During the Partnership, a school receives the tools necessary to improve infection prevention. The IPSPP provides partner schools with an Infection Prevention Tool Kit, a curriculum guide to Henry the Hand’s 4 Principles of Hand Awareness, and consultative support between the school and the Henry the Hand Foundation to ensure program success.
Implementing the IPSPP’s unique science-based curriculum is a simple way to reduce the spread of respiratory and gastro-intestinal diseases. The IPSPP raises awareness about infectious diseases and provides preventative techniques and strategies. The Foundation has adapted the Program to be able to deliver the message in spite of administrative changes in the school, and to make it easy for any person (teacher, parent, after-school program facilitator, mature high school student) to teach it.
The Program provides a short-term, medium-term, and long-term impact. The short-term impact is to teach students and awaken adults (staff and parents) about the importance of Hand Awareness (hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and cross contamination). The Program’s medium-term impact helps reduce absenteeism for students and staff, enabling a better learning environment. A healthy teacher is a better instructor, and a healthy student is a better learner. The medium-term impact also includes lowering school spending on substitute teachers and increasing work-place efficiency for parents. The Program leaves a long-term impact by creating life-long practitioners of the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness who will work in health care, food service, public health, and other careers where it is critical to be more “Hand Aware” for their own safety and the safety of others.