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2013 Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards

Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project Awards

  • City of El Paso Department of Public Health
    "Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2013"
    El Paso, TX In partnership with:
    Pan American Health Organization/Regional Office of the World Health Organization/U.S.- Mexico Border Office

    The City of El Paso Department of Public Health in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the 2-1-1 Texas Rio Grande Region will enhance access to health and emergency preparedness information in El Paso County, Texas. The aims of the projects are to:
    1. Enhance the knowledge of librarians, special-population healthcare providers, and Community Health Workers (CHWs) on the functional role local emergency and disaster organizations, and develop skills to participate and assist in emergency and/or disaster events.
    2. Increase awareness on local practices and methods of information sharing, including the use of the 2-1-1, 24/7 Information and Referral system, 911, the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) PAHO’s virtual library, NLM, and others.
    3. Bolster the existing capabilities of the DPH and PAHO/WHO to provide fast and easy access to accurate, evidenced-based information to Librarians, CHWs, healthcare agencies serving special populations and their workforce.
    4. Work collaboratively with Red Cross, City of El Paso Office of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety-Emergency Preparedness, and other first responders to develop unique cross training opportunities for librarians, healthcare providers, lay CHW and first responders.

  • Pacific Resources for Education and Learning
    "Disaster Health Information in American Samoa"
    Pago Pago, American Samoa In partnership with:
    Feleti Barstow Public Library (Pago Pago, American Samoa); American Samoa Department of Public Health.

    Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) will collaborate with the Feleti Barstow Public Library (FBPL) and the American Samoa Government’s Public Health Department, LBJ Tropical Medical Center, both of the US Territory of American Samoa (AS), to promote the use of reliable disaster health information and increase awareness of the NLM resources available to librarians, public health workers, and first responders in times of crisis. The resources covered will include tools such as WISER, REMM, CHEMM, TOXNET and the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Center website. The 2009 American Samoa earthquake and tsunami disaster response will be used as a case study throughout this project.

    The project objectives are to: 1) provide health information access training workshops for librarians, public health personnel, disaster and emergency first responders, and the health and disaster workforce; 2) conduct cross-training and mutual awareness of the roles of librarians (information providers), emergency disaster teams, and health care workers; 3) to assess the roles and needs of librarians (information providers), emergency disaster teams, and health care workers; 3) add the latest NLM disaster and emergency resource links to the FBPL website to support training workshops and services. The project will establish a framework for AS librarians and disaster workers to exchange information, so they can network to improve disaster services and response beneficial to the entire community.

  • Texas Health Fort Worth Medical Library
    "North Central Texas Disaster Health Information Initiative"
    Fort Worth, TX
    In partnership with:
    Texas Health Resources, Emergency Management
    Texas Health Fort Worth, Safety Department
    MedStar EMS Mobile Healthcare

    The Texas Health Fort Worth (THFW) Medical Library will partner with Texas Health Resources (THR) Emergency Management, THFW Safety Department and MedStar EMS Mobile Healthcare to deliver reliable disaster health information resources training which is crucial for dynamic and effective disaster crisis management and operational support. Project objectives are to : 1) increase awareness and utilization of National Library of Medicine databases, including but not limited to WISER, CHEMM, REMM, and MedlinePlus to emergency management personnel, medical first responders, healthcare providers, and hospital community liaisons; 2) expand the Library’s current role by partnering with the above named agencies; 3) increase access to equipment and software that Emergency Management and other healthcare personnel can use at multiple facilities when managing a crisis. The Library will create a foundation for understanding current and future needs of Emergency Management operations with the mutual benefit of Emergency Management understanding the informational role the Library can perform during disaster events.

  • Original announcement and solicitation notices for the Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects 2013 (RFQ No. NIHLM2013697-KB).

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