Even before this assignment was introduced, I was fully aware that this class was to be mainly focused on community health promotions and the importance of it. I was aware that we were going to learn about the fundamentals of health promotion and how it was done in different parts of the world. But what I wasn’t aware of was that the entire class was to partake in promoting good health in our own community via the Health Fair! When the assignment was first introduced, my initial thinking was that working in groups was something I personally never really favored in the past. Then there was the actual interaction with the community, specifically those who are at the flea market. I have been to the flea market before and I was particularly worried about the language barrier since most of those who go to the flea market were Spanish speakers; let alone none of our team members had any Spanish background other than basic high school training. Not only this, but the whole idea of promoting good health to a community with only over a month’s worth of preparation and learning health promotions from scratch was all a bit too overwhelming for me. Normally, this would have been the kind of class I would have dropped right away. I’m glad I didn’t because the Health Fair was definitely an experience I would never forget.
When our team got together I elected myself to be the recorder since I was pretty good at taking down notes and whatnot. But as everything progressed, everyone’s “jobs” didn’t seem to matter. Everyone, including myself, just wanted to be more involved with what should be displayed on our booth, what activities we were going to have, and what questions should we be asking. What surprised me the most in working with this group versus other groups was that each member’s level of involvement was very high. I suppose it had to be high because the Health Fair was a big deal and we only had a short time. But every single person in our team had their...
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