Equal Access Initiative:
HIV/AIDS Information Resources from the National Library of Medicine
Project/Program Dates: 2007 - 2011
The Equal Access Initiative (EAI) Computer Grants Program was sponsored by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of AIDS Research (OAR), to help organizations build technological capacity with the goal of enhancing their ability to improve prevention and treatment information for their clients. Qualified community-based organizations (CBOs) in the United States, its territories and possessions were invited to submit an application to receive one of 100 state-of-the-art desktop computers. In 2007, NMAC partnered with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to expand the scope of the program by including a series of training classes held at the 2007 - 2011 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) for the recipients of the EAI Computer Grants Program. The purpose of the Equal Access Initiative: HIV/AIDS Information Resources from the National Library of Medicine training course was to familiarize participants with reliable online health information from the NLM and other reputable resources that address HIV/AIDS and related medical conditions. Skills and knowledge acquired in this training enabled representatives of community organizations to effectively access treatment and prevention information to better serve their clients, colleagues, and communities.
The participants were provided with a workbook and a tool kit which consisted of resources such as How to Find Reliable HIV/AIDS Treatment Information on the Web CD, AIDSinfo Glossaries (English and Spanish), NIH Health Hotlines, NLM AIDS reference cards, NLM brochures and handouts, and other resources. The Equal Access Initiative program discontinued in 2011, but NLM continues to support the training needs to AIDS service organizations at the USCA meetings each year by conducting speed trainings on NLM HIV/AIDS information resources in the exhibit hall at the NLM booth.