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All of Us - Health Program Kits

Description of Award

This award is intended to help public libraries support the health information needs of their communities by providing funding for health-related program kits. Program kits should be comprised of health information and can be used for circulation purposes or in direct support of health programs.


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 National Library of Medicine (NLM) has partnered with the NIH All of Us Research Program(link is external). Through this collaboration, NNLM aims to improve health literacy and consumer access to high-quality health information in communities throughout the United States, specifically by working with public libraries and other organizations. The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs by recruiting one million people to help researchers understand how health can be improved with individualized prevention, treatment, and care plans.

  • 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
  • Network member institutions are eligible for multiple awards in the same grant year.
Potential Projects: 

Potential Health Program Kits examples, but not all inclusive. Libraries are free to create kits that increase health information awareness. Recipients may purchase multiple kits to support their health information needs, but not to exceed $5,000.

  • Blood Pressure Monitor kit may include Omron BP742N5 series upper arm blood pressure monitor with cuff, AC adapter, hard travel case, guide for monitor and instruction manual, instructions from the American Heart Association in English and Spanish, and a book: Blood Pressure Down by Janet Bond Brill (originally conceptualized by: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library)
  • Literacy Kits may include materials to help with early childhood literacy, such as two to three books, manipulatives, instructional materials for adults and resources about reading levels at various ages (originally conceptualized by: Waco-Mclennan County Library)
  • Hand Therapy kit may include three 2- inch massage balls, finger massager, exercise guide, and a book: The Ariana Institute Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques: Manual by Ariana Vincent and Kam Magor (originally conceptualized by: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library)
  • Citizen Science kits may include litter clean-up kit, rainfall kit, etc. (originally conceptualized by: Litter Clean-Up Kit — Suffolk (Va.) Public Library
  • Yoga kit may include a yoga mate, 2 yoga blocks, stretch strap, 3 instructional dvds, yoga pose cards, and a book: Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley (originally conceptualized by: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library)
  • Foam Roller kit may include a smart sport premium foam roller, instruction sheet, and a book: Foam Rolling: Relieve Pain- Prevent Injury- Improve Mobility; 60 Restorative Exercises for Myofascial Release and Functional Movement by Sam Woodworth (originally conceptualized by: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library)



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

The funding period begins when the contract is finalized. Awards are cost-reimbursable. Please read all sections fully before beginning the application.

Note: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until all funding is exhausted. 


Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 6:00pm
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:

  • Significance (20 points max) - The program kit will cover a health-related topic.
  • Audience (10 points max) - The program kit will target an NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) population. 
  • Writing Style (10 points max) - Quality of the written narrative

Program kits 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.

NIH Public Access Policy: 

Recipients of NNLM funding are required to deposit any peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication in PubMed Central (PMC) in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

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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