NIH News Release
National Library of Medicine

Monday, May 3, 1999

Contact: Robert Mehnert
Kathleen Cravedi
(301) 496-6308

Additional "Partners In Information Access" Awards Announced

(BETHEDSDA, MD.)— Five additional "Partners In Information Access" awards totaling nearly a quarter of a million dollars were jointly announced by the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). These outreach projects are part of the joint Partners in Information Access program for public health professionals which also involves the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Public Health Foundation. The Partners' web site is at

These awards bring to 18 the number of contracts funded under this program. Thirteen were awarded last October (

The goals of the Partnership are to (1) increase public health professionals' awareness of the services of the NLM, NN/LM and CDC; (2) assist public health professionals in getting connected to the Internet; (3) train them in using information technology and information services; and (4) to increase awareness of public health information needs and resources among NN/LM members.

A brief description of the awards follows:

University of Connecticut Health Center Library, Farmington, CT
May 1999-April 2001; $44,858.80
Project Director: Marian H. Levine
Phone: 860-679-3323; Fax: 860-679-1230
Public health professionals in the 114 district and town departments of health in Connecticut are the focus of this project. Based on a 1997 Internet survey conducted by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, 22 district and municipal health departments and 14 part-time health departments responded that they were not yet connected to the Internet. This project will provide modems and ISP connections for those departments. The goal is to train at least 90% of the full-time and 80% of the part-time professionals. Publicity for the training sessions will be done through the Connecticut Department of Public Health and other organizations. Exhibiting at the annual Connecticut Public Health Association will also be part of the project.

Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center, Albany, GA
Health Sciences Library
May 1999-April 2001; $49,342
Project Director: Pamela M. Reynolds
Phone: 912-439-7185; Fax: 912-888-5154
The Southwest Georgia AHEC will target public health professionals on the staffs of 14 county public health offices and the district office in the southwest quadrant of Georgia. Site contacts will be designated at the district office and at each of the county health departments. A minimum of three visits will be conducted at each site. The initial visits will be made to conduct needs assessments. The remaining visits will be hands-on training workshops in the use of Internet Grateful Med, PubMed, CDC Wonder, and informal "troubleshooting" sessions. Promotion will be done in cooperation with the District Director and the county department directors.

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library
June 1999-November 2000; $48,965
Project Director: Nunzia B. Giuse
Phone: 615-936-1402; Fax: 615-936-1384
Individuals working in metropolitan, county, and state public health departments, local public health institutions, and public/private community-based public health organizations in Tennessee are the target population for this project. Project Directors will strengthen existing partnerships with the Tennessee Department of Health and develop new partnerships with state and national public health associations, the National Congress of African American Churches, the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Health Promotion, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Train the trainer sessions will be conducted for public health personnel. There will be a Web site with an interactive query page, Web links, and online tutorials.

Houston Academy of Medicine, Houston, TX
Texas Medical Center Library
May 1999-April 2001; $48,814
Project Director: Deborah D. Halsted
Phone: 713-799-7163; Fax: 713-797-0163
This is a collaborative, urban focused project with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, the Houston Public Library, and the Harris County Public Library. The project will: 1) develop an outreach publicity campaign to acquaint public health workers with the resources of NLM and CDC; 2) conduct an outreach training program on public health information; and 3) design a special public health homepage with links to the NLM and CDC, local, state and regional sites, and locally developed information pages on public health. The target population will be selected city workers in the Fire, Health and Human Services, Public Works, and Solid Waste departments.

Texas Woman's University Libraries
Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
May 1999-April 2001; $49,990
Project Director: Jeffrey T. Huber
Phone: 940-898-2602; Fax: 940-898-2611
State and local public health professionals in the Dallas, Denton, and Forth Worth areas will be the target population for this project. A train-the-trainer approach will be used for individuals engaged in public health in the targeted area. Phase One will consist of visits to the Denton, Dallas, and Tarrant county health departments, a needs assessment and promotion campaign, and a Web page that will provide access to CDC and NLM resources and allow users to query experts on public health information-related questions. Phase Two will consist of on-site resource demonstrations sessions using TWU's mobile computer lab and the computing labs at TWU and Texas Wesleyan University. The third phase of the project will involve small group intensive, hands-on training sessions with individuals identified during the larger resource demonstrations.