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NLM Funds Three New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

Posted by on September 22nd, 2015 Posted in: Emergency Preparedness and Response, Funding, Outreach, Public Health


For the fifth year, NLM has funded projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations that have disaster-related responsibilities. The partnerships will work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners, and others responsible for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics including those from the National Library of Medicine.

The 2015-2016 projects are:

  • City of Portland, Public Health District (Portland, ME), in partnership with Portland Public Library, “Public Health Emergency Coordination with Libraries”
    The City of Portland, Public Health Division and the Portland Public Library will develop the role of libraries in disaster health emergency response in Cumberland County, Maine, through training library staff on preparedness and disaster health information and creating a role for library staff to assist during a public health emergency.
  • Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library (St. Louis, MO), in partnership with St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS); Mid-Atlantic Regional Council for Emergency Response (MARCER); Boone County Department of Emergency Management; and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), “The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri”
    The Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library are collaborating with four emergency management agencies across Missouri to increase awareness and knowledge of National Library of Medicine information resources among emergency responders and reference librarians through a train-the-trainer format. This project will expand the role of Missouri reference librarians by partnering with local emergency responders and will increase the capacity of Missouri emergency managers, disaster planners, public health professionals, and reference librarians to access accurate and evidence-based information on disaster topics.
  • University of Washington Health Sciences Library (Seattle, WA), in partnership with Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and Washington State Emergency Management Division, “RRAIN Washington – Response and Recovery App in Washington Phase II”
    The University of Washington Health Sciences Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division aims to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington by developing a project website and mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington). This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices. The app is intended to enhance first responder decision making by providing easy access to reliable health information for statewide disaster response and recovery.

For further information about these and previous years’ projects, visit NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center’s (DIMRC) web site. The DIMRC site also provides extensive resources to learn more about disaster-related health information tools. Kudos to all the awardees!

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012341 with the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.

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