Tuesday, July 14, 2009

AIDS.gov and Community Voice Mail

AIDS.gov just posted a really nice piece on their blog about our national efforts to reach 20,000 Community Voice Mail clients and 1,800 social service agencies last month with information about HIV testing. This is a follow-up to our previous post about this outreach effort.

The AIDS.gov post includes a voice response we received from one of our clients, who heard the message, pressed the "4" key on her phone, and recorded a comment. We love having this level of communication with the people who use our service, and I think we're only beginning to tap into the power of this network. It seems strange to say in these Internet-fueled days, but there is great power in hearing a human voice, and maintaining that rich connection to another human being. This is particularly true for people who are experiencing homelessness or other problems that make it difficult to stay connected to others.

It's been great working with AIDS.gov on this, and we look forward to working with more partners to distribute information to our clients and the agencies that serve them. What other information should we send to help our clients build better lives? Leave us a note in the comments if you feel so inclined...

We definitely weren't the only ones working to increase awareness about National HIV Testing Day. Hundreds of organizations and countless individuals organized around this, and we're glad to have been included. Oh, and here's one other notable participant...

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