Define Health Education

Why Online Health Education Can Be The Best

In a bid to significantly reduce the amount of health infections and problems throughout the world,many international organizations and other government agencies have resorted to using the internet as the best platform of providing education to people. Health education helps the people to acquire knowledge on the kind of lifestyle they should live or avoid plus the measures they can take to prevent or reduce the occurrence of some common or chronic diseases. There are a many reasons that make online provision of health education the best method of sensitizing people on health issues. The following reasons seek to explain why online training is the most effective compared to the use of other methods.

Minimal resources are used in the sensitization process

The emergence of technology has seen many business people and other humanitarian organizations providing their goods and services online. The online provision of health education therefore aims at reaching a wide audience throughout the world with the aim of minimizing on the amounts of death experienced each year in many countries. The amount resources used by the international health organizations in ensuring most people have access to basic health information are very minimal. On the other hand any individual or person looking for any information concerning health on the internet will use the least amount of resources in terms of time and money.

Health education is flexible

With the many daily activities most people engage themselves in today, finding time to attend a public sensitization seminar organized by the international health organizations and other related government agencies can be sometimes hard. Online health education therefore provides with an opportunity to gain access to information on different topics related to health at any time you feel is convenient to you. Moreover, since this kind of education is internet based, one can access information on health from wherever part of the world he/she is. Moreover, the kind of topics discussed cover infections related to every age bracket i.e. the young and the old.

Internet based health education provides information on a variety of topics

There exists many health experts all over the world and most of them have designed websites with the aim of reaching those who are searching for information regarding various health issues. Since there are many health professionals with varying skills in different areas of specialization most people are able to get the information they might be looking for at the very time they need it. HIV/AIDS discussion for example has been the most explored topic by most health professionals. The information relayed on various sites aims at ensuring people are aware of the causative factors of the pandemic and the possible prevention measures that can be employed to reduce the number of new infections experienced each year. The internet also provides information on the communicable diseases,immunizable diseases, waterborne diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and much more. These topics explore the possible causes of the diseases or infections,how to deal with them plus the prevention measures that can help reduce the prevalence of such diseases.

Allied Health Education Trends – The Changing Landscape Behind the Scenes

With more than 500,000 jobs added since the start of the recession, it’s no surprise that allied health fields are forecasted to remain a key source of job growth. Jobs in inpatient and outpatient settings and nurse care facilities will be in high demand and the healthcare support industry (such as medical technicians, physician’s assistants and physical therapist assistants) are slated to experience 48% growth.

Involved with the delivery of health or related services, workers in allied health care fields include a cluster of health professions encompassing as many as 200 health careers. There are 5 million allied health care providers in the United States who work in more than 80 different professions representing approximately 60% of all health care providers. Yet, that number is no match to the number of allied health care workers that are needed to meet current and future needs in America.

Highly regarded as experts in their field, allied health professions fall into two broad categories – technicians (assistants) and therapists/technologists. With education requirements and curriculum varying depending on the chosen field, academic prerequisites range from less than two years for technicians to a more intensive educational process for therapists and technologists that include acquiring procedural skills. With such explosive growth in allied health care career options and so many diverse fields from which to choose, it’s no wonder students preparing for their future are seeking opportunities in allied health fields.

Yet, with more than 5 million current allied health professions in the U.S. and more on the horizon, careful examination of the educational development and environment of emerging students identifies areas of needed improvement to meet the diverse needs of this ever-changing landscape.

A New Path of Education – Trends Affecting Allied Health Education

With student enrollment in allied health education programs gaining momentum, major advancements in technology coupled with shifts in education audiences, learner profiles, campus cultures, campus design and faculty development have spawned a new wave of trends that are dramatically affecting where and how allied health students learn. Understanding the dynamics of allied health trends begins by taking a brief look at a few of the societal and economic factors that have affected the educational landscape as a whole.

Economic Trends:
* With the economy in a recession, the nations’ workforce is being challenged to learn new skills or explore advanced training options.
* The U.S. Labor Department estimates that with the current economic climate, nearly 40% of the workforce will change jobs every year. As a result, the demand for short, accelerated educational programs is on the rise.
* With retirement being delayed until later in life, a “new age” of workers has emerged into the job market creating an older generation of students.

Societal Trends:
* Adult learners are the fastest growing segment in higher education. Approximately 42% of all students in both private and public institutions are age 25 or older.
* This highly competitive learning market allows educational institutions to specialize in meeting particular niches in the market.
* The number of minority learners is increasing.
* More women continue to enter the workforce – 57% of students are women.

Student / Enrollment Trends:
* Students are seeking educational programs that meet their individual demographics, schedule and learning style.
* More students are requiring flexibility in the educational structure to allow more time for other areas of responsibility.
* Students are attending multiple schools to attain degrees – 77% of all students graduating with a baccalaureate degree have attended two or more institutions.

Academic Trends:
* According to the Chronicle of High Education, traditional college campuses are declining as for-profit institutions grow and public and private institutions continue to emerge.
* Instruction is moving more toward diversified learner-centered versus self-directed, traditional classroom instruction.
* Educational partnerships are increasing as institutions share technology and information with other colleges, universities and companies to deliver cooperative educational programs.
* Emphasis is shifting from degrees to competency as employers place more importance on knowledge, performance and skills.

Technology Trends:
* Technology competency is becoming a requirement.
* Immense growth in Internet and technological devices.
* Institutional instruction will involve more computerized programs.
* Colleges will be required to offer the best technological equipment to remain competitive.

Classroom Environment Trends:
* Classroom environments are being designed to mirror real-life career settings.
* Flexible classroom settings geared for multi-instructional learning.
* Color, lighting, acoustics, furniture and design capitalize on comfortable learner-centered environments.

The Application of Knowledge – A Move Toward Lifelong Learning Concepts

To meet the ever-changing educational needs of students entering allied health fields, classrooms, curricula and teaching philosophies are becoming more responsive to the diverse settings in which varied populations are served. Educators and administrators are seeking educational environments that engage and connect students with their learning space to capitalize and foster knowledge, growth and learning.

Flexible Classrooms and Lab Space:
Adaptable learning environments that provide versatility to shift from classroom to lab space and the flexibility for plenty of future growth are the driving force behind allied health classrooms of the future. Modern allied health classrooms will provide flexible, multi-functional, comfortable classroom environments that encourage a sense of community, essentially inviting the students and instructors to work together and interrelate. Studies reflect that students are better able to actively process information when sensory, stimulation, information exchange and application opportunities are available. Flexible classroom spaces encourage students to share what they know and build on this shared base.

Student Areas:
Connecting students with the “center of gravity” core spaces for studying and socializing further enhances the new wave of allied health campuses. Flexible student areas that foster circulation, interaction, collaboration and learning enhance various learning styles and further reinforce students’ abilities to harmoniously blend learning with discovery and collaboration.

Integrating Advanced Technology:
The use of technology in the classroom plays a vital role in how students learn and the long-term effect of knowledge gained. When students are using technology as an educational tool they are in an active role rather than a passive role in a typical teacher-led lesson. The integration of advanced technology in an allied health classroom allows students to actively engage in generating, obtaining manipulating or displaying information. Through this process, students become empowered to define their goals, make decisions and evaluate their progress. Coupled with student applied technology, classrooms are being equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and tools to prepare students for the transition from classroom to career.

Lecture / Laboratory and Classroom Models:
High Performing Buildings: As allied health programs shift to incorporate collaborative, interdisciplinary classrooms and clinical experiences that mirror real-life settings, students are empowered to move beyond mastery of skill to lifelong learning concepts. By creating classroom models that take students directly into their chosen field and allow them to “step into” their chosen career in a classroom setting, students are essentially provided a “business internship” that prepares them for their careers far beyond traditional text book curriculum. Bridging the gap between textbook knowledge and the application of “real world” experiences is the foundation of the new allied health classrooms settings.

Each school day 50 million children and 6 million adults enter our schools nationwide; each of whom is directly affected by the physical environment. And, while most people have heard about the benefits of sustainable design from an energy savings standpoint, few truly understand the benefits gained from a student performance perspective. High performance schools have several distinct advantages:

* Higher Test Scores. Studies are confirming the relationship between a school’s physical condition and student performance. Factors such as increased day light, indoor thermal comfort and indoor air quality will enhance learning which equates to improved test results.

* Increased Average Daily Attendance. Indoor air quality plays a vital role in the health of students. By controlling sources of contaminants, providing adequate ventilation and preventing moisture – all designed to reduce sources of health problems and inhibit the spread of airborne infections – students and teachers will experience fewer sick days, especially for those suffering from respiratory or asthma problems.

* Reduced Operating Costs. High performance schools are specifically designed, using life-cycle cost methods, to minimize long-term costs of facility ownership. Using less energy and water than standard schools, means lower operating costs. Savings can then be redirected to supplement other budgets such as computers, books, classrooms and salaries.

* Increased Teacher Satisfaction and Retention. Designed to be pleasant and effective places to work and learn, high performance classrooms are visually pleasing, provide the appropriate thermal comfort and capitalize on effective acoustics for teaching. A positive and inviting place to work and learn improves overall satisfaction for teachers and sets the foundation for improved learning and retention of students.

* Reduced Environmental Impact. High performance buildings are specifically designed to have low environmental impact. They are energy and water efficient, use durable, non-toxic materials that are high in recycled content and they use non-polluting renewable energy to the greatest extent possible.
In short, we have an obligation to equip our students to do the hard work ahead of them.

A Vision for the Future
With the rapidly changing landscape of education as whole, taking on the challenge of designing multi-functional educational facilities means more than just designing a building. From technology to curriculums, campus structure to classroom environments, those involved in the planning, design and construction must be dedicated to providing solutions that meet the distinct needs of today’s students.

Roy Abernathy is Managing Principal with Atlanta-based Jova/Daniels/Busby Architects and is a partner with FWAJDB Architects – a partnership focused on facilities at the intersection of animal and human health. He is actively involved in AIA Georgia serving as 2012 AIA GA President, a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.

Medical Technology – Health Education – Chronic Pain

Innovative medical technology and health education is essential for helping patients so that diseases can be cured rather than be managed. This is particularly true for prevention of nerve related chronic pain.

One of my patients told me that he sees the field of medicine as purely supportive and useful for managing diseases but really does not cure diseases. I did explain to him that when diseases are caught too late, he is perfectly correct.

The idea is to diagnose early to have possible cures for the disease. Since patients present to the doctor only when they are symptomatic, it is usually too late for a good chance for a cure. The best time to have a cure is when there are signs rather than symptoms.

The body takes a lot of abuses before one get symptomatic, and early diagnosis is really essential. Since I help patients with nerve related muscle pain and discomfort, I will limit my health blog only to this topic. It is essential that I put my thoughts in writing so that others may receive education and benefit from my many years in medical technology innovation to develop Electrical Twitch Obtaining Intramuscular Stimulation (eToims Twitch Relief Method).

The time to get a medical opinion is before one has pain. Everyone should learn how to look at their muscles to see if they look swollen. There should be no well defined margins or grooves beside or around the muscle of interest. When the muscle is relaxed, the muscle should not look as though it is contracted. If it does so, this is a sign of muscle shortening and muscle spasm making the muscle look very tight.

The skin overlying the muscle should not be thick and adhesed to the underlying tissue. The pores in the skin overlying the muscle should not be clearly visible. If there is hair loss in the area that is also not normal. All these are signs of trophic neurogenic skin changes, recognizable just by looking carefully. If these clinical signs are present, you already have nerve related muscle problems and you are a candidate for developing chronic pain if you already do not have chronic pain presently.

Jennifer Chu, M.D. emeritus professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, pioneered eToims Twitch Relief Method that utilizes surface electrical stimulation to locate motor points (trigger points). The motor points are then stimulated to induce strong local muscle contractions, termed twitches. This results in reduced muscle pain and discomfort in the areas that were stimulated. The involved pain/discomfort-relieving mechanism is thought to include local muscle exercise and stretch effects. eToims Soft Tissue Comfort CenterĀ® specializes in diagnosis and treatment which ends muscle discomfort and pain.

Best Way to Effectively Grade Students and My 2 Cents on Health Education

To start off, I am a strong believer that in order for a teacher to grade a student, the teacher must grade themselves first. Grades can only be deemed as fair if the teacher possesses enough intangibles for each student to achieve a higher level of learning. Grading must be OBJECTIVE, not subjective. Subjective point of views only leads to irrational thoughts that reflect the grading system. Grades are direct factors that prove if a teacher is effectively teaching his/her students. If there is a student in my class that failed in some way, it is me as the teacher to go back and reflect on what I could have done better for that student to receive a higher grade. I am teacher based upon respect in and out of the classroom and I believe that is the strongest grade someone can give out and receive. What do I mean by respect? Respect is earned. If there are students that are struggling in my class but show effort through my assessments and evaluations, then by the power invested in me, that student will be given the benefit of the doubt. Respect is a bigger grade then a multiple choice test. I want to mentally, physically, and emotionally see a student is trying and not base their grades off of exams or traditional assessments. When I do have exams or quizzes, they will be valid and reliable so there grades will accurately reflect true achievement.

Learning is the ultimate goal of taking my class, not getting a grade. If it was up to me, I wouldn’t assign grades but unfortunately students are not motivated without grades. Therefore, grades are needed to be given out as a means of representation of who the students are. It is my belief that individuals deserve real feedback, not grades and parents deserve to know more about their child’s progress than an “A” or a percentage.

From my own growth and experience, it is extremely important that in order to grade, I have to make my assessments and evaluations authentic not traditional. All assignments and activities will be tied to the standards and objective that can translated by the students if there was an evaluator grading me. The standards provide a proposal for development, education, and assessment that echo the effective ways of learning. Each standard reflects to life situations and outcomes that are imperative to a student’s growth. It is my job as a teacher to create lessons that best define and reflect the standards.

Effective grading practices start from my teaching philosophy that respect student differences and reflects individual growth. I must grasp the curricular landscape in order for student to succeed and design powerful learning experiences to guide them through the next learning stage of their lives. My true philosophy on grading is that grading should cohesive with assessments and evaluations in physical education. A grade should not be separate and isolated but instead a useful way into shaping goals, assignments, communicating their students, and evaluating their work.

A part of the physical education standards is dealt with in the health classroom. It is mind-bottling that physical education gets the short end of the stick while math scores and English scores are recognized more. What’s more important than health? Health involves the longevity of someone’s life. If you knew what you had to do in order to live a longer life, wouldn’t you listen? Guess what, that’s what physical educators do. They explain the positives and negative impacts of drugs, tobacco, interpersonal communication, and physical activity. Where does a student learn how to drive? Drivers Ed. Who teaches about Drivers Ed, Physical Educators. If you read my philosophy up until this part, I’ll tell you the secret to why physical educators teach these concepts. The secret is because all of this is tied to our standards that we have to teach. Even better though, WE WANT TO teach it.

The Significance of Health Care Education

Before we come to the practice of health care education, we must know the principles involved. Health care education brings together the art and science of medicine along with the principles and practice of general education. The link is to be found in the social and behavioral sciences which include sociology, psychology and social anthropology.

Health care education can not be ‘given’ to one person by another. It involves, among other things, the teaching, learning and inclusion of habits concerned with the objective of healthy living.

The definition adopted by World Health Organization in 1969 and the Alma Ata declaration adopted in 1978 provide a useful basis for formulating the aims and objectives of health care education that may be described as –

o To promote the proper use of healthcare service available to the general people.

o To encourage them to adopt and maintain health promoting lifestyle and practices.

o To develop interest, endow with newer knowledge, improve skills and change attitudes in making rational decisions to solve their own problems

o To stimulate the individual and community self-reliance and participation to achieve health development through individual and community involvement at every step from identifying problems to solving them.

The educational objectives are aimed to the group to be taught in the health care educational program. The objectives flow from the health needs which have been discovered or invented. They should be carefully and unambiguously defined in terms of knowledge to be acquired, behavior to be to be acquired or actions to be mastered. They must be pertinent if the program is to be appropriate and successful.

The focus of health education is on people and on action. Its goal is to make realistic improvements in the basic quality of life. Many health education programs hope, in some way, to influence behavior or attitudes. The implication of these newer concepts is that health care education is an integral part of the national health goals. The fact remains that effective health education has the potential for saving many lives than has any one research discovery in the foreseeable future.

We all know that ‘Prevention is better than cure’. Health care education will bring us the knowledge how we can prevent the disease before it surfaces in any individual. In the US, more than 130 billion dollars are spent last year to treat the patients suffering from diseases. By paying one fifth of the amount, incidence of many fatal diseases can be prevented. The surplus amount can be spent to another developmental work for the society.

Healthcare educating will make the standard of living better. Therefore, the status of a particular society will be lifted up. Better habitation, living, education, trade will make us a better human being. This is particularly important for the developing countries where there is not enough money to spend treating diseases through modern approach. It is always better to spend some money to healthcare education in order to lift the level of health consciousness among the common people.