Outreach Project Awards

The goals of the outreach project award are:

  • To encourage partnerships and community focused activities in support of the NN/LM mission and goals.
  • To promote the awareness of and use of the information products and services of the National Library of Medicine.
  • To improve access to electronic health information.
  • To promote and improve access to library and information services.
  • To promote or improve the use of technology for information access.
  • To support planning for larger outreach projects and community partnerships.
  • To evaluate or conduct follow-up analysis of a previously funded project.

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

Funded Projects May 2006-April 30, 2011

Anson Community Hospital
Linking Community Care and Health Education
The Linking Community Care and Health Education project will be a collaborative effort between Anson Community Hospital, the Parish Nurse and Health Ministry program, over 60 churches and 4 community centers in Anson County, and the Carolinas HealthCare System and Charlotte Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The project will connect community members, parish nurses, and health advocates to pertinent healthcare information. Computers, with internet accessibility, will be placed in all four of Anson County’s community centers and in a select group of churches throughout the county. A well-designed webpage will be created to provide individuals with health education, information on services and resources available, times of educational healthcare meetings, and additional links to significant healthcare information and services. Parish Nurses and health advocates will be linked to current health information and health educational modules that will be used in developing health education classes for community members.
January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007

Baptist Hospital
Health Touch: Information at your Fingertips
The Baptist Hospital Medical Library seeks to link patients at the University of Tennessee Clinic (UT Clinic) with medical information that will help promote healthful living. Specifically, a closed circuit computer will be implemented via an informational kiosk in the UT Clinic’s patient waiting area. Through the kiosk, patients will be able to access MedlinePlus and the wide range of information available through this software, including key areas of concern for UT clinicians and patients alike.
January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007

Congregations for Public Health
Healthy Spirit 2010
Congregations for Public Health (CPH), Health InfoNet and 3 One Mile Radius (OMR) neighborhoods of the “anchor” CPH churches will develop a strategy for increased access, use and understanding of information technology (IT) as a tool for improved management of individual health. Under the CPH Congregational Neighborhood Health Ministry (CNHM) model, project managers will offer and market Health InfoNet as a tool for use, and make it available in these communities to assist in individual management of health.
July 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

East Tennessee State University
MedlinePlus: Orientation and Instruction
This project is designed to educate 1600 high school and 500 college undergraduate students of the various aspects and benefits of MedlinePlus. The students will learn to use MedlinePlus to research health-related information. The program used to teach this information will include presentations, demonstrations and hands-on exercises will teach students to find information for themselves and various age groups thus providing a creditable, age specific source of health information and improving health literacy within the families and friends of these students. Public Health students will be trained to instruct the sessions in both high school and college environments.
May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

East Tennessee State University
Color My World Healthy
The ETSU Quillen College of Medicine Library staff will work with the Carver Park and Recreation Center will collaborate on a project to address the health issues of African Americans, Hispanics and other minority groups in Johnson City, TN and surrounding area. The staff will provide training sessions on locating quality health information to the Carver community and establish a healthcare library at the Center.
November 1, 2008 - October 31, 2009

East Tennessee State University
Appalachian Underserved Outreach
This project will provide library services to unaffiliated health professionals in Tennessee. The East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine Library (QCOML) has service points in 25 Appalachian counties currently. This project would expand services to an additional seven rural county hospitals. Each hospital will receive 10 PDAs pre-loaded with clinical software for 10 staff physicians. Target staff will receive training on use of the PDA and software, PubMed and Loansome Doc and MedlinePlus for patient health information. All hospital staff will be invited to the PubMed and Loansome Doc training and will be introduced also to the QCOML consumer health information service. Document delivery service will be provided during the project period. In addition, at least one public library in each of the target counties will receive MedlinePlus training.
October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2009

Eastern Shore AHEC
Teen Health Initiative II
The Teen Health Initiative is an active partnership of the Eastern Shore AHEC, Talbot County Free Library, and Dorchester County Public Library, as well as the four public high schools of Talbot and Dorchester Counties. The project led by the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will introduce and promote the use of reliable health Web sites such as MedlinePlus, in health classes at the four schools as well as available library databases. The teens will be asked to share this information with their families and peers and to participate in a project at the end of the sessions. In addition, the project will introduce students to web resources about health care careers in the hope of recruiting students into the health professionals in this mostly rural area.
October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009

Flagler Hospital
Promoting Community Care through Access to Electronic Health Information
The Flagler Hospital Medical Library will develop and implement an electronic health information kiosk area at Flagler Hospital for patients, families and community members. Specifically, computer kiosks will be placed in a patient waiting area and patients, families and community members will be able to access electronic health information resources. Volunteers will be available to help patients, families and community members with accessing and navigating all of the various electronic health resources. In addition, community outreach classes, demonstrating use of electronic health information resources, will be provided twice per month in the Flagler Life Institute, Education Facility, for patients, families and community members.
October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009

George Washington University
Health Information Partners (HIPS), a coalition of health, literacy, and literacy practitioners, will conduct health information outreach and training for its members, the public and adult learners enrolled in literacy programs in the District of Columbia. HIPS 4 will focus on teach online health information to patients and clients at several health centers and on teaching online health sciences classes at an adult education program while continuing outreach to the general public in low-income neighborhoods. In addition, HIPS 4 will provide seed funding to health literacy projects conducted by health, library and literacy organizations.
October 1, 2008 - March 30, 2010

George Washington University
Connecting for Health Literacy
The Health Information Partners (HIPS), a coalition of health, literacy, and literacy practitioners, will conduct health information outreach and training for its members, the public and adult learners enrolled in literacy programs in the District of Columbia. HIPS will partner with literacy teachers funded by the State Education Agency (SEA) who are members of DC LEARNS to integrate health information into their curricula, teach health research skills and resources and evaluate the results of this training. Secondarily, HIPS will sponsor two workshops for practitioners on health literacy issues and monthly MedlinePlus classes for the public, conduct regular health coaching visits to the community health centers and libraries, and sponsor HIV information outreach to neighborhoods affected disproportionately by the epidemic.
May 1, 2007 - April 30, 2008

George Washington University
DC Go Local
The George Washington University Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library will develop and implement a district-wide Go Local project in partnership with Georgetown University's Dahlgren library. The partners will categorize a list of relevant health service providers in order to populate a Washington DC Go Local website. They will increase the awareness of online access to health services and online health information among public librarians, public health professionals, and DC residents.
January 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

Inova Fairfax Hospital
Health Literacy Initiative
The Inova Fairfax Hospital in partnership with the Fairfax County Public Library will hold two sessions on health information literacy. One session will be held at the public library to teach members of the community effective methods of communicating with their doctor. A second program will be held to inform healthcare professionals about the concept of health literacy, steps to improve communication between patient and health care provider and how to best integrate what they learn with patient care. Both sessions will provide instruction on how to obtain and evaluate plain language consumer health information through MedlinePlus and other online sources.
August 1, 2007 - July 31, 2008

James Madison University
Using Information to Bridge the Gap in Health Literacy
James Madison University will develop a health literacy touch screen audio enhanced kiosk which will allow a direct link between patients with low literacy receiving care from the Harrisonburg Community Health Center and NLM’s MedlinePlus. The will allow patients with low health literacy to receive access to quality health information comparable to patients without low health literacy. Translation and recording of health materials into Russian for the kiosk will be part of the project.
June 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Medical University of South Carolina
Hands on Health SC Hispanic Outreach
The Medical University of South Carolina developed the website Hands-on-Health South Carolina in 2001 to give people a place to learn about health and wellness. This project will expand the website by adding articles in Spanish in the South Carolina's Biggest Health Problems section of the site. In addition, staff will conduct workshops and demonstrations featuring the translated articles to Hispanic community groups as well as exhibit at conferences targeting the Hispanic populations in South Carolina to introduce the site.
April 1, 2008 - October 31, 2009

Mountain AHEC
Healthy Kids in Western North Carolina
The Healthy Kids in WNC project will provide information and library services for efforts in Western North Carolina (WNC) to reduce and prevent childhood obesity. In support of the newly formed WNC Regional Obesity Initiative team, the Mountain AHEC librarians will gather and disseminate information about evidence-based programs and model practices, catalog and share information about existing programs and resources in each of the 16 counties of WNC to reduce and prevent childhood obesity, teach Initiative team members and other public health personnel where and how to find reliable health information online.
August 1, 2009 - July 31, 2010

Mountain AHEC
HIPS for Seniors
To address the information needs of senior citizens in western North Carolina, the Mountain Area Health Education Center will promote healthy lifestyles through the Health Information Prescription for Seniors (HIP for Senior) project. MAHEC will develop an information prescription to promote the NC Health Info website (http://nchealthinfo.org) that links to health information resources such as MedlinePlus and local services through North Carolina’s Go Local site. Project staff will hold office hours and provide training at two retirement centers as well as the MAHEC Family Health Center. The project will inform the information needs of seniors for the soon to be developed North Carolina Center for Health and Aging.
August 1, 2008 - July 31, 2009

P.I. Advocates
Health Information Computer Access Training
PIA will provide monthly health information sessions in local community programs for 10 months to 300 residents in local substance abuse programs in the District of Columbia. They will also provide two monthly hands-on computer workshops navigating electronic medical libraries such as medlineplus.gov, National Network of Libraries, and Pubmed.gov, just to name a few.
June 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Rural Medical Services
ACCESS - Acceso a Servicios de Salud
RMS will conduct a community assessment with the Hispanic Farmworker and Settled Out populations in East Tennessee to determine the health education needs as it relates to accessing healthcare and prenatal care. The information gained from the assessment will used to create two educational videos that will use local talent, actors and musicians. One video will focus on the course of prenatal care and delivery. The other video will educate people on how to access healthcare in East Tennessee.
June 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Three Rivers AHEC
Tour of Duty, now that we're back
Three Rivers Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will present three web cast and video conferencing programs to educate Public Health professionals on the mental health problems of returning combat veterans. The AHEC will use the statewide Distance Learning Network to conduct these programs on the mental health issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBI) and their effects on soldiers and their families. MedlinePlus and Georgia Health Go Local resources will be demonstrated. As part of the program, the AHEC also will partner with Mercer School of Medicine Library to exhibit, expand, and promote the Georgia Health Go Local resources to soldiers and their families.
November 1, 2008 - October 31, 2009

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Information Access to Underserved Populations in Baltimore, MD
The University of Maryland’s School of Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) and the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) will improve access to health and referral information in Baltimore, Maryland by promoting and providing training sessions on MedlinePlus and Maryland Health → Go Local to underserved populations in that city. The HS/HSL came live with Maryland Health → Go Local in March 2006. Working directly within communities to introduce this resource will help to ensure its maximum impact.
January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007

University of Maryland, College Park
Promoting Health Literacy Among Older Adults
The Promoting Health Literacy Among Older Adults: Computer Training in Public Libraries project aims to develop an educational program to train older adult patrons of public libraries to use computers and the Internet to access and use health information. The University of Maryland College of Information Studies will partner with the Prince George’s County Public Library System in Maryland, which serves an extremely diverse community with high proportions of low-income and ethnic minority older adults. The objectives of the project are: to train older adults to learn and make sure of the rich online information resources to meet their daily health information needs, to adapt existing information training resources developed by the NLM and NIH for use by public libraries in training of older adults, to help public libraries better serve the information needs to the target population, increase the impact of the rich and authoritative online health resources of the NLM and NIH, and to foster collaboration between public libraries and a school of library and information science.
July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Closing the Gap on Diabetes Health Professional Education
The goal of the Closing the Gap on Diabetes Health Professional Education Project is to enhance providers’ and patients’ knowledge about diabetes and other metabolic diseases. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will purchase equipment and set up an educational kiosk in eight health clinics and health departments in the rural Tri-County area of Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset counties in Maryland. The funds will be utilized to train providers’ serving at-risk populations to enable access to electronic health information through consumer health websites and MedlinePlus. Online surveys to track usage of NLM websites as well as determine feedback on the service will be developed and implemented throughout the project.
June 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

University of Miami
Librarians and DOCS for Health
The Louis Calder Memorial Library of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine proposes to extend partnerships with the successful School-sponsored Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS) Health Fairs project and with public libraries in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties to form Librarians and DOCS for Health (the Partnership). The purpose of the Partnership is to increase the use of quality health information by these residents to improve their health literacy, help them make more informed and better health decisions, and ultimately enable them to become healthier.
July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

University of Mississippi
The goal of the Clarksdale Diabetes and Metabolism Clinic Consumer Health Education Project is to enhance patients’ knowledge about diabetes and other metabolic diseases. The University of Mississippi will set up an education center in a rural clinic in the Delta region of Mississippi and provide a health educator to work with patients and to train a volunteer staff to work in the center. Project funds will be used to purchase equipment to enable access to electronic health information through the consumer health website at the Rowland Medical Library as well as MedlinePlus and other electronic sources.
October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Automatic Metadata Maintenance for NC Health Info
The overarching goal of this project is to address growing metadata maintenance needs threatening to stem the accelerated growth of North Carolina Health Info (NCHI) and the entire Go Local Initiative. Incorporating automatic techniques into NCHI’s metadata generation/quality control processes will allow NCHI catalogers to direct more time to the metadata challenges requiring human skill and intellect and ultimately assist users who are increasingly using NCHI metadata to help them find health information. To address this challenge, the project team will identify and enhance an existing metadata generation application by automating the metadata validation and quality review processes. The proposed work includes two phases: Phase 1, Automatic metadata application evaluation to identify the application/s we will enhance, and Phase 2, Automatic evaluation of metadata quality to determine the effectiveness of the automatic metadata maintenance process. The outcome base evaluation (OBE) activities include the following: 1. a metadata maintenance time evaluation analysis, 2. a human resource costs analysis, and 3. metadata quality evaluations comparing the quality of metadata generated via automatic and human methods during maintenance activities.
August 1, 2007 - July 31, 2008

University of South Alabama
Empowering Health Ministry Leaders
The Empowering Health Ministry Leaders project will identify leaders from local African American congregations in Mobile, AL to form an association to combat health disparities in their communities. The staff of the Biomedical Library will conduct an assessment to determine information needs of the target population which includes parish nurses, health ministers, and community advocates. The project staff will provide training on technology, personal health records, health check tools and other health information resources. They will also develop a speakers’ bureau on health related topics and host three health fairs, one in each of the three targeted zip codes.
September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010

University of South Carolina
LInking South Carolina Free Clinics to Quality Health Information
During the Linking South Carolina Free Clinics to Quality Health Information project, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library will work with four free medical clinics in South Carolina to purchase and install computer equipment in order to enhance patient education efforts. The Library will also increase awareness and use of MedlinePlus by conducting training sessions at each clinic and linking to MedlinePlus content on patient areas of the clinics' web sites.
September 1, 2008 - August 30, 2009

University of the Virgin Islands
Empowering Paradise
The Empowering Paradise project will increase awareness of health information resources and build capacity for using these resources among various populations including, University nursing faculty and students; UVI library staff on the two campuses, and Virgin Island Community AIDS Resource Education staff. They will also work with task groups to potentially re-instate the hospital at the Governor Juan Luis Hospital and Medical Center. PubMed and MedlinePlus training is planned.
June 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

University of Virginia
Evidence-based Public Health Informatics Training in Virginia
This study seeks to add to data previously obtained from a randomized-controlled trial undertaken in New Mexico by Jonathan Eldredge, PhD, and Richard Carr, MLS. The proposed project attempts to address three problem areas in public health. First, this project will provide needed Evidence-Based Public Health (EBPH) informatics training for public health practitioners who confront many public health problems in Central and Southwest Virginia. Second, this project generates practical information about the questions that practitioners formulate in the course of fulfilling their everyday responsibilities. This information will add to that gathered in the previous study that will help build a foundation for developing relevant informatics tools and skills for health care practitioners. Third, this proposed grant will advance the goals of EBPH by giving practitioners skills in question formulation, problem quantification, search strategies, and the critical appraisal of acquired information.
February 1, 2007 - January 31, 2008

University of Virginia
NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness Plan Coordination
The purpose of the NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness Plan is to coordinate preparedness activities and response procedures for health sciences libraries nationwide. The project will be carried out by the designated Coordinator, Daniel T. Wilson, Associate Director for Collection Management and Access Services, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia, and the Associate Directors and their designates from the eight Regional Medical Library offices. The start date for the project is August 1, 2007, with a target date for announcing the formal plan at the beginning of January 2008. Following the formal announcement, the project work group will conduct training and promotional activities for the new plan, with a target completion date of June 30, 2008.
October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009

Vanderbilt University
Tennessee Go Local
The Eskind Biomedical Library will develop and categorize a list of relevant health service providers in order to populate a Tennessee Go Local website. They will increase the awareness of online access to health services provider details and online health information among public librarians, public health professionals, and voluntary health and other service organizations and Tennessee residents in general by driving them to the Tennessee go Local web site and by extension, NLM’s MedlinePlus.gov.
July 1, 2007 - January 31, 2009

Western Maryland AHEC
Western/Maryland/West Virginia Rural Outreach
WMAHEC will focus its efforts on reaching health practitioners in Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland and West Virginia as well as West Virginia librarians and high school students in health careers programs. Previous work with high school health careers students indicated that this audience is an excellent one for training in NLM and NN/LM resources. Project partners will include several of the WMAHEC’s Health Professions Caucuses: Dietetic, Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Social Work (2). Additionally, the project will involve the West Virginia Library Commission and two of its annual meetings. MAHEC partnered with WVLC in the previous West Virginia Outreach projects, and they have been enthusiastic about our participation in future programs. Through these partnerships, WMAHEC will enhance the target groups’ ability to access and evaluate reliable health information resources primarily through increased training and education. In addition to training end-users, the programming will utilize the train-the-trainer approach, which will maximize the outreach potential and long-term impact of this project.
January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010

Western Maryland AHEC
Western Maryland AHEC - West Virginia Health Information Outreach II
Building on the success of its West Virginia Health Information Outreach project, the Western Maryland AHEC will improve access to electronic health information for librarians, health professions students, health professionals and their patients, public school students, the faith community, and the community at large in the middle and northern counties of West Virginia. The project will incorporate coalition building and direct training as well as training trainers in the counties reached.
October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007

West Virginia University
EHELP - Elder Education in Library Project
The EHELP - Elder Health Education in Libraries Project is designed to improve access to web based health information for consumers aged 50 years and older. By utilizing public libraries, consumers will be able to learn to use and explore the primary health information web site and databases of the National Libraries of Medicine. The project team will design and develop web based training course content to be utilized by consumers in public libraries. Public librarians will be trained also to serve as “trainers”. The librarians will receive training specific to rural cultural issues as they pertain to health care, so that they can become more culturally competent with this particular population. Through a pre and post training test for librarian staff, base lines on cultural competency can be established and knowledge base measured. Online surveys to track usage of NLM websites as well as determine feedback on training modules will be developed and implemented throughout the project.
July 1, 2007 - December 31, 2008