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Infographics: Applying Visual Design to Information

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How do you make data look good – and mean something too? Information graphics, or infographics as they’re commonly referred to, attempt to do just that: visualize data in an engaging way. Infographics turn numbers into pictures, or take select data and represent them in a way that is easy to understand and visually appealing….

Mapping Epidemics

Dr. Kim Elmore

The NCHHSTP Atlas—an online visualization tool for surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—is the latest innovation of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Using the Atlas allows you to identify areas of the United States and U.S. territories that are most affected by HIV,…

Celebrating National Recovery Month and Associated Efforts to Strengthen Viral Hepatitis Services

Ronald Valdiserri

September marks the 23rd annual observance of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).  Our colleagues at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) organize Recovery Month as an observance to educate Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable people with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live…

The Federal Digital Strategy and Opportunities for the Federal HIV Work Force

Digital Government Strategy

On May 23, 2012, the White House released the Digital Government Strategy (PDF), a twelve-month roadmap to build a 21st Century Digital Government that delivers better digital services to the American people. The AIDS.gov team has been closely following the progress of the Strategy from development to implementation.  We see the Strategy as an opportunity…

Natural Disasters and People Living with HIV and AIDS

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Hurricane Isaac’s impact on the Gulf Coast last week, ongoing forest fires in several Western states, and today’s earthquake in Costa Rica are all reminders of the importance of disaster preparedness, especially for people living with HIV/AIDS. In recognition of September’s observance of National Preparedness Month, we’re re-posting this blog entry from May 2011. Read…

“A picture is worth a thousand words”: Photo Sharing at AIDS 2012

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This Labor Day, like many Americans, I spent time with friends and family and took photos that I shared with my mobile phone.  Today, sharing photos on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram (we’ll write more about Instagram in a future post) offers an easy opportunity to share information about yourself and causes you care…