Keep your eyes open for special programs of interest in your community. There may be speakers presenting on health disparities or healthy eating. Find out what is happening at the local library. Museums may have exhibits about health in art or the science of food. During our project we were fortunate that the National Library of Medicine in Rockville, MD had a large exhibit “Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness” that fit well into the concept of natural healing and complementary medicine. We were able to arrange a tour. There are also a number of exhibits available online that could be viewed in class without ever leaving the classroom.
Give students hands-on experience in preparing for medical emergencies by arranging for a field trip to a pharmacy or drug store. Prior to the trip, students will make lists of the items they believe belong in each of these categories:
Students will research online to find checklists already created to for each category (Red Cross, Pediatrics, CDC, etc.). They will be divided into groups to “create” a specific kit at a drug store. If this field trip is funded, students may locate and buy products to complete the assigned kit to either keep in the classroom or donate to a shelter. Without funding, students may take pictures of the items and create a collage. Remember to track the cost of the items so that students gain an appreciation for the expense involved in preparing for medical emergencies.
Provide students with a hands-on outreach experience and allow for leadership development. What better way to expose students to community health advocacy than to allow them to organize and manage a health fair at their school. Students gain leadership in planning content, arranging for activities, identifying and contacting speakers from their community, designing promotional materials and assessing the success of the fair. They would also gain experience in working with school administration. Students attending the fair benefit as they learn about health and wellness from peer health advocates.