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All of Us Ambassador Award:Training - FAQ

Organizations with staff able to train in health information and digital literacy and access, and have a strong relationship with local public libraries are encourage to apply for this award.

Recipients of this award are required to offer consumer health classes, using National Library of Medicine (NLM), NNLM, and All of Us resources, to public library staff and members of the general public in-library events, at community events and virtually. The award may cover salary, mileage, and materials. The NNLM SEA will provide a primer on instructional design and basic teaching methods to awardee instructors.

Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Certification

Q. How does one become certified to teach the Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for your Community for Public Librarians, Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library or Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library classes?
A. The instructor needs to have earned their Medical Library Association (MLA) Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) and have taken the specific CHIS course to teach the class. Level 1 CHIS means that you have taken course work that fulfills 5 Core Competencies for Providing Consumer Health Information Services and 12 credit hours of MLA CHIS approved course work. Level 2 CHIS means you have completed the skills in all 8 Core Competencies for Providing Core Consumer Health Information Services and 24 credit hours of MLA CHIS approved course work.

Q. How will MLA CHIS certified instructors/awardees be able to maintain their status to continue teaching the course beyond the span of the grant?
A. It is recommended that instructors continue to take NNLM consumer health courses that qualify for MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). CHIS certification is good for three years. To maintain your CHIS certification, you will need to take the required number of MLA-approved consumer health courses for the level for which you are applying. Refer to MLA for details on the Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Application and Budget

Q. What do I need to do to apply for the grant?
A. Like other grants available by the NNLM SEA, you will need to apply through the website. Please refer to the SEA Funding Toolkit and refer to the Submission Guide for details on how to apply.

Q. What can and cannot be budgeted in the grant?
A. Please refer to the NNLM SEA Funding Toolkit for details on developing your budget.

Q. What is the time commitment each instructor should plan for when developing the budget?
A. The length of time for classes depends on the class taught and preparation time. The instructor’s prep work will involve familiarity with the material and ensure that you can respond to students’ questions on this subject matter.

Q. Can the funds be used to purchase technology for instruction? 
A. Yes, funding may be used to purchase technology for the library to enable online instruction. It will not cover online resources that require yearly renewal.

Q. What is the primary geographic focus area for this project award?
A. All institutions in the SEA region will be considered for the project award.

Q. Would travel allow attendance at conferences like ALA or MLA?
A. No, only local mileage to and from the the location you intend to teach the classes will be covered. It is encouraged or believed that the awardee will have an established relationship with the public library system(s) at the time the application is received by the NNLM.

Goals and Evaluation

Q. Is there a specific or minimum number of libraries to be reached?
A. Project awardees will have a goal to have 45-60 (public) library staff participate in your instructional classes during the funding period.

Q. How will the class be evaluated?
A. Instructors will be expected to use NNLM evaluation materials and submit to NNLM. Refer to the Reporting Requirements for details

Q. What is the time commitment each instructor should plan for when developing the budget?
A. The length of time for classes depends on the class taught and preparation time. The instructor’s prep work will involve familiarity with the material and ensure that you can respond to students’ questions on this subject matter.

Q. How do I partner with other All of Us Research Program (All of Us) partners in the community to provide awareness of All of Us through planned programs & events, when possible? How will SEA staff will help connect me with potential partners?
A. Awardees will collaborate and coordinate with April Wright, Community Engagement Corodinator and connect with local and virtual All of Us partners.

Virtual Instruction and Resources

Q. If the instructor decides to teach the course online, will the training include how to use the NNLM Moodle platform? Will library staff be able to continue using the course and the LMS after the grant period?  
A. Awardees will be provided Moodle resources for training. One helpful resource is the Moodle Docs website, with illustrated instructions of common tasks. Teacher access to the NNLM Moodle will only be available during the funding period. Awardees are encouraged to save course content.

Q. Will the course be scheduled by the instructor or by NNLM?
A. If an instructor wants to offer an online version of the course on the NNLM Moodle platform, the instructor must contact an NNLM coordinator to schedule the class.  The online versions of Stand Up for Health, Beyond an Apple a Day, Caring for the Mind are four-weeks. The awardee will determine the dates, complete an online form, and work with NNLM SEA staff to create the class instance.

Q. Is there a resource for for instructors offering the class and public library staff to refer to following the class?
A. Instructors and class participants are encouraged to join the NNLM Community of Practice for Consumer Health Professionals which awardees will promote.
Awardees may also refer to materials available on the NNLM website: