NSU Faculty Receive National Library of Medicine Grant

Norfolk State faculty members in diverse disciplines have received a $48,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine to engage in community outreach to decrease the spread of the HIV.  Project CHOICE: Information Access is designed to provide accurate information regarding HIV/AIDS using innovative educational technology to develop an iBook and EPUB (a digital book for Android devices).

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Dr. Desi Hacker

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Dr. Cynthia Burwell

The project is a collaborative endeavor under the direction of Drs. Desi Hacker (Graduate Studies and College of Liberal Arts), Cynthia Burwell (School of Education) and Rasha Morsi (College of Science, Engineering and Technology). This interdisciplinary team is further supported by local community agencies, EVMS HIV and AIDS Resource Center and ACCESS AIDS, and has secured partnerships with 10 local faith-based institutions across Hampton Roads.  In addition to getting feedback from community partners, it will engage both undergraduate and graduate students in the development of the iBook and EPUB to ensure that it is both culturally sensitive and relevant to the African-American community.

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Dr. Rasha Morsi

The goal of this project is to reach adults ages 18 years and older living in the Hampton Roads community.  Currently, Hampton Roads is a high-risk community for contracting the virus and disproportionately affects minorities. The iBook will provide information on the prevalence and impact of HIV/AIDS in the community.  It will allow readers to interact with the content by providing scenarios to assess risk and consider options for safer behaviors as well as provide links to resources and services both locally and nationally.

For more information on the grant and Project CHOICE, contact Dr. Desi Hacker at dshacker@nsu.edu.

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