Health education is one strategy for implementing health promotion and disease prevention programs. Health education provides learning experiences on health topics. Health education strategies are tailored for their target population. Health education presents information to target populations on particular health topics, including the health benefits/threats they face, and provides tools to build capacity and support behavior change in an appropriate setting.
Examples of health education activities include:
Characteristics of health education strategies include:
1. Participation of the target population.
2. Completion of a community needs assessment to identify community capacity, resources, priorities, and needs.
3. Planned learning activities that increase participants' knowledge and skills.
4. Implementation of programs with integrated, well-planned curricula and materials that take place in a setting convenient for participants.
5. Presentation of information with audiovisual and computer based supports such as slides and projectors, videos, books, CDs, posters, pictures, websites, or software programs.
6. Ensuring proficiency of program staff, through training, to maintain fidelity to the program model.