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Health Information Outreach Award Recipients Announced

Posted by on May 31st, 2018 Posted in: Funding


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region is pleased to announce the recipients of the Health Information Outreach Award. The purpose of this award is to provide support for projects that improve health information literacy and increase the ability of patients, family members, students and members of the general public to find and use health information; or improve health professionals’ access to, awareness of, and skills for locating high quality biomedical and health information.

Recipients of the award are:

Augusta University, Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, Augusta, GA

  • Project Title: For the Public Good: Connecting Research and Community
  • Project Manager: Peter Shipman, Dental Medicine and Cancer Librarian
  • Budget: $10,381.80
  • Project Description: This project is designed to provide a series of presentations regarding public participation in clinical research studies, partner with public libraries and federally qualified health centers as community resources, increase awareness of the All of Us research program, and increase public interest and participation in clinical research studies.

Augusta University, Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, Augusta, GA

  • Project Title: Augusta-Richmond Community Health Outreach Project
  • Project Managers: Ansley Stuart Allied Health Librarian, Steph Hendren Nursing Information Librarian, and Tracey Busbee Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
  • Budget: $1,638.00
  • Project Description: This project is designed to provide reliable and free access health information to residents within the Richmond County. Using the public libraries as a host venue, various speakers and officials will teach participants about health issues relevant to the Augusta area such as opioid use, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, domestic abuse, and diabetes.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Center on Health Disparities, School of Medicine, Richmond, VA

  • Project Title: Collaborative for Health Literacy: East End Consumer Health Outreach and Computer Access
  • Project Manager: Marcie Wright, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor
  • Budget: $14,917.80
  • Project Description: This project promotes National Library of Medicine resources for online consumer health in interdisciplinary collaboration with public libraries, state and local health agencies. The project will provide community trainings at neighborhood centers in a historically African American, low-income, food and resource desert community of Richmond, Virginia. Participants will receive small group health literacy education via a mobile computer lab to enhance technology access, health application knowledge, and connection to health services and providers.

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

  • Project Title: Development and Dissemination of a Health Information Literacy Training for Rural Youth
  • Project Manager: Melissa Cox, Assistant Professor
  • Budget: 14,838.71
  • Project Description: This project seeks to develop a health information literacy training tailored to rural youth. Media specialists (library and information science professionals) in middle and high schools across rural counties of Eastern NC will be instructed on how to deliver the training, thus providing increased access to high-quality health information to youth and their families. Training will include multiple NLM resources and creative activities to engage youth in locating and evaluating health information while focusing content examples on substance use disorders, which is a heightened concern in rural counties of NC.

South Central Educational Development, Inc., Bluefield, WV

  • Project Title: Project TORDS-Technology Outreach to Reduce Heath Disparities and Stigma
  • Project Manager: Darryl Cannady, Executive Director
  • Budget: $15,000
  • Project Description: The purpose of Project “TORDS” is to increase health technology literacy access in rural and underserved communities in southern West Virginia. “TORDS” will focus on disenfranchised and marginalized communities with limited access to internet and smart phone connections. The program will also train participants in identifying trustworthy, up-to-date, and accurate health information.

MaFlo’s Health & Awareness Team, Georgetown, SC

  • Project Title: Internet/Computer Training Pairing Teenagers with Senior Citizens
  • Project Manager: Marilynn Lance-Robb, Administrator/Founder
  • Budget: $15,000
  • Project Description: Educate and train participants on the use of different technologies to access reliable health information online using MedlinePlus.gov and other NLM websites to help reduce health disparities in the community.

Please take a moment to congratulate this year’s Health Information Outreach awardees!

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