Health promotion specialists, sometimes called health education specialists, help people to improve their health and increase their control over it. Roles may vary from giving face-to-face advice to individuals to producing strategic policies for health promotion. They may set up schemes designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, carry them through to completion, and then assess whether they were successful.
Health promotion specialists work with a wide range of audiences including hospitals, schools, prisons, workplaces, neighbourhoods and cultural communities. They educate on a number of different issues such as drug misuse, the dangers of smoking or excessive alcohol consumption, healthy eating and sexual health. Their work may be focused on a specific section of the community, such as elderly or disabled people, or an ethnic minority group.
Many health promotion specialists work at a local level, but others have more strategic roles with national organisations working on health improvement in the general public.
Due to the diverse nature of the job there is no standard role, but typical activities may include:
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