We're always coming up with new initiatives to raise awareness about antimicrobial resistance.
Find a project you're passionate about or propose your own!
We have a podcast! At ARMOR on the Air, we discuss the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what we as members of the public can do to help! Join our hosts, graduate student Dana and Danish pharmacist Karoline, as we learn more about superbugs and how to stop them!
AMR affects everyone; bacteria do not respect borders and irresponsible practices can contribute to a dangerous superbug epidemic. Make a video sharing your own perspective on AMR and what people can do to use antimicrobials more responsibly, or interview an expert on their research or profession and how it relates to AMR.
Global health is a community effort. The Boulder community still widely uses antimicrobial soaps. Many people do not wipe down their gym equipment after working out. People still purchase meat from animals that are fed antibiotics. Urge your community towards practices that prevent the development of superbugs.
ARMOR on the Air
ARMOR on the Air is a student-led podcast based out of the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what we as members of the public can do to help! Join our hosts, graduate student Dana and Danish pharmacist Karoline, as we learn more about superbugs and how to stop them!
Let us know if you have fun episode ideas. You can also be involved by sending us up to a page of facts and info on a topic that we can use to build a script, or by being a guest on the show!
Global Video Project
In an effort to raise awareness about antimicrobial resistance around the world, ARMOR initiated the Global Video Project. Take a short video of yourself sharing your perspective on antimicrobial resistance or interview an expert on their work with AMR, and post it on your Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.
Think about people you know that are on the front lines of the antimicrobial resistance challenge. Maybe your family doctor, a parent, or a friend. Visit Wardenburg or Boulder Community Hospital, researchers at universities and companies, even the Boulder Valley Humane Society! Ask to speak to doctors, vets, nurses, and scientists about antimicrobial resistance. With permission, type up an article or create a video sharing what you've learned. It's important that the general public sees what a serious issue antimicrobial resistance is; this is a great way to show that while gaining valuable experience in a medical setting.
Make sure to tag us in it @cu_armor and use the hashtag #GlobalARMOR. Need some inspiration? Check out the ARC Labs YouTube Channel!
Briefly describe what antimicrobial resistance is.
How serious is antimicrobial resistance?
How often do you see antimicrobial resistance?
Have you ever had an antimicrobial resistant infection?
Do you know someone who has?
What are some habits we can adopt to use antimicrobials more sustainably?
What do you think needs to be done on a global scale to solve antimicrobial resistance?
Addressing antimicrobial resistance is a global effort; everyone in the community needs to get involved. Foster a culture of antimicrobial responsibilty!
Here are some of the initiatives we have in the works:
- Ditch the Antimicrobial Soap! CU Boulder still uses antimicrobial soap, especially in labs, since this is the only soap available for purchase in the Chemical Stock Room (the main supplier for most campus labs). Set up meetings with university officials, gather names for a petition, and urge the university to shift to non-antimicrobial alternatives. Help us hold DIY Soap-Making events for a fun experience making safe soap!
- Pocket-sized Education. We have little pamphlets with facts and tips to hand out to students, faculty, and anyone visiting the campus. These little handouts can remind people to avoid purchasing meat that's been raised with antibiotics or to wipe down your gym equipment when you're finished working out. Once the habit has been formed, pass it along to someone else and share sustainability tips!
- Tabling. Student organizations can table in the UMC for free! Sign up to table and spread the word about antimicrobial resistance to anyone who stops by, invite them to join ARMOR if they're interested! We try to get snacks to encourage students to stop by our table. Want some donuts? You gotta listen to us talk about AMR first!
- Local Businesses. Boulder is filled with open-minded, receptive people who would be extremely enthusiastic about shifting to sustainable alternatives that prevent the acceleration of antimicrobial resistance. Visit your favorite coffee shop or the Boulder Bookstore on Pearl St. and talk to the owner about ways they can make their business more sustainable.
Interested in a project? Have more ideas? Email us at email@example.com and we'll help you make an impact in the community!