|Training Manual in Combatting Childhood Communicable Diseases Part I (Peace Corps, 1985, 579 pages)|
|Module 4: Health education|
8 hours preparation
7-8 hours implementation
1-2 hours evaluation
Designed to occur near the end of training, the Health Day is an activity which gives participants the opportunity to apply their knowledge, attitudes and skills in a manner that actively demonstrates what they have learned during the training program. Using their individual health education plans, and the concepts of health messages, opportunities, techniques and community organization, participants work together to develop and implement a primary health care field day in the local community.
In doing this kind of involved excercise, participants can test out their project planning skills and practice facilitating with "real" community members. The entire training group is exposed to a wealth of creative educational ideas and approaches just before heading out into the field. Additionally, participants and trainers are alerted to areas where more training or back-up information may be needed in the future.
· To plan and implement with your training group a Health Day which includes a series of events that help to educate local people about health. (Steps 1, 2)
· To plan and implement the day-long event such that it incorporates a variety of educational and promotional methods and materials and demonstrates competency in the technical areas of selective primary health care activities. (Steps 1, 2)
· To evaluate the effectiveness of the Health Day and identify ways to strengthen the events, techniques, and materials, for potential use in the future. (Step 3)
Any resources used in this training program.
-28A Guidelines for Preparing the Health Day
As determined by participants and the training budget.
A special note regarding the Health Day as a training activity: while the time investment is considerable for planning and carrying out the Health Day, the payoff is rich in terms of the opportunities afforded trainees for applying new knowledge and skills. Valuable practice in facilitating health education activities is one of the more obvious benefits of the Health Day. Perhaps more subtle but vitally important is the practice participants have in logistical planning, budgeting, coordination, time management and the list could go on. A major determining factor in the success of this kind of training is the manner in which it is presented to the trainees. If the trainer gives an introduction to the event that is too light-hearted, then participants may plan an end-of-the-training party of sorts. an the other hand, if the trainer underscores the potential for "trying out" what has been learned, then the group is likely to perceive the Health Day as a serious event and a final time to practice skills and reassess their abilities.
Well ahead of the planned date, talk with the participants about
the Health Day and explain that they will be in charge of planning, promoting,
implementing and evaluating the event. Be sure to cover all points mentioned in