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NNLM MCR Funded Outreach Projects 2018-2019

The NNLM MCR has selected some exciting health information outreach projects for 2018-2019. This year we were able to fund three public library programming awards and two K-12 school partnership awards. We are early into the projects, but are eager to see how each develops and grows throughout the funding period.

New funding opportunities for 2019-2020 will be posted soon!

Public Library Programming Awards

The purpose of this award is to fund public library programming to increase the awareness of and education on health topics incorporating health information resources relevant to their service community, with a particular focus on the public health priorities of their community and programs for underserved populations.

Blue Hill Public Library: Healthy Cooking with Kids

Target Audience: Children and parents/caregivers

Project: The focus of this project will be to provide instruction on healthy eating and developing healthy lifestyle choices. Cooking classes will be offered, focusing on easy-to-prepare healthy recipes, and will be accompanied by an area nurse practitioner to talk about nutrition.

Project Budget: $1,500

Independence Public Library: Family Matters Physical, Mental and Financial Health

Target Audience: Area families with children living in poverty

Project: Will provide a three-focus area approach, providing programming on physical, mental and financial health. Budget items will include a variety of small exercise equipment and cooperative tabletop games to encourage family time and connecting.  The library will collaborate with area organizations and health professionals to provide presentations.

Project Budget: $1,500

Summit County Library

Target Audience: Area residents, all ages

Project: Summit County (UT) has the highest incidence of skin cancers in the United States. The goal of this project is to raise awareness of the risks associated with skin exposure due to sun or indoor tanning, and to promote easy-to-implement prevention strategies. The library will collaborate with several area organizations to host public information events.

Project Budget: $1,500

K-12 School Partnership Awards

The purpose of the K-12 School Partnership Award is to support new or existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, academic, or health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) to promote and/or introduce National Library of Medicine health information resources.

Maltman Memorial Library: After School Program

Target Audience: Middle school students

Project: Physical activity in and out of school has declined for the area’s children. This project will provide physical activity sessions to get kids moving, and programs with area health professionals to learn about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Project Budget: $2,500

Red Feather Lakes Community Library: Partnerships Making Our Community Stronger

Target Audience: Preschool to 5th graders and their families.

Project: The small mountain town of Red Feather Lakes is in a food desert, with the closest grocery store 45 miles away. Up to 50% of students at the local elementary school qualify for free or reduced lunch, but the school does not have an adequate kitchen to offer the program. The project would bring together the public library and the elementary school to offer cooking classes and presentations for students and family members on healthy eating on a budget, and utilize NLM health information resources to help students understand nutrition as it relates to body function.

Project Budget: $2,500

To learn about past funded MCR projects, visit our Funding page.

-Dana Abbey, Colorado/Community Engagement Coordinator

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Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah
10 North 1900 East, Building 589
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5890

Editor: Suzanne Sawyer, Project Coordinator
(801) 587-3487

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

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