Saturday, 7 July 2018

Health Education



WHAT IS HEALTH EDUCATION?
  • Health education is a social science that draws from the biological, environmental, psychological, physical and medical sciences to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death through education-driven voluntary behavior change activities.
  • Health education is the development of individual, group, institutional, community and systemic strategies to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior.
  • The purpose of health education is to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities as well as the living and working conditions that influence their health.

WHY IS HEALTH EDUCATION IMPORTANT?
  • Health education improves the health status of individuals, families, communities, states, and the nation.
  • Health education enhances the quality of life for all people.
  • Health education reduces premature deaths.
  • By focusing on prevention, health education reduces the costs (both financial and human) that individuals, employers, families, insurance companies, medical facilities, communities, the state and the nation would spend on medical treatment.

WHAT DOES A TRAINED HEALTH EDUCATOR DO?
  1. Assess individual and community needs
  2. Plan health education programs
  3. Develop health education programs
  4. Coordinate health education programs
  5. Implement health education programs
  6. Manage health education programs & personnel
  7. Evaluate health education programs
  8. Write grants
  9. Build coalitions
  10. Identify resources
  11. Make referrals
  12. Develop social marketing and mass media campaigns
  13. Organize/ mobilize communities for action
  14. Handle controversial health issues/content
  15. Advocate for health-related issues
  16. Encourage healthy behaviour
  17. Use a variety of education/training methods
  18. Develop audio, visual, print and electronic materials
  19. Conduct research
  20. Write scholarly articles


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