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Monitoring and Evaluating our Communication Channels

Communications Channel Assessment

When it comes to social media, how do you measure and monitor your reach? It’s a tough question, and one we often ask ourselves at AIDS.gov. Across our communication channels (the AIDS.gov website, blog, Twitter , Facebook , YouTube, mobile, and more), we strive to provide quality information about the federal government and HIV/AIDS on…

41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 2011 Annual Legislative Conference

Congressional Black Caucus 2011 Annual Legislative Conference

From September 21-24, thousands of Americans, elected officials, business and industry leaders, and media will gather for the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) 2011 Annual Legislative  Conference (ALC) in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme of the four-day event is “iLead | iServe”, highlighting the value and impact of leadership and services within the community….

Your Questions from the White House 30 Years of AIDS Video Chat

Word cloud generated from participants’ questions

Over the summer, AIDS.gov collaborated with the White House to host a live video chat to commemorate  30 years of AIDS in the United States. This was a great listening and engaging opportunity for us to learn more about the HIV and AIDS information that our audiences want, and to help plan our future communication…

Reducing the Number of Federal Websites

President Obama, Federal Register

On June 13, 2011, President Obama launched the Campaign to Cut Waste, calling on federal agencies to target wasteful spending, improve government effectiveness, and help guide visitors to information. There are almost 2,000 separate “domains” (see the bottom of this page for a definition) across the federal government, and many more websites buried under those…

Highlights from the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media

Venton Jones

Earlier this month, AIDS.gov attended the 5th Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference was hosted by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Cancer Institute (NCI).  Naima Cozier, AIDS.gov Trainer,…

Federal Voices Addressing HIV/AIDS with New Media

Jane Carper

At AIDS.gov we manage and receive guidance from the Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council (FHAWC). Its members are the federal agencies that address HIV testing, care and treatment, research and policy issues. During my internship with AIDS.gov this summer, I took a look at how the agencies of the Council are drawing on new media platforms…

Chemistry at the National HIV Prevention Conference Social Media Lab

Social Media Lab at National HIV Prevention Conference

Co-authored by Hadiza Buge, Web Content Manager, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Mindy Nichamin, New Media Coordinator, AIDS.gov

AIDS.gov and the CDC hosted a social media lab with special sessions on using new media at the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (follow the hashtag #2011NHPC to listen to the conversation). The lab was a place where people could stop by and get personalized technical assistance.

Start Your HIV Prevention Planning for Adolescent Health with the New School Year

How young people learn about health issues

Don’t wait till spring! The beginning of a new school year presents a great opportunity to start thinking about integrating HIV prevention programming into young people’s lives. While youth as a whole are not overrepresented among HIV positive communities, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to disease transmission due to their risk-taking stage of life. Currently, each…