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Community Drum – An Alaska Native/Rural Alaska AIDS Information and Education Outreach Project (Anchorage, Alaska)

Project/Program Dates: 2003 - 2005

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is the largest tribal health care organization in the United States, formed in December 1997 to manage the statewide health services component of the Alaska Native health care system.

The ANTHC’s Community Drum project provides internet information on the care and prevention of HIV/AIDS, links to various Alaska HIV/AIDS resources, and offers an opportunity for communication between Alaska Native consumers who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Community Drum project was funded by NLM in 2003 and will expand on the NLM previously funded project by translating the Community Drum stories into Yupik, Aleut, Tlingit, and Inupiaq and creating culturally-relevant HIV prevention materials for the four Alaska Native tribes. The HIV/AIDS information developed can be downloaded from the website for Tribal health organizations and communities to use as part of their patient education efforts.

The Community Drum is on the Web:http://www.communitydrum.org/index.html.