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Regional Partnerships

To increase support for health professionals’ learning needs in rural and underserved areas, PNR pushes extramural resources directly to organizations and academic universities with strong libraries, who have community-based relationships and are working towards ensuring access to quality, culturally competent care, including long-term services and support for vulnerable populations.

Through these regional partners, NNLM will be solving our region's biggest barriers to modern, rapid access to high-quality information. In addition, we will better inform NLM about the needs in healthcare delivery and public health.


Knowledge is Health: Interprofessional Partnerships to Promote Health Literacy

Institution: Pacific University
Location:  Hillsboro, OR

Nearly one in eight 8 people in Oregon have diabetes or pre-diabetes costing Oregon over $3 billion per year. Latinos in Oregon have twice the diabetes rates of non-Latinos. In collaboration with NNLM PNR and the Pacific Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research program (PIPER), Pacific University Libraries (PUL) will provide outreach and instruction in NLM and IPE resources to health professionals at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (VGMHC) and Pacific University Interprofessional Diabetes Center (ICD) who provide healthcare in a team-based model to underserved or disadvantaged communities. The project will strengthen librarians' role in IPE and team-based care and promote high-value effective diabetes care by increasing the use of current, high quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate materials from the National Library of Medicine. The “end-user” aim is to reduce barriers to diabetes health literacy (in both English & Spanish) among Latinos.


Health Professions Outreach in Eastern Washington

Institution:  Washington State University-Spokane
Location:  Spokane, WA

This project aims to advance health literacy capacity and to improve clinical information discovery skills of health professionals in Eastern Washington. The targeted health professionals work in clinics, long term care facilities, and schools in Eastern Washington. A joint Outreach/Reference Librarian position will be created, with the purpose of supporting WSU health science students and alumni in eastern Washington with instruction and assistance in information literacy, and to offer workshops, liaison services, and advice on use of NLM, state, and relevant university resources. The end goals of the project are to: Enhance clinical decision making and patient care for health professionals in private practice; improve the quality of life of older Americans; prepare K-12 students for the jobs in the future; increase National Library of Medicine, NNLM PNR, HEALWA and WSU Spokane visibility; and to build capacity for sustaining these programs in rural and underserved areas. The project will emphasize roles for librarians in primary and preventive care in rural communities.


Information Resources for Alaska’s Healthcare Providers and Consumers: Outreach in the Last Frontier

Institution:  University of Alaska Anchorage
Location:  Anchorage, AK

The Alaska Medical Library (AML) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) will carry out a 5-year outreach and education program for Indian Health Service-affiliated hospitals, regional village clinics and public health centers. UAA will promote AML services and NLM resources via in-person and online workshops, and via a variety of distribution channels, such as email and AML’s website and monthly electronic newsletter. The AML will collaborate with the AHEC program at UAA’s School of Nursing, and the Alaska CACHE (Clearinghouse for Alaska’s Continuing Health Education) in addition to the Alaska State Library, and the Public Health Information Access (PHIA) digital library for Alaska public health employees. The AML will promote NLM and NNLM programs and services through exhibits, presentations, and course offerings through venues such as the Alaska Rural Health Conference, the Alaska Health Summit, and the Alaska Library Association conference, and others as deemed appropriate. AML will track literature requests and survey clients at intervals to evaluate if the project is meeting its goals of improved access to and knowledge of electronic resources and NLM services.


Best Practice in Decision-Making: Educational Training Program on Evidence-based Management for Health Administrators in the Pacific Northwest Region

Institution:  Idaho State University
Location:  Pocatello, ID

Kasiska School of Health Professions in the Healthcare Administration Program at Idaho State University will carry out a two-year educational training program using both face-to-face and online methods to reach healthcare administrators in Idaho about basic principles of evidence-based management and methods of searching for the best available evidence in PubMed and other related online resources. Partner organizations will be Idaho Medical Group Management Association, Idaho Hospital Association, Idaho Healthcare Association, Portneuf Medical Center, and MedMan. Participants will be administrators from long-term care facilities, community health centers, acute care hospitals, regional medical centers, and nursing homes. In Year 2, investigators will use Moodle to develop EBM online modules. The expected outcomes of this project will be that health administrators gain knowledge and skills in EBMgt principles, and increase confidence in the implementation of EBMgt. The skills and knowledge gained through the education program will ultimately lead to better management decision making in healthcare organizations for delivering quality patient care and the reduction of health costs in the Pacific Northwest Region healthcare systems.