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Health Literacy Award

Grants to 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:

03/01/19 5:00 PM CST


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Grants of up to $40,000 to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico libraries, health professionals, and community organizations that provide public access to health information for programs that will positively impact health literacy. Funding is intended for projects that improve health information literacy or develop methods and materials to further health literacy.

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.

The goals of the Health Literacy Award is to fund projects to:
- Help to train health care staff in the principles of health literacy and plain language.
- Create collections or repositories of materials (e.g. insurance forms and instructions, informed consent and other legal documents, aftercare and medication instruction, and patient education materials) in several languages and review the materials with members of the target population.
- Help to disseminate existing communication tools and resources for patients.
- Provide materials that are multilingual, culturally appropriate and easy-to-read.
- Develop methods and materials to teach consumers how to evaluate health information resources, especially those found on the Internet.
- Improve patient communication.

Projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):
- 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.
- 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

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $40,000

Term of Contract:

The funding period is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020.

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.

Promotional items are not allowable. Promotional items include, but are not limited to: clothing and commemorative items such as pens, mugs/cups, folders/folios, lanyards, and conference bags that are sometimes provided to visitors, employees, grantees, or conference attendees. Typically, items or tokens to be given to individuals are considered personal gifts for which appropriated funds may not be expended.

Projects containing Human Subjects Research (link is external) components are disallowed via the NIH UG4 funding mechanism. Proposals containing Human Subjects Research will not be reviewed or considered for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 PM CST.

Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis.

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.

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.

Submit the application and accompanying documents to:
Lisa Smith, Executive Director

NNLM South Central Region
UNT Health Science Center
Gibson D. Lewis Library, Room 310
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

(817) 735-2223

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Geographic Focus:

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