By Meico Whitlock, Senior Manager, Communications, NASTAD
Cross-posted from AIDS.gov
Last month, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
(NASTAD) attended the fourth annual Plain Talk in Complex Times conference
in Arlington, Virginia. This year’s theme was “Communicating in a Time of Change.” The conference was hosted by the MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy
in collaboration with the American Public Health Association
(APHA) and brought together leaders and decision-makers in fields such as public health, health communications, digital media, usability, accessibility, translation, interpretation, readability, design, and plain language to discuss communicating effectively with health consumers.
Sessions covered a range of topics such as writing for mobile device users, providing high quality care to linguistically diverse populations, and communicating effectively with numbers. A number of sessions also focused specifically on technology and provided helpful tips for tasks such conducting low-cost usability testing, enhancing website accessibility, producing podcasts, and graphic design for print materials. Continue reading
By Sheetal Shah, State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program, Project Officer and Larry Jessup, Regional Extension Center Cooperative Agreement Program, Project Officer
To commemorate National HIV Testing Day
on June 27th
, we wanted to highlight the State of New York’s efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic when it first emerged, and to celebrate the new and innovative tools the state is exploring to prevent HIV and to test, diagnose, treat, and care for those living with the disease.
In 2010, under the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, the Obama Administration articulated a simple, yet bold vision: “The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.” Continue reading