Scrub Up, Tune Up Hand washing Program



Scrub Up, Tune Up is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension's Family and Community Health Unit program with efforts in infectious disease prevention.


Mark D. Faries, PhD
Associate Professor and Extension Health Specialist
Address: 1470 William D. Fitch Pkwy
College Station, TX 77845-2251

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Scrub Up, Tune Up is a part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension's Family and Community Health Unit program efforts in infectious disease prevention, and is housed within the Howdy Health program database platform.

Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect against getting sick from the spread of ‘bad’ germs that cause infectious diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic illuminated the beliefs, barriers, and poor hand washing behavior of Texans, as well as data from our own statewide research. Also, our early contact with the CDC hand washing division led to the development of an online program (and eventual community, in-person version) for community outreach. The CDC does not accommodate community-based programming, thus encourages partners like Extension to aid in behavior change programs to improve hand washing behavior and meet recommendations for infectious disease prevention.

The current Scrub Up, Tune Up program is self-paced, mainly designed to increase awareness of current hand washing behavior and beliefs. It is research-based, and as mentioned, is a current first step to guide our next step of program development for in-person community programming.

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