The goal of outreach programming is to expand partnerships and implement activities with network members and other institutions and organizations to improve awareness of and access to health information resources for health professionals, the public health workforce, and members of the public.
Exhibits and Presentations
To promote awareness of and the ability to access electronic health information, the GMR staff;
- is available to do presentations, workshops, or to exhibit at your meeting or event free of charge highlighting U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) services. Contact your GMR State Contact Librarian for more information.
- provides Funding Opportunities and support for both Exhibiting in the GMR and teaching at meetings when you highlight NLM and NN/LM services.
- distributes a variety of Educational Resources. Members also can use the NN/LM Educational Materials Order Form to obtain educational materials for those meetings highlighting NLM and NN/LM services.
Training and Professional Development
Another way GMR increases the effective use of electronic health information resources is by providing training and professional development opportunities to those who directly provide health information to the public. You can also take one of the Classes Offered Through the GMR Office or schedule one for your group.
To reach the many and diverse populations in need of health information, we work collaboratively with various regional partners to extend our services and to establish the infrastructure needed to support ongoing access to health information resources. We facilitate collaborative outreach in the region by funding awards, subcontracts, and cooperative agreements. The Funding Opportunities page includes resources that will help you get what you need to support your vision. Visit the Funding Recipients page to see what your colleagues in the region are doing.
Network members planning outreach activities may benefit from Planning and Evaluation assistance provided through the GMR office and the NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
Consumer Health Outreach
Consumer Health Services include free presentations about National Library of Medicine resources, exhibiting at conferences and health fairs, and funding opportunities. Our consumer health information workshops are available to our members and consumers throughout the Greater Midwest Region. Classes are customized to meet the needs of your organization.
A priority of the GMR is to ensure that the health care providers who serve underserved communities and populations at risk for health disparities have access to biomedical information. Working through intermediaries such community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, tribal colleges, and other agencies is one way to reach underserved healthcare consumers and those at risk for health disparities.
Public Health Workforce
Another priority for the new contract is to improve access to online health information for the public health workforce and to assist with developing their skills for retrieving information to respond to epidemics, bioterrorism threats, and other public health issues. In the new contract, the RML is proposing to intensify its outreach efforts to the public health workforce and expand on models of regional public health information networks developed in the previous contract that could serve as building blocks for a national public health information network. Librarians serving the public health workforce are welcome to join the GMRPH email discussion list.
Resource and Outreach Libraries
The Greater Midwest Region supports 31 Resource Libraries distributed throughout the region, who have signed a letter of agreement with the GMR and are selected because of collections that add significantly to the resources of the region and the special expertise they contribute to improve regional or national programs. Sixteen of these resource libraries are designated as Outreach Libraries for the 2016-2021 grant period to assist the GMR with teaching classes, providing document delivery services, partnering with affiliate members of the network to conduct outreach projects, and exhibiting and/or presenting at community events or meetings to promote NLM resources and services.