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Funding Opportunity: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients

The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel informatics and data science approaches that can help individuals gather, manage and use data and information about their personal health. A goal of this program is to advance research and application by patients and the research community through broadly sharing the results via publication, and through open source mechanisms for data or resource sharing.

Areas of development suggested below are not meant to limit the scope or creativity of proposed projects.

  • Constructing a personal health library: informatics approaches that help a person gather together different types of health data/information/knowledge into a single, searchable resource for personal use, including intelligent mapping tools for vocabulary used to describe elements of the library.
  • Managing a personal health information library: novel informatics approaches that make it easy for an average user to expand or remove entries, make notes or corrections, including intelligent tools that alert the user to new information about topics covered in a personal health information library.
  • Using a personal health library: data science and informatics approaches that make it easy to find and use the information stored there, including visual tagging, text summarization, graphics translation, knowledge mapping, suggestions for tutorials, analytic and visualization techniques that make the information understandable based on characteristics of the individual user or group.
  • Digital librarian/assistant for personal health library: data science and informatics approaches that bring machine intelligence to the management and use of a personal health information library through personalized alerts and suggestions, literacy aids, translators or other approaches, taking into account characteristics of the individual user or group.

For more information, read the complete PAR-17-159 Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Easy-to-Read Drug Facts website

The February 2017 NIH News in Health lists Easy-to-Read Drug Facts as its featured website. From the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “this easy-to-read website talks about drug use, addiction, and treatment. It has pictures and videos to help readers understand the text. The website also can read each page out loud. The pages are easy to print out to share with people who do not have computers.”

Description from Easy-to-Read Drug Facts: About This Website

Pregnancy Social Media Toolkit

The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health provides a new toolkit for agencies and organization to use to get out the word in social media about health concerns during pregnancy. Sample tweets, suggested Facebook posts, and suggested blog entries are included for healthcare consumers and for healthcare professionals. Download the Pregnancy Social Media Toolkit (PDF) here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/zpm0.

Suicide Prevention in Indian Country

A fact sheet describing suicide prevention in Indian Country, and how the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention can align with tribal communities, is made available from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For tribal audiences and the agencies that work with them, the fact sheet reviews suicide prevention strategies for communities: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/3qoz

Rural Health Workforce

Maintaining the healthcare workforce is fundamental to providing healthcare quality and access in rural areas. Recently updated by the Rural Health Information Hub, this “Rural Healthcare workforce” topic guide covers a wide range of issues related to the healthcare workforce in rural areas, including supply and demand, workforce distribution, characteristics of the rural healthcare workforce, strategies to meet workforce needs, and more: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/pdfc

Diversity Toolkit from US Administration on Aging

The AoA provides a Diversity Toolkit for the Aging Services Network and its partners to act as a starting point for conversations regarding how to better serve diverse populations of older adults. However, the toolkit also has appeal for other community organizations and institutions.  It assists “with every stage of program planning, implementation, and delivery of diverse population services.” The toolkit walks service providers through four steps – Assessments, Identifying Resources About the Community, Designing Services, and Program Evaluation – and the Diverse Community Questionnaire can be tailored for your specific communities to aid in each of the four steps. For more information about the toolkit, visit AoA Diversity webpage.

Antibiotic Resistance Investment Map

Learn how CDC is investing in your area to combat AR: Use the Antibiotic Resistance Investment Map, a public web app that provides information on CDC’s key AR activities by state.

Screenshot of CDC Map of Key Investments to Combat Antibiotic Resistance.

Text is from the CDC Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The CDC has a number of resources to aid in education and prevention campaigns

 

Love is respect. Teen dating violence awareness from VetoViolence.

Staying Active this Winter: Tips

Last week,  Punxsutawney Phil predicted six weeks more of winter. The following resources can help you stay active, even in the cold and snow.

Find a national park: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/oion

Find a state park: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/hhae

Fighting the Winter Blues (HealthySD.gov): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ar1f

Funding opportunity for community partners: All of Us

From the National Institutes of Health:

“The National Institutes of Health has announced a new opportunity for organizations interested in helping engage volunteers in the All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. This funding opportunity, open to national and regional organizations, as well as local community groups, will support activities to promote enrollment and retention in the All of Us Research Program across diverse communities.

All of Us is an ambitious effort to gather data over time from 1 million or more people living in the United States, with the ultimate goal of accelerating research and improving health. Unlike research studies that are focused on a specific disease or population, All of Us will serve as a national research resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide variety of health conditions. Researchers will use data from the program to learn more about how individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biological make-up can influence health and disease. By taking part, people will be able to learn more about their own health and contribute to an effort that will advance the health of generations to come.”

More information about the All of Us Research Program and the funding opportunity: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/g52c