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Health Educators

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Health Educators Description

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

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Health Educators Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Provide program information to the public by preparing and presenting press releases, conducting media campaigns, or maintaining program-related web sites.
  • Develop, conduct, or coordinate health needs assessments and other public health surveys.
  • Prepare and distribute health education materials, such as reports, bulletins, and visual aids, to address smoking, vaccines, and other public health concerns.
  • Design and conduct evaluations and diagnostic studies to assess the quality and performance of health education programs.
  • Develop operational plans and policies necessary to achieve health education objectives and services.
  • Develop and present health education and promotion programs, such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care.
  • Develop educational materials and programs for community agencies, local government, and state government.
  • Supervise professional and technical staff in implementing health programs, objectives, and goals.
  • Document activities and record information, such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted.
  • Collaborate with health specialists and civic groups to determine community health needs and the availability of services and to develop goals for meeting needs.
  • Provide guidance to agencies and organizations on assessment of health education needs and on development and delivery of health education programs.
  • Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.
  • Design and administer training programs for new employees and continuing education for existing employees.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Develop, prepare, and coordinate grant applications and grant-related activities to obtain funding for health education programs and related work.
  • Develop and maintain health education libraries to provide resources for staff and community agencies.

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