October is National Health Education Week. Since 1995, National Health Education Week has been celebrated during the third week of October. This celebration focuses national attention on a major public health issue and promotes consumers’ understanding of the role of health education in promoting the public’s health.
National Health Education Week 2018
Working to create healthier communities
October 15-20, 2017 is National Health Education Week. This week, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) celebrates health educators and highlights the work they do in their communities. [Add chapter info or sentence, if applicable]
Health education specialists offer knowledge, skills, and training that complement health care providers, policy makers, educational experts, human resource personnel and many other professionals whose work impacts human health. Health literacy is a large determinant of health status and without these components offered by health education specialists, members in each community can be greatly affected.
During the week, health education specialists and public health advocates will enhance awareness of various contemporary health issues and how health education specialists work to solve them. There are many environments and professional settings where health education specialists’ work, but all health education specialists work toward one goal: creating healthier lives, in schools, worksites, and communities.
For example: “Health education specialists offer knowledge, skills, and training that complement the policy work we do at Environmental Company Place” says [name, title]. “These employees collect and analyze data that is essential for communicating with policy makers about changes that will create healthier environments for people where they live, work and play.”
The themes for this week are as follows: Monday – “The Public Health Impact of Gun Violence”, Tuesday – “Health Equity,” Wednesday – “Advocating for Comprehensive School Health,” Thursday – “Using Technology to Promote Health,” and Friday – “Environmental Health” Each theme has a planned event that can be found at http://www.sophe.org/focus-areas/national-health-education-week/.
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About National Health Education Week (NHEW): NHEW is celebrated annually during the third week of October and focuses national attention on a major public health issue, provides public education, and improves consumer understanding of health education’s role in promoting the public’s health. NHEW is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
About SOPHE: The Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a non-profit professional organization founded in 1950 to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion and to promote the health of society. SOPHE’s 4,000 international and chapter members work in various public and private organizations to advance health education theory and research, develop disease prevention and health promotion programs, and promote public policies conducive to health. For more information, go to www.sophe.org.