National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention represents the nation’s premier researchers, clinicians, and advocates for melanoma and skin cancer prevention, bringing together more than 40 organizations, agencies, and associations in a shared mission to prevent skin cancer through education, advocacy, and raising awareness.

Help your school become a Skin Smart Campus! Schools achieving platinum status receive two free sunscreen dispensers & a year’s worth of sunscreen! You can work as a team or as an individual. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Let’s get your school on board! Click to find out more. The project involves:

  • Check for tanning beds on campus & in off-campus student housing
  • Make sure campus cash cards can’t purchase tanning sessions
  • Create an educational UV safety web page for your school’s website (We’ll help you!)
  • Ask campus leadership to sign a Memo of Understanding demonstrating their support

AAD Good Skin Knowledge

Community Grant Applications Now Open! The AAD Good Skin Knowledge Community Grant is open to community groups, schools, and after school programs to help deliver a four-module lesson plan training to children ages 8-13 within their organization. Please note that the community organization must apply for the grant and that the money will be provided to the organization directly. As a medical student, you are welcome to assist them with their application. Good Skin Knowledge is the American Academy of Dermatology’s youth education campaign. The goal is to teach young people the facts about common skin, hair, and nail conditions. Misunderstanding can lead to teasing and bullying, which is associated with anxiety and depression. The AAD will offer community grants up to $1,000 to non-profit and community-based organizations in underserved populations in order to provide the opportunity to deliver Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan training to children ages 8-13 in their community. Learn if your organization is eligible to apply.  Applications are open through March 31, 2022. The following criteria must be met to secure a grant:

  • Grantee must be a community organization in an underserved area.
  • Signed waivers/consent forms from all participants must be submitted to AAD.
  • Signed letter of agreement must be submitted.
  • Total trained students must be submitted via summary form after event(s).
  • All supplies for STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities must be purchased by the grantee and available for use during training sessions with students. Itemized receipts for purchase of supplies must be submitted.
  • All four session modules must be covered: the skin, acne, sun safety and plants and bugs.
  • Training must be delivered by December 31, 2022.

Please see https://www.aad.org/public/public-health/good-skin-knowledge/community-grants for details.

Sun Hero

Contact email: info@beasunhero.com

Description: Sun Hero strives to raise awareness on the importance of adequate sun protection in early childhood by providing curriculum and sun-safety kits for healthcare professionals (including medical students) to teach sun-safe behaviors to grade schools. Check out the slides for more information!

Global Vitiligo Support

Contact email: If you are interested in volunteering or being connected with a support group in your area, please feel free to email Rachita Pandya (rachipandya@gmail.com) and Minu Reddy (mreddy6@luc.edu).

Description: The Global Vitiligo Support Community would like to connect vitiligo support groups across the States with medical students who would be interested in volunteering. Volunteer roles are flexible and can include activities like joining group or phone meetings with members, posting on behalf of their chapter on social media sites, letter writing, sharing pamphlets with local dermatologists, fundraising and organizing social events. The support community has been working to improve the quality of life of hundreds of individuals, and student volunteers play an integral role in this process. 

Here is a link about our support groups: https://globalvitiligofoundation.org/supportgroups/

Other Opportunities

American Academy of Dermatology Camp Discovery – camp experience for children living with chronic skin conditions 

Camp Wonder – camp experience sponsored by Children’s Skin Disease Foundation

Global Vitiligo Foundation Student Ally  – support individuals living with vitiligo 

Next Step – volunteer opportunity to work with individuals experiencing mental health conditions and homelessness

LearnSkin – integrative medicine and dermatology content creator 

Team National Psoriasis Foundation Walk – support individuals living with psoriasis 

AIM at Melanoma Walk – fundraising walk for melanoma research

Melanoma Research Foundation 

  • Galas = Denver, Chicago, NYC
  • Walks: Miles for Melanoma

Managing HS for ED and Urgent Care Clinicians: A Lecture Event; contact Madison Kist (MS2 at the Penn State College of Medicine) at mkist@pennstatehealth.psu.edu 

The Sun Bus – Volunteer Public Educator – volunteer opportunity for Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado

Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation (CARF)

IMPACT Melanoma 

  • Galas / Event Support
  • Billy’s Buddies – volunteer’s must have had melanoma or know someone close to them diagnosed with melanoma

Collection Drive: Host a Sun Protection Kit Collection drive at your school

Kit Collection: Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, UV lip balm, Hat, Sunglasses (with UV protection) – can say you need adult kits and children kits

  1. Identify an organization you want to donate the kits to
  2. Create a flyer / virtual flyer about the event 
  3. Drop off a collection box somewhere on campus

Consider creating a Google Excel document where students can sign up ahead of time indicating what they will be donating, so you have enough supplies for each kit or an equal amount for adults and children

  1. Assemble kits into bags (children and adult kits) 
  2. Drop off the kits to your local organization!

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