Region 5

The goal of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals' access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library serves as the Regional Medical Library (RML) for Region 5, which provides programs, services, and dedicated support for NNLM Members in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

Staff Directory

Looking for assistance? Browse our staff directory to find contact information, and get to know the RML staff by reading their personal bios.

Become a Member Organization

Member organizations are eligible for benefits and services, including: NNLM funding, access to training, partnership opportunities, free educational and printed materials, NLM Traveling Exhibitions, and institutional recognition as a Network Member.

Funding Opportunities

Browse open funding opportunities that are available to members in Region 5.

Classes & Training

Browse NNLM's upcoming training opportunities, course catalog, and recordings of past webinars.

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Funding Available for Technology and Outreach from NNLM Region 5

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 5 has two open funding opportunities. Funded projects improve access to health information, furthering the mission of the NNLM. Pending budget availability, funding opportunities include:

Tips for writing a successful application, examples of previously funded projects, and the application timeline are available on the Region 5 Blog

Image of a line drawing of a Black woman who is pregnant.Program Opportunity: “Laboring with Hope” to Improve Awareness of Maternal Health Disparities 

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 5 is offering an opportunity for NNLM members in Region 5 to host a viewing of the 30-minute documentary, Laboring with Hope for their communities. This program is intended to improve awareness of maternal health disparities and create opportunities to share reliable health information.

Access to the film comes with a conversation guide, health information resources, a bibliography of peer-reviewed articles, and infographics.

The film would be an excellent addition to nursing and public health classes as well as for a library program. Please contact the Region 5 office if you’re interested in accessing the film, and we’ll help you get set up. Learn more about this opportunity on our blog.

We are extending access to the film through April 2024.

MedlinePlus tutorials for Community Health Workers

MedlinePlus is a great resource for health information. It provides information for the public on a wide range of health topics. But maybe you are unsure how to use MedlinePlus.

Region 5 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine worked with The Next Door to create seven easy to follow video tutorials about the basics of using MedlinePlus to find health information. The videos are designed for community health workers but are useful for anyone needing trustworthy health information.

Each video is short, ranging from just over 4 minutes to just over 8 minutes in length.

To help make it easier for more people to learn how to use MedlinePlus, each video tutorial has:

  • closed captioning and
  • includes a written transcript.

View the MedlinePlus tutorials for Community Health Workers

Diverse Voices in Health & Medicine Collections Toolkit

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 5 is pleased to announce the Diverse Voices in Health & Medicine Collection Development Toolkit to help you build collections that support health literacy and expand access to diverse voices in libraries of all types. The toolkit features materials illuminating common and unique health issues facing underserved populations through multiple genres and formats reflecting voices of the communities served.

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Phone: 206-543-8262. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a detailed message and we will be in touch.

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Register to join us for the next PNC-MLA Health Equity and Diversity Speaker webinar session

Developing, implementing, and evaluating a mixed-methods community-based participatory research sleep intervention in families with K-1st grade children living on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, MT

Our presenter is Dr. Vernon Grant who was born and raised in Browning, MT and is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation (Amp-ska-pi-pikuni). Dr. Grant holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Exercise Science and Community Health from the University of Montana and is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity at Montana State University. 

February 6, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. PST

The PNC-MLA Health Equity and Diversity Speaker Series is a collaboration between NNLM Region 5 and Pacific Northwest Chapter/Medical Library Association (PNC-MLA) through the efforts of its Diversity Committee.

Employment Opportunity with NNLM Region 5, Executive Director

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library has an outstanding opportunity for Executive Director, Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 5.
This position is eligible for hybrid work. While we hope to fill the position by Winter 2024, we are happy to work with the successful candidate to explore opportunities for an earlier or later start date. Use this link to view the complete job description and apply.