This year, the popular Minority Ethnic Communities (MEC) Health Fair, usually held in Cardiff, will take place online via Zoom on Thursday 29 October 2020, 10 am – 2 pm and all are welcome to attend.
The First Minister of Wales Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS will give the Keynote Address at 11.00am at the virtual fair.
The theme of this year’s fair is ‘Covid-19 and Wellbeing’ and people will have the opportunity to join half hour sessions on topics such as Bereavement, Mindfulness for Young People, Diabetes Prevention, Mentoring, Welfare and Finance, and Salsa. There will also be a Question and Answer session with health professionals. Places at the MEC Health Fair can be booked on Eventbrite.
Sujatha Thaladi, Chair of the MEC Health Fair Steering group said, “We look forward to people joining us at our free online MEC Health Fair. This year because of Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to meet face to face but we are delighted to offer this opportunity for people to find out ways of improving their health and wellbeing at our Zoom event. Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on BAME people in Wales; at the event people will also be able take part in a discussion on any concerns they may have around coronavirus and ways to promote health messages to minority ethnic communities.
We would like to thank all the organisations that have worked together to ensure that we have been able to adapt and to hold this important event this year – Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, CAVAMH, C3SC, CCAWS, Diabetes UK Cymru, Diverse Cymru, Hindu Council Wales, Race Equality First, Sight Cymru, The Mentor Ring and Women Connect First”. The MEC Fair is aimed at BAME people but all are welcome to attend.
Notes to Editors
- The Minority Ethnic Communities Health Fair (MEC Health Fair) will take place on Thursday 29 October 2020, 10am – 2pm online, via Zoom.
- This is the 11th MEC Health Fair. The fair’s aim is to address health inequality and promote wellbeing through creating opportunities for positive engagement between people from minority ethnic communities and health providers. Each year the health fair has sought to lessen the gap between services and communities.
The event helps health providers to better understand communities and encourages individuals from different minority ethnic backgrounds to better look after their health. The event also provides opportunities for individuals to raise their voices and discuss their experiences and concerns on health related issues.
- Research by Welsh Government and others has found that Covid-19 disproportionately affects BAME people (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) COVID-19 Socioeconomic Subgroup: Report into the factors influencing negative COVID-19 outcomes for individuals from BAME backgrounds. https://gov.wales/black-asian-and-minority-ethnic-bame-covid-19-socioeconomic-subgroup-report)
- Places at the MEC Health Fair 2020 can be booked via Eventbrite