The Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV

Community & School Outreach

A free touring presentation for 8th grade and high schools

Now in its 25th year, The Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV is a collaborative program between The Coterie, UMKC Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing & Health Studies, and the KU School of Nursing to educate teens about the transmission and prevention of STDs and HIV/AIDS. Professional actors and health professional students, trained as peer educators, employ hard hitting monologues, slides and music to present stories of HIV+ teenagers in the Kansas City area. Followed by an intensive question and answer period, the award winning program is highly lauded for its balanced message.

Audience limits

  • 9-12th graders, 20-150 students per presentation
  • 8th graders, 20-50 students per presentation. 

Length:  45-60 minutes, including the question and answer session.

Cost: Free of charge.  A mileage fee may be charged for travel outside of the Kansas City metro area.

For information & booking, contact Annette Filippi, Tour Coordinator, at 816.474.4241 or

Recent student comment:
"I never thought about how one act could change your whole life."

View the Dramatic Health Education Project in action

The program serves 8,000 students every year, giving teens the facts about HIV/AIDS and STD transmission and prevention through monologues based on the stories of real teens from the KC area.