They recommend that first the program organizers should try to win the confidence of communities in which they seek to implement the program in. This ensures the community’s good will and it goes a long way in making the program to be accepted by those communities it is intervening for. Any sort of program rejection or objection by those it targets can result into unforeseen hurdles hence causing project failure and a loss of resources.
The programmer should also include everyone in the program and should involve community programs in the society that could be interested. This makes every one feel as if they own the program and it is an important factor in program success.
Another important thing is to allocate tasks based on a member’s area of expertise or interest, this ensures that every one contributes constructively to the program. And above all, each member’s contribution should be recognized and their successes celebrated to maintain enthusiasm and active participation.
In terms of the 7 Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators, what was the health educators’ role in this program? Please specify which areas apply, and comment briefly to say why you think so.
Responsibility to implement strategies, programs and interventions for health education. This is shown by hiring of a full time health educator to coordinate health education programs (National Commission for Health Education Credentialising, Inc. (2006).
The other area is responsibility to plan programs, interventions and strategies for health education. This is illustrated by the development of an anti smoking television advert by Youth Advocacy Program coordinator who worked alongside health education coordinator. The above roles were designed to make this program a success. Often, programs and projects which fail to spell out duties and roles of various stakeholders end up failing.
Bajracharya, S. Bell, C.S. & Bowler, S. (2004). Partnership for a healthy community: A tobacco prevention program in central Aroostook county. American Journal of Health Education, 35(5), 305.
National Commission for Health Education Credentialising, Inc. (2006). Responsibilities and Competencies of Health Educators. Retrieved January 14, 2010, from http://nchec.org/credentialing/responsibilities/