Health Education is the cornerstone in which to prevent illness and maintain well-being.This week, the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) celebrates National Health Education Week.

Many professionals educate communities and individuals about skills needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle; doctors and nurses are usually the first two professions that come to mind. However health educators dedicate their education and passion specifically towards health promotion, whether it be in the form of policy-making, community programming, or in the classroom.

Health educators integrate four components to ensure the best prevention education is offered: assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating the programs specific to their chosen field. Using theoretical models, they are able to more effectively impact individuals, families, and communities.

Health educators utilize research that encompasses not just the physical, but also the mental/emotional, social, cultural, and community influences affecting healthy decision-making.

Some individuals obtain CHES certification: Certified Health Education Specialist. A Master’s prepared specialist will have the designation MCHES. Helping people make informed choices about personal health based on current research is one of our overreaching intents.  CHES certified educators work in a variety of roles and various aspects of health.

Personally, I began TeenWorldConfidential as an opportunity to educate parents and other caring adults about adolescent sexuality health. I focus on basic health issues such as STI’s as well as goal-setting, communication, and relationships. Using the National Sexuality Education Standards put forth by Future of Sex Education (FoSE), I present material consistent with recommendations of leading experts in the field.

Thank you for following TWC. As a health educator, I truly hope you are gaining inspiration and guidance in talking to your adolescent about sexuality.