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Health Education in Schools. August 9, 2020. Updated October 6th, following comments from Euan Lindsay-Smith (below)
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Health Education in Schools
Introduction Health illiteracy problem in the USA has been described as a silent epidemic. European health literacy survey (HLS-EU) also found that on average, every second person surveyed showed limited health literacy and recommended that health literacy is an important priority on the EU agenda. Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are following expensive illness care model with little attention to health education and prevention. Preventive programmes are largely vertical with little effort to comprehensive primary health care and universal health coverage is seldom complete. Linking health illiteracy to disease and how increasing understanding of health issues and causes of common illnesses, can transform health status of populations.
Public health training and education have existed for over a century, yet there is little systematic evidence on whether current approaches prepare graduates to improve health by developing, evaluating and implementing effective and equity-oriented public health programmes. A proper health literacy measurement tool should take into account the multitude of social, personal, and cognitive skills that are imperative for proper function within a health-care system. Poor understanding of cause and effect of ill health is associated with worse health care and poorer health outcomes. It is also important to recognise the extent to which people are vulnerable, or are at risk from available treatment.
Whilst parents have a critical role in instilling in their children good habits regarding healthy living and prevention from ill health, there are a number of health issues parents themselves are ignorant or find it difficult to teach their children, especially the teenagers. School becomes an important setting to address that, as merely reading and writing skills does not equate for a measure of individual’s ability to health literacy.
One definition that was adopted by the Health Literacy Conference Report in Europe defines health literacy as the ability to make sound health decisions in the context of everyday life at home, in the community, at the workplace, the healthcare system, the market place and the political arena. According to WHO, “Improving health literacy in populations provides the foundation on which citizens are enabled to play an active role in improving their own health, engage successfully with community action for health, and push governments to meet their responsibilities in addressing health and health equity. Efforts to raise health literacy will be crucial in whether the social, economic and environmental ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are fully realized”. Continued on link Health Education in Schools
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