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NLM Funds 34 Internet Connection Grants to Health-related Organizations

Since 1996, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has made Internet Connection grants to health-related institutions that wish to provide Internet access to the professionals and clients of their organization. The latest awards are listed below. They will benefit health professionals, scientists and citizens in 24 states in the U.S. and in eight countries in Central Asia, Africa and the South Pacific.

The Internet has become an essential infrastructure in the health environment. It provides an abundance of resources such as: communication services including electronic mail and discussion groups; direct access to scientific and health-related information resources, including digital libraries, MEDLINE via PubMed, a host of federal and private sector databases; direct telehealth services; and access to supercomputers and remote scientific sensing instruments. NLM encourages all kinds and types of health institutions to use the Internet to gain access to these vast and rich resources, and to one another.

NLM's Internet Connection program was created in recognition that many health- related organizations, particularly smaller ones and those in rural or urban health-underserved areas, lack resources to initiate Internet access or to enhance low-bandwidth dial-up connectivity. The NLM Internet Connection grant supports the purchase and installation of equipment and services for connectivity to the Internet for one year. The 100th NLM Internet Connection grant was awarded earlier this year. Awardees may use the grant to initiate Internet service, to extend service to other centers or field locations, or to expand the bandwidth of their existing service.

List of Awardees

Alaska Dept of Health and Social Services, Juneau, AK
Project Title: Internet Connection of Rural Public Health Centers. Performance Sites: Kodiak, Haines, Tok, Delta Junction, Dillingham, Craig, AK Project Summary: Connect 6 most remote public health centers to the statewide WAN and train public health nurses to use the resources.

SeaView Community Services, Seward, AK
Project Title: SeaView community services rural internet connection Performance Sites: SeaView Community Services, Assisted Living Home, Seward AK Project Summary: Internet access for clinicians, clients, administrators at 2 sites; nearest medical library 120 miles away at U of Alaska.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Project Title: Internet Connectivity for Oncology Research in Rural Arizona Communities Performance Sites: Greater Phoenix Community Clinical Oncology Program, Phoenix, AZ Project Summary: Outreach to rural communities. Wireless access to be used by traveling health professionals offering cancer prevention education.

Stein Gerontological Institute, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, Miami, FL
Project Title: Use of the Internet for Nurse Education Performance Sites: Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, Miami, FL Project Summary: Internet access and interactive training for RNs and LPNs who work in the organization.

East Georgia Health Cooperative, Louisville, GA
Project Title: EGHC Internet Connection Grant Performance Sites: EGHC Admin office; Emanuel Medical Center, Tri County Health System (4 sites), East Georgia Healthcare Center, Physicians' Health group (2 sites), Twin City Family Health Center, Jefferson County Hospital, Jenkins County Hospital, Community Health Care Systems, Wrens Physicians' Health Group, Washington County Regional Medical Center. Wrightsville, Swainsboro, Warrenton, Sparta, Wadley, Twin City, Louisville, Millen, Tennille, Gibson, Crawfordville, Wrens, Sandersville, GA Project Summary: Improve connectivity among central office and 15 local sites.

Northwest Georgia Health District, Rome, GA
Project Title: Internet connectivity in NWGA Health District 1-1. Performance Sites: Community Care Service Program, Floyd County Health Department, Rome GA Project Summary: Internet connections for Community Care District office and County Health Department for secure exchange of data files.

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Oka Tamuning, GU
Project Title: Guam's Hospital and Nursing Facility Internet Connectivity Performance Sites: Guam Memorial Hospital; Skilled Nursing Facility, Oka Tamuning and Barrigada Heights, GU Project Summary: Secure Internet connections for 2 public medical facilities, the only civilian hospital, and a long-term care skilled nursing facility. University Library provides training and support.

University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI on behalf of Internet Access Consortium
Project Title: Internet Access in the Republic of Marshall Islands Performance Sites:PeaceSAT Emergency Management Office (2 sites); Ministry of Health and Environment, Alele National Library, College of Marshall Islands, Majuro, Rep of Marshall Islands, and Honolulu, HI Project Summary: Internet link to authorized health care personnel in Republic of Marshall Islands. Shared use of the link by government and health agencies, using the PEACESAT satellite network to establish Telehealth connections through the State of Hawaii Telehealth Access Network.

Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital, Decorah, IA
Project Title: Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital Internet Project Performance Sites: Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital, Decorah, IA Project Summary: Internet access and e-mail for care providers.

Chicago Health Outreach, Inc, Chicago, IL
Project Title: Connecting Chicago Health Outreach to the Internet Performance Sites: Chicago Health Outreach Admin office, Chicago, IL Project Summary: High speed Internet connection for community outreach organization that serves high-risk populations.

Erie Family Health Center, Chicago, IL
Project Title: Erie Family Health Center Internet Connectivity Project Performance Sites: Erie West Town Family Health Center, Erie Teen Health Center, Erie Westside Family Health Center, Erie Humboldt Park Family Health Center, Chicago, IL Project Summary: Expand bandwidth and give Internet access to all staff and providers.

Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, IL
Project Title: Bringing the Internet to the Community; increasing server capacity at Howard Brown Performance Sites: Howard Brown Health Center, Harambee Wellness Center, Brown Elephant, Chicago, IL Project Summary: Replace dial-up with DSL, expand number of users, improving Internet access for clients and providers. One site is a non-clinic location that has an education outreach program.

Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corp, Mitchell, IN
Project Title: Internet utilization for rural health clinics in Indiana Performance Sites: Hoosier Uplands; Southern Indiana Community Care Admin Office; Orleans Family Practice; Patoka Family Health Care Center; South Central Community Health Care; Crawford County Family Health Care, Mitchell, Paoli, Orleans, Eckerty, Rego, Marengo, IN Project Summary: Upgrade 56K frame relay to 128K dedicated lines at 4 rural health clinics and expand use of NLM databases in those clinics.

Great Brook Valley Health Center, Worcester, MA
Project Title: GBVHC Health Internet access and Security Initiative Performance Sites: GBVHC, Norrback Ave School Health Center, Roosevelt School Health Center, North High School Health Center, Worcester, MA Project Summary: Use VPN to extend access to clinical information to health care providers in public school- based health centers.

Parent/Professional Advocacy League, Boston, MA
Project Title: Family Resource Library Pilot Project Performance Sites: Bay Cove Human Services; Parent Information Network; Western Massachusetts Training Consortium; Parent Professional Advocacy League, Wayside Youth and Family, Worcester Youth Guidance Center, PAL Statewide Office, Boston, Lakeville, Holyoke, Newburyport, Framingham, Worcester, MA Project Summary: Increase access to Internet for families of children with mental health needs. Replicates an existing family resource library in Worcester at 12 other sites.

Choptank Community Health System, Inc, Choptank, MD
Project Title: Internet Connection Grant Performance Sites: Denton Medical Center, Fassett-Magee Health Center, Federalsburg Medical Center, Goldsboro Medical Center, Denton, Federalsburg, Goldsboro, Cambridge MD Project Summary: High-speed Internet access to all providers and professional staff at 4 locations. Includes services through school-based wellness centers and Migrant health program.

Tri-State Community Health Center, Hancock, MD
Project Title: Internet Connection Initiative Performance Sites: Hancock Health Center, Hancock, MD Project Summary: Internet access and training for medical staff, and access for patients at the health center. Both practitioners and patients will receive training.

Bioresources Development and Conservation Program, Silver Spring, MD
Project Title: Internet Connectivity for MEDITA Performance Sites: BDCP Office, MD; U Pitt; BDCP, Nigeria; International Centre, Nsukka, Univ of Nigeria, Enugu; Imo State University, Owerri, Nnamdi Azikine Univ, Nweri, Walter Reed Inst of Research, Washington DC, Pittsburgh PA, Silver Spring MD Project Summary: Establish publicly- available Internet services at 5 Nigerian research/health institutions for access to scientific and clinical information.

CASA of Maryland, Inc, Takoma Park, MD
Project Title: Health Education and Promotion/Salud es Vida Performance Sites: Admin and Social Services, Center for Employment and Training, Takoma Park and Silver Spring, MD Project Summary: Internet access for peer educators and staff supervisors, to improve outreach and referrals, and disseminate new HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum.

College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of New England, Biddeford, ME
Project Title: Internet Connection for Health related institutions Performance Sites: University of NE, Acadia Health Education Coalition, 48 ambulatory practices, Biddeford, Lubec and rural towns in Maine Project Summary: Internet access for rural primary care providers in AHEC region, providing them with access to Continuing Medical Education. Uses a mix of wired and wireless approaches.

Northwest Health Services, St Joseph, MO
Project Title: Northwest Health Services - Cainsville Expansion Performance Sites: Cainsville Medical Center, Northwest Health Services Admin Office, Cainsville and St. Joseph, MO Project Summary: Internet access for primary care clinic, expanding existing frame relay infrastructure of the host organization.

University of ND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND
Project Title: North Dakota MED Net II Performance Sites: University of North Dakota; St. Andrew's Health Center, Towner County Medical Center, Cooperstown Medical Center, St. Aloysius Medical Center, First Care Health Center, Presentation Medical Center, Heart of America Med Center, Tioga Med Center, Mercy Hospital, Grand Forks, Bottineau, Cando, Cooperstown, Harvey, Park River, Rolla, Rugby, Tioga and Valley City, ND Project Summary: Provide Internet access to 9 small healthcare facilities where students of the U of North Dakota School of Medicine receive training.

Philadelphia FIGHT, Philadelphia, PA
Project Title: Providing free internet access to people with HIV/AIDS Performance Sites: Critical Path Aids project, AIDS Coalition of Southern NJ, Bridgeton, Buena Vista, Camden, Cherry Hill, Dennis, Glassboro, Haddonfield, Laurel Springs, Maurice River, Medford, Merchantville, Monroe, Moorestown, Vineland, Waterford, Winslow NJ Project Summary: Provide Internet access, email and web services to individuals afflicted with AIDS. Extends a successful Philadelphia AIDS information project to the 856 area code

Ben Archer Health Center, Hatch, NM
Project Title: Ben Archer Health Center Internet Connection Project Performance Sites: 5 Ben Archer Health Centers, Hatch, Truth or Consequences, Las Cruces, Columbus, Almagordo, NM Project Summary: Install new Internet connectivity in 2 clinics, and improve the bandwidth at 3 other clinics in rural New Mexico.

Health Centers of Northern New Mexico
Project Title: Internet connection for health centers of northern NM Performance Sites: Clinics in Espanola, Las Vegas, Truchas, San Miguel, Wagon Mound, Embudo, Penasco, La Loma, Coyote, Roy, Chama, Springer, Highlands Student clinic, Espanola, Truchas, Chama, and other communities, NM Project Summary: Connect all medical providers and key staff to the Internet, provide patient education information to consumers, train at least 100 patients to use the Internet to find quality health information.

Nicholas Inst. Of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma
Project Title: Internet infrastructure upgrade for a sports medicine institute Performance Sites: Lenox Hill Hospital NY, NY Project Summary: Upgrade Internet connectivity to DSL for organization's public-access web services, and improve security and power of server. Expanded information for patients to be placed on the web server.

Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK
Project Title: Cherokee Nation Health Systems Internet Upgrade Performance Sites: Health Center, A-MO Community Clinic, Muskogee Health Center, Nowata Primary Health Care Clinic, Wilma Mankiller Health Center, Sam Hider Jay Community Clinic, Tahlequah, Sallisaw, Salina, Muskogee, Nowata, Stilwell and Jay, OK Project Summary: Replace unmanaged hubs with switched managed network in 6 clinics in 14-county area of the Cherokee Nation.

OSHU School of Nursing, Portland, OR
Project Title: Internet Connection for Rural Primary Care Clinics Performance Sites: Union Family Health Center, Elgin Family Health Center, Union and Elgin, OR Project Summary: Adding Internet access and a gateway to the state educational system for nurse practitioner-managed rural family clinics.

Providence Community Health Centers, Inc, Providence, RI
Project Title: Improving Health care in Community Health Centers with Internet Access Performance Sites: Providence Community Health Centers Admin ; Allen Berry Health Center; Capitol Hill Health Center, Central Health Center, Central High School Health Center, Olneyville Health Center, STD Clinic, Blackstone Valley Community Health Centers Admin, Pawtucket Community Health Center, Central Falls Health Center, Central Falls High School Health Center, Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls, RI Project Summary: Provide high-speed Internet access for health professionals at 12 sites of 3 federally-funded health centers that are working together as a consortium.

Memphis and Shelby County Health Dept, Memphis, TN
Project Title: Internet Connection for outlying clinics of the MSCHD Performance Sites: Shelby Crossing, Galloway Center, Hickory Hill, Southland Mall, Jefferson Ave Center, Covington Pike Center, Memphis, Galloway, TN Project Summary: Extend internet access to 6 of the County's public health department sites to improve communication among nursing staff and health department managers.

Harris County Hospital District, Houston, TX
Project Title: Wireless Internet Access for Health Services Outreach Performance Sites: Harris County Hospital District, Troubleshooting for Health mobile (2) Trouble Shooters Immunization Van, Health Education Outreach Program, Star of Hope Transitional Living Center, Star of Hope Women and Family Center, Salvation Army Men's Center, Houston and Harris County, TX Project Summary: Secure wireless connectivity for outreach health services, providing real-time access to health information and referrals for care givers.

Association for Utah Community Health, Salt Lake City, UT
Project Title: Utah Rural Health Center Internet Project Performance Sites: Carbon Medical Service Associates, Green River Med Center, Enterprise Valley Med Center, Wayne Community Health Centers, AUCH Administrative office, East Carbon, Green River, Enterprise, Bicknell and Salt Lake City UT Project Summary: Move from dial-up to high speed connections for 4 frontier clinics. Establishes training relationship with new RML at University of Utah.

Project HOPE, Millwood, VA
Project Title: Internet Connection for 5 Tuberculosis Institutions Performance Sites: 2 Project Hope offices (VA and Kazakhstan) and 5 tuberculosis centers in Central Asian Republics, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Millwood VA Project Summary: Five-country Internet access project to give Tuberculosis specialists, faculty and students in Central Asia access to health information, especially related to TB. Access to be provided for more than 10,000 medical professionals.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima, WA
Project Title: Yakima Collaborative Connectivity Project Performance Sites: Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Providence Yakima Medical Center, Central Washington Family Medicine, Yakima, WA Project Summary: Expand bandwidth, establishing collaborative network to eliminate 3rd party control of connectivity, with encrypted VPN for patient information.