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Express Outreach Project Awards

The goals of the express outreach award are:

  • To encourage partnerships and community focused activities in support of the NN/LM mission and goals.
  • To promote the awareness of and use of the information products and services of the National Library of Medicine.
  • To improve access to electronic health information.
  • To promote and improve access to library and information services.
  • To promote or improve the use of technology for information access.
  • To support planning for larger outreach projects and community partnerships.
  • To evaluate or conduct follow-up analysis of a previously funded project.

For more information about this funding opportunity and how to apply, please click here.

Projects funded from May 2006 - April 2011 contract


Funded Projects May 2011-Present

Association of North Carolina Health and Science Librarians
For up to 4 librarians to attend the Agricultural Medicine: Occupational & Environmental Health for Rural Health Professionals course.
January 1, 2014 - April 30, 2014

Bread for the City - BFC's Health Information Resource Project
Objective #1: Empower our patients to take control of their own health outcomes by providing them with resources to research and learn on their own. We will utilize our recently opened Health Information Resource Room as an outlet for BFC’s 2,500 annual Medical Clinic patients. Volunteer health information resource coordinators staff the room, and help patients use MedlinePlus and other internet services to discover useful health information. Additionally, volunteers guide patients to the information that is most relevant to them and assist them in following up on medical provider recommendations and/ or referrals. Objective #2: Continue to operate our five-week Health Literacy Computer Class, a program developed to compliment our Health Information Resource Room. Designed for patients whose computer skills are remedial or worse, this course runs every month and is taught by our Medical Projects Coordinator in both English and Spanish. Students learn the basics of operating a personal computer (how to turn on a computer, use the mouse, etc) before learning how to access the internet, set up an email account, and use health information databases such as MedlinePlus. This process opens a lot of doors for our clients, not only helping them make educated health choices, but also teaching them how to take advantage of the rest of what the internet provides: email, news, jobs, entertainment, etc. Since many of our clients do not have internet access at home or work, this course allows them to learn the basic skills they have not had access to in the past. Objective #3: Make available in the Health Information Resource Room additional (non-internet) resources to help patients better understand the health topics that are of importance to them.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

City of Monroeville
Provide current health information and education to the citizens of Monroeville/Monroe County. Expand current health resources for the public. Make health information more accessible to the public, particularly the senior citizens in Monroeville/Monroe County.
October 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014

Dimensions Healthcare
To promote the awareness of specific health conditions affecting GMC patients and to encourage community partnership and dialog regarding these health conditions through our Lunch Lecture Series and Community Lecture Series. Lunch Lecture Series and Community Lecture Series consist of monthly meetings for GMC patients and communities that promote the awareness of a specific health condition. Meetings will be conducted by a GMC/Dimensions Healthcare Systems healthcare, community partners, GMC staff, and peer educators. During these meetings participants will be provided with knowledge regarding the health topic and encourage to continue the dialog of specific health topics with their friends and family and to use this information to empower the discussions they have with their physicians.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

Georgia Regents University
Promote awareness of NLM products to HIV/AIDS and homeless populations through direct or train-the-trainer sessions. Have NLM products promoted to underserved populations that may not physically visit a medical library. Ex: NLM handouts at Ryan White testing clinic, nutrition and wellness outreach through NLM products at Mercy Ministries, one of only a few daytime homeless shelters in the country. Begin engaging segments of the community that will lead to a larger and more comprehensive program on consumer health outreach. Have library staff learn more about HIV/AIDS from Ryan White training staff and daytime homeless needs (outreach training moving in both directions). Collaborate with established campus and off-campus partners that provide health care to underserved populations.
August 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

Georgetown University
Investigate the use of iPads as instructional devices for the delivery of National Library of Medicine health information resources in an urban public library setting. Develop training programs which will facilitate interactivity between the participants and presenters in settings with limited technology. Training sessions will familiarize participants with the use of National Library of Medicine resources appropriate for their health care needs as well as providing an orientation to technology and applications which deliver these resources. Explore the use of the iPad devices as assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of the teachable moments for the target audience.
August 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

East Tennessee State University
To provide ILL services to non-urban hospitals with no library service and fewer than 200 beds.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

Hampton University Outreach to St. Paul AME Church
Overarching GOAL: Incorporate National Library of Medicine (NLM) online health information for teaching-learning and the education of underserved and minority populations in communities near Hampton University by partnering with with St. Paul AME Church in Newport News, VA to increase online access for church and community members to NLM. Objective: By April 30, 2012, more than 50% of the community participants in the NN/LM, SE/A Express Outreach Project implemented by Hampton University William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library will be able to identify and access the NLM online resources. The Outreach Project will: Provide 85% of the participating church members with the basic computer literacy skills needed to access NLM online resources. Train more than 70% of the participating church members to identify the NLM online resources as a reliable source for health information regarding health disparities. Train at least 20 church participants at St. Paul AME Church to access at least one NLM online source of health information. Teach 90% of people participating in the Hampton University project to identify a place in the community to access NLM online health information free of charge. Hold a contest for Hampton University students so the library can choose 2 students to design for St. Paul AME a website with NLM links. Distribute to the underserved community surrounding the St. Paul AME Church NLM, NIH, CDC, and other governmental agency flyers, DVD's, posters, kits, and other items that the Hampton University Harvey Library will order. Design and implement effective evaluative research tools to determine the effectiveness of this project and possible modifications needed for better NLM training Conduct Church post-training interviews and questionnaires using evaluative tools.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

HIV/AIDS Empowerment Resource Center for Young Women, Inc.
Empowerment Resource Center will implement the SciFi project for minority and underserved youths in Fulton County. SciFi will target minority and underserved youths at high risk of Chlamydia infection and Health Educators. ERC proposed to incorporate the SciFi website and MedlinePlus web-based tool into its STD and HIV Screening and treatment services and health education programs at its Comprehensive Intervention Clinic.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
A project to facilitate workshops introducing girl scouts and their parents/chaperones to techniques for a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, and nutritional and mental health and provide girl scouts and their parents/chaperones with knowledge for maintaining a healthy lifestyle leading to a healthy heart.
August 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

Johns Hopkins University, William H. Welch Medical Library
In collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center (MAPHTC), provide a half day, face-to-face training 3 times between May, 2012 and April 2013 to public health professionals in the Mid-Atlantic regions on finding, evaluating and using high quality information resources on the internet. Based on these training sessions, create a series of modules that will be posted on the MAPHTC for ongoing use. Evaluate the impact of training on awareness and use of selected public health information resources.
May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Kadamba Tree Foundation
This community organization-based project is to increase the mobility and accessiblity of a pilot caregiver education curriculum already in existence at Kadamba Tree. This program provides skill-building training to family caregivers, including non-English-speaking caregivers, helping them to become effective gate keepers of quality health information. This project will improve health information access for minority and other underserved populations and their health care providers and health professionals in an urban area.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

MaFlo's Health and Awareness Team
Continue basic computer training and internet training in the community on how to access reliable health information through MedlinePlus.gov, SeniorHealth, ToxTown, CDC and other reliable NN/LM websites. Continue Community outreach to see which organizations, groups or faith-based facility is in need of NN/LM's service. Continue health and nutritional classes. Continue our collaboration with the Public Libraries, Community Centers, Senior Centers, Faith-based Organizations and the Diabetes CORE Group.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

MaFlo's Health and Awareness Team
The project that we lead was MaFlo's Health Awareness Team. We worked closely with Diabetes CORE Group to educate and train members of the community how to use the internet/computer to find reliable health information using MedlinePlus.gov. Our project has trained over 1000 participants some of which didn't know how to turn on the computer. We have collaborated with the Faith-based groups and working well the community members. Our project was shared with the surrounding community. Our goal is to teach, educate and train as many participants as possible. The current award will help us to sustain the work that we have started in the community.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

Medical University of South Carolina
The Promoting Health Literacy: Using Mobile Technology to Deliver Reliable and Valuable Health Information to Underserved Minorities and non-English speaking Communities Project, will reach underserved populations both in rural and urban settings through the MUSC Alliance for Hispanic Health program, the MUSC CARES Clinic in Mount Pleasant, SC and the Our Lady of Mercy Outreach Community Health Clinic in Johns Island, SC.
September 3, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association
This project will promote awareness of NLM information resources to 500 underserved and minority residents of the DC metropolitan area through street outreach and presentations by community health advocates, volunteers, and other peer educators. An additional 200 people will be trained in more formal settings.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

Moses Cone Health System Library - Collaborating with Congregational Nurse
Provide ongoing Cone Health Library support to local Congregational Nurses Program to access healthcare information. Teach Congregational Nurses to access current online professional literature at their worksite. Teach Congregational Nurses to access online health promotion and patient education resources at their worksite. Collaborate with the Congregational Nurses Program to assist nurses in the program in finding and sharing authoritative, pertinent information.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

New Hanover County Public Library
To work with other New Hanover County departments, and other health-outreach opportunities, to: Increase awareness of vetted consumer-health information like MedlinePlus and PubMed Health. Increase awareness of what the New Hanover County Public Library offers through NCLive, the state's consortial database, Databases like NC Go Local, EBSCO's Consumer Health Complete, and Health Source Consumer Edition. Increase the NHC-Public Library's role in supporting clinical information to patrons in the library.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

Oromo Community Organization (OCO)
This project is designed to bring health awareness that dramatically change the life condition of Oromo Community living in Washington DC metropolitan area.The project can also be used as a pilot for community organization in other states.Therefore, our objectives are To Provide Health awareness and education service to Oromo Community by: 1. Developing and teaching computer and health literacy classes 2.producing and broadcasting 5 times on OCO Radio on health issue.
May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Restored Generation, Inc.
To build and sustain a core group of young leaders (within the local churches), to access electronic information within Medlineplus. To spread awareness of the importance of increasing physical health and well-being in their communities, particularly in their faith community. To strengthen teens and younger children's research skills as it relates to physical and mental health, by effectively demonstrating various research techniques. To help teens and younger children in rural areas with acessing information in medlineplus relating to their illness and diseases that affect them.
May 7, 2014 - April 30, 2015

Saint Croix Career and Technical Education Center
To provide information and education regarding the newly revised nutrition standards, paying particular emphasis on the "Portion Plate" which recommends the amounts and types of foods that should be served on an individual's plate. Information, materials, and resources will also be provided to encourage incorporating a daily exercise program for children and adults.
May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Salisbury University - Health Info @ Point of Need for Eastern Shore
This outreach program specifically targets low-income, diverse families currently participating in the Horizons Program, a shared initiative of at the Salisbury School (a private pre-K-12 school), the Wicomico County Board of Education, and the Horizons National Program. Increase health literacy of the families of children who participate in the Horizons Program @ Salisbury School. Provide instruction on the use of publicly available web-based health information databases such as the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus. Develop consumer skills for evaluating the quality and legitimacy of publicly available web-based health information. Obtain insight into the types of information that low-income health consumers seek and which could be made available through a free smart-phone enabled application. This information will be shared with GNAPPWorks, a campus-wide initiative to develop free applications for mobile devices that are particularly relevant for governmental and non-profit organizations and the populations they serve.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

Society for Public Health Education
Plan, implement and evaluate a three-part synchronous webinar series for health education faculty, other health science faculty, and librarians that presents the health education curriculum for community colleges. Load up and promote asynchronous 3-part webinar series on SOPHE’s Center for Online Resources and Education (CORE). Analyze qualitative and quantitative responses from pre- and post-tests completed by synchronous and asynchronous participants to gauge self-efficacy in addressing health education and additional training needs in adapting the prototype curricula to community college settings (especially health information accessing and analyzing health info).
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

South Central Educational Development
Increase the community ability to access technology to Health information, health insurance information and to acquire affordable health insurance. Goal-by 04/30/2015 Increase rural communities access to the Affordable Care Act information website/WWW.Healthcare.Gov. through computer based technology access and training workshops. Objective-increase knowledge of ACA by training community health workers, leaders, and stakeholders in accessing health.gov, by including a session on health care insurance in the workshops, by creating a resource sheet identifying resources with free access to computers for residents to research affordable health insurance. When internet access is available we will provide a laptop and portable printer during training for client to research and enroll in low cost health insurance. Evaluation-the number of participants that express the need for health insurance, the number of participants that request assistance in access healthcare.gov., the number of participants that successfully apply for Health insurance.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

South Central Educational Development
Improve access to and utilization of electronic health information and care. Improve the use of technology for information access targeting rural and disenfranchised communities and resources in Southern West Virginia. Incorporate Technology information access in structured behavioral intervention that addresses minority health disparities. Incorporate technology information access into Project “CORD” Community Outreach to Reduce health Disparities. allow public access to computer based technology on a daily bases. provide monthly scheduled computer technology access training.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

The Solidarity Center
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

University of Maryland, Baltimore
he proposed program will fund tablets, a desktop computer, a printer, and supplies that will enable BHB to train clients and families to access health information on the internet as well as establish a web-accessible computer station on-site where they can access and print information. This will also enable BHB staff to conduct outreach and train our community home visiting partner, church partners, and school partners to access health information and support their clients in accessing information using their own existing on-site computers. Specific objectives are: To increase awareness and knowledge of health disparities and poor birth outcomes in the community and the impact of chronic stress on health and birth outcomes; To increase access to quality information about mental health, stress reduction, prenatal care, and baby care not only for mothers but also for families across generations (e.g., grandparents, older children, fathers) who do not have adequate access to web-accessible computers and library services; To build the capacity of BHB, our community home visiting program, partner churches, and partner schools to access quality health information effectively and to provide assistance to clients and congregants in accessing, comprehending, and using health information; and To empower families and community members with tools and information to make behavior changes that will ameliorate the impact of chronic stress on their health, mental health, and pregnancy outcomes.
August 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

University of Miami
Encouraged by the success of our NN/LM SE/A Award Librarians and DOCS for Health Plus, we would like to continue our collaboration with the DOCS students and the public librarians in participating in the incoming ten health fairs. These health fairs take place in various diverse and underserved communities in southern Florida. Last year we reached out to more than 3000 patients by promoting MedlinePlus and offering individualized patient education consultations. There is a continuous need to interact with patients in these communities and to promote NLM consumer health information resources. With the support of this award funding, we will be able to continue our involvement in the local health fairs and provide training on MedlinePlus, including iPad demonstrations. The DOCS students will be opening an affiliated DOCS clinic in Little Havana, a predominantly Spanish-speaking community, and have requested our involvement in providing training in consumer health information resources to the patients and medical students at this clinic.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

University of Virginia
Expand a volunteer program at UVa Medical Center to include an “Information Ambassador” component. 2. Demonstrate usefulness of iPads for promoting use of MyChart among hospital inpatients. 3. Demonstrate usefulness of iPads for connecting hospital volunteers with the HS Library in order to provide hospital patients with health information.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

University of Virginia - Storytelling for Improved Patient Education
The project has two objectives: 1. To assess acceptance and usefulness of a culturally appropriate DVD of patient storytelling to improve patient knowledge and understanding of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). 2. To increase the numbers of patients receiving patient education DVDs who follow up with formal sleep studies at the University of Virginia Sleep Disorders Center.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

Virginia Commonwealth University
The objectives of the Phase 2 project, including addressing Phase 1 Project recommendations, are: Enhance the usability and appearance of the project Website. Extend the Website domain name for an additional 5 years. Website will be redirected to VCU Web servers for sustainability. Rather than the initial Website’s use of a wiki, utilize VCU Libraries’ licensed resource, SpringShares’ LibGuides, to improve Website usability and appearance. Expand the focus of the Website to include more primary care resources. This expansion moves the project’s target audience beyond public health providers to include primary health care providers serving Virginia’s Community Health Centers. Expanded training emphasis Minimal onsite training sessions will be included in the project due to large project area [21 Virginia counties] and scheduling constraints of health departments and community health centers. Project librarians will leverage existing web-based distance education technologies to provide a series of training sessions on resources found on the project Website with particular focus on NLM resources. Existing training materials will be adapted for the project sessions and links provided on the Website to existing online tutorials. Monitor and evaluate Website usage. Solicit participant evaluations of training sessions. Market the project within the Capital and the Rappahannock AHEC regions and by exhibiting at related, regional associations’ conferences.
August 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

West Virginia University, Health Sciences Library
Partnerships will be formed with state, regional and local health agencies to identify need and offer library instruction to WV residents. At least 85% of attendees will be able to identify and retrieve quality health information and train others (Train-the-Trainers). Collaborations should be ongoing so as to build on this education and continue to serve low income or low literacy. Home bound residents will be provided with easy-to-read information packets.
May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

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