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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.


Funded Projects May 2006-April 2011

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Alabama Health Libraries Association
Health Action Summit 2
Project staff will increase awareness of libraries and library resources as a source of health information and referral services within the public health community as well as the community at large. Project staff will exhibit at the Jefferson County Department of Health's (JCDH) Health Action Summit in April and provide demonstrations of health information resources. They will also provide support for student attendance at the Summit. The program manager will continue to contribute as a team member of the "Access to Services" Committee of the JCDH Health Action Partnership community health initiative.
March 1, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Associated Health Resource Center
The Associated Health Resource Center, Inc of Baltimore's Catch 'Em Young project will provide basic health information and awareness campaigns about H1N1 virus and proper hand washing techniques to school age children. They will attend daycare centers and after-school programs to help prevent the spread of the virus. MedlinePlus and other resources will be highlighted as part of the training.
October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010

Capital Area Health Education Center
The staff of the Capital AHEC in partnership with the Tompkins McCaw Library will provide the Common Wealth of Public Health Information: Publicly Available Web Based Resources for Virginia Public Health and Primary Workforce project. Project objectives include to locate, organize and produce a digital product of open source electronically based public health resources that can be placed on multiple websites as a Virginia digital public health resource; develop a marketing plan to launch and promote the product, monitor and evaluate usage and assess interest for continuing the project and further development of the resource. The target audience is the public health workforce.
July 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Chesterfield County Public Library
Consumer Health Information Project
The staff of the Chesterfield County Public Library, Virginia, will train library staff at 7 branch libraries to improve their knowledge of health-related resources and their ability to provide health reference service. Also they will provide training and presentations for the public and community groups on health resources and offer a consultation/packet service to consumers on particular health topics.
September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2009

Delta State University
Dancing Rabbit e-library Health Initiative
The Delta State University Roberts-LaForge Library will provide training to members of the Dancing Rabbit Consortium Libraries. Training will cover the use of (free/public) electronic health resources to access consumer health information, evaluation of health information, and use of technology for accessing consumer health information. They plan to provide ongoing Librarian-to-Librarian reference and follow-up to workshop participants via phone, E-mail or U.S. mail. They also will develop and create reproducible brochures, pathfinders and references for distribution to the public and provide a guided, hands-on exercise in researching and creating a Webiography of authoritative consumer health web sites on various topics for CEU credit sessions.
August 1, 2007 - July 31, 2008

Duke University Medical Center Library
The Kindle: A Novel Way to Increase Access to Health Information
The Duke University Medical Center Library staff will work with 3 community clinics to increase information access by providing 2 Kindle readers for health professionals and students working at the clinic. They will train on the operation of a Kindle as well as provide resources, practice guidelines, PubMed for the Handheld, and more for the Kindle. They will test the effectiveness and utility of the Kindle in the clinic setting with two rotations of students and health professionals during the project period.
September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2009

Eastern AHEC/East Carolina University
ECU Pungo District Hospital Library Improvement
Eastern AHEC/East Carolina University staff will improve library services at the Pungo District Hospital by installing computer equipment to enhance access to electronic health information.
March 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011

Eastern Shore AHEC
Teen Health Initiative
The Eastern Shore AHEC staff will work to increase student awareness of quality health websites and acquaint students with MedlinePlus, the Talbot County Free Library's databases as well as AHEC resources. Talbot County high school teens and their families, Talbot County high school health and Anatomy and Physiology teachers, and Talbot County Free Library patrons are the target audiences.
November 1, 2006 - October 31, 2007

East Tennessee State University
Color My World Healthy
The staff of the Color my World Healthy project will offer classes on fitness, exercise and nutrition at the Carver Recreation Center consumer health library. The staff will offer "sit to be fit" program for seniors as well as classes on diseases and health conditions for all.
July 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

East Tennessee State University
Tennessee Consumer Health Information Outreach: A Simple Plan
The staff of the ETSU Quillen College of Medicine Library will promote awareness and use of NLM information products and services, promote and improve access to health information and library services and the use of technology for information access by providing training to the Caney Fork, Upper Cumberland Region, and the Reelfoot Region library systems. Instruction will focus on consumer health reference and collections, evaluation of health information on the internet, use of PubMed, and locating quality consumer health websites. They will provide funding for the MLA consumer Health Specialization to 50 participants.
September 1,2008 - August 31, 2009

Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center
Teen Health Initiative
The Eastern Shore AHEC staff will work to increase student awareness of quality health websites and acquaint students with MedlinePlus, the Talbot County Free Library's databases as well as AHEC resources. Talbot County high school teens and their families, Talbot County high school health and Anatomy and Physiology teachers, and Talbot County Free Library patrons are the target audiences.
November 1, 2006 - October 31, 2007

Georgetown County Diabetes CORE Group
MALE-IN Project
The Georgetown County Diabetes CORE Group will conduct the MALE - IN project (Men Actively Lending and Enabling Success in Health.) The objectives of the project are to inspire men to use the internet and multimedia to increase their knowledge of male health issues; to engage medical personnel via satellite and other means to connect with local men groups, to inspire and train men to provide positive feedback to male youth and younger men, and to create videos by local men as positive male health education.
October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010

Georgetown University
The staff of the Dahlgren Memorial Library will initiate the iPad - an innovative technology tool to deliver health information and support activities in a community health clinic project. The project objectives are to investigate the use of the iPad for delivery of health information resources in a point-of-care clinic setting, provide training to clinical personnel in the use of evidence-based resources available from NLM, evaluate medical applications available for the iPad to determine best practices, and evaluate medical applications to support clinical decision making. The target population are the clinicians, second year medical students and nurses working at the Hoya Clinic in southeast Washington, DC.
July 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Greenville County Library System
Senior Health Information Project
The staff of the Greenville County Library System will provide demonstrations of electronic consumer health resources to 20 community centers in Greenville County. Hands-on classes will be held at centers with computers facilities.
May 5, 2010 - April 20, 2011

Florida Public Health Association
The Florida Public Health Association will provide the Using Modern Approaches for Community Health Education, Information and Services project. During the course of the project, the FPHA will provide regional programming to public health departments on social marketing, approaches to improve health outcomes, and electronic health resources.
July 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Foothills Area Health Education Center
ACHIEVE
Through Project ACHEIVE - Access to Consumer Health Information and Education Via Electronic resources - Foothills AHEC staff will provide education on how to access and evaluate quality health information to residents and public library staff in rural counties. Eleven training sessions are planned. Staff will plan and develop training, education and promotional materials and develop a custom Google search engine for training and learning.
December 1, 2009 - November 30, 2010

Foothills Area Health Education Center - Free Health Clinic Health Information Access Project
The Foothills AHEC will provide equipment and training on how to access quality health information on the web to the health provider staff, clinic volunteers, patients and families of the Good News Clinic, Gainesville, GA.
November 1, 2006 - October 31, 2007

Georgia Statewide AHEC Network
Finding Reliable Health Information and Health Career Sites
The AHEC staff will work with 9th and 10th grade students at the local health sciences and engineering magnet high school to provide sessions on finding reliable health information and health career websites. Pathfinders and a health career project website are planned.
September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2009

Georgetown County Diabetes CORE Group
MALE-IN Project
The Georgetown County Diabetes CORE Group will conduct the MALE - IN project (Men Actively Lending and Enabling Success in Health.) The objectives of the project are to inspire men to use the internet and multimedia to increase their knowledge of male health issues; to engage medical personnel via satellite and other means to connect with local men groups, to inspire and train men to provide positive feedback to male youth and younger men, and to create videos by local men as positive male health education.
October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010

Greenville County Library System
Senior Health Information Project
The Georgetown County Diabetes CORE Group will conduct the MALE - IN project (Men Actively Lending and Enabling Success in Health.) The objectives of the project are to inspire men to use the internet and multimedia to increase their knowledge of male health issues; to engage medical personnel via satellite and other means to connect with local men groups, to inspire and train men to provide positive feedback to male youth and younger men, and to create videos by local men as positive male health education.
May 1, 2010 - April 20, 2011

Huntsville Madison County Public Library
The Public Library staff will undertake a health literacy project for adults. Project staff will train the public library and local university on consumer health resources and consumer health collection development. In addition, staff will provide training to consumers and hold health fairs.
July 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Inova Fairfax Hospital
Health Literacy Initiative
The Inova Fairfax Hospital in partnership with the Fairfax County Public Library will hold two sessions on health information literacy. One session will be held at the public library to teach members of the community effective methods of communicating with their doctor. A second program will be held to inform healthcare professionals about the concept of health literacy, steps to improve communication between patient and health care provider and how to best integrate what they learn with patient care. Both sessions will provide instruction on how to obtain and evaluate plain language consumer health information through MedlinePlus and other online sources.
August 1, 2007 - July 31, 2008

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
The Harrison Medical Library staff will increase outreach to seniors in the Baltimore area. They expect to reach 600 seniors at 19 Baltimore County senior center locations. Classes on MedlinePlus and other reliable health information are planned.
January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Promotion of Healthy Internet Searching in Schools
The staff of the Harrison Medical Library will promote MedlinePlus will teaching students, teachers, school staff and parents about the importance of locating reliable health information and what constitutes a reliable website. They will work with students of all ages and teachers in the Baltimore area.
September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2009

Life University
Life Center for Seniors Health Literacy
The staff of the Life University Library will introduce Life Center for Seniors members to NLM electronic health resources through a training program to locate, evaluate and utilize consumer health information. Members will be able to use three project funded computers for searching in the Center.
September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010

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Medical Center of Central Georgia
SHARE
The staff of the Medical Center of Central Georgia in partnership will Mercer Medical Center Library will participate in a community health education initiation to SHARE - Spreading Health And Resources for Education. Training classes for Bibb County public librarians and consumers support groups and three health fairs are planned.
September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010

Mercer University
Strengthening Georgia Health -Go Local Through Partnership with Public Libraries
The Mercer University School of Medicine Library staff will train public librarians and the staff in a regional library system to audit and index Georgia Health-Go Local resources in their county. From this work, they will evaluate the feasibility of using public library partners in other systems in Georgia to augment and/or maintain the database. They will describe "best practice" for training public health librarians to augment/maintain the Go Local database and share with other Go Local participants. They plan to exhibit at the COMO meeting to promote Georgia Health -Go Local and develop partners.
September 1, 2008 - November 30, 2009

Mercer University
Promoting Georgia Go Local to Health Professionals
The Mercer University Medical Library will raise awareness of Georgia Health Go Local project (http://www.gahealthgolocal.org/) among healthcare professionals in the state, including school nurses, physicians, healthcare administrators, and social service collaborative's. At four statewide meetings of health professionals they plan to promote NLM and GaIN resources/services and connect health professionals with their local health sciences libraries.
August 1, 2007 - August 31, 2008

My Brothaz Home, Inc.
The staff of My Brothaz HOME, Inc will provide the Training Persons Living with HIV/AIDS to Access Information on the Internet project in Savannah, GA and surrounding counties. Training on NLM and other AIDS and health related sites will be the focus. Minority youth, men and women living with HIV/AIDS will be the target audience.
July 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Nichols Temple A.M.E. Church
Healthy Spirit and Beyond
The health ministry of the church will facilitate access to and familiarity with quality sources of online health information for African American residents in the metropolitan area by installing a computer, printer, fax machine and Internet access in the church. They will train with an experienced health information consultant to facilitate helping information seekers use the Internet to find quality health information and publicize the availability of the equipment and staff for this purpose in the community. Also, they plan to promote preventive health care among the targeted population through education by conducting screenings and expert healthcare provider discussions at an introductory health fair in the church and publicizing the planned health fair in the community. They will provide for continuation of this project by means of signed “Memorandum of Agreement” with Health InfoNet of Alabama/UAB Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences.
September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2008

Rural Community Outreach Project
Training to Seniors
Project personnel will provide computer and MedlinePlus training to the seniors and youth in the rural areas of Georgetown county. Mental health resources will be the primary focus of the training.
November 1, 2009 - October 31, 2010

St. James Missionary Baptist Church
Healthy Spirit and Beyond
The St. James Missionary Baptist Church will install computers for public use; obtain training from an experienced health information consultant and promote preventive health care by conducting screenings and health fairs.
February 1, 2008 - January 31, 2009

St. Mark CME Church
Healthy Answers
The health ministry of the church will facilitate access to and familiarity with quality sources of online health information for African American residents in the metropolitan area by installing a computer, printer, fax machine and Internet access in the church. They will train with an experienced health information consultant to facilitate helping information seekers use the Internet to find quality health information and publicize the availability of the equipment and staff for this purpose in the community. Also, they plan to promote preventive health care among the targeted population through education by conducting screenings and expert healthcare provider discussions at an introductory health fair in the church and publicizing the planned health fair in the community. They will provide for continuation of this project by means of signed Memorandum of Agreement with Health InfoNet of Alabama/UAB Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences.
September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2008

Saint Thomas Hospital
Tennessee Emergency Preparedness
The Tennessee Health Sciences Library Association will hold a one day conference to learn about current disaster preparedness planning in the state of Tennessee, learn the basics of writing a library disaster response plan, learn the basic processes in formulating Mutual Assistance Agreements throughout the state, learn how to best utilize RML staff and resources in case of disaster, and use knowledge gathered from objectives one through four begin work on a state-wide plan for information services in the event of a disaster in Tennessee.
September 1, 2007 - August 30, 2008

Southeastern Regional Medical Center
The Southeastern Regional Medical Center staff will provide consumer health outreach to the senior citizen centers and faith-based organizations all throughout Robeson County, North Carolina to include presentations about MedlinePlus, NC Health Info and the consumer health libraries (CHECs) located in the Lumberton mall and Red Springs fitness center.
August 1, 2007 - July 31, 2008

Tuskegee University
TU Teen Health Corner
The goal of the TU Teen Health Corner project is to design and develop a website devoted to teenage health issues. The website will increase the availability, awareness , knowledge, and utilization of quality health information by African American teenagers living in rural communities of Macon County, Alabama. Classes on MedlinePlus and other electronic databases as well as web design are planned.
October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010

University of Florida
Borland Medical Library - Jacksonville Health Literacy Outreach Program
Borland Medical Library staff will develop a two part curriculum for health literacy classes for the 300 members of the congregation of New Mt. Canann Missionary Baptist Church and one other congregation. The project PI will provide 8 classes including training the trainer classes for 2 congregants. In total 16 classes are planned.
November 1, 2009 - October 31, 2010

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Promoting Maryland Health Go Local
The staff of the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library will promote Maryland Health Go Local at a series of five exhibits. Consumer and health professional meetings will be the focus of this express outreach award. Demonstrations, training sessions and distribution of support materials is planned.
September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2009

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University of South Alabama
Promoting clearer communication
The Promoting Clearer Communication between Health Professionals and Patients project staff will provide instruction on health literacy assessment to nurse practitioners, College of Nursing faculty and nursing students working in three separate clinic facilities. They will also provide instruction on clear communication to clinic staff to promote better communication with patients and instruction on consumer health information and evidenced based resources. They will provide equipment for staff to use to connect with electronic resources.
March 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011

University of South Carolina
Creating the InfoAble Portal
The staff of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library will improve access to information technology and library and information services by purchasing and installing a computer, printer and projector in the Columbia Family Connections new family wing. They will improve access to disability and health information by creating the InfoAble Portal which will become the default homepage for the new multimedia computer system and a new product feature on the Center for Disability Resources Library web site.
September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2009

University of South Carolina
Partnering to Improve Patient Education
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library will purchase equipment and provide training on MedlinePlus to patient educators at the Free Clinic, Inc., Columbia, SC.
November 1, 2006 - October 31, 2007

University of South Florida
Teaching and Assessing Seniors' Health Information Retrieval
The "Teaching and assessing seniors' health information retrieval" project staff will work with four facilities to improve low vision senior citizens' access to electronic health information. Specific objectives include: 1.) Develop appropriate in-person training materials and database training tutorials using the National Library of Medicine's consumer health databases for senior citizens, specifically to: o Train seniors with an instructor, o Train seniors without an instructor, solely with a tutorial at their library, 2. ) Instruct volunteer students to assist with the training of seniors 3. ) Train volunteer library and information science students to train seniors to locate health information 4.) Train seniors with an added focus on the adaptation to challenges for low vision seniors to locate credible health information 5.) Analyze and describe the on-line health information seeking behaviors of seniors, particularly low vision seniors 6.) Compare the success of in-person training versus database training tutorials.
August 1, 2007 - July 31, 2008

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tennessee Consumer Health Information Outreach
The UT Preston Medical Library staff will promote and improve access to health information and the use of NLM information products and services by providing training for public librarians in the Fort Loudon, Blue Grass and Highland Rim regions of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The focus of the instruction will be on how to manage consumer health reference and collections, evaluate health information on the Internet, use PubMed, and local quality consumer health websites. The MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization will be funded for up to 50 participants.
September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2009

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Connecting Tennessee's Loansome Doc
The University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library will lead a project to connect underserved health professionals in Tennessee with needed health information. They will partners with Tennessee medical libraries to promote the awareness and use of the information products and services of NLM, train health professionals to use the products, and offer free Loansome Doc services through the library partners. They will work with the Tennessee Medical Association to promote the project, train health professionals, and exhibit at their annual meeting.
September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2009

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Tennessee Outreach State Planning II
The University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library staff along with its partners will evaluate the results of the state wide survey completed during previous funding and hold a third outreach planning session for the state.
November 1, 2006 - October 31, 2007

University of Virginia
Increasing Health Knowledge with Multimedia Computer-Assisted Education
Project staff of the University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library will evaluate whether taking a computer-assisted educational tutorial during an outpatient visit will improve patients' knowledge of their medical condition. Project staff will work 40 patients during the course of the project to provide a 15 question true/false knowledge questionnaire. Medical students and clinic staff will participate in the project.
March 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011

University of Virginia
The staff of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library will hold a 1.5 day pilot e-science bootcamp for up to 20 librarians at the University of Virginia. The objectives of the program are to explore information needs related to escience in representative biomedical research areas; investigate the use of social networking tools in scientific collaboration, and prepare participants to better engage faculty about escience in their field through increased knowledge and awareness of their information needs and resources.
July 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

University of Virginia
Finding What Works: Improving Health Literacy
The project will bring practicing literacy tutors and educators together with practicing patient educators from the community to discuss a range of currently available health literacy curriculums during a facilitated working session. From discussions, a plan will be developed to target health literacy training. Staff, literacy tutors and patient educators from Charlottesville and Albemarle counties will be invited to participate.
November 1, 2006 - October 31, 2007

Virginia Hospital Center
To Your Health! Salud Information Portal for Arlington, VA
Project staff will create a central health information portal Increase awareness of free health information resources. They will also ensure access to authoritative online health information, provide access to and awareness of multilingual health information resources and increase awareness of state & county public health initiatives. They will combine access to consumer health information resources from the Arlington Public Library & the Medical Library of Virginia Hospital Center through the portal.
May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Wake Forest University
The staff of the Coy C. Carpenter Library will increase the understanding of valuable health information by teaching strategies to find reliable and evidence-based information using NC Health Info and MedlinePlus. They will partner with the Department of Nursing Education and Research at WFUHS and the Congregational Nurse and Health Ministry Program to assess whether using the NC Health Info web site's information affects a client's management of his/her health and helps him/her to make better health decisions.
October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010

Wake Forest University
Community Health Information Outreach Program II
The Carpenter Library will expand upon their previous award to work with a faith organization serving a largely underserved population. They will increase consumer understanding of health information resources by teaching strategies for using health information resources including NC Health Info, MedlinePlus, and Ebsco Health Source available through NC Live.
August 1, 2007 - July 31, 2008

Wake Forest University
Community Health Information Outreach Program
This project will strengthen the partnership between the Medical Library and the Forsyth County Public Library. Training sessions will be offered to public library staff and the public on accessing, retrieving and evaluating health information on the web as well as increase the visibility of the public library's subscription databases for health information. Project funds will also provide equipment for an electronic classroom at the public library.
November 1, 2006 - October 31, 2007

Western Maryland AHEC
Pipeline Outreach
Western Maryland Area Health Education Center will train at least 100 participants in WMAHEC high school health careers programs in the use of NLM resources, including GoLocal, Pubmed, MedlinePlus, Clinical Trials.gov, NIH SeniorHealth.gov, genetics website, as well as on locating and evaluating reliable health information on the Internet.
August 1, 2007 - July 31, 2008

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