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Current Projects/Programs

Alaska Native Information from Arctic Health
(National Library of Medicine and University of Alaska Anchorage)
     The Arctic Health Web site is a central source for information on diverse aspects of the arctic
     environment and the health of northern peoples. It gives access to evaluated health
     information from hundreds of local, state, national, and international agencies, as well as
     from professional societies and universities.

Environmental Health Information Partnership - EnHIP
(Specialized Information Services Division)
     The mission of the Environmental Health Information Partnership is to enhance the capacity of minority
     serving academic institutions to reduce health disparities through the access, use and delivery of
     environmental health information on their campuses and in their communities.

Hispanic/Native American Library School Student Support
(National Library of Medicine)
     A partnership program between The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL),
     the National Library of Medicine and the Knowledge River Institute of the School of
     Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona (UA) to
     provide internships in health sciences librarianship to Hispanic and/or Native American
     students accepted in the KRI program. The internship opportunity will expose Knowledge
     River Institute students to career opportunities in health sciences librarianship by providing a
     working internship at AHSL.

Native American Health Information from MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)
     MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus
     brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH),
     and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Every racial or ethnic group
     has specific health concerns. On this page, you'll find links to health issues that affect

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness
(National Library of Medicine)
     A new exhibition examining concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians,
     Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness,
     explores the connection between wellness, illness,and cultural life through a combination of interviews with
     Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media. This exhibit is physically located at the National
     Library of Medicine and is open to the public, and parts of it are available on the Web at the link above.

     To give users a virtual experience of its new exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health
     and Illness
, NLM has created Native Voices iPad app. The app presents video interviews with tribal
     elders, healers and other prominent people who practice traditional medicine, Western medicine or a
     combination of both. From their unique experiences and perspectives, they weave a tapestry of stories of
     the vibrant and diverse cultures and medicineways of Alaska Natives, Native Americans and Native
     Hawaiians. Other video clips provide an exhibition overview and highlights of the 4,400-milejourney
     of the totem polespecially created for the exhibition. The Native Voices app works on all iPads
     with iOS4.2and higher. To download the free app, go to the Apple iTunes store and type in
     "NLM Native Voices."

Sacred Root: Native American Information Fellowship Program
(National Library of Medicine)
     The Native American Information Internship Program provides an opportunity for
     representatives from American Indian tribes, Native Alaskan villages, and the Native Hawaiian
     community to learn about the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries
     of Medicine and to use that knowledge to improve access to health information and
     technology for their communities.

Trans-NIH American Indian and Alaska Native Health Communications and Information Work Group
     Formed in late 2005, the Work Group provides a forum for health education and communications staff
     from across NIH to share strategies and learn effective approaches to developing and disseminating
    health information designed for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Previously Funded Projects/Programs

Linking Native Americans to Health Information
(University of North Dakota)
     This site is designed to serve as a gateway to a variety of health information resources of
     special interest to Native Americans especially those living in North Dakota. It seeks to
     incorporate the best of existing Native health resources, government health information
     resources, and North Dakota health resources.

Tribal Connection Project
(National Library of Medicine)
     The Tribal Connections Project was created in 1998 to assist American Indian/Alaskan
     Native (AI/AN) communities in the northwest in connecting to the Internet.
     The long-term goal of the Tribal Connections Project (TCP) was to demonstrate that
     increased Internet connectivity provides greater access to health information resources,
     thereby minimizing geographical isolation and improving access to preventive and diagnostic
     information, and new knowledge.


Symposium on Community-Based Health Information Outreach
     The goal of the symposium was to explore new models of health information outreach that
     are emerging as technology dramatically changes the abilities of medical and health
     services libraries to provide resources and services beyond their traditional institutional
     boundaries, with particular concern for consumer health information outreach through
     community-based organizations. Another objective was to review and assess the NLM's
     Strategic Plan to Reduce Health Disparities with special emphasis on Native Americans.

Tribal Connections health information outreach: results, evaluation, and challenges
     The project demonstrated the key role of tribal community involvement and empowerment
     and contributed to development of an outreach evaluation field manual and the evolving
     concept of community-based outreach.

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