Christopher Bopp, Ph.D., received a grant to expand his outreach endeavors to Philadelphia in order to introduce kinesiology students to the structural inequities in healthcare, particularly higher rates of chronic diseases in populations of people of color.
The students were trained in the skills needed to administer health screenings that allow community residents to determine if they have risk factors for hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and obesity. Philadelphia has the highest rate of diabetes out of America’s ten largest cities, and identifying individuals with risk factors for chronic disease is the first step in getting them the help they need. The first health fair was held at George Washington High School in northeast Philadelphia in 2018. The second was held along with other community partners in 2019 at the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center.