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HIV-STD Insider 2009 January

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HIV/STD Insider


Call for Abstracts Open for Third Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media

The Call for Abstracts is now open for the Third Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media to be held August 11-13, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is sponsored by the National Center for Health Marketing, the Office of Enterprise Communication, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Cancer Institute and the National Public Health Information Coalition.

The conference planning committee invites abstracts for both oral and poster presentations in the following submission types - Research and Evaluation, Theoretical and Practice/Program-Based in one of four program tracks:

  • Health Marketing: Nuts, Bolts and Beyond
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • New Frontiers - Trends and Technology
  • Partnerships/Collaborations - Synergistic Relationships

This conference brings together individuals representing academia, public health researchers and practitioners from federal and state government and the private sector, and provides a forum for collegial dialogue within and across these disciplines. The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues and shape the future of health communication, marketing, and media practice.

Deadline for submission is March 16, 2009.

For more information about the about the conference and abstract submission, please visit the conference website [CDC].

Post Date and Time Friday, January 30, 2009, 2:42 pm


Minority Clinical Fellowship Available

The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) Minority Clinical Fellowship Program is designed to provide clinical training and experience to physicians from some of the more affected communities to support their entry into the field of HIV care. During its first year, this fellowship will offer one African American physician and one Latino physician the opportunity to work with HIVMA mentors at institutions with large minority populations where they will continuously monitor patients with HIV/AIDS in inpatient and outpatient settings.

The fellowships will provide each recipient with a salary plus benefits for one year, as well as financial support for the sponsoring institution and mentor. The fellowships will begin in July 2009 and the deadline to apply is February 15, 2009. Details including an online application are available from the HIVMA website at www.hivma.org [HIVMA]. Additional information is available from .

Post Date and Time Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 8:47 am


Annual Update of Poverty Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the annual update of the Poverty Guidelines for 2009. The guidelines account for 2008's increase in prices as measured by the CPI.

2009 Poverty Guidelines [HHS]
Announcement in the Federal Register (January 23, 2009) (PDF) [HHS]

Post Date and Time Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 8:47 am


Webinar Series on Women and HIV

The Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education & Training Center is pleased to announce an event entitled "A Webinar Series on Women & HIV - Clinical Concepts from WHICC." This webinar series includes experts in the field of treating women with HIV and will feature an interactive web-based approach to learning.

DATE: Friday, April 17, 2009

TIME: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

FORMAT : There will be approximately nine 45-minute sessions throughout the day. You may join the webinar for one, several, or all sessions.

To learn more about this webinar, e-mail .

Post Date and Time Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 9:54 am


Call for Events: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2009

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 marks the ninth annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) in the United States. The primary goal of NBHAAD is to motivate African Americans to get tested and know their HIV status, get educated about the transmission modes of HIV/AIDS, get involved in their local community, and get treated if they are currently living with HIV or are newly diagnosed. More information about NBHAAD, including a downloadable planning tool kit, is available at www.blackaidsday.org [NBHAAP].

The Texas Department of State Health Services' HIV/STD Program is compiling a list of NBHAAD-related activities taking place around the state for publication in the HIV/STD Insider. Please e-mail us a brief description of your NBHAAD plans with the following information:

  1. Agency name
  2. Event description
  3. Event date(s) and time(s)
  4. Event address
  5. Event goal
  6. Agency contact person and phone number

NOTE: This call is limited to special NBHAAD-related events only. Do not submit descriptions of regularly scheduled activities.

Please e-mail your information to  no later than Wednesday, January 28 at 5pm. You should also register your event in the NBHAAD database [NBHAAP]. Thank you for your cooperation.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 16, 2009, 12:35 pm


NBHAAD Webcast on Jan. 28

The National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) Strategic Leadership Council will host a webcast on Wednesday, January 28 from 1-3pm CST at www.blackaidsday.org [NBHAAP]. The webcast will assist NBHAAD planners and stakeholders in their final efforts to mobilize communities around HIV education, testing and treatment issues.

The Strategic Leadership Council directs, plans and organizes NBHAAD in partnership with CDC to mobilize communities, address issues specific to local epidemics, promote science-based best practices and influence the course of HIV in Black communities across the country.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 16, 2009, 12:35 pm


CDC Announces Research Funding Opportunity

The CDC is pleased to announce the publication of a new research funding opportunity announcement (FOA) RFA-PS-09-007, entitled "Evaluating Locally-Developed (Homegrown) HIV Prevention Interventions for African American and Hispanic/Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) (U01)."

Per the FOA:
This funding opportunity will support applicants in the United States that partner with a local community-based organization (CBO), including but not limited to AIDS service organizations or faith-based organizations, to implement and rigorously evaluate potentially effective but insufficiently evaluated HIV prevention interventions for:

(A) high risk African American men who have sex with men (MSM), or

(B) high-risk Hispanic/Latino MSM.

The intervention must have been developed by the CBO with substantial input from the served community, and may be referred to as a locally developed or homegrown intervention.

The applicant must provide evidence that the CBO developed the intervention with substantial input from the served community; has been delivering the intervention to African American or Hispanic/Latino MSM for a minimum of two years; has collected prior positive process evaluation data demonstrating fidelity, availability, and acceptability of the intervention, or has collected outcome monitoring data before and after delivering the intervention that demonstrate positive and significant changes in relevant outcomes; and that the intervention has not undergone a rigorous evaluation. The applicant must also submit copies of all intervention materials or procedures (curricula and/or facilitator guides or manuals) used by the CBO to deliver the intervention.

The FOA can be found on the CDC/PGO website at: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/PS09-007.htm [CDC]

Application Submission Receipt Date(s): March 3, 2009
Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): Sept. 1, 2009

Post Date and Time Friday, January 16, 2009, 12:34 pm


Texas Medical Monitoring Project Newsletter

Volume 1 Issue 2 (PDF : 197 kb) of the Texas Medical Monitoring Project Newsletter is now available.

The Texas Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) is conducted by the DSHS and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The Texas MMP is an ongoing project with the goal of collecting information from and about people living with HIV and medical care in Texas. Information is collected from patient interview and medical chart abstraction. The data are used to establish benchmarks for care, and estimate resource needs for treatment and services. Patients and the facilities at which they receive HIV care are randomly selected each year.

Visit the Texas Medical Monitoring Project to learn more.

Post Date and Time Thursday, January 15, 2009, 2:00 pm


New Quality Assurance Forms for CRCS

The HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch has issued new Quality Assurance (QA) forms for Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS). QA standards were created to assist contractors with providing QA activities at their sites and for their staff. The standards are based on recommendations for quality assurance in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

The new forms are based on the QA standards and the Program Operating Porcedures and Standards (POPS) for CRCS in Texas.

QA standards are also available online for Protocol-Based Counseling (PBC) and Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI).

Post Date and Time Thursday, January 15, 2009, 2:00 pm


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Texas HIV/STD Job Postings

January 23, 2009

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks a Full-Time Mpowerment Small Groups Coordinator. Learn more [ASA]

January 16, 2009

Austin - Project Transitions seeks an Executive Director. Learn more [Project Transitions]

January 15, 2009

Dallas - AIDS Arms, Inc. seeks:

  • bilingual case manager
  • Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services, Risk Reduction Specialist (CRCS, RRS)
  • Protocol Based Counseling Risk Reduction Specialist/Phlebotomist.

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

Dallas - ASG Women's Center seeks a Social Services Coordinator.  to learn more about this position.

Temple - DSHS Region 7 seeks a Disease Intervention Specialist. Learn more


Last updated November 10, 2011