Improve Accessibility of Health Information during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Health Education for Living during the Pandemic United States HELP-US Project

Project Summary: This is a collaborative project between the University of Memphis Community of 133s, and the Memphis Public Libraries. The purpose of this project is to provide access to COVID-19 related information to an underserved population, in the Memphis Area. The proposal goal is to implement a virtual education program. Aligned with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine SEA Region mission, this project aims to: Increase awareness and use of COVID-19 and other health information resources. Provide training in the use of health sciences information resources. Support the information needs of health professionals who serve underserved and special populations. Partner with organizations to increase awareness and use of freely available authoritative health information. Increase health literacy for participants. By April 30, 2021, we will develop and implement the train the trainers HELP-US Virtual Health Information and Education Program. The project will be promoted using diverse strategies including websites, social network platforms, and a UofM libguide. Advertisement flyers will be posted at local libraries, community centers, and on the University of Memphis informational boards.

Project Details

Organization Name

University of Memphis

Organization Type
Academic institution
All of Us
Health sciences library
Project Lead

Irma Singarella

Start Date
January 25, 2021
End Date
April 30, 2021
Funding Amount
General Public
Library or Information Professional
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Children (0-12 yrs.)
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Seniors (65+ yrs.)
Teens (13-18 yrs.)
Blacks/African Americans
Alaska Natives
American Indians
Asians/Asian Americans
Hispanics/Latin Americans
Native Hawaiians
Other Pacific Islanders
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health