Principles Of Community Health Education

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PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH EDUCATION
This concept was taken from module 11”information, education, and communication”, sub topic 2”principles and methods of community health education”.
Health education can be defined as a process that informs, motivates and helps people to adopt and maintain healthy practices and lifestyles, advocates environmental changes as needed to facilitate this goal and conducts professional trainings and research to the same end. The Joint Committee on Health Education and Promotion Terminology of 2001 defined Health Education as "any combination of planned learning experiences based on sound theories that provide individuals, groups, and communities the opportunity to acquire information and the skills needed to make quality
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People are glad to learn new things daily and to find solutions to their problems. Community members are always ready to be involved in finding solutions to their health problems and hence whenever there is a health education program where the educator involves the community members they are always glad to make their contributions. The leaders are of great help to the health education program because they are the ones who give the approval for this programs to hold and they also help by gathering their followers to ensure they listen to this health talks. There are lots of different people in the society with different educational levels but what matters is that all of them should understand the topic of discussion and contribute where possible.
APPLICATION TO CURRENT JOB: health education program is normally carried out in my place of work. It is carried out in the antenatal clinics, in the ward when patients are been prepared for discharge and also in the clinic during regular checkups. Patients are health educated on health promotion and disease prevention. They are educated on their nutrition as some patients are not compliant on the type of food to take and also on compliant to
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He also emphasized that despite the benefits of health education it is vital to plan adequately if the program will be effective and efficient. He said that for effective and efficient health education program, decisions over what the desired change should be, where the health education program will take place, those to carry out the program and how the program will be carried out needs to be put into considerations. For him, he feels that once all this have been put in place then health education program will be

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