Are you having trouble figuring out how to connect with your current and potential library users and getting them to utilize to all the great programs and services available at your library? Join us as we host Jill Stover Heinz, the Director of User Experience at the University of Virginia, in a webinar to explore strategies to market Research Data Management (RDM) services and other services in your library. She is the author of the book, “Library Marketing: From Passion to Practice.” Like you, she’s a librarian who wants her work to connect with users, so they can benefit from all of the amazing resources and services libraries offer. Marketing offers us an effective way to connect with our users and to support data sharing and open science. For more information please refer to the website: NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery (https://nnlm.gov/data). I hope you will join us for the presentation and a valuable question and answer session.
This webinar is free and open to anyone interested, but advance registration is required. Please register at this link: https://nnlm.gov/class/marketing-research-data-management-rdm-services/13340
Please join us! We are hosting an in-person summer session for hospital librarians in the New England Region.
MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019
9:30 am until 2:30 pm
UMass Medical School
Worcester MA 01655
1. Discuss National Library of Medicine changes to DOCLINE, LinkOut, PubMed and the elimination of LoansomeDoc, and how this will impact your document delivery services.
2. Construct document delivery workflow charts to understand how you are providing access to library collections for clinicians, researchers, nurses and administrators at your hospital.
3. Hear from Michelle Bass, PhD, MSI, AHIP, about Impostor Syndrome among health sciences librarians, and explore ways to cope with this phenomenon.
Fill out this registration form for our in-person summer session.
Registration is LIMITED to 25 participants. Preference given to librarians working in New England hospitals.
Please contact Margot Malachowski (email@example.com) or Martha Meacham (firstname.lastname@example.org)Did you miss the Hospital Libraries Advisory Group meeting?
We met online on Tue, May 14, 2019.
Check this recording to learn about our annual survey results and our plans for 2019-2020.
Make a difference in your community by applying for one of our NNLM PNR All of Us Health Literacy Outreach Awards! We’re pleased to offer 5 Health Literacy Outreach Awards, each up to $19,000. The goals of the Awards are to foster awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program and promote health literacy through:
- programs, education and outreach focused on addressing community health needs;
- supporting access to population-specific, evidence-based health information; and
- offering digital health literacy skills development.
Creative approaches to meeting the health literacy needs of your community are encouraged. Consider focusing on any topics that support the aims of NIH All of Us Research Program, such as how biology, environment and lifestyle influence health.
Eligible applicants must be from institutions that are members of the NNLM PNR; if you don’t have a membership, membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information. To apply for membership, submit an online membership application. Encouraged to apply are applicants who have not previously received NNLM funding or have only received funding once before.
Interested in applying? Please note the following deadlines:
- Letter of Intent providing a brief description of the proposed project, must be submitted no later than Wednesday, July 10. Please send your Letter of Intent to: email@example.com and include Health Literacy Outreach Award in the subject line.
- Submission deadline for your completed application is Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 3:00 Pacific Time. Please send your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org and include Health Literacy Outreach Award in the subject line.
For more information about this award and for tips on writing your proposal check out our NNLM PNR Funding Opportunities page and our Proposal Writing Toolkit respectively. Questions? Please drop us a line (email@example.com ). We welcome all questions and input.
We look forward to funding your good ideas!
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!Spotlight
Request for Proposals: HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects – The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 12, 2:00 PM ET.National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
Eating with the Ecosystem: Citizen Science Project – NER Update
New on YouTube: Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library, May 21, 2019NLM/NIH News
The Wisdom in Asking Questions – Questions convey wonder about the world and about the “other.” Asking questions of our patients helps them reveal themselves and their concerns. Asking questions of science advances the knowledge needed to diagnose and treat the human response to disease, disability, and developmental challenges. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
NLM and NIEHS Supporting Disaster Science Investigators – What would happen if a train derailed and chemicals were released into a community? This important question was part of training offered through a collaboration between NLM and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Data Science in Politics of Yellow Fever: Medical Research before “Data” – The exhibition Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America includes a variety of items, selected by the curator from the NLM historical collections, which reflect how scientists and the public hypothesized the cause and spread of yellow fever throughout U.S. cities during the 18th and 19th centuries. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
Putting 3D Printing to Work to Heal Spinal Cord Injury – Taking advantage of advances in 3D printing technology, researchers have created customized implants that may boost the power of cell-based therapies for repairing injured spinal cords. – NIH Director’s Blog
NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2020 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the online application portal, by midnight ET on September 30, 2019.
What’s New in WISER 5.4 – WISER is a system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. A quick look at what’s new with the recent release includes news and notifications about upgrades, detailed bibliographies on substance data, protective distance mapping expansions, and more!
Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted statistics on Medline and PubMed from Fiscal Year 2018, and the launch of MAGPIE, an interactive tool to help professional coders, researchers, and clinicians find SNOMED CT and ICD-10-PCS codes for medical procedures and interventions.
NIH News in Health: The June 2019 issue is now available, featuring “Parenting Teens: Guiding Kids Through Turbuent Years,” and, “Beating Bursitis: Take Care of Your Joint Cushions.” Other topics include telemedicine, smoking and heart health, and coping with cancer.NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities
NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!
Panels as Windows: Graphic Medicine and Empathy, a Tool to Understanding Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals – June 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Graphic medicine is comics about health. This communication medium has received an increase in attention over the last decade. A major reason for this is due to findings that it is well suited to increase empathy in healthcare students, healthcare professionals and caregivers. This webinar with the South Central Region (SCR) will deepen the discussion on graphic medicine and medical humanities by diving into implications of emotional understanding and recognition of humanity in health. Participants of this webinar will examine the use of comics to communicate various perspectives in the healthcare process.
mHealth: Mobile Technologies to Improve Community Health – June 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the South Central Region (SCR) for the first online offering of mHealth! Learn about emerging technologies and trends, and how consumer health devices can be used to impact individual health behavior and the overall health of a community. This class draws on the latest research and trends to give participants to a big picture look at mHealth, telemedicine, and related issues. Learn about how health systems are beginning to develop or incorporate new technologies for remote patient monitoring and improving clinical care. What laws and policies have been formed to govern these devices? This course will also take a close look at community health and the role of mHealth in surveillance and public health interventions.
Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place – June 19, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for this first in a series of nine webinars about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion! Unlike other online diversity trainings, this course introduces the concepts that you can utilize in your own life immediately. Regardless of your identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships. Spend an hour, reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work.
Libraries Connecting You to Coverage – June 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Libraries all over are taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community.
New Approaches to Health and Wellness Library Programming – June 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Many communities are embarking on health and wellness initiatives directed at controlling healthcare costs and preventing substance abuse. There is a role for libraries as the arbitrators of information to provide tools and education on health and wellness topics. Health information literacy is a facet of information literacy that is often not addressed through traditional library services. Sponsored by the Mid-Continental Region (MCR), this webinar will introduce the audience to the trauma-based approach and resilience and explain how they utilized these approaches to inform their libraries’ programming. This presentation will provide ideas and resources that can be scaled for use at both large and small libraries of all types.
Marketing Research Data Management (RDM) Services – June 20, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Jill Stover Heinz, the Director of User Experience at the University of Virginia, to explore strategies to market Research Data Management (RDM) services in your library. She is the author of the book, “Library Marketing: From Passion to Practice.” She’s a librarian who wants her work to connect with users, so they can benefit from all of the amazing resources and services libraries offer. Marketing offers us an effective way to connect with our users and to support data sharing and open science.
How the Trauma Informed Approach Can Help Treat Substance Use Disorder – June 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – People who experience trauma- especially Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)- are at an elevated risk for substance use disorders, mental illness, and physical disorders. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an evidence-based approach to deliver healthcare in a way that recognizes and responds to the long-term health effects of the experience of trauma. Upon completion of this webinar with the New England Region (NER), participants will be able to explain the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Substance Use Disorders, describe promising practices for implementing the trauma-informed care approach, and consider how trauma-informed care might work in your organization.
Resources for Community Health Workers – June 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an important role in connecting their communities with healthcare and services. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this session will provide information about how Community Health Workers can link their community with quality health information using resources from the National Library of Medicine. In addition to appropriate information tools for CHWs, the audience will learn about projects that have put NLM resources to use in CHW training and community education. Guest speaker, Elizabeth Schaffer, MPH, MS, CHES will join to discuss how she integrated MedlinePlus into a 100-hour CHW training program.
From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – This one-hour webinar with The Greater Midwest and Middle Atlantic Regions (GMR/MAR) will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We’ll touch briefly on some health challenges and barriers to care that these population groups face and discuss how to integrate cultural competence and humility into your work. Finally, we’ll review the CDC’s Refugee Health Portals and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and Specialized Information Services resources. Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE and 1 category-I contact hour for CHES/MCHES.
PubMed for Librarians: Introduction – July 9, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this synchronous, online class that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, and search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.
*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.Other Items of Interest
- Informationist (three positions available), National Institutes of Health Library, Montgomery County, MD
- Teaching & Learning Engagement Librarian, Virginia Tech University Libraries, Blacksburg, VA
Upcoming Health Observance: June 10-14 is set aside as Men’s Health Week, and is dedicated to scheduling events that will help raise awareness about the health challenges men face and the factors contributing to their shorter life expectancy. As part of Men’s Health Week, Wear Blue Day will be celebrated on June 14, as an opportunity for organizations and individuals to help spread the word about the importance of disease prevention, early detection and pursuing treatment after a diagnosis. Learn more about Men’s Health issues from MedlinePlus.
Critical Appraisal for Librarians: Evaluating Randomized Controlled Trials – June 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are among the most important kinds of studies that are used to answer clinical and systematic review questions. But not all RCT studies are good enough to share with clinicians or include in reviews. This webinar will give you tools to evaluate the quality of RCT studies. Attendees will learn how to apply RCT validity criteria, spot bias, critique study methodologies, calculate basic results, interpret results, and clearly communicate the meaning and value of RCT studies to patients and clinicians. You will leave with new skills in reading and evaluating RCT studies and increased confidence in your ability to contribute to evidence-based medicine (EBM). Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Critical Contributions: Developing Research Appraisal Skills at Your Institution – June 26, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – With the reproducibility crisis in biomedical and health sciences and the ever-present necessity of basing medical practice on valid research, medical librarians have an opening to expand their contributions to health care and raise their status by teaching critical appraisal at their institutions. Abraham Wheeler and Amy Blevins aim to get you fired up about teaching in this new area! Attendees will learn why critical appraisal is an emerging need in health sciences programs, how librarians can fill a gap in critical appraisal expertise, and how you can increase your involvement in the evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum at your institution. You will understand the essence of critical appraisal and its place in the cycle of EBM and learn steps that you can take to develop and improve your critical appraisal skills. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Getting Started with Interprofessional Education at Your Institution – July 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Develop the skills and knowledge that enable you to become involved with interprofessional education at your institution. Learn how to plan for success with an interprofessional education roadmap that addresses the core areas of librarian integration into interprofessional education–academic, clinical, and community engagement–and create an individualized action plan for IPEP involvement at your institution. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) Consumer Health Information Librarians Interest Group – June 23, 10:30-11:30 ET – Does your library currently or have interest in providing health outreach and programming? Want to know what free and reliable health and wellness information resources are available to you for youth, adults and underserved populations? Join the ASGCLA CHIL group at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss consumer health topics of interest such as libraries response to the opiod crisis, providing health information to vulnerable populations, ready to use health programs for librarians and training and funding from your Regional Medical Library. Come and learn how to develop long-term partnerships and collaborations to share trusted health information with members of your community.
Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – Join the New York State Area Health Education Center on July 12 in Buffalo, NY for a full day of free programming! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Attendees are eligible for 5.5 Social Work CEUs, Licensed Mental Health Counselor CEUs, Nursing CNEs or Physician CMEs. Early Bird Registration: $100 for professionals; $15 for students.
2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit – Join the Pennsylvania Library Association on July 15 for the 2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit in Summerdale, PA. This year’s summit is looking at information literacy and how it intersects with basic, civic and social, health and financial literacy, helping individuals navigate various information channels and understanding the role all libraries have in the discovery and application of credible information. Online registration is available until June 30.
2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.
OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.
MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)
Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians
- 2019 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Solicitation Announced
- Eating with the Ecosystem: Citizen Science Project
- 2019 Health Literacy Summit “A Sharper View Through the Lens of Health Literacy”
Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*
Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities
- Wellness in the Library Workplace (Jun 10 – Jun 23)
- Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (Jun 11 – Jul 9)
Webinars June 19 – June 20
- Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place (Jun 19, 12 PM ET)
- PNR Rendezvous: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage (Jun 19, 4 PM ET)
- New Approaches to Health and Wellness Library Programming (Jun 19, 4 PM ET)
- Marketing Research Data Management (RDM) Services (Jun 20, 1 PM ET)
Webinars June 26 – July 9
- How the Trauma Informed Approach Can Help Treat Substance Use Disorder (Jun 26, 1 PM ET)
- Resources for Community Health Workers (Jun 26, 2 PM ET)
- From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information (Jul 9, 1 PM ET)
- PubMed for Librarians: Introduction (Jul 9, 2 PM ET)
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News
- The NIH Director’s Blog: Putting 3D Printing to Work to Heal Spinal Cord Injury
- The NIH Director’s Blog: Fundamental Knowledge of Microbes Shedding New Light on Human Health
- Study links irregular sleep patterns to metabolic disorders
- NIH scientists call attention to the impact of opioids on women and children
- Musings from the Mezzanine: The Wisdom in Asking Questions
- Circulating Now: Medical Perspectives on World War 2
- NLM in Focus: NLM and NIEHS Supporting Disaster Science Investigators
- NLM Technical Bulletin: NLM Launches MAGPIE Web Tool
- Genome context graphic now in virus search results
- NCBI to help with Rocky Mountain Genomics HackCon, June 17 – 21, 2019
- New BLAST results to become the default view August 1, 2019
- IgBLAST (1.14.0) is now available with several improvements
NNLM SEA Communications
* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities
- All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
- Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
- The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
- Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
- Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
- Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
- Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.
** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.
The NNLM PNR is happy to announce the Research & Data Engagement Award. The primary purpose of the Research & Data Engagement Award is to support projects and build partnerships that demonstrate engagement in research data services through the sharing of expertise and resources.
Eligible applicants must be from institutions that are members of the NNLM PNR; if you don’t have a membership, membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information. To apply for membership, submit an online membership application. Encouraged to apply are applicants who have not previously received NNLM funding or have only received funding once before.
Some ideas of potential projects range from an interdisciplinary collaboration to implement clinical data management services to developing knowledge and skills of librarians, students, researchers, clinicians, or public health workforce about best practices for organizing, managing, visualizing, and sharing data. Up to two awards valued at up to $19,000 will be awarded this year for the funding period beginning May 1st, 2019 and ending April 30th, 2020.
For those interested in this exciting award, applicants should inform NNLM PNR of their intent to apply by submitting a Letter of Intent, including the type of award and a brief description of the proposed project, by Thursday, July 11th, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Potential applicants should also submit their completed applications by Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 as an email attachment to email@example.com. For more information about this award and for tips on writing your proposal check out our NNLM PNR Funding Opportunities page and our Proposal Writing Toolkit respectively.
Good luck and we look forward to your exciting applications!!!
Express Outreach Award Highlights: California State University, Bakersfield Nursing Librarian Supports RN Explorers Training Program
by Ying Zhong, Nursing Librarian
Walter W. Stiern Library
California State University
RN Explorers Program is a part of Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life and career education for young men and women ages 14 through 20. This program focuses on careers in the medical field, with a specific focus on nursing. For over 17 years, nursing students, staff, and faculty from California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) meet regularly with high school students interested in nursing to introduce the nursing profession and basic nursing concepts. Nursing faculty and RN Explorers meet twice a month, on the first and third Monday evenings. RN Explorers learned nursing skills, participated in community health fairs by taking blood pressures, checking glucose and cholesterol levels. They also go on tours to Bakersfield College, CSUB, and several local hospitals to learn about specialties in health care.
With the support of an NNLM PSR Express Outreach Award, beginning in May, 2018, the CSUB Library joined forces with the Nursing Department to offer training in NLM resources and other library databases to the RN Explorers. One of the barriers that the RN Explorers face is lack of the basic understanding of the nursing profession. To fill their knowledge gap, I reviewed nursing literature and purchased 38 books focusing on the nursing career. The other highlight was meeting with 47 RN Explorers in person when they visited the CSUB campus on March 4, 2019. I gave a 20-minute presentation about Library services and resources available for RN Explorers. Library cards are offered to RN Explorers that will allow them to check out five books at a time from the CSUB Library. The outreach award also enabled CSUB Library to add seven iPads to the available resources, which Nursing faculty/staff/students may check out for seven days when visiting high schools, hospitals, etc. Last but not least, the award supported the ongoing program by offering eight Boy Scout memberships to further encourage high school students to participate in the RN Explorers Program. By providing resources to support this program, the CSUB Library strengthened its collaboration with the Nursing Department and contributed to the enhancement of community service.
NLM Historian Susan Speaker, PhD, Honored for JMLA Article Providing NNLM Historical Overview from 1985-2015
The professional association Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) honored NLM historian Susan L. Speaker, PhD, with its 2019 ALHHS best article award. Dr. Speaker received this prestigious honor for “Historical Overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 1985-2015,” which was published in the April 2018 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association. The article is publicly available in NLM’s PubMedCentral. Dr. Speaker’s ALHHS award follows on the NLM itself honoring her article in September 2018, when she received the NLM Board of Regents Award for her outstanding scholarship in documenting the history of the NNLM.
In researching and writing the history of the past three decades of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and its Regional Medical Libraries (RML), Dr. Speaker examined a wide range of primary sources, including records of the NNLM/RML located in the NLM archives, library periodical literature, RML directors’ meetings minutes, statements of work for RML contracts, RML annual reports, RML newsletters and blogs, and other associated materials. She also held informal conversations with National Network Coordinating Office staff members. Dr. Speaker’s research resulted in a rich and original history of the evolution of the NNLM during the internet age as it expanded its mission to include providing health information resources to academic researchers and the public. Reflecting historical change and the vision of NLM’s previous leadership, Dr. Speaker’s article is especially timely and valuable following the announcement that the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO) will be renamed the Office of Engagement and Training (OET) and become NLM’s organizational home for outreach.
by Annabelle Nuñez, M.A.
University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) works to extend the reach of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM-PSR) in Arizona communities with the support of a cooperative agreement designed to enhance the access to and engagement with health information. UAHSL staff consult with stakeholder communities as they plan and carry out outreach programs for Arizona that include promotion of and training in the use of National Library of Medicine resources. Our specialty is to offer training workshops around the state that assist librarians, K-12 students and educators, community health workers, health professionals, and members of the public to become effective users of digital content and electronic resources as well as improve their skills at identifying accurate health information.
One of the key highlights in 2018 was UAHSL Outreach Librarian Yamila El-Khayat’s opportunity to collaborate with a program coordinator of the Ventanilla de Salud program at the Mexican Consulate of Tucson. Together they offered a workshop on social determinants of health as an approach to health education and promotion in the Hispanic community. Twenty community health workers/promotoras participated in the workshop and learned about NLM products. This work was featured in a video presented during the NLM Update at the 2018 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, raising the profile of work being done in Arizona and in NNLM’s Pacific Southwest Region!
There is a tremendous push in K-12 education to increase curriculum in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. From an interdisciplinary lens, STEM subjects cross over seamlessly into the health sciences. For example, bioengineering for medical devices and 3D prototyping for clinical investigations. Visiting schools with 3D printers during events like a career fair is often the first time students get to see how 3D printing works. It is a great opportunity for Yamila to talk about 3D applications in health. We see how exposing students to 3D technology prepares them for thinking about health sciences with innovation in mind. This type of engagement also took place during the STEM festivals held in Prescott, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Tucson. Here too was the perfect opportunity to promote NLM products among the attendees interested in STEM.
In 2019, Yamila attended a tour of the Salt River Tribal Library and the Way of Life Facility. Yamila and Naomi Bishop, a new librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix Biomedical Campus Library, have begun to explore programming ideas with the Salt River Tribal Community. This is a new opportunity for UAHSL, and a great prospect for collaboration with our colleague in Phoenix.
In summary, this year gave us the opportunity to connect with 2611 participants throughout the state. We engaged in twenty-six events that included training, exhibiting, and presentations. The cooperative agreement permitted us to continue working with our collaborators engaging with new participants and clients, as well as explore programming with new partners, all in an effort to raise awareness of NLM products and increase health literacy.
Register Now: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt
An AAHSL/MLA/NNLM webinar collaboration
- Are you confused about all the topics under the umbrella of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
- Are you overwhelmed by all things swirling around in our world today?
- Are you ready to have less frustrating conversations?
Then Save the DATES!
Conversations that Matter includes both internal and external dialogues about our similarities and our differences. Each webinar will showcase examples across various subordinated and marginalized inter-sectional identities as well as give us all time to reflect, organize, and do our own work in claiming responsibility for our privileges and full lived experiences
June 19, 2018 : Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place: Register here!
Unlike other online diversity trainings, this course introduces the concepts that you can utilize in your own life immediately. Regardless of each your identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships.
Spend an hour, reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work. Our experiences, choices, and impact, both intentional and unintentional, matter. This is the starting place.
August 21, 2018 : Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self & Others
Have you experienced an optical illusion where you don’t initially see all of the options? Was the dress blue with gold stripes? Were you team Laurel or Yanny? Can you see the rabbit and the duck?
Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. This is why we may assume there is a monster in the garage when we haven’t experienced an earthquake before – we literally don’t have the experience to pull from to understand what is happening. We believe what we know – whether we know it or not.
Take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. The role of perception is directly linked to all that we are conscious of as well as all of the stuff we aren’t! We must learn our habits to be able to be open to understand something we don’t understand.
October 16, 2018 : Being a Better Ally to All
Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.
November 13, 2019 : Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections
We communicate across difference in passing, on purpose, and can even arrange a virtual conversation where everyone can see everyone easily even though we are potentially thousands of miles apart whether that is on the other side of the country, continent, or planet. And while we “know” our co-workers, we often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more. We may be well intended when we enter or step back from a conversation. We know better, but what we don’t know how to do is fix it right?
Make sure that everyone understands what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as you are. Spoiler alert – its not about them – it is all about you!
January 22, 2020 : That’s Not Funny! Or is it?
To be truly socially just do you have to eradicate humor? I don’t think so! Let a trained professional explain how humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event. How can we plan better, intervene when something isn’t right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If we think before we joke – we can still joke.
March 18, 2020 : Knowing what you don’t know: Medical Micro-aggressions
Health care access, serving patients, and working within your community is incredibly important work. To best do this work, we need to know who we are, what we bring to the table, and what we don’t know. Join in for a lively conversation to uncover what we don’t know, and how Step One is asking the right questions of ourselves and listening to others.
May 13, 2020 : I am … Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101
What better sexual identities way to learn about than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.
July 15, 2020 : I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!
Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This course contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here!
August 12, 2020 : I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned
Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn’t easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one’s past to better inform our futures.
Save the TIME: 12 pm EST, 11 am MST. 10 am CST, 9 am PST
All Webinars will be broadcast at the above time. Each webinar is 60 minutes.
Registration Fee? Absolutely NOT! but register early as each webinar is limited to 1,000 participants.
All expenses for the webinar series are being underwritten by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).
The NNLM PNR is hosting the series via WebEx and providing close captioning.
MLA is providing CE accreditation.
Recordings of each webinar will be available on the NNLM Training site and on https://mlanet.org
Please visit the NNLM training site for a list of current and previously hosted classes: https://nnlm.gov/classes/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-nine-conversations-matter-health-sciences-librarians-jessica
CE? Of Course!
One hour of MLA CE credit is available for each webinar! There is NO fee for CE credit.
If you are not able to participate, don’t worry. A video of each webinar will be available on the NNLM Training site and MLANET and available for your viewing. MLA CE credit also will be available up to 1 year from the live webinar.
ALL WEBINARS WILL BE CLOSE CAPTIONED
Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP,
pulls together her stand up comedy years with 15+ years of diversity trainings in a wide range of organizations to serve groups to move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead teams to want to work together. With a sense of belonging and understanding, colleagues take more risks with their ideation, conserve precious resources through collaboration, and maintain real connections with clients over time.
It is through Jessica’s work in Student Affairs, as a college administrator, in South Carolina, Oregon, New York, and Arizona, that she realized her love for the conversations across difference. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria, Social Justice Training Institute Alumna, and a Certified Speaking Professional, Jessica has taken the typical diversity talks to the next level of social justice conversations examining privilege, oppression, entitlement, and our collective responsibility to make change while connecting difficult topics with employee retention, crisis management, and increasing innovation and profits.
Jessica blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes don’t just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change. Having traveled and lived in a variety of communities and environments all over the world, while also engaging with education as student, teacher, administrator, and active community member, Jessica uses her take on life to lead participants through a safe but confrontational process of examination, self-reflection, and open dialog that is as challenging as it is rewarding.
With her attention now turning to larger associations and corporate leadership, Jessica is pulling from the past 15 years of direct experience to lead teams to try instead of avoiding a stretch. It is in this trying that clients uncover a deeper sense of belonging, resourceful collaboration opportunities, and reignite their creativity and innovative ideation. Learning, feeling, and being Good Enough Now allows for teams to do the best they can with what they have and persist long into the future no matter the crisis, topic, or challenge.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Cristina A. Pope, Chair, AAHSL Standing Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Cristina A. Pope, MS, MSM, AHIP
Health Sciences Library Director
Syracuse, NY 13210
Hello everyone! My name is Julie Botnick and I am a new Education and Outreach Librarian for the NNLM PSR at UCLA.
I recently completed my Master of Library and Information Science degree here at UCLA. As part of my studies, I worked as a Curatorial and Instruction Intern at UCLA Special Collections for History of Medicine and the Sciences, just downstairs from the NNLM PSR office.
I have worked at a broad range of repositories, including the archives at 20th Century Fox and Zion National Park (where we rehoused the historic natural history specimen collection, pictured to the right here!), and the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives in West Hollywood.
I have a background in education and program development, including development of educational texts, conferences, and training in outdoor, food, and environmental education; working as an educator at a living history museum; managing a business education institute for artists; and teaching undergraduates in the UCLA Department of History.
I look forward to working with you all on education and outreach initiatives. I also welcome food and hike recommendations across our region! Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What New England foods do you associate with summertime in New England? I bet “Lobstah” and “Fried Clams” are in your top ten answers. Being a “Foodie” who has lived in New England my whole life, I am very in tune with using local ingredients choosing recipes that celebrate New England’s local species and seasonal harvest. So when WGBH (my favorite local NPR station) aired a story with the title, “Just 5 Types of Fish Dominate Our Seafood Counters, It Doesn’t Have to be This Way,” they had me at Hello!
The story was about a citizen science project called “Eat Like a Fish,” that was coordinated by Eating with the Ecosystem, a small nonprofit whose mission is to promote a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood, through healthy habitats, flourishing food webs, and short, adaptive supply chains (https://www.eatingwiththeecosystem.org/).
This citizen science project was a bit different than a typical citizen science project that studies wildlife in their natural habitat. The “Eat Like a Fish” project studied wildlife in a human habitat, specifically in New England markets, kitchens, and tables linking ocean to plate.
The project enlisted the help of 86 seafood-eating, citizen scientists who gathered data from weekly shopping expeditions, home cooking experiments, and dinner-table taste tests. For 26 weeks these scientists searched seafood markets, supermarkets, farmers’ markets and seaside fishing piers looking for 52 New England seafood species. Every week, each participant was randomly-assigned 4 seafood species to search for. The first goal of the project was to understand how well the New England retail marketplace reflected the diversity of the wild seafood from their nearby ocean ecosystems. When the participants searched for and/or located their weekly assigned seafood species, they noted where they found it and where they didn’t. When they found a species they were assigned, they took it home and made it for dinner. The second project goal was to use their lived experiences to help explain why they found the seafood where they did, and did not, and why a species may be difficult to find and what can be done to create a greater diversity in the number of species found.
The following species of seafood led the pack in the availability in the marketplace:
- Lobster (found 80% of the time)
- Sea Scallops (found 69% of the time)
- Soft shell Clams (found 64% of the time)
- Cod (found 57 % of the time)
- Haddock (found 52% of the time)
In contrast, 32 species were found 10% or less of the time
There is lots more information about this project in the article. Of particular interest were the participants stories of cooking with a new seafood species, as well as important lessons for diversifying market demand for local seafood. Link to the article:
For the Eat Like a Fish, Diversifying New England’s Seafood Marketplace, Citizen Science Project Executive Summary, http://bit.ly/2HSY7m0
Did you know that Citizen Science is an important NLM initiative? Here is a link the a new NLM flyer that has many Citizen Science resources that will help you explore your inner Scientist – https://nnlm.gov/sites/default/files/shared/files/Products/AoU_Citizen_Science_508_0818.pdf .
Express Outreach Award Highlights: University of Nevada Savitt Medical Library Partners with Community Health Nursing Clinics Serving Rural Areas
by Katie Jefferson, MPH, Library Services Liaison
Mary Shultz, MS, Library Director
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno
The Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, received an outreach subaward from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), running from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. This was the third year the Savitt Medical Library received outreach funding, enabling it to build on efforts from previous years. With this funding, we again partnered with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to support the community health and behavioral health rural nurses working in state offices. These nurses provide health services to remote and underserved communities in ten frontier and rural counties. They also serve as school nurses in districts without a school nurse, flight nurses and nurses in the Nevada mines. Their area of responsibility covers more than 96,000 square miles and they average about 1,000 miles of travel per month. The rural nursing offices do not have online resources beyond those that are freely available.
In the first award year, the Savitt Medical Library provided training that highlighted freely available, quality resources, primarily from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. In addition we traveled to 11 (of 13) nursing clinic locations and introduced ourselves, the project, the nursing LibGuide and provided a training session. Traveling to each location across the state allowed us to see the environments in which the nurses work and allowed us to begin building partnerships. After the site visits the Savitt Medical Library created a project portal and continuously updated it with input from the nurses. During our visits, we received many suggestions for additional links and categories. It provides “one-stop shopping” for their highly used information resources. Prior to our visits, each nurse relied on their individual set of bookmarks or searched Google to seek resources.
In the 2018-2019 award year we focused on developing and creating new materials to provide a series of ten online training modules. We acquired continuing education (CE) certification for all three award years and will continue offering CE credit through April 2020. The modules are provided through the University’s course management system, Canvas. These topics were selected based on the initial phone interviews and surveys and then they were refined after meeting the nurses. The modules include:
- Health Information for non-English Speakers
- Infectious Disease Resources
- Google Searching
- Rural and Native American Resources
- Disaster Preparedness Resources
- PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov
- Mental Health Resources
- Environmental Health Resources
- Drug Information
- Wrap up and Miscellaneous Resources
The Savitt Medical Library will continue to promote the Project Portal and the Online Training Modules widely. The online training makes it possible for the nurses to access materials without having to travel. It was a challenge to make additional visits during the award period due to the nurses’ limited time and scheduling conflicts. We are making arrangements with the clinics to make another round of visits over the summer to continue building the relationships. Another barrier to note is that many of the clinics appear to be in transition, decreasing from the original 14 rural and frontier clinics to just nine. We suspect some of this is due to the recent retirements of several nurses and positions being left unfilled. Throughout the course of the award we received very positive comments from all the nurses we met. They seemed genuinely happy to have the support we offered and to “feel not quite so all alone.” They all expressed enthusiasm about the resources we covered, our portal page and sharing the resources with their colleagues. They also welcomed us back when scheduling allows.
This project was rewarding for the nurse participants and for the librarians. We saw first-hand the remote areas where they work and what resources they need. We are honored to have been the recipient of NNLM outreach funding for the last three years. This funding allowed us to reach health care providers in very underserved areas and provide services to this small but vital group of nurses providing care in the underserved areas of Nevada. We appreciate the funding and support we have received from the NNLM PSR and the great team of nurses we worked with!
Educational. Engaging. Inspiring. These were words used to summarize the 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit.
With almost 300 attendees from 25 states, this year’s Summit captured the attention of many professionals looking to broaden their health literacy lens. A majority felt energized to take on the next step of a health literacy project and included comments, such as:
“Lots of great resources! This presentation went quickly, but I look forward to reviewing things and sharing with my team when I get back.”
“The conference speakers inspired me to look at the services our agency delivers (i.e. ESL, correctional education, computer literacy, etc.) through a different lens. We have offered some health literacy workshops in the past, but these were offered as stand-alone activities. Following the conference, we plan to more fully integrate health related content into our daily activities with all learner populations.”
“Excellent Summit! This event has standing in the field, which makes it attract really good people, both new and experienced!”
In a 1-week follow-up survey, participants responded they are likely to use the health literacy research and practice-based tools presented at the Summit within one or more of the following areas:
- interpersonal communication-print, audiovisual, web, or social media content-navigation of your facility (72%).
- Prepare individuals you serve to access, understand and act on health information and services (67%).
- Broaden your organization’s view of the role health literacy plays in all aspects of health, health care and patient/member experience (59%).
- Include the population you serve in the design, implementation and evaluation of health information and services (59%).
- Integrate health literacy into planning, evaluation, patient safety and/or quality improvement (51%)
- Utilize health literacy principles and interventions to improve patient outcomes (44%).
You can find session recordings and materials at wisconsinhealthliteracy.org.
This is the second blog post in a series authored by several individuals who received professional development scholarships for completing the Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians. In this installment, a scholarship recipient, Alyssa Grimshaw, describes her professional development opportunity to attend the Research Data Alliance. For more information about upcoming research data management classes, webinars and events please visit the NNLM Data Driven Discovery Website and the NNLM NER website.
Alyssa Grimshaw, Access Services/Clinical Librarian – Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University
I had the pleasure of being part of the 1st cohort of the “Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians” offered by the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office. To further our knowledge about research data, the cohort was given the opportunity to attend additional trainings.
With this professional development award, I was able to attend the 13th plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance in Philadelphia, PA on April 2-4th, 2019. The theme of plenary session was “With Data Comes Responsibility”. The Research Data Alliance sessions are considered working sessions, so it’s much more hands-on interaction then typical conferences with lecture style talks. Research Data Alliance is an international group and it was interesting to see how other countries handle their data and the policies that their countries have initiated. The theme of the session was brought out in several discussions with a strong message of advocating for countries to realize the importance of data that their countries are outputting and making them realize that their data are an asset, rather than a burden.
The most interesting data concept that I learned about during the sessions was synthetic data. Synthetic data are datasets that are generated programmatically and have been around since 1992. Synthetic data did not originate in the medical field but could change the way medical professionals use and share data. The advantage of synthetic datasets is that the data are generated from original research data and have added noise in the dataset to ensure privacy and randomization of patient information in medical data. Synthetic data can also reduce costs by making biomedical data available at scale and support real world application and AI development. This allows researchers to be more comfortable sharing their research with small population sizes without having to be concerned with patient information being identifiable. One example of synthetic data that was shared was a health care research project where researchers used the technology to generate slightly different views of the original radiology images. Something I would never have thought was possible!
I think a valuable lesson learned at this conference was that all data is not created equal. There are vast amounts of low-quality data and significantly fewer good quality datasets. I think that libraries are in a perfect place in institutions to help educate health care professionals how to assess the quality of the datasets, which will result in better quality research for the entire medical community. This conference was vital to my better understanding of not only research data management, but how data scientists view and use data. I encourage any librarian that would like to become data-savvy to attend the NLM/NNLM RDM workshops and courses.
Check out the June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:
- Parenting Teens: Guiding Kids Through Turbulent Years
Teens must try new things to figure out who they are. Learn how to guide them toward healthier and less risky experiences.
- Beating Bursitis: Take Care of Your Joint Cushions
Bursitis and other causes of joint pain can be prevented by paying attention to how you move and perform daily activities.
- Q&A: Dr. Kevin Haggerty on Parenting
NIH News in Health has a conversation on parenting with Dr. Kevin Haggerty, an NIH-funded researcher at the University of Washington.
- Health Capsule: Telemedicine May Affect Quality of Care
Have you used a computer, smart-phone, or tablet to talk with a doctor? This is called telemedicine. A study suggests that in-person doctor visits provide better care for children with certain infections.
- Health Capsule: Smoking and Your Heart
Smoking is a risk factor for heart disease, which can lead to heart attack, heart failure, and death.
- Featured Website: Coping With Cancer
Discover how to adjust to the life changes cancer brings and how to plan for care after cancer treatment.
NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering a free and ready-to-use program kit for libraries in observance of Men’s Health Month. The program kit includes helpful guides, activities, promotional materials, and men’s health information resources your library can use to bring awareness on the importance of men’s health in your community.
You can access these kits and resources at nnlm.gov or by clicking on the links below.
- Library program kit: Men’s Health Month
- Electronic bulletin slides:
- Social Media Promotional Materials:
The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on the national health observances. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach. If you would like to be informed on upcoming health observances, go to https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/national-health-observances#toc-3 or sign up for our CEN newsletter for monthly updates.
Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth Webinar-Understanding the Health Care Needs of Youths in the LGBTQ+ Community
During Pride Month, you can learn how you can provide for the health information needs of youths in the LGBTQ+ community by participating in the webinar Caring for LGBTQ + Youth featured in the Kernel of Knowledge session.
Katherine L Imborek, M.D., will discuss the importance of providing for the specific health care needs of youth in the LGBTQ+ community and best practices in connecting with LGBTQ+ members.
The webinar will be held on June 7, from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. CT. If you would like to attend, please register at https://nnlm.gov/class/caring-lgbtq-youth/11613. If you’re interested in learning more ways you can promote health information resources for the LGBTQ+ community, go to https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/national-health-observances#toc-3.
The National Library of Medicine has announced the solicitation of proposals for 2019 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. The proposal submission deadline is July 12!
Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development and dissemination; PrEP navigator resource development and dissemination; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon small businesses and the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these projects:
- Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community. This encompasses both individual groups wishing to enhance their own services, as well as several cooperating for the purpose of this project;
- Public libraries wishing to serve communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
- Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve the public health in the area of HIV/AIDS-related services;
- Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; and/or
- Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project. At least one of the organizations managing the project must be a community-based organization, library, or department of public health.
The primary point of contact for the solicitation is Angela Hawn, ORAU Procurement Section Manager.