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Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Sponsorship

Description of Award

This award supports the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

This award meets the Aims of the 2016-2021 cooperative agreement, specifically:

  • Aim 10: The GMR staff will improve GMR consumer’s understanding of quality health information resources available on the Internet so that they make better informed health care decisions throughout the five years of the award.

Librarians are on the front lines of health information inquiries from their communities. The purpose of this award is to assist librarians with professional development and advancement to ensure they can meeting the growing health information needs of their communities.

Note: The CHIS certificate is provided by the Medical Library Association. In order to apply for a CHIS certificate, you must have completed a minimum of 12 CE credits in consumer health information. Classes are offered for free through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

  • The applicant must be a professional librarian or a library student currently enrolled in an ALA certified library sciences program. The applicant’s institution must be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (membership is free).
  • Application are accepted all year long


Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

Funding is for first time applications. 


Application Instructions: 

For more information about funding, contact Bobbi Newman 319-334-4987.  We welcome your application!

Additional Information

Reporting Requirements: 

Each awardee will be responsible for sharing their experience with the Greater Midwest Region through a newsletter article, presentation, or a way mutually agreed upon with the NNLM GMR.

Professional Development