How to Plan World AIDS Day Activities:
Hospital/Health Plan Tips

How to Plan Activities
Selected Resources for World AIDS Day
Hotline References

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How to Plan World AIDS Day Activities -- Hospitals/Health Plans

World AIDS Day on December 1st draws people together from around the world in solidarity to pay tribute to the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS, raise awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS, and celebrate victories that are allowing more people to live longer and healthier lives through increased advances and access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care.

The World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee selects a theme for World AIDS Day in consultation with several agencies involved in the AIDS response. The theme until 2015 will be, “Getting to Zero.” Specific localities are encouraged to develop their own relevant activities and messages to help build HIV/AIDS awareness for their local areas in November or December. To help observe World AIDS Day, please refer to the following activities:

Planning something for World AIDS Day?
Contact the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) once events are set-up so they can be listed on the MDH web site's Statewide World AIDS Day Calendar. Please submit the "Planning Something for World AIDS Day" (PDF: 11KB/1 page) form to Roy Nelson at MDH (651) 201-4027, Fax: (651) 201-4000 or e-mail:

  • Contact individuals and organizations in your community that could assist with World AIDS Day activities. Places such as local clinics, public health departments, AIDS organizations, or schools who could provide exhibits, performances or presentations

  • Choose an event, health fair, display booth, vigil, campaign or ceremony to promote World AIDS Day

  • Convene planning meetings, obtain resources and partnerships, and propose a budget to support activity

  • Submit a proposal and budget to hospital/health plan administrators to support World AIDS Day activities

  • Wear/distribute red ribbons as a symbol of hope to staff, visitors and patients. Post electronic ribbon and message on hospital’s social media accounts

  • Contact schools, business leaders, clergy and local organizations in your county and encourage them to help promote your World AIDS Day activities

  • Hold a candlelight vigil or parade in lobby with singers, rappers, bands, poets and performers

  • Decorate a World AIDS Day tree, wall or bulletin board in memory of those who have died of AIDS

  • Encourage coalitions in which your hospital is a member to participate in World AIDS Day

  • Obtain free materials from CDC’s Act against AIDS campaign:

  • Arrange for HIV/AIDS presentations by hospital staff with expertise in HIV prevention, treatment or care

  • Arrange for HIV/AIDS related DVD showings in waiting areas, cafeteria or lobby

  • Write a letter or editorial to your local newspaper, radio station or social media outlets demonstrating support or promoting World AIDS Day activities

  • Write a column for your hospital/health plan’s member newsletter and/or staff bulletin about HIV/AIDS or World AIDS Day

  • Contact the NAMES Project and bring The AIDS Memorial Quilt to your hospital lobby or sew a square onto the quilt, (404) 688-5500;

  • Display exhibits, posters, flyers, videos, or brochures about HIV/AIDS in hospital lobby or cafeteria

  • Post information about your World AIDS Day activities on your hospital’s blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and other social media outlets

  • Deliver HIV/AIDS fact sheets and brochures to hospital staff so they can distribute to their clients and/or place in their patient waiting areas

  • Add World AIDS Day links to your hospital’s web site such as MDH's World AIDS Day web site.

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

Updated Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 03:31PM