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CDC Observes National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

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Dear Colleague, April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). It is the first awareness day to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic specifically on young people. This annual observance was created by Advocates for Youth  and other partners to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young…

Social Media and the Changing Landscape of Youth Engagement

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Friday, April 10, 2015 marks the third national observance of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD), a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the growing efforts of young people engaged in the response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic. To…

First Six Months on Twitter: Lessons Learned from Our Twitter Chat (Part 1)

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On March 29, HOPWA celebrated our 6-month Twitter anniversary. We joined Twitter to share HIV housing resources and information. In our short time on Twitter, @HUD_HOPWA  has grown to 273 followers and increased circulation of new publications and resources. We recently hosted a Twitter Chat – a chat on Twitter which allows users to participate…

Positive Spin: New digital storytelling project encourages HIV prevention, testing, and treatment

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We are excited to announce the release of Positive Spin, a digital educational tool that uses the power of personal stories and video to raise awareness about the HIV care continuum and to encourage people living with HIV to get into treatment. The AIDS.gov team worked with our Federal colleagues, healthcare professionals, people living with…

Virtual Office Hours: Social Media Conversations with the HIV Community

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Through Virtual Office Hours, AIDS.gov offers free, personalized technical assistance to help federal and non-federal HIV program staff on how to access, talk about or improve their use of digital tools and social media channels to improve their outreach. We hold these 45-minute sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern). You can register…

The (Positive) Power of Digital Storytelling

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We do a lot of thinking about digital storytelling at AIDS.gov. In particular, we think about using digital tools and social media channels, like video and images, to help share content and to support HIV testing, care and treatment. Wikipedia definition: “Digital storytelling” is a relatively new term which describes the new practice of ordinary…

Evolving our social media strategy to reach women and their families

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In March 2012,  I shared Iris House’s social media strategy. We are a community-based organization that provides comprehensive services and advocacy for women, families, and communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. As we commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I want to take this opportunity to share with you how our strategy has evolved over…

SAMHSA Announces Funding Opportunity: Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Minority Youth and Young Adults

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A new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will support substance abuse and HIV prevention services for at-risk racial/ethnic minority youth and young adults. Eligible applicants are community-level domestic public and private nonprofit entities, tribes, and tribal organizations. Applications are due April 23, 2015. A brief synopsis…