From the GMR – A Call to Action: Improve Your Community’s Health with NNLM Funding Awards

Submitted by Derek Johnson, Health Professionals Outreach Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City, IA

The GMR would like to remind Midline readers that our office still has funds available to make outreach awards! Our award application process is straightforward and one of our office staff will be available to assist you with the application process. If you’ve been thinking of applying but just haven’t done it yet, or want to apply but aren’t sure what we fund, now’s the time to take action!

Listed below are our funding categories and some possible funding projects to help get your creative juices flowing. For more ideas, check out our previously funded projects database!

Emergency Preparedness

Establish a partnership with local public health and emergency response organizations to promote the Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Express Outreach

Develop a traveling forum to medically underserved areas in your state to conduct hands-on workshops on PubMed and evidence-based medicine for health professionals.

Emerging Trends – Data Management and Precision Medicine

Undergo an information needs assessment within your organization to develop a plan or training around data management or precision medicine.


Partner with a local refugee organization and clinic to develop resources and trainings on health information access for the refugee population and health professionals who serve them.

Public Library Outreach

Develop and conduct train-the-trainer sessions for public library staff to enhance their skills in evaluating and locating reliable health information.

Technology Enhancement

Purchase adaptive computer systems at a health center to allow individuals with disabilities access to NLM resources online.

One important thing to point out is that our funding awards can be used to supplement work that you’re already doing. For example, if your institution is currently exploring data management options our Emerging Trends funding could be used to help offset some of the salary costs involved or to expand the reach of the program you are developing.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions: or 319-353-4479.

As our Associate Director, Liz Kiscaden, likes to say: Please, take our money!

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