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Funding Recipient Spotlight: Health Connect of South Dakota

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We want to highlight the amazing work being done in our region by regularly featuring funded projects in our nine states. This week, we are featuring the Health Connect of South Dakota project led by Executive Director Fran Rice.

Health Connect, a consumer health library and health and safety information clearinghouse, sought to expand their educational offerings to the Sioux Empire metropolitan area. Despite some unusually turbulent weather throughout the grant period, Fran and her team were able to pull together to present MedlinePlus lecturettes; purchase a library automation system to make accessing health resources easier for individuals and organizations; and showcase medical librarianship at public libraries and statewide student and professional organizations. To get the word out, promotion was conducted via local media outlets, including TV, radio and print.

Two women reading information on an NNLM traveling exhibit

Photo courtesy of Fran Rice

In total, Health Connect of South Dakota’s project was able to reach over over 162 organizations or unique individuals. Fran said, “We are always working in a collaborative mode to better our state and the Sioux Empire community area.” She goes on to say, “Capturing the eyes of those working on the next steps in their lives was promising for a profession that is…being challenged.” Moving forward, Health Connect of South Dakota plans to continue presenting about MedlinePlus and medical librarianship to groups who indicated interest.

Interested in  to obtain funding to create or expand your outreach programming or technology resources? We are currently accepting applications for Year 4. The deadline to apply is November 10, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. MT. Reach out to your state’s point of contact with any questions you may have.

Planning on submitting an application? Reach out to John Bramble to assist you with a budget review.



Contact us at:
Network of the National Library of Medicine/NNLM Region 4
University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
10 North 1900 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5890
Phone: 801-587-3650
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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