You don’t need to go back to school for your PhD or MBA to become a better health promotion professional. Here are 4 ways to be better today:
- Learn about resources. It seems straightforward, but many health promoters aren’t thoroughly familiar with internal, community, and national resources for referring clients. Build a database, by health subject area, with details and contact information.
- Stay current. If your training budget doesn’t allow you to attend national conferences, call attendees and speakers on the leading edge. Read as much as you can, including materials referenced in the Health Promotion Practitioner.
- Get an outside perspective. There are 2 sources here — outside your department but within your organization and outside your organization but within your profession. Put their views together and you’re likely to come up with better ideas and solutions than you could on your own.
- Sharpen your communication skills. Let’s face it, the “health” in health promotion is pretty simple. It’s the “promotion” or motivation that’s most challenging. The better you are at conveying your message, the better you’ll be at assisting in behavior change. Never stop honing your personal communication skills — on paper, on line, in person.