AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title The AIDS Memorial Quilt Comes to Wayne State!
Project type(s) Fundraiser,Social Event,Speaker,Other
Date completed 03/28/2008
Chapter Wayne State University SOM
Project Coordinator David Goodyear
Summary of project We hosted a display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the cafeteria of our medical school building for one week in order to raise AIDS awareness. One of the nights we held a reception with two speakers: One was a physician who talked about his first HIV positive patient in the early 1980's and the second speaker was a woman from the Detroit area who spoke about her experience being HIV+. The reception was open to medical students, physicians, community members, etc. Anybody could come to see the Quilt and hear the speakers talk.

Content area HIV/AIDS
Number of participants 35
Participant hours involved 200 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost $1,200.00
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds,AMSA grant,Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising We had flyers placed in windows of businesses all over the Detroit community. We also had articles on the Wayne State University Web site and in the Detroit Free Press newspaper. I also sent out e-mails to everyone in the medical school and anyone else who I knew. Overall, it was pretty successful.
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
5
Lessons/suggestions The hardest part was finding a place to display that Quilt that would meet all of the requirements of the NAMES Project foundation, which is the organization that is in charge of the AIDS Quilt. The Quilt has to be guarded 24 hours a day OR locked up when nobody is there to watch it. We chose to lock it up every day for 8 hours, so for the rest of the day (every day of the week), we had somebody from AMSA guarding the Quilt.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Comments Be organized with this type of an event. There are a lot of things that you need to consider: funding, security for the Quilt, display guidelines, etc. www.aidsquilt.org is the Web site. They are very thorough about the stipulations for hosting a display of the AIDS Quilt. Everything you need should be on that Web site.