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NNLM All of Us Consumer Health Collection Award

Description of Award

The NNLM All of Us Consumer Health Collection Award supports small and rural public libraries develop a core collection of reliable, high-quality consumer health materials in print.


    The NNLM All of Us Consumer Health Collection Award supports the mission of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network to:

    • Help public libraries support the health information needs in their communities by providing National Library of Medicine and other quality health education resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health.
    • Increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

    A research report issued by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (2013)[i] states that small and rural libraries make up the majority of public library systems in the United States (80.5%). They also serve a strategic role in extending public services when other local agencies are being reduced. According to the report, “Many small and rural libraries are accustomed to linking what might be considered traditional library services with a variety of other social, educational, and economic development programs.”
    However, while visitation and circulation have increased, many small and medium libraries lack adequate funding to maintain a current consumer health collection. Evidence shows that rural areas have less access to broadband services which can create a barrier to free digital consumer health information resources such as MedlinePlus. Therefore, a print collection funded and selected by health information experts provides community access to evidence-based health information so consumers can make informed decisions about their health.

    [i] Swan, D.W., Grimes, J. & Owens, T. (2013). The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States. Research Brief series, no. 5 (IMLS-2013-RB-05). Washington, DC: Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    Public libraries which are network members of the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are eligible to apply. For information on membership and to apply, visit our Members page. Due to the limited number of awards, public libraries that meet the following criteria receive priority consideration:

    • A small or rural public library as reported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services with a Service Area Population of 25,000 or less;[i]
    • Public libraries supporting outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research criteria;
    • Public libraries that agree to raise community awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program by distributing information provided to the library at no cost.


    Funding Period: 
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
    Up to $1,000
    Number of Awards Available: 
    Additional Funding Information: 

    Print materials are to be selected from a core list of consumer health resources reviewed and approved by the GMR. Awardees may use funds to purchase any titles from the list, not to exceed the award budget. The awardee is responsible for ordering, shipping, and submitting invoices for reimbursement. Labels with a funding statement will be sent to the awardee to attach to the print material. 


    Application Deadline: 
    Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 11:30pm
    Application Instructions: 

    To receive highest consideration for award funding, the applicant must complete the online application by July 31, 2019 and agree to purchase and process titles no later than September 30, 2019. 

    Additional Information

    Reporting Requirements: 

    GMR office staff will assist awardees with complying with reporting requirements. These reports are required for awards:

    • Final Reports must be submitted to the GMR office within 30 calendar days upon completion of the award, but no later than May 15, 2020. The Final Project Report template is available on the GMR website.
    • The awardee is required to submit a title usage report as part of their Final Report.
    NIH Acknowledgement: 

    Any resources developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:

    “Developed resources reported in this [publications, press releases, internet sites] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number 1UG4LM012346. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

    Organization Type: 
    Public Library