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Application period open for the 2021-2026 cycle of the Network of the National Library Medicine (NNLM)

MCR News - Wed, 2020-06-10 17:12

The National Library of Medicine has announced that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities for 2021-2026 are open for applications until September 11. You can read the announcement of the FOA here and review the FOA here.

There are a couple of significant changes in this new funding announcement. First is a name change to Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).

There will be notable changes to the geographic make-up of the regions. Our region, Region 4, will be losing 3 states: Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri will be part of the new Region 3.

Colorado, Wyoming and Utah will be joined in Region 4 by six new states: Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission. The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.

A technical assistance webinar open to all interested parties will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 3:00-4:00pm ET. For more information, see https://nnlm.gov/workbook#tech.

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African American Health and Anti-Racist Resources

MAR News - Wed, 2020-06-10 15:38

This article was adapted from Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR.

In light of recent events including police brutality and ensuing protests, the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, stand with the African American community. In this article, you will find resources related to recent funded projects, African American mental health, cultural competency, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health.

We support this statement from the African American Medical Library Alliance:

We are hurting, frustrated and our emotions are raw.

The cumulative toll of microaggressions, institutional racism, police brutality, and state-sanctioned violence coupled with the emotional labor of navigating a predominantly white profession is exhausting. We are tired of not being seen, heard, included, or appreciated for the value that our unique voices, experiences and perspectives bring to the narrative.

We appreciate the sentiments of our fellow caucuses and colleagues throughout the Medical Library Association. Collectively, we share community with other marginalized members who live in dread that the color of their skin, race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, language, culture, nationality, age, ability status, and religion make them targets of violence and possibly death.

We are committed to using our collective voices in bringing about change in the profession and the Association.

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kelsa Bartley, Chair
Michael S. Fitts, Chair-Elect
Shenita Peterson, Immediate Past Chair
Tara Douglas-Williams, AHIP, National Program Committee, Co-Chair 2021
Shannon Jones, AHIP, Caucus Mentor
Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, MLA Past President
Tamara Nelson, AHIP, MLA Information Services Domain Hub Chair
Aidy Weeks, AHIP, Virtual Engagement Committee

Recent NNLM MAR Funded Projects

NNLM MAR encourages BIPOC-led organizations in NY, NJ, PA and DE to apply for funding. Contact us to learn more.

African American Mental Health Resources Cultural Competency NLM African American and Race History Racism and Science PubMed Central Articles


Adapted & written by Kate Flewelling, Executive Director, for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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