WASHINGTON: The National Institutes of Health is seeking communications support for two of its clearinghouses.
The government agency is looking for messaging help for the clearinghouses for the National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center, according to a solicitation obtained by PRWeek.
Clearinghouses provide information about diseases to the general public. They distribute patient and professional education materials and interact with consumers directly through call centers.
The government agency is seeking a firm to provide a wide range of services for the clearinghouses, including media monitoring and outreach, digital and new media support, and spokesperson training. It will also expect the firm to perform public inquiry response, bi-lingual material development, material management and dissemination, database development, and meeting support.
The deadline to respond to the RFQ is May 4, and the one-year contract will begin October 15. The account has an option for a four-year renewal.
IQ Solutions is the account's incumbent. The firm has been paid nearly $4 million over the last two fiscal years for providing communications support for the clearinghouses, according to records from the federal agency.
A press representative for the National Institutes of Health declined to comment on the solicitation.