Education Stations and Health Fairs
Often in poor communities there is a knowledge deficit about what causes illness and how to prevent it.
We attempt to address this deficit by our innovative health education stations which can be utilized independently in a "Health Fair" format or alongside a medical clinic. The stations are well-organized modules that use pre- and post-testing to determine effectiveness of the interactive education.
Currently we offer stations on these topics:
Each day this module teaches 40 individuals (ages 16-adult) about first aid for wounds, burns and broken bones. Each participants answers basic questions about this topic before and after the educational session. Each participant receives a small first aid kit.
HEART HEALTHY DIET
This module teaches 40 individuals (ages 16-adult) each day about the key points of a diet that supports heart health and how to apply this information in their dietary choices. Participants help demonstrate the preparation of a seasoning made with all natural ingredients (onion, garlic, peppers, cilantro) to give food flavor rather than commercial high-sodium seasoning. Each participant is given a small bowl of rice, beans and meat prepared with this natural seasoning to taste the good flavor, and also a bag of dry rice, beans, onion, garlic, pepper to take home to apply what they have learned.
Each day this module teaches 40 children about the importance of handwashing at critical times. The children watch an educational cartoon customized for batey residents about handwashing. They participate in a activity to demonstrate their understanding of healthy and unhealthy actions. Each child makes a paper chain representing the "chain of illness" and receives a bar of soap.
This module teaches 40 children each day about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables when possible. The children participate in activities to learn why it is important to eat fruits and vegetables. Each child takes home educational coloring sheets and a small bundle of crayons, as well as fruits to eat.
BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK
At this station, each person has their blood pressure taken, is weighed and measured. Those with blood pressure of 140/90 or greater receive a consultation with an LAC doctor, receiving education and treatment as needed as well as a referral to a nearby hypertension clinic.
people of all ages may receive parasite medication as needed.
KIDS' PLAY ZONE
Children play with volunteers in a variety of activities and make new friends.