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Consumer Health Outreach Award

Grants to USA Libraries and Organizations in Multiple
States to Enhance Access to Health Information

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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 $25,000 to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas libraries and other institutions or organizations for programs that enhance the use of and access to authoritative health-related information resources. Eligible projects aim to improve health literacy and enable healthcare consumers to make informed decisions.

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 Consumer Health Outreach Awards are to fund projects to:
-Connect consumers to health information resources they need to make informed healthcare decisions.
-Increase awareness about the resources and services of the NLM
-Promote health information literacy in health education and healthcare
-Improve access to electronic health information
-Promote and improve access to library and information services
-Promote and improve the use of technology for information access
-Encourage partnerships between public, hospital and school libraries, community, faith-based, and volunteer organizations, health clinics, public health departments, and other public venues
-Promote outreach by network members to share their expertise and resources with a target audience not normally reached
-Preference will be given to projects that reach underserved or rural populations

Potential Projects:

Proposals should be directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources to make informed health care decisions.

-Projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):
-Evaluating health information needs 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
-Train-the-Trainer projects that enhance the skills of librarians and other health information intermediaries to train a target population
-Assisting communities or agencies in acquiring information technology to facilitate access to authoritative health information resources
-Providing access to health information documents or other needed health information for the target population

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#: 159841

Number of Grants:

Number of Awards Available: 3

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To accomplish the goals of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 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. States served by the NNLM SCR include Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Network members in the NNLM SCR 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.

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.

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.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Friday, March 2, 2018, 5:00 PM.

Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis.

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

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

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Geographic Focus:

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