• The 4 Principles of
    Hand Awareness

    1. Wash your hands when they
    are dirty and BEFORE eating
    2. DO NOT cough into your hands
    3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
    4. Above all, DO NOT put your
    fingers into your eyes, nose
    or mouth

    Henry the Hand

    The 4 Principles fo Hand Awareness have been endorsed by the AMA and AAFP

    The CDC and Prevention say handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease.


    About Us

    We are a Non-Profit (501c3) dedicated to improving health and wellness by making people aware of the role their hands play in the spread of infectious diseases, using several different multi-sensory and media techniques. We teach non-pharmaceutical infection prevention strategies (Hand Awareness: hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and cross-contamination awareness) to prevent people from contracting or spreading respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections.

    Our Educational Programs include Infection Prevention Tool Kits tailored to many different community settings that are both national and international. They are science-based educational resources that implement a positive deviance strategy using multi-sensory and multi-media social marketing techniques.

    Over the past 15 years we have collaborated with state and local health departments, healthcare systems, national health and prevention organizations (APIC, AAFP), the CDC, USDA, FDA, various universities and schools, Kroger Grocery Stores, Walgreens, and Costco. We continue to facilitate the monthly conference calls for the CHC (The Clean Hands Coalition) that was co-founded by our own Dr. William Sawyer. We have done research work with the local University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (UCCOM) and Bethesda North Hospital in the areas of hand hygiene knowledge and behaviors of healthcare workers. We believe that our public health is better served by being proactive rather than reactive. The CDC does a good job determining the epidemiology of an event, but where they are lacking is in teaching true Infection Prevention for seasonal and annual respiratory infectious diseases.

    We want EVERYONE to practice our Primary Infection Prevention Program for Good Health!

    WE NEED YOUR HELP to “Spread the Word Not the Germs”!

    This is the Best Practice for hand hygiene and the ONLY program that teaches about the role of our hands in the spread of infectious diseases. Our Infection Prevention Program raises awareness about the importance of not putting your finger into your eyes, nose, or mouth (our 4th Principle of Hand Awareness) because it is the most common way to contaminate or inoculate oneself. Improving the public’s awareness of this single behavior can help prevent a pandemic! Don’t forget that the ten most deadly weapons are on your hands (your fingers)!

    Henry the Hand Foundation is a grassroots non-profit organization that uses our resources to share our Hand Awareness message with children and adults across the globe. We would really appreciate it if you could give us a hand.  We encourage parents and health professionals to “Adopt a School” (daycare, Head Start program, pre-school, or school) in their community to act as ambassadors for Henry’s Infection Prevention Program, which allows them to take a leadership role in teaching health education.

    We are a small Foundation (Nonprofit 501c3) and we need your help to share this message with others, which will benefit all of us!


    Our Vision:

    To improve everyone’s health by raising awareness about the role of our hands in the spread of infectious diseases.

    “Hand Awareness”

    Our Mission:

    IRS Public Charity letter

    For a copy of the recent IRS Public Charity declaration please click on the title above to view or download.


    If you have any questions or would like to assist us in our effort, please contact me.

    Thank you,

    Dr.Will Sawyer




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