Express Planning and Assessment Award

The goals of the Express Planning and Assessment Award are to:

  • Determine the feasibility of a future outreach project with specific populations or with unaffiliated health professionals..
  • Assess community or target population’s need for or interest in a project.
  • Develop statewide emergency preparedness and response plans.
  • Develop a special interest library consortium or network.

For more information about this funding opportunity and how to apply, please click here.

Projects funded from 2006-2011 contract

Funded Projects May 2011-Present

Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Catholic Hospital Librarian Summit to Assess the Feasibility of Consortium Group Purchasing and Licensing Objectives: 1. Set up an online community site with Catholic Health Association (CHA) ( to begin collaborating with Catholic hospital librarians on planning the consortium 2. Contact and invite Catholic hospital librarians in the target population to: a)join and begin networking in the online collaborative b)complete a survey to assess resources, needs and interest in group purchasing c)attend a Catholic Hospital Library Summit to accomplish the following: i) report the findings from the survey ii) determine the feasibility of future group purchasing and licensing of knowledge-based information resources among Catholic hospitals iii)plan an initial group purchasing project to implement for 2013 3.Follow-up on any Summit decision made for an initial group purchasing project and coordinate purchase.
May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Chesterfield County Public Library
The funds received through this award will be used to assess the feasibility of implementing a communitywide health initiative for the adult residents of Chesterfield County.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation
Our primary objective is to conduct a feasibility study that familiarizes all participants with the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) model with a goal of gaining informed opinion as whether it is the best option for us or another alternative as we prepare to move ahead over the next 10 years.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

Georgia Regents University
Dental preceptors will gain knowledge of the accreditation competency standard for critical thinking and evidence-based practice for the Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine. Dental preceptors will reflect on past experiences with pre-doctoral fourth-year dental students they supervise to identify any evidence-based practice behaviors or decision-making activity when determining diagnosis or treatment planning for patient care. Dental preceptors will gain awareness of National Library of Medicine (NLM) tools PubMed, PubMed Health, MedlinePlus, and to locate evidence. They will gain awareness of Georgia Regents University’s Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Loansome Doc program. Pre-doctoral fourth-year dental students will reflect on past externship experiences with dental preceptors and identify any evidence-based practice behaviors or decision-making activity when determining diagnosis or treatment planning for patient. Results will be applied in the planning of future training of pre-doctoral dental students and dental preceptors in evidence-based dentistry and practice.
May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016

Hispanic Access Foundation
To conduct an assessment that will help us understand the needs and challenges of the public health service providers that are in our database as they seek to reach and serve Spanish-speaking Hispanics. The assessment will use surveys, focus groups, interviews, and public system data to (1) understand the needs and challenges of health providers, (2) identify the key recommendations to address these needs that will be used to shape a larger project, and (3) disseminate this information to partners and the public health sector.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

Huntsville Madison County Public Library - Consumer Health for Life
Assess the feasibility of designing a project that will improve the ability of high school students in grade 9-12 to find health information using National Library of Medicine products introduced through the Life/PE health classes. Life/PE is a series of classes that include wellness and health topics that can be incorporated into daily life to improve health. Assess the feasibility of using ebook readers to promote use and reading of health topic specific books. Assess the feasibility of incorporating search of NLM databases thru ereaders and cell phone apps. Assess the feasibility of pulling together local health resources to create an ebook that will provide easier access to local health resources. Identify groups relevant to the project, promote project to them and invite them to join the planning efforts.
October 19, 2011 - April 30, 2012

Johns Hopkins University, Welch Medical Library
Working in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School (Henderson-Hopkins) conduct a community assessment of the students and their families to gauge their level of health literacy and familiarity with publicly accessible resources such as the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINEPlus and receptivity to future health literacy initiatives. The community assessment will be conducted through various methods including focus groups, interviews, environmental scans and public system data. There will be one meeting of the project partners to decide the questions for the focus groups, develop the survey(s) and begin environmental scans. Two focus group meetings are planned, one with students and the second with parents. Surveys will be distributed to the students and their families. Upon completion of the community assessment, recommendations for future health literacy initiatives will be made and shared with the community.
May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016

Military Partners and Families Coalition
Military Partners and Families Coalition will develop a training sheet/material for childcare providers about how to create an inclusive environment of all families/family structure (LGBT, Kinship care, Veterans families with loss of primary parent, etc.). No training materials exist at this time to develop competency of childcare providers on how to work with children from various family structure.
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Identify selected schools and teachers to participate in a project validating the Project SHARE curriculum. Collaborate with teachers to introduce and receive feedback on the STUDENT HEALTH ADVOCATES REDEFINING EMPOWERMENT (NLM Award Number G08LM011079 Information Grant to Reduce Health Disparities) 154 hour curriculum designed to increase advocacy and reduce health disparities. Identify supplemental materials that are needed to create a teachers manual for the curriculum. Create a plan with the teachers to test select parts of the curriculum in a public high school setting. Support the teachers in testing a portion of the curriculum in a high school classroom.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Health Science Library
Build a relationship between the Health Sciences Library (HSL), the Institute on Aging (IOA), community college, a long term care facility, or a nursing home •Perform a needs assessment of health information needs and geriatric education in a community college, long term care facility or nursing home. Explore mobile technology applications for community college, a long term care facility, or a nursing home. Create a plan of action for future project-geriatric training module incorporating NLM resources such as MedlinePlus and NIHSenior Health and other geriatric clinical resources.
May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Health Science Library
To assess the awareness of Evidence-Based Practice within the first responder community by examining their current information seeking behaviors including what information resources they currently utilize, how they use information in the emergency response activities, and what information they have difficulty finding. To evaluate existing disaster training materials and collections for their evidence-based content and relevance for the target first responder community. To develop a pilot project that will train the target first responder community in Evidence-Based practice.
September 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Virginia Commonwealth University
With this proposed Express Planning and Assessment Award project-"Improving Information Access for Virginia Health Providers: Website Assessment Project", VCU Libraries’ Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences will utilize various assessment techniques to improve the quality of a website previously funded by previous NN/LM SE/A Express Outreach Project Awards.
May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016

Washington County-Jonesborough Library
To develop a survey to determine consumer health information habits of Tennessee citizens. The survey will have 3 components to reach the largest audience: online via survey monkey, print handout to current patrons, and a mailing to the general population of the county. To survey and analyze information habits of patrons from all regions of the Tennessee State Public Library system. To utilize the survey results to develop a future plan for consumer health training and programming. To initiate health training for staff in a variety of formats focusing on the primary training on areas that were indicated on the survey
May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015