Health Education (Principles)

  • It considers the health status of the people, which is determined by the economic and social conscience of the country.
  • It is a process whereby people learn to improve their personal habits and attitudes, to work responsibly for the improvement of health conditions of the family, community, and nation.
  • It involves motivation, experience, and change in conduct and thinking, while stimulating active interest. It develops and provides experience for change in people’s attitudes, customs, and habits in relation to health and everyday living.
  • It should be recognized as the basic function of all health workers.
  • It takes place in the home, in the school, and in the community.
  • It is a cooperative effort requiring all categories of health personnel to work together in close teamwork with families, groups, and the community.
  • It meets the needs, interests, and problems of the people affected.
  • It finds means and ways of carrying out plans by encouraging individual and community participation.
  • It is a slow, continuous process that involves constant changes and revisions until objectives are achieved.
  • Makes use of supplementary aids and devices to help with the verbal instructions.
  • It utilizes community resources by careful evaluation of the different services and resources found in the community.
  • It is a creative process requiring methods and techniques with various characteristics, not following a rigid and flexible pattern.
  • It aims to help people make use of their own efforts and education to improve their conditions of living,
  • It makes careful evaluation of the planning, organization, and implementation of all health education programs and activities.
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