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2009 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded 12 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2009 in the 16th round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS- related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers. Emphasis is on providing information or access in a way meaningful to the target community. Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval, skills development, Internet access, resource development, and document access.

Standard Awards - Up to $60,000

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
“AIDS InfoNet”
Albuquerque, NM
The AIDS InfoNet is an internationally recognized online HIV/AIDS information resource which provides factsheets on the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related information in nontechnical language. The web site is specifically designed to facilitate user access to materials. Each topic has one up-to-date factsheet which are reviewed annually and provided in several languages. Fact sheets are easily printable from the Internet in a “clean” single-page format for duplication and distribution to clients who do not have Internet access. To increase availability, InfoNet fact sheets are at no cost to other HIV/AIDS web sites. In addition, the site includes a hyperlinked, categorized listing of approximately 750 HIV/AIDS web sites to facilitate individual research and highlights many HIV/AIDS resources from the NLM.

AIDS Educational Global Education System (AEGiS)
“AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGiS)”
San Juan Capistrano, CA
AEGiS is an Internet based living HIV/AIDS library. The website provides users with current research information, human resources, treatment, prevention, products, and policy information with worldwide news and event coverage. The documents contained in the living library chronicle the history of HIV/AIDS. Information is organized in sections by publication type, year, and date with clearly stated sources, authors, and publication dates.

George Washington University/School of Public Health & Health Services
“Community Health Advocates: Health Information Partners 5”
Washington, D.C.
Community Health Advocates: Health Information Partners 5 (HIPS5)’s goal is to improve the environment of Washington, DC and its surrounding areas by providing people with accurate information to prevent the spread of HIV. HIP5 distributes evidence-based HIV information to promote protective personal behaviors and healthy social policies. HIPS5 is also informing Washington, DC communities about the dangers of HIV/AIDS and prevention methods by offering skills-based health information trainings.

George Washington University

Pacific College Oriental Medicine
“Reaching Out with Networks and Conferences: HIV/AIDS Education and Information Awareness”
San Diego, CA
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is reaching out to the San Diego Community through a series of local conferences which will provide attendees with information, presentations, workshops, and social networking opportunities which may help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The goal of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is to improve information dissemination and access to HIV/AIDS related information in a meaningful way. The organization also plans to increase the community’s awareness of the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health online HIV/AIDS and medical resources.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library

The CORE Foundation
Health Information, Risk Assessment, and Screening (HIRAS)
Chicago, IL
The CORE Foundation provides skills development in finding and using online health information resources, HIV and STI risk assessment, and linkage to HIV and STI screening for at risk individuals. The project will focus on students from Malcolm X College of Chicago and clients of two drug and alcohol recovery group homes. The CORE Foundation hopes to promote and improve healthy behaviors by increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM resources and increasing knowledge about HIV/AIDS and other STIs.

The CORE Foundation

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning
“Building Capacity for HIV/AIDS Prevention in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands”
Honolulu, HI
Building Capacity for HIV/AIDS Prevention in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands(BC-HAPP) is a program used to provide librarians, educators, public health personnel, and other community members in the U.S. Affiliated islands with resources on HIV/AIDS. BC-HAPP provides trainings on how to access and retrieve accurate HIV/AIDS related information using resources appropriate to the U.S. affiliated Pacific islands (USAPI). BC-HAPP has also produced a CD-ROM of select National Library of Medicine HIV/AIDS resources and materials to give information to those with limited internet access.

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning

SisterLove, Inc.
“Positive Connections Cyber Center”
Atlanta, GA
Since 1989, SisterLove, Inc. has provided HIV/AIDS prevention information, education, interventions, support, advocacy, and resources for African American women at risk and/or living with HIV/AIDS in the Atlanta area. SisterLove also founded the Positive Connections Cyber Center (PCCC), which is a community based internet and networking center used to increase awareness and teach people how to use current HIV/AIDS related websites and resources. The PCCC provides access to computer training and online resources that inform, engage, and sustain women and men as they struggle with HIV/AIDS diagnoses.

SisterLove, Inc.
SisterWisdom HIV/AIDS Portal for Black Women

Central New York Health Systems Agency, Inc.
“CNY Connec+ions”
East Syracuse, NY
CNY Connec+tions is a program which targets people living within a 14-county region of Central New York who are infected, affected, or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, and teaches them skills to improve their ability to access and use HIV/AIDS health information. CNY Connec+ions is an interactive program which includes a dedicated website with links to HIV/AIDS health information resources, moderated telephone and web conferencing sessions for people with HIV/AIDS, a Facebook page with videos and event photos, and “how to” access training for people with AIDS, HIV/AIDS service providers and the general community.

P.I. Advocates International (PIA)
“HIV Information Internet Access Training”
Washington, DC.
P.I. Advocates International (PIA) will be providing hands-on computer training workshops to the residents of Washington, DC. The workshops will focus on accessing and retrieving information on HIV from internet-based medical libraries. PIA will also provide monthly HIV prevention information sessions in hopes of educating the people of Washington, DC on the spread of the disease. The program will target 1,950 people who have HIV/AIDS, are clients of substance abuse and transitional housing programs, people who are not HIV positive but exhibit risky behavior, and the general public.

Express Awards - Up to $10,000

CAEAR Foundation
Navigate to Learn More – Increasing HIV Primary Care Provider Use of NLM Online Resources”
Washington, DC
CAEAR Foundation (CF)’s goal is to connect with the primary care providers of people with HIV/AIDS. CF provides the primary care providers with the needed resources to ensure that they are giving their patients the best care and treatment for HIV/AIDS.


K. I. Services, Inc.
“Access and Empowerment through HIV Online Outreach and Education”
Alexandria, VA
K.I. Services has a program in which 175 people are chosen to participate. The program teaches individuals how to access and retrieve information on HIV/AIDS and treatment options. The program will provide training on information retrieval, provide access to accurate documents with HIV/AIDS related information, and highlight resource development.

K.I. Services, Inc.

AWARE Worldwide, Inc.
“E-Source to Resource”
Virginia Beach, VA
The “E-Source to Resource” is an outreach program for people living with HIV/AIDS, people who are at risk for contracting the virus, and all other people who are interested in HIV/AIDS information. The “E-Source” center will provide the afore listed parties with access to computers and assistance in finding the most up-to-date HIV/AIDS information resources and services and treatment/medical options.

AWARE Worldwide, Inc.