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Outreach Express Award - Recipients

Option Year Two - May 2013 to April 2014

Recipient: Healthcare Research Associates
Project Director: Regina Greer-Smith
Project Title: The S.T.A.R. Initiative-Strategically Targeting Appropriate Researchers
Amount: $4,500
Phone: 708-335-0519

The S.T.A.R. Initiative is a program designed to increase participation by underserved communities in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER). This goal is achieved by providing comprehensive education concerning PCOR by emphasizing the importance of communities of color participating in PCOR, and educating the participants in related healthcare topics that are meaningful to them for participation. The S.T.A.R. Initiative is designed to achieve shared decision-making and improved health outcomes for African-American women breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. We will develop engagement clusters (S.T.A.R. Cluster), i.e. groups of activated patients, caregivers, researchers and stakeholders, who look to develop topics and questions surrounding breast cancer which will lead to a research proposal.

Recipient: Skokie Public Library
Project Director: Katrina Belogorsky
Project Title: Health Information Outreach to the Skokie Assyrian Community
Amount: $4,496
Phone: 847-673-7774

This project will develop a partnership between the Skokie Public Library; Erie Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center; and the Assyrian American Pharmacy to provide multilingual health information resources to the underserved Assyrian community. Library and Erie staff will work directly with staff of the pharmacy to determine how the Assyrian community’s medical needs will be met at Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center which will open at a new location in July 2013. In addition, this award will provide electronic equipment to the pharmacy’s developing onsite health center which will be used to present information on diabetes prevention. As a result of improved access to educational and digital resources, the Assyrians with the greatest need will receive improved health care at the Assyrian American Pharmacy and at the Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center.

Option Year One - May 2012 to April 2013

Recipient: Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, Chicago, IL
Project Director: Judith Weinstein
Project Title: Increasing Access to Electronic Health Information for Survivors of Torture
Amount: $4,444
Phone: 773-751-4166

The purpose of this project is to increase access to and encourage use of quality multi-lingual electronic health information for survivors of torture through training of Marjorie Kovler Center staff and volunteers and by integrating training into occupational therapy services offered to clients.

Base Year - May 2011 to April 2012

Recipient: Westside Health Authority, Chicago, IL
Project Director: Cody McSellers-McCray
Project Title: Reading & Comprehending Medicine Labels
Amount: $4,147
Phone: 773-786-0249

Westside Health Authority (WHA) is proposing to create a hands-on workshop on "Reading Medicine Labels" designed for adults with limited literacy. Participants will learn about the difference between over-the-counter and prescription medications, how to identify information on a prescription label, and practice understanding instructions for taking medications. (Project withdrawn.)

Recipient: Munson Healthcare, Traverse City, MI
Project Director: Barbara Platts
Project Title: Adding Value -The Health Professional as Part of the Hospital Clinical Rounding Team
Amount: $4,449
Phone: 231-935-6544

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate that embedding a member of the library staff into the clinical rounding team will strengthen the role of the health information professional and the clinician in the delivery of health care. Integrating library staff into the rounding team will alleviate common barriers encountered by clinicians when searching the medical literature such as time constraints, skill deficits and access to resources.

Recipient: American Dental Association Library, Chicago, IL
Project Director: Mary Kreinbring
Project Title: EBD Support/PubMed Demo at Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting
Amount: $2,906
Phone: 312-440-2642

Demos of PubMed/MEDLINE in support of evidence-based dentistry will be provided. Exhibit booth will be at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (at McCormick Place) which draws dental professionals across from the Midwest as well as some international attendees.

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