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AIDS Community Information Outreach Program


  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize that it is critical to establish relationships and engage the community in an effort to enhance understanding of unmet information needs of specific populations who are disproportionately infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In 1993, NLM and the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) cosponsored a conference that brought together users of NIH information resources including health care providers, scientists, information specialists, journalists, and members of the community affected by HIV/AIDS with the purpose of reviewing the various HIV/AIDS information services available, assessing current efforts with respect to needs, and identifying unmet needs. Findings suggested that community organizations were at a disadvantage compared to not for profit organizations such as academic institutions, as they lacked the knowledge, skills, and technical means to access and provide the latest authoritative prevention, treatment and research information electronically over the Internet.ons made during the conference, the NLM issued a Request for Quotations (RFQ) for AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in May of 1994.

    As a result of the recommendations made during the conference, the NLM issued the first Request for Quotations (RFQ) for AIDS Community Information Outreach (ACIO) projects in May of 1994 with a purpose to improve the capacity of community organizations in an effort to eliminate the disparity of accessing HIV/AIDS related information at the local level. ACIO funding supports activities such as but not limited to: the acquisition of Internet access, software, computers and other mobile devices; training in the use of advanced technology as a means to access reliable and authoritative HIV/AIDS information from databases available from NLM and other reputable sources; and adapting these resources as educational tools that meet the cultural and linguistic preferences of the intended audience.

    In order to validate the impact and continued relevance of the ACIO Program after 20 years of funding more than 400 projects, NLM conducted a formal evaluation in 2012. Previously funded awardees were invited to a workshop where it was determined that the program goals from projects were being met, but greater emphasis and support should be given to building awardee’s capacity in the area of program evaluation. NLM has continued to issue this solicitation into the year 2016. The ACIO program now offers project evaluation consultation and resources such as the ACIO Blog and capacity building webinars.

    The purpose of the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program is to design programs for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects which may include but are not limited to: developing training curricula and conducting training programs (web-based or in-person) focusing on NLM HIV/AIDS online and mobile information resources; creating mobile Apps that use content from or direct users to NLM HIV/AIDS online information resources; promotion through outreach efforts highlighting NLM HIV/AIDS online information resources either in-person, through text messaging or social media channels.

    Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

    • Information Retrieval: Implement access to state-of-the-art AIDS-related information tools via the Internet and/or mobile technologies as well as provide or improve access to NLM HIV/AID Information Resources and/or other AIDS-related information resources by the organization for their clients and/or an intended audience they serve. This may require the purchase of hardware (computer equipment), software, or contractual relationships necessary to obtain a connection to the Internet for the purpose of accessing AIDS-related information or sharing AIDS-related information.
    • Skills Development: Design and conduct training to develop skills in accessing or using HIV/AIDS-related information including the use of the NLM HIV/AIDS web and/or mobile resources as well as general AIDS information resources in order to improve services and benefit the community. This may include training for the staff of the agency, development of training programs for clients and patrons, training programs for other agencies, etc.
    • Resource Development and Dissemination: Develop, design and disseminate specific educational or informational materials such as bibliographies, culturally and/or language specific fact sheets, guides or other products tailored to intended audiences to meet the needs of an organization’s clients or communities.
    • PrEP Navigator Resource Development and Dissemination: Develop, design and disseminate quality and accurate health educational or informational materials for PrEP Navigators. Resources developed may include, but not limited to: web-based videos and educational modules, train-the-trainer resources for PrEP Navigators, social media outreach, user guides or other products tailored to Prep Navigators, HIV Navigators, and those who benefit from PrEP and HIV Navigation Programs.
    • Equipment Acquisition: Purchase hardware (computer equipment), software, or contractual relationships necessary to obtain a connection to the Internet for the purpose of accessing AIDS-related information or sharing AIDS-related information in an effort to improve access to electronic AIDS and other health-related information resources.

    NLM is particularly interested in involving the affected community in the development of new programs. Emphasis will be placed upon small businesses and the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

    • Community-based organizations (CBO) or patient advocacy groups currently providing AIDS-related services to the affected community. This encompasses both individual groups wishing to enhance their own services, as well as several cooperating for the purpose of this project;
    • Public Libraries wishing to serve their communities in the provision of AIDS-related information and resources;
    • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve the public health in the area of HIV/AIDS-related services;
    • Faith-based organizations currently providing AIDS-related services to the affected community; and/or
    • Multi-type consortia of the above listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project. At least one of the organizations managing the project must be a community-based organization, library or department of public health. Other types of agencies, such as health sciences libraries, may be included as they may provide expertise and resources for the project. Where necessary, formation of consortia for the purpose of carrying out an NLM-supported project is strongly encouraged.

    NLM has continued to issue this solicitation into the year 2017 and has awarded more than 400 organizations with funding in an effort to eliminate disparity of information access in the HIV/AIDS Community. Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

    Report of a Conference Co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the NIH Office of AIDS Research, 1993 (PDF, 80KB)

    AIDS Community Information Outreach Program blog

    Publications about the AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

    Demo Reel of NLM Efforts to Support HIV/AIDS Information Outreach

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Funding Opportunity


HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program 2018

  • There are no funding opportunities at this time. New funding will be available in spring 2019.

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Currently Funded Projects


2018 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded 8 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2018 in the 25th 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.

    AIDS Foundation Houston
    “Project HELP (HIV Education Learning and PrEP)”
    With focus on individuals in the Fifth Ward, an underserved Houston neighborhood with a high HIV prevalence rate, the goal of Project HELP is to use community stakeholders, trained as community health workers (CHWs), to disseminate HIV/AIDS and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) resources to improve and increase access to accurate information. Project HELP will disseminate National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS information resources. In addition, in collaboration with the University of Houston Honors College Community Health Worker Initiative (CHWI), Project HELP will include information about the AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) PrEP website training trainings for local health care providers and community members on how to become CHWs. AFH will educate the CHWs on how to use the NLM HIV/AIDS and PrEP resources, implement community outreach techniques, and develop HIV and PrEP fact sheets and resource cards. The training information provided will engage and encourage individuals to access NLM HIV/AIDS resources and the AFH PrEP website as the “go to” resources for accurate information. The AFH and CHWI training will prepare CHWs to also implement outreach activities. To support the effort of the CHWs, AFH will launch a digital campaign to heighten awareness of the NLM HIV/AIDS resources among the general public.

    Black Girl Health
    “Pop the Question (PTQ) (phase 4)”
    Pop the Question (PTQ) IV is a national social media campaign using Facebook and Instagram to increase awareness about HIV prevention, specifically pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). By connecting Black women to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS resources, educating them about PEP and PrEP, offering them support, and teaching them how to transfer this knowledge to their own self-care, Black Girl Health (BGH) can educate African American women to make informed decisions regarding their health. The nationwide social media campaign targets African American women 18 to 55 years of age through engagement with a national social media influencer. BGH will create a culturally relatable media campaign that will disseminate PEP and PrEP information via engaging videos, support the message with infographics that further relate information on PEP/PrEP medications, and direct women to the BGH website through a ‘call to action’ assessment quiz that encourages interactive engagement and connects visitors to NLM HIV/AIDS and PEP/PrEP resources, including AIDSinfo and PrEP Navigator. The PTQ campaign benefits public health by engaging African-American women with high-quality, relatable information that encourages them to take preventative measures to control their health. The campaign also gives community organizations, navigators, and advocates culturally relevant resources to use when interfacing with clients.

    Comunidades Unidas/Communities United
    “PrEParate para tu futuro / PrEP for your Future“
    The goal of the Comunidades Unidas’ PrEParate para tu futuro / PrEP for Your Future project is to increase the accessibility of HIV/AIDS-related health information and resources among Latinx (Latino/Latina) and LGBTQ+ individuals, specifically men who have sex with men (MSM), residing in Salt Lake County, Utah. Comunidades Unidas aims to fight stigma and empower these populations to better prevent, manage, and treat HIV/AIDS via increased connection to National Library of Medicine (NLM) online HIV/AIDS resources and information and access to local pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services. Comunidades Unidas, in collaboration with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, will train staff, promotoras (community health workers), and youth leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention, NLM online resources, and local HIV prevention services such as PrEP. Once trained, these individuals will act as ambassadors and peer mentors of the project and disseminate information and provide navigation assistance for resources related to PrEP and other HIV/AIDS prevention services.

    Philadelphia FIGHT
    “Frontline TEACH Online: Empowering HIV Professionals to Take Control of Their Education”
    The Frontline TEACH Online project goal is to close the gaps in competence among professionals in HIV and allied fields by providing high-quality, accessible educational content geared towards health care and social services professionals working with people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. Frontline TEACH Online also aims to address the gaps in provider competency that prevent people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) from engaging in care by targeting professionals who are key gatekeepers in stemming the tide of HIV infection. Philadelphia FIGHT will develop eight webinars, which can be viewed sequentially or out-of-sequence, to create a time-test FIGHT treatment education program for health care providers and prescribers, nurses, social workers and case managers, community health workers, frontline staff, and others working with PLWHA. The program content will address provider competency through high-quality HIV educational information developed from NLM resources.

    The Prevention Collaborative, LLC
    “Amigos y Amantes” (“Friends and Lovers”)
    The goal of this project is to continue and expand the work of a currently funded National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP) initiative to create and market HIV educational online and print resources that feature information and links to NLM HIV/AIDS resources, using original, serialized stories on Instagram. To help reduce stigma, the Prevention Collaborative will create two new stories featuring relatable characters based on actual community members, who will help develop the structure and content of the stories. All stories will reference and link to NLM resources to engage the target communities in three key topics of HIV education: advocacy of regular HIV testing and the use of NLM resources to find testing locations; endorsement of PrEP/PEP for HIV prevention; and promotion of the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign. The intended nationwide audience for the proposed project is men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals of color who are living with or at risk for HIV infection, and anyone affected by HIV (e.g., family members or caregivers of people living with HIV). Trained peer outreach specialists will use the Instagram platform and content to engage with followers and provide additional harm reduction counseling and links to resources. All work will be conducted by the partner organizations in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team with expertise in research, content development, health education, HIV/AIDS, and outreach to MSM and transgender communities.

    San Francisco Public Health Foundation
    “HIVEOnline.Org: Improving Access to Comprehensive, HIV-Informed Sexual and Reproductive Health Information”
    HIVEonline.org is a virtual hub for disseminating best practices, has become a comprehensive online resource for HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health. HIVE aims to improve online access to, and knowledge about, HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health information for people affected by HIV. HIVE will expand its online science-based content on pre-exposure prophylaxis, post-exposure prophylaxis, and treatment as prevention/undetectable equals untransmittable, use preferred language, and improve access to the National Library of Medicine’s online HIV/AIDS information. HIVE aims to increase HIVonline.org retrievability, functionality, and accessibility to help people affected by HIV have safe pregnancies, reproductive autonomy, and access to state-of-the-art health care.

    San Francisco Public Health Foundation
    The pleasePrEPme website expands access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) through an online searchable, location responsive national PrEP provider directory, in collaboration with PrEPLocator.org; local HIV-prevention resources in English and Spanish for patients and providers in all 50 states; and experienced navigators to provide assistance via online chat, text, or phone. The goal of the project is to improve access to PrEP services by meeting the need for no-cost, fully accessible PrEP navigation training for frontline staff, case managers, PrEP navigators, administrators, and other non-clinician staff at clinics and departments of public health. The training content will include video and print media and NLM resources such as AIDSinfo, MedlinePlus, AIDSource (particularly the PrEP Navigation Resources pages of the website), and ClinicalTrials.gov. The project will be promoted via social media and email outreach, utilizing listservs such as the California PrEP Navigators Google Group, and social media channels such as pleasePrEPme’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The benefits of an online PrEP navigation training program include staff’s ability to complete modules from their office or home, without the time or expense of travel.

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
    “HIV/AIDS Information at the Point-of-Care”
    The HIV/AIDS Information at the Point-of-Care project is a collaborative effort among UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC); AIDS Project Worcester, Inc.; the Worcester Public Library; and the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to increase use of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources in Worcester, Massachusetts. The project will increase access to NLM HIV/AIDS information resources, PrEP navigator resources, and other HIV/AIDS-related information resources by developing a web-based training module and health education information, and training outreach workers to support the health information needs of clients visiting the UMMHC HIV/AIDS clinics.

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