Cornell University EMS Asks: Got Soap?

Cornell University EMS (CUEMS) is once again organizing the Got Soap? public health campaign with Cornell's Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) on November 12.

The Got Soap? campaign was initiated in the fall of 2009 by CUEMS. The event consisted of 1,500 individuals on campus wearing custom t-shirts stating "Got Soap?" and "Beat the Flu, Wash Your Hands!" while distributing 6,300 free bars of soap and information about the seasonal and H1N1 flus. 1,510 shirts were printed in 24 hours by PSP Unlimited, and the bars of soap were donated by Marietta Corporation for distribution.

Along with CUEMS and EH&S, other supporting departments wore Got Soap? shirts and promoted the importance of hand hygiene. These included Gannett Health Services, Residential Life, Campus Life, Cornell Dining, as well as all campus residential advisors and several faculty members. The campaign received national media attention and was mimicked by several institutions, including two elementary schools in different states.

This year, Marietta Corporation generously donated 19,000 bars of soap for distribution. In addition, Clorox donated 1,000 hand sanitizers and 1,000 disinfectant wipes. These products will be distributed in several locations on the Cornell campus, in addition to residence halls. The event will be promoted with participants from last year wearing their Got Soap? shirts and other participants wearing Got Soap? buttons.

CUEMS is a part of EH&S, and is a New York State certified EMS agency. CUEMS is completely student-run agency and is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. In addition to the Got Soap? campaign, CUEMS is celebrating Collegiate EMS Week with various activities and surrounding agencies. These include a vehicle expose, alcohol and bike safety demonstration with the Cornell University Police Department (CUPD) and American Red Cross Blood Drive.

For more information on the campaign and organization, visit