Health Fair Reflection Paper

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On April 23, 2017, I took part in volunteering at the 9Health Fair at Community College of Aurora. Before showing up we all were e-mailed instructions on the Health fair protocols for taking blood pressure (BP), performing Body Mass index (BMI) and pulse oximetry (02 sat). As well as, the Ask a Medical Question/Get a Referral station. Ask a Medical Question/Get a Referral Protocol was the station I was assigned to. When arriving, we all gathered in a room to have breakfast and meet the coordinators. We all then went to our stations, got orientated with our station and waited for our first patients to arrive. Since I am not a registered nurse (RN), we had an RN at our station as well. As patients asked questions, we answered them as best we could and looked at the RN for verification purposes. Very rarely did she…show more content…
They proposed that health fairs warrant a certain degree of scrutiny to make sure they benefit the public and do not cause harm. When evaluating the outcomes of a fair, the organizers of that fair, can be sure that the fair goals have been met. Most fairs are conducted to improve the health of the community in which they are conducted. If the desire of a fair is to improve the health of their target population, they might consider providing following with the patient seen at the fair. However, the pros for following up are: individualized attention, improves disease outcomes by providing referrals to appropriate care, reinforces what was taught at the fair (Bramante & Song, 2012). The cons of following up were: time, money, impart a false sense of fully individualized care, adds another level of care with risks of the loss of privacy or confidentiality and the need for informed consent (Bramante & Song, 2012). Thus, the author concludes that following ups after a fair has shown to be beneficial but raises many other important
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