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2013 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded 13 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2013 in the 20th 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.

Comunidades Unidas / Communities United
"Community Outreach Project to Increase Access to HIV/AIDS Health Information"
West Valley City, UT
Comunidades Unidas / Communities United will partner with local community groups and the Spencer Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City to introduce NLM HIV/AIDS Resource information to the Latino population. The project will focus on information retrieval skills development for health outreach workers (promotoras) and staff of local community based organizations. In addition, they will expand their text message system and social media campaigns to increase awareness of NLM resources and promote access of these resources through mobile phones and related technology.

Community Education Group
"Project HIVE I"
Washington, DC
Community Education Group will develop Health Information Virtual Exchange (HIVE), a HIPAA compliant application that will serve as a one-stop HIV/AIDS information source for African Americans in the District of Columbia’s Wards six, seven, and eight. The project will capitalize on the growing use of smart-phone technology by focusing on increased access to electronic AIDS related information resources. The application will provide current and useful HIV/AIDS information.

The George Washington University
"Health Information Partners (HIPS 8)"
Washington, DC
HIPS 8 aims to increase the public’s knowledge of science based HIV and health information, critical appraisal skills and engagement in reducing the HIV epidemic in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. To achieve these goals, HIPS 8 will support community health advocates, sponsor hands-on computer workshops for local community-based health and education centers, and conduct neighborhood outreach programs in areas highly affected by HIV/AIDS. HIPS 8 will focus trainings on health information literacy including NLM HIV/AIDS Resources.

Hispanic Communications Network, LLC (HCN)
"InfoSida Spanish-Language Outreach & Activation 2013"
Washington, DC
Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) is a social marketing agency that focuses on disseminating health information to the Hispanic community as well as produces Spanish language health information for Spanish radio in the U.S. HCN seeks to leverage its national media network, online resources and partnerships with Hispanic–serving HIV/AIDS organizations to produce and syndicate culturally and linguistically appropriate messages to increase awareness and access to NLM HIV/AIDS information resources.

Youth + Tech + Health
"YTH: HIV ACCESS Providers Project 2.0 (HAPP2.0)"
Oakland, CA
YTH strives to provide leadership, innovation, educational resources and research in online and mobile applications to reduce HIV and STD disease transmissions for underserved minority and high-risk youth. The goal of the project is to increase access to critical information for at risk youth using a multimedia hub-spoke model of online, social media and mobile platforms. HAPP2.0 will link to the NLM resource pages as a key resource, along with information on how youth serving providers can best use this resource within their communities.

Morgan State University
"IMPACT² Project in Community Health"
Baltimore, MD
IMPACT² (Intergenerational Model for Parents, Adolescents, and Children in Technology and Training) Project is an internet-based project aimed to improve awareness of, and access to, electronic evidence-based information, as well as utilization of NLM HIV/AIDS resources. The goal of the project is to provide training in accessing HIV/AIDS information and improve knowledge-base, and develop and inclusion of community-based theater and Photovoice methodology. The target populations consist of Morgan State Peer Educators (young adults), HIV/AIDS infected adults over 25 years and HIV/AIDS infected women 50 and older.

Philadelphia FIGHT’s AIDS Library and Critical Path Project
"Patient. Click. Connect"
Philadelphia, PA
The AIDS Library and Critical Path Project of Philadelphia FIGHT have been providing HIV/AIDS services for over 25 years. Their mission is to provide state of the art, culturally competent HIV primary care, and access to clinical to research and education to people living with HIV as well as those who are uninfected but are high risk. The current project seeks to provide hands-on training and support for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and their medical providers to understand how to access their health information and link them to reliable information through MedlinePlus and other NLM online resources.