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2012 ACIOP Awardees and Project Summaries

2012 AIDS Community Information Outreach Project

AIDS Educational Global Education System (AEGiS)

“AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGiS)”

San Juan Capistrano, CA

For nearly 20 years, AEGiS has been at the forefront of chronicling the social and clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS. AEGiS’s main goal is to provide access to a comprehensive scope of current and post-dated HIV/AIDS related resource materials through an online living library. The online library database offers authoritative information as well as services for people living with HIV, caregivers, and the affected community. Funding from the NLM will be applied towards the database’s continuous content development in order to keep pace with the large amount of data produced on and about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. AEGiS:


Comunidades Unidas / Communities United

“Community Outreach Project to Increase Access to HIV/AIDS Health Information”

West Valley, UT

Comunidades Unidas / Communities United is the lead organization that will partner with other local community groups and the Spencer Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City to deliver NLMs HIV/AIDS information to the Latino population.  Latinos in this area have a high HIV rate and the burden of not having access to quality prevention and treatment information. The project will focus on information retrieval skills development for health outreach workers (promotoras) and staff of local community based organizations; increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS information resources both online and mobile in the Latino community and establishment of computer labs at strategic locations within the Salt Lake City Latino community.  Comunidades Unidas / Communities United:


Hispanic Communications Network, LLC (HCN)

“Public Relations/Communication Support for the National Library of Medicine HIV/AIDS Community Information Project”

Washington, DC

Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) is a small business social marketing agency that focuses on disseminating health information to the Hispanic community as well the producer of Spanish language health information for Spanish radio in the U.S.  HCN seeks to leverage its national media network, online resources and partnerships with Hispanic–serving HIV/AIDS organizations in producing and syndicating culturally and linguistically appropriate messages to increase awareness and access to NLMs HIV/AIDS information resources.  HCN:


Internet Sexuality Information Services, Inc. (ISIS)

“ISIS Youth ::Tech HIV Prevention Program”

Oakland, CA

Founded in 2001 ISIS works with community stakeholders to improve the quality and availability of HIV/AIDS and STD prevention information, education and services for underserved minority and high-risk youth.   Through the “ISIS Youth ::Tech HIV Prevention Program,” ISIS seeks to create a mobile compatible version of their popular website; connecting the website to their ISIS Just/US Facebook page for young adults of color, their direct to youth Twitter account and mobile SMS HIV testing locator. The goal is to increase access to critical information for at risk youth using a multimedia hub-spoke model of online, social media and mobile platforms.  ISIS:


Metro TeenAIDS

“Best Youth Health Information for DC Community”

Washington, D.C.

For 24 years, Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) has been recognized for fighting adolescent HIV/AIDS epidemic by providing education and training to DC professionals, youth serving organizations, and local government agencies. Through the “Best Youth Health Information for DC Community,” MTA seeks to increase awareness and usage of NLM resources to youth service professionals, educators, and government officials who work directly with youth impacted by HIV/AIDS. It involves a multi-faced approach that includes technological resources; capacity-building training for youth serving professionals; and peer-to-peer education, to raise awareness and encourage use of NLM resources among youth-serving professionals, youth-serving organizations, youth clients, and HIV-positive youth.  Metro TeenAIDS:


Morgan State University

“iHelp: Internet-based HIV/AIDS Education: Linking the Public to Science”

Baltimore, MD

iHelp (Internet-based HIV/AIDS education: linking the public to science) is an IT-based project aimed to promote and improve access to HIV/AIDS information in a user friendly way. The scope is to increase awareness, access to and utilization of the science-based health resources compiled by the NLM and other health organizations.  Based on feedback from the target populations’ iHelp will develop of a mobile application using NLM HIV/AIDS resources. The target populations consist of Morgan State Peer Educators (young adults), HIV/AIDS infected adults over 25 years and HIV/AIDS infected women 50 and older.  Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy:


Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, LLC (PCOM)

“HIV/AIDS Education, Information Awareness and Social Media”

San Diego, CA

The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library has partnered with 10 major San Diego community organizations to provide training access to HIV/AIDS information by patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. PCOM seeks to improve delivery of HIV/AIDS health care education awareness and access to NLMs online and mobile information resources and to promote effective use of social media and mobile phones to increase utilization in a large and diverse population of San Diego, CA. Training classes and workshops will train users on NLMs internet, mobile resources and social media sites.  PCOM:


Philadelphia FIGHT’s AIDS Library and Critical Path Project

“Applify Your Health: Accessing HIV/AIDS Info Anywhere Anytime”

Philadelphia, PA

The AIDS Library and Critical Path Project of Philadelphia FIGHT have been providing HIV/AIDS services for over 25 years.  Through the current project Philadelphia FIGHT seeks to increase the use of mobile devices for finding HIV/AIDS information by providing hands-on workshops to persons living with HIV/AIDS, those at high risk, and community outreach workers; develop mobile versions of their websites and HIV/AIDS comprehensive resource guide.  Also distributing ready reference guides to those living with and at high risk for HIV/AIDS.  Philadelphia FIGHT:, Critical Path:, Critical Path:


Red Ribbon Project (RRP)

“Youth Skills Building Program”

Avon, CO

The Red Ribbon Projects” Youth Skills Building program offers HIV/AIDS education to 6th – 12th grade students in Eagle County, CO.  The health educators using NLM’s HIV/AIDS resources offer a culturally competent and age appropriate information in English and Spanish. The program emphasizes prevention, risk reduction and skills building.  Red Ribbon Project:

SisterLove, Incorporated

“Positive Connection Cyber Center”

Atlanta, GA

SisterLove through its Positive Connection Cyber Center seeks to increase the number of men and women who use the center in the Atlanta, GA area through social marketing techniques; train new HIV positive peer educators/counselors as online instructors and facilitate new training classes featuring health literacy.  These classes will cover such topics as evaluation of online health information, NLMNM online health resources and social networking for advocacy as well as other information technology skills building sessions.  SisterLove:


The Alliance of Border Collaboratives (ABC)

“Promovision – Capacity Building Assistance Project”

El Paso, TX

ABC seeks to expand its Promovision outreach project that improves access to HIV/AIDS related health information by patients and affected community, their care givers and the general public. Increased utilization of NLNs HIV/AIDS resources in El Paso, TX will be achieved through skills development by training and tutorials as well as development of resources that provide meaningful information about HIV/AIDS, prevention, services and NLM HIV/AIDS resources.  ABC:


The George Washington University

“Health Information Partners (HIPS 7)”

Washington, DC

HIPS 7 aims to advance peoples’ knowledge of science based HIV and health information, critical appraisal skills and engagement in reducing the HIV epidemic in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.  To achieve these goals HIP 7 will conduct hand-on computer trainings for local community based health and education centers, as well as libraries and high schools. HIP 7 will also conduct on the street based-outreach in neighborhoods highly affected by HIV/AIDS. HIP 7 will focus trainings on health information literacy including NLM’s HIV/AIDS resources.  The George Washington University:


University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

“AIDS InfoNet”

Albuquerque, NM

The AIDS InfoNet is an internationally recognized online HIV/AIDS information resource to facilitate access to factsheets on the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related information written in nontechnical language and translated into several languages. The web site enables users to easily download and print regularly updated factsheets at no cost. In addition, the web site also contains hyperlinks to authoritative HIV/AIDS resources to facilitate individual research. Based on the continued high utilization of the fact sheets, awarded funds from the NLM will be used for ongoing maintenance of existing fact sheets and the development of additional topics based on user suggestions.  AIDS InfoNet:

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