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Express Planning and Assessment Award

The goals of the Express Planning and Assessment Award are to:

  • Determine the feasibility of a future outreach project with specific populations or with unaffiliated health professionals..
  • Assess community or target population’s need for or interest in a project.
  • Develop statewide emergency preparedness and response plans.
  • Develop a special interest library consortium or network.

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

Projects funded from 2006-2011 contract


Funded Projects May 2011-Present

Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Catholic Hospital Librarian Summit to Assess the Feasibility of Consortium Group Purchasing and Licensing Objectives: 1. Set up an online community site with Catholic Health Association (CHA) (http://www.chausa.org/communities/) to begin collaborating with Catholic hospital librarians on planning the consortium 2. Contact and invite Catholic hospital librarians in the target population to: a)join and begin networking in the online collaborative b)complete a survey to assess resources, needs and interest in group purchasing c)attend a Catholic Hospital Library Summit to accomplish the following: i) report the findings from the survey ii) determine the feasibility of future group purchasing and licensing of knowledge-based information resources among Catholic hospitals iii)plan an initial group purchasing project to implement for 2013 3.Follow-up on any Summit decision made for an initial group purchasing project and coordinate purchase.
May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Hispanic Access Foundation
To conduct an assessment that will help us understand the needs and challenges of the public health service providers that are in our database as they seek to reach and serve Spanish-speaking Hispanics. The assessment will use surveys, focus groups, interviews, and public system data to (1) understand the needs and challenges of health providers, (2) identify the key recommendations to address these needs that will be used to shape a larger project, and (3) disseminate this information to partners and the public health sector.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

Huntsville Madison County Public Library - Consumer Health for Life
Assess the feasibility of designing a project that will improve the ability of high school students in grade 9-12 to find health information using National Library of Medicine products introduced through the Life/PE health classes. Life/PE is a series of classes that include wellness and health topics that can be incorporated into daily life to improve health. Assess the feasibility of using ebook readers to promote use and reading of health topic specific books. Assess the feasibility of incorporating search of NLM databases thru ereaders and cell phone apps. Assess the feasibility of pulling together local health resources to create an ebook that will provide easier access to local health resources. Identify groups relevant to the project, promote project to them and invite them to join the planning efforts.
October 19, 2011 - April 30, 2012

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Identify selected schools and teachers to participate in a project validating the Project SHARE curriculum. Collaborate with teachers to introduce and receive feedback on the STUDENT HEALTH ADVOCATES REDEFINING EMPOWERMENT (NLM Award Number G08LM011079 Information Grant to Reduce Health Disparities) 154 hour curriculum designed to increase advocacy and reduce health disparities. Identify supplemental materials that are needed to create a teachers manual for the curriculum. Create a plan with the teachers to test select parts of the curriculum in a public high school setting. Support the teachers in testing a portion of the curriculum in a high school classroom.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Health Science Library
To assess the awareness of Evidence-Based Practice within the first responder community by examining their current information seeking behaviors including what information resources they currently utilize, how they use information in the emergency response activities, and what information they have difficulty finding. To evaluate existing disaster training materials and collections for their evidence-based content and relevance for the target first responder community. To develop a pilot project that will train the target first responder community in Evidence-Based practice.
September 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013



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