At the age of 33, Candelario Estrada received some startling information about his health at an annual health fair organized by Parkview Medical Nurses in Pueblo, Colorado. He was morbidly obese, and lab test results showed elevated blood glucose and cholesterol values. The information that he received galvanized Candelario into action. After making changes in his lifestyle, he was able to lose 65 pounds with an improvement in his glucose and cholesterol numbers. He credits his success to the wellness fair.
Through health screenings and dissemination of important information, community health fairs serve to increase awareness of available health services and motivate people to make positive changes in their life. Thousands of medical students volunteer in these clinics every year, and there are opportunities for students to develop important skills as leaders of these events.
One student who is making quite an impact through his involvement in community health fairs is Raymond Yeow. Raymond is a medical student in the Class of 2016 at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan. He has worked diligently to organize multiple health fairs to benefit the community. For his efforts, he was recently the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Public Health Award.
Bestowed by the Physicians Professional Advisory Committee of the United States Public Health Service, this award honors medical students who are making important contributions in public health. In an article posted on the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine website, Dr. Robert Noiva, Associate Dean for Medical Education, explains why he nominated Raymond for this honor.
If you’re interested in planning and organizing a health fair, there are a number of resources available to help you bring your event to life. One resource is the Health Fair Planning Guide developed by the Texas Cooperative Extension of the Texas A & M University System.