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All of Us - Health Information Kiosk Technology Award

Description of Award

The NNLM All of Us Consumer Health Information Kiosk is a technology award for a pre-configured kiosk programmed with evidence-based consumer health and wellness resources to be installed in public libraries throughout the South Central Region (SCR).


National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.
The NNLM regional program is coordinated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)(link is external) and is carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. To accomplish the goals of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, funding opportunities are offered by the NNLM SCR to provide resources to libraries, community based organizations, public health professionals, health educators, faith-based agencies, and other information partners throughout the South Central Region of the United States. States served by the NNLM SCR include Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The purpose of this award is to enable organizations to develop and offer programs that will increase access to and use of authoritative health information resources.

All of Us Community Engagement Network

The NNLM All of Us Consumer Health Information Kiosk award supports the mission of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network to:

  • Help public libraries support the health information needs in their communities by providing National Library of Medicine and other quality health education resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health.
  • Increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us National Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Health information kiosks have been integrated into clinical, library, and community settings for many years in an effort to increase access to authoritative health information. A systematic review analyzing 31 articles found that, of the studies analyzing health kiosk usage in community settings, results suggest that community health centers, libraries and social service agencies were the most preferred location for health kiosk placement. Additionally, "one hundred percent of the studies that evaluated user satisfaction with the kiosks revealed users had a positive outcome using the kiosk."[i]

[i] The role of health information kiosks in diverse settings: a systematic review. Joshi A, Trout K. Health Information and Libraries Journal 2014 Dec; 31(4) 254-73.

  • Public libraries which are network members of the South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership: http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/member.html
  • Serve a population which falls under the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program
  • Agree to raise awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program by distributing information provided to the library at no cost
Potential Projects: 



Funding Period: 
Monday, September 30, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
Number of Awards Available: 
Additional Funding Information: 

Kiosks are pre-configured with health information. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis based on kiosk availability.

The NNLM Consumer Health Information website was developed in Drupal in collaboration with the NNLM National Web Services Office (NWSO). KioskPro client software is installed so patrons access pre-selected, evidence-based consumer health information resources. All updates will be managed remotely.

The website is 508 compliant and checked against the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Markup Validation Service. KioskPro supports enabling Text Selection for Accessibility, which allows patrons to select text and have it rendered as audio. Speak Selection is an accessibility feature that allows iOS to read selected text out loud to visitors who might otherwise have difficulty with on-screen text. Library personnel will be responsible for implementing this for their patrons.

This is a one-time purchase by the NNLM SCR at no cost to the receiving institution. The iPad, charger, KioskPro application, display stand, and lock ships to the library institution pre-configured for plug-and-play.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is responsible for maintaining the Consumer Health Information Kiosk website and KioskPro application licensing for the duration of the funding period.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine will offer training to library personnel on the Health Information Kiosk.

Patrons are not required to sign-in or log-in to the KioskPro client or the websites. The NNLM National Evaluation Office (NEO) will provide a qualitative survey to assess the user experience and the quality of resources accessed. However, no personally identifiable information will be collected or reported.

The NNLM National Evaluation Office (NEO) will develop an online assessment tool and the SCR office will work with public library personnel to assess user knowledge before and after interacting with the kiosk resources.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 6:00pm
Continuous reviews will take place for this award.
Application Instructions: 

Electronically submit the application form and direct beneficiaries checklist available under "Application File" along with a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae to NNLM SCR's All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Rachel Tims

Evaluation of Proposal

Criteria for selection include: plans to promote the Health Information Kiosk and NLM materials (20 points); availability of staff to maintain and assist patrons with the kiosk (10 points); the kiosk will be used to serve NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) populations (10 points); quality of the written narrative (5 points).
Proposals will be scored by NNLM SCR staff based on the evaluation criteria listed above. Applications will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis; those receiving a numeric score of 20 or higher will be funded until funding is exhausted. Priority will be given to libraries that support access to health information and meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research criteria

Additional Information

508 Compliance: 

The Department of Health and Human Services synopsis of Section 508 accessibility requirements, requires that all Federal agencies are obligated to make all electronic and information technology (EIT) that they develop, maintain or use compliant with Section 508. EIT purchases made on or after June 25, 2001, are subject to Section 508.

The National Library of Medicine is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients of National Library of Medicine funding through the NNLM must also meet these requirements.

More information on 508 Compliance is located at http://www.section508.gov

Reporting Requirements: 

All events and activities offered to the public as part of this funded award must be reported to the All of Us Research Program. SCR office staff will assist awardees with complying with reporting requirements.

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials: 

In order to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM Cooperative Agreement Award, all awardees are required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. This information must be submitted to the following collection sites as applicable:

In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with the NNLM SCR prior to developing materials.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

Per Section 8.2.1. - Right in Data (Publication and Copyrighting) of the NIH Grants Policy Statement

The NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use any materials developed as a result of funding and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Data developed by a sub-awardees/consortium participants and consultants are also subject to this policy.
All publications must be registered with PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication to be in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. If you have any questions regarding being in compliance with the Public Access Policy please contact NNLM SCR nnlm-scr@unthsc.edu

NIH Acknowledgement: 

Any resources developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:
This project has been supported in part or in full by Federal funds through the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health under award number UG54LM012345 with the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The content is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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