Skills for the Future Health Educator
Throughout this course, you examined attributes of health educators that contribute to effective health education practice. You also examined NCHEC’s Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators and identified opportunities to develop those skills that you may not possess or that you would like to refine. As you consider emerging trends within the field of health education, what role does the health educator play in promoting social change for this emerging trend? How will considerations for addressing this emerging trend inform the types of health education programs a health educator will implement?
For this Discussion, reflect on emerging trends within health education. Consider how health educators advocate for social change in addressing emerging trends and the skills health educators should possess in promoting social change.
Post a description of two areas that you believe are the most important emerging trends within health education in promoting social change and explain why. Explain how you, as a health educator, would advocate for social change in addressing these health trends. Explain what skills a health educator should possess to address emerging health trends and how those skills will affect the delivery of health education. Be specific and provide examples.
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.