Express Outreach Award 2009: Community Health Library Without Walls
The current economic situation has resulted in decreased access to health care and health information for the residents of rural areas. In this time of increasing need, the opportunities for health library outreach and funds for library computers have been eliminated. An Express Outreach Award would allow the Marshall Community Health Library to accomplish two goals which would increase awareness of the free services and health information available in the library and via the internet. An outreach campaign would target the following groups: community physicians, rural health clinics, community support groups, El Dorado County public librarians, El Dorado County public health nurses, and El Dorado County Senior Services groups. The Community Health Librarian would present the groups with information on the library?s services, with demonstrations and offers of further training in MedlinePlus and other NLM/NIH databases. The Express Outreach Award would further enable the library to replace three aging public desktop computers and thus ensure the provision of free access to MedlinePlus and other reliable health resources via the internet. The library would purchase a laptop and LCD projector for outreach presentations (the CHL has none at present), and would also purchase Adobe Acrobat Standard software and a scanner, allowing scanning and FAXing of documents to other DOCLINE libraries and community health providers.