Community Health Centers offers an extensive Health Education program for the community and its patients. Please refer to the FAQ below for more information. Navigate the menu on the right to find out more about our team of Health Educators, what services our department offers, class schedules, and locations.
So... What is Health Education?
Health education is any combination of learning experiences designed to facilitate voluntary changes of behavior or sustain behavior conducive to health.
Health educators are the individuals who facilitate the learning experiences that are designed to enable and reinforce the behavior conducive to health in individuals, groups, or communities.
Patient education is an expanding and evolving field and is now recognized as an essential component of health care.
Although there has been tremendous progress in the past decade or two, there remain many misconceptions about health education and the role of health educators. Understanding these misconceptions is important because they can be potential barriers for health educators, providers and, ultimately, our patients.
Health education is the transference of knowledge.
Education is more than simply imparting knowledge.. Educational programs are not efficacious in achieving long-term improvement in diabetes control unless they also promote changes in attitude and motivation. Patient educators need strong preparation on disease-specific content, but perhaps more importantly, they need preparation in teaching techniques and behavioral strategies.
Health care professionals who teach patients are educators.
Although many people teach health care concepts, many of them are not prepared with the skills to provide health education properly. Although many of these individuals claim that they provide education, often they are simply providing information on diabetes content.
Health educators are the experts, and patients should defer to them.
Both educators and patients are the experts. Patients are the experts in their own life. They know what they will do with the information provided and if or how it will be incorporated into their lifestyle.
Health educators are responsible for patients' learning and achieving outcomes.
The most carefully designed care plan or program has no power to change outcomes unless a patient chooses to do it and to do so skillfully.Motivation is key factor in this process.