How to Plan World AIDS Day Activities:
Local Health Department Tips

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

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How to Plan World AIDS Day Activities -- Local Health Departments

World AIDS Day is not merely a one-day event, but rather serves as a “kick-off” for the forthcoming year to enable individuals, communities, organizations and businesses to become involved in the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS and for the promotion of new or existing HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and care programs. It is also a time to reflect, memorialize and show compassion for those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

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 suggested 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:

  • Identify and contact individuals and organizations in your community interested in planning World AIDS Day activities.  Places such as local hospitals, clinics, social service agencies, AIDS organizations, or schools are good starting points

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

  • Host planning meetings; obtain resources, partnerships and funds to support chosen activity

  • Submit a proclamation to your mayor or county board stating that your county or public health nursing service recognizes World AIDS Day

  • Wear/distribute to others a red ribbon as a symbol of hope to work sites, schools and community. Distribute electronic ribbon to social media outlets

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

  • Hold a candlelight vigil or parade in a public area 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 agency is a member to participate in World AIDS Day

  • Promote and encourage on-going HIV/AIDS seminars or DVD showings in schools, colleges, worksites, faith settings and health care settings

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

  • Contact the NAMES Project and bring The AIDS Memorial Quilt to your community 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, event, library, county courthouse, worksite or shopping center

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

  • Deliver HIV/AIDS brochures to local physicians, clinics and agencies so they can distribute to clients

  • Add World AIDS Day links to your agency’s web site.

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

Updated Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 03:32PM