New Educational Materials Series – Understanding Logic Models for HIV/AIDS Programs

“What is a logic model?”

“Why should my HIV/AIDS prevention program develop a logic model or revisit our already developed model?”

“Are logic models really that important?”

“How do I effectively use a logic model to help my program?”

 

Shared Action has recently developed a series of educational materials to help you answer these questions and improve your program.

If you have the time, we highly recommend watching the recording of our webinar on the topic here. Slides for the webinar are located here.

We also developed a technical bulletin to supplement the information in the webinar. Give it a read and see why developing a logic model is integral to a successful HIV/AIDS prevention program! We are currently developing two additional technical bulletins on how to develop a logic  model for your program, so please check back for when we release these materials.

You can find more educational materials by visiting our websites, Sharedaction.org and SharedactionHD.org, under the Program Toolkit section.

National AIDS Conference 2012 Photos – More from Andria Zaverl

Shared Action staff members recently attended the National AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. Here are some more images taken during her trip to the conference.

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This conference was much more than presentations, though. Here I am presenting a poster on Monday. There were over 500 posters EACH day of the conference.

National AIDS Conference 2012 Photos – Andria Zaverl

Shared Action staff members recently attended the National AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. Here are some images from staff member Andria Zaverl’s experience at the plenary session on the first day.

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As I had the pleasure of attending the International AIDS Conference (www.aids2012.org) in Washington, D.C. in July 2012, I was asked to take some photos and write a blog about the experience. At a conference with 23,767 participants representing 183 countries, this is what I saw for 6 days.

 

National AIDS Conference 2012 Photos – Jordan Blaza

Shared Action staff members recently attended the National AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. Here are some images from staff member Jordan Blaza’s visit to D.C.:

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It was a very touching moment when Sharon Stone, on behalf of AMFAR, gave an award to 2 brothers from Iran who were imprisoned for helping people with HIV. – July 22, 2012, Opening Plenary (Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei was presented the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award by actress Sharon Stone in Recognition of Efforts to Advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV to honor their efforts to put issues of drug use and HIV on Iran’s national health care agenda and their engagement in human rights issues after their release from prison. The brothers sat in prison during the last International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) as supporters held signs urging their release.)

 

National AIDS Conference 2012 – Part One

Shared Action staff members recently attended the National AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. Here are some images from Miguel Chion’s visit to D.C.:

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4:45pm before the opening of the conference at 7pm and people are already lining up. People are commited to be part of the historical moment when IAC comes back to USA.

Shared Action Blog Relaunches!

 

Welcome to the new and improved blog from Shared Action! We have relaunched our blog in order to provide you, the HIV prevention community, better service and information on current events in our community and additional information about our own services that we provide. Our mission statement, part of which as follows, has been integral to improving this blog:

“Shared Action and Shared Action HD are committed to reciprocal partnerships and equitable exchanges of knowledge and expertise essential to expanding capacity. Shared Action and Action HD believe in giving back to the HIV prevention community, the ideas, innovations and “best practices” that have identified through our Capacity Building Assistance work and our collaborations with CBOs, Health Departments, other CBA programs, and the CDC.”

We want to not only focus on giving you better information, but also fostering learning from within the community through our comment section and guest authors. Please feel free to comment and engage in discussion with fellow HIV prevention community members on the topics that emerge in the coming months. If you would like to speak more publicly about an issue or helpful information you feel would be useful to the community, also feel free to contact us and we will work with you on authoring a guest post on this blog.

Here are some of the exciting entries you have to look forward to in the coming weeks:

  • Introductions from Shared Action staff members
  • Information and visuals from HIV/AIDS prevention related conferences
  • Posts about free or low-cost resources available to your organization
  • Discussions on current events and topics in our community
  • Talks with community members who have participated in CBA
  • And much more!

What do you want to see from our blog in the future? Leave a comment below!

“Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community”

According to the CDC “the socioeconomic issues associated with poverty, including limited access to high-quality health care, housing, and HIV prevention education, directly and indirectly increase the risk for HIV infection and affect the health of people living with and at risk for HIV infection.” Over the past ten years of working in the HIV/AIDS field, six of these providing CBA services, I have learned that each racial and ethnic group’s experience of HIV is markedly different. Despite the differences, stigma, fear, discrimination, homophobia, and negative perceptions about HIV testing continue to place individuals at risk. As a community of providers we have to continue to develop culturally specific efforts to target stigma in our respective communities. Shared Action is proud to highlight and support one such effort, “Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community,” an anti-stigma initiative from The Banyan Tree Project aimed at ending HIV stigma for Asians and Pacific Islanders.

 

To learn more about “Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community,” click on the link below:

Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/5/prweb9486822.htm

To view more videos that take part in “Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community,” click on the link below:

Taking Root Videos: http://banyantreeproject.org/takingroot.php

 


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NEW Intervention! ARTAS: Linkage to Care Intervention

Shared Action is excited to be one of the Capacity Building Assistance programs able to deliver ARTAS! ARTAS is the new Linkage-to-Care intervention supported by the CDCARTAS stands for “Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services.” This intervention is also in-line with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s goal to increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV. ARTAS is ideal for Community Based Organizations (CBOs) or Health Departments who have access to or have good relationships testing sites, case management, or CRCS.

This is a straightforward intervention using a strength-based approach to help HIV positive clients link into care.  The intervention itself consists of up to five individual-level client centered sessions.  ARTAS is for clients who have been newly diagnosed with HIV within the last 12 months and have not been linked to care.

Shared Action trainers, Jordan Blaza and Andi Zaverl will be delivering the first training this March (2012) in Sunny Los Angeles, CA.  The training will last two and a half days and is meant to provide funded programs and their Linkage Coordinators all the information needed to implement this intervention.