exploring Health Education in the 21st Century (Discussion week5)
While it is true that seeking to preserve the health and well-being of individuals as well as communities is a noble effort, it is not without its challenges with regard to ethical conduct and practice. Consider for example, the role of clarifying the benefits of placebos in clinical trials in developing countries for progressive diseases such as cancer. Is the detriment to some for the preservation of the many, ethical practice? What about the mandatory reporting of HIV status in public schools? Quandaries such as these may present challenges for health educators in practice.
By adhering to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) code of ethics as well as abiding by the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators, you will ensure the professional delivery of health education for target populations. As a health educator, you must ensure that your client’s best interest as well as your professional capacity is in line with the standards set forth by the profession.
For this Discussion, you will be assigned to a specific ethical scenario. Download the Ethics Scenarios provided in this week’s Learning Resources and review the scenario that you are assigned. Consider how the SOPHE code of ethics may apply to the that scenario you were assigned.
Post by Day 3 an explanation of which article(s) of the SOPHE code of ethics might best inform the role of health educators in the ethical scenario you were assigned and why. Be specific and provide examples of how these articles of the SOPHE code of ethics applies to the practice of health education. Then provide a brief description of two article(s) of the SOPHE code of ethics you believe are most important for informing your practice in the field of health education and explain why.
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Chapter 5, “Ethics and Health Education/Promotion”
Coalition of National Health Education Organizations. (n.d.). Code ethics for the health education profession. Retrieved May 14, 2014 from http://www.cnheo.org/ethics.html
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (2008b). Welcome. Retrieved from http://www.nchec.org/
McLeroy, K. R., Bibeau, D. L., & McConnell, T.C. (1993). Ethical issues in health education and health promotion: Challenges for the profession. Journal of Health Education, 24(5), 313–318.
Ethical Issues in Health Education and Health Promotion: Challenges for the Profession by McLeroy, K. R., Bibeau, D.L., & McConnell, T.C. in American journal of health education, 24(5), 313–318. Copyright 1993 by Taylor & Francis Informa UK. Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis Informa UK via the Copyright Clearance Center.
Walden University Center for Research Quality. (n.d.). Institutional review board for ethical standards in research. Retrieved from http://researchcenter.waldenu.edu/Office-of-Research-Integrity-and-Compliance.htm
Document: Ethics Scenarios (PDF)
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