GMR All of Us
The IUPUI University Library is one of five award recipients of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and to advance treatment and prevention. Learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program partnership at https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us.
IUPUI University Library will receive $96,184 to support the consumer health needs of Indianapolis residents, which will be used to empower citizens to make more informed health decisions and to be more involved in their individual medical care. It also will highlight the importance of consuming quality, nutritious food and give Indianapolis residents tools to grow their own produce in safe, uncontaminated soil, and teach them how to use diet to control common health problems such as high cholesterol. “This award will help us address the major problem of food deserts and food swamps in Indianapolis, which contribute to poor health outcomes for many of our local communities. By contributing some solutions to food insecurity, we also hope to empower citizens with health information to create positive changes in their daily lives,” says Caitlin Pike, the principal investigator, and a health sciences librarian at IUPUI.
The grant will serve as a vital link between the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL), community organizations, and individuals from across Marion County. Over the next year, Caitlin Pike, Mahasin Martinson, and Rachel Hinrichs will plan and host a series of health education programs for the public at three IndyPL branches. In partnership with community non-profit organizations, they also will conduct public programming around nutrition education and avoiding heavy metal contamination while urban gardening at the Southport Branch, the Brightwood Branch, and the Eagle Branch.
The three branch libraries were chosen for monthly programming due to their locations in traditionally marginalized Indianapolis communities, and they include a series of presentations on nutrition-related health topics that are relevant to the branch populations, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and maternal and child health.
IUPUI and the IUPUI University Library have a long-standing commitment to community engagement and outreach. This award allows for continued investment in those relationships and the betterment of the Indianapolis community.
About IUPUI University Library
The University Library is central to the mission of IUPUI, one of the best urban universities, recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for its achievements. The University Library is a public academic library. Any state resident with a valid I.D. is eligible for a library card. With one million patron visits a year, plus staff and resources that support all of IUPUI’s more than 250 degree programs, the IUPUI
University Library is a vital partner for the campus and the community. The library’s resources include signature collections like the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, the Ruth Lilly Special Collections & Archives, and the Herron Art Library, plus over 80 digital collections. These unique online repositories contain digital images of historic documents and objects and were created with the help of collaborative partners
The GMR office was thrilled to host the All of Us Journey for 3 days last week in partnership with the University of Iowa. The Journey made a stop at the UI Health Sciences Campus, the Main Library, and the Iowa Children’s Museum from September 5-7. It was exciting to engage with a large and varied audience to bring awareness of the All of Us program.
Thanks to all of our partners listed below!
- Campus Recreation & Wellness Center
- Department of Biology
- Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
- Iowa Children’s Museum
- Iowa Institute of Human Genetics
- Lichtenberger Engineering Library
- University of Iowa Libraries
The Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has announced the Wayne State University Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and to advance treatment and prevention.
The Wayne State University Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library will receive up to $100,000 to create a community of health information advocates throughout Detroit. “Rooted in health literacy, health citizenship, and patient advocacy, health information advocates use information strategically to advance their health towards an intended goal,” notes LaVentra E. Danquah, librarian and principal investigator for the grant awarded to Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library. Soon, LaVentra will work with new and long-term partners to offer Detroiters various educational offerings while building awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program, a precision medicine initiative. A portion of the award will fund a part-time project assistant who will help develop training and informational sessions for the Detroit Public Library, Michigan’s largest public library system. The grant will enable Shiffman Medical Library and its partners to continue to enrich the lives of the community with access to key health information deemed important by the community.
Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library has served the health information needs of metro Detroiters for well over 20-years including ten years as a Partner Outreach Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NNLM GMR). Working with a dedicated and exemplary Library Outreach Advisory Council, Shiffman Medical Library has a reputation of offering content-rich programs on local health issues featuring leading health and medical experts. “Shiffman library is extremely excited by this opportunity to collaborate with the NNLM in bringing unique educational programming to southeast Michigan. The All of Us grant will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of developing informed health citizens in our diverse communities,” states Sandra I. Martin, Library Director, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library.
Learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program partnership at https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.
The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:
- On Immunity by Eula Bliss
- Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
- The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman
To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.