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Release: Jan. 2, 2003
Hardin Library wins grant to develop public health information Web site
University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences has received a grant
of more than $47,000 to design a Web site that helps the state's local public
health agencies prepare for public health emergencies and find needed information
The Iowa Access for Public Health Information Web site will gather local
and state public health information together in one easy to use resource,
said Jean Sayre, director of the Hardin Library and lead investigator for
the grant. Although numerous government agencies and grant-funded projects
provide information and training for local public health officials, none have
been designed with a component that brings together state and local resources
or emphasizes training for searching medical databases. The Web site will
provide that component.
"The goal of the Iowa Access project is to create a stable, enduring
information resource for public health professionals in Iowa," said Sayre.
She said Hardin librarians will also promote the site and train public health
officials around the state to use it.
The $47,449 grant is co-funded by the National Library of Medicine and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sayre said the site will be designed
and implemented in collaboration with the UI College of Public Health, the
Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Association of Public Health
Hardin Assistant Directors Hope Barton and Jim Duncan also helped to secure
The Web site will be unveiled at a statewide public health conference in
"As a service to the state of Iowa, the Hardin Library staff will maintain
the Iowa Access to Public Health Information Web site after the project is
over," Sayre said.