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$300 Million Available to Expand Services at Community Health Centers

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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More than $300 Million has been made available to help the nation’s community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services.

Nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21 million patients in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.  The health center program is administered by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These funds will allow health centers to expand services to better serve newly insured patients.

Health center grantees requesting expanded services funds must demonstrate how these funds will be used to expand primary care medical capacity and services to underserved populations in their communities.

For more information on this funding opportunity announcement, please visit
http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/es/esinstructions.pdf.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and Community Health Centers, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/healthcenterfactsheet.pdf.

To learn more about HRSA’s Community Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.

Measles Cases Reach 20-year High

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Needle and bottle

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first five months of 2014 (January 1 – May 23) saw 288 cases of measles in 18 states and a total of 15 outbreaks — the highest number of cases in twenty years. Because the majority of these cases have been “associated with international travel by unvaccinated people”, the CDC’s concern is that those persons intending to travel internationally be sure that their vaccinations are up to date.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. With the rise in cases, it is more important than ever to be familiar with the signs and symptoms. Often, it begins with a fever and soon a cough, runny nose, and red eyes develop. A rash of tiny red spots breaks out beginning at the head and soon spreads to the rest of the body. This disease is incredibly serious for children as it can often lead to a number of other complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis and in some cases, even death.

Until recently, cases of measles in the United States have not been very common due to vaccination. However, measles is still common in many other countries so it is important to make sure that everyone in your family is vaccinated before travel. In particular, the CDC has issued a travel notice about measles in Philippines.

For more information about measles, vaccinations, and travel visit these pages from the CDC:

Measles Overview

Measles in the Philippines – Travel Notice

CDC Features – Measles Immunization

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Funding Opportunity

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Hmong woman carrying a babySummary

Funding Oppportunity Title: Ethnic Community Self Help Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2014-ACF-ORR-RE-0816
Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Type: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Announcement Type: Initial
CFDA: 93.576
Post Date: 04/28/2014
Application Due Date: 06/27/2014

 

Description

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for funding of the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program to provide services to newly arriving refugees. The objectives of this program are to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations, and to ensure ongoing support and culturally appropriate services to refugees within five years of their initial resettlement.
The populations targeted for services and benefits in the application must represent refugee groups who have arrived in the U.S. within the last five years.
ORR places a strong emphasis on projects with a two-fold aim: 1) strengthening of the applicant’s organizational capacity 2) provision of SMART services (Specific Measurable, Appropriate, Realistic, and Time-Bound) to refugees. Such services may include both direct and referral services.

For complete posting and link to apply, visit the HHS website

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2014

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition

Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $40,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on Friday, July 11, 2014.

The solicitation for the 2014 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Full and Open:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=72096960b3a499911a1c11cba24f8334&tab=core&_cview=0

Small Businesses can apply to a specific set-aside:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=58c7ca4bbb0feb9c38579a930c85cb53&tab=core&_cview=1

Primary Point of Contact:
Elena Leon
Contract Specialist
chaparre@mail.nlm.nih.gov
Phone: 301.435.4394
Fax: 301.402.8169

Secondary Point of Contact :
Robin Hope
Branch Chief, Contracting Officer
Robin.Hope@nih.gov
Phone: 301.496.6546
Fax: 301.402.8169

Please Note: Refer to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site for notices, updates, and modifications to the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2014 RFQ.

MERS-CoV Spreads to the United States

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Microscopic image of coronavirus

On May 2, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (or MERS) in the United States. The virus was found in a man who had traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana at the end of April.

MERS-CoV is a viral respiratory illness that first begin infecting humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. All reported cases since have been linked to 7 different countries, and all have originated within the Arabian Peninsula. The symptoms are similar to that of the flu: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. MERS is unusually deadly, however; around 30% of the people infected have died. Despite the name, MERS is not the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003.

The CDC has not yet advised any travel changes and recommends the following to those traveling to the Arabian Peninsula:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

If you develop symptoms of respiratory illness within 14 days of travel, the CDC recommends visiting your healthcare provider. For more information regarding MERS-CoV, coronaviruses, and the recent case in the United States, visit the links under Resources.

Resources:

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MERS CoV First US Case Announced / Press Release / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions about MERS CoV / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

About Coronaviruses / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

UPDATE 5/13/2014

A second case of MERS-CoV was confirmed on May 12, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. As with the previous case, the patient was a healthcare worker who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. In a press conference, CDC Director Dr. Tom Friedan and Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, iterated that so far MERS is not considered easily transmissible. The two US cases have occurred in health workers that were in close contact with those already infected with MERS. 

For the complete press conference transcript, visit the CDC’s Media page.

 

2014/2015 Health Information Literacy Award Recipients

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

multicolored hands meeting in the middle

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Health Information Literacy Awards:

Institution: LSU Health Shreveport – Health Sciences Library
Project Title: Health Literacy with Comics: Using a Comic Book Format to Help Families Prevent Childhood Obesity
Project Director: Talicia Tarver

The project will allow the Louisiana State University Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library to partner with the LSU Department of Pediatrics in creating a  health literacy comic book that addresses the obesity epidemic and is aimed at young readers in the Caddo Parish area.

Institution: OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library
Project Title: Social Work Students and Health Literacy Interventions in a Clinic Library
Project Director: Toni Hoberecht

The project will provide health literacy outreach to patients and their families in the Schusterman Center Clinic through health literacy interventions provided by a graduate assistant from the University of Oklahoma Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Clinic patients and students will also become familiar will the Morningcrest Health Library as a source of consumer health information.

Congratulations to Toni and Talicia and their libraries!

More information on all NN/LM SCR Funded Projects are available at our Previously Funded Projects website.

Disaster Health Information Outreach Funding Opportunity Available from NLM

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”  and summaries of the previous years’ funded projects, visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center website.

 

April SCR CONNECTions Recording Now Available

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The recording of this week’s SCR CONNECTions webinar, Evidence Based Public Health (EBPH) is now available in the SCR CONNECTions archives. A link to the presentation materials can also be found at that site. The class is available for 1 hour of MLA CE through May 14, 2014.

As a reminder, we will not be holding SCR CONNECTions for the month of May.

Join us June 18th for our next SCR CONNECTions webinar!

Join Us for SCR CONNECTions Tomorrow on Evidence Based Public Health

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Join us April 16, 2014 for the monthly SCR CONNECTions webinar.

Wednesday, April 16th from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)

Presenter: Naomi Gonzales, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region

Topic: From Problem to Prevention: Evidence Based Public Health”

This month’s webinar will be a one-hour preview of an upcoming NN/LM SCR class that will go over the basics of evidence-based public health and highlight essentials of the EBPH process.

How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/,  on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once the room is open the system will be able to call you to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.

Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

National Public Health Week 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014

National Public Health Week 2014 logo

Each year during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) celebrates National Public Health Week (NPHW) in an effort to highlight the public health contributions to the community as well as issues still facing the nation. Each day this week (April 7-11), NPHW will focus on a different theme:

Monday 4/7 - Be Healthy From the Start (public health starts at home)

Tuesday 4/8 – Don’t Panic (disaster preparedness)

Wednesday 4/9 – Get Out Ahead (education and prevention)

Thursday 4/10 – Eat Well (nutrition and health)

Friday 4/11 – Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation (public policy and looking ahead) 

In addition to these daily themes, NPHW is also hosting a new online event–the NPHW Face Off. From the news bulletin:

“Each weekday of NPHW, APHA will select two partner events to feature as “events of the day” and will promote the events on social media through an online voting “face off.” Each morning, APHA will share the two selected events on APHA’s Facebook page. Voters can then “like” the photo of the event they are most excited about. At the end of the day, the photo that has the most “likes” wins. The winning event will be announced the following morning on APHA’s Facebook page.”

For up to date information on NPHW information and events, be sure to follow the Twitter account @NPHW!