Profession Opportunities in Health Promotion

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Profession Opportunities in Health Promotion


Thank you so much for coming tonight um we're going to be talking a little bit about career opportunities and health promotion and uh and what that looks like uh really we are I'm going to go over quickly um our master's program uh because the master's program really gives you all the skill sets that you need to get a job in uh in health.

Promotion and then I'd like to show you uh some of the jobs that uh some of the job titles that people often are looking at and also some of the programs that our our student alumni have put together and taken out into the world and I think it gives you an idea of what uh what you can actually do with with Health commission so um really this webinar is.

To look at potential career paths and job prospects and also look think about a little bit about you know what the impact of health promotion is is on um on communities we work in very um diverse roles and environments and so you know I think that everyone who is part of the health propotion department has worked in a number of different.

Places uh my background I'm the the department chair um and so I'll talk a little bit about what uh what I've done as far as health education and health promotion but you'll see people working in community settings in nonprofits and uh public and government departments um professional clinics and practices and then you know schools or uh hospitals.

Private businesses or both small businesses and corporate and so uh this program has been running here at muih for the past uh 11 years and we've really gotten students that have uh either come in uh looking for to up their qualifications in the job they already have or to really change uh change their um their business kind of.

Model of what they want to do uh and so you know I do think it gives this webinar gives you a little bit of an idea of how promotion uh works on the ground and what kind of programs have been put together uh both by our students and our Alum um the other thing I wanted to say is we've gotten such a variety of students we've gotten people.

Come in that really have no background in health uh and really are interested in um and kind of pivoting into something that uh that is more satisfying them to them we have a number of people that are in the Allied Health field and really want to go into education we've had a number of nurses that come in uh respiratory therapists.

Pharmacists um and other physical uh therapists and um and also a number of people that uh that are in the wellness profession already yoga teachers people that do pilat or uh Fitness uh and they really are interested in getting the skill set uh around health education and health promotion so you'll see that uh in the field there are all kinds of.

Opportunities to kind of up your skill that's uh around uh kind of Health and Wellness in general so um the I'm that's the picture of me that you didn't get to see live uh my name is Claudia Joy wingo and um my background is uh my first career was actually as a chef uh and so I've always been very interested in Whole Foods uh I'm a a pescatarian.

Longtime vegetarian pescatarian um and uh did a lot of workshops around uh food and particularly whole food but I'm also a clinical herbalist of many many years over 40 years uh and I'm a registered nurse with a master of Public Health uh I've worked uh internationally I'm actually a dual American Australian.

Citizen um so I I've worked internationally uh and I'm a certified naturalist because it really goes along with my my herbal training and a fellow of the naturopath and herbalist Association of Australia so I'm uh the department chair of health promotion I teach in this program but I also I used to be the clinical chair for the herbal.

Program I teach in that program uh as well as nutrition and uh and coaching as well and the other woman who is really my rightand woman in the program is aaam Marco uh and she uh she she runs a lot of of the courses with me and uh and also works in academic research so uh we've got a nice diverse group of um instructors in the field and.

Really uh they all are working both in the field of health promotion Health um education but also um in um in kind of fields of health and wellness and so you'll see that of all of our instructors so you know you know first of all what is health promotion and so it really came out of Public Health and uh they talk about it as being a the art.

And the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle towards to move towards a state of Optimal Health um and you know it was you know kind of part of the bigger umbrella of um of Public Health and really in 1986 it kind of uh became its own profession and so you'll see health education health promotion and health communication all.

Kind of um having a big impact on public health and uh so I think that it really works on uh making sure that you um that you are working with people to to improve their health no matter what kind of situation our community be there in um and so you know we talk about uh health promotion as population health because what we're usually doing is.

We're usually working with larger groups of people um with that said you can also work with small groups or individuals uh in health promotion and so that's really up to you and so we are thinking about changing that National conversation to from the disease model or the biomedical model that we now have to more of a wellness model helping people do their.

Own self-care and also thinking about you know Health improvements and elimination of disparities and so um you know I do really feel like Professionals in this field are real Catalyst for change um one organiz I'm part of the um the American Public Health Association leadership team and I work in a division that is their traditional uh and um uh.

Tra traditional practices and Integrative Health um division uh I'm their one of their governing counselors and uh you just working with such a large organization has around 30,000 members um you really get to see what impact you make on the world and uh I feel like you can really go out there and uh and make a huge difference so one.

Thing I always say to people when I start um is that you know I've worked in hospital system as a nurse but I have also worked as a public Healthcare Nurse and educator in the Public Health uh realm both uh in Australia in the US and uh in a number of places uh Bangladesh um Malawi the Pacific Islands gu um Guadalupe and Guatemala and so you know.

You you really start to see that it's a broad a much broader kind of um mindset than just thinking about physical health I will say at uh muih we take that even further further where we're really thinking about all aspects of what Wellness means and so you're you're looking at you know usually if you go into kind of a you go to your doctor.

They'll look at physical wellness um and sometimes they'll look at emotional Wellness because uh if you have depression or anxiety then uh then they might think about uh think how to help you there but they don't really ask about social Wellness what what's your community like do you have a a very solid group of family and friends that.

You can depend on um do are you part of you know a network that that will work for you um environmental Wellness what does your living environment look like are you comfortable there Financial Wellness do you have enough money to have health insurance and feel comfortable where you are um and think about long-term planning um occupational.

Wellness do you like your job and does it uh actually you know feel like you um have a um some kind of healthy working environment and uh and then finally thinking about both intellectual wellness you know do you have goal setting and Def decision making abilities do you actually have good health literacy and uh finally spiritual.

Wellness you know do you have a a kind of a vision and purpose in your life and I think all of these are really important important uh when you think about the bigger picture of what Wellness really means so you know we talk about Community uh and population health and uh health promotion and Community can be.

Anywhere it can be you know within uh the community at large it could be within a workplace it could be within a school or university college atmosphere um but what you think about is that combination of science skills and beliefs that direct people towards maintenance Improvement of health of all the all the society all the communities.

Through Collective or social active actions and so in reality to have a healthy Society we have to look at all parts of that Society from the upper echelons to those who we would consider underserved or disadvantaged and so I think that that's something that we really work at in health education and health promotion so you know what do.

Health Educators promoters do we teach people about behaviors that promote wellness and we um we really develop Implement and Implement strategies as well as you know managing health education programs and we do this in as I said um with individuals but community at large so you know no matter where you're thinking about um then that's.

Where you're working one of the things I say to students when uh they first come in is you know what's your passion where do you want to work what do you where do you want to make a difference and I think that um that there's such a diverse way of working in health education health promotion that uh I feel like this guy is the one and uh and.

You really have to think about who you're who you want to impact and how you want to impact them when you're thinking about where you want to kind of uh set up Stakes as far as a career goes so where do Health Educators Health promotors work um you'll see that they work in a number of different places so government state federal government um.

Non-governmental organizations or nonprofits um often in individual or family services or hospitals local governments um outpatient care and colleges and so you know we've F we've had students work anywhere from a federal level in the department of interior FDA um helping Human Services um and.

Um all the way down to uh State um Public Health departments and local public health departments oh excuse me and uh also in a number of um nonprofit organizations but also um in uh working for insurance companies doing uh health programs for them and uh within schools and universities as.

Well the um the job outlook is very good they said um it's between 22 and 177% um and much faster than average uh you know since the pandemic I think people have really realized how important uh Health educators are number of jobs in 2021 was about 130,000 and uh the chain.

Uh employment change uh they say it's between 25 and 21,000 people a year um usually you don't need any kind of work experience in a related occupation and so uh I think that you can come into this with uh with little to no experience in the field and uh and sometimes you have to start working at a a lower level but um but often uh it's.

You quickly will work up I also say that no matter what you've done previously we've had a number of people come in uh that were in the it field and gotten jobs um you know putting programs online and helping uh in the it field uh with health promotion uh and so I think you know whatever you've done you often can put it in into play in the in the field.

Itself um we do set you up um to sit for uh what we What's called the chz exam uh it's run by the national commission for health education and credentialing and uh we make sure you have everything you need to sit for the exam at the end of your degree uh and it's really considered to be a gold standard in the field and we uh we give.

You sample questions throughout your program uh practice tests and uh you we give you a work shop as well so uh this is something that most of our students do uh you can still get a job in the field without it but it really is a gold standard and more and more they're looking for the qualification of chz after your me what kind of jobs can you.

Get you know I keep an eye on uh kind of the job market and look at what is out there and there are lots of different uh kind of titles that you can search for um anything but for the certified health education specialist obviously you have to be certified to do that but there are lots of uh program uh jobs out there as.

Wellness program coordinator or work site Wellness coordinator health communication specialist program development officer um nowadays you often uh will see jobs for patient Wellness Navigators or uh wellness program coordinators uh if you have any um any uh expertise in uh Fitness or movement.

You can often use that um you'll find a number of people uh have gotten jobs with health insurance as insurance Wellness Representatives putting together programs for Gana and uh Etna and um Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente we've had students in all of those uh all of those uh insurance companies um so there are a number of.

Different ways that you can kind of Market yourself depending on what you are interested in so just quickly uh have a a look at the Master's Degree uh we have been voted number one health education online masters for the past three years in a row and we have uh Innovative coursework that really uh digs into Integrative.

Health you we have a number of courses that that are specific about Integrative Health and we also weave Integrative Health throughout the entire program um the it's a 35 credit u master's degree that you can complete in six trimesters it's asynchronous um and online um and we do have synchronous lectures as well but they're always.

Recorded and um so you can uh look at them later on um we uh we tell you you can uh really you can um have an area of uh of practice in community health education workplace Wellness school health or or health care and we give you the opportunity to look at all of those different uh options so this is uh I'll just quickly.

Uh show you what the the plan of study is you do uh a couple of uh intro courses fundamentals health education health behavior and a diversity course that looks at diversity in uh it looks at gender it looks at uh race and ethnicity it looks at people that are differently abled uh people that are incarcerated uh migrants and um and uh.

Migrant workers it looks at really everything um you do a course in communication strategies and program evaluation and then um learning about needs assessment of program planning and research methods um you then do a survey of complimentary Health approaches and elective I'll show you those in a minute.

An implementation course and then finally in your sixth trimester you do a Capstone and a leadership and management course here are um some of the electives um you can uh zero in on nutrition if you want to do more than one course in nutrition uh you can also do that but you'll see that uh we give you a number of different um kind of opportunity to.

Learn about uh Integrative Health and we specialize that at Nu um some of the questions are there any prerequisites for the program you simply have to have a bachelor's um can you get a student loan yes you have to do either three uh or six um um credits per trimester uh for halftime or or full-time student loan and uh and the.

The program meets that um no you don't have to finish the program in two years but most people do we really um kind of coordinate it so that you never do more than six credits per trimester which we find is doable uh when you still have a job and and a Life to Live uh there are specific plans of study uh that we asked you to follow and um the courses are.

Usually 14 weeks long although we do have one two credit course that's 10 weeks long and we we do feel like we prepare you for the chess exam we really um make sure that you know what uh what's on in it and uh so um and we the Capstone you put together a professional portfolio which has a program that you designed from beginning to end um so I.

Do want to talk to you a little bit about uh you know where people have gone on to work um and so I wanted to show you a few programs that students have put together this was a program uh called Live Well um thean and uh it was targeted at um senior citizens Hispanic senior citizens in New Mexico with type.

Two diabetes and uh so what you do is when you think about putting together a program you think about what goals you want uh first of all and how you might reach that those outcomes of the goals and so uh this uh this uh F former student now Alum actually looked at the background of uh Hispanics in New Mexico uh older adults that had type two.

Diabetes and um by 2030 she found out that New Mexico is projected to move from the 39th percentile uh to number four when it um meet when it comes to individuals over the age of 65 so she thought this would be a perfect group of people to work with um she also um took the um the a job in a place called culmore Clinic.

Which is in the Washington DC area in Fairfax and converted the program that she'd run in uh New Mexico to uh to somewhere near near home and this really looked at um the the demographics and also who was working in the clinic uh itself and uh thought about how she could make difference in health behavior.

Changes so teaching people about um diabetics their diabetic behaviors that would help them uh stabilize their blood sugar level make sure they know how to um make specific meals that are culturally and traditionally appropriate um show them how uh physical activity really helps and then uh help them identify Community Resources that uh.

That can support them and so really all those sessions uh delivered in Spanish materials are in Spanish um family members were welcome and lay uh leaders identified in the community one thing um she did for this program is there was already a program in place uh that had all their materials in Spanish and she used GP chat to to translate all the.

Materials from English to Spanish uh and then had them checked and uh she said that the GP chat actually worked really well and there were only some very minor uh changes that had to be made in the material so um that was something that the the community was very happy that she had done and uh so the she put together.

Six-month uh Diabetes Type 2 program uh looked at uh putting together messages on Whatsapp because that's what a number of the people used and then use GP chat for translation and health literacy consideration so um really uh put together a program that the the center was very happy uh that they had her on board uh this was a program that was put.

Together by somebody that worked uh in a hospice in Baltimore and they had a very high employee turnover rate and really wanted her to put together a program to uh kind of help the workers uh stop burning out and so this is uh what she looked at again you always do A needs assessment first and find out what's going on um employees felt disconnected.

And a number of them were working 12-hour shifts at inpatient units and then um really having receiving overnight calls and Contin care shifts and so really um thought about things like social events like Christmas U annual tree recting competition and Valentine's Day making Valentine for each other potluck and conversation gym.

Memberships for Fitness tracker trackers and putting together teams of people that would go to the gym together for support um making sure people knew about the employee assistance program and then um getting um access to Medical groups for them and really um she used some implementation strategies this is something that you you know if you're.

Going into to put together a program uh you have to tell them how you're going to do it and so I had uh kind of work buddies and a mentor system for open atmosphere Wellness classes with virtual options with yoga and Stress Management and flexible working hours if uh if need be I mean after uh 19 uh it was really it has been a new.

Normal um this was an interesting um program that someone put together the woman was Canadian and uh she put together a program for um she was a social worker and she put together a comprehensive workplace wellness program for police officers in in Canada in Calgary uh and what she did she really um you know the police are uh Ted to be.

Under a lot of pressure and um they often have you know crazy shifts and uh lots of emotional and physical aftermath um of policing and uh and so uh she was actually hired by the police department to put this program together and so um this is she used uh kind of new skills and really thought about um these kind of areas awareness.

Uh and so put together a culturally sensitive communication campaign had adherent strategies to help them uh kind of uh think about how they could increase uh Wellness even though they were on the job and then uh kind of in-person education uh on the on the job uh this was a program that was put together by uh one of our um our.

Students and he he actually uh worked uh as an IT person in the nuclear industry uh and he transitioned out of that into uh a health educator his wife uh did the nutrition program at muih and so he was putting together a program that actually focused on um on African-American men uh kind of uh to from late 30s to on to the mid 60s uh.

Really think about uh type 2 diabetes and if uh they had it in their family to think ahead and if they already had diabetes type two um to really know their sugar and to to to know what to do about it and he actually set up workshops in uh as part of a public health initiative um in uh near Detroit Michigan in barers shop uh and so and.

Very very successful and so really again you're looking at your goals or objectives um really wanted people to understand why they needed to have adherence to prescribed medication regime because people often didn't know what would happen if they didn't keep their blood sugar under control they didn't understand that it could cause.

Blindness and uh and severe circulation problems that cause uh kidney uh dysfunction and fail and um and amputations and so really uh wanted people to understand what the issue was if they didn't do what they should do uh and then set achievable Behavior go behavioral goals you never want to set up anybody to fail um help.

With people with healthy eating and what to kind of cook and then uh talk about increasing uh physical activity and ways to do that um he uh along with his wife set up uh cooking classes for people um with kind of easy recipes that you that were mailed out and uh they would come do the cooking class and then they would eat the food and often take some of the.

Food home along with recipes and then you know the outcomes really you're thinking about making sure people have that medication adherence and monitor and record their blood sugar levels try to exercise at least 150 um minutes a week and then think about um understanding the you know prolonged stress on blood sugar levels and what uh.

Happens if uh if you don't keep them under control this was a really interesting program it was um University Hospitals uh Health Scholars intern um program uh in the Cleveland area and it was uh we had a student who was a music music therapist she worked in uh Cleveland Hospital in the cardiovascular unit.

Doing cardiac rehab with people and um she uh helped with in this summer program uh in the four-week Intensive program at um at um University Hospital Cleveland met Metropolitan campus and so it really gives um kids that are in um Junior and high school um some ways to uh explore health professional uh and career exploration.

And really uh lots of different programs and tours and a chance to kind of really uh earn college credit and uh and conduct research and network with people and really see what uh the careers they might be interested in and so what um what this woman did was this former student she put together um mindful music and so teaching them about.

Mindfulness but through through music a drum playing uh learning how to breathe uh to to decrease stress with uh a uh guitar accompanyment and also learning to make uh music uh themselves and uh and learning about mindfulness through that which really resonated with the kids this was a really interesting program that somebody put together for.

Their Capstone and that was uh they put together they live in um in in Texas in Travis County they put together together a program with um dogs that were in um that were training to be uh support dogs along with Foster views and uh you know really it was uh promote trust connection and unconditional love and encouraging empathy and interaction with.

Therapy dogs and so it looked at Foster youth 6 to 18 and uh worked with adoption managers child welfare directors and animal therapy programs to really help kind of coordinate uh kids and uh and dog assisted therapy and so this is um this was she helped lead this session and really was training social workers mental health care clinician.

Clinicians uh and others to do this program for people um and there were sessions about mindfulness and mindful walking with the therapy dogs and so uh you know they worked with uh with the therapy dogs to uh to help decrease you know kind of trauma and anxiety and so um it was a great way to work with both animals and uh and and foster.

Kids this was a program that one of the students did um that was a yoga and uh meditation program in Texas uh eight weeks and um she she really um took it to heart she said in the beginning uh there were only a few people uh there a few prisoners and uh by week three they had to move into a bigger room and by week six uh they had a few guards uh.

Come and uh and it was a very popular program uh she left after eight weeks because it was a pilot program and then they asked her to come back and she teaches two sessions a week now one to the um inmates and one to the guards and so she's U she's been doing this for a couple years.

Now this was a student that um put together a program uh in the um Tulsa public health department and ultimately ended up working there so it was a program uh for kids um from age uh kindergarten to age three to learn more about healthy cooking and so they did week weekly classroom teaching sessions um the the student put together the.

Program using um USDA approved nutrition and exercise recommendations through eat play grow and um and they did their classes throughout the year and um and really worked with health and physical Ed teachers and the cafeteria management and parents and they actually put to they planted a garden where they grew herbs and.

Vegetables and uh ultimately uh she work got a job working uh in that Health Department this was a woman who actually already worked for uh an HR at um at DC Metro and uh she actually put together a mindfulness um uh program for bus drivers in the DC Metro um area um primarily African African-American high stress job and uh she uh had a really.

Good communication strategy where she um put promotional videos on the break room monitors and text Flyers emails and did a four-week program uh in conjunction with the safety meetings uh and this was adopted first for the bus drivers and then it's been adopted across uh the the um the whole program was a really interesting program.

That um that we actually worked with um the Community Action Council of H County uh and the program we got a grant to run a program for uh a year and a half and so we were working with the kids in the Head Start program uh 420 children over four different schools age three four and five and uh putting together their menus um to us USDA.

Specification and uh and then doing family engagement nights where we would um do a cooking class for the parents the families all came we had classes for the the kids and their um and their siblings and uh separate classes for the parents on um on mindfulness and aroma therapy and uh Yoga Nidra all kinds of different things then uh we all would.

Eat family style and they could take uh food home as well and this was uh here's some of the kids playing London Bridge and we had activities for them and uh here was uh some of the students uh working with uh showing off their their cooking Wares I think that was uh turkey or vegetarian chili This was um another student who put together a program uh.

And she is again they the uh she works in Frederick County um and they uh they hired her in a position that she pretty much designed uh she put together this program called lead the whole teacher to support the whole child and really looked at the new push in education around um social emotional learning and uh and then put together a program I.

Looked at first teaching um the the heads you know the princip and higher ups in um in the school education system than the teachers and then um to training the teachers to teach the kids so they uh had a number of different strategies tiny habits breathing techniques mindfulness and mindful moments we go through all this.

Within our program and then look at self-care walking meetings yoga and healthier eating habits and really um she uh figured out ways to work with uh the teachers that she was teaching uh in a way that they could choose when they were going to come and um learn the information and uh this is her with a number of the the uh different teachers.

That came during the summer even though they were off because they really wanted to learn about you know self-care and how they could pass it on to uh to the kids and that's it so um as you can see there are so many different ways that um that you can really make an impact in the community in the workplace uh and it's and the school.

Environment and uh and so it's really you you think about what you want to do where you want to Target people uh and I will say that you know we do you can you you might be thinking about Community but work in the workplace we um in our implementation course course we have uh three different streams that you can choose um but they're all in one course.

So if you're doing community health but you want to have a look at workplace Wellness you can do that or school health you can do that so you come out with a really kind of broad spectrum of skill sets uh and uh I think it is well worth uh being able to kind of think about where you want to put your your um your kind of uh State down.

So um if you're interested in uh the program you can talk to them in admissions at muih uh.edu that's easy to do and uh if you think of anything you want to ask me I don't see any questions but uh if you have any please feel free to um put them in the chat um but if you think of anything uh and you want to ask me uh.

There's my email easy to remember I'm C wio it's like bingo with a W muih.edu um oh yes there's someone uh asking about the merge with Notre Dame and how it um affects the program yeah thank you for saying that um so we are about to merge with notra Dame actually quite soon um but in reality what's happening is are what notra Dame is doing is they.

Are opening up uh a school of Integrative Health and so all of our programs are just going to um turn into uh Notre Dame programs within that school of Integrative Health so in reality they we've already signed contracts with Notre Dame of Maryland uh and so uh they had guaranteed that that all the programs would transfer across.

And that's what's happening um we've all already signed our contracts and uh and you know even though we'll actually be um hired by uh well we were are hired by the notr Dame um that uh transition is happening in the next two months um the the full transition will take about a year um but nevertheless it will simply will simply be uh part of Notre Dame but.

The program will stay the same and all the instructors will stay the same so oh anybody else have any questions I mean you know in reality we're I have to say uh we're excited about the transition to nurt Dame of Maryland um simply because it's a bigger school um it has uh a nursing school and a farmacy school and a school of.

Education um and uh they they train you know nurses and Allied health professionals um uh nurse practitioners and and um what was the other thing a Physicians assistance and so I think there's going to be a lot more um kind of uh interaction between Allied Health and um and complimentary health or Integrative Health and I I actually.

Think that's a really really good thing uh so we're I'm I'm excited about it and uh I think it will open up more opportunities for our students uh to do courses uh as part of a bigger community okay well thank you so much for coming tonight and like I said if any if you think of something after we finished um please uh get in touch and uh and we'll.

Go from there okay have a good evening bye

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