The goal of health education is to improve the health behavior of individuals and communities including the living and working conditions that influence their health. By improving health, this learning experience can help reduce the costs (both financial and human) spent on medical treatment. Health education specialists work with health care providers, policy makers, human resource personnel, and many other professionals to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent and manage disease by empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their health.
Every year since 1995, National Health Education Week (NHEW) has been celebrated during the third full week of October. This celebration is sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), the only independent professional organization devoted exclusively to health education and health promotion across all settings. This year’s NHEW will be held from October 20-24 and focus on increasing the awareness among consumers about the role of health education in improving public health and wellness.
SOPHE promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, its network of local chapters, and its numerous partnerships with other organizations.
SOPHE’s daily virtual events will pay tribute to the next generation of health educators:
- Monday, October 20: Creating a shared vision for the future of health education
- Tuesday, October 21: Training and educating the next generation of health educators
- Wednesday, October 22: 30 under 30: Highlighting 30 health educators under the age of 30
- Thursday, October 23: Employing the next generation of health educators
- Friday, October 24: Mentoring the next generation of health educators
This year, NHEW will focus on recognizing health education specialists for their contributions to promoting and improving population health and providing health education services for cost-effective prevention, wellness, and disease management. Preventive interventions include screening, testing, counseling, immunization, preventive medication, and preventive treatment. Rapid blood tests available today help detect and manage diseases at the early stage. Quality lab equipment also plays an important role in providing accurate, reliable and fast results for diagnostic tests.