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Funding Awarded to the Ni Mi Way

Posted by on May 21st, 2018 Posted in: Funding, News from the Region

The GMR office is thrilled to announce the funding of the Ni Mi Way project at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth via our Health Information Outreach award.


Description:  Ni Mi Way means “I am well” in the Ojibwe language.  It serves as both an inspiration and potential outcome of the project proposed by the partnership of UMMS-Duluth’s Anna Wirta-Kosobuski and Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.  The projects strives to empower Bois Forte band members to become well-informed health consumers in control of their own well being, and who in turn, will work to build a community strong in physical, emotional, mental, environmental and spiritual health.  The means of achieving this goal derive from the incorporation of health information kiosks at sites where band members reside: the Bois Forte Health Services at Nett Lake, the Bois Forte Health Clinic in Vermilion, and the urban offices found in Duluth and Minneapolis.  Here patients will have access to free, quality health information while supported by trained staff.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) afford patients the opportunity to sign up for and access their electronic patient record system thereby making their records transparent information sources that help them gain fuller understanding of their own health.  And 2) provide examples of quality consumer health information resources such as MedlinePlus to promote patients’ informed health care decisions.

Image of the author ABOUT Sam Watson
Sam is the Academic Outreach Specialist at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Greater Midwest Region. He coordinates the yearly funding with regional organizations and helps to create and instruct online courses for the NNLM. When not at work, he fritters away his time with fountain pens, cross-stitching, videogames, and family.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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