Family Health Forum provides a space for the families and caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities to engage with health professionals, community leaders and social service providers. The Forums introduce new families to Special Olympics and its health partners through Healthy Athletes®, Young Athletes and other community-based programs for people with intellectual disabilities, while also looking into the challenges that athletes face and how best to overcome them—with a special focus on improving access to health care, education and inclusive activities.
The objective of the Family Health Forum is to meet the local needs conceived by communities, and topics discussed over the years include first aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), diabetes prevention, fitness, oral health, HIV/AIDS prevention, navigating the health system, and access to health.
In Nigeria, FHF commenced in 2014 and over 5,000 individuals have participated in Special Olympics Family Health Forum’s funded by Lions Clubs International.
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