Outreach to Healthcare Providers
Request for Proposals
The purpose of this funding is to ensure improved access to health information and information technology for those health providers without adequate access to library and information services.
This solicitation will focus on projects designed to improve access to electronic health information for such groups and organizations as: unaffiliated healthcare providers located in rural, inner city, and Medically Underserved Areas (MUA), public health workers, minority health practitioners, and those who serve minority populations. Subcontracts will be awarded competitively to NN/LM SCR member institutions which assess the information needs, and plan and propose an appropriate outreach program to meet the needs of these healthcare providers.
Network members in the NN/LM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas). Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership: http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/member.html.
One (1) projects up to $25,000 each will be awarded.
Deadline for Submission of Proposals
September 1, 2011 5:00 pm CT
Period of Performance
Up to 12 months (one year) from the date of the award.
Proposed projects should target healthcare providers (including nurses, public health providers and physicians) particularly those who serve rural, inner city, Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) and minority health practitioners or those who serve minority populations.
Potential areas of focus may include (these are examples only and not meant to be all-inclusive):
- Providing access to health information resources to the healthcare providers within the SCR who are not directly affiliated with an institution with a medical library;
- Promotion of NLM products and services to targeted groups such as nurses, hospital discharge offices and employee benefit departments;
- Increasing the awareness and use of currently available health information resources including NLM databases, particularly among unaffiliated health providers located in rural, inner city, and Medically Underserved Areas (MUA);
- Increasing the awareness and use of currently available health information resources including NLM databases among minority health practitioners or those who serve minority populations;
- Training the public health workforce to use technology to retrieve and assess the quality of information resources;
- Increasing collaborations and relationships between clinics, hospitals, public health agencies and health sciences libraries; or
- Developing new and innovative uses of technology (mobile devices, distance education, wireless applications, etc.) to improve information skills and usage by healthcare providers.
Quarterly reports are required and will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Contract Reports System. Users of the System must first create an account before reports can be submitted. The NN/LM SCR will provide additional information on the Online Contract Reports.
The Subcontractor shall email copies of all communications, materials produced, press releases, advertisements, photographs and articles for newsletters related to the project. In accepting the award, the Subcontractor gives permission for use of such materials by the NLM and NN/LM.
Development of Training Materials
Successful applicants are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult the Medical Library Association (MLA) Educational Clearinghouse, http://cech.mlanet.org prior to developing materials. Training materials developed as part of the award should be submitted to the MLA Educational Clearinghouse.
Publication and Publicity
The awardee shall acknowledge the support of the National Library of Medicine whenever publicizing the work under this contract in any media by including an acknowledgment substantially as follows:
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.
NIH Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research
As of April 7, 2008, final peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.
The NIH Public Access Policy at http://publicaccess.nih.gov/policy.htm ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/) upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm#b1) are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.
The NIH Public Access site should be consulted for additional information: http://publicaccess.nih.gov/policy.htm.
The Department of Health and Human Services synopsis of Section 508 accessibility requirements, requires that all Federal agencies are obligated to make all electronic and information technology (EIT) that they develop, maintain or use compliant with Section 508. EIT purchases made on or after June 25, 2001, are subject to Section 508.
Federal regulations and guidelines (e.g., Section 501 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) require equal access for individuals with disabilities. Therefore, Federal agencies are required, upon request, to provide information and data to individuals with disabilities through an alternative means of access that can be used by the individuals.
The National Library of Medicine is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NN/LM must also meet these requirements.
More information on 508 Compliance is located at http://www.section508.gov
Cost Proposal Information
All awards issued under the Prime NLM Contract are subject to the Government’s availability of funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds.
The Government’s obligation under this contract is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment for contract purposes can be made. No legal liability on the part of the Government for any payment may arise until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer for this contract and until the Contractor receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in writing by the Contracting Officer.
Primary consideration will be given to the evaluation of technical proposals rather than cost or price. The evaluation will be based on the demonstrated capabilities of the applicants in relation to the needs of the project as set forth in the RFP. The merits of each proposal will be carefully evaluated, based on responsiveness to the RFP and the thoroughness and feasibility of the technical approach proposed.
Special consideration will be given to applicants who have not been funded by the NN/LM SCR for a project over $15,000.
The evaluation criteria are listed in the order of relative importance with points assigned for evaluation purposes. Proposals will be scored against these criteria, so please be certain that all criteria have been addressed.
Criteria: Maximum 100 Points:
Technical Approach: 45 Points
- The logic and feasibility of the technical approach to reaching the targeted group of healthcare providers via the promotional and training program
- The types of outreach services provide for the target population with consideration given to the appropriateness and creativity of the methods proposed, with special attention to cultural competence
- Plans for gathering and reporting baseline data and for evaluating the success of the approach to meeting the information needs of the target group
Community Targeted: 35 Points
- Information on the target population. Estimates of (1) the potential population, (2) the portion of the population expected to be reached, and (3) types of healthcare providers
- Description on partnering with relevant organizations such as: local and/or state public health departments, unaffiliated clinics and/or hospitals located in rural, inner city, and Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) or unaffiliated educational institutions with allied health programs.
- Target group is described and the need for the proposed program is discussed. Estimation of the program’s potential impact on future information services to this group is discussed.
Project Support: 20 Points
- Experience of the proposed personnel in developing and conducting promotional and/or training programs and information services for health professionals
- Demonstrated knowledge of the target group. Experience in PubMed®, MedlinePlus®, and Internet training is desirable. If the applicant has no prior experience in developing and conducting related programs, indication should be provided concerning the steps that will be taken to obtain adequate background or experience prior to carrying out the project.
- Evidence of institutional facilities and resources adequate to support the proposed program
- Letter of commitment from applicant’s institutional administration, and commitment from administrations of all organizations involved or targeted in the project
Proposal Instructions and Submission Deadlines
A Letter of Intent must be provided no later than August 15, 2011. The Letter of Intent can be submitted electronically, by mail, or by fax. Your expression of intent is not binding, but will greatly assist in planning for proposal evaluation.
Proposal instructions (and complete RFP) for the Outreach To Healthcare Providers Award are available at: http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/healthprof.pdf.
Proposals must be received by September 1, 2011 5:00 pm CT.
For further information, contact:
Health Professions Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
South Central Region (NN/LM SCR)
Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library (HAM-TMC) Library
1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030-2809
Phone: 1-800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only)