Our History

In 1980, the “health fair” concept was developed by Dr. John F. Brensike. His research at the National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C. led to the formation of the National Health Screening Council for Volunteer Organizations. This became the vehicle for promoting preventative health maintenance throughout the nation. In Fort Wayne, the ABC affiliate, WPTA-TV and the American Red Cross chose to partner and plan for health fairs in their service areas of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. An advisory committee was formed in 1980 with our first health fair offered in 1981.

In 1993 the Focus on Health program became a Midwest Alliance for Health Education Community Affairs Project. The Midwest Alliance for Health Education is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization and the managing sponsor for Focus on Health.