Lessons learned from the national library of medicine AIDS community information outreach program
DESCRIPTION: In 1994 NLM initiated a funding program to support efforts of community-based organizations to improve access to HIV/AIDS-related information for the affected community. The program supports:
Improving organizational/community access to electronic information Providing information access skills training Developing specific educational materials Providing access to HIV/AIDS-related documents
Close to 300 projects, most by community-based organizations, have received competitive funding. To validate the program's approach in the face of changing epidemic, NLM recently undertook a systematic assessment of a retrospective and purposive sample of projects and conducted a panel review with a number of awardees.
LESSONS LEARNED: The program has been successful in reaching low-resource community organizations serving high-risk populations. Repurposing NLM information to meet local needs is an important feature that awardees find particularly useful. Despite many changes in the HIV/AIDS landscape, the information disparities and the need for information outreach still exist.
RECOMMENDATIONS: The program is satisfying an important need and should be continued with some adjustments that reflect changes in HIV/AIDS demographics, treatment and prevention.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assess the impact of changes in the HIV/AIDS epidemic on health information needs of affected communities and community organizations. Formulate a community-based approach in meeting information needs of high-risk populations and organizations that serve them. Analyze a long-standing national program that enables HIV/AIDS health information outreach to local underserved communities.
Keyword(s): HIV/AIDS, Health Information