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NIH Tribal Health Research Office: Native American Digital Storytelling Competition

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) is pleased to announce a digital storytelling Challenge, or competition, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The Challenge, entitled Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities is to develop a brief (five minutes or less) digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2017.

The first place winner will receive $4,000; second place will receive $3,000; third place will receive $2,000; and two honorable mentions will each receive $500.  Awards will be announced the week of March 6th, 2017. The first place winner will also be invited to an upcoming meeting of the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee.  Travel will be reimbursed for those invitees.

The submission is a video that describes: 1) how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 2) how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Submissions are limited to a video that may not exceed five minutes.  Winning entries may be posted on the NIH web site.  Submissions must be substantially free of scientific jargon and understandable by viewers without scientific/technical backgrounds.

For more details on the specific requirements of submissions, please go to the announcement of the challenge on the THRO website. If you have any questions, please do reach out to us at or 301-402-9852.

National Health Observances – December 2016

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of December. By supporting National Health Observances, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.

Contact the sponsoring organization to request outreach materials and information.

NIH Featured Toolkit: World AIDS Day

Source: 2016 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

NN/LM SE/A Seeking Applications for Funding

Friday, November 4th, 2016

This is a reminder that NN/LM SE/A has funds available for Professional Development and Exhibits. We have also reopened the application process for Medical Library Projects, Outreach, and Technology Improvement.

Exhibitor Award: Funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote NLM products, S/EA programs or SE/A member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit.

  • Amount: Up to $2000
  • Application Deadline: Until depleted

Medical Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of health sciences/medical librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems.

  • Amount: Up to $5000
  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2016

Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources. Or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges and universities.

  • Amount: Up to $5000
  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2016

Professional Development: To enable individuals at SE/A Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.

  • Amount: Up to $1500
  • Application Deadline: Until depleted

Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.

  • Amount: Up to $5000
  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2016

Details for these awards may be found on the SE/A Funding Opportunities page. All award proposals will be submitted via an online form linked from the award description. Please read the description/requirements of the award and the evaluation criteria since much is new. Some awards are eligible for IDC, and all funds must be spent by April 30, 2017.

PubMed for Librarians: Customization – Registration Open

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 1 PM ET/12 PM CT. This live, 90-minute WebEx session will cover the following topics and offer hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned:

  1. Review My NCBI login options: Is your institution on the list?
  2. Customize your My NCBI page
  3. Shared Settings: Your library can create a custom PubMed experience for people with no My NCBI account.
  4. Save a search
  5. Email alerts for a saved search: Do research in your sleep.
  6. Collections: They can be public.
  7. My NCBI Filters: Always there when you need them.
  8. Custom Filters in My NCBI

Register here: 

Area Health Education Centers will use National Library of Medicine funds for youth development

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The National Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Organization has announced three of its member AHEC organizations (Atlanta AHEC (The Southeast Primary Care Consortium), Eastern Connecticut AHEC, and Southeast Pennsylvania AHEC) will participate in the second year phase of a health information literacy initiative funded with $150,000 from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Projects will address youth empowerment through health information skills and social action projects.

The multi-center award approach is designed to test implementation of Project SHARE, Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment, across varying community contexts. Project SHARE is a previously funded NLM curriculum developed at the University of Maryland/Baltimore. The curriculum encourages health communication, action, leadership and evidence-based knowledge acquisition at individual, family, and community levels.  Awardee AHECs will incorporate health professions shadowing, mentoring and expertise throughout the project and are working with inner city young men, and Native American tribal youth.

A key project partner, John Scott with the Center for Public Service Communications (CPSC), will assist awardees in rolling out the projects. The CPSC has been involved in high-school based NLM activities for over a decade in South Carolina. From those experiences, a primary project component has been adopted. Project SHARE students will incorporate an over-arching social action project that, while not part of the original curriculum, has been shown to build enthusiasm and commitment to project learning in students of the South Carolina programs. New AHEC awardees will combine program elements to make an engaging experience for students.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.