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Organize a Diabetes Health Fair

Health fairs are a wonderful way to educate a community about diabetes and its associated health risks. A great way to start is by identifying community leaders—including local faith leaders, local minority organizations, minority clubs, and community-based clinic staff. To engage with different diverse communities in your area, consider reaching out to1:

  • Tribal council
  • Indian Health Service representatives
  • Tribal elders
  • Local members of the Association of American Indian Physicians
  • Local clergy
  • Church and civic ladies’ and men’s clubs
  • Representatives of minority organizations such as 100 Black Men or the National Urban League
  • Members of local chapters of sororities and fraternities such as Chi Eta Phi
  • Local clergy
  • Promotoras (community health workers)
  • Church and civic community group members such as the Spanish Catholic Center
  • Representatives of minority organizations such as the National Council of La Raza
  • Neighborhood clinic staff
  • Local women’s groups
  • Business leaders
  • Community clinic staff
  • Representatives of minority organizations such as the Association of Asian/Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), Indochinese Community Center, and Asian Services Center

Meet with community leaders and let them know you are interested in working within the community to raise awareness of diabetes.1 Ask their opinion about setting up a health fair and their advice on the best ways to engage their community. Once this has been discussed, review different diabetes topics that can be addressed and determine if free screenings can be performed.

Develop a timeline and a budget for setting up and running the health fair. Identify any donors, partners, or sponsors who might be willing to support the event or help with planning. Visit the health fair location to determine accessibility and the availability of tables, chairs, and audiovisual equipment. Determine who will staff your event, and if volunteers are available. Determine how you will publicize your event to the community. Additional support and guidance are available here from the National Diabetes Education Program.

Gather materials to hand out at the health fair, including brochures from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), American Dietetic Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and National Institutes of Health (NIH).1

After a successful event, remember to thank everyone who helped out.

* “Certified Diabetes Educator” and “CDE” are certification marks owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or NCBDE. NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US. NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.