Professor Lisa Grace of department of health education, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) defined community health education as the study and improvement of health characteristics among specific populations.
In an article titled “What is community health and why is it important. 03/03/2019” by Ashley Brooks. https://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/health-sciences/blog/what-is-community-health/. Community health is defined as the medical specialty that focuses on the physical and mental well-being of the people in a specific geographic region. This important subsection of public health includes initiatives to help community members maintain and improve their health, prevent the spread of infectious diseases and prepare for natural disasters. “Good community health equates to healthy people, as a community is the ecosystem or environment in which people live,” says Thomas G. Bognanno, president and CEO of Community Health Charities.
“It’s difficult to be healthy personally if your community is unhealthy.”
Community health education also plays a large role in maintaining community health. It involves health fairs and advertising campaigns that expose the dangers of risk factors like tobacco exposure, poor nutrition and physical inactivity can raise awareness about the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle. Community health education reduce health gaps caused by differences in race and ethnicity, location, social status, income and other factors that can affect health.
“Community health education helps to reduce health gaps”
The impact of community health education is far-reaching as it impacts on individual health and beyond. Health impacts every other facet of life, from a child’s ability to learn to an adult’s ability to work, so health is critical for education and financial well-being.