WELCOME TO THE HENRY THE HAND FOUNDATION!
Our mission: Keeping schools healthy by teaching the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness*.
We are a non-profit foundation founded in 2001 that has developed a science based multi-media and multi-sensory hand hygiene behavior modification program teaching hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette (correct coughing and sneezing habits) and cross contamination awareness: not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth (T Zone). Our Infection Prevention Program is delivered through a Tool Kit and utilizes innovative strategies and reinforcement tools to teach young children the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness. By adopting our Infection Prevention Program in early childhood centers, preschools, and schools you will help young children and students become lifelong practitioners of these important life skills that will help reduce respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections.
The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness:
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
2. DO NOT cough into hands.
3. DO NOT sneeze into hands.
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth.
*The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness endorsed by the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. William Sawyer — Founder
About Dr. Will
- Founder of Henry the Hand Foundation: Hand hygiene awareness advocate as seen in The New York Times and Washington Post
- 33 years as a Solo Practice Family Medicine Doctor teaching, coaching, and changing patients' behavior to benefit their health.
- Clean Hand Coalition, Co-founder of a CDC and Prevention coalition: 2003-Present
- Cincinnati Red Cross H1N1 Pandemic Program Sept 9, 2009
- Interventions to Prevent Influenza and Influenza Like Infections in the Retail Clinic Setting, RCEC 2013
- Hand Awareness presentations: Non Pharmaceutical Approach to Prevent Human Illness and Transmission of Emerging Pathogens presentations; NEHA 2006, NAHEC 2006 and USDA Food Safety Conference, 2006.
- Human Factor Engineering and Positive Deviance Strategy to Reduce HAI: Summit, May 2007
Keeping schools healthy by teaching the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness.
Spread the word, not the germs!