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Archive for 2006

Public Health Funding Opportunity

Monday, August 21st, 2006


The NN/LM SCR announces the Partners in Public Health Information Outreach award Request for Proposals (RFP).

The goal of the Partners in Public Health Information Outreach award is to provide the public health workforce with timely, convenient access to information resources that can help them perform their jobs more effectively. Proposed projects should target public health department employees serving state and local communities.


Number of Cyberchondriacs Increases to 136 Million

Friday, August 18th, 2006

The latest Harris poll has new statistics for “Cybercondriacs” (adults who have ever gone online for health information).

  • The percentage of online adult Americans who have searched the Internet for health information has reached 80%.
  • The total number of Americans who have gone online for health information is estimated to be 136 million.
  • A large majority of cyberchondriacs (88%) continues to indicate that they were successful in searching for health information online.
  • Eighty-seven percent cyberchondriacs say that the health information they found online has been reliable (25% “very reliable” and 61% “somewhat reliable”). Interestingly, this has declined from 2005 when 90 percent felt this way. Of special note, the percentage of those who indicate that online medical information is “very reliable” has declined substantially from 37 percent in 2005 to the current 25 percent.

For more information:

NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunity: Library Technology Award

Friday, August 18th, 2006

The NN/LM SCR announces a new funding opportunity in the 2006-2011 RML Contract: Library Technology Award.

The purpose of the Library Technology Award is to assist full Network member libraries (Resource Libraries and Primary Access Libraries) in the NN/LM SCR that are interested in implementing large-scale technology applications to further encourage library improvement and expansion of library services. Bidders are encouraged to submit proposals that expand existing services or introduce new services to enhance health information access through the use of technology.

One (1) project up to $20,000 will be awarded. Letters of Intent are due by 1 October 2006. Proposals are due by 15 November 2006.

Additional information on this award and the application are located at:

NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunity: MedlinePlus Go Local

Friday, August 11th, 2006

The NN/LM SCR is accepting proposals for MedlinePlus Go Local projects for the following states in the South Central Region (SCR) where no Go Local is in existence: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Existing Go Local projects in the SCR can be found at:

The participation guidelines are located under “South Central Region” at: Additional information on Go Local is located at:

Funding up to $25,000 may also be available for awarded projects.

If you have any questions, please contact the South Central Region at 800-338-7657 or 713-799-7880.

Kaiser Permanente using Talking Pill Bottles

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Kaiser Permanente will start offering “talking” prescription bottles with recorded information in addition to the label. These bottles were originally created for people with vision or literacy difficulties by MedivoxRx Technologies, a subsidiary of Wizzard Software Corp (

Health Data Management

HRSA Grants for Rural Telehealth Programs

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) recently announced the availability of grant funding to help rural health networks strengthen their capabilities to better serve communities. Funding priorities will be given to telehealth, new emerging technologies, and for oral health and mental health needs. The estimated total program funding is $1,000,000 with 5 awards averaging $180,000.Applicants must be public or non-profit entities, and other eligible applicants are listed in the full announcement. Funding preference will be given to those applicants that are in health professional shortage areas, medically underserved communities, or serve medically underserved populations that focus on primary care, wellness, and prevention strategies. Existing networks that wish to expand services are not eligible to apply.

The closing date for the application for (CDC-RFA-HK06-60) is November 02, 2006. The projected award date is May 01, 2007 with the estimated project end date of April 30, 2010.

For more information visit:

HRSA – Grants

Washington Post Compares Internet Health Information Resources

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

A Washington Post reporter compares Google, MedlinePlus, and WebMD in a search for health information about his relative.

“A 10-Year Checkup: A Decade Into the E-Health Era, Online Medical Resources Pass a Real Life Test” by Craig Stoltz

Three Libraries in South Central Region win Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Awards

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Three librarians in the South Central Region win Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grants. This program supports efforts to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and the faculty who will prepare them for careers in library science.

El Paso Public Library, El Paso, TX; Houston Public Library, Houston, TX; and Rose State College, Midwest City, OK each received a grant to administer a recruitment program. (more…)

Report Released on Libraries and Health Information Initiative

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) released their report about libraries and health information provision for American citizens. The report provides program descriptions of the ten finalists in the awards initiative.

In her Introduction to the report, Chairman Fitzsimmons acknowledged the commitment of librarians and library managers in providing relevant and responsive services to the American people.

“This award demonstrates professional expertise of the many librarians who bring health information to their library’s users. These people are the standard bearers in health information delivery, and the award initiative enables the Commission to bring attention to their good work, which we are happy – and honored – to do,” she said.

The report, “Libraries and Health Information: The NCLIS Health Information Awards for Libraries and The Libraries and Health Information Forum, May 3, 2006,” is available at

Updates to Haz-Map

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Two new features have been added to Haz-Map, the National Library of Medicine’s website on hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases: a new disease category “Infection, Travel” has been added and images of skin lesions and X-rays have been added for some diseases.