Library and Gibson Receive $ 15,000 Grant from National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health | Organizations / Clubs


CONWAY – The Conway Public Library and the Gibson Center for Senior Services have received a grant from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $ 15,000.

These funds will be used to increase the ability of our underserved citizens to access, understand health information online and participate in clinical research programs to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs.

This project will provide computers and training for the elderly, offer public programming on online access to reliable health information, and provide a privacy module to facilitate telehealth visits. Between January and March 2022, there will be a four-part lecture series on the themes of understanding clinical research, evaluating online health information resources, accessing telehealth services and participation in clinical research.

The need to improve access to health information is quite clear. Carroll County is sparsely populated, with just 51 people per square mile. It is also an aging county, with a median age of 52 and 29% of the population over 65.

In the latest New Hampshire County health rankings, Carroll County ranked eighth out of 10 in terms of health outcomes. The rural and dispersed nature of the county, coupled with an aging population, complicates access to health services, especially when it comes to specialists. These challenges can be mitigated through telehealth services and increased health literacy, better navigation of digital health information, and a better understanding of clinical health research.

This project will help bridge the digital divide – the divide between those who have easy access to computers and the Internet and those who do not – by putting computers in the hands of older people and providing them with training and education. support needed to use them.

Training will be provided by Andrea Libby of Libby PC and Conway Public Library staff, as well as other volunteer mentors.

“This is a natural extension of the ongoing Equip, Train and Connect program and the opening of our Gibson Commons Internet Café later this month, dedicated to making Internet resources accessible to everyone,” said Marianne Jackson, MD, Executive Director of the Gibson Center.

Additionally, this project will help raise awareness of All of Us, the NIH Precision Medicine Research Program, and increase awareness and use of All of Us, NLM, and other learning activities. trusted health information to inform personal decisions about health and wellness.

“We are delighted to have received this prestigious national scholarship,” said Library Director David Smolen. “I would like to thank Marianne Jackson and Caleb Gilbert for their essential contributions to the grant proposal. We couldn’t have done this without them. We are very happy to have such a great relationship with the Gibson Center and look forward to working with them on this partnership and the future. “

Founded in 1900, the mission of the Conway Public Library is to create an environment that fosters lifelong learning and community engagement. To achieve this goal, the library collects and provides access to materials in print and digital form that meet the intellectual and cultural needs of the community.

The address of the library is 15 Greenwood Ave. at Conway Village. Library hours are Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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