Ideas to Raise Awareness
Activities should be based upon the values of the school; its community; administration; and students.
With all activities, please ensure local resources; and the school nurse name, location in the building, contact information, and a photo (if available) are prominently displayed/noted.
Collaborate with a student group in your school to select and plan activities to ensure they are youth-friendly, interesting, and relevant. Also consider working with a local nursing school program for ideas and volunteers to help implement activities.
School-wide awareness campaigns/activities to increase knowledge about Minors’ Rights; healthy relationships; HIV and STD prevention and testing; school climate; accessing healthcare, etc.
Feature monthly bulletin board awareness messages on a prominent board in the school (for example, in the cafeteria). It is not preferable for the Clinic Office bulletin board to be utilized. The goal is increased visibility of the message by the whole school population.
Focus on young men. Develop activities to increase the number of high-risk adolescent males accessing health care and HIV testing (in SBHCs, Teen Clinics, or CBOs). Coordinate and host a group of young men to discuss accessing healthcare (strategies, barriers, teen friendly clinics, when to seek healthcare, prevention services, etc.)
- Integrate this session with existing young men’s groups
- Co-host with a local Teen Clinic, CBO, or male Health Educator
Coordinate a calendar, video, poster, art or spoken word contest for students to develop messages about prevention; healthy relationships and communication; HIV testing; accessing teen clinics, etc.
Write a column in the student newspaper; school website; or parent newsletter that corresponds with the monthly awareness topic (or co-author with a student).
Make a morning or afternoon "tip of the day" during school announcements.
Host an info table about the topic during school lunch; staff meetings; and/or parent gatherings. Be sure to include resources as well as information.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Monthly Observances
Monthly observances are excellent opportunities to increase awareness by incorporating information on bulletin boards, school/parent newsletters, teacher’s lounge, school website, classroom presentations, etc. Seek appropriate permission and approval from district and school leaders if appropriate.
Visit Healthfinder.gov for National Health Observances including links to organizations offering resources.
Cervical Health Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
World Hepatitis Day
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action
National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
World AIDS Day
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Day
National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day