ERIC Number: EJ917436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 14
Health Education circa 2035--A Commentary
McDermott, Robert J.
American Journal of Health Education, v42 n1 p2-3 Jan-Feb 2011
In this article, the author discusses what life will be like in 2035, and what its implications will be for the way in which health education is practiced. He states that in the next 25 years health educators will have to leave their comfort zones and take a calculated risk with some radical and more creative approaches to health behavior change. More programs, more education and more of what has failed to move the needle in the past 25 years also is unlikely to move it much in the next 25. Health educators should be less enamored with their past "healthedcentrism". Instead, they must: (1) unite with persons from other social and behavioral science professions to perform collaborative research that focuses on the needs of vulnerable populations; (2) focus an interdisciplinary research effort on the graying of America and the world, and the challenges that this phenomenon presents; (3) celebrate the increasing diversity in this country and worldwide at school, at work, in places of worship, and in communities; and (4) note the reality that the world will improve best from policies that support and incentivize cooperation, and that come about as a result of partnerships with the consumers that they wish to reach in health behavior or just about any other task. Long before 2035, however, the health education profession is going to need to come to terms with a series of other issues. The author shares what he thinks his professional colleagues ought to be pondering.
Descriptors: Health Education, Futures (of Society), Health Behavior, Behavior Modification, Professional Occupations, Certification, Interdisciplinary Approach, Partnerships in Education, Cooperative Planning, Gerontology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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