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Welcome to Handwashing Works!

We are pleased to introduce this very special handwashing education program.

Essity, a global hygiene and health company, has set out to make a difference and improve hygiene standards in schools. The goal of this program is to help establish and reinforce handwashing habits, which will help to decrease the spread of germs throughout schools and in your home.

After two years of development we are very pleased to introduce Handwashing Works! Through Essity’s Essentials Initiative (formerly known as Hygiene Matters) we discovered the need for more in-depth hand hygiene education for children. Handwashing Works is a resource for PreK through 2nd grade educators to use when delivering handwashing education in their schools. They can order a free instruction kit which includes a lesson plan and materials for in-class activities. Students learn the five steps to follow for effective handwashing and when they should wash their hands.

Essity teamed up with the School District of Philadelphia and Temple University’s College of Public Health to measure the impact of hand hygiene education on student behavior. The study was conducted by Heather M. Murphy, Ph.D., P.Eng and Deirdre Dingman, DrPH, MPH, CHES with support from Temple graduate students.

The study findings revealed that nearly 45% of the students participating in the study increased the quality of their handwashing. Temple evaluators observed students and scoring was applied to each child’s handwashing activity (following handwashing steps in order, scrubbing their hands for 20 seconds, drying their hands) over a period of time.

Anna B Pratt Pre-K Handwashing Students

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meet our team

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

Project Manager
Stephanie Gebhart

Stephanie Gebhart

Creative Director
Heather M. Murphy, Ph.D., P.Eng

Heather M. Murphy, Ph.D., P.Eng

Sanitation Evaluator
Deirdre Dingman, DrPH, MPH, CHES

Deirdre Dingman, DrPH, MPH, CHES

Principal Investigator

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Handwashing Education Timeline

2016-10-01
Our Mother of Consolation

Our First Handwashing Event with 15 First Graders

2016-12-07
Wayne Elementary

National Handwashing Week- Second graders (20 kids taught)

2017-10-16
Valley Forge Elementary

This was an action packed day! We visited four classrooms total! (80 kids, 2nd grade)

2018-03-01
Anna B Pratt Pre-K

New Program Launch and Study Commenced. Pre-K, 102 children taught.

2018-04-12
Fitzpatrick School

Our First Official Handwashing Works event. Bright Futures Pre-K Program, 67 new handwashing masters

2018-06-01
Nebinger Elementary School

26 Kindergarteners taught

2018-10-10
Handwashing Works National Launch

We are proud to initiate the National Launch of our Handwashing Program!

2018-12-03
Essity's Jammin Jingle Challenge Launch