GMR Success Stories
Funding Awarded to Wright State University’s High School Education Day for Substance Abuse Prevention Project
The GMR office is happy to announce that Wright State University has been granted an Emerging Health Initiative award in support of their High School Education Day for Substance Abuse Prevention project.
Description – Wright State University librarians, along with faculty and graduate students from the Boonshoft School of Medicine and College of Education and Human Services, will partner with local high schools to deliver substance abuse education and health literacy instruction to the students in six area high schools. A full-day, interactive curriculum will be provided to students on the WSU campus and will use NLM resources to support students in learning how to make healthy choices and be drug free. Each of the partnership organizations will develop a learning module of instruction to support students in learning about aspects of addiction.
Objectives – The purpose of the High School Education Day for Substance Abuse Prevention project is to have students 1) Gain the discernment to identify credibility of the information via the Wright State University librarian instruction 2) Learn the neurobiology of addiction via the Boonshoft School of Medicine instruction 3) Learn the psychosocial factors related to addiction and the recovery process via the College of Education and Human Services instruction and finally 4) Advocate for healthy, drug-free choices via student groups creating a poster based on the evidence collected and learned from the three modules.
The Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program stems from a critical partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, an NIH research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and advance treatment and prevention.
The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library will receive $94,000 to support the health information needs in the Columbus metropolitan area, which will enable individuals to make informed decisions concerning their healthcare. Individual projects will promote freely-available resources from NIH and NLM to increase health literacy while raising public awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program. “This award will enable us to address the largest health risks facing our community,” reports Lynda Hartel, Associate Professor and Director of the OSU Health Sciences Library (HSL) who serves as the co-principle investigator of the award made to OSU, “and make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to track and improve their own health while expanding the data and tools available to our OSU researchers working on area health priorities including obesity, chronic and infectious disease, and addictions.”
Over the next year, Lynda and her experienced team of librarians including co-principle investigator Judith Wiener and Consumer Health Librarian Missy Creed, will collaborate with strategic partners including the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), the Ohio State University College of Public Health, Franklin County Public Health, Equitas Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Library, and the NCH Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative. Together they will organize, and host health education programs and discussions for the public and provide training to CML librarians on how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library has an over 20-year history of serving outreach needs of the community as a designated Outreach Library and Resource Library within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Columbus Metropolitan Library with its 22 branch locations inspires reading, shares resources, and connects the community through its numerous programs and activities, and is a primary partner in this program.
The GMR office is happy to announce funding for the Health Literacy of Displaced Populations project via our Health Information Outreach award.
Description: This project will develop and implement a health literacy training for refugee women living in Johnson and Linn counties in Iowa. Training sessions will be developed in collaboration with scholars from the University of Iowa’s Language, Literacy, and Culture program and from the University of Iowa’s School of Public Health. These sessions will be administered by school of library and information studies students with the assistance of local translators. Once completed, the result of this project will be a cohesive, vetted curriculum designed to improve the health literacy and, ultimately, health information access and outcomes of displaced women and their families.
Objectives: The primary goals of this project are to 1) increase knowledge regarding the health information needs and health literacy of refugee women. This will result in public health, information, and resettlement organizations being better equipped to address the gaps in displaced women’s abilities to access health information for themselves and their families. 2) Develop an effectual program to improve the health literacy of refugee women so that they will be better equipped to seek health information and, ultimately, care in the US. 3) Disseminate the project findings and resultant initiative to library science schools and community organizations so that they will be able to implement this programming in their communities.