Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Sally Vliem

Second Advisor

Wendy Kershner

Third Advisor

Alice DeYoung


The following proposal outlines the planning, implementation, and follow-up regarding an organized health fair that aims to promote healthy lifestyle in a minority population. The health fair will be conducted on October 9' 2012 at Climax Scott's Alternative High School. The populations addressed through this project include: 60 students ranging from 16-19 years of age, 30 individuals 19 years or older and 10 teachers. The health fair will be organized by three senior-level Bronson School of Nursing students: Alexandra Scheidt, Abby Smith, and Kaelyn Momoe. The thesis project committee consists of: Dr. Sally Vliem, Professor Wendy Kershner, and Professor Alice DeYoung.

During the summer of 20 12, awarded scholarship money will be used to plan the overall health fair. The project will consist of multiple booths that explore individual health problems that are prevalent within this age group. The main health promotion idea used in planning the health fair involves the concept of anticipatory guidance, or educating individuals on health conditions they are at risk for prior to the development of these diseases. Examples of topics that will be explored include body mass index measurements with focus on nutrition and exercise, vision and hearing screenings, smoking cessation, healthy sleep habits, skin self-assessments and skin cancer education, dental health, and immunization education with flu shots available. The health fair will be concluded with a final booth in which students can review a health summary card that will be provided and filled out as they explore each booth within the fair. At this final booth, problematic areas will be highlighted for each student as well as provision of information on agencies and health care organizations available within the community for follow-up.

The project will conclude with a focus on reconnecting with each student found to have an abnormal test result. Records will be kept outlining each individual's overall health status. From these records, those with abnormal results that were recommended for follow-up will be contacted to explore whether they sought care for their atypical finding(s). From this data, we will be able to explore the tendency for young adults to obtain health care follow-up and the reasons why one may choose or not choose to contact a health care provider.


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