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New NLM Program Funds Seven Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects


In a new program starting this month, NLM awarded $193,000 to seven projects for first-time 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 the National Library of Medicine.

The 2011 projects are: 

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (Elk Grove Village, IL) in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences 
  • Health Sciences Library, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) with EMPACT (Emergency Medical Programs and Community Training) West Alabama and the University of Alabama Institute for Rural Health Research 
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, VA) with the Inova Fairfax Hospital Health Sciences Library and the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance 
  • Kanawha-Charleston Health Department (Charleston, WV) with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and Concord University 
  • Marshall County Health Department (Benton, KY) with the Marshall County Public Library 
  • Monroe County Department of Public Health (Rochester, NY) with the Rochester Public Library 
  • University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (Albuquerque, NM) with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center and the University of New Mexico Center for Disaster Medicine


Map of Projects


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The National Library of Medicine (// is the world¹s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (// to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, and other resources.