori Hillestad Butler
- What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-up Guide for Parents & Sons, by Lynda Madaras and Dane Saavedra
- Writers’ Voice: Selected from Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, by Paul Monette
- Deal with It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a gURL, by Esther Drill
- Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
- It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book about Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, by Robie H. Harris
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
- Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
These books are part of the Harris County Public Library collection in The Texas Medical Center Library.
Monday, October 1st, 2012
The Medical Library Association (MLA) has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month. As part of this celebration, the NN/LM SCR is proud to highlight the following SCR funded projects and the librarians whose hard work made these programs successful.
- Connecting Patients with MedlinePlus through Their Personal Health Records. Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Principal Investigator: Dixie Jones
- Good things come in small packages: a small hospital library goes electronic. Institution: Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City OK. Principal Investigator: Emily McEwen
- Health Information Centers at the Mexican Consulate and 12th Street Community Clinic. Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, Little Rock AR. Principal Investigator: Jon Goodell
- HealtheLearning for Girl Scouts: Making Reliable Electronic Health Information Accessible. Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Principal Investigator: Kimberly Pullen
- The Hidden Gem of JPS – The Medical Library. Institution: JPS Health Network, Fort Worth TX. Principal Investigator: Leslie Herman
- Medical Education Mobile Outreach (MEMO) Initiative. Institution: Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans LA. Principal Investigator: Jessica Delgado
- Mercy Crest: Outreach Programs to Increase Awareness of Access to Services and Healthcare Information for the Elderly and Disabled. Institution: St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, Fort Smith AR. Principal Investigator: Pat Morris
- Partnering with Ville Ste. Marie Linking Seniors to NLM Consumer Health Information. Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. Principal Investigators: Deborah Sibley and Carolyn Bridgewater
- Preserving the History of Medicine In Arkansas. Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library. Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, Little Rock AR. Project Staff: Myra Suzanne Easley and Daphne Hyatt
- Promoting Reliable Online Health Information Through School Librarians. Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Principal Investigator: Kimberly Pullen
- Shriners Hospital for Children – Galveston Consumer Health Outreach Project. Institution: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Principal Investigator: Anne Howard
- Technology Education & Access for Community Health (TEACH). Institution: Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center Foundation (SEL-AHEC), Slidell LA. Principal Investigator: Helen Caruso
- Understanding E-Science: A Symposium for Medical Librarians. Institution: The TMC Library, Houston TX. Project Staff: Deborah Halsted, Allen Lopez, Maianh Phi and Joanne Romano
More information about these projects is available from the Previously Funded Projects page.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
Several government agencies (FEMA, Citizen Corps, CDC, and others) as well as the American Public Health Association (APHA) have once again joined to promote the month of September as National Preparedness month. As Americans remember the events of 9/11, they also encourage all Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Throughout the month, more than 3,000 organizations nationwide are supporting efforts to help Americans prepare in case of emergency, with many events culminating on “Get Ready Day, ” September 18th (see http://www.getreadyforflu.org/ ).
For more information and resources for planning an event: http://www.publichealthnewswire.org/?p=5040 .
Additional resources for Disaster Information and Emergency Preparedness from:
Thursday, July 12th, 2012
The NN/LM SCR is proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 Library Student Outreach Award. The purpose of this award is to promote the value of outreach to library school students interested in health sciences librarianship. The six recipients will attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Lubbock, TX, October 13 – 17, 2012 and participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.
- Elizabeth Amos, Library School: University of Oklahoma
- Ligia Groff, Libary School: University of North Texas
- Phill Jo, Library School: University of Oklahoma
- Melody Miller, Library School: University of North Texas
- Andy Taylor, Library School: University of Oklahoma
- Garnet Nowell, Library School: University of Oklahoma
Monday, June 18th, 2012
Know a library student who is interested in learning more about health sciences librarianship and/or health information outreach? Why not tell them about the NN/LM SCR’s Library Student Outreach Award? The award provides funding for students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Lubbock, TX, October 13 – 17, 2012 and participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.
Applying is easy but the deadline is June 30th, so get those applications in today!
Thursday, May 10th, 2012
The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-2013 Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award. The goal of this award is to ensure that health professionals, their patients and the general public are connected to the health information resources they need to make informed health care decisions.
Recipient: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport, Shreveport, LA
Project: The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana Project
Description: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport will partner with the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana to provide computer equipment that YMCA members and staff can use to find online health information at three fitness center locations. The Library will offer training sessions on NLM resources and will develop educational materials to publicize the public training sessions and NLM resources.
Recipient: Texas AHEC East – Greater Houston Region, Bellaire, TX
Project: CLICKS to Sip-n-Surf
Description: The Texas AHEC East – Greater Houston Region will offer a tested program of customized computer literacy classes at two senior centers. The seniors will receive 36 3-hour long coaching sessions on the computer, Internet, MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. In addition, they will create the first Internet café in Houston that is designed for underserved seniors.
Friday, May 4th, 2012
The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012-2013 Health Information Literacy Award.
Institution: Crossroads Pharmacy, Mesquite, TX
Project Title: Improving Health Information Literacy in Seniors Using Internet Resources
Description: This project will be a pilot study assessing the effectiveness of computer training on the MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth databases among seniors in the Southeast Dallas area. The project will utilize two groups: the study group and the control group. The study group will participate in the educational program, while the control group will receive the standard pharmacy prescription drug information handout. An after-training assessment will measure the effectiveness of the training on health literacy.