$1.5 million to help distribute medical information
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jun 07, 2000
The National Cancer Institute is awarding $1.5 million to regional centers
that create innovative projects to distribute medical information to underserved
The Pilot Project to Overcome the Digital Divide allows researchers in the
14 Cancer Information Service centers the opportunity to try new ways to
disseminate information to those who typically cannot access information
The Cancer Information Service is a combination of 14 regional offices that
provide information to the public on recent cancer studies.
"We know that people that have less access to information have a harder
time making good choices on health," said Barbara Rimer, the director of
NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Science, from which the
pilot is being run.
Rimer said that one of the most sought after types of information on the
Internet is medical information. People without technology are at a disadvantage,
The pilots could range widely, Rimer said, but could include:
* Partnering with a technology company that distributes used computers to
underserved populations and ensures that medical information is readily
available on them.
* Working with a company to train people on how to use technology so that
they could access medical information.
* Investigating barriers outside of finances that keep people from accessing
Six to eight centers will be awarded money in sums of about $200,000 for
a year, Rimer said. After the first year, the projects will be reviewed
to see if they should continue, she said.
Solicitations must be received by June 9, and the proposal deadline is 30
days after that.