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.