In 1980, the
“health fair” concept was developed by Dr. John F. Brensike.
His research at the National Institute of Health in
Washington, D.C. led to the formation of the National Health
Screening Council for Volunteer Organizations. This became
the vehicle for promoting preventative health maintenance
throughout the nation. In Fort Wayne, the ABC affiliate,
WPTA-TV and the American Red Cross chose to partner and plan
for health fairs in their service areas of northeast Indiana
and northwest Ohio. An advisory committee was formed in 1980
with our first health fair offered in 1981.
In 1993 the Focus on Health program became a Midwest Alliance for Health Education Community Affairs Project.
The Midwest Alliance for Health Education is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization and the managing sponsor for Focus on Health.
Adult Focus on Health Program
Every spring, Focus on Health provides the community with
free health checks and interactive learning centers to
assist our participants in making informed health care
choices and to detect disease in pre-symptomatic stages. In
a traveling “health fair” format offered in
throughout our communities, individuals can access this free
or low cost service in various settings. To date, well over
150,000 adults between the ages of 18-100 have benefited
from this program.
At each location, free health checks include:
- blood pressure measurement
- visual acuity (near and far vision)
- Bone density
In addition, a health summary review with
professional nurse volunteers can provide referral service
and resource information. Many of the locations will have
osteoporosis, hearing, foot, oral cancer screenings
and access to balance testing at a few locations.
A blood chemistry profile, hemogram, PSA (prostate), TSH (thyroid), A1c (blood sugar average) and Vitamin D are available at all locations for a nominal fee. (See Health Checks/Screening)