April 1996

New Community Outreach and Training Center

On May second, the Clearinghouse will open the CDC NAC Community Outreach and Training Center (COTC) in Washington, D.C. The COTC will provide a setting for people working in HIV/AIDS prevention, health care, research and support services to access a variety of resources.

The COTC will provide:

  • training on how to obtain information, use databases, and communicate with others through the Internet, CDC NAC ONLINE, and other electronic bulletin boards

  • a collection of community newsletters, scientific journals, and CDC and Clearinghouse materials
  • computers, printers, and other electronic resources which visitors may schedule time to use
  • COTC will be located in the National Minority AIDS Council building at 1931 13th St., NW, 2nd floor, Washington, D.C. 20005. The Center will operate Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by appointment only. Call 202-265-3401 for more information.

    Youth & HIV/AIDS

    In the United States,half of all new HIV infections occur among people under the age of 25, and one-quarter of new infections occur among people between the ages of 13 and 21, according to CDC. That means that an average of two young people are infected with HIV every hour of every day. Without forceful and focused action, these already troubling trends may worsen.

    Youth & HIV/AIDS: An American Agenda, a Report to the President was prepared by the Office of National AIDS Policy and announced at a press conference on March 5. The report is intended to serve as a catalyst to change the way Americans view the threat of HIV and AIDS to the next generation. View the report on the CDC NAC web site or gopher site or order a FREE copy using the Internet Order Form.

    HIV/AIDS and Adolescents: A Guide to Selected Resources provides access to information relevant to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and adolescents, drawn from the Clearinghouse's Resources and Services, Educational Materials, Funding, and Periodicals databases. Please note: there is a $4 shipping & handling fee for this guide; call 1-800-458-5231 to order a print copy, or view the full text on the CDC NAC Gopher.

    CDC Business and Labor Resource Service

    While waiting for your luggage in a busy airport, flipping through a business magazine, or watching television, you may have seen part of a recent advertising campaign for the CDC Business and Labor Respond to AIDS Program.

    The Program has recently received extensive promotion through airport dioramas, print advertisements, and a television public service announcement. The five components of the Business and Labor Respond to AIDS Program are workplace policy, employee education, manager/supervisor education, family education, and community volunteerism. To assist businesses and organizations with implement-ing these components, CDC developed the Manager's Kit and Labor Leader's Kit.

    The Manager's Kit is a comprehensive guide to assist you in addressing HIV/AIDS in your organization. It includes sections on developing workplace policies, providing information for employees, and identifying additional resources. All of the materials in the kit are designed for employers, supervisors, and human re-sources staff. Some materials in the kit can be used for program development and planning while others are sample or ready-to-use employee education materials.

    The Manager's Kit is available from the Business and Labor Resource Service (BLRS). The Service, operated by the Clearinghouse, links businesses, labor, and federal agencies with resources that provide assistance in developing workplace-based HIV/AIDS policies and education programs. The kits cost $25 each; call 1-800-458-5231 to order a copy. If you have questions about workplace-related HIV/AIDS issues, call BLRS at 1-800-458-5231.

    HIV Prevention Community Planning

    In support of HIV Prevention Community Planning, the Clearinghouse recently published HIV Prevention Community Planning Process: Linking Groups with Proven Technical Resources. This Standard Search lists information on more than 100 materials included in the Educational Materials Database. You can use materials in this search as background information during the community planning process and to find out about model programs and networking links with other organizations. To order a free copy, use the CDC NAC Internet Order Form or download the text from the CDC NAC FTP site.

    Internet News

    A new world wide web site has been developed for the CDC National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. Visit the site for HIV/AIDS information, including statistics, funding, publications and training, and software for the AIDS Public Information Data Set.

    The AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service (ACTIS) web site provides information on HIV/AIDS clinical trials, including new trials open to enrollment and trial results. ACTIS is a Public Health Service coordinated project.

    The HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service (ATIS) web site provides information on federally approved treatments for HIV infection and treatment-related publications. ATIS is a Public Health Service coordinated project.

    Bringing Our Names Home, Hosting the Quilt: A Parish Response is a handbook from the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (NEAC) Parish Quilt Project. The NEAC Parish Quilt Project is a part of the NAMES Project Foundation's Interfaith Quilt Program. The Handbook is designed to help groups make the most of hosting the AIDS Memorial Quilt. It is available as a PDF file on the CDC NAC web site or to order a print copy, use the Internet Order Form.

    Look For Us

    At upcoming conferences, the Clearinghouse will be presenting, exhibiting, and/or demonstrating CDC NAC ONLINE and Internet:

    • 14th National Conference on Health Education and Health Promotion, April 24-28, Washington, D.C.
    • 8th Annual Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, May 29-June 1, Atlanta, GA
    • Conference on Preventing HIV Infection Among School-Aged Youth, June 3-5, Washington, D.C.
    • XI International Conference on AIDS, July 7-12, Vancouver, Canada

    Coming Soon

    The ACTIS video, "HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials: Knowing Your Options," will be available in early May. Watch CDC NAC ONLINE and the CDC NAC web site for more information.

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