Promotion of Hygiene Behaviors in a Local Elementary School to Prevent the Spread of Common Communicable Illnesses
Authors: Rachel Amundson, Andrew Caudle, Kellie King, Katie McGuire, and Lupert Miles
We partnered with a class at Golden Isles Elementary School (GIES) and demonstrated hand hygiene using a simulated germ product that produced a glow under ultraviolet light to show how proper hand washing reduces bacteria. The students were educated about health literacy related to spreading illness. Through our intervention, we promoted positive behavioral changes that will create a lifelong impact on the health of children at GIES. Our service-learning outcomes include: 1) demonstrate an understanding of how communities function, 2) demonstrate effective use of problem-solving skills and strategies in service-learning assignments, and 3) demonstrate higher levels of critical and creative thinking by recognizing and analyzing problems, identifying viable solutions when possible, and defending choices of solutions. Our project greatly affects our community by helping to reduce the spread of communicable illnesses. We have shown critical and creative thinking by adapting healthcare related information in a manner that is understandable and appealing to children. By promoting simple behavioral interventions at an early age, we hope to give children the tools they need to live healthier lives.