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Using Games in Public Health (Part 2 of “Let the Games Begin”)

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This week we are continuing the second part of our two-part series on video games and public health. Last week we spoke with Tina Hoff, Vice President and Director of Entertainment Media Partnerships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Marguerita Lightfoot of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and David Galiel, an expert on new…

Let the Games Begin

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We’ve been noticing a lot of press about video games lately. Grand Theft Auto IV is flying off the shelves. It sold 60 million copies in the first week. Other games, like Guitar Hero and games for Nintendo’s Wii gaming system, continue to increase in popularity. At AIDS.gov, we’re interested in video games as one…

Old and New Media Unite–Promoting National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

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This month, the organizations planning and implementing HIV Vaccine Awareness Day and National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day are promoting these observances and expanding their reach by using traditional and new media tools. National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness Day – May 19 According to the CDC, the number of Asian and…

Be Relevant, Be Real, Be Informed, Be There

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In last week’s post on PodCamp, we noted that our blog would begin to carry a list of new media conferences. We encourage you to visit the new Conferences Page. We want to highlight conferences because these events can contribute to the dialogue on the effective use of new media. Many of these conferences are…

Going to PodCamp and Learning about Obligations

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Last week, two members of the AIDS.gov team went to PodCamp in Washington, DC. PodCamps are usually free unconferences that offer a chance for new media users (such as bloggers, podcasters, and social networkers) to learn from experts and to engage in dialogue with each other. We want to thank the organizers: Christopher Penn ,…

Doing the Right Thing–508 Compliance

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In our post last week, we talked about planning and putting people first before choosing new technology. We highlighted the POST strategy which starts with: P = People. Who is your target audience? What tools are they using? We believe in putting people first, and that means our website content must be equally accessible to…

People Before Technology

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At AIDS.gov, we’ve learned that new media is exciting and many of us want to incorporate these tools into our programs before we have a plan. To prevent this from happening, our AIDS.gov New Media Strategist has urged us and others to use Forrester Research’s POST strategy to stay on track.

Health-Focused Social Networking Sites

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This week we continue our social networking series, and we look at health-focused social networks. Health-focused social networks function as communities for people with specific medical conditions (such as HIV/AIDS) and provide space for users to share their experiences, find support from their peers, and discuss their health concerns and treatment information.