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Using Little Free Libraries to Improve Access to Health Information

In North Carolina, residents of both urban and rural areas live in underserved communities with limited access to medical care and information, healthy food retail, and other resources that make individuals healthy and communities vital. To compound these issues, there is limited access to broadband in many of our rural areas. This project will use a network of more than 500 little free libraries in North Carolina to provide evidence-based health information about vaping tobacco products, healthy food, physical activity, accessing health information through Medline Plus, and how to access food through food banks and libraries in rural, medically underserved areas. This project will contribute to the mission of the NNLM to improve public health by improving individuals' access to information to enabling them to make informed decisions about their health. The North Carolina Alliance for Health will provide high quality health information to individuals in underserved areas; improve access to, awareness of, and skills to locate high quality biomedical and health information through Medline Plus; and improve access to community resources by vulnerable populations. Ultimately, this will improve North Caroliniansā€™ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Men
Seniors
Women
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Rural
All of Us
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
Opioids
Vaping
African Americans or Black
Alaska Natives
American Indian
Asian
Latino or Hispanic
Native Hawaiians
Pacific Islanders
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
General public
Library or information professional
Project Lead:
Marianne Weant
Funding Source: 
SEA
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2020
Funding Amount: 
$24866
Funding Period:
Jan 18, 2021 to Apr 30, 2021
Project Status:
Awarded