In order to achieve our mission and purposes, the Fair is comprised of FOUR components:
BOOTHS – To provide awareness of public health organizations and issues.
This component of the fair allows for students and fair attendees to become connected with organizations both on and off campus that deal with combating public health issues. Students and attendees are able to learn about the organizations, the issues that they are concerned with, and the ways in which they can get involved. Moreover, this component of the fair will allow those participating organizations to gain publicity and support for their efforts through awareness, recruitment, and fundraising (provided the methods of fundraising adhere to University and Student Government Association policy, confirmed by working with SLU Lions Club). In its essence, the booths connect those leading the charge in promoting better public health with those who can help support them; offering our students multiple ways to get informed and get involved all at once. The booths will also include a concession stand (“Health Eats”) that provides healthy snacks to fair attendees for no cost.
HEALTHY ACTIVITIES/SERVICES – To both instruct and demonstrate healthy lifestyles.
In this component of the fair, students and attendees have the opportunity to participate in health-related activities, such as a healthy eating demonstration and yoga/Zumba sessions. These will allow the students and attendees to learn healthy activities that they can perform in their own daily lives and hopefully reap the health benefits. Moreover, there will be more medically-related activities, such as vital sign screenings, blood drive, blood pressure and cardiovascular risk stations, and even hearing/vision check-up tables amongst other preventative services. With each of these services, educational pieces will be offered to better the individual’s health.
SPEAKERS – To provide a forum for public health advocacy discussion
This component of the fair is comprised of three (3) speaker sets of three (3) speakers each, totaling nine (9) speakers throughout the day. Each speaker will be speaking for an hour, with the speakers in one set all presenting at the same time, but in different locations. The topics of the speakers will vary, but will be concerned with addressing a public health issue and the methods in which students and community members can get involved. Some topics include the Junk Food Tax in Navajo Nation and Beyond, Blindness Disabilities and the Services Offered, Obesity and Nutrition in the Community, Mental Health in the Younger Generation, and more.
RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – To connect students and faculty within research.
There has been discussion within the College of Public Health and Social Justice that there is too great a disconnect between undergraduate students and available research opportunities. As such, the Public Health Fair will offer a platform for students and faculty to present their current research, as well as offer students resources and information on how to get involved in research. The symposium will be a standard “poster gallery” set up, opened throughout the time of the fair. In congruence with other research symposiums, judges (i.e. professors within the University) will determine which research project is considered “best in show” and reward those researchers with a Certificate of Honor from the Symposium. In addition to the aforementioned benefits of the symposium, it will also provide academic credibility to the fair.