NER began its 2011-2016 contract period with five exciting projects proposed and approved to extend outreach and provide a mode knowledge management project. Projects were submitted as proposals, reviewed by the corresponding Community of Interest and approved. Project performance periods extended through April 2012.
Here briefly are some of the outstanding accomplishments and outcomes for these projects:
Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, Worcester
Health Literacy: Your Knowledge, Your Health
Funding this project allowed CM AHEC/OWTI to create a health literacy tutorial for community health workers to improve patient communication skills and find and evaluate good health information. A 12 hour course has been developed for community health workers. CHWs are a critical health workforce and are key to supporting consumers in acquiring health literacy skills that will improve their health and access to health care in the long term.
Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton NH
Dental Health and Education Project
The project addressed health literacy issues for patients who resort to using the emergency department to treat a toothache or an abscessed tooth. Patients often cannot pay for routine dental health care. The major accomplishment of this project was developing a curriculum for using “The Teach-Back Method” of ensuring that patients understand instructions (e.g., taking medications, home-care instructions, follow-up, dental prevention across the lifespan). The project librarian was able to “obtain true buy-in from senior leadership” for the health literacy initiative.
Maine Medical Center, Portland
Clinical and Academic Resource Center
Knowledge Management Pilot Site: Creating a repository of local content to support knowledge management services
Funding allowed the library to develop the foundation for a repository of locally generated research, including clinical and academic content. The project involved conducting a needs assessment, product development, and design of necessary staffing and workflow. Our target group within the hospital was the Sports Medicine department, a small but prolific group. Project staff worked with the hospital’s Information Systems department on technical issues, and the Research and Medical & Academic Affairs staff. An independent consultant was contracted to perform an environmental scan of the institution’s research content and volume. Major accomplishments were the analysis of the knowledge asset needs of our users, the exploration of repository software, and the environmental scan report.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester
Campus Helping Older Adults Search for Reliable Sources of Information
This project introduced older adults to MedlinePlus while teaching skills to evaluate health information. A mobile computer classroom was built, a series of three hands-on lessons were offered at 28 sessions across five senior centers. Sessions were based on specific modules from the NIHSenior Health’s “Helping Older Adults Search for Health Information Online: A Toolkit for Trainers.” Pharmacy students in their final year of study in the PharmD program assisted in presenting the lessons by providing one-on-one instructional assistance.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Chelsea MA
Upgrading and Enhancing ARCH Training
Based on the successful operation of ARCH in providing hands-on training and outreach to older adult communities, two ARCH outreach projects focused on strengthening access to health information and resources online among senior citizens in Chelsea, Massachusetts. While purchasing computers, developing and curricula, and conducting five hands-on sessions for seniors, the project also reached out to the Healthy Chelsea Coalition to present ARCH and MedlinePlus resources to 60 health care and human service professionals.
We congratulate our past funded projects for extending the National Library of Medicine’s outreach mission, and enhancing the Network by developing practices.
See our new projects that have been funded for the current fiscal year.