The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) has reached out to The Red Pump Project to have a conversation about National Women and Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). This conversation will be taking place on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 12 pm (EST)/ 11 am (CST) in the form of a TwitterView, an interview on Twitter.
NPIN regularly conducts TwitterViews through its Twitter account @cdcnpin) with leaders in the prevention community, organizations doing unique work, and individuals who are making a difference in HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD, and tuberculosis prevention and care.
Wednesday’s TwitterView will be on the topic of The Red Pump Project’s campaign and social media outreach surrounding NWGHAAD. You can follow along on the CDC NPIN Twitter page or read the transcript later on the NPIN Facebook Fan page.
In return, we had a chance to ask Melissa Beaupierre, Senior Director of CDC NPIN, who has been involved in HIV prevention herself for over 20 years, a few questions.
Luvvie: What made you decide to start doing TwitterViews?
Melissa: We wanted to communicate with people who were making a difference in the prevention community and share their efforts with others. Twitter is such a great forum to immediately connect with people from around the country who may live far apart, but who are all working together for a common cause.
Luvvie: What made you pick The Red Pump Project as the subject of the TwitterView for March 10th?
Melissa: NPIN has been following the social media outreach efforts of the Red Pump Project since before NWGHAAD 2010. The Red Pump Project’s work was a huge part of our inspiration for the National HIV Testing Day Twitter Town Hall we did last year and we greatly appreciated the tips that we received from you based on your work for NWGHAAD
2010. We have our own NPIN Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages, and we appreciate having the other organizations like the Red Pump Project with whom we can interact and share information. Essentially, we think that The Red Pump Project is doing a great job engaging followers!
Luvvie: Why is it important that we recognize Women & Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?
Melissa: It is so important for agencies and organizations to come together to raise awareness of HIV prevention and care needs of women and to teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested for HIV, and how to live with and manage HIV/AIDS if they are already HIV positive. We need to work together to spread the message to women about what puts them at risk, how to protect themselves, fight stigma, and the importance of getting tested! NPIN’s mission is to connect public health prevention partners and provide tools and resources to help them do great prevention work.
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, Melissa! We’re honored to have been chosen for NPIN’s TwitterView, and we’re very much looking forward to it.
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About CDC NPIN
The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is the U.S. reference and referral service for information on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB). NPIN collects, catalogs, processes, and electronically disseminates materials and information on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB to organizations and people working in those disease fields in national, state, and local settings. All NPIN services are designed to facilitate sharing of information and resources on education and prevention services, published materials, research findings, and trends among users. For more information about NPIN, please visit www.cdcnpin.org.