AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title HIV/AIDS Awareness Event
Project type(s) Speaker,Other
Date completed 01/25/2007
Chapter California State University, Los Angeles
Project Coordinator Theresa Cheng
Summary of project Members of our chapter volunteered to create informational, interactive presentations on global HIV/AIDS. These presentations were months in the making, and were finally exhibited in a ballroom on the Cal State LA campus for the general campus commmunity to come and view. Presentations included "Biology of HIV/AIDS," "History of HIV/AIDS," "HIV/AIDS Myths & Facts," "Global Statistics on HIV/AIDS," "Psychology of HIV/AIDS," and "How You Can Help." Also, speaker Sherri Lewis came and discussed her experiences as an HIV-positive health activist.

Content area HIV/AIDS
Number of participants 15
Participant hours involved 90 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost 532.28
Project funding Local chapter funds,AMSA grant,Other grant
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising The project was advertised with 8 1/2 x 11 flyers as well as some larger 11 x 17, colorful posters. Announcements were also made in some classrooms. I'm sorry to say that advertising was the weak point of the event planning. I think we could have made the advertising more exciting and attention-grabbing. Our event turnout was mediocre--not bad, but not good.
Success rating
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Lessons/suggestions As a fledgling chapter, we are struggling to create a campus buzz. It's very hard to generate enthusiasm in a non-traditional campus community like Cal State LA where most commute and many have jobs and families. Advertising becomes key. I think if we included compelling portions of our HIV/AIDS presentations and shocking facts/statistics on our flyers and posters, we may have generated more buzz and got more people to pay attention.

Comments As noble as your intentions may be in doing an event that includes educational presentations, you do have to employ some clever publicity in order to get people there in the first place. I think the thought of something educational, as interesting and significant as the subject matter may be, is a little bit of a turn-off for some. Stop thinking like a young, bright-eyed pre-med for a few moments and think like a crafty advertiser! Figure out some attention-grabbing publicity. Then immediately get back to thinking like an enthusiastic pre-med, because that enthusiasm, along with some clever and eye-catching advertising will bring in a crowd to your event.