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Minority Ethnic Communities Annual Health Fair 2012 - CARDIFF

Each year the Health Fair has sought to lessen this gap between services and communities by pro-viding opportunities for positive engagement between both parties. As in previous years, the 2012 Minority Ethnic Communities Health Fair was organised by a planning committee made up of representatives from [Cardiff Communities First] Ethnic Minority Communities Team, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Sight Support, MEWN Cymru, BAWSO and C3SC. The first and second Health Fairs [held in 2010 and 2011] were deemed by organisers, contributors and attendees as a substantial success.

The 2012 planning group aimed to respond to both the positive feedback and suggestions for improvement and maintain the large number of visitors the previous events had attracted. The 2012 event attracted approximately 500 people from across the city, from a range of diverse backgrounds. Those who attended benefited from:
• Health related exhibitions from a wide range of public, statutory and voluntary sector organisations
• Health checks including blood pressure, tests for diabetes, eye and dental examinations.
• Free taster sessions in Head Massage, Reiki, Yoga, Pilates and Baby Massage.
• Over 30 volunteers to assist visitors during the day and to provide translation support when needed.
• Expert presentations on Stroke, Diabetes, Depression, Osteoporosis and Heart Disease

The event helps health providers to better understand communities and encourages individuals from different ethnic backgrounds to better look after their health. The event also provides opportunities for individuals to raise their voice and discuss their experiences and concerns on health related issues. With the additional support of the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board we hope that as long as there is a need events such as this can continue to benefit Cardiff’s resident minority ethnic population and service providers.

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