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2011 NHPC: Connecting HIV Prevention Professionals through Social Media

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2011 HIV Prevention Conference

The 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) Exit Disclaimer will be held in Atlanta, August 14-17. The conference will contribute to achieving the three major goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and these goals are reflected in the conference theme “The Urgency of Now: Reduce incidence. Improve access. Promote equity.” We want you to share your significant work in HIV prevention. We encourage you to submit an abstract Exit Disclaimer to the conference (deadline, February 4, 2011).

As we plan for the conference, we are looking at the next generation of HIV prevention leaders for inspiration on new methods of reaching at-risk populations and youth where they receive messages. Exploring the possibilities of social media allows prevention partners to learn from these innovative young public health professionals and help learn how to bridge a gap in prevention education and communication. This is particularly important as we look for the best ways to achieve the goals of the National Strategy.

Social media prevention campaigns are fast becoming a powerful channel to reach young consumers of health information, namely in the way of peer-to-peer online education. For example, through the Talk HIV Exit Disclaimer phase of the Act Against AIDS Exit Disclaimer campaign, CDC is leveraging social media to encourage open and honest conversations about HIV/AIDS and drive discussion both online and offline. 

During this past year, we have seen how social media has also played an integral role in helping new and experienced HIV prevention professionals engage in pivotal discussions on HIV prevention, share the latest resources, and network with colleagues at conferences. During the 2011 NHPC Exit Disclaimer, we hope to engage attendees to join in the discussions throughout the conference and share their experiences with their colleagues and the next generation of HIV prevention leaders. We encourage all professionals to take their years of experience in working with HIV, whether just a few years or 30, and share it with their colleagues and a new set of public health professionals working to find new ways to educate people about the disease.

This year’s NHPC Exit Disclaimer will highlight the work of these young innovators in HIV research, prevention, and/or policy Exit Disclaimer to encourage their continued contribution to the field of HIV prevention. To be considered for this recognition, new researchers should be under 30 years old and are required to submit a completed Sponsored Participant Application Exit Disclaimer by the abstract submission deadline of February 4, 2011.

You can follow the conference on Twitter at www.twitter.com/2011NHPC Exit Disclaimer for important conference reminders and news. Search Twitter using hashtag #2011NHPC to follow the conversations about the conference and include the hashtag in all of your conference-related tweets.

AIDS.gov note: Speaking of conferences, the International AIDS Society recently released its report on the 2010 International AIDS Conference Exit Disclaimer in Vienna. Check out page 22 to read about how they used (and evaluated) social media at the conference.

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  1. miki says:

    I am a work-study student from NC State University, working for a nonprofit – The NC Healthy Start Foundation – (http://nchealthystart.org/index.htm) We just hosted a webinar teaching our network members how to connect using facebook. Our organization’s focus is on reducing infant mortality and improving women’s health, but we also focus on connecting groups throughout the state in order to help them be more effective in their work. AIDS awareness is very important to our audience. Just two days ago, we posted links under our facebook’s youtube tab to our HIV webisodes. It is a three part series called, “Keeping it Real” In our post, I tagged AIDS.gov. Please visit the site to see @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-Healthy-Start-Foundation/10150121760375232

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