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A Conversation with the Director of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

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The transgender community has been disproportionately affected by HIV, and often faces challenges finding and accessing appropriate services. JoAnne Keatley, Director of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health , is one of the leaders in the larger national conversation about increasing access to culturally competent healthcare for transgender people. At AIDS.gov, we are…

Looking Towards the Future with Mobile

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In the past week, text messaging to raise funds for earthquake relief in Haiti demonstrated the potential of mobile phones to offer simple solutions to help those in need. The emergence of smart phones , mapping technology and mobile applications has dramatically increased mobile use — a recent poll from the Pew Internet and American…

President Obama’s Open Government Directive: Transparency, Participation, Collaboration

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In my post last week, I mentioned President Obama’s Open Government Initiative, focused on making a “transparent, participatory, and collaborative” government. You may also have heard about some of the steps already made towards greater transparency in Government — take a look at the Open Government Innovations Gallery, to see some examples of new ways…

Voices of New Media Leaders Across the Country- A Few Highlights from 2009

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In last week’s post I shared some of our new media lessons learned from the past year, and this week I’m excited to share with you a short video highlighting voices and new media lessons learned from several of our Federal and community partners. From San Francisco to Oklahoma to Washington, DC, to texting, podcasts,…

Top 10 New Media Lessons 2009 & Open Government Initiative

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As 2010 approaches and I look back at 2009, I want to first share some of my new media lessons learned from AIDS.gov. The most important thing that I learned this year is that we still have so much more to learn! The good news is that as the AIDS community learns and uses more…

New Media Use at the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute

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At the CDC’s HIV Prevention Conference last August, I talked with our colleague, Humberto Cruz, about new media and HIV. Humberto is the Director of the AIDS Institute at the New York State Department of Health . I was excited to hear about the AIDS Institute’s adoption of new media — they’ve developed a widget…

Delivering HIV Testing Messages to the Homeless Through Community Voice Mail

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As mentioned in last week’s post, for this past World AIDS Day, Community Voice Mail (CVM) sent information to tens of thousands of “phoneless” clients about HIV testing resources. For those of you who aren’t familiar, CVM provides a free voice mail box to people in transition without access to a landline or mobile phone….

Dennis deLeon (1948-2009)

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It is with great sadness that we recognize the loss of our friend and colleague, Dennis deLeon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS , and a staunch ally in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Dennis passed away of heart failure this morning in New York. I was privileged to work with Dennis since the early…