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Improve Accessibility of Health Information during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Health Education for Living during the Pandemic – United States (HELP-US) Project

Project Summary: This is a collaborative project between the University of Memphis Community of Researchers, and the Memphis Public Libraries. The purpose of this project is to provide access to COVID-19 related information to an underserved population, in the Memphis Area. The proposal goal is to implement a virtual education program. Aligned with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (SEA Region) mission, this project aims to: • Increase awareness and use of COVID-19 and other health information resources. • Provide training in the use of health sciences information resources. • Support the information needs of health professionals who serve underserved and special populations. • Partner with organizations to increase awareness and use of freely available authoritative health information. • Increase health literacy for participants. By April 30, 2021, we will develop and implement the “train the trainers” HELP-US Virtual Health Information and Education Program. The project will be promoted using diverse strategies including websites, social network platforms, and a UofM libguide. Advertisement flyers will be posted at local libraries, community centers, and on the University of Memphis’ informational boards.

Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
African Americans or Black
Alaska Natives
American Indian
Latino or Hispanic
Native Hawaiians
Pacific Islanders
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
General public
Library or information professional
Project Lead:
Irma Singarella
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Federal Fiscal Year: 
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Funding Period:
Jan 25, 2021 to Apr 30, 2021
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