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August 31, 2010


Twitter Engagement: Some Lessons from AIDS.gov

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

two blue twitter birds, one handing the other a ring.  a visual pun on engagement

A couple of weeks ago I participated on a panel with our CDC colleagues Ann Aiken and Jessica Schindelar about Twitter monitoring, evaluation, and engagement at the CDC’s National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media. During this panel I spoke about “engagement” on Twitter Exit  Disclaimer – providing different definitions of it and how we at AIDS.gov work to engage our Twitter followers (and here are the slides Exit  Disclaimer).

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Future Directions for NIAID HIV Research: Consider and Comment



The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is developing a series of blog posts here on AIDS.gov related to planning for the future of NIAID’s HIV/AIDS clinical trial networks. Each blog post focuses on specific aspects of the network restructuring in which NIAID is seeking input from the broader research and HIV/AIDS communities.

The following blogs posts have been posted and are open for comments (with more on the way):

We welcome your feedback and suggestions!

August 30, 2010


AIDS.gov Shares Community News: Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy to Hold Upcoming Webinars

By David Munar, Vice President for Policy, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Exit  Disclaimer

David Munar

David Munar, AIDS Foundation of Chicago

The Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy Exit  Disclaimer will host two upcoming, identical webinars to assist community advocates in learning more about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) unveiled by President Obama on July 13, 2010.

Presenters will highlight key themes of the Strategy, current implementation efforts, and community advocacy needed around the Strategy.

Identical webinar sessions will be held on:

Both webinars will feature the same agenda and panel of expert presenters:

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August 26, 2010


Strategy Update: Regional Health Administrators and Ryan White Grantee Meeting

By Dr. Ron Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Listening Session at Ryan White Grantee Meeting

Listening Session at Ryan White Grantee Meeting

Earlier this week, I was able to join in on the weekly Regional Health Administrator’s call and provide an update on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Many of the Regional Health Administrators and the Regional AIDS Coordinators  are already very familiar with the NHAS and the specific steps called for in the Implementation Plan. They were enthusiastic when I shared that Dr.Howard Koh, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, is very interested in working with HHS Regional Offices to assist in the implementation of the NHAS. Several participants on the call provided examples of other important public health issues, like emergency preparedness and influenza prevention, where  Regional Health Offices have played a critical role in helping to coordinate local and state-level activities. As I mentioned in last week's post, the HHS NHAS Implementation Group met for the first time last week and as our planning progresses, we will have a better sense of how Regional Offices can contribute to the implementation of the Strategy.

Later in the week a number of my colleagues joined me for a “listening session” about the NHAS at the  2010 Ryan White Grantee Meeting in Washington, D.C.  More than 2,500 Ryan White grantee representatives attended this biannual meeting, including direct care providers, program/fiscal administrators, members of planning councils or board members, consumers, and Federal staff. During the conference the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS Policy hosted a session to take comments and questions about the NHAS, Implementation Plan, and HHS Operational Plan. After Christopher Bates, Executive Director of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, provided an overview of the NHAS, we opened the floor to comments and questions  It was an excellent opportunity for us to hear directly from the HIV community from across the country about their successes, challenges, and concerns with the NHAS. Participants were very positive about the NHAS and the importance of achieving its goals but noted that we must invest in training staff and developing high-quality systems of prevention and care in order to meet the targets.

We look forward to continuing this dialogue about the NHAS at the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) Exit Disclaimer next month in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Howard Koh, Mr. Jeff Crowley and I will be joined by David Munar from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago Exit Disclaimer , Phill Wilson from the Black AIDS Institute Exit Disclaimer , and other community leaders at the closing session, "The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Taking Steps to Make it Real at the Community Level." If you will be attending USCA, we encourage you to come to the session where you will not only hear from us, but where we look forward to hearing from YOU.

If you are not planning to go to USCA, please use this blog, as well as other online and in-person opportunities to share your thoughts and insights about how we can continue to work together to implement the Strategy.

August 24, 2010


Public Health and Homelessness

By Hazel D. Dean, ScD, MPH, Deputy Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC (Cross-posted from Health Protection, Perspectives Blog)

Health Protection, Perspectives Blog: Hazel D. Dean, ScD, MPH

Homelessness is associated with disproportionate rates of various chronic and infectious diseases, poor mental health, substance abuse, and violence. These are real public health issues, and CDC is committed to addressing these issues in our public health work. Whether it's providing epi-aid assistance for a TB outbreak in a shelter, or facilitating integrative STD/HIV/Hepatitis/TB screening and treatment services for those affected by unstable housing, we are committed to ensuring the opportunity for good health to all through enhanced prevention efforts and improved access to care.

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