Media Advisory: SFUSD teens launch public health campaign

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Media Advisory: SFUSD teens launch public health campaign

Media Advisory


To build awareness among teenagers about the growing public health threat of antibiotic resistance, twenty SFUSD students launch a multimedia health campaign that includes a website, social media posts, and printed materials.

The students, all currently juniors from eleven SFUSD high schools, spent the summer learning about the science of antibiotic resistance at UCSF’s San Francisco Health Investigators (SFHI) Program. They surveyed nearly five hundred San Franciscans to understand their knowledge of the problem of antibiotic resistance. SFHI students used the survey data to inform the development of a health campaign.


Wednesday, November 15 / call for details           


Phillip & Sala Burton High School / 400 Mansell St.


Antibiotics are super drugs that save millions of lives each year, but their power is being threatened. Bacteria that can’t be stopped by antibiotics are on the rise. Antibiotic resistance is on the rise as a global health threat.

In May 2016, the Wellcome Trust released a comprehensive report and recommendations related to tackling this problem. The top recommendation was for a “massive global public awareness” campaign that targets children and teenagers.

SFHI is composed of teenage student researchers who have the cultural knowledge and capital to design messages for their peers.


Two Burton High School student investigators

Rebecca Smith, Ph.D., Co-Director of UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership


Student investigators talk about antibiotic resistance.


The San Francisco Health Investigators (SFHI) program is a year-long internship program for San Francisco Unified high school students. SFHI is designed to leverage participating students’ cultural knowledge as they take on the role of Student Researchers and investigate the awareness, knowledge, and attitudes about current health issues in their communities. SFHI seeks to empower participating students to positively affect health in their home communities, and Student Researchers use their research outcomes to design messaging campaigns to build awareness, counter misconceptions, and inform health behaviors. SFHI is led by UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership and is funded by an NIH Science Education Partnership Award.



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