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March 22, 2011

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Addressing Language Barriers Through New Media

By Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH, FACP, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services

A recent blog post talked about AIDSinfo, the National Library of Medicine’s online resource recently released as a mobile app. At the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health (OMH) we have another useful new media tool—a translation widget (English-Spanish) of common HIV/AIDS-related terminology.

Limited English language skills can hamper an individual’s access to health information and services.  But the language barrier can also be a burden for some English-speaking health professionals who provide care and resources to speakers of other languages. The HIV/AIDS Prevention Bilingual Glossary (HPBG) was designed with this idea in mind—to provide linguistic support to people and organizations working with the Latino/Hispanic community in the US, a group that experiences higher rates of HIV/AIDS compared to the general population.

Launched last year after a two-year collaborative effort between partner groups, the glossary is unique in that it includes the most commonly used words and phrases that appear in public health and HIV/AIDS prevention research and practice, including slang words. So far, the glossary holds approximately 1,080 terms but the list may grow as the site gets updated annually.

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November 23, 2010

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Doing More With Less

By John Newsome, Vice President, The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

Note from Miguel Gomez, AIDS.gov Director: This week we are pleased to share a post from one of our many partners -- The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GBC) Exit Disclaimer, on an initiative to bring HIV testing information to millions for World AIDS Day and beyond. Read on to find out what John Newsome, Vice-President of the U.S. HIV/AIDS Initiative with the GBC had to say about this World AIDS Day initiative:

The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

AIDS.gov has developed the most advanced tool yet for people to search for HIV testing locations near their ZIP codes—including a dynamic map and links to other health services. Combining data from CDC, HUD, SAMHSA, and HRSA, competencies from throughout the government and the power of the internet, the new locator is a potential game-changer.

And starting next week, the locator will be available for up-to 100 million Americans—without spending a dime.

Talk about bang for your buck!

The key to that kind of cost-effectiveness is an innovative partnership model—one that matches the remarkable tools and know-how of the public health community with the assets and reach of the private sector.

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November 02, 2010

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Back to Basics: Using AIDS.gov Resources for Your World AIDS Day Event

By the AIDS.gov Team

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Last week we shared some materials to help you plan a Facing AIDS photo event in your community for World AIDS Day, December 1. This week, we want to point you to some additional and more general World AIDS Day event planning resources. Our World AIDS Day page has lots of resources now, and we’ll be updating it soon with more resources, including graphics.

If you want to plan a World AIDS Day event, but you aren’t sure where to start, check out our event planning guide! Along with tips on getting started and ideas for local events, the guide has suggestions for promoting your event, things to do after the event, and ways to encourage people to take individual action. You know your community best, and you know what messages it most needs to hear. You can use the ideas in the guide to tailor your plans to meet your community’s needs.

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July 06, 2010

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Action Across the Sectors: Highlights from National HIV Testing Day 2010

Take the test, take control.  National HIV Testing Day 2010

By Deb LeBel, AIDS.gov Partnerships Specialist

Each year I am honored to see all the ways individuals and groups take action for National HIV Testing Day (June 27) — from conversations with loved ones, to getting tested, to attending or organizing local HIV testing events, to hosting press conferences, to convening online events. This year, I was particularly excited to see so much involvement from so many diverse stakeholders — government (Federal, state, and local), community, private sector, and individuals. We were inspired by CDC’s Dr. Kevin Fenton’s remarks during our National HIV Testing Day webinar for Federal employees and grantees on the current and future state of HIV testing.

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June 22, 2010

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Search and Share: Taking Action with One Simple Tool for National HIV Testing Day

By Michelle Samplin-Salgado, AIDS.gov New Media Strategist

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD)— June 27— is less than a week away and it's not too late to take action. As we heard last week from NASTAD's Murray Penner, NHTD is a powerful opportunity to promote testing and increase HIV awareness throughout the year.

One simple thing we've asked our colleagues to do for NHTD is to help get the word out about the HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Provider Locator Widget. As we mentioned earlier in June, we developed the locator with HUD, SAMHSA, HRSA, CDC, and others, to help people locate HIV prevention, housing, mental health, substance abuse, testing, and treatment services in their area through one simple tool. We've seen it show up on websites and blogs from Denver Exit Disclaimer to Michigan Exit Disclaimer. The API Wellness Center Exit Disclaimer has the widget on their site, as does HRSA, SAMHSA, the White House, and the National Association of People with AIDS Exit Disclaimer. And the list keeps growing!

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