The following campaigns were created for The Center for Global & Public Health Innovative Evidence-Based Covid-19 Educational Outreach (IEBCEO) Grant. This grant was awarded to the Office of Health Promotion Internship Team for the 2020-21 academic year.  

With everything that typically goes on in college students’ lives, the additional worries of COVID-19 can make everything even more overwhelming. As students and interns at the Office of Health Promotion focused on promoting health and well-being, we understand how challenging it can be to balance our normal responsibilities, along with the new responsibilities that come with the Caritas Commitment. Never has there been a time more clearly demonstrating the impact our individual actions can have on the greater community than COVID-19.  

To promote these actions and encourage our community to continue putting each other first, we have developed two campaigns. Spread Facts, Not Fear and #IWearMyMaskFor are two very different social media campaigns that we hope you will share and participate in.

Health Promotion Internship Team: Grace Gentle, Publications Intern; Anna Jankowski, Marketing & Social Media Intern; Jaylene Joseph, Logistics Intern


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The Spread Facts, Not Fear campaign is designed to address the very real fears and anxieties that students have related to COVID-19 by reinforcing what we know to be fact. Students can expect to see these facts on social media, on the surveillance testing booking site and in the Stall Street Journal.


Know Your Facts: If you test positive for COVID-19, Villanova contact tracers will ask for information to help identify your close contacts. Villanova contact tracers do NOT make referrals for disciplinary action.


Know Your Facts: If you are identified by a Villanova contact tracer as a close contact to an infected individual, you will be tested for COVID-19 and need to quarantine for 14 days. A close contact is defined as being within six feet for an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, with or without a mask.


Know Your Facts: An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or two days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.


Know Your Facts: Drinking alcohol does not prevent COVID-19. In fact, chronic heavy alcohol consumption reduces immunity to viral and bacterial infections.


Know Your Facts: Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can cause people to avoid or reject others even though they are not at risk for spreading the virus


Know Your Facts: If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was tested. A negative test result only means you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing or that your sample was collected or too early in your infection.




The #IWearMyMaskFor campaign is designed to personalize the pandemic by connecting to members of the Villanova community and the people in their lives for whom they wear their masks to protect and prevent the spread of disease. Students can expect to see members of the Villanova community highlighted on social media throughout the spring semester as a reminder that COVID-19 continues to impact our community in ways that we might not always see, understand or realize. It reminds us that putting Community First means extends beyond ourselves and our loved ones, that our individual and collective actions have impact on others beyond Villanova.

Anna Jankowski holding up a V with two fingers
Anna Jankowski with hugging her mom

Tell us how COVID-19 has impacted you.
The pandemic has greatly altered my college experience. Just as I thought I was finally figuring out my place at Villanova, we were abruptly sent home. That definitely impacted me socially and emotionally. I loved spending time with my family but also felt very isolated in quarantine and had to find new ways to cope with my anxiety in relation to the pandemic.

Does the mask that you typically wear, or like to wear most, have a story?
My favorite mask is any mask that doesn’t make my glasses fog up, haha. But during the summer I learned to sew and stitched a heart into a mask I bought at Target as a quarantine project and that one is definitely very special to me.

Who do you wear your mask for? Why are they important to you and how have they had an impact on your life?
I wear my mask for my mom! She is the most important person in my life. She is the strongest, kindest, most compassionate woman I know. She is at high risk for getting the virus and it could cause major health complications for her if me or my three other siblings brought it home to her. This has made me be extremely cautious and very diligent in wearing my masks to keep my family, and other people in similar situations to my family, safe. You never know what the people around you are going through so I want to do my small part in keeping everyone as safe as possible.

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