6.It is necessary to have a free flow of
communication. The two way communication is particularly of importance in
health education to help in getting proper feed back and to get doubts cleared.
7.The health educator has to make himself acceptable.
He should realize that he is an enabler and not a teacher. He has therefore to
win the confidence of his clients.
8.The health educator should not only have correct
information with him on all matters that he haws to discuss but also should
himself practice what he professes. Otherwise he will not enjoy credibility.
9.The health educator has to adjust his talk and
action o suit the group for whom he has to give health education. This is
particularly necessary when the health educator has to deal with illiterates
and poor people. He has to get down to their level of conversation and human
relationships so as to reduce any social distance. It is only when he can
identify himself with the group that there can be any meaningful interaction
and exchange of ideas, felling, opinions, etc., needed for promotion of
attitudes and behaviour.
10.A health educator has to employ all possible
methods of education. He should also have a basic knowledge and should be fully
familiar with all the learning principles. He should therefore apply the
teaching-learning methods appropriately to different groups and individuals by
using his judgment.
principles of education and leaning are fully applicable in health education.
All methods of education have to be fully explored and exploited for different
situations. A variety or diversity of methods is essential not only for
effective teaching learning process but for creating interest and for
involvement of the learner or the client.
ultimate aim of health education is to bring about desired health related
behaviours, the health educator should as far as possible make every effort to
reason out and rationalize, so that the client is able to internalize the
12.Unplanned health education is a wasteful
effort. Health education without proper educational diagnosis will not be able
to match the need with the solution and resources.
Programmed health education will have much more effect than unplanned ad
hoc attempts. To ensure a full understanding of the problems and its solution
by the clients a well planned programme is necessary. The content of the
programme and the method of approach will have to be based on the educational
diagnosis and care should be taken to include the implementation and evaluation
along with the clients. In other words, the health education effort is not a
mere one time talk or discussion but a continuous programme and identifying
problems with the clients and working out its solution and reviewing from time
to time to ensure enduring behaviour.
13. The use of A.V. aids for support and
reinforcement is of particular significance in health education because of the
different illiterate and literate groups that have to be involved and also
because of the technical nature of the subject matter.