Online Program

An Assessment of the INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair. 30 years of Building Healthy People

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Antoniette Holt, MPH, Office of Minority Health, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, IN

Issues: Health fairs are one of the most recognizable forms of community-based health promotion in the United States. Identifying and assessing the health needs of minority populations who experience disparities and problems accessing health care helps in the efforts to create health equity.  The INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair tracks causative agents or reasons that morbidity, chronic illness, and mortality differ between particular racial and ethnic subgroups.

Description:  The core goal of the INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair is to increase minority awareness of chronic diseases, including prevention, raising public awareness of the health issues that disproportionately affect minorities, and directly improving the health and well being of all who attend.

Lessons Learned: In 2014, the INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair had 20,002 individuals participated during the four day event. Of the total number of attendees, 10% received intravenous blood draw screenings (A1C, glucose, creatinine, PSA, total lipid panel, and sickle cell). Over 1500 participants completed the 19 question survey. Over 89% of respondents indicated they came to the event for the free health screenings, health resources, and education.

Recommendations: Seek out more resources and opportunities to decrease and eliminate health disparities among underserved populations.

Limitations: There are medical professionals that do not view health fairs as effective. Other limitations include limited resources to support planning efforts and the growing number of statewide events and health fairs that effect attendance.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss health disparities and chronic health conditions to participants. Explain Indiana State Department of Health cross-collaboration efforts for addressing health disparities and needs of racial and ethnic minority communities. Identify ways state and local health departments, statewide hospital systems, pharmaceutical companies, community programs, and other participating entities can address health disparities

Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Minority Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am responsible for all operational, management, advising, programming and administrative aspects of Minority Health and Health Disparities for the State of Indiana. My work involves specialized knowledge of state government, public health, cultural competence, diversity, and minority health issues. I have worked extensively involving epidemiology, research, strategic planning, data analysis, racial and ethnic health disparities, cultural competency training, and community outreach. I severe on several boards and committees in local, state, and national arenas.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.