Health fairs, when designed appropriately, are a multi-dimensional resource for individuals to access information and screenings about their health and well-being. Health fairs are particularly helpful for people served by public behavioral health systems, as these individuals may experience a higher rate of physical health issues. Health fairs designed to address the specific needs of people with behavioral health concerns can provide additional support for their recovery. Health fairs can offer screenings to assess risk for cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, or other medical problems that may affect an individual’s recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders.

This webinar, hosted by SAMHSA’s Program to Achieve Wellness, describes the value of health fairs and what communities should aim to provide when organizing one themselves. Dr. Peggy Swarbrick and Teena Brooks presented on this webinar. The presenters review stages of planning, including sponsors, marketing, transportation/accessibility, emergency protocols, community partners, and areas of wellness. This resource can be of value not only to community organizations that serve people with mental and/or substance use disorders but also peer support group leaders.

This resource was first shared in 2017.

(Presentation, YouTube)