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Chapter 7 The Settings for Health Education/Promotion
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What is the growth rate for the job outlook of health education specialist from 2010-2020?
Health education positions are expected to grow at "much faster than average" rate. The percentage of growth is about 37%
What are the various settings in which health education specialists work?
3. Public/Community Health Agencies
4. Business/Industry (Worksite)
Health education specialists may work in nontraditional employment areas as well as at an university upon obtaining an advanced degree (minimum qualification most times is a doctoral degree) (some junior colleges and small 4 year schools may hire faculty with only a master's degree) (most tenure track positions require a doctoral degree)
Do the goals and skills of health education specialists change from setting to setting?
No. The goals and skills do not change but the actual duties of a specific job may differ greatly from setting to setting
SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION/PROMOTION
What is school health designed to promote?
school health are designed to promote students' physical, emotional, and social development
Why has school health been lacking in recent years?
School health has been lacking because the teachers often have been under-qualified, with only an academic minor or a few elective courses to prepare them for the health classroom. Frequently they hold a dual certification in health education/promotion and physical education with the majority of their professional preparation being in physical education
Another reason is that the requirement for health education/promotion is usually less than for other subjects. Students typically need only one or two semesters of health education to graduate high school. This minimal requirement affects the demand for qualified health teachers in a negative way. In many parts of the country it is difficult to obtain a job in school health
Why is health education in schools so important and potentially vital as oppose to health education when individuals have already developed a way of thinking?
Health education in childhood is easier and more effective to establish in childhood when they have yet to establish unhealthy behaviors that are hard to change. It is easier to teach a puppy new tricks than it is to teach an old dog new tricks, think of it in that way.
How many students can be reached each school day?
Up to 49.8 million students can be reached each school day
How can the impact of school health be improved?
the impact of school health is much greater in a positive way when the school health education/promotion component is made part of a broader, district wide approach known as a COORDINATED SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAM
What is a Coordinated School Health Program?
this program coordinates and integrates various aspects of a school district to best impact the health of the students, faculty, staff, administration, and community as a whole. This includes food services, nursing services, school counseling and psychology, health instruction, physical education, administration, school environment, community involvement, and faculty/staff wellness
What are other responsibilities of health education specialists involved in school health?
health education specialists should also take a leadership role in advocating for and the development of school health policies (written statements that guide the school district related to many health issues
What provides the most visibility to a coordinated school health education program and individual school health education specialists?
the POLICY WORK is often the component of school health which provides the most visibility to the coordinated school health education program and health education specialists
What are the additional responsibilities of health education specialists?
1. Curriculum development
2. the review of materials for classroom use
3. the chaperoning of dances and other after school activities
4. fund raising
5. the advising of student groups such as yearbook, debate, or student council
6. make certain that fellow faculty, administrators, school boards, and the community as a whole are aware of the unique contributions of a school health program
Advantages of working in school health education/promotion
1. health education specialists have the ability to work with young people during their developmental years
2. have the potential to prevent harmful health behaviors from forming instead of working with older people after such behaviors have been formed
3. have the opportunity to impact all students because health education is usually a required course
4. graduate degree is not needed for entry level employment
5. good job security
6. summer months are free and there are nice vacation periods in December and in spring
7. Benefits are good
8. there is a multifaceted career ladder
9. typically good health and retirement benefit programs
Disadvantages of working in school health education/promotion
1. Long hours spent at their job, including weekends and evenings that may compensate for the long vacation periods
2. low status in a school district when compared with teachers of more traditional subjects such as math, science, and English
3. pay is low compared to professionals in other fields but comparable with that of other health education specialists
4. student discipline often seen as a disadvantage
5. summer "free time" may be consumed with summer employment or returning to college for additional coursework
6. difficulty dealing with conservative school boards, parents, and community groups when teaching controversial issues such as sex education and drug education
7. limited resources to support program
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