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National Library of Medicine Funds Four New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

For the fourth year, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is funding projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations that have disaster-related responsibilities. The partnerships will work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners and others responsible for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics, including those from NLM.

The 2014-2015 projects are:

Elkhart General Hospital Medical Library
"Preparing your Go-Bag for Disaster-related Information Needs"
Elkhart, IN
In partnership with:

  • Elkhart General Hospital Emergency Preparedness Committee
  • Elkhart General Hospital Education and Program Committee
  • Elkhart Fire Department

Idaho State University Health Sciences Library
"Development of Disaster Health Information Training Program for Hospital Emergency Preparedness Professionals in Southeast Idaho"
Pocatello, ID
In partnership with:

  • Southeastern Idaho Public Health District

Indiana State University Cunningham Memorial Library
"Integrating Librarians into Local Disaster Management and Training"
Terre Haute, IN
In partnership with:

  • Vigo County Emergency Management Agency

University of Washington Health Sciences Library
"RRAIN Washington - Response and Recovery App in Washington"
Seattle, WA
In partnership with:

  • Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Health Evidence Resource for Washington State (HEALWA)
  • Virginia Mason Hospital
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Heritage University
  • Seattle Public Library

For further information about these and previous years’ projects, visit: //disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2014disasteroutreachawards.html

The world's largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site to learn more about disaster-related health information resources and tools.

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