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Health Promotion

Health Fair
Program

Promoting and improving the health and wellness of Laborers and their family members – on and off the job – is the primary focus of the Health Promotion Division.

Staff provide a variety of services, including:

  • Developing materials and campaigns on smoking cessation, skin cancer prevention, substance abuse, nutrition and fitness and other health issues
  • Coordinating health screenings for Laborers and their family members at health fairs and events sponsored by LIUNA affiliates and signatory contractors
  • Supporting LIUNA health and welfare funds by researching and promoting health care cost initiatives and monitoring health care reform in the U.S.
  • Providing drug-free workplace program support to signatory employers and assisting the implementation of
  • Member Assistance Programs
  • Facilitating critical incident debriefings for signatory employers to help LIUNA members cope with the psychological trauma of serious jobsite injuries and fatalities
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The risks facing today’s workforce are complex and often interconnected. Improving the physical health and mental well-being of LIUNA members requires a shared commitment across an organization.”

— Jamie Becker, Director of Health Promotion

Health Fair Program

Bringing Health Information and Services to Laborers and their Families

When you’re looking for an innovative way to address the health behaviors of LIUNA members and their families, planning a health fair or incorporating a health screening event into a LIUNA function can do the trick. The LHSFNA’s Health Promotion Division can help.

Health fairs introduce union members and their families to health and wellness information and screening services. The Division can arrange for nurses to conduct health screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol at no cost to you. To request assistance, log in to the Services section of this site, then fill out the Schedule a Health Fair form. A minimum of 30 days notice is requested so nurses can be secured for your event and necessary support materials, such as screening equipment, can be delivered prior.

Reaching LIUNA members through health fairs and health screenings helps:
Identify health risks for specific individuals

  • Encourage behavior change
  • Reduce health care costs
  • Increase wellness program participation
  • Improve member health awareness
  • Show that LIUNA cares

What are the benefits of a health fair?

It can alert someone to a health problem that may otherwise go undetected. Members feel their union and/or employer is providing them with useful information. It provides an opportunity for family members to be involved in a union activity. It’s a chance for members to gather as a group and form a bond, which may be missing at spread-out worksites or lower attended membership meetings. Retirees get an opportunity to take part, reminding them why it’s important to maintain their membership.

WHO HOSTS HEALTH FAIRS?

A health fair can be sponsored by any LIUNA or labor-management entity. The LHSFNA has assisted the following LIUNA affiliates or groups in developing and implementing health fairs:

  • District Councils
  • Local Unions
  • Health and welfare funds
  • Local labor-management funds
  • Signatory employers

 

PLANNING A HEALTH FAIR

Whether one person or a team of people is doing the planning, it’s important to ask the right questions and gather certain information to help make the event a success.

Who
Define your audience(s).

  • Health fairs are generally open to LIUNA members and retirees and their immediate family members.


What

  • What will the event include?
  • Will there be additional activities beyond LHSFNA-provided health screenings?
  • Will outside vendors be contacted or solicited to provide services?
  • Wellness topics include: body fat percentage, height and weight, vision test, skin cancer screening, flu shots
  • Occupational health tests include: hearing test, pulmonary function testing, chiropractor
  • Mental health and substance abuse topics include: Member Assistance Program providers, alcohol and substance abuse information and treatment providers
  • LIUNA-affiliated programs and services include: health benefits, pension benefits, training center classes, prescription drug plan, legal assistance, mortgage assistance, voter registration
  • Demonstrations can include: chair massages, healthy cooking, proper lifting technique, personal safety
  • National or community organizations to invite could include: American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, National Safety Council, United Way
  • Family-friendly activities could include: moon bounce, face painting, clown, magician, action figure/super hero characters

 

When
When and how will the event be held?

  • It can be held as an independent event or as part of an event that is already planned, like a picnic, membership meeting or party. If incorporated into an event that is already planned, please provide a start and end time for the health fair.
  • Consider the time of year and day of the week that will encourage the most participation.
  • Please provide the LHSFNA with at least 30 days notice to adequately staff and help organize your event.

 

Where
Choose a location that is convenient and easily accessible. Consider:

  • The layout, spacing and flow of traffic
  • Parking for staff and participants
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Noise levels – accurate blood pressure readings require an area as free from loud noise as possible
  • Restrooms
  • Ticket admission (e.g., an amusement park)

 

Plan to promote the event

  • Include messaging about an upcoming health fair in existing communication (e.g., newsletter) and/or create standalone communication pieces
  • Identify what channels will be used:
    • Flyers and posters
    • Meeting announcements
    • Home mailings (e.g., letters, postcards)
    • Social media

When will you start marketing?


Set a budget.

The LHSFNA portion of the event is brought to you free of charge; this includes the health fair staffing and accommodations, health screening supplies and health education materials. However, other items may add to the cost of the event. Additional costs to consider:

  • Location rental
  • Admission fees and/or parking depending on where event is held
  • Table and chair rental
  • Hosting additional screening vendors or activities
  • Decorations
  • Food and drink provided
  • Marketing
  • Raffles or giveaways during the event
    • Health-related ideas include: athletic equipment, healthy cookbooks, self-help books, massage gift certificate, first-aid kid, water bottle
    • Non-health-related ideas include: hats, t-shirts, sporting event tickets, restaurant gift certificate
  • How will you measure success? Will it be based on participation rates? Consider creating an assessment tool.

SAMPLE HEALTH FAIR TIMELINE

Depending on the answers to the questions above, your event may be relatively simple or more complex.

90 days or more in advance

  • Obtain prior approval if necessary
  • Set goals and objectives
  • Develop a budget
  • Design theme and concept
  • Identify potential providers
  • Form health fair committee
  • Determine content of the health fair
  • Set date and time (notify the LHSFNA once date and time has been set)
  • Select and reserve location
  • Contact potential providers by mail or phone


60 days in advance

  • Select entertainment and refreshments
  • Order giveaways
  • Order supplies and materials
  • Coordinate artwork and printing
  • Solicit donated items


45 days in advance

  • Confirm all providers
  • Check on status of supplies
  • Plan layout and flow of event
  • Develop promotion plan
  • Create evaluation tools


30 days in advance

  • Distribute “Save the Date” flyers
  • Arrange for posters to go up
  • Send maps, parking and other instructions
  • Confirm location
  • Confirm all supplies and printed materials are ordered


7 days in advance

  • Prepare name tags and signs
  • Decide on staff identification and appropriate attire
  • Hold a pre-event meeting for all staff and volunteers
  • Send a countdown reminder flyer


Health Fair Day

  • Set up the night before if possible or at least two hours before the health fair begins
  • Greet providers and show them to their tables
  • Set up high-visibility registration table
  • Arrange for breaks and refreshments for staff
  • Open the door and welcome the participants with a SMILE

 

Follow-up

  • Have a post-event debriefing
  • Send thank you letters to staff, providers, donors
  • Evaluate what went well during the event and what could be improved in the future

Medical Professional Recruitment

The LHSFNA partners with Medical Professionals to conduct health screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol at LHSFNA sponsored health fairs. Do you have an active medical license or certification and want to join our Medical Professionals’ health screening network? If so, fill out the medical professional interest form and a member of our Health Promotion Division team will reach out to you

Health & Welfare Fund Assistance

With the constant challenges that arise in the administration of LIUNA Health & Welfare Funds, the Health Promotion Division provides support and assistance to Fund trustees and professionals.

Division staff offers expertise in a number of areas including benefit and plan review, requests for proposals, data analysis, insurance industry trends, the impact of legislative initiatives and regulations, managed care and fund mergers. Because no two LIUNA Health and Welfare Funds are alike, each request is handled individually, and the research and recommendations are specific to the particular Fund’s needs.

Division staff also assists Funds with the publication of health & welfare newsletters. For assistance, contact the Health Promotion Division at 202-628-5465.

To assist Laborers, Local Unions, signatory employers and LIUNA Health and Welfare Funds with managing developments related to health care and insurance, the Health Promotion Division provides regular updates and explanations in the Health Care and Insurance News Bulletin. Click here to subscribe to this bi-weekly bulletin.

The LHSFNA’s Glossary of Health Care Terms provides additional information.

The Sun Sense Plus Campaign

Spending much of their time outdoors puts Laborers at risk for overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which are proven to cause skin cancer and premature skin aging. Wearing sunscreen along with sunglasses, hats and other protective clothing can help prevent overexposure. The key is making these practices daily habits that all workers practice year round.

Outdoor work also puts Laborers at risk for heat illness when high temperatures or workloads don’t let the body cool off fast enough. Heat illness can lead to dehydration, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Heat illness can be prevented by allowing workers to acclimatize to the heat and by providing them with water, rest and shade.

The Sun Sense Plus campaign, sponsored by the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) and the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET), raises awareness about the dangers of skin cancer, heat illness and other outdoor hazards. Along with distributing sunscreen, lip balm, neck flaps, cooling cloths and insect repellent towelettes and tick keys to Laborers across the U.S. and Canada, the Fund also provides posters, Health Alerts and other educational materials to make sure members know how to prevent skin cancer and heat illness and recognize early signs and symptoms.

Sun Sense Plus products and publications are available free of charge to LIUNA District Councils, Local Unions, training centers, LECET funds and signatory contractors for distribution to LIUNA members. Individual LIUNA members should order through their District Council, Local Union or employer representative. Some products are only available in limited quantities and may not be available all year.

Critical Incident Stress Management

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a system of interventions designed to provide education, prevention and mitigation for workers in the aftermath of a traumatic event. A Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) is a group meeting led by a trained professional that gathers those affected, including workers who witnessed the event, victims of the event and co-workers or supervisors close to the victim. The LHSFNA’s Health Promotion Division can help arrange stress management services, including CISDs, for LIUNA signatory contractors following such an event. Trained professionals can share resources and guidance to help workers cope with their feelings and prepare to return to work.

The Fund encourages LIUNA signatory contractors to fill out this form in the event of a serious injury, incident or fatality on your worksite. CISD services can also be requested using this form. Please contact the Health Promotion Division at 202-383-2816 with any questions related to arranging CISD services.