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Title: Philosophy

What is a philosophy?
  • Statement summarizing the attitudes,
    principles, beliefs, values, and concepts held by
    an individual or group.
  • Individual philosophy statement
  • Group mission statement

Slogans / Tag Lines
  • We bring good things to life
  • General Electric
  • Quality is job 1
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Reach out and touch someone.
  • ATT
  • We try harder
  • Avis Rental Car
  • Be all that you can be
  • United States Army
  • Helping to make your life easier.
  • Albertsons

Tomasso's Pizza Subs 1229 West Palmetto
Park Road Boca Raton, FL
  • Mission StatementWe are Committed to using the
    finest ingredients in our recipes. No food leaves
    our kitchen that we ourselves would not eat.

Nyack Hospital 160 North Midland Avenue Nyack,
NY 10960
  • Slogan / MottoExceptional skill. Extraordinary
  • Mission StatementThe mission of Nyack Hospital
    is to provide competent, innovative, and
    accessible emergency and acute care services for
    the residents of Rockland County. We are caring
    people operating an extraordinary community
    hospital. Vision. In its second century of
    service, Nyack Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian
    Healthcare System will set the pace for
    sophisticated care in Rockland County. Getting
    better means all of us will be responsible for
    taking great care of our patients, each other,
    and our hospital.

Mission Statements
  • to maximize individual professional
    development in health and movement science and to
    promote healthy lifestyles and communities.
  • Western Oregon University is a comprehensive
    university that creates personalized learning
    opportunities, supports the advancement of
    knowledge for the public good and maximizes
    individual and professional development. Our
    environment is open to the exchange of ideas,
    where discovery, creativity and critical thinking
    flourish, and students succeed.

SOPHE (Society of Public Health Educators)
  • to provide leadership to the profession of
    public health education and to contribute to the
    health of all people and the elimination of
    disparities through advances in health education
    theory and research, excellence in professional
    preparation and practice, and advocacy for public
    policies conducive to health.

What is your philosophy?
  • Complete the following
  • I believe education
  • I believe schools
  • I believe educators
  • I believe communities
  • I believe governments
  • Do you have a particular life philosophy?

  • The way in which you consistently act toward
    other people is often a reflection of your
    philosophy concerning the importance of people in
  • The profession of Health Education is considered
    a helping profession.
  • Those who work in the profession should value
    helping others.

Developing a philosophy
  • Education or study
  • Life experience
  • Guidance from mentors and role models
  • Lessons from friends and relatives

Personal versus Professional
  • Ideal ones personal philosophy and
    professional philosophy were perfectly matched
    and consistent.
  • What happens if ones personal and professional
    philosophies dont match up?
  • Are health educators ever called upon to act in
    ways that may not be congruent with their
    personal belief systems?

Professional Philosophy and Health Education
  • Health educators primary concern is to protect
    and enhance the health of those within their
  • Health is not a moral issue.
  • Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

Potential Challenges
  • Sexuality Education
  • Abortion
  • Harm Reduction Methods
  • Others?

Harm Reduction
  • Harm reduction is a philosophy of public health
    intended to be a progressive alternative to the
    prohibition of certain potentially dangerous
    lifestyle choices in society.
  • The central idea of harm reduction is the
    recognition that some people always have and
    always will engage in behaviors which carry
    risks, such as causal sex, prostitution, and drug
  • The main objective of harm reduction is to
    mitigate the potential dangers and health risks
    associated with the risky behaviors themselves.

  • Needle exchange is one of the most effective AIDS
    prevention programs currently available for
    injection drug users who are not in treatment.
    Without a vaccine or a cure, prevention is the
    only tool we have to control the spread of HIV.
    Public Health runs a needle exchange program for
    four basic reasons
  • Needle exchange reduces blood-borne diseases in
    our communities without increasing drug use.
    Studies have shown decreases in both the number
    of persons who become infected with HIV and the
    number of people who get hepatitis in communities
    that have needle exchange programs.
  • Preventing HIV infection in injection drug users
    also prevents HIV in women and newborn children.
    Many women are at risk for HIV because of their
    own injection drug use or because they are sexual
    partners of injection drug users.
  • By working with injection drug users, we can help
    them get into drug treatment.
  • Finally, Public Health safely disposes of all
    contaminated syringes turned in to the exchange.
    This reduces the number of discarded syringes on
    our sidewalks and in our bus stops, yards, parks
    and play grounds. Our goal is to get used
    syringes out of circulation as quickly as
    possible. The longer a syringe remains in
    circulation, the more opportunities there are for
    that syringe to pass on a blood-borne disease.

Philosophy of Symmetry
  • Health has physical, emotional, spiritual, and
    social components and each is as important as the
  • Health educators should seek to encourage a
    balance (symmetry) among those components when
    working with all people.
  • Holistic perspective, humanism, wellness.

Case Study
  • Ann is a normal weight, 40 year-old mother of
    two. She smokes a pack of cigarettes a day, does
    not exercise regularly, and has a family history
    of heart disease.
  • Ann is enrolled in a required health education
    course at the local university. She is returning
    to school to become an elementary education
  • As part of the health course, Ann is required to
    complete a health risk appraisal and review her
    assessment with you.. The health educator.

Predominate Health Education Philosophies
  • Behavior Change Philosophy
  • Behavioral contracts, goal setting,
  • Cognitive-Based Philosophy
  • Focus on content and information, increase in
    knowledge to help in making decisions.

More Philosophies
  • Decision-making philosophy
  • Simulated problems, case studies, scenarios,
    create and analyze potential solutions, critical
    thinking skills developed.
  • Freeing/Functioning Philosophy
  • Goal is to free people to make the best health
    decisions based on their needs and interests, not
    necessarily on the interests of society.

Philosophies continued
  • Social Change Philosophy
  • Emphasizes the role of health education in
    creating social, economic, and political change
    that benefit all.
  • Eclectic Health Education Philosophy
  • Situational approach

Thoughts on Helping Professions
  • Salaries and advancement
  • Scheduling, hours worked per week
  • Mental, emotional impact of work
  • Work settings

Stress and Burnout
  • Stress
  • Characterized by overengagement
  • Emotions are overactive
  • Produces urgency and hyperactivity
  • Loss of energy
  • Leads to anxiety disorders
  • Primary damage is physical
  • Burnout
  • Characterized by disengagement
  • Emotions are blunted
  • Produces helplessness hopelessness
  • Loss of motivation, ideals, hope
  • Leads to detachment depression
  • Primary damage is emotional