The Health Fair: An Effective Approach to Health Promotion?
Version of Record online: 5 MAY 2007
Public Health Nursing
Volume 2, Issue 1, pages 33–42, March 1985
How to Cite
Clark, M. J. (1985), The Health Fair: An Effective Approach to Health Promotion?. Public Health Nursing, 2: 33–42. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.1985.tb00674.x
- Issue online: 5 MAY 2007
- Version of Record online: 5 MAY 2007
The health fair is an approach used to educate the public with regard to health promotion and illness prevention. The professional literature describes the organization of a health fair and the need to evaluate its effects. Relatively little has been written that deals specifically with the effects of a health fair in terms of impact on knowledge and client behavior. The health-belief model provides a framework for investigating the effectiveness of such a fair as a vehicle for changing health behaviors by providing information and serving as a cue to action.
An evaluation of a women's health day program on a large military base indicated that health fairs are effective in terms of dissemination of information and intent to change behavior. A questionnaire examined the extent of health knowledge and behaviors practiced by participants. A significant difference between pretest and posttest scores for knowledge was noted. A majority of respondents also indicated their intent to change from health-damaging to health-promoting behaviors.