Seven Areas of Responsibility
After completing the self-assessment worksheet document on the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators, I can identify several strengths and weaknesses. One of my key strengths is planning the assessment process while assessing needs, assets and capacity for health education. I believe that I have the skills and competencies to use existing data and information to identify health problems facing a propriety population. In addition, I have the skills and competencies to examine factors that influence the learning process.
The second strength that I possess in relation to the areas 1-7 responsibilities of health educators is planning health education (NCHEC, 2018). I have excellent planning skills that include good communication skills and leadership abilities to establish goals and organize available resources around these goals. The third strength lies in the area 5 of the 1-7 responsibilities areas whereby I am a good manager and administrator as I have people skills, and I can efficiently manage time and resources.
Despite these strengths, I can also identify a few weaknesses. The first weakness is that I am not very creative when it comes to implementing a health program. This is a weakness because at times, my audience finds my teaching methods boring. The second weakness is in area 7 of the 1-7 responsibility areas of health educators; am not very effective advocating for health and health education and this might undermine my ability to influence groups of people in the community. However, as a health care professional, I should be able to have skills and competencies in all the seven areas in order to be more effective in my professional practice (SOPHE, 2018).
There are several potential opportunities for growth that emerge from the 2 areas in which I have weaknesses. For instance, to be more effective in implementing a health program, I should consider more fun ways of teaching my audience. I could do this by doing more research about the culture, beliefs and backgrounds of my target audience and consider teaching methods that fit the target audience. Another opportunity for growth is increasing my efforts in health education advocacy; I could consider playing a more active role in initiating and supporting health policies.
To build my expertise in health education and for the development of my competencies in health education, to might take the following steps:
- Assess my strengths and weaknesses as a health educator
- Build on my strengths and consider ways of converting my weaknesses into opportunity areas
- Understand my role and responsibility as a health educator and ensure that I am competent in all the seven areas of responsibilities
- Seek help in areas that I feel like I am not competent enough
- Do more research to expand my knowledge and skills in all the competency areas
The seven areas of responsibility are very applicable in my professional life. As a health care professional, my main focus is the overall health and wellbeing of my patients. I can do this by assisting my patients with physical needs as well as offering them support and advice on how to achieve a better health outcome. All these functions require multiple skills and competencies including management, administration, advocacy, and planning skills. The seven areas of responsibility could therefore be necessary in helping me accomplish my roles and duties as a health care provider and advocate.