First Ladies for Health Family Health Day

On Sunday, October 14, We Engage 4 Health project partners assisted with a highly successful Family Health Day sponsored by First Ladies for Health of Cincinnati. Over 1300 people, a mix of adults and children, participated at 13 Cincinnati locations. Participants were able to have free health screenings and flu shots, pick up information on all sorts of health topics, enjoy some music, and have a bite to eat.

Some cool technology allowed each participant’s health screenings to be digitally collected and send to them by e-mail if desired. A unique identifier for each person in the form of a QR code plus a database called Redhat makes this possible. The volunteers at each station use a phone or tablet to scan a participant’s QR code. Next, a data form for that specific participant comes up on the screen. The volunteer enters the blood pressure, blood sugar, or other health data in the form. Along with being e-mailed to each person who requests it, the gathered health information can be combined with individual identities removed (to preserve privacy). This combined health data can help form a picture of health strengths and challenges in the community.

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Meet Big Sam

Big Sam is a 40-something security guard at the high school Jazzy and Vito attend. Big Sam is worried about his health and recently found out his blood pressure is high. He covers up his worries with jokes. He lives in the apartment above Miss Georgia.

Meet Jazzy

Jazzy is a cheerful younger high school age girl. She is a cheerleader and does gymnastics. She enjoys spending time with older people and loves to bake with Miss Georgia. She has asthma and works hard to control it so she can enjoy her activities.

Meet Cardi

Cardi is a 30-something aerobics teacher at the community center who loves to help people get more fit and healthy but can be a bit too much “in your face” about it. She means well though!

Meet Vito

Vito is a plays-it-cool older high schooler who is sweet-natured at heart. He plays basketball at the community center and is friends with Jazzy. He loves pop and chips and can’t see why eating all he wants of them is a problem.

Meet Pops

Pops is a retired high school science teacher who loves to keep helping people learn about science and health. He likes to check out what everyone is doing or talking about and step in to give his opinion.

Meet Miss Georgia

Miss Georgia is a fun-loving lady in her 50’s who loves to sing, dance, and bake. She is always helping out at community events. She recently found out she has diabetes, and she is learning new ways to cook.