Office of Minority Health Launches HIV/AIDS Web Site
The Office of Minority Health has launched a new Web site, www.hiv.omhrc.gov, in support of the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative. The initiative, created in 1998 when former President Clinton declared HIV/AIDS to be a "severe and on-going health crisis in racial and ethnic minority communities," provides funding to community-based organizations, research institutions, minority-serving colleges and universities, health care organizations, state and local health departments and correctional institutions that address the HIV/AIDS epidemic among minority groups. In addition to offering basic information on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the Web site features updates and application instructions for the agency's funding grants, as well as listings of upcoming agency-sponsored conferences and technical workshops for those providing HIV/AIDS services. The "technical assistance" section of the site contains links to technical assistance programs throughout the country, as well as links to "best practice" files and to the Resource Persons Network, a "group of professionals who volunteer their services in support of OMHRC's mission to improve the health status of racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States." Visitors are given eligibility and registration instructions for the service. The Web site also catalogs links to federal and state agencies, as well as to non-governmental HIV/AIDS agencies; features an online version of "HIV Impact," the agency's HIV/AIDS newsletter; and provides an archive of past issues (Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative Web site, 7/10).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.