Health Information Needs Assessment Award
Call for Applications
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.
Network members in the NN/LM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. 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) project up to $5,000 will be available.
Period of Performance
May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015
Deadline for Applications
March 14, 2014 5:00 CT
Projects can include but are not limited to:
- Focus groups to learn specific health information needs of a population group and why they are not being met;
- Interviews or assessments to learn where a particular community group goes for health information; where they will not go; and how they like to get their information (in print, online, etc.);
- Partnerships with community leaders to increase community responses to needs assessment leading to a community plan for better health information access; or
- Assessment of the cultural attitudes towards health information of a particular community group to find out the best way to increase their access to health information.
Projects may focus on a specific community or population including but not limited to: minority or ethnic populations, specific age groups, low-income residents, Medically Underserved Areas/Populations.
Applicants are encouraged to consult the NN/LM SCR office or the Outreach and Evaluation Resource Center website, http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/, when developing a needs assessment plan.
For a list of Health Information Needs Assessment Award recipients, see NN/LM SCR Funded Projects at: http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/scrfunded.html#needsassess.
Criteria for selection include: clear understanding of the community, feasibility of needs assessment plan, choice of a suitable needs assessment mechanism for the community, future plans for the information gained via the needs assessment, and appropriateness budget.
Funding will cover personnel, communication, equipment, supplies, travel and reproduction. Food, furniture and indirect costs are not allowed.
If IT/Computer Hardware is proposed in response to this CFA, please include the following as part of your cost proposal:
- For technology or computer hardware purchases under $3,000 per item – submit catalog pricing.
- For technology or computer hardware purchases $3,000 or more per item – submit three (3) vendor quotes (valid preferably for 60 days, minimum of 30 days). Vendor quotes are necessary to determine price reasonable for purchase of $3,000 or more. The absence of competitive quotes must be documented and justified. Quotes may include General Service Administration (GSA) price lists. Reference: http://www.gsa.gov.
- For personal appeal Items such as cameras, MP3 players, smartphones, and laptop computers the proposal must address the following:
- Purpose: There is a legitimate purpose for the items, and use of the items by the awardee will be managed in accordance with institutional policy.
- Appropriate Use: Items will not be used in a way that would discredit the NN/LM, the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health or the applicable Institution.
- Cost Effective: Must demonstrate requested items are cost effective and appropriate. For example, will generic brands satisfy the minimum requirements? If not, the proposal/request must describe 1) why it is necessary to purchase branded products, 2) benefits in brand name products. How will items further the mission of the NN/LM and achieve the objectives of the contract?
Please note that this award is made as a cost reimbursement subcontract.
All awards issued under the NLM Contract with the Houston Academy of Medicine, Texas Medical Center Library are subject to the Government's availability of appropriated funds in compliance of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-18, Availability of Funds. 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.
The Use of Appropriated Funds for Educational (Promotional) Items
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a new policy that promotes the Administration's commitment to act in a fiscally responsible manner by minimizing our administrative costs to perform our mission-critical functions in the most efficient, cost-effective way. It is the Department's policy that appropriated funds not be used to pay for promotional items. Promotional items include, but are not limited to: clothing and commemorative items such as pens, mugs/cups, folders/folios, lanyards, and conference bags that are sometimes provided to visitors, employees, grantees, or conference attendees. Typically, items or tokens to be given to individuals are considered personal gifts for which appropriated funds may not be expended.
More information is located at: http://www.hhs.gov/asfr/ogapa/acquisition/promoitems_att3.html.
One semi-annual and one final report. Reports will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Contract Reports System at https://outreach.nlm.nih.gov. Users of the System must first create an account before reports can be submitted. Contact the NN/LM SCR for additional information on the Online Contract Reports System.
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 Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, 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 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 (upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.
Authors that publish NIH-supported, peer-reviewed articles in full PMC-participating journals (such as the Journal of the Medical Library Association) have fulfilled their obligations to NIH Public Access and have nothing else to do.
If an NIH-supported peer-review article is published in a non-PMC journal, the final manuscript must be submitted to PMC via the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS). If the author was supported by an NIH contract, and the contract details are not available for selection in the NIHMS, the author should contact the NIHMS Help Desk to have this information added to the system. This lets the NIHMS Help Desk correlate requests with specific manuscript numbers and specific users, and helps us resolve the issue faster.
The NIHMS Help Desk will need the following information:
- Contract number: HHSN-276-2011-00007-C
- Contract title/name: National Network of Libraries of Medicine
- Awarding NIH institution: National Library of Medicine
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.
Karen J. Vargas
Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
South Cent Region (NN/LM SCR)
Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library (HAM-TMC) Library
1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030-2809