GMR Success Stories
Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness is a traveling exhibition that explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. This past summer, The University of Cincinnati had the opportunity to host the exhibit while collaborating with a series of speakers. Here is an overview of the success of the exhibit and their programming, from Associate Director of Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library & Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, Lori Harris:
The University of Cincinnati was honored to be selected as one of the host sites for the Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness exhibition. With a planning committee that consisted of faculty from the College of Medicine, Department of Biological Sciences, faculty librarians, archivists and various community partners, our goal was to highlight Native American History and Culture as it related to the Cincinnati Ohio region.
Our inaugural event focused specifically on 3-5 year-old children and was held in the University of Cincinnati’s main library – Langsam Library. We hosted 24 children from the Arlitt Child & Family Research & Education Center, which serves preschool children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The program included dramatic skits that introduced a brief play about the Iroquois legend of the Three Sisters and its corresponding gardening tradition. There were also activity stations and multi-media fun held in our Student Technology Resource Center (STRC).
Video was taken of children in front of a green screen and was then superimposed onto an image of the Great Plains and an American Indian village complete with moving buffalo. The children never once lost interest and each child was presented with a parting gift of the book entitled: D is for Drum: A Native American Alphabet by Debbie and Michael Shoulders and Irving Toddy. There was an accompanying exhibit of Native American children’s books from the University of Cincinnati’s Children’s Collection.
On Thursday, July 26, Dr. Suzanne Singer launched the Native Voices exhibit opening with a keynote presentation. After introductions by Xuemao Wang, Dean, University of Cincinnati Libraries; Philip Diller, MD/PhD, Chair and Fred Lazarus Jr Endowed Professor of Family and Community Medicine; and Bleuzette Marshall, PhD, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at UC Dr. Singer, an Energy Systems and Thermal Analyst in the Computational Engineering Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA was introduced. Her talk focused on the intersections between land, energy, and health in the Navajo community. Attendees were encouraged to visit the exhibit and enjoy some of the catered hors d’oeuvres after Dr. Singer’s talk. In addition to the Native Voices exhibit, a supplementary poster presentation also ran concurrently with the exhibit and was on display alongside the Native Voices listening stations. The posters were a capstone project from a UC Medical Botany class taught by Theresa M. Culley, Ph.D. and Eric Tepe, Ph.D during spring semester, 2018. The posters examined how Native Americans used indigenous plants to maintain health and hygiene throughout the Ohio Valley.
Throughout the 6-week period the University of Cincinnati Libraries hosted keynote speakers that included professors and historians from the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University; as well as lecturers from the Lloyd Library and Cincinnati Museum Center.
This experience has given the University of Cincinnati an opportunity to broaden current relationships with local universities and colleges as well assisting us in building new partnerships with some of our local and regional community partners who have an interest in the history and relationship of Native Peoples in the Ohio region.
The Greater Midwest Region of the National Library of Medicine awarded a health information outreach award to Libraries Without Borders (LWB), a non-profit organization “striving to invent the 21st century library so that regardless of circumstances, people throughout the world can live with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive through access to information, education and culture.”
Allister Chang, Executive Director, and Adam Echelman, Director of Programs, launched Wash & Learn as a summer learning program that created pop-up library spaces in laundromats throughout Detroit. With the support of several community agencies including the Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library, Wash and Learn transformed local laundromats into informal learning spaces where people could access early-learning literacy materials as they waited for their clothes to wash and dry.
Because of the success of the Detroit early-learning literacy program, Allister and Adam considered other community literacy needs. In 2017, they applied for funding from NNLM to add MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine consumer health information website, to the Wash and Learn program. They partnered with the Brainerd Public Library in Minnesota to facilitate trainings at the laundromats so consumers might learn how to use MedlinePlus to find quality health information in order to make better informed health care decisions for themselves and their families.
During this year’s award cycle, funding from NNLM enables Wash and Learn to expand to the Minnesota counties of St. Paul, Anoka, and Scott. In these three communities, they will partner with the local public libraries and laundromats to continue health literacy outreach. The goal for Wash and Learn is to become a sustainable model for low-income and underserved communities to access quality and relevant health information in order to improve their health.
Watch video: Wash and Learn
As a participant of the Medical Library Association-Research Training Institute (MLA-RTI), I found my knowledge of research improved and the MLA-RTI was a fantastic way to explore different ways of making an impact on my community and my profession. Along the way, I also learned a great deal about myself.
Our Dean of University Libraries at the University of Toledo completely backed my attendance of the MLA-RTI. I was fortunate enough to receive two scholarships. One scholarship was from the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region Professional Development Award and a second scholarship was from the Medical Library Association Small Library. As a result, I paid only for food and social activities during the week of training in Chicago, Illinois.
The pre-institute reading and activities are self-directed and set the stage for the week of training in Chicago. If you can, do additional reading beyond the assigned and recommended materials. This is particularly useful, if some of the concepts are new or complicated. Also, participate actively in the MLA-RTI listserv! These conversations make talking with fellow participants much easier and facilitates getting input on your project outside of the scheduled 30 minute meeting with your faculty mentor. Post-institute, your mentor will establish a way to check-in regularly, to assist in troubleshooting your way through any issues, and provide feedback on questions and techniques. Additionally, Susan Lessick and the other Faculty Members will ask for regular updates and participants will complete reports on a quarterly basis.
Research is never easy, but it provides endless opportunities for professional growth and development. At the conclusion of the Institute, I decided to do a new study and incorporate a technique discussed during the training.
If you would like to discuss the MLA-RTI in person, I will be attending both the Midwest Chapter Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 5-8th and also the Michigan Health Sciences Library Association meeting in Traverse City, Michigan, on October 11th and 12th.
Hope to see you this October!
–Guest post by Margaret Hoogland
The GMR office is excited to announce that Richland Public Health has been granted a Research Data Award to make county-level health data FAIR.
Health assessments at the county-level are resources health professionals and librarians rely on heavily to inform the development of community health programming, interventions, and grant applications to fund efforts that improve the health, well-being, and quality of life of their constituents. These health assessments include, but are not limited to, Community Health Assessments (CHA), Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP), and Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). These health assessments are expected to be performed and utilized by hospitals, public health departments, and other social service agencies to identify key community health concerns every 3-5 years.
Within Richland County, the raw data collected for these assessments are often siloed.
The Making County-Level Health Data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) Initiative will consist of three phases in order to establish and sustain an online interface for local health professionals and librarians to access and analyze county-level health assessment data, as well as educate these individuals on utilizing this resource and creating their own data management plans.
The first phase of this proposed project will be to develop and implement a database where raw data from Richland County health assessments can be accessed and analyzed by local health professionals and librarians.
The second phase will consist of the creation and hosting of a data access and management webinar to introduce Richland County health professionals and librarians to the online interface.
Finally, phase three will provide an additional webinar to 12 rural North Central Ohio Counties in an effort to educate their local health professionals and librarians about data management plans as well as how to access, analyze, and contribute to the Making County-Level Health Data FAIR Initiative database.
A formative and summative evaluation will be used to measure the success of this project. First, the project will use a formative evaluation using the FAIR Guiding Principles to make sure the project meets the prerequisites for proper data management and stewardship. A summative evaluation will be used to determine the success in educating health professionals and librarians about the database.
The GMR office is excited to announce that the University of Cincinnati (UC) has been granted a Research Data Award to host its 2019 Data Day Event!
UC Data Day is the only event on the University of Cincinnati campus that connects the libraries with researchers and community partners in a collaborative and informative medium. Data Day provides an opportunity to openly discuss opportunities and challenges related to data, and educates the research community on methods for driving discovery through data, a key area of interest for the National Library of Medicine.
UC Data Day 2019 will build on the momentum of the three previous Data Day events, and endeavor to promote interdisciplinary learning and collaboration among the University of Cincinnati’s research community and broader Greater Midwest Region. Data Day 2019 will offer a full schedule to engage audience members, reveal solutions to data challenges and foster a community of best practices around improved data management.
The event will offer combinations of engaging keynote addresses, workshops on data analyses and visualization, graduate student poster forums, and panels that provide attendees with knowledge of data practices, usage and services. The official date of Data Day 2019 is in the process of being determined.
The essential goal of Data Day 2019 is to equip researchers with the knowledge and ability to effectively perform data driven research, to better manage their research data across the research lifecycle, to improve their skills in data analytics and visualization, and arm them with pertinent contacts that can address data related concerns.
The GMR is excited to announce that Sandi Htut has been funded to attend the 2018 CityMatch Leadership and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference. Sandi is the Data Analyst and Evaluation Coordinator at Franklin County Public Health.
Franklin County’s infant mortality rate is higher than both state and national averages. By attending this conference, Sandi will come away with actionable insight that will have a direct impact on her work and, in turn, the residents of Franklin County, Ohio.
For example, Franklin County is experiencing an increase in opioid overdoses. Sandi plans to attend a session on opioid use and its impact on mothers and newborns. Another session, Data Visualization in Public Health Settings: A Hands-on Workshop for MCH Epidemiologists, will assist Sandi in learning new strategies for communicating complex data.
I am happy to announce that the GMR has awarded funding to the Charlevoix Public Library! Congratulations to Susan Kroll and the staff at Charlevoix Public Library.
This request seeks to fund the purchase and support of 20 iPads loaded with NLM consumer health information for adults and children. This proposed project is a partnership between the Charlevoix Public Library and the Munson Charlevoix Hospital Education Department. The iPads will be placed in the Library, the Hospital Wellness Workshop facility, in selected physicians’ and school nurse offices and used in health clinics for American Indians and community senior events. The Health Librarian will train the health professionals to use the iPads and review specific NLM databases. The information will be reviewed semi-annually to ensure that the resources are up to date. The rural counties of Antrim and Charlevoix counties which constitutes the Library and Hospital’s patron base have many health challenges associated with obesity, diabetes, and alcoholism. Access to mental health professionals and specialists is scarce. These chronic health issues combined with a general population that has limited computer skills make this an ideal environment to provide NLM health information for adults and children on user-friendly iPads. The mission of the Charlevoix Public Library is to connect the community to resources that educate, enrich and empower. The Library has been a partner with the Munson Charlevoix Hospital Wellness Workshop since inception, providing community health information based on NLM resources. The Wellness Workshop supports the Hospitals’ mission to improve the health and wellness of the community through health education, nutrition classes, and health screenings.
Goal: Educate health professionals on how to identify high-quality consumer health information.
Objective: By November 2018, 9 school nurses and 4 physician’s office staff will have completed this training.
Goal: Establish a health corner in the Charlevoix Public Library to complement the iPad project.
Objective In July 2018, the Health Librarian will select NLM brochures and quality health association materials to provide as handouts to supplement health-related reference questions.
Goal: Provide specialized iPads with resources relatable to school-aged children.
Objective: Work with the Charlevoix Youth Librarian and a school nurse representative to select specific resources based on local pediatric health concerns.
Goal: Improve awareness of Wellness Workshop professional staff to specialized NLM resources.
Objective: In Winter 2019, conduct a professional training workshop focused on databases that reflect local health concerns identified while working with patients on the iPads.
Funding Awarded to The Association of Rural and Small Libraries for a preconference on health reference, resources, and programming
I am pleased to announce that the GMR has awarded funding to The Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) for a pre-conference focused health information services and programming.
ARSL will host the Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community as pre-conference sessions at their 2018 annual conference in Springfield Illinois. The preconference consists of 2 hours of pre-conference work, an eight-hour in-person preconference session, and 2 hours of post-conference work to provide 12 CE credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA). Participants who complete all the requirements will qualify for the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. NNLM sponsors the $75 applications fee, and the specialization is good for 3 years.
The award provides ARSL with funding to offer scholarships to 50 attendees.
The GMR office is excited to announce that Tina Griffin at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been granted a Research Data Award to develop the Research Data Management Best Practice Implementation Program for Graduate Students in STEM and Health Sciences!
Today, data management practices by students are largely learned by conforming to the laboratory culture and adopting habits from the environment in which they work. There is no known national mandatory data management training for students. The recent NLM strategic plan (PDF) recognizes the importance of the role of libraries in advancing open science and data management, and many academic libraries are heeding the call by providing research data management education services.
This project will pilot a flipped classroom model to present students with appropriate research data management practices in an eight-week intensive program. In this program, the students are expected to engage with the instructional content outside the classroom, while using the in-person classroom time to engage in activities that demonstrate competency and understanding of the content. The 8-week program will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to Data management principles;
- Deep Dive – discipline standards, DMP draft;
- Project map, project narrative starts;
- Folder structure develops;
- File naming, table of contents, indexing develop;
- Templates develop;
- DMP finalized, project narrative finalized; and
- Ongoing practice, personal policy developed
The classroom time will be used by the students to systematically develop and holistically integrate these practices in to their research projects. This pilot project is unique in that it addresses both education about data management practices and the integration of best practices into the research workflow in a personalized manner.
The outcome of this pilot may introduce a new method to serve more students in a more effective manner with better long-term adoption of data management best practices. It also begins a longitudinal study to determine how these practices may contribute to successful dissertation/thesis completion and/or how they may prepare students for the workforce.
Jamie Paicely, Director of Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library in Steger, Illinois, received funding for Women’s Health Wednesdays, a series of one-hour community health sessions for women.
Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library is located in a racially diverse community: 45% White, 25% Black or African American, and 25% Hispanic or Latino. “Our library users tend to be mostly black and Hispanic.” The community also is low-income. “Our school district is 76.82% free or reduced lunch students.” Jamie wants to increase her patrons’ understanding of quality health information resources so they can make better informed health care decisions. “There is a lot of inaccurate and out dated information on the Internet, and we strive to provide up-to-date and accurate information to our patrons,” Jamie wrote in her project application.
Partnering with two community health organizations, the public library will host nine one-hour women’s health sessions for both younger and older adults: heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, autoimmune disease, and diabetes. Franciscan Health will teach fitness and nutrition as part of their Healthy Choices program, and Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, a federally qualified health clinic, will emphasize the importance of medical care, dental care, mental health care and addictions treatment services. The entire health education series is about wellness and prevention. Not only is the general information important, “[participants] also need to know that they can go to Aunt Martha’s, even with no insurance, and get the help they need to stay healthy.”
At the end of each session, Jamie will demonstrate MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine consumer health database. “I will show them how to search the topic of that day’s lesson… I want to also encourage them to use this platform to seek out information on other topics that may not be covered by our classes.”
The library has the capacity to host up to 60 people per session. “In the past we have had about 10 people who steadily attend our health and informational programs… We also see a number of mothers who are stay-at-home mothers who come into the library during school hours and visit or use the computers.” The library director intends to grow this number with targeted advertising and a gift incentive for attending seven or more sessions.
Participants will complete a pre and post survey for each class. “We plan to use NNLM’s ‘Process Evaluation Blank Worksheet’ after each session so we can identify issues that may need to be addressed before the next session. We want to do this each time so that we can make sure that we are learning and growing just as we hope the participants are.” Jamie’s overall objective is for participants to retain, find, and apply health information. “We want to educate them to take ownership and keep following up with themselves to be accountable for what they learned.” We want the same thing, too. Good luck, Jamie, and we look forward to your accomplishments.
At the end of a quiet and unassuming neighborhood street in Pontiac, Michigan, a red-brick church stands forlorn. No sign indicates whether the tired building continues to hold Sunday-morning services; however, it respectfully stands erect. It’s here that I met Misa Mi on a warm October morning last fall. As the Director of Curriculum Evaluation and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, as well as the school’s health information specialist, she received a GMR grant in 2016 to fund a health literacy project for the HOPE Recuperative Care Center, a non-profit, short-term, skilled-nursing facility for patients discharged from area hospitals following illness or surgery. Launched in 2015, the HOPE Recuperative Care Center is the only place in Michigan that offers medically supervised shelter to homeless patients who, otherwise, would be recovering on the street.
Dr. Mi kindly greeted me and then walked us to the side entrance. It took a couple minutes before the overnight janitor opened the locked door and escorted us up a dimly-lit, short flight of stairs to what was formerly the sanctuary. The church still retained its lofted beamed ceiling, organ chimes, and stainless glass windows. However, now replacing the pews were five wire-framed bunk beds neatly arranged in rows each with a curtain for semi-privacy. The choir loft stored boxes of health supplies.
Where once I imagined was a pulpit, Deborah, the facility nurse manager, received us. Standing next to a single desk with a large MAC computer and laser printer, we exchanged introductions before she launched into a description of the health literacy project.
“All of the guests have been trained on the computer,” she said looking at the modern machine sitting strangely out of place in the low-tech environment. “Misa did a wonderful job making it user friendly. The level is understandable for all of our guests. We’ve had people say, ‘I don’t even know how to turn on a computer,’ but after the training, they are able to look up health information for themselves. Then they start asking questions, ‘How do I get an email?’ It’s great to see their self-esteem grow.”
With her National Network of Libraries of Medicine award, Dr. Mi purchased the computer and printer. Then she aggregated easy-to-read and trustworthy MedlinePlus health information on topics such as wound care, frostbite, bug bites, diabetes, asthma, and depression: conditions and diseases that homeless people encounter all too frequently. With her customized, easy-to-access Google website, Dr. Mi dedicated her time to train staff and guests. She also employed an OUWB medical student through the school’s community service and engagement program. The student was available for continuity of onsite health information training for newly arriving guests and staff.
At the time I visited HOPE, 23 clients, both guests and staff, had been surveyed. Health literacy scores improved 75% between the pre and post training questionnaires with clients indicating that MedlinePlus was now a primary source for finding health information. Dr. Mi’s ultimate goal of the outreach project was to help reduce homeless patients’ visits to hospital emergency rooms by developing their skills in finding and using trustworthy health information from the National Library of Medicine and other health professional organizations.1 She seems well on her way to achieving this goal.
You can read Misa Mi’s HOPE Recuperative Care Center Project Report as well as learn how to apply for your own NNLM funding opportunity to improve access to health information, increase engagement with research and data, expand professional knowledge, and support outreach that promotes awareness and use of NLM resources in local communities.
The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the creation of a youth health literacy curriculum through the Medical College of Wisconsin via our Health Information Outreach award.
Description: This project will Implement a sustainable youth health literacy curriculum in a health education course at Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center in Wauwatosa School District in Milwaukee County Wisconsin. The proposed youth health literacy curriculum, which has a focus on self-efficacy and social interactions, will become a sustainable component of an existing health education course. The project will provide youth with sustainable and transferable health information seeking skills, a defined asset and necessity to become educated consumers of quality health information and services and making health decision.
Objectives: The primary goals of this project are to 1) develop health literacy instruction based on “Youth Health Literacy: A Toolkit to Strengthen Health Literacy” developed at the New Mexico Department of Health Office of School and Adolescent Health, to be integrated into an existing health education course. And to 2) empower students to independently seek quality health information using NLM resources and how to search and critically evaluate online health information; skills that have been found to be essential for making health decisions now and in the future; skills that the students can build on after leaving the facility.
Tiffany Grant, PhD, Assistant Director for Research and Informatics at the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library, applied and received a GMR award for a community partnership to improve health literacy and address health disparities.
Racial and ethnic minorities, those in rural and/or urban areas, and those living in medically underserved areas are at high risk for health-related disparities. Low-income wages, reduced government services, and low educational attainment are a few reasons why these population groups have significant barriers overcoming food insecurity, obesity, mental health issues, as well as access to health care. Working collaboratively with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Interact for Health, and the Children’s Home of Cincinnati, Tiffany, serving as the principal investigator for the award, will engage in Narrowing the Health Gap in Cincinnati.
The team’s research identified hypertension and obesity as the most common health conditions in Cincinnati which often results in heart disease, a leading cause of death in the metropolitan area. Cincinnati also experiences higher rates for diabetes and asthma compared to the rest of Ohio. African American men and women in Cincinnati have lower life expectancy rates compared to their counterparts, and the children in Cincinnati Public Schools are significantly overweight compared to the national average. Studies have shown that childhood obesity increases the risk of adult obesity and can predispose individuals to the development of other chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Tiffany’s team will address health literacy in order to improve these diseases.1
Project Description and Outcomes:
Tiffany’s team of health professionals will develop a website specific to the health concerns of residents living in the West End, a neighborhood identified as one of the ten poorest in Cincinnati.2 To reach the largest audience, Tiffany and her colleagues will engage with the West End Community Research Advisory Board (WE C-RAB), a 20-member group ranging in age from 12 to 73 years. The board will provide input on how to make health information easy-to-read and understand as well as access. Based on their conversations, Tiffany’s project team will develop a customized health information kiosk to be located in a strategically determined geographic location in the West End. Under consideration are Saint Vincent DePaul, the Carl H. Lindner YMCA, or the Seven Hill Neighborhood Houses. The health information kiosk will be managed remotely allowing for software updates. Google Analytic reports will assist in evaluating website usage and video views to gain insight into the information seeking behavior of the targeted population. Additionally, a self-monitoring blood pressure unit will be purchased. The machine can count the number of uses but not the number of unique users. Also, as part of engagement, a nutritionist and a culinary instructor will teach several classes to educate West End families about the role of developing better eating habits such as less salt intake, more fruits and vegetables, meal planning, and moderation of fast-foods. The goal is for obesity, diabetes, and hypertension to improve for the West End population as a result of the health literacy project.
I’m thrilled to announce that the GMR has funded the Effingham Public Library‘s Mobility for All program!
Description: Effingham Public Library will partner with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to provide “Mobility for All” a monthly chair yoga training that will provide strengthening exercises that anyone can do as well. During these sessions the Library will offer instruction and free resources from the National Library of Medicine such as Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging, Getting Fit for Life and Go 4 Life Tip Sheets
Goals and Objectives: The goals for “Mobility for All” are two-fold. First, “Mobility for All” will address the prevalence of overweight adults in Effingham County. Second, the project will also combat the continued increase in physical inactivity.
To meet these goals, Effingham Public Library’s “Mobility for All” will host a minimum of 150 participants in training sessions over the 12-month project. Health resources from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health will be shared with participants at each session.
The GMR office is happy to announce the funding of the Information Needs Assessment of Unaffiliated North Dakota Rural Health Professionals & Biomedical Researchers project at the University of North Dakota via our Health Information Outreach award.
Description: This is the last phase of a multi part effort to provide North Dakota unaffiliated health professionals and biomedical researchers with access to a variety of information resources, including those not freely available. Evidence-based workshops and train-the-trainer sessions will be implemented to meet the information needs of targeted groups.
Objectives: The primary goals of this project are to 1) Provide training sessions to address the information needs identified via the data and assessment of the two earlier phases of the project. And 2) Complete a comprehensive analysis of the information needs assessment data from the two earlier phases.
Cynthia Reynolds, Regional Health Sciences Librarian for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Crawford Library of the Health Sciences, applied for and received a GMR award to reinvigorate consumer health outreach in Rockford, Illinois.
UIC’s Crawford Library serves the UIC medical school in Rockford, Illinois. As an academic library, its primary users are pharmacy, nursing, and medicine students and faculty. However, the Crawford Library also has a mission to serve Rockford and the surrounding communities in Winnebago County with a Consumer Health Collection open to the public.
Unfortunately, the public university has faced increasing state budget cuts. With limited funding, the library has had to to focus on its primary academic mission to support the educational needs of its students and faculty. This has resulted in an aging consumer print collection and a reduction in outreach activities to the community. Additionally, the community’s health needs have been changing along with the outdated material. Sorely needed is information addressing the primary health concerns of its progressively older and racially diverse population as identified in the OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment 2016 and the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps snapshot report for Winnebago County.
To remain relevant, the library requested funding from the GMR to revive the print collection with new, evidence-based material that is easy-to-read both in English and Spanish as well as audio, visual, and graphic materials for audiences with various accessibility and learning styles. In addition to sourcing credible publishers such as Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic, she will highlight National Library of Medicine and other National Institutes of Health free and trustworthy consumer health information such as MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, Tox Town, and ClinicalTrials.gov.
Not only will Cynthia improve the library’s consumer print and digital collection, she will raise the community’s awareness of the library resources. She intends to promote the consumer health library using the local media and will teach consumer health education programs at the public library and other community locations.
Using the National Network of Libraries of Medicine logic models for planning and implementation, Cynthia will achieve an enhanced and relevant consumer health information library widely known to the community. She also will assess collection lending and database usage looking for increased numbers and will evaluate her training sessions to ascertain learning outcomes.
We wish Cynthia success with her efforts in support of the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to improve public access to quality information so that her community can make informed decisions about their personal health and gain quality-of-life outcomes.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has received additional funding from the GMR to continue efforts to support youth living in medically underserved areas with a mental health condition. The How to Maximize Your Health Insurance Benefits program is designed to reach out to professional youth influencers, such as social workers, librarians and school personnel through a 4-hour workshop that provides continuing education credits. This program builds upon last year’s award, Improving Health Information Literacy and Access to Mental Health Care.
The Division of Child and Community Health, part of the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, partnered with the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to offer family leadership training to parents or primary caregivers of children or youth with special health care needs between September 2017 and May 2018. The Iowa Family Leadership Training was delivered in fall 2017 in four in-person sessions organized around the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies (https://leadership.mchtraining.net/). These trainees developed a cohort of 15 trainees who created Community Services Projects having impact the community or systems level. In order to reach underserved families without access to flexible schedules and adequate childcare and transportation to attend the fall training, a two-hour version of the fall training was presented in April 2018 in Ottumwa, Dubuque, Oelwein, Fort Dodge, and Sioux City, Iowa. In both formats, National Library of Medicine resources were presented to trainees, who reported their plans to use the resources and make them available to peers in their communities.
The GMR office is excited to announce that Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) has been granted a Heath Information Outreach Award for the continued development and implementation of a Health and Wellbeing Workshop Series for Minnesota’s Latino community.
Last year, the GMR funded CLUES to design and pilot a health and wellbeing workshop series for Minnesota’s Latino community. The workshop series covers topics across well-being, including healthy behaviors (healthy eating, active living, tobacco cessation), communication, and dealing with difficult emotions (regulation of feelings and its expression, trauma). Based on positive outcomes and feedback from the pilot, the GMR is funding CLUES to continue their outreach and education series to low-income, first or second generation Latino individuals and families who face multiple barriers when accessing traditional health care system living in southern Minnesota.
This project has two objectives. First, is to enhance the recently piloted curriculum to include topics that were requested by participants, such as teen and sexual health. Second, is to implement the workshop series. Each workshop will consist of six classes. Workshops will be led by CLUES Community Health Workers, who live and work in the target communities, and will include live streaming or pre-taped sessions by CLUES mental health professionals. Each workshop course will connect participants to National Library of Medicine Resources, including MedlinePlus, to provide families with access to resources for increasing their knowledge of health topics long after the workshops. All classes are developed and delivered in Spanish.
CLUES will utilize the newly developed curricula and results from the pilot sessions to conduct additional groups in the future throughout the Twin Cities and rural Minnesota. Funding from the NNLM will be leveraged to seek additional funding to continue this effort into the future. As well, CLUES hopes to continue the project long-term and offer sustainable peer-to-peer training opportunities in Year 3.
The GMR office is excited to announce that Allen College in Waterloo, IA has been granted a Health Information Outreach Award for its project, Iowa Public Health Research Center (IPHRC) at Allen College.
Due to the prevalence of underserved health communities, medically underserved areas, and remote rural conditions, Northeast Iowa has an especially intense need for programming that provides area health departments with research assistance and access. When we examine Northeastern Iowa as a whole, 40% or 10 of 25 corresponding counties are ranked 60+ out of 99 counties in terms of underserved health communities; 76% contain portions and/or populations that are considered medically underserved; and a substantial 72% of counties are rural. A shortage of health care providers within these areas and lack of access to services, whether because of distance or socioeconomic status, only intensifies these issues. In addition, 90% of health departments and health-focused nonprofits in these regions are not affiliated with a health organization. Subsequently, these entities overwhelmingly lack direct access to the literature, tools, and training needed to implement truly effective evidenced-based health initiatives.
Allen College’s Barrett Library will provide 25 counties in Northeast Iowa with no-cost equal access to library materials. Allen College’s IPHRC project librarian will be available throughout the funding period to respond to item requests; locate, assess, and share resources; answer questions; produce literature reviews; and collaborate with healthcare providers to find the best solutions for their needs. In order to ensure that everyone involved knows how to best navigate federal health information resources, programming will include training sessions for interested participants and train-the-trainer initiatives for library staff.
The overall goal of this project is to enhance area institutions’ ability to educate residents about health issues and provide innovative solutions to community health problems. Data will be collected and tracked noting the number of research requests fulfilled and a robust marketing campaign will support ongoing contact with participants.