Demographics and Health Education

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Future Trends in Health Education

Objectives:

a. Be able to know some future trends in health education in the coming years.

b. Be able to describe four major societal changes that will influence the practice of health education into the next century.

c. Be able to know some statistics regarding information related to the practice of health education in the future.

d. Be able to explain how demographic changes will impact health education delivery into the future.

Insight:

By just reading the title it gave me an idea of what I would expect regarding the topic. My topic talks about the trends regarding the practice of health education in the future. We sometimes hear that change, in this world, is constant and that is also true in the practice of health education. Demographics and societal trends play some part in this change. While reading this topic, I was having a hard time conceptualizing on how to report this topic because it does not deal with specific concepts, where you just need to define them. As I said earlier, this contains statistics which shows trends and sometimes comparison. Changes can be found in the statistics discussed and mostly are found in every topic of my report. By using these statistics, it can give a clear idea of what we should expect in the future.

Content:

Introduction

Today, people now have a growing interest when it comes to their health. In the past years, there had been a different approach in how health education is practiced compared to now where there had been a lot of changes. In line with these changes, health educators must explore future developments regarding the practice of health education/promotion. The following factors plays a role in health education:

I. Demographic Changes

• Demographic profile – the breakdown of the population by age group.

• Population growth rate in USA increased by 1% per year over the past 30 years.

• Two demographic profiles provide implications on the future practice of health educators.

a. Minority Population Changes

➢ Clark (1994): “We are undergoing a massive change in culture in our society. We are literally different as a nation & a conventional majority, values & norms are being challenged as we become a more diverse, more ethnic more integrated culture. Health educators have a long prided themselves with working across cultures. The cultural changes are.. Greater than we have experienced previously.

➢ From the statement that Clark (1994) said above two factors are largely responsible from that namely:

▪ Increasing racial and ethnic immigrants

▪ High birth rates of minority groups compared to that of whites

|Projected US Population Percentages | | |2000 |2010 |2020 |2030 | |African American |13% |13.5% |14% |14.4% | |Hispanic |11.7% |13.8% |16.3% |18.9% | |Native American |0.9% |0.8% |0.8% |0.8% | |Asian/Pacific Islander |4% |4.8% |5.7% |6.6% |

➢ The escalating minority population makes an already diverse nation even more so and presents health educators with an ever widening array of opportunities and challenges in the future.

b. Aging

➢ People ages 65 and above comprises the 12.8% of the population of the US (US...
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