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!
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.
Doctors and nurses are on the front lines of the AMR challenge, dealing with outbreaks and teaching patients how to use antibiotics responsibly. Scientists and researchers dedicate their lives to the development of new treatments for resistant infections. Find these individuals in your community, interview them and share their story with the world.
Global health is a community effort. CU Boulder still widely uses antimicrobial soaps. Many people do not wipe down their gym equipment after working out. Urge your community towards practices that prevent the development of superbugs.
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 and post it on your Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. Make sure to tag us in it @cu_armor and use the hashtag #GlobalARMOR. Need some inspiration? Check out the ARC Labs YouTube Channel!
Interview Medical Professionals
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, even the Boulder Valley Humane Society, ask to speak to doctors, vets, and nurses 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.
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.
- Pocket-sized Education. We are building business card-sized facts and tips to hand out to students, faculty, and anyone visiting the campus. These little cards can hang out in people's wallets as a reminder 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 the card 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 can even try to get pizza or snacks to encourage students to stop by our table. Want some pizza? 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!