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ONC Announces Winners Of Consumer And Provider App Challenges To Improve Health Information access and use

Editor’s Note: HHS announced the winners of the Consumer Health Data Aggregator and Provider User Experience Challenges last week. Encouraging and supporting innovation around digital health solutions is a central part of our mission, and finding new ways to easily and securely integrate health data from different health care providers has the potential to help many individuals in the…

Black Voices: A Reflection of Service on MLK Day

In 2015, we started asking our Black Voices bloggers to reflect on what service means to them as we stopped to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of our bloggers, Guy Anthony, chose to reflect on Dr. King’s quote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you…

Digital Storytelling for Change

Digital storytelling can be an important outreach tool to promote attention to health and wellness for people who may be at increased risk for acquiring HIV.  We believe digital storytelling, like AIDS.gov’s Positive Spin series, can create awareness, conversations, and action for those affected by HIV. (If you haven’t checked the series out yet, Positive…

ICMYI: World AIDS Day and Toward 2017

As the AIDS.gov team reflects on 2016 and looks forward to 2017, today we recap our World AIDS Day 2016 posts. From the White House The White House published a blog post marking both domestic and global successes in the response to HIV, and recognizing the challenges and continued work needed to end AIDS worldwide…

Connecting with Twitter influencers to build your community

How can you can gain access to a wider network and build your community on Twitter? By creating relationships with relevant people and organizations in the HIV/AIDS community that already have large Twitter followings! In doing so, not only do you increase your followers, but you also strengthen your online community and grow conversations! “Social…

Digital Media Blogs: Best of 2016!

Editor’s Note: The AIDS.gov weekly digital media blog shares how we observe and use digital tools to amplify HIV messages. As we wrap up 2016, here are the five blogs that were most popular with you, our reader. Go Social for World AIDS Day Using Digital Communication at World AIDS Day 2016 Facebook Live From…

Does the Twitterverse Know About Your Event?

Twitter is one of the ways you can share information about HIV awareness days like National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, health fairs and other special events. To help you plan for 2017, we’ve put together a checklist of ways to promote your upcoming events. “The Black AIDS Institute consistently uses Twitter to promote events. On…

Are Chatbots the Next mHealth Frontier?

Editor’s Note: Chatbot Basics –  A chatbot is a messaging tool designed to simulate a conversation or interaction. Chatbots rely on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to process information and respond to user inputs. These are often text but can be voice inputs as well. Messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and…