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2020-2021 NNLM PSR Funding Awards Recipients

Posted by on August 31st, 2020 Posted in: All of Us, Announcements, Funding, Outreach

We would like announce the recipients of our 2020-2021 NNLM PSR Funding Awards. We completed the review process for our requests for Express Outreach Award and Outreach Mini-Award proposals. NNLM PSR staff did preliminary reviews of the proposals to ensure that all mandatory criteria were met. Scores were based on evaluative criteria, and a total score was calculated. The following eight Express Outreach Awards and four Outreach Mini-Awards were funded.

Express Outreach Awards

For 2020-2021, we increased our funding for Express Outreach Awards up to $20,000. Express Outreach Awards are designed to increase awareness of health information resources by health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, and minority health practitioners.

Building a Healthier Las Vegas through Participatory-Based Creation of Community Health Workforce Training
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Health Sciences Library, Las Vegas, NV
Project Lead: Katie Houk
Period of Performance: May 2020 – April 2021

This project will bring together community health program stakeholders across the Las Vegas Valley in order to discover educational needs and design appropriate online interventions prioritizing National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) materials for health workers in the field. The focus of stakeholder meetings will include identifying areas for education across health literacy and consumer health information and aims to prioritize delivery and incentives to increase likelihood of participation by frontline health workers.

Healthy Eating with Show Low Public Library’s Cookmobile
Show Low Public Library, Show Low, AZ
Project Lead: Lisa Lewis
Period of Performance: May 2020 – April 2021

This project will provide opportunities in the community in Show Low, AZ, to learn how to prepare healthy food for all age groups. By acquiring a “Charlie Cart”, the library will hold cooking demos at various different locations such as community health fairs, back to school open houses, farmers markets, community events to include 4th of July celebrations, Show Low Days, and at the library itself as part of our ongoing “Healthy Living” program. This mobile cooking station will allow the library to reach many more people and take this program to where they are.

Health Careers Boot Camp Series: Increasing the Health Professions Pipeline in California’s Central Valley
California Health Sciences University, Health Sciences Library, Clovis, CA
Project Lead: Joanne Muellenbach
Period of Performance: July 2020 – April 2021

This project will seek to engage high school students from underrepresented populations and in areas of highest need. CHSU’s Health Careers Boot Camp series will target first-generation, and economically and educationally disadvantaged high school students in the districts of Fresno and Madera counties, two of the Central Valley’s seven counties, beginning in the summer 2020 and continuing throughout the award year. The goal is to spark the interest of prospective students not only in our own programs of osteopathic medicine and pharmacy, but also in collaborating educational institutions offering programs in many health careers such as respiratory therapy, medical assistance, nursing, emergency medical services (EMS), paramedic and infection control.

Educating African American Nurses About Key Topics in Precision Medicine Using National Library of Medicine Resources
National Black Nurses Association, Southern Nevada Black Nurses Association, Las Vegas, NV
Project Lead: Lauren Edgar
Period of Performance: May 2020 – April 2021

This project involves an educational webinar (via Zoom) that will present to members of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) a list of publicly available National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources that the members can use to learn more about an under-recognized and underdiagnosed, yet fatal, genetic condition that disproportionately affect African Americans (transthyretin-related hereditary cardiac amyloidosis). NBNA members working within and outside of academia have expressed that they want to know more 1) about the importance of African American community engagement in precision medicine, 2) how precision medicine research can address health care disparities, and 3) educational library tools they can use to learn more and educate others about genomics and precision medicine.

Expanding Telehealth Services at WCCHC School-Based Health Clinics
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Health Sciences Library, Waianae, HI
Project Lead: Marita Padilla
Period of Performance: September 2020 – April 2021

Many of the youth in the communities served by WCCHC cannot sufficiently access telehealth services for a variety of reasons. As it stands, their school-based health clinics lack some of the crucial resources needed to appropriately facilitate telehealth services. This project hopes to expand the ability to offer telehealth services at WCCHC’s school-based clinics to ensure youth have a safe, confidential location to meet with a medical provider, behavioral health provider, and/or health educator that sufficiently has the technology to execute quality care on school grounds.

The following awards have an All of Us Research Program (AoU RP) component. The projects will provide awareness of the program through training and also hand out AoU RP promotional materials and brochures.

CDU and King/Drew High School Health Professionals Partnership
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA
Project Lead: Darlene Kelly
Period of Performance: September 2020 – April 2021

The project seeks to create an awareness of how to find and evaluate reliable health information on the Internet. The target population are students who are enrolled at King/Drew High School in one of the certification programs. A major concern is students are unsure where to find reliable health information, hence the need for library workshops. The primary emphasis of the library workshops will be to introduce students to reliable health information available from the National Library of Medicine and affiliates. Over the course of the project, students will demonstrate how to find, evaluate, and use reliable health information on the Internet.

Mobile Hotspots for Circulation
Nevada County Community Library, Nevada City, CA
Project Lead: Megan Lloyd
Period of Performance: August 2020 – April 2021

Through this project, the Nevada County Community Library will purchase 47 mobile hotspots and lend them to library cardholders for at-home use. Borrowers will also receive information about authoritative online health resources, such as PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov, free NNLM online classes, the All of Us Research Program and Nevada County’s Public Health website. This project will help to bridge the digital divide experienced by Nevada County residents who cannot afford traditional internet access at home or for whom home internet service is simply not available, thereby contributing to equal access to health information.

Chinatown COVID Relief Program
Southeast Asian Community Alliance, Los Angeles, CA
Project Lead: Sissy Trinh
Period of Performance: July 2020 – April 2021

This project will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate COVID-19 outreach and education to low-income immigrants and refugees in the Chinatown and Lincoln Heights areas of Los Angeles. Low-income immigrants and refugees are among the highest at risk of contracting COVID-19 but the least likely to receive accurate public health information in a timely manner. This is due to a wide range of economic, linguistic, and technological barriers.

Outreach Mini-Awards

This year we increased our funding for Outreach Mini-Awards up to $8,999. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support smaller projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming or one-day events such as health fairs. Both awards have the ultimate goal of promoting knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for healthcare providers and consumers.

Expanding Health Information Services in a Rural Telehealth Outreach Program
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Savitt Medical Library, Reno, NV
Project Lead: Terry Henner
Period of Performance: May 2020 – April 2021

The overarching aim of this proposal is to make clinically important patient care information presented in teleheath videoclinics more widely accessible and to improve the ability of participating clinicians to engage with the archived content. This will be achieved through enrichment of a health information clearinghouse and recordings archive that has been developed as part of the already successful Project ECHO Nevada implementation of videoconference-based clinics.

Heart-Body Connection
Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA
Project Lead: Katie Ball
Period of Performance: July 2020 – April 2021

The Heart-Mind Connection project will be a continuation and expansion of the Brain Health Initiative, which focused on educating the public on ways to lower their risk for dementia as well as providing resources to those living with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s caregivers. The Heart-Mind Connection will emphasize the connection between good heart health and a healthy brain, as well as the benefits of lowering blood pressure for improved long-term health. This project will also address the need for virtual mind and body wellness programming, as well as equipping people with health resources and medical tools, while the library is closed to the public.

Women and Self-Care
Show Low Public Library, Show Low, AZ
Project Lead: Lisa Lewis
Period of Performance: October 2020 – April 2021

This project will provide the women in the community of Show Low, AZ the opportunity to become educated on the importance of taking care of themselves in a variety of different ways that include physical health, mental health, emotional health, and safety. The project will include a NLM Traveling Exhibit on Domestic Abuse and a personal safety course offered by local experts. A self-care fair for female youth and adults that will have different booths that addresses all the aspects of self-care such as skin care, diet, exercise, mental health, support groups, beauty, fashion, hobbies/interests, etc.

Beaumont Library District Health Outreach Initiative
Beaumont Library District, Beaumont, CA
Project Lead: Nathan Harris
Period of Performance: October 2020 – April 2021

This project will acquire books on COVID-19, which we will be used in a display in order to educate the public on the topic.  Beaumont will purchase up to ten Kindle Paperwhites to loan out to our patrons so as to better advertise their e-book services.

We sincerely appreciate all the thoughtful efforts and contributions to an excellent pool of applications to enhance outreach in the NNLM PSR. Additional information about funding opportunities is available on our funding page.

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Marco Tamase is the Member Services Coordinator for the Pacific Southwest Region of the Network of the National Library of Medicine located at UCLA.

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