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RESPONSIBILITY I
Assess Individual and Community Needs for Health Education
Competency A
Access existing health–related data
Sub–competencies:
  1. Identify diverse health–related databases
  2. Use computerized sources of health–related information
  3. Determine the compatibility of data from different data sources
  4. Select valid sources of information about health needs and interests
Competency B
Collect health–related data
Sub–competencies:
  1. Use appropriate data–gathering instruments
  2. Apply survey techniques to acquire health data
  3. Conduct health–related needs assessments
  4. Implement appropriate measures to assess capacity for improving health status
Competency C
Distinguish between behaviors that foster and hinder well–being
Sub–competencies:
  1. Identify diverse factors that influence health behaviors
  2. Identify behaviors that tend to promote or comprise health
Competency D
Determine factors that influence learning
This Competency is not addressed in the study guide, because the Sub–competencies are related to an advanced level of practice.
Competency E
Identify factors that foster or hinder the process of health education
Sub–competencies:
  1. Determine the extent of available health education services
  2. Identify gaps and overlaps in the provision of collaborative health services
Competency F
Infer needs for health education from obtained data
Sub–competencies:
  1. Analyze needs assessment data

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RESPONSIBILITY II
Plan Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs
Competency A
Involve people and organizations in program planning
Sub–competencies:
  1. Identify populations for health education programs
  2. Elicit input from those who will affect or be affected by the program
  3. Obtain commitments from individuals who will be involved
  4. Develop plans for promoting collaborative efforts among health agencies and organizations with mutual interests
Competency B
Incorporate data analysis and principles of community organization
Sub–competencies:
  1. Use research results when planning programs
  2. Apply principles of community organization when planning programs
  3. Suggest approaches for integrating health education within existing health programs
  4. Communicate need for the program to those who will be involved
Competency C
Formulate appropriate and measurable program objectives
Sub–competencies:
  1. Design developmentally appropriate interventions
Competency D
Develop a logical scope and sequence plan for health education practice
Sub–competencies:
  1. Determine the range of health information necessary for a given program of instruction
  2. Select references relevant to health education issues or programs
Competency E
Design strategies, interventions, and programs consistent with specified objectives
This Competency is not addressed in the study guide, because the Sub–competencies are related to an advanced level of practice.
Competency F
Select appropriate strategies to meet objectives
Sub–competencies:
  1. Analyze technologies, methods and media for their acceptability to diverse groups
  2. Match health education services to proposed program activities
Competency G
Assess factors that affect implementation
Sub–competencies:
  1. Determine the availability of information and resources needed to implement health education programs for a given audience
  2. Identify barriers to the implementation of health education programs

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RESPONSIBILITY III
Implement Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs
Competency A
Initiate a plan of action

Sub–competencies:
  1. Use community organization principles to facilitate change conducive to health
  2. Pretest learners to determine baseline data relative to proposed program objectives
  3. Deliver educational technology effectively
  4. Facilitate groups
Competency B
Demonstrate a variety of skills in delivering strategies, interventions, and programs
Sub–competencies:
  1. Use instructional technology effectively
  2. Apply implementation strategies
Competency C
Use a variety of methods to implement strategies, interventions, and programs
Sub–competencies:
  1. Use the Code of Ethics in professional practice
  2. Apply theoretical and conceptual models from health education and related disciplines to improve program delivery
  3. Demonstrate skills needed to develop capacity for improving health status
  4. Incorporate demographically and culturally sensitive techniques when promoting programs
  5. Implement intervention strategies to facilitate health–related change
Competency D
Conduct training programs
This Competency is not addressed in the study guide, because the Sub–competencies are related to an advanced level of practice.

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RESPONSIBILITY IV
Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education
Competency A
Develop plans for evaluation and research
Sub–competencies:
  1. Synthesize information presented in the literature
  2. Evaluate research designs, methods and findings presented in the literature
Competency B
Review research and evaluation procedures
Sub–competencies:
  1. Evaluate data–gathering instruments and processes
  2. Develop methods to evaluate factors that influence shifts in health status
Competency C
Design data collection instruments
Sub–competencies:
  1. Develop valid and reliable evaluation instruments
  2. Develop appropriate data–gathering instruments
Competency D
Carry out evaluation and research plans

Sub–competencies:
  1. Use appropriate research methods and designs in health education practice
  2. Use data collection methods appropriate for measuring stated objectives
  3. Implement appropriate qualitative and quantitative evaluation techniques
  4. Implement methods to evaluate factors that influence shifts in health status
Competency E
Interpret results from evaluation and research
Sub–competencies:
  1. Analyze evaluation data
  2. Analyze research data
  3. Compare evaluation results to other findings
  4. Report effectiveness of programs in achieving proposed objectives
Competency F
Infer implications from findings for future health–related activities
This Competency is not addressed in the study guide, because the Sub–competencies are related to an advanced level of practice.

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RESPONSIBILITY V
Administer Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs
Competency A
Exercise organizational leadership
Sub–competencies:
  1. Conduct strategic planning
  2. Analyze the organizationís culture in relationship to program goals
  3. Promote cooperation and feedback among personnel related to the program
Competency B
Secure fiscal resources
This Competency is not addressed in the study guide, because the Sub–competencies are related to an advanced level of practice.
Competency C
Manage human resources
Sub–competencies:
  1. Develop volunteer opportunities
Competency D
Obtain acceptance and support for programs
This Competency is not addressed in the study guide, because the Sub–competencies are related to an advanced level of practice.

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RESPONSIBILITY VI
Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
Competency A
Use health–related information resources
Sub–competencies:
  1. Match information needs with the appropriate retrieval systems
  2. Select a data system commensurate with program needs
  3. Determine the relevance of various computerized health information resources
  4. Access health information resources
  5. Employ electronic technology for retrieving references
Competency B
Respond to requests for health information
Sub–competencies:
  1. Identify information sources needed to satisfy a request
  2. Refer requesters to valid sources of health information
Competency C

Select resource materials for dissemination

Sub–competencies:
  1. Evaluate applicability of resource materials for given audience
  2. Apply various processes to acquire resource materials
  3. Assemble educational material of value to the health of individuals and community groups
Competency D
Establish Consultative Relationships
Sub–competencies:
  1. Analyze parameters of effective consultative relationships
  2. Analyze the role of the health educator as a liaison between program staff and outside groups and organizations
  3. Act as a liaison among consumer groups, individuals and health care providers
  4. Apply networking skills to develop and maintain consultative relationships
  5. Facilitate collaborative training efforts among health agencies and organizations

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RESPONSIBILITY VII
Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education
Competency A
Analyze and respond to current and future needs in health education
Sub–competencies:
  1. Analyze factors (e.g., social, cultural, demographic, political) that influence decision–makers
Competency B
Apply a variety of communication methods and techniques
Sub–competencies:
  1. Assess the appropriateness of language in health education messages
  2. Compare different methods of distributing educational materials
  3. Respond to public input regarding health education information
  4. Use culturally sensitive communication methods and techniques
  5. Use appropriate techniques for communicating health education information
  6. Use oral, electronic and written techniques for communicating health education information
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in communicating health information and health education needs
Competency C
Promote the health education profession individually and collectively
Sub–competencies:
  1. Develop a personal plan for professional development
Competency D
Influence health policy to promote health
Sub–competencies:
  1. Identify the significance and implications of health care providersí messages to consumers

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