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Looking Ahead to 2012

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Dr. Howard Koh

As 2011 draws to a close and we look ahead with anticipation to the New Year, I want to honor the members of the HIV/AIDS community for their passion in advancing toward our goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation. Through our collective commitment to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Action Plan for…

New York AIDS Institute Facebook Town Hall

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NYSDOH Facebook Town Hall

World AIDS Day 2011 in New York was marked by another event using social media against HIV and STDs. The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute conducted a one-hour Facebook/Live Town Hall in which young people were invited to ask and post questions about HIV, STDs, sexual health, and substance use. Answers came…

Geosocial Connections: Where we’ve been and where we’re going

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A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project study [PDF-843KB] found that 28% of American adults use mobile and social location-based or “geosocial” services and 55% of smartphone owners use global positioning systems (GPS) for directions and recommendations of places to visit. Geosocial networking uses location-based software or “geolocation” and GPS to identify an individual’s…

On Mr. Crowley’s Departure, Our Appreciation

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This month, Mr. Jeffrey Crowley ends his tenure as President Obama’s Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy(ONAP) and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy, positions he has held since 2009. We acknowledge, with sincere gratitude, Jeff’s significant contributions to fulfilling the President’s commitment to develop the United States’ first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Since…

2nd Annual Golden Ticket: Party for HIV Prevention!

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We joined approximately 200 Washington, D.C. youth at the second annual Golden Ticket: Party for HIV Prevention this month in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) , a local community health organization, sponsored the affair with the support of community, corporate, and government partners. Building on last year’s success, the party was named…

Be Safe – Mobile!

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Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent federal agency charged with promoting transportation safety, voted unanimously to recommend a nationwide ban on the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers. Specifically, the NTSB has called on all states and the District…

AIDS Funders Release NHAS Toolkit for Philanthropic Sector

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FCAA Toolkit

At a recent (12/5/11) summit of the philanthropic community, in Washington, DC, Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) launched the Funder’s Toolkit for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy . Throughout the development and implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), a strong emphasis has been placed on the need for the engagement and participation of all sectors…

Recapping the 2011 mHealth Conference

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The 3rd Annual mHealth Summit took place from December 6-8 at the Gaylord Convention Center near Washington, DC. The summit presented by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health brings together developers, health care professionals,  and government officials to talk about the science and the promise of mobile health technologies. Secretary of Health and…