World AIDS Day Community-Based Organization Tips - Minnesota Dept. of Health

How to Plan World AIDS Day Activities:
Tip Sheet for Community-Based Organization (CBOs)

2015 World AIDS Day Theme:

Getting to Zero - reducing new HIV infections, discrimination, and AIDS related deaths to zero

Suggested Activities
World AIDS Day Resources

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Suggested Activities

Planning something for World AIDS Day?
Contact MDH once events are set-up so they can be listed on the MDH web site's World AIDS Day Calendar of Minnesota Events.

  • Contact individuals and organizations in your community interested in planning World AIDS Day activities and host a planning meeting. Places such as local hospitals, clinics, social service agencies, AIDS advocacy groups, or schools are good starting points
  • Determine if a single collective event or a series of independent events would be best to raise awareness through speakers, exhibitors and performers at forums, health fairs, rallies, vigils, community events, parades, block parties, faith services, etc.
  • Host planning meetings; obtain resources, partnerships and funds to support chosen activity
  • Submit a proclamation to your agency board stating that your organization recognizes World AIDS Day
  • Wear/distribute to others a red ribbon as a symbol of hope to work sites, schools and community groups. Distribute electronic ribbon to social media outlets
  • Contact schools, businesses, clergy, health care organizations and local agencies and encourage their scheduling of prevention webinars, seminars or DVD showings for their clients/staff on behalf of World AIDS Day
  • Hold a candlelight vigil at a public park or at your agency with singers, rappers, musicians, poets, dancers, performers and story tellers
  • Decorate a World AIDS Day tree, memorial wall, bulletin board, etc., in memory of those who have died of AIDS in your agency lobby or public setting
  • Distribute World AIDS Day information:
    • Place World AIDS Day information and links onto your agency’s web site
    • Encourage your agency to display posters, flyers, or brochures in your lobby and in your lunch rooms
    • Send announcements about events, activities and resources using your agency’s email address books, mailings, newsletters and electronic bulletins
  • Write a letter or editorial to your local newspaper and other publications demonstrating support or listing your events for World AIDS Day 2015. In addition, take photos of your events and send follow-up stories
  • Contact the NAMES Project and bring The AIDS Memorial Quilt to your agency or sew a square onto the quilt, 404-688-5500
  • Celebrate “DAY WITH(OUT) ART” to inspire meaningful discussions about HIV/AIDS and increase awareness.  For more information, contact Visual AIDS, 212-627-9855
  • Display exhibits, posters, flyers, videos, or brochures about HIV/AIDS at a public setting, sporting event, library, courthouse or during an existing community event
  • Post information about your World AIDS Day activities on your agency’s blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and other social media outlets
  • Participate with other existing World AIDS Day planning groups and coalitions to host events

Selected Resources for World AIDS Day and/or HIV/AIDS Materials