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Thursday, November 29 • 8:00am - 9:30am
F-11 - Establishing an HIV Services Internet Portal to Enhance Access and Retention in Care

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This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the development of HIVAZ.org, a web portal to HIV testing, care and education/prevention information available throughout Arizona. The workshop will not be a demonstration of the website’s functionality. Rather, the session will provide an in-depth overview of the progression of the site’s development, from its humble beginnings as a Planning Council Support activity to establish the Part A resource guide online, to a community effort to establish a comprehensive web portal aligned with our EMA’s EIIHA initiatives and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The session will explore the research process, strategy and structure created for the website, user considerations, resource needs, content management, and successes/challenges/lessons learned.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the conceptual framework for creating an information delivery strategy for support of the EMA’s EIIHA/EIS efforts and the National HIV/AIDS strategy. The session will also address community-identified barriers and gaps in information access/sharing.
  • Participants will understand considerations involved in defining the structure and content of the Web site (i.e., identifying and gathering content, addressing user interface concerns, site/database design and management, and the human and capital resources needed to implement and maintain the initiative).
  • Participants will understand the level of community collaboration required to support the development of the site (data collection, content advisement, content creation, marketing and promotion, ongoing collaboration). Participants will gain insight from a first-person evaluation of the implementation of the initiative.


John Sapero

Program Coordinator, Maricopa County Department of Public Health
John Sapero has more than 22 years of experience in HIV/AIDS activities, including peer education, advocacy, fundraising, policy development and program management. Upon his HIV diagnosis in 1989, John entered medical care via the Ryan White program. In 1999, John was appointed to... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am EST
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