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Health Education Specialists

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Use data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May link health systems, health providers, insurers, and patients to address individual and population health needs. May serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Prepare and distribute health education materials, such as reports, bulletins, and visual aids, to address smoking, vaccines, and other public health concerns.
    • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care.
    • Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.
    • Document activities and record information, such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted.
    • Develop and present health education and promotion programs, such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations.
    • Collaborate with health specialists and civic groups to determine community health needs and the availability of services and to develop goals for meeting needs.
    • Develop, conduct, or coordinate health needs assessments and other public health surveys.
    • Supervise professional and technical staff in implementing health programs, objectives, and goals.
    • Develop educational materials and programs for community agencies, local government, and state government.
    • Develop operational plans and policies necessary to achieve health education objectives and services.
    • Provide program information to the public by preparing and presenting press releases, conducting media campaigns, or maintaining program-related Web sites.
    • Develop and maintain health education libraries to provide resources for staff and community agencies.
    • Design and conduct evaluations and diagnostic studies to assess the quality and performance of health education programs.
    • Provide guidance to agencies and organizations on assessment of health education needs and on development and delivery of health education programs.
    • Design and administer training programs for new employees and continuing education for existing employees.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,180
    • Yearly Projected Openings 270

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    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Overhead projectors
    • Notebook computers
    • Liquid crystal display projector
    • Digital video disk players or recorders
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Presentation software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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