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AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

Overview

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  • 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 2015. 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 Project 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.
    • 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 2015 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

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Funding Opportunity

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  • HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2016

    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. 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.

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

    • Information retrieval;
    • Skills development;
    • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
    • Equipment Acquisition.

    Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

    • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
    • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
    • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
    • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
    • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

    Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

    Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

    The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.


    Primary Point of Contact:
    Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist
    Office of Acquisitions (OA)
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105
    Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488
    301-496-6546
    Fax: 301-402-0642
    E-mail: Gregory.benedict@nih.gov

    Secondary Point of Contact :
    Suet Vu, Contracting Officer
    Office of Acquisitions (OA)
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 105
    Bethesda, MD 20892-5488
    Office Phone: 301-496-6546
    Fax: 301-402-0642
    E-mail: vus@mail.nlm.nih.gov

    Please Note: Refer to the FedBizOpps.gov (Federal Business Opportunities) web site for notices, updates, and modifications to the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2016 RFQ.

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Currently Funded Projects

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2015 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded 6 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2015 in the 22nd 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 Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS)
    "The F.A.I.T.H. Project"
    The F.A.I.T.H. Project is outreach effort aimed to help communities of color as well as health professionals who serve them have access to accurate and reliable HIV/AIDS information and resources to effectively prevent and manage HIV/AIDS. The F.A.I.T.H. Project will extend outreach to African Americans, MSM population, seniors, youth groups, and faith-communities. Efforts to improve and increase access to HIV/AIDS information may help to address the general lack of trust behind information access and close gaps in chronic disease and minimize digital and technology disparities. One of the unique features of the F.A.I.T.H. is the use community-based theater to educate with prevention messages.

    Black Girl Health
    "HIV News Access"
    Black Girl Health will be using social media to reach minority young women by launching “HIV News Access” as a Facebook group, as well as developing an HIV/AIDS tutorial as a major component of this platform which would be shared by social media users but also can be used in a classroom setting. “HIV News Access” will be a mobile friendly initiative that will increase the use of NLM HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment resources. Black Girl Health will be partnering with Gaudenzia New Options a regional health clinic that serves at risk populations by providing substance abuse treatment and recovery services as well as HIV prevention and treatment services.

    Comunidades Unidas/ Communities United
    "Community Outreach Project"
    The goal of Comunidades Unidas’/Communities United’s (CU’s) HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is to bolster the accessibility of HIV/AIDS-related health information and resources among underserved, low-income Latinos residing in Salt Lake County. Funding from the NLM will be used to address this issue in two ways: 1) Facilitating access to online NLM resources through CyberCenters for large numbers of our target demographic who lack access to computers and the internet, and (2) Using culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies to educate the Latino community about available HIV/AIDS and sexual health resources through information dissemination/distribution conducted by CU staff, volunteers, and Promotores de Salud (Community Health Workers).

    The Alliance of Border Collaboratives (ABC)
    "Promovision – Capacity Building Assistance Project"
    ABC seeks to strengthen Promovision a capacity building project that improves access to HIV/AIDS related health information by patients and affected community, caregivers and the general public. Increased utilization of NLMs HIV/AIDS resources in El Paso, Texas and Doña Ana County, NM will be achieved through skills development via training and tutorials as well as development of resources that provide meaningful information about HIV/AIDS, prevention, services and NLM HIV/AIDS resources.

    The Community Wellness Project
    "Enhancement to CDC’s Condoms and Sexual Education Project(C.A.S.E.)"
    The Community Wellness Project plans on using NLM HIV/AIDS resources as a means to enhance and strengthen their CDC funded project Condoms and Sexual Education Project (C.A.S.E.). The Community Wellness Project will develop and implement responsive C.A.S.E. HIV literacy curriculum/materials to improve participants ability to discern and select reliable online HIV/AIDS information. The project will train African-American MSM on the use of NLM and similar accurate HIV/AIDS information resources. The curriculum package will continue to be used by the agency to train additional C.A.S.E. project participants through June, 2020.

    University of Florida
    "Partnering to Provide HIV/AIDS Information Outreach"
    The University of Florida through its Health Sciences Library Center will partner with local public libraries and the Alachua County Disease Control Unit. The goals are to increase access to HIV/AIDS resources to the vulnerable populations. The approach will be facilitating collaboration between healthcare providers, AIDS service organizations focusing on prevention and education, with creating locally relevant educational materials, training healthcare and community services providers on the use of NLM HIV/AIDS resources, raising public awareness through the NLM traveling exhibit “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture”.

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