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2012 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Announced!

The National Library of Medicine has funded awards for the 19th round of AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects. Since the beginning of this program in 1994, NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, state and local departments of health, and libraries, including public libraries. The program is designed to support local efforts for improving information access for HIV/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.

Thirteen projects were funded in 2012, with amounts up to $40,000. Congratulations to the following three recipients, which received funding for projects based in the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region!

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, with the primary goal of providing 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.

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 this 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 overall 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.

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 for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. PCOM seeks to improve delivery of HIV/AIDS health care education awareness and access to NLM’s 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. Training classes and workshops will train users on NLM’s internet, mobile resources and social media sites.

The entire list of funded projects will be posted soon on NLM’s Specialized Information Services web site. An overview of this funding program and a list of projects funded in previous years is also available.

These awards are issued annually. The request for proposals is announced every spring, with an application deadline following in June. If you are interested in pursuing this funding opportunity, now is not too early to begin consideration of project proposals and identifying potential collaborative partner organizations. If you have questions about the program or want to discuss potential project ideas, please let us know!

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