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2013-14 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards Announced!

Four outstanding projects were funded in response to the 2013/14 Request for Proposals: Express Outreach/Training/Technology Awards. These projects will be funded for approximately $9,000 each, for a period of 12 months, beginning May 1, 2013. The projects strive to improve access to health information for health professionals and health consumers, and to promote the awareness and use of products and services available from the NLM and the NN/LM. Target groups include K-12 students, faith-based organizations, and ethnically and culturally diverse populations in the region.

Yi Gong, American University of Health Sciences Library
The Kids in Technology and Sciences (KITS) outreach project, conducted between American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) and Kettering Elementary School, will promote technology, science, and health to minority students in Long Beach, CA. The goals of the KITS program are to promote NLM resources and use of technology, to increase health awareness and obesity prevention, to promote health careers in nursing and pharmacy, and to strengthen the role of librarians in the delivery of healthcare. This pilot program will develop culturally- and linguistically-appropriate classes for minority students and students with disabilities on four topics: growth and development; injury prevention, safety, and first aid; personal and community health; and library and healthcare resources. Session materials will be available in both English and Spanish.

Darlene Parker-Kelly, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Health Sciences Library
The Charles R. Drew University Health Sciences Library as a Partner with Faith-Based Organizations: Promoting Health Information Literacy in South Los Angeles outreach project will work with four faith-based organizations in South Los Angeles, CA, to promote the use of consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine. The goal of this project is to increase awareness of NLM consumer health resources such as: MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, Genetics Home Reference, Household Products Database, AIDSinfo, and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The Outreach Librarian will conduct training sessions and demonstrate NLM resources at churches and health fairs, and the Program Assistant will promote the outreach events and coordinate activities.

Eileen Packer, HARC, Inc. (Health Assessment Resource Center)
The Public Access to the Coachella Valley 2013 Community Health Monitor Results outreach project will announce and distribute the HARC, Inc. (Health Assessment Resource Center) third triennial health survey of residents of the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, CA, about the health needs and disparities facing the region’s residents. The data help measure the impact of community efforts to address health issues, while providing a tool for strategic planning, business decisions, and fundraising that benefits the region. The outreach event will be conducted as a public forum in January, 2014, and will be attended by key local leaders, healthcare providers, and media. It will highlight the most significant findings of the new triennial assessment and HARCSearch, the online searchable database of the health survey results.

Naomi Broering, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library/Learning Resources Center
The Big Bang Health Information Literacy: Outreach to Diverse Populations for Future Success outreach project will create a health information literacy-training program, based on NLM online resources, for San Diego’s multicultural, diverse, and minority populations. The project aim is to improve the healthcare quality for diverse populations, by providing health information literacy through training workshops on a range of prevalent medical topics. Attendees will learn to access the information they need to communicate with health practitioners, develop strategies for future success, and lead healthier lives. It is a collaborative project with six major San Diego institutions, including public libraries, churches, community centers, and clinics, based in ethnically and culturally diverse communities.

We will also continue to support two Cooperative Agreements; Arizona Outreach with the University of Arizona, Arizona Health Sciences Library; and Information Services Outreach for Rural and Frontier Nevada with the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Savitt Medical Library. Congratulations to all of the awardees on their successful proposals!

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