The Ambassador Program in Columbus, OH, will serve as a vital link between the NIH Research Program, public libraries, community organizations, hospitals, and individuals from underserved or health disparity populations across Franklin County, Ohio. Over the next year, the team of experienced outreach and consumer health librarians from The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library HSL, in collaboration with strategic partners including the Columbus Metropolitan Library CML, the Ohio State University College of Public Health and their Center for Public Health Practice, Franklin County Public Health, Equitas Health, Nationwide 86s Hospital NCH Library and the NCH Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative will organize and host health education programs and discussions for the 125. In partnership with these groups, we will exhibit at area public health and public library meetings, provide consumer health in-service training to public librarians, and host the Journey. Through these deliverables, we will especially focus on advancing access to high quality health information to underrepresented, diverse communities throughout Franklin County while raising awareness of precision medicine and the importance of the NIH Research Program. This award will enable us to enrich the lives of those within our community and help us meet the largest health risks facing our population of more than one million citizens, including infant mortality, obesity, chronic and infectious disease, as well as mental health issues, and addiction. The project is budgeted at $94,050 and is slated to run from May 2019 through April 2020.
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