In spite of vast changes in our understanding of HIV, many school
districts across the nation continue to use outdated video resources,
many compiled in the 1980s and 1990s, to fulfill state HIV/AIDS
educational mandates. Updated, relevant video resources are needed to help school districts and classroom teachers present scientifically
accurate information and reduce the devastating social stigma that still surrounds those infected with the disease. 

With no money in public school budgets for creating new resources of this quality, we turned to Washington State’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for content development, to Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation for fundraising support, and directly to the community for financial support. Help us continue developing high quality instructional materials by making a donation to our project through Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation.

The Redefine Positive Team is proud to present our first video resource, "HIV and Me: Marissa's Story," for 5th grade students. Videos for 6th, 8th, and 11th grades are under development.

Contact us at info@redefinepositive.com

About Us

HIV/AIDS Education for a New Generation


Education is our best defense against the spread of HIV/AIDS and against the stigma still surrounding the virus.


Redefine Positive was founded by Jodie Howerton, the mother of an HIV positive, 10-year old boy who attends public school near Seattle. She launched this grassroots effort after previewing the antiquated HIV/AIDS instructional video materials at her son's school. Produced in the 1980s, the videos were outdated and contained medically inaccurate information. After working together with the school district, and failing to find appropriate
replacement videos in the marketplace, Jodie launched a campaign to create new HIV/AIDS educational resources for elementary, middle, and high school.