Initiating a Health Fair

The enabling council, such as a Church unit or a community council, should initiate the health fair by:
 1.  Determining the health needs of members.
          Discuss among council members.
          Survey leadership and/or members.
 2.  Prioritizing health issues which are most important and can be improved.
 3.  Identifying and calling a health fair chair and a planning committee.
 4.  Communicating audience, scope, and objectives of the health fair to the committee chair.
 5.  Protecting the confidentiality of individuals in all discussions and communications.

Planning meeting

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Planning Committee

The health fair chair and planning committee should clear all plans with the enabling council before proceeding.

Implementation Plan

  • Develop a theme for the health fair.
  • Determine 4–20 specific health topics that can be presented in 3–10 minutes each.
  • Determine the location for the fair; for example:
    • Cultural hall and classrooms
    • Outside/inside
    • At a park or other community center
  • Identify the best and most interactive way to reach the audience; for example:
  • Contact and utilize appropriate community agencies; for example:
    • Health care professionals
    • Hospitals and clinics
    • Health care and social service agencies
    • Agricultural extension service personnel
    • Fire department
    • Police department
    • Red Cross or Red Crescent
  • Determine kinds of screenings to perform at the fair; for example:
    • Blood pressure
    • Weight, height, body mass index, or percent body fat
    • Vision
    • Hearing
    • Diabetes*
    • Anemia*
  • Determine kinds of interventions (if any) to provide at the fair; for example:
    • Vaccinations*
    • Worm treatment*
    • Follow-up appointments with professionals
  • Determine if a community service opportunity will be provided; for example:
    • Donating blood or plasma*
    • Assembling hygiene kits
  • Arrange for needed equipment and supplies.
  • Protect the confidentiality of individual participants.

*These may require a qualified community partner.