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Librarians/Information Professionals needed to help develop PubMed search strategies for the Healthy People 2020 Information Access Project

Posted by Editor on August 11, 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is committed to improving access to relevant information for the public health community. A major focal point for initiatives in this area has been the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce initiative (also known as “Partners”  found at, which is a collaboration to provide the public health workforce with timely, convenient access to information resources to help them improve the health of the American public.

In 2002, NLM expanded the Partners initiative by developing the Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project (, designed to help public health workers find relevant information in NLM’s PubMed database and related online resources. The Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project (HP2010 IAP) service has become the most heavily used section of the Partners Web site. The HP2010 IAP provides evidence-based strategies via pre-formulated PubMed search strategies for selected HP 2010 focus area objectives

Healthy People 2020, which will be released by the Secretary of the Health and Human Services in December 2010, will contain new and previously identified subject areas, as well as new or modified objectives (performance measures). NLM, through the Partners, is looking to once again provide pre-formulated PubMed searches for all subject areas of Healthy People 2020. Below is a list of HP2020 Subject Areas that are currently based on the HP 2020 websites as of July 1, 2010:

  1. Adolescent Health
  2. Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Chronic Back Conditions
  3. Blood Disorders and Blood Safety
  4. Cancer
  5. Chronic Kidney Disease
  6. Dementias, including Alzheimer’s Disease
  7. Diabetes
  8. Disability and Health
  9. Early and Middle Childhood
  10. Educational and Community-Based Programs
  11. Family Planning
  12. Food Safety
  13. Genomics
  14. Global Health
  15. Healthcare-Associated Infections
  16. Hearing and Other Sensory or Communication Disorders (Ear, Nose, and Throat—Voice, Speech, and Language)
  17. Heart Disease and Stroke
  18. HIV
  19. Immunization and Infectious Diseases
  20. Injury and Violence Prevention
  21. Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
  22. Medical Product Safety
  23. Mental Health and Mental Disorders
  24. Older Adults
  25. Oral Health
  26. Preparedness
  27. Respiratory Diseases
  28. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  29. Sleep Health
  30. Substance Abuse
  31. Tobacco Use
  32. Vision

NLM funding is available to provide $3,000 per subject area for a maximum of three (3) subject areas per individual/interested party. If you are interested in assisting NLM by developing PubMed search strategies for any of the above focus areas, please contact Lisa Sedlar at 301.435.2243 or E-mail: .

Proposals should be submitted by close of business on August 16th, 2010. Proposals will be evaluated as they are received. Preference will be given to those interested in working on two or three subject areas.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • A concrete understanding of PubMed and the ability to demonstrate proficiency using PubMed
  • Subject expertise in the Health People 2020 subject areas
  • Performed Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project PubMed searches

Necessary steps:

  • Submit a proposal
  • Submit a resume or CV
  • Register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database Registration in the CCR is mandatory in order to be awarded a purchase order for this work.

If you have any questions, contact Lisa Sedlar,

Distributed to the Regional Medical Libraries of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine by Angela Ruffin, Head of the NN/LM National Network Office at the National Library of Medicine.


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