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Express Health Information Outreach Award

Grants to USA Libraries and Organizations in Multiple States
to Improve Access to Health and Biomedical Information

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA)

Deadline Date:

04/05/19 All day


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Washington, D.C., Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands libraries and member organizations for projects that improve access to health information. Funding is intended to support programs that improve health information literacy and enable patients, family members, students, and members of the general public to find and use health information; or improve health professionals’ access to, awareness of, and skills for locating high-quality biomedical and health information.

The goals of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) are to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individual's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) relies upon partnerships with network members to achieve these goals by providing training and funding for local outreach programs. The programs are intended to help a variety of users, with a focus on minority and other underserved populations and the health professionals who serve them, make the most effective use of information and decision-support resources that hold the promise of promoting healthy behaviors, preventing costly and debilitating illness, and improving health outcomes when disease occurs.

Projects are encouraged that incorporate one or more of the following:
- Support a NLM or NNLM major initiative: Research Data Management, NIH All of Us Community Engagement, Partnering with Public Libraries, Substance Misuse, Citizen Science, or Health Information Literacy
- Increase awareness of and skills for locating high quality biomedical and health information
- Promote health information literacy in health and science education
- Encourage partnerships between health sciences, public, hospital and school libraries, community- and faith-based organizations, volunteer organizations and other public venues
- Promote and improve the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations
- Support for larger outreach projects and community partnerships
- Promote and improve access to library and information services
- Improve access to electronic health information

Preference will be given to projects that reach the following populations:
- Libraries (all types)
- Underserved, rural, minority, community health, or unaffiliated health professionals
- K-12 schools and associations including school health professionals, or science and health educators
- Community-based organizations
- Health sciences students
- Emergency responders
- Public Health workers
- Faith-based organizations
- Social workers
- Agencies serving underserved, minority and underrepresented communities including but not limited to LGBTQ Communities, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Families, Rural Populations, and Inner city populations

Potential projects may include but are not limited to (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive):
- Training unaffiliated, minority, urban or rural health professionals in effective use of electronic health information resources for evidence-based practice with an emphasis on NLM databases.
- Placing web-accessible computers in locations where they can be used to research health information needs by unaffiliated health professionals such as free clinics, community health centers, etc.
- Improving access to health information and information technology for those groups without adequate access to library and information services.
- Exhibiting or presenting at local meetings or organizational events to share completed outreach project and promote NLM products and services.
- Programs on locating and evaluating consumer health information found on the Internet.
- Incorporating NLM health and science information resources into new or existing health programs. See National Health Observances (link is external) slide show for some ideas.
- Development of curriculum or supplemental educational materials using NLM resources for K-12 populations
- Train-the-Trainer projects that enhance the skills of library/organization staff and other consumer health information intermediaries to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information.

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GrantWatch ID#: 159847

Number of Grants:

Up to 3 projects

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Term of Contract:

Funding Period: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Must be a SEA member in Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- A Cost Reimbursement Research Subaward Agreement with the University of Maryland, Baltimore is required for this award.
- A Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure is required for this award.
- An A-133 Compliance acknowledgement is required for this award.

Membership in SEA is free. To join:

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019 (all day).

SEA staff are available for consultation and training on applicable NLM resources. Please contact program staff to schedule.

Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution, not the individual.

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Health Sciences and Human Services Library
601 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1512
(410) 706-2855

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Georgia;   Maryland;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)