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Health Education & Promotion

What is Public Health?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families, communities and entire populations through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases.

Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research. This is in contrast to clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. Public health also works to limit health disparities. A large part of public health is promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility. For more information http://www.cdcfoundation.org/content/what-public-health

What is Health Education?

A Public Health Educator is a person who promotes, maintains, and improves individual and community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. They collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. They may also serve as a resource to assist individuals, other professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

For more information: https://www.sophe.org/sophe/pdf/what_is_a_health_educator.pdf

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Health Education and Promotion at the Kent County Health Department (KCHD)

The Health Education and Promotion Section of the Kent County Health Department provides services including trainings, wellness services, and educational classes based on nationally recognized evidence-based programs and promising practices. Staff also develop educational materials, write grants, and conduct program planning and evaluation.

Health Education Services at Kent County Health Department are provided through a variety of funding sources, including local, state and federal resources. For additional information or to request a presentation, please contact the staff members listed in each topic area, or Amy Oosterink, Public Health Program Supervisor, at (616) 632-7278 or by email at Amy.Oosterink@kentcountymi.gov

What are Public Health Educators doing in Kent County?

Contact Us

Health Department

   

700 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Administration
Monday-Friday
8:00am-5:00pm

Public Health Clinics

(616) 632-7100

(616) 632-7083

Mark Hall, MD, MPH
Medical Director

Adam London, RS, MPA
Administrative Health Officer

Animal Shelter

740 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday-Friday: 9:30am-6:30pm
Closed for Lunch:
Monday-Friday: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Adoptions end 1 hour prior to closing.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

(616) 632-7300

(616) 632-7324

Environmental Health Services

700 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-6900

(616) 632-6892

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