From Babies to Branding, What is ‘Resiliency’?

Resilience is generally thought of as a “positive adaptation” after a stressful or adverse situation. In other words, resilience is one’s ability to bounce back from a negative experience. The Children Institute explains that, “resilience research is focused on studying those who engage in life with hope and humor despite devastating losses.” Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure … [Read more...]

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27 (USA)

With the annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27, advocates, policy makers, healthcare providers, and others encourage people to “Take the Test. Take Control”. Since NHTD was first observed in 2005, we have seen a tremendous rise in the use of new media tools. In June 2010, AIDS.gov launched the HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator HERE. This is a location-based search tool that allows you to find HIV testing, housing assistance, health centers, Ryan White HIV … [Read more...]

Rapid HIV Testing, Increase Life Expectancy, Cost Effective

Incorporating Rapid HIV Testing in drug treatment programs is both cost effective and increases life expectancy for an HIV-positive person, according to an NIH-funded study published in September 2012 in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. This study expands upon a previous finding of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling Study that showed that onsite rapid HIV testing in substance abuse treatment programs correlated with increased … [Read more...]

Addiction does have a Choice, WOMEN in RECOVERY

Addiction does have a Choice We've been saying it for years - addiction is a disorder of the brain and not a matter of personal choice. Modern medicine is fully embracing this reality and we hope it will lead to more humane treatment of the sufferers of alcoholism and drug addiction. Addiction is the continued use of a mood altering substance or behavior despite adverse dependency consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors. Addictions can include, but are … [Read more...]

WOMAN of ACTION – Nicola Karesh

A Celebration of Women is honored to Celebrate the Life of this wonderful woman, that is an accomplished author, therapist and substance abuse counselor. While finding herself guided to be a Stay-at-Home Mom, she also was graced her with her own Spiritual Experience that lead her to the work as she does today.....writing, helping others that she graciously offers to the Women of our World. WOMAN of ACTION Nicola Karesh 'Originally from Jamaica, I have been … [Read more...]

TwitterViews – National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day TwitterViews New media has become a crucial tool for relaying health information, sharing resources, developing and maintaining partnerships, promoting events and building community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS.gov and other Federal partners have taken great strides in using new media as a form of outreach and communication, including the use of blogs, Twitter , Facebook , podcasts, e-cards and online videos. We have been … [Read more...]

Emory Launches New Tool to Visualize HIV Epidemic in the US

Emory Launches New Tool to Visualize HIV Epidemic in the US     Today, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University launched AIDSVu, an interactive online map that, 30 years into the epidemic, provides a detailed view of the number of people living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States by state and county. AIDSVu is a project of Emory University that aims to make HIV prevalence data locally relevant and widely accessible. It allows users to visually explore the HIV … [Read more...]

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day‏

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day “Saving face can’t make you safe. Talk about HIV ­– for me, for you, for everyone.” That’s the motto for National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on May 19. According to the Banyan Tree Project, which sponsors this Awareness Day on behalf of a wide cross-section of organizations serving Asians and Pacific Islanders: “Saving face” is a common cultural concept in A&PI communities, where individuals seek to … [Read more...]

GINGER Katz is Taking Action in MAY with The Courage Foundation!

The Courage to Speak® Foundation Newsletter May 2011 Welcome to our May Issue! Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101® Available in  Spanish In The News - Letter to the Editor, by Ginger Katz 7th Annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night on Neighborhood Journal as Shown on Cablevision of CT Save the Date - 13th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race & 5K Health Walk - August 6, 2011 @ 8 am Upcoming Presentations - May/June 2011 … [Read more...]

SAMHSA, Behavioral Health – National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Part I)

  Behavioral Health and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Part I)   As the recently appointed Federal inter-agency liaison for HIV/AIDS at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), I am pleased to join the discussion here on the AIDS.gov blog about how the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) is being implemented across the Federal government. In support of the NHAS, SAMHSA is engaged in a variety of activities that address the behavioral health needs of people at high … [Read more...]

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