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Featured Projects

The following is a collection of funded highlighted projects funded by the GMR and other RML offices. This collection is intended to generate ideas for partnerships and projects when applying for current awards. For assistance with brainstorming a possible project or partnership, please contact the GMR Office via email


Community Outreach Award

Tales and Travel: Developing Community Partnerships
Gail Borden Public Library
Elgin, IL

The Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL adopted the Tales and Travel program with the purpose of expanding community outreach services to older adults with early to middle stages of dementia. Tales and Travels is a one-hour program designed to engage individuals with dementia both socially and cognitively. The program is offered in eleven of the thirteen Assisted Living facilities within the Gail Borden Library district, and kits are available for check out at the main library and Rakow Branch. This project explored whether the program: 1. Engaged and improved the cognitive and social interactions of individuals with dementia. 2. Positively impacted the relationship between caregivers and individuals with dementia by providing stimulating activities and reducing the number of stressful interactions. 3. Expanded the library’s outreach to an underserved population. 4. Decreased stigma and stereotypes of adults with dementia by demonstrating elements of cognition that remains throughout the course of the disease.

African Community Intergenerational Health Communication and Information Project
Multimedia Resources and Training Institute
RML: PNR

This project will enhance African refugee and immigrant youth and community members' access to and use of NLM and related health resources and information. Collaboration with existing and new partners, e.g., NN/LM, federal, local government, community coalitions, councils, faith-based, and community-based organizations will help build capacity to facilitate health outreach, education, and training to reach foreign-born African communities. MMRTI will partner with NN/LM staff to ensure integration of appropriate (NLM) information and resources into training materials, and related media productions. MMRTI staff will also coordinate with NN/LM PNR staff to provide in-person training about NLM resources for information on health topics and issues of concern to foreign-born African community members. The latter will be available for viewing on SCAN-TV Public Access Channel, specifically, weekly Ethio Youth Media hour.

Connecting Youth to Quality Health Information 
University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition
RML: PNR

This project aims to increase high school students' ability to access and evaluate quality health information by providing a lesson plan that promotes linkages between Washington's health and fitness Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALR's) and Medline Plus. The EALR's for high school health include "Evaluate health and fitness information." (Component 3.2). To fulfill this grade level expectation, students must demonstrate the ability to critique the reliability, accuracy, and usefulness of health information from different sources. This requirement provides a valuable opportunity to build students' familiarity with MedlinePlus and other NLM resources early so that they are recognized as trusted information sources for current and future health questions. 

This project expands on the "Finding Quality Health Information to Support Student Health Toolkit" that was previously developed with NN/LM funds to increase the capacity and capability of health professionals, librarians, health educators, and other school health stakeholders to access and use quality health information. In the current project, we will develop a youth-focused section for the toolkit and a lesson plan that integrates Medline Plus-based activities into classroom instruction.

Serving up Resources for Healthy Eating 
Port Townsend Public Library
RML: PNR

Port Townsend Public Library plans to expand its capacity to provide high-quality information that supports parents in making healthy eating choices for their families. The library will build on strategies that have proven successful in the past: promotion of online resources, small-group instruction, and distribution of printed information at the library and community venues. Specific activities and services include development of a special "Serving Up Resources for Healthy Eating" website, training of staff in using high quality online resources - especially MedlinePlus - for health and nutrition information, online search workshops for library patrons, presentations to community groups such as the PTA, and production and distribution of promotional materials. A key partner for the project is the Port Townsend Food Co-op, a community resource for locally grown, organic foods that is active in consumer education. 

Partners for Access to Consumer Health Info (PACHI) - RAHC and Su Clinica Familiar
PI Institution: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
RML: SCR

This project is a partnership between a Network member and a community-based clinic that will provide assistance in retrieving and disseminating consumer health information.

Consumer Health Education and Promotion Plan 
PI Institution: Saint John's Health System
RML: MCR

The intention of this project is to promote the Van K. Smith Community Health Library’s (VKSCHL) services and resources to the public. Through the Consumer Health Education and Promotion Project areas in southwest and central Missouri as well as northwest Arkansas, both rural and urban populations will have increased access to health information.


Outreach Awards

Hospital Library: Premier Health Knowledge Management Workshop
Good Samaritan Hospital
Shank Memorial Library
Dayton, OH

Hospital librarians at Premier Health System offered a 2-day workshop intended to teach healthcare executives and health professionals about knowledge management and knowledge sharing. The workshop offered continuing education credits to librarian, nursing and allied health participants. This workshop became an important part of the quality and safety culture at Premier Health. Additionally, the involvement of librarians in this workshop brought them visibility within the organization, and they are now included on quality and safety efforts at Premier Health.

Target Outreach: Nursing Experts: Translating the evidence (NExT)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Peoria, IL

The NExT project was targeted at providing education to public health nurses in Illinois, unaffiliated with large academic institutions or hospitals. The project was focused on connecting public health nurses with high quality, free government resources available from the National Library of Medicine and other agencies and taught them how to translate the evidence that they find in these resources into daily practice in order to better serve their communities. This successful project provided CE opportunities and self-guided learning through an online library guide available to all public health nurses.

Tales and Travel: Developing Community Partnerships
Gail Borden Public Library
Elgin, IL

The Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL adopted the Tales and Travel program with the purpose of expanding community outreach services to older adults with early to middle stages of dementia. Tales and Travels is a one-hour program designed to engage individuals with dementia both socially and cognitively. The program is offered in eleven of the thirteen Assisted Living facilities within the Gail Borden Library district, and kits are available for check out at the main library and Rakow Branch. This project explored whether the program: 1. Engaged and improved the cognitive and social interactions of individuals with dementia. 2. Positively impacted the relationship between caregivers and individuals with dementia by providing stimulating activities and reducing the number of stressful interactions. 3. Expanded the library’s outreach to an underserved population. 4. Decreased stigma and stereotypes of adults with dementia by demonstrating elements of cognition that remains throughout the course of the disease.

The S.T.A.R. Initiative-Strategically Targeting Appropriate Researchers
Health Care Research Associates
Chicago, IL

The purpose of the S.T.A.R. Initiative project was to increase the participation of underserved communities and communities of color in patient‐centered outcomes research. The S.T.A.R. Initiative is a culturally appropriate methodology for minorities and communities of color to select and involve researchers capable of conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR). The major components of the S.T.A.R. Initiative include: Introducing the community to patient/centered outcomes research and its benefits, developing comprehensive educational curricula, delivered curricula by mobile apps, and identify, select, and engage appropriate researchers to partner for PCOR.

Iraqi Health Outreach Project
Heartland Alliance
Chicago, IL

Heartland Alliance works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. The organization provides a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice and leads state and national policy efforts, which target lasting change for individuals and society. The purpose of the Iraqi Health Outreach Project was to link health professionals and recently arrived Iraqi refugees directly to language-appropriate health information through a targeted media campaign. Examples of pamphlets are available at the Heartland Alliance website.

Tribal Outreach: Health Info Outreach to Tribal College Librarians
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute (TCLI) at Montana State University is the conference of choice for many tribal college librarians. Many librarians would not be able to attend TCLI without assistance from external funding, such as that provided by the NN/LM GMR for this outreach project. The NN/LM GMR funded travel expenses of tribal college librarians from the Greater Midwest Region to attend the 24th annual TCLI.


Technology Improvement Awards

Information at the Point of Need: A Statewide Project
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

The purpose of this project was to provide outreach across four quadrants of North Dakota through the four UND clinical campuses. This Technology Improvement award funded iPads and pocket projectors to be used for outreach on NLM resources, such as PubMed, WISER, LactMed, MedlinePlus, TOXNET, DailyMed, ToxMystery, and Household Products Database. This project successfully introduced healthcare providers across the state to NLM products and demonstrated how they can use their own mobile devices to assist in providing quality healthcare to patients.

Consultation Suite for Researchers in the Biomedical Sciences
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

This award funded a research consultation suite in the John Crerar Library, the University of Chicago’s sciences library, in order to better serve the research needs of physicians, nurses, medical students, and biomedical researches on campus and off. The suite includes large dual screen displays and allows several individuals to plug in and display information from laptops or mobile devices onto the screens. The purpose of this project was to promote information sharing and collaboration.

Interdisciplinary Point-of Care Patient Health Education Initiative
Broadlawns Medical Center
Des Moines, IA

The funding of this initiative allowed Broadlawn’s Medical Center to purchase 12 ChromeBooks to be used hospital wide to provide patient education resources for improved teaching moments at the point-of-care. The facility serves 70% or more low income patients – many with low literacy levels and do not speak English. The ChromeBooks have been formatted for easy access to quality instructional materials including resources written at appropriate reading levels, foreign languages and audio/video/interactive tutorials. The ability to provide a wide variety of quality patient education materials through the mobile ChromeBooks has increased the quality of patient education being provided.