Health Education, is it a necessity?

ifmsa-panorama-2016

(IFMSA, 2016)

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Rana Hatem Moshref. The writer is a 5th year medical student at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. Mrs Rana Hatem Moshref is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA).

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do”.– Goeth

So what is health education? Health education is a social science that draws from the biological, environmental, psychological, physical and medical sciences to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death through education-driven voluntary positive behavior change activities.

Do we lack it? Over 4.000.000 people worldwide lack access to quality health services due to huge shortage, imbalanced skill mix, and uneven geographical distribution of health workers. To solve the problem, WHO estimates that an additional 4.3 million competent health workers are needed worldwide to produce efficient multi-disciplinary educational programs.

Why is important? Well, it is important because it builds knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes about health, thus motivates people to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors.

To provide an effective and high quality health education, it must follow the National Health Education Standards, and these characteristics might be beneficial. As the CDC states, the cornerstone of health education is obviously education, but it must be tailored to each one’s needs, interests, concerns that is free of culturally biased information. If high quality education was delivered to people, it should promote understanding of key health concepts and practice skills, and thus make people initiative in their health by changing behavior, and this is by far the hardest step.

A healthcare professional might provide the highest quality of health education, and still a person might fail in reinforcing health-enhancing attitudes and beliefs because this person wants to hear more facts to correct his misperceptions, wants to see is it worth the change in his life, and especially needs a community to support him and be by his side.

To add, social media can serve as a platform for people to share their life changing behaviors to influence more people, and also it can be a tool for physicians to reach out to the largest number of audience.  In the other hand, people may not resist the temptations that are found in social media; like, illegal drugs and unprotected sex.

Also, in order to prevent remissions: a health care professional must discuss the importance of a skill, relevance, then present steps to develop it, afterwards model it, and lastly provide feedback and reinforcement by group discussions, problem solving and role playing to encourage creative expression, share personal thoughts and feelings.

Research studies provide evidence that promoting and establishing healthy behaviors for younger people are more effective, and often easier, than efforts to change unhealthy behaviors already established in adult populations. Multiple websites might come as handy as: The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child, CDC and WHO, but the main role of health education is school. School health education programs can reduce health risk behaviors such as tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, drug and alcohol use, as well as actions that increase stress, and risk of injury, and violence.  The Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards recommends that students in Pre-K to grade 2 receive a minimum of 40 hours and students in grades 3 to 12 receive 80 hours of instruction in health education per academic year.

In the end, health education is important to live life fully.

References:

https://www.nap.edu/read/10681/chapter/1#iii

https://www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs/hedp

http://www.who.int/hrh/education/en/

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/sher/characteristics/

http://education.nh.gov/instruction/school_health/health_coord_education.htm

https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/educational-and-community-based-programs

http://www.cnheo.org/support_statements/statement.pdf

About the author

Rana Hatem Moshref is a 5th year medical student in King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. She is a health advocate and cares about women& children health. She is a researcher and an author. She works hard to apply new ideas that change her society into a better one. She is keen to read new technologies and advances in the field of medicine and surgery to be a good physician in the future and to serve patients the highest quality of care. She also wants to overcome poverty and spread education. Her hobbies are writing, reading, travelling, exploring cultures and an adventure seeker.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Challenges facing the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high – UN

Visiting North Korea, UN relief chief spotlights funding shortfall to meet humanitarian needs

Meet Alice, the battery-powered plane that could herald the age of electric air travel

Britain in and out of the EU

Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on UK government White paper

Cocaine and opium production worldwide hit ‘absolute record highs’ – major threat to public health says UN study

Ebola: EU releases additional €3.5 million to tackle epidemic

Voices of young climate action activists ‘give me hope’ says UN chief

European Semester 2019 Spring Package: Commission issues recommendations for Member States to advance sustainable and inclusive economic growth

Easing ‘classroom crisis’ in Côte d’Ivoire, brick by (plastic) brick

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will impact young people’s future the most

5 ways COVID-19 has changed workforce management

Parliament to ask for the suspension of EU-US deal on bank data

Coronavirus Global Response: European Commission pledges €300 million to Gavi

Trump’s MAGA policy remains unchanged as EU warns to impose additional retaliation tariffs on US products

European Defence Fund on track with €525 million for Eurodrone and other joint research and industrial projects

COVID-19 creates a perfect storm for the extreme weather season

Healthcare for refugees: a necessary symbiosis of medicine and politics

EU climate law: MEPs want to increase emission reductions target to 60% by 2030

A geared turbofan at Pratt & Whitney's production hub in West Palm Beach (copyright: Pratt & Whitney - a UTC Company- 2018; Source: Pratt & Whitney's website, media center)

The EU Commission approves UTC’s acquisition of Rockwell Collins under conditions

Slovakia and its failure to abide by the European law

How to help an ageing population stay wealthy for longer

Soil pollution ‘jeopardizing’ life on Earth, UN agency warns on World Day

“Beyond the beach: tackling plastic pollution upstream”, a Sting Exclusive by Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment

Google’s bare truth: Europe’s Chief denies EU accusations but admits they “don’t always get it right”

FROM THE FIELD: Persons with disabilities bike towards sustainability

Our health systems are under pressure. Here are 9 ways to remedy that

Hardware is a cybersecurity risk. Here’s what we need to know

Hatred ‘a threat to everyone’, urges Guterres calling for global effort to end xenophobia and ‘loathsome rhetoric’

What talent means in the post-COVID-19 workplace

What will Germany look like after the next election?

New legislation on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment model in the food chain

This woman changed the world of work – and you’ve probably never heard of her

‘Grave consequences’ await if new deadly escalation of violence in Gaza continues – top UN official

The Dead Sea is drying up, and these two countries have a plan to save it

African elephants under continued threat of poaching, warns UN-backed report

AIESEC Vlog

Four million have now fled Venezuela, UN ramps up aid to children who remain

Ercom, cutting-edge Telco solutions from Europe

As ride-hailing firms drive into the future, who is being left behind?

Syrian crisis: €5.3 billion mobilised by donors for 2021 and beyond at 5th Brussels Conference

Carnage must stop in northwest Syria demands Lowcock, as attacks intensify

New round of bargaining for the 2014 EU budget late in autumn

Sudan: European Union provides €30 million in humanitarian assistance

At last Germany to negotiate the costs for a really cohesive Eurozone

UN evaluates progress in improving peacekeeping performance

The US + Britain trivialize mainland Europe, NATO and the EU

Khashoggi case highlights ‘very worrying practice’ of overseas abductions, says UN expert

What does global health translate into?

How Costa Rica’s environment minister talks to his daughter about climate change

Polluted lungs: health in the center of environment discussion

Here are 3 lessons Europe can learn from China’s flourishing start-ups

Geopolitics and investment in emerging markets after COVID-19

Canada needs to increase foreign aid flows in line with its renewed engagement

EU Ombudsman investigates the European Commission

Coronavirus: EU global response to fight the pandemic

SCADA Security Conference 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic

Brexit: Six more months of political paralysis or a May-Corbyn compromise?

COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and their challenges

More Stings?

Advertising

Comments

  1. I agree with what you said that health education is important because it allows people to be more knowledgeable about health matters, which would motivate them to improve or maintain their health to prevent diseases. My daughters are going back to school soon through remote online learning because of the pandemic. Hopefully, their school still give importance to health education and makes it part of their curriculum. Thanks for this!

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s