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for Digital Health Resource Equity Projects

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)

Deadline Date:

11/01/21 4:00 PM EDT


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Grant of $25,000 to a USA health organization or library in multiple states for a project to improve access to technology and digital health resources in underserved communities. Funding is intended for projects that will allow more equitable access to digital health resources for communities in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Partnering with diverse organizations, especially those that support state broadband initiatives or other digital equity efforts, including public libraries, community-based and faith-based organizations are encouraged to provide internet access across populations. This project award supports the purchase, installation, and upgrading of hardware or software and provide trainings that foster skills to find, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, utilize and share reliable online health information and understand related issues such as personal privacy online and the stewardship of health information.

Preference will be given to projects that reach underserved, minority and underrepresented communities including but not limited to:

  • Racial and ethnic minority populations
  • Sexual and gender minority populations
  • Populations reported below the Federal Poverty Level
  • Populations with limited access to medical care
  • Populations with physical and/or mental disabilities
  • Soldiers, Veterans and Military Families
  • Rural Populations

Potential projects may include but are not limited to (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive):

  • Replicating the Georgetown University‚Äôs Harlem E-Project and bring together multiple partners to create a community network that improves access to high-speed, high-quality digital resources.
  • Replicating the SC Department of Education Mobile Wi-Fi program at a local level to  provide Wi-Fi access in low income neighborhoods in your community to serve as local hotspots for communities in need.
  • Replicating programs like Baltimarket to provide dedicated workstations to locate health and nutrition information as well as an interface to place online grocery orders to be delivered to a public facility like a library or community center in food desert communities.
  • Placing web-accessible computers in communities that are impacted by the digital divide and provide online access to health information for underserved populations or unaffiliated health professionals.
  • Improving access to health information and information technology for underserved populations without adequate access to library and information services.
  • Rural and public health professionals utilizing technology to support access to online health information that is culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate for underserved populations.
  • K-12 educators dedicating workstations for students to use and research health, nutrition, and fitness in conjunction with the creation and maintenance of a community garden.
  • The design and use of technology to promote and assure health equity, and when appropriate, integrate access to NLM and NNLM resources.

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GrantWatch ID#: 198802

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Minimum of 1

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Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: December 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Network member organizations in Region 1 are eligible to apply. Region 1 includes Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

- Must be a Network Member of the NNLM. Not a member yet? Join now for free:
- Organizations, in most cases, are only eligible to apply for awards from the Regional Medical Library that serves the state in which they operate in. Please contact the RML/Office for further clarification.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021, 4:00 pm EDT

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

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Network of the National Library of Medicine
National Library of Medicine
Two Democracy Plaza, Suite 510
6707 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: (301) 496-4777
Fax: (301) 480-1467

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   Kentucky;   Maryland;   New Jersey;   North Carolina;   Pennsylvania;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

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