The following resources will provide you with additional information on HIV/AIDS to help you as you implement and meet your goals.
Websites and Listservs
HIVTest.org (http://www.hivtest.org/): HIVTest.org is a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The website includes resources on HIV testing, including a national database of HIV testing sites and answers to many questions about HIV/AIDS and testing. Simply type in your ZIP code on the front page to find a listing of testing sites in your area.
AIDS.gov (http://www.aids.gov/): AIDS.gov serves as an information gateway to guide users to Federal domestic HIV/AIDS information and resources. Its goal is to ease access to information on Federal HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, and research programs, policies, and resources. AIDS.gov contains links to guide you to information on those topics.
The Body (http://www.thebody.org/): The Body.org is often referred to as the complete HIV/AIDS resource providing users with reports and articles for over 550 topic areas. Topics include HIV prevention, HIV treatment, living with HIV, and information on HIV around the world.
AIDS Hotline.Org (http://www.aidshotline.org/): AIDS Hotline.Org provides users with numbers for National and State HIV/AIDS Hotlines.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA, http://www.hrsa.gov/) and the Ryan White Target Center (http://www.careacttarget.org/): The HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) was formed in August 1997 to consolidate all programs funded under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act (formerly the Ryan White CARE Act). The Ryan White Technical Assistance Resources, Guidance, Education, and Training (TARGET) Center is a technical assistance resource for Ryan White grantees and HIV/AIDS Bureau staff. The TARGET Center includes a help desk offering both online and phone-based support, a TA library, and a TA Calendar.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/) and the CDC National Prevention Information Network (http://www.cdcnpin.org/): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad. CDC's HIV mission is to prevent HIV infection and reduce the incidence of HIV-related illness and death, in collaboration with community, state, national, and international partners. The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is the U.S. reference, referral, and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB). NPIN produces, collects, catalogs, processes, stocks, and disseminates materials and information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB to organizations and people working in those disease fields in international, national, state, and local settings. CDC NPIN also provides a daily news bulletin and two additional weekly e-mails, on conferences and funding available. Sign up at http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/listserv/prevention_news_text.asp.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (http://www.samhsa.gov/): SAMHSA is the Federal agency charged with improving thequality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resultingfrom substance abuse and mental illnesses. Two SAMHSA Centers, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), provide funding for HIV/AIDS activities.
Office of Minority Health (http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/): The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities. OMH operates the OMH Resource Center (OMHRC), which serves as a free information and referral service on minority health issues for community groups, consumers, professionals, and students. It assists OPHS and OMH in distributing scientifically valid and culturally-competent health information, encourages public participation in HHS programs, and assists in conducting health campaigns. OMHRC maintains a minority health knowledge center and database; helps link people to HHS health services and resources; distributes publications; manages exhibits; publishes funding opportunities; maintains a list of volunteer resource experts available to the public; and conducts literature searches. Sign up to receive information on programs and funding out of OMH at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USOPHSOMH/subscriber/new?.
Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/): Grants.gov is your one-stop resource for information on over 1,000 grant programs and access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards. By registering once on this site, your organization can apply for available grants from 26 different Federal agencies. Sign up to receive daily e-mail notifications of funding in the area of your choice at http://www.grants.gov/search/subscribeAdvanced.do.
National Minority AIDS Council (http://www.nmac.org/): NMAC is the premiere national organization dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. NMAC's Lifeline Newsletter provides several weekly announcements of funding available, conferences, and other news of interest. Sign up at http://www.nmac.org/tools___resources/NMAC_Lifeline/497.cfm.
The Balm In Gilead (http://www.balmingilead.org/): The Balm In Gilead is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to improve the health status of people of the African Diaspora by building the capacity of faith communities to address life-threatening diseases, especially HIV/AIDS. For 18 years, The Balm In Gilead has mobilized The Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, which engages Black churches to become centers for education, compassion and care in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Balm In Gilead also develops educational and training programs specifically to meet the needs of faith communities that strive to become centers for HIV/AIDS ministries, education and compassion.
Nueva Esperanza (http://www.esperanza.us/): Esperanza USAis a network of Hispanic Christians, churches, and ministries committed to raising awareness and identifying resources that strengthen the Hispanic community. In 2003, Esperanza USA began its HIV/AIDS program, Tu Eres La Respuesta. Tu Eres La Respuesta (You Are The Answer) is Esperanza USA's national education and prevention campaign against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The campaign's goal is to create communities of support that administer to those infected with HIV/AIDS and their families. Its objective is that Hispanic pastors and their congregations join in this effort to break down the myths and taboos associated with HIV and AIDS.
Time To Talk In Church About HIV and AIDS by Andrea and Corean Bakke (available through Amazon.com): Time To Talk In Church About HIV and AIDS is a Bible study discussion guide that draws parallels between leprosy in bible times - a disease that created enormous social stigma - and a modern counterpart. Each of the ten lessons is based on a biblical story. Nine or more questions invite people to reflect on the ancient story and its relevance to the current world health crisis. Each lesson offers opportunity for dialogue, listening, and learning. The book can be used both for small groups and personal reflection.
Additional Salvation Army Resources
Seminar Report on the Central Territory's 2007 Territorial Social Services Conference Pre-Conference HIV/AIDS Seminar (Central Territory Seminar Follow Up Report): This report documents the goals and outcomes of the pre-conference HIV/AIDS seminar at The Salvation Army USA Central Territory's Social Services Conference, held May 9, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri. The goal of the pre-conference HIV/AIDS seminar was to set HIV testing and other HIV/AIDS related goals for Central Territory leadership. Specific objectives included giving Salvation Army personnel a better understanding of the current state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and in the Central Territory, and to give officers and staff the tools to address HIV/AIDS in the organization and among those it serves through exploring common myths, diffusing stigma and misinformation, and discussing the special needs of The Salvation Army's clients.
Report on the Western Territory Educational Conference Call (Western Territory Educational Conference Call Report): This report documents the goals and outcomes of an HIV/AIDS educational conference call for the territory's officers and staff held on October 31, 2006. The purpose of the call was to shed light on a vitally important health issue and to further emphasize HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment as a Western Territory priority. The call also served as a forum to share ideas on the most effective ways of augmenting the Salvation Army's response to HIV/AIDS.
Myths vs. Reality Fact Sheet (Myth Fact Sheet): This fact sheet provides a helpful quiz on common HIV myths, including topics such as who is at risk for HIV and how you can contract HIV.
Report on the Central Territory Educational Conference Call (Central Territory Educational Conference Call Report): This report summarizes the information presented during an educational conference call that took place on April 10, 2006, and serves as a resource on ways in which the Central Territory can continue to make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The goals of the call were to give Salvation Army personnel a better understanding of the current state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and in the Central Territory; educate them on ways to raise HIV/AIDS awareness among both staff and those they serve; and give them an opportunity to consider ways in which they might augment the current response to HIV/AIDS in the territory.