Signed up for a baby fair in April!

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Re : Signed up for a baby fair in April!

Postby eleni » Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:36 pm

As far as handouts and materials to have on hand, go to the Press Room section of the website and print out the two backgrounders (one on the org and one on PE) as well as any of the press releases that are more recent and look like they might be interesting to your local crowd (e.g., Laura Muller selected as Volunteer of the Year in 2006!). Other things to have a few copies of in case conversations come up and they want more: the position paper on the PE/CVD connection (also found on our website) and the flyer advertising the online CME. If any health care professionals come by, encourage them to take the online CME for which they will get education credits and also to take some "Rx pads" that they can use in their offices to direct their patients to the PF website for more information (get those Rx pads from the PF office). Don't know how large of a Spanish population you have up there, but if applicable, make sure you also have the Spanish version of our brochure available. (You can get those from the PF office). And yes, you can borrow a banner - we had a couple dozen made one year and they can be borrowed for events like this.

There's a new Volunteer News (winter issue)... good idea to print that out if you can on 11x17 paper so it folds like a hardcopy newsletter.

When talking about our mission, sometimes it's easier to remember the tagline which kind of summarizes it in layman's language: "Faster diagnosis - better care - healthier outcomes".

Now that I'm sitting here writing all this out... I think I'm going to ask Tom to put together a standard handout that lists these basics for hosting an awareness booth.

Let me know if you can't find the materials I'm referencing -- they're all on our website, but I can include specific links if necessary.

It would be great if Laura can join you. Congrats for landing this opportunity and good luck!!

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Re : Signed up for a baby fair in April!

Postby misscoleyp » Thu Mar 06, 2008 09:54 pm

Almost a year ago I hosted a booth at our local Arts & Jazz fest. They usually have about 200,000 people go through it.

There is a really great elevator speech on the WAT cd. There are also some other great things on there too. If you don't have a WAT cd, email me and I will send you some stuff.


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Re : Signed up for a baby fair in April!

Postby alaskamommy » Thu Mar 06, 2008 09:32 pm

Cindy - that's awesome -wow!

Dawn, yes I do have enough brochures & magnets. I'd love to have one of the vinyl banners to use. I'll wait to hear about those points you mentioned, and Laura maybe we can work together to put up some kind of display? What I would like to do is just pull info directly from this website and the links to studies and news reports that Caryn has posted to the "PE in the News" section.

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Re : Signed up for a baby fair in April!

Postby Dawn D » Thu Mar 06, 2008 05:32 pm

Hi Christina, like I told you before, it's so exciting to hear that you connected with that woman! It would be wonderful if Laura can actually BE THERE to attend.

just a thought; be careful that whatever materials you present to the public other than the brochures(magzn articles, info off the web, etc) matches the PF position on this disorder and current research. Possibly Laura or Caryn could direct you on that point.

Also, I think there are 3-5 bullet-points that I once was given that are designed to help you be ready for any on the spot interviews (like a newspaper photog covering the expo). They helped me when I did a radio interview one time....whenever I wasn't sure of what to say I'd just repeat one of those facts. I'll look in my files and get that to you.

For additional ideas about display check in with Kara, I think they did/will be doing an Expo in WI.

I believe I sent you enough brochures and magnets, but if you need more please let Kathy or I know and we can have then sent to you. Also, there are vinyl banners that are available to help make your table look "professional". They've been used at WAT, so someone in your area might have one...if not Kathy can arrange for you to get one.

Hope this info helps. Yay to all of you organizing these fairs/expos! Great opps for spreading awareness.

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Re : Signed up for a baby fair in April!

Postby cindyh27 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 04:25 pm

Christina ~ I'm so glad you started this thread! I am setting up a table at our next Healthy Woman's Conference Tuesday March 11th (our local hospital hosts a conference once a month) w/my registration fliers for the WAT and PF brochures... the big Conference is in April 10th… last year they had over 500 people attend… they will have a Health Fair two hours before the Conference starts with booths… so I’m either going to set up my own booth... or I may be able to share a table w/the County Health Department (my mom works for the state and ‘knows people’)

Thanks for the tips! Keep them coming!!

P.S. Would I be allowed to post the Healthy Woman’s Conference info in our State folder? It’s not held at the hospital… it’s held at a local sports park… just a thought…

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Re : Signed up for a baby fair in April!

Postby rebeccac » Thu Mar 06, 2008 02:48 pm

Sounds like great PR for the PF!

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Re : Signed up for a baby fair in April!

Postby alaskamommy » Thu Mar 06, 2008 02:36 pm

OOOPS! BIG TYPO!

Laura, Then I would NOT feel so overwhelmed. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.
Sorry. (Geez, I'm such a tard!)

Oh, and BTW it's on the 12th, not the 11th. We can come in and set up on the 11th, tho.

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Re : Signed up for a baby fair in April!

Postby alaskamommy » Thu Mar 06, 2008 02:34 pm

Nicole - thanks for the great tips!

Methinks maybe you've done this before?

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Re : Signed up for a baby fair in April!

Postby alaskamommy » Thu Mar 06, 2008 02:33 pm

Laura, would you??? That would be awesome!!! Then I would feel so overwhelmed.

And plus I'd just love to meet you. =D

I'll email Kathy now.

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Re : Signed up for a baby fair in April!

Postby neslo » Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:22 am

What a good idea! I'd love to do something like that in my community.


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