Week 9 :Discussion: My Future As a Health Educator


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Electing to pursue a career where you serve the community through the promotion of health and well-being is a noble cause. In seeking to establish healthy behavior, you will likely encounter both rewarding and challenging experiences. In practice, you will likely implement programs aimed at different populations and in different settings to address various health issues. The strategies and methodologies that you will employ in these different settings will require you to demonstrate your skills as well as uphold the standards of practice as set forth by professional organizations.

For this Discussion, review the Learning Resources for this week. Reflect on where you would like to work as a health educator, including which target population you are most interested in helping. Consider the skills or qualities you believe are most important for health educators to possess when working in this setting or with this population. Then research and select two professional organizations that may provide opportunities for developing the skills and knowledge needed to work in this capacity.

Post a description of where you would like to work as a health educator and explain why. Describe a target setting or population that you are interested in working with and explain which skills or knowledge of health educators are most important for working with this population and setting. Then, describe two professional organizations that may best assist you in developing skills and knowledge to work in this capacity. Be specific and provide examples.

Required readings

Cottrell, R. R., Girvan, J. T., Seabert, D., Spear, C., & McKenzie, J. F. (2018). Principles and foundations of health promotion and education (7th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Benjamin Cummings.
  • Chapter 7, "The Settings for Health Education/Promotion"
  • Chapter 8, "Agencies, Associations, and Organizations Associated With Health Education/Promotion"
American Public Health Association. (2014). Public health and health promotion. Retrieved from https://www.apha.org/apha-communities/member-secti...

Eta Sigma Gamma. (2014). National health education honorary—Home. Retrieved from http://etasigmagamma.org/

Society for Public Health Education. (n.d.). About SOPHE. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from http://sophe.org/about.cfm


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The Importance of Professional Organizations The Importance of Professional Organizations Program Transcript SLOANE BURKE: Professional organizations are so key to young professionals, as well as seasoned professionals, in public health and health education. ELAINE AULD: Especially for students starting out. So critical to their professional development and eventual opportunities to move forward in their careers. To get networked in a professional organization. [MUSIC PLAYING] SLOANE BURKE: Our top two organizations in public health are the American Public Health Association, where if you attend a conference, you may be with 15,000 to 20,000 public health professionals from a variety of disciplines. But with the main goal of learning more about public health, whether it's through continuing education, attending professional presentations, somebody sharing their research outcomes, or actually, there's plenty of networking opportunities. So everything is included with that. So it's important to stay involved in professional organizations, such as APHA, or SOPHE, the Society of Public Health Education. ELAINE AULD: I'm the CEO of the Society for Public Health Education. It's a position that I have felt privileged to hold for about the last 17, now going on 18 years. SOPHE was founded in 1950. Our mission is to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and to promote the health of society. We do that primarily through four avenues. One is professional preparation and standards. SOPHE and the National Commission for Health Education credentially developed the competencies that are used as the foundation for training and professional preparation programs, including Walden, I'm sure, as well as that's used in the field for continuing education. We have over 250 professional preparation programs in health education, and we are involved in overseeing the quality assurance of those programs. Ensuring that they are accredited or promoting the accreditation, both in school and community health education. Another avenue that SOPHE is a leader in and why we are, I think, the preeminent organization in health education is advancing research and practice. We have two professional journals-- peer review journals-- that are basically the mecca for those to publish in the field about what the cutting edge research is, and then used by health educators in their practice to make sure that the programs that they're planning are evidenced-based and effective. ©2014 Laureate Education, Inc. 1 The Importance of Professional Organizations And we're now starting at third journal, "Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning." Again, a benefit to all of our members. We offer conferences such as the Sophie 65th annual meeting. At a discounted rate, members are able to attend. We offer full range of scholarships and awards. And another reason that I think it's important to be a member of Sophie is because we are the advocate for the profession and for the public's health. We're based in Washington, DC. We're the only health education organization that is in Washington, DC. Very close to Capitol Hill. We have a full-time policy director that advocates for us on policy issues. We offer a career connection for all of our members to have access to jobs and internships. The full range of opportunities and health education. A one-stop shop. Sophie, in particular, being a fairly small organization compared to some of our big sisters. In a field of 4,000 to 5,000 people, you can really get to develop very close relationships. And some of my best-- very best personal friends that I've made over the years are people that I've started out with 20 years ago in SOPHE. JODY EARLY: And, as students, I think it's important to get involved. Because not only will you receive a discount-- a severely discounted rate, but you'll get connected to the community, and opportunities will open. And it's a way for you to also come, and in a very non-intimidating way, receive some feedback about your research ideas or about what you're doing in the community. It's a nice way to build your social network and your professional network as well. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Importance of Professional Organizations Additional Content Attribution MUSIC: Creative Support Services Los Angeles, CA Dimension Sound Effects Library Newnan, GA Narrator Tracks Music Library Stevens Point, WI Signature Music, Inc ©2014 Laureate Education, Inc. 2 The Importance of Professional Organizations Chesterton, IN Studio Cutz Music Library Carrollton, TX ©2014 Laureate Education, Inc. 3 ...
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