Education is recognized as a pillar of the social determinants of health (Healthy People 2020). Education as a social determinant of health relates primarily to educational attainment – the years of overall schooling a person pursues. This course provides an in-depth analysis of how education affects the health and well-being of your patients. You will learn about four critical components: high school graduation, enrollment in higher education, language and literacy, and early childhood education and development. You will also learn how to identify education issues with your patients and construct care plans to help overcome barriers.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Early Childhood Education and Development A. Candice’s Health and Its Impact B. Early Education Improves Health C. Diet and Exercise D. Benefits of Nutrition Education E. Physical Activity F. Addressing Early Childhood Education and Development G. Review H. Summary Section 3: High School Graduation A. Health’s Leading Indicator B. Healthier Living Habits C. Medical Care During School Years D. Addressing High School Graduation E. Review F. How Can You Help Raheed? G. Summary Section 4: Enrollment in Higher Education A. More Education Improves Health B. Troubling Trends C. Better Health Outcomes D. Addressing Enrollment in Higher Education E. Review F. Summary Section 5: Language and Literacy A. How Does Literacy Affect Health? B. Literacy and Language as Barriers C. Addressing Language and Literacy D. Review E. Helping Dao F. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!
Kris Ericson, PhD, is a behavioral health consultant with clients across the country. Her work includes serving as chief executive of The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, assisting states and health plans in the redesign and implementation of Medicaid programs, mentoring emerging leaders, technical writing, education and training, and event planning. Her 30+ year career in the field includes experiences as a clinician, administrator, advocate, and policy maker, and she is passionate about improving the healthcare system to ensure that all people have access to needed care. She participates in several professional societies to continually inform her work. Dr. Ericson completed her baccalaureate studies in psychology at Bethany College, KS. Her graduate studies were undertaken at The Pennsylvania State University resulting in a Master’s in community psychology and a PhD in public administration, with a concentration on health policy. Disclosure: Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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