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Health Literacy Award

Grant to a USA Libraries and Organizations in Multiple
States to Promote Understanding of Health Resources

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) South Central Region (SCR)

Deadline Date:

03/02/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $40,000 to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas libraries and other organizations that provide access to health information for programs that will positively impact health literacy. Projects must be aimed at improving health information literacy or advancing the field of health literacy research and resources.

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

Health Literacy Definition:

Health Literacy is defined in the Institute of Medicine report, Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion, as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions."

Health literacy requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to apply these skills to health situations. For example, it includes the ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment slips, medical education brochures, doctor's directions and consent forms, and the ability to negotiate complex health care systems.

More recent definitions focus on specific skills needed to navigate the health care system and the importance of clear communication between health care providers and their patients. Both health care providers and patients play important roles in health literacy.

Potential Projects:

Projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):
-Evaluating health information and training needs of a target population.
-Training in effective use of information resources to the target population.
-Training on locating and evaluating health information found on the Internet.
-Provide access to health information documents or other needed health information for the target population.
-Research to analyze the relationship between health outcomes and health literacy.
-Develop clinical best practices or protocols to reduce clinician-patient communication barriers.
-Develop partnerships with school librarians, primary and secondary school teachers (health, science, etc.), and school nurses to introduce health related tasks into the curriculum.
-Work with consumer advocate organizations to increase vulnerable populations’ access and ability to navigate health information.
-Collaborate with appropriate partners to provide health information literacy training for health educators.

Funding will cover (these are examples only and are not meant to be all-inclusive): Personnel, equipment, software, Internet service provider fees, supplies, travel and reproduction.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159839

Number of Grants:

Number of Awards Available: 2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $40,000

Term of Contract:

The funding period is Tuesday, May 15, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding opportunities are offered by the NNLM SCR to provide resources to libraries, community based organizations, public health professionals, health educators, faith-based agencies, and other information partners throughout the South Central Region of the United States.

Network members in the NNLM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions whose role includes providing access to authoritative health information.

To apply for membership:

Public librarians, community-based and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

Food and furniture costs are not allowed.

IDC is allowable. The institution’s negotiated rate for other sponsored activities should be used. If your institution does not have a negotiated rate a maximum of 10% can be used for IDC.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 2, 2018, 5:00 PM.

Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis.

Health Literacy Background Information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Bethany Livingston, Research Administrator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine
South Central Region
University of North Texas
Health Science Center
Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth TX 76107

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas;   Louisiana;   New Mexico;   Oklahoma;   Texas