With the increasing costs for health care and health insurance, many people in our communities go without basic health services. People cannot afford annual checkups, preventative care, or simple wellness visits. Health fairs can provide underprivileged and under-served people in your area the chance to receive health services they otherwise would not receive.
These services can help identify underlying health issues before these issues become life threatening. At the health fair, various booths are set up from local hospitals, universities, and wellness and preventive medicine providers to educate individuals about a variety of health issues. These groups also provide basic health and wellness checkups.
The organization’s first step for planning a health fair should include establishing a planning committee. These individuals should be committed to your cause and have adequate time to devote to your endeavor. The second step is to identify your target audience such as children, teens, parents, adolescents, adult parents, seniors, adults, or all audiences. Your target audience should be reflective of the pressing needs in your community.
Once you identify your target audience, the organization can select a theme for the fair. The theme for your health fair will depend on the needs of the target audience you seek to serve. Activities offered at your health fair will also depend on the selected theme. Depending on your theme, the health fair may include wellness checks, speakers, hands-on exercises, etc.
Themes for your health fair may include the following.
- Cancer Prevention & Early Detection
- Skin Cancer Prevention
- Child Health
- Dental Care
- Disability Awareness
- Heart Disease & Stroke: Prevention & Early Detection
- Men’s Health
- Mental Health
- Older Adult Health
- Physical Activity
- Prenatal Care
- Stress Management
- Tobacco Use Prevention
- Women’s Health
Experts typically recommend organizations begin planning their health fair at least six months in advance. This allows time to select a date, secure venue location, obtain vendor and exhibitor commitments, raise funds to finance the event, and properly promote the event.
It is important that as you plan the health fair you seek the advice of those in the medical community. These individuals can help your organization identify appropriate topics, giveaways, brochures, screenings, and health services to make available at your health fair.
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