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January 04, 2011


Which of our Blog Posts and Videos Do YOU View? Looking Back at 2010

By Jennie Anderson, Communications Director

2010 blog

As the blog's fourth year begins, we at are taking time to reflect on 2010 and look to the year ahead. As we continue to integrate monitoring and evaluation into our work, we thought that the New Year provided a nice benchmark to look more closely at our blog. For us, the blog is a space to bring together information from across the project, whether it's examples of using social media tools in response to HIV, research updates, or policy updates on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and other topics.

2010 has been quite a year -- some of the many highlights include the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, pre-exposure prophylaxis PrEP research strides, and the return of our Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day 2010 photo initiative. Through these, and other activities, our blog readership, video viewership, and content grew tremendously this year. For example, the total number of visits to our blog in 2010 increased by nearly 300% from visits in 2009! With all this growth, we wanted to know, what are our most-viewed posts? We've compiled the most-viewed blog posts from 2010 from each of our categories (research, new media, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and cross-posts from the White House Office of National HIV/AIDS Policy Blog and the CDC Health Protection Perspectives Blog). So here are the top 5:

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August 23, 2010


The Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy talks about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the future

by Miguel Gomez, Director

Last month I spoke with Chris Collins, Vice President of Public Policy at American Foundation for AIDS Research Exit  Disclaimer (amfAR) and David Munar, Vice President of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago Exit  Disclaimer about their efforts with the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy Exit  Disclaimer. The Coalition was founded in September 2007 and is comprised of over 500 organizations and 2,400 individuals.

Chris and David talked about the importance of community involvement during the development of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and it's implementation. The following video highlights that discussion.

August 17, 2010


Data Academy: Providing Training and Technical Assistance around HIV Data to Ryan White Grantees and Program Staff

By Michelle Samplin-Salgado, New Media Strategist

JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. DATAacademy

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of knowing your audiences and their information needs. Our colleagues at the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HAB/HRSA) provide training and technical assistance (TA) to Ryan White grantees and program staff about how to manage data. In response to feedback and a process to identify unmet TA needs, HAB/HSRA developed Data Academy Exit Disclaimer, a series of on-demand, web-based training modules about how to collect, use and share data. We spoke to Mira Levinson, Project Director, to learn how and why they developed Data Academy. Here’s what she had to say:

Data Academy is based on feedback we received from Ryan White grantees and program staff about what kinds of support they needed to help manage, report and use their data. We used the POST strategy to figure out exactly what information would be most important to convey, and the most effective way for grantees to access the information.

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August 13, 2010


Meeting the Need

By Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., FFPH, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC (Cross-posted from Health Protection, Perspectives Blog)

Health Protection Perspectives

Last week, CDC awarded $42 million to community-based organizations (CBOs) in cities and communities across the nation to support HIV prevention efforts. This funding puts resources directly in the hands of those with cultural knowledge and local perspective—those who have the best chance to reach people who might otherwise not access HIV testing or other prevention services.

These partnerships are a vital part of CDC’s fight against HIV. Community-based organizations are part of the daily fabric of our lives and a critical link to providing HIV prevention services where we live, work, and play.

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August 05, 2010


HHS and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

By Miguel Gomez, Director

Photo of Dr. Valdiserri

Dr. Ron Valdiserri

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where is housed, has specific responsibilities for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The Strategy is intended to be a roadmap plan for responding more effectively to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. NHAS identifies a set of priorities and strategic action steps tied to measurable outcomes—and the NHAS Implementation Plan (PDF 723 KB) assigns specific implementation responsibilities to Federal agencies and Departments.

The HHS leaders who will oversee the Department’s NHAS responsibilities are Dr. Howard Koh, the Assistant Secretary for Health, and his designated lead, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infectious Diseases. In addition, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), which reports directly to the HHS Secretary, has a significant role in monitoring and evaluating the NHAS.*

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