NLM Announces 2015 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded six 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.
“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.
“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.
“Community Outreach Project to Increase Access to HIV/AIDS Health Information”
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).
“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.
“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.
“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 exhibition, “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture”.
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