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FY 2004 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

NLM Funds 20 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2004 in the 11th 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 AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers. Emphasis is on providing information or access in a way meaningful to the target community. Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval, skills development, Internet access, resource development, and document access.

Awards were made for the following projects:

Standard Award Projects

AID Atlanta, Inc. - Improving Access to HIV Information for AIDS InfoLine Callers (Atlanta, GA)

AID Atlanta, Inc. provides a toll-free statewide HIV/AIDS information hotline that supplies information, referrals, crisis/emergency intervention and HIV/AIDS and STI (sexually transmitted infection) information utilizing Internet resources for the information and referrals. The Information Hotline provides callers who lack access to the Internet or computers, or are unaware of how to access appropriate resources, with valuable and potentially life-saving information about HIV transmission, prevention, and testing. The Hotline receives approximately 800 calls monthly and is maintained by qualified, trained staff and volunteers. The goals of the AIDS Community Information Outreach Project include improving and enhancing the operation of the InfoLine and increasing the visibility of this service among high risk targeted populations. The AID Atlanta Inc. on the web: http://www.aidatlanta.org

AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGiS) (San Clemente, CA)

AEGiS seeks funding from NLM to assist in providing HIV/AIDS information to patients, the affected community, researchers and caregivers. AEGiS will accomplish this goal by maintaining content assistants who will support Sr. Mary Elizabeth, the Operations Director of the AEGiS website. Funding will also assist AEGiS in the linking of research documentation to NLM'S PubMed abstract database. AEGiS is presently serving over 900,000 users per month, and has archived over 1.1 million documents dealing with HIV/AIDS. The sources for this information include the National Library of Medicine and many other government agencies, AIDS Service Organization publications, Wire services (Agence Presse France, Associated Press, Inter Press Service, Reuters, United Press International, etc.), numerous regional news organizations (Bangkok Post, BBC, Mail & Guardian, New Vision, Sunday Times) and local publications (Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, Newsday, etc). All of this data is archived and is keyword searchable. With this new feature, many articles' footnotes will be linked so that original material is located easily on PubMed. The AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGiS) on the web: http://www.aegis.org

AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio) - GOAL: Greater Ohio AIDS Link (San Clemente, CA)

AIDS Resource Center Ohio is a non-profit service and prevention organization serving 31 counties in western and north central Ohio. Project GOAL will provide safe, client-friendly computer information access to the HIV/AIDS affected community and their families in four sites located in Dayton, Toledo, Lima and Mansfield Ohio. Internet/computer access training will be offered at each of the sites. Funding will also enable ARC Ohio to enhance the current website to include updated links to complimentary service providers throughout the area (hospitals, clinics, food pantries, counseling centers, transportation, etc.) and an interactive HIV/AIDS chat room where questions will be answered by qualified case workers and AIDS education specialists. The website will also include an online catalog of the library's resources. The AIDS Resource Center Ohio on the web: http://www.arcohio.org

AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland - HEAL (the HIV/AIDS Education Access Library) (Cleveland, OH)

The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland (ATGC), established in 1983, is the oldest AIDS service organization in Ohio. The Taskforce serves as a primary provider in Cleveland of both community based HIV prevention education, and non-medical direct services to people living with HIV and AIDS. Project HEAL plans to develop a library containing books, professional and consumer periodicals, and computerized information along with purchasing 5 private computer stations with Internet access. The Taskforce will also enhance the current website to include an online catalog of the library's materials and recommended research sites for providers and consumers. The library staff and volunteers will assist library patrons in accessing both printed and electronic information, and provide a weekly newsletter in English and Spanish addressing important HIV/AIDS issues. The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland on the web: http://www.aidstaskforce.org

Columbus AIDS Task Force - The Resource Library Youth Program (Columbus, OH)

The Columbus AIDS Task Force is a community-based organization serving a diverse community of more than 1000 HIV + clients in central Ohio. The purpose of this project is to improve access to HIV/AIDS information for urban youth in central Ohio. CATF will develop a bibliography and distribute to local high school libraries, GLBTQ youth groups, and community-based agencies serving at-risk youth. The CATF resource library will expand its collection to include updated books, videos, and pamphlets that are not easily available to teens. CATF will also provide students and educators with training on accessing HIV/AIDS resources via the Internet. As a result of the project, young people will gain access to culturally appropriate, accurate, and current HIV-related information, and youth educators will gain the training and resources needed to address HIV -related issues of the young people they serve. The Columbus AIDS Task Force on the web: http://www.catf.net

Germantown Settlement, One Day At A Time, Positive Effect Outreach Ministry, and the AIDS Library - Philadelphia's Community Information Resource and Referral Centers: An AIDS Outreach Project (Philadelphia, PA)

Germantown Settlement, One Day At A Time, Positive Effect Outreach Ministry, and the AIDS Library seek funding from NLM to help alleviate the digital divide in the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Germantown and Kensington. The project will 1) maintain three Community Information and Referral Resources Centers (CIRRC) in Northwest Philadelphia and Kensington with computers and access to the Internet; 2) provide training in computer literacy skills and searching the Internet for AIDS related health information; 3) develop a training course for clients specific to their needs; 4) and use the resources of the AIDS Library for inter-library loan and document delivery for the CIRRC staff to answer HIV-related questions. The AIDS Library on the web: http://www.aidslibrary.org

Huston-Tillotson College - The HTC Community Health Empowerment Online Project (Austin, TX)

The Huston-Tillotson College, a Historically Black College and University, will build upon its existing campus and community HIV/AIDS outreach work and combine its resources and technological expertise to partner with local community and state HIV/AIDS and related health organizations. The goal of the project is to empower HTC staff, faculty, students, alums, AIDS Service Organizations staff, and community residents in East Austin with health information to improve their health. The HTC Community Health Empowerment Online Project will conduct train-the-trainer sessions led by regional NLM staff for community representatives/Consumer Health Advocates (CHAs). The CHAs will assist consumers and peers in retrieving online HIV/AIDS health information making use of existing computer workstations on campus, in community centers, and a mobile van. Funding will enable the college to update the current website to reflect the community surrounding HTC, and will offer a 1 800 Help Line for assistance in locating online resources. Huston-Tillotson College on the web: http://www.htc.edu

Medical and Health Research Association of New York City, Inc. - New York City HIV/AIDS Services Mapping Project (New York, NY)

Medical & Health Research Association (MHRA) was founded in 1957 primarily to facilitate the creation and administration of health research projects and the development and operation of health care services. The New York HIV Mapping Collaborative was formed in response to the need to develop a single, integrated data source containing information about all publicly funded HIV-related services in New York City. The collaborative -- comprised of MHRA, the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, and Columbia University -- has identified and integrated data from a myriad of relevant resources. NLM funding will support MHRA in making the integrated HIV/AIDS services data source available to those affected by HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS service providers, and other interested parties via an interactive, searchable, web-based interface. Availability of this free, searchable resource will make it easier for consumers and health care providers to locate specific services in their area. Medical and Health Research Association of New York City, Inc. on the web: www.mhra.org http://www.mhra.org

Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry - HIV/AIDS Website for Youth in Arlington County, VA (Arlington, VA)

Since 1987, Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM) has played a significant role in the struggle against the AIDS epidemic by providing responsive programs throughout Northern Virginia. The NOVAM project will develop and pilot test an interactive internet application designed to improve access to HIV/AIDS related information for African-American and Hispanic youth and young adults in Arlington County, Virginia. NOVAM will enhance the existing Arlington County website for teens (www.getrealnow.net) to include an interactive chat room and HIV/AID related resources. The website will be designed, programmed, and marketed by the teens. NOVAM will also install kiosks in public settings that are frequently accessed by the youth. The project collaborators include: NOVAM; Arlington County Department of Human Service Public Health Division; Arlington County Public Library; Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Resources; Career Center of the Arlington County Public Schools; and Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families. The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry on the web: http://www.novam.org

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning - HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Pacific (HAPP) (Honolulu, HI)

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning 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. The HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Pacific (HAPP) project's goal is to improve education and access to quality HIV/AIDS-related information in the remote and underserved multicultural communities across the U.S.-affiliated Pacific. The project will 1) provide 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) develop educational and informational materials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for the target audience using a successful model; and 3) distribute materials via community-based partners. The Pacific Resources for Education and Learning on the web: http://www.prel.org

Regents of the University of New Mexico - New Mexico AIDS InfoNet (Albuquerque, NM)

The New Mexico AIDS InfoNet is an on-line HIV/AIDS information resource, providing fact sheets on treatment and related information in non-technical language, in both English and Spanish. In addition, the web site includes a hyperlinked, categorized listing of more than 500 HIV/AIDS web site addresses to facilitate individual research. Although originally designed to serve the HIV community in New Mexico, the InfoNet has grown into a national and international resource. Also, the InfoNet materials receive nearly 300,000 .page views. each month, including significant visits from outside the United States. Funding from NLM will support the ongoing maintenance of the existing fact sheet collection and development of selected additional topics. In collaboration with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Library, the InfoNet web site will be publicized to audiences of public librarians and medical librarians. This project will also offer presentations on HIV/AIDS treatment topics within New Mexico and at selected regional or national conferences. The New Mexico AIDS InfoNet on the web: http://www.aidsinfonet.org/

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - Project LEARN IT (San Antonio, TX)

The Division of Community Pediatrics (CP) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will develop, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of a training program through Project LEARN IT. The project targets underserved health care professionals and high-risk adolescents at alternative high schools and incarcerated facilities in the metropolitan area of San Antonio. The goals of Project LEARN IT are 1) to eliminate barriers to internet access and use of online HIV/AIDS health information, 2) enhance health care professionals' capacity to transfer knowledge and motivation to high-risk adolescents, and 3) to provide online access to the LEARN IT training curriculum. Ultimately, the knowledge gained from this program will improve the dissemination of online HIV/AIDS and sexual health information to minority adolescents in the San Antonio metropolitan area and South Texas. Learn It Live It on the web: http://www.learnitliveit.org

University of Washington/School of Social Work/HIV AIDS Project Development & Evaluation Unit - Prevention Organizations with Empowerment Resources On the Net (PowerOn) (Seattle, WA)

PowerON is a HIV/STD prevention project providing access to comprehensive localized health web sites and an online HIV/STD education center. The online HIV/STD education center provides 24 hour access to education, referral information, instruction and support for 4 licensed locations: Seattle, WA; Kansas City, MO; Tacoma/Pierce County, WA; and Peoria, IL. Funding from NLM will assist in the design and resource development of a HIV/STD Information Access Tool that is presented through an interactive online self-tutorial. The implementation of this project will create a network of community connections and referral mechanisms. This state of the art electronic resource will allow health departments and other AIDS organizations to more easily identify services offered through other agencies, find and disseminate vital information and statistics in a more timely fashion, and will be a resource to people with HIV/AIDS and community based organizations.

Express Award Projects:

Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (Four A's) - Four A's Resource Library Expansion (Anchorage, AK)

Established in 1985, the Four A's is a not-for-profit AIDS service organization providing HIV/AIDS education, case management, housing assistance, and other supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Four A's seeks funding from NLM in order to establish a well versed and updated HIV/AIDS resource library that is accessible to clients, family members, staff and the community. Four A's will enhance and expand upon current resources available in the library by purchasing up-to-date books, journals, and various publications. The Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association on the web: http://www.alaskanaids.org

AIDS Outreach Center - AIDS Outreach Center Resource Library (Fort Worth, TX)

The AIDS Outreach Center, a community based organization, seeks funding from NLM to expand AOC's information and referral library, enhancing the availability of the most accurate health information resources for those affected by HIV/AIDS, health care providers, case workers, social workers and the general public in the Tarrant and the surrounding rural county areas. The project will provide 1) public access to a computerized card catalog and index of the AOC AIDS Resource Library, 2) public access to electronic HIV/AIDS related information and resources, and 3) training to AOC staff, clients, and patrons on how to use the library and website resources. The AIDS Outreach Center on the web: http://www.aoc.org

Brazilian Rainbow Group, Inc. - Informational Resource and Outreach Development Program (IROD) (New York, NY)

The Brazilian Rainbow Group, Inc. (BRG), a non-profit organization under the auspices of the Gay Men's Health Crisis Inc., is building upon its current outreach capabilities serving the Portuguese-speaking community of the New York City metropolitan area. The IROD project will 1) establish a website with the most up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS and other health issues and concerns of the Portuguese-speaking community, 2) purchase computer equipment and software and hire a native Portuguese to update and maintain the BRG website, 3) and create new HIV/AIDS informational materials in the Portuguese language. The Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc. on the web: http://www.gmhc.org

Cascade AIDS Project - Oregon AIDS Hotline Database Access Project (Portland, OR)

Founded in 1983, Cascade AIDS Project is the oldest and largest community-based provider of HIV services, housing, education and advocacy in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Oregon AIDS Hotline Database Project will provide health and social service professionals and people impacted by HIV/AIDS in Oregon with an interactive, comprehensive, current, user-friendly database of local, regional, and national HIV/AIDS resources and information. The Hotline currently fields more than 5,540 callers annually from the 36 Oregon counties, but the project will provide direct access to the Hotline database via the Internet. The project will 1) adapt the Oregon AIDS Hotline Database to be web driven and accessible to Internet users, 2) develop a system for remote maintenance of the database, and 3) promote the use of the database to providers and those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Cascade AIDS Project on the web: http://www.cascadeaids.org

People of Color Against AIDS Network (POCAAN) - It's a Mind-Body-Spirit Thing (Seattle, WA)

People of Color Against AIDS Network (POCAAN), founded in1987, is non-profit, multi-cultural AIDS prevention organization committed to develop, implement, and promote comprehensive multicultural HIV/AIDS prevention models that are effective and responsive to the evolving needs of communities of color. The project's goal is to increase access to health care for newly infected HIV positive individuals, their caregivers, and health care providers by expanding the availability of health care information that is culturally relevant and easily accessible. POCAAN will create, produce and distribute an instructional video focusing on Mind, Body, Spirit, Family, and Community of those infected with the disease. The project will also develop and distribute a series of bilingual brochures to accompany the instructional video to expand on the awareness of HIV/AIDS health information resources. People of Color Against AIDS Network on the web: http://www.pocaan.org

Plymouth County Correctional Facility/Plymouth County Sheriff's Department - Plymouth County Sheriff's Department HIV/AIDS Awareness & Outreach Project (Plymouth, MA)

The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department and Correctional Facility is an all male facility housing approximately 1,650 inmates. The facility has in operation an Inmate Health Services Unit, of which an HIV/AIDS program has been instituted. The goal of the HIV/AIDS Awareness & Outreach Project is to improve access to HIV/AIDS related information for inmates and their families through outreach and partnerships with social service agencies and medical health care providers throughout the county. The project will improve upon the current HIV/AIDS program offered to inmates by implementing a culturally appropriate booklet as part of the PCCF HIV/AIDS curriculum. The inmate-written booklet will be used in both the correctional and community setting. The PCCF will cultivate current and additional partnerships through outreach & social service agencies, faith-based organizations, and medical health care providers to promote the booklet and the use of HIV/AIDS information resources on the Internet. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department on the web: http://www.pcsdma.org

Spring of Life Wellness Center - Increasing Access to HIV/AIDS Health Information Using Electronic Media (Riverdale, MD)

The Spring of Life Wellness Center (SOLWC) is a nonprofit community health organization founded in 1995 under the auspices of the Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ (RSCOGIC). The center fills a void in providing preventive and clinical healthcare to the residents of Prince George's County who lack health insurance or who are underinsured. The Spring of Life Wellness Health Information Center currently provides the community with private computer workstations, volunteer assistance in searching the Internet for health information, and health information brochures. Through this project, the SOLWC will 1) purchase a computer workstation, 2) provide a stipend to support staff, and 3) offer HIV/AIDS health education classes and health information database training on HIV/AIDS resources. The Spring of Life Wellness Center on the web: http://www.solwc.org