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for Increased Public Access to Health Information

Health Information Outreach Award

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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 $20,000 to a USA health organization or library in multiple states for projects to provide increased access to health information resources to health professionals and the general public. Funding is intended to provide underserved communities in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia with improved access to health information.

The purpose of the Health Information Outreach Award is to provide support for projects that improve health information literacy and increase the ability of patients, family members, students and members of the 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. Awards should focus on building partnerships, collaborating with local community groups, and other key groups to reach underserved populations in the region with health information outreach projects.

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):

  • 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 and NNLM resources.
  • 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 projects and promote NLM products and services.
  • Evaluating health information and training needs of a target audience and implementing a training plan for that audience.
  • 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 slide show for some ideas.
  • Development of supplemental educational materials using NLM resources for educators/teachers.
  • 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198808

Number of Grants:

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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