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Community Organizing Works for Health Information Technology Systems Too

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To most Americans, “Health Information Technology” (HIT) is a murky domain where policy wonks conspire with computer nerds to manage our healthcare. But community-based organizations need to think about HIT both as a powerful tool for improving community health, and as a lever that can be activated through traditional community organizing principles. For community groups…

HIV Treatment Cascade Video Now Also Available in Spanish

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“Ahora el video de la Cascada de Tratamiento de VIH también está disponible en español” Recently we shared an animated video about the HIV treatment cascade in the United States that has quickly become one of the most-watched videos ever on the AIDS.gov YouTube channel . We’re pleased to share the Spanish language version of this…

May 19th is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Dr. Howard Koh

As we celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month and the many accomplishments of AAPIs, we also want to recognize that these communities still face many barriers to health and health care, including HIV/AIDS. To recognize these challenges, May 19th has been designated as the National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day….

Digital Storytelling: “Taking Root” to End Stigma and Raise Awareness

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The Banyan Tree Project launched Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community last year for May 19, the National Asian & Pacific Islander (A&PI) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Taking Root puts the power to end HIV stigma back in the hands of the community through a community-driven, community-owned digital storytelling initiative. Since then, we have held four…

Latino Community Rallies to Generate Awareness of Viral Hepatitis

Bethsy Morales-Reid

During May’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, we also mark National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (NHHAD). Both of these events highlight the importance of strengthening efforts to address hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among Latinos. NHHAD is a national community mobilization and social marketing campaign that unites the Hispanic/Latino community in efforts to raise awareness…

CDC Expands Let’s Stop HIV Together Campaign™, Launches Spanish Version

Dentengamos Juntos el VIH

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the national HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign, Let’s Stop HIV Together™, including the launch of a Spanish-language version of the campaign, Detengamos Juntos el VIH™. The campaign now includes new participants, more materials in both Spanish and English, and HIV awareness and testing information…

New NIH Award Aims to Reduce Asian American Hepatitis B Disparities through Health Information Technology

Ronald Valdiserri

A new grant award by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will support the development of new Health Information Technology (HIT) strategies that increase screening for chronic hepatitis B and reduce the impact of hepatitis B among high-risk Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations.  Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is…

HIV/AIDS in the Two-Spirit Community: A Hidden Crisis

Harlan Pruden

March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness of the terrible toll that HIV/AIDS continues to take on Native American populations. HIV/AIDS is a crisis that affects many American Indians and Alaska Natives, but particularly Two-Spirit individuals, who often experience stigma and discrimination in both Native and mainstream society. What…