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AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects


  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize that it is critical to establish relationships and engage the community in an effort to enhance understanding of unmet information needs of specific populations who are disproportionately infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In 1993, NLM and the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) cosponsored a conference that brought together users of NIH information resources including health care providers, scientists, information specialists, journalists, and members of the community affected by HIV/AIDS with the purpose of reviewing the various HIV/AIDS information services available, assessing current efforts with respect to needs, and identifying unmet needs. Findings suggested that community organizations were at a disadvantage compared to not for profit organizations such as academic institutions, as they lacked the knowledge, skills, and technical means to access and provide the latest authoritative prevention, treatment and research information electronically over the Internet.ons made during the conference, the NLM issued a Request for Quotations (RFQ) for AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in May of 1994.

    As a result of the recommendations made during the conference, the NLM issued the first Request for Quotations (RFQ) for AIDS Community Information Outreach (ACIO) projects in May of 1994 with a purpose to improve the capacity of community organizations in an effort to eliminate the disparity of accessing HIV/AIDS related information at the local level. ACIO funding supports activities such as but not limited to: the acquisition of Internet access, software, computers and other mobile devices; training in the use of advanced technology as a means to access reliable and authoritative HIV/AIDS information from databases available from NLM and other reputable sources; and adapting these resources as educational tools that meet the cultural and linguistic preferences of the intended audience.

    In order to validate the impact and continued relevance of the ACIO Program after 20 years of funding more than 400 projects, NLM conducted a formal evaluation in 2012. Previously funded awardees were invited to a workshop where it was determined that the program goals from projects were being met, but greater emphasis and support should be given to building awardee’s capacity in the area of program evaluation. NLM has continued to issue this solicitation into the year 2016. The ACIO program now offers project evaluation consultation and resources such as the ACIO Blog and capacity building webinars.

    The purpose of the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is to design programs for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects which may include but are not limited to: developing training curricula and conducting training programs (web-based or in-person) focusing on NLM HIV/AIDS online and mobile information resources; creating mobile Apps that use content from or direct users to NLM HIV/AIDS online information resources; promotion through outreach efforts highlighting NLM HIV/AIDS online information resources either in-person, through text messaging or social media channels.

    Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

    • Information Retrieval: Implement access to state-of-the-art AIDS-related information tools via the Internet and/or mobile technologies as well as provide or improve access to NLM HIV/AID Information Resources and/or other AIDS-related information resources by the organization for their clients and/or an intended audience they serve. This may require the purchase of hardware (computer equipment), software, or contractual relationships necessary to obtain a connection to the Internet for the purpose of accessing AIDS-related information or sharing AIDS-related information.
    • Skills Development: Design and conduct training to develop skills in accessing or using HIV/AIDS-related information including the use of the NLM HIV/AIDS web and/or mobile resources as well as general AIDS information resources in order to improve services and benefit the community. This may include training for the staff of the agency, development of training programs for clients and patrons, training programs for other agencies, etc.
    • Resource Development and Dissemination: Develop, design and disseminate specific educational or informational materials such as bibliographies, culturally and/or language specific fact sheets, guides or other products tailored to intended audiences to meet the needs of an organization’s clients or communities.
    • PrEP Navigator Resource Development and Dissemination: Develop, design and disseminate quality and accurate health educational or informational materials for PrEP Navigators. Resources developed may include, but not limited to: web-based videos and educational modules, train-the-trainer resources for PrEP Navigators, social media outreach, user guides or other products tailored to Prep Navigators, HIV Navigators, and those who benefit from PrEP and HIV Navigation Programs.
    • Equipment Acquisition: Purchase hardware (computer equipment), software, or contractual relationships necessary to obtain a connection to the Internet for the purpose of accessing AIDS-related information or sharing AIDS-related information in an effort to improve access to electronic AIDS and other health-related information resources.

    NLM is particularly interested in involving the affected community in the development of new programs. Emphasis will be placed upon small businesses and the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

    • Community-based organizations (CBO) or patient advocacy groups currently providing AIDS-related services to the affected community. This encompasses both individual groups wishing to enhance their own services, as well as several cooperating for the purpose of this project;
    • Public Libraries wishing to serve their communities in the provision of AIDS-related information and resources;
    • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve the public health in the area of HIV/AIDS-related services;
    • Faith-based organizations currently providing AIDS-related services to the affected community; and/or
    • Multi-type consortia of the above listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project. At least one of the organizations managing the project must be a community-based organization, library or department of public health. Other types of agencies, such as health sciences libraries, may be included as they may provide expertise and resources for the project. Where necessary, formation of consortia for the purpose of carrying out an NLM-supported project is strongly encouraged.

    NLM has continued to issue this solicitation into the year 2016 and has awarded more than 400 organizations with funding in an effort to eliminate disparity of information access in the HIV/AIDS Community. Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

    Report of a Conference Co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the NIH Office of AIDS Research, 1993 (PDF, 80KB)

    AIDS Community Information Outreach Program blog

    Publications about the AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

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Funding Opportunity


HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2017

  • There are no funding opportunities at this time. New funding will be available in spring 2018.

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Currently Funded Projects


2016 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded eight HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2016 in the 23rd round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers.

    Black Girl Health
    "Pop the Question"
    Pop the Question is an outreach project designed to increase the knowledge of HIV/AIDS by using social media to connect Black and Hispanic women to National Library of Medicine (NLM) online resources and testing services offered by a local health clinic. To accomplish this goal, Black Girl Health (BGH) is going to develop and launch a social media video campaign through a short-form video sharing service. The video will communicate NLM HIV/AIDS resources and promote HIV testing. Black Girl Health will evaluate the impact of the video campaign by partnering with a health clinic located in Harrisburg, PA to measure the increase in HIV testing in the target demographic. The project builds on a prior successful NLM project and an existing relationship with the clinic. The clinic established a popular Facebook page to disseminate NLM articles and build HIV/AIDS awareness among minority women. They also developed a tutorial to be used in a classroom setting.

    Comunidades Unidas/ Communities United
    "Community Outreach Project to Increase Access to HIV/AIDS Health Information"
    Comunidades Unidas will bolster accessibility of HIV/AIDS related health information and resources among the Latino population of Salt Lake County, Utah through training and social media and in-person outreach. Staff and promotoras (community health workers) trained to use NLM resources for outreach events will target the MSM and LGBT communities. In addition, Comunidades Unidas will expand the mobile and fixed technology at their Cyber Center and Health Booth at the Mexican Consulate. Informational training sessions will occur at the Health Booth and organized workshops will be held on a weekly and monthly basis. Social media – Facebook, text, Twitter – will be increased for awareness, treatment and tips. The educational sessions, use of mobile technology, cyber centers, culturally appropriate workshops and resource sheets will help to increase access to NLM resources.

    d'Vinci Interactive
    "HIV/AIDS Basics eLearning & Assessment Project"
    d'Vinci Interactive proposes to create an interactive eLearning and assessment module. They will use content from a previously developed HIV/AIDS Basics online document created by their secondary partner, POZ Magazine. This eLearning module will cover such topics as HIV/AIDS, HIV Prevention, HIV Treatment, Opportunistic Infections, HIV and Specific Populations.  Each section will be scenario-based and include resources from the NLM to aid users in understanding and retaining knowledge. POZ Magazine will use its extensive social media outlets to promote use of the module.

    El Centro de Educación de Trabajadores
    "Interactive Spanish Language Educational Modules"
    El Centro de Educación de Trabajadores will create and post online at a dedicated website, four online interactive Spanish language educational modules. All content will utilize brief interactive, narrative vignettes to demonstrate key concepts in HIV prevention, testing, and treatment to highlight and link to NLM HIV/AIDS online content. The software employed allows for integration of quizzes, surveys, videos, and other interactive content. El Centro de Educación de Trabajadores will create also related print publications. All online and print content will be culturally appropriate and made readable for low literacy individuals. It will be promoted via Facebook and Twitter pages set up for the project, as well as, through presentations and one‐on‐one outreach to libraries, community based organizations, professional meetings and conferences, health educators, clinicians, and outreach professionals in New York City and Nassau County.

    Norfolk State University
    "Project CHOICE"
    Project CHOICE will develop iBooks that provides culturally relevant, interactive health information and innovative access to NLM resources to meet the health information needs related to HIV/AIDS of African American young adults in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The iBooks will be developed using NLM databases and will be an iterative process using focus groups to provide input on the content and usability of the iBooks. A training curriculum will be developed on use of the iBooks. Once developed, faith-based and community leaders conducting work on HIV/ AIDS prevention and services will be trained to use the iBooks in programs and will encourage participants to download the iBooks for personal use.

    Proactive Community Services
    Proactive Community Services will create an HIV/AIDS health information resources curriculum using NLM resources for the participants in a Chicago State University STEP UP healthcare pathways program targeting low income African Americans. (STEP UP is a five year program funded by DHHS.)  The curriculum will be used also to educate frontline health/social service workers and members of the public living with HIV/AIDS.  Both target communities are located on Chicago's Southside and in Southland suburbs. The content will be pre-tested and modified if necessary and Intervention Specialists (facilitators) will be trained on its use.  To reach non-STEP UP individuals a mobile classroom will be acquired and Proactive Community Services will engage with community partners and health service organizations to assist with non-Step Up individual recruitment and training spaces. Promotional materials will be developed and targeted outreach activities will be used to recruit individuals to participate in the trainings.

    YI Advisors
    "HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project"
    This project will create a partnership between YI Advisors and The Grassroot Project (TGP). YI Advisors is a national organization that works to engage young adults on higher education, health care, jobs, and other issues. TGP uses peer education and an interactive, engaging curriculum that targets middle school aged students to prevent HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC using student athletes to serve as role models to local youth. TGP and YI Advisors will develop and implement an interactive social media campaign that provides the latest information from NLM resources on the HIV/AIDS epidemic to a wide audience including the young people who whom TGP works closely. YI Advisors will provide training to support TGP staff in effectively developing the skills required to use social media to improve access to HIV/AIDS-related information for their primary audience of young adults. This campaign will include Twitter chats, graphics, photos, videos, and clear, informative infographics and other content that is easily shareable on social media channels. The social media campaign will be tailored to a teen and young adult audience in DC.  In addition YI Advisors and TGP will update the training curriculum TGP currently uses to prepare its student volunteers to engage with the public middle school population in DC to ensure that this curriculum fully and accurately includes the latest on HIV/AIDS information from the NLM.

    Youth Technology Health (YTH)
    TRANSCONNECT is a user-centered design based mobile application to reduce health disparities faced by Transgender youth (TGY) and young adults, 16-28 year old. The application will increase availability, access, and utilization of critical HIV prevention information and resources from the NLM for TGY and TGY serving providers. TRANSCONNECT builds upon YTH's sixteen years of successful HIV/AIDS education and outreach to minority youth and their providers through the design and implementation of a unique trauma-informed mobile application that addressed the HIV prevention needs of TGY while also addressing the additional sexual, mental health and social (shelters, employment, transportation etc.) needs that TGY face in their everyday lives. Additionally, the app will offer a provider's module that supports service providers that engage with TGY. It will allow providers to take a comprehensive sexual and social history, access resources/guidelines and provide services and referrals in a TGY competent manner. All TRANCONNECT elements will drive traffic to the NLM HIV/AIDS information resources.

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