National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness (NHAAA)

                                                                            

The AIDS Institute invites you to join us for the 7th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), observed on September 18, 2014.  National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness day focuses on the challenging issues facing the aging population with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment. In addition, there is an increased need for prevention, research, and data targeting the aging population, medical understanding of the aging process and its impact on HIV/AIDS.

The campaign targets:

  • People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) who are aging with the disease or already over 50 at the time of their initial diagnosis,
  • Increasing the use of protection from HIV infection, especially among the baby boomer population, and
  • The increasing number of grandparents becoming the primary guardians for children who have lost their parent(s) to HIV/AIDS.

In an effort to continually expand awareness about HIV/AIDS among the aging population, organizations and community members are invited to develop, implement and participate in awareness activities and events on or around September 18th.

Past examples of activities and ways organizations and individuals can become involved:

  • Host a free HIV screening event
  • Encourage and promote HIV testing among older adults
  • Provide HIV prevention and education messages to older adults
  • Provide resources for linkage to treatment and care for HIV infected older adults
  • Organize health fairs that focus on HIV/AIDS and healthcare in older adults
  • Encourage older adults to practice safer methods to prevent HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)
  • Conduct events at senior community centers or nursing home facilities
  • Talk to an older adult in your family about getting tested
  • Engage leaders in the faith community to participate in local, regional, or national events on or around NHAAAD
  • Highlight how your programs can incorporate HIV/AIDS education for older adults

 

Click here for the NHAAAD Event Registration and Toolkit 2014

 

Reaching Aging Adults Living with or at Risk of HIV—A New Media and Technology Strategy

The AIDS Institute’s “Reaching Aging Adults Living with or at Risk of HIV—A New Media and Technology Strategy” provides new media training opportunities, education, resources, information, and technology capacity building support targeting adults over 50 living with HIV or at risk of HIV infection. TAI seeks to accomplish an increased online and mobile technology usage and enhanced collaboration among targeted older adult users.

Click here to learn more

2014 Planning

The National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day Planning Committee meets quarterly to develop and implement ongoing activities related to NHAAAD. Please contact Michelle Scavnicky at MScavnicky@TheAIDSInstitute.org if you are interested in participating in one of the following NHAAAD workgroups:

Material Review Workgroup Member Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate on a minimum of 2 workgroup conference calls annually
  • Assist in the promotion of NHAAAD initiatives
  • Assist in the review and editing of NHAAAD materials with new emerging data, if necessary

o   Documents include: NHAAAD Community Planning Guide, Brochure, Fact Sheet, Poster(s), and Community Invite Letter

  • Assist in the review and editing of NHAAAD webpage on TAI’s website

Media/Marketing Workgroup Member Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate on a minimum of 2 workgroup conference calls annually
  • Assist in the promotion of NHAAAD initiatives
  • Assist in the development of NHAAAD Press Releases and Media Advisories
  • Assist in mobilizing and planning effective media strategies for NHAAAD
  • Assist with utilizing various marketing tools and links to resources for NHAAAD
  • Assist in cross promotion of NHAAAD through organizational websites
  • Assist with promotion of NHAAAD event registration on TAI’s website
  • Assist in planning local, regional or national NHAAAD events
  • Actively participate in media events surrounding the annual awareness day

Evaluation Workgroup Member Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate on a minimum of 2 workgroup conference calls annually
  • Assist in the promotion of NHAAAD initiatives
  • Assist in the development of effective evaluation strategies for NHAAAD
  • Assist in the development of evaluation tools including pre and post event surveys
  • Assist in the review and editing of event registration process for NHAAAD

Benefits of NHAAAD Workgroup Membership:

  • Opportunity to cross promote NHAAAD activities with previously established organizational activities
  • Participate in media events surrounding the annual awareness day
  • Enhance planning, implementation and evaluation skills on a national level
  • Increase partnerships and collaborative efforts
  • Share resources and best practices among other workgroup members 
  • Individual or Organizational recognition as member of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day workgroup

For more information about the NHAAAD workgroups, please contact Michelle Scavnicky at MScavnicky@TheAIDSInstitute.org.

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