The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) has partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to provide high school and middle school students with Wise Bodies, a 12-video series and educator guide that provides critical information on awareness, prevention and neutralizing stigmas related to HIV/AIDS.
Wise Bodies, presented by AHF, activates MODS’ health and wellness strategic pillar and supports AHF’s mission to provide cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay. The initiative addresses the critical issue of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections in South Florida and beyond and with an actionable, factual and relevant education curriculum. The program champions learner empowerment through guided, open-minded discussions, science demonstrations and empathy-building activities. Wise Bodies also inspires students to pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.) Endorsed by Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), Wise Bodies was initially taught on site to thousands of students and has now been expanded to a virtual platform in response to COVID-19. With support from AHF, the impact will be further amplified to reach and inspire many more young minds. The Wise Bodies curriculum aligns with Florida State Standards. Concepts and skills that students will master include understanding the infectious nature of a virus, analyzing and applying strategies for prevention, detection and treatment of communicable diseases and debunking stigma. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1,000,000 individuals in 44 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe.