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Enhanced HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Pacific (E-HAPP)

Project/Program Dates: 2007-2009

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that serves the educational community in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands, the continental United States, and countries throughout the world. PREL was originally funded in October 2004 by the NLM to carry out its HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Pacific (HAPP) project in order to improve the education and access to quality HIV/AIDS-related information in the remote and underserved multicultural communities across the U.S.-affiliated Pacific. Then in September 2007, PREL received another funding from NLM to expand the HAPP project into the Enhanced HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Pacific (E-HAPP) project, which worked to strengthen and expand the previous HAPP project in order to further increase public awareness, education, and access to HIV/AIDS resource materials.

The project 1) provided training sessions for public librarians, educators, and selected community members on building basic information retrieval skills to access and use up-to date HIV/AIDS online resources; 2) developed educational and informational materials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for the target audience using a successful model; and 3) distributed materials via community-based partners.

The E-HAPP project was a successful 24-month project that had immediate and significant effects on its target groups. The HIV/AIDS training sessions and resource materials equipped their participants with increased knowledge about HIV/AIDS and facilitated their acquisition of new skills to effectively and efficiently identify and access reliable information. Moreover, the project reached beyond its anticipated target groups and extended beyond the U.S.-affiliated Pacific.

The Pacific Resources for Education and Learning on the Web:http://www.prel.org