I have just attended the Minority Ethnic Community Health Fair at City Hall in Cardiff. The aim of the health fair is to encourage minority ethnic communities to think about their health needs and engage with the wider community to access health services. There is the opportunity to have blood pressure, diabetes, and eye and ear checks at the event and students from the School of Nursing and Midwifery had volunteered to carry out these checks.
I had a stand at the event to promote prostate cancer awareness amongst the African and Caribbean community and was very pleased with the response. I was busy for most of the day with interest from the all Minority Ethnic Communities attending the event. No-one was aware that African and Caribbean men have a higher risk of prostate cancer and everyone was interested in my research to find out why there is a lack of awareness, and what we can do to raise awareness in this group.
I found the exercise very motivating in bringing my research to life. Sometimes sitting and reading research papers can feel like a million-miles from the aim of a research project and doing an event like this makes it feel real.
Thank you to everyone who showed an interest in my research.