Health is the foundation of all living things on Earth. That being said, it is imperative to nourish, develop and further maximize our potential and capabilities as humans to fulfil our personal needs and wants while doing our part to the advancement of our society. Without a reliable foundation, our mind, emotion and body will just tumble down no matter how sharp and steady our resolve is.

The subject EDS 143 of Health Education of UP Open University had taught me many significant things and made me gained relevant insights that I can apply and connect to my daily activities at home and work (even at this mode of learning):

  1. I learned in the initial phase of this course that health isn’t just the absence of any illnesses or diseases but a “state of complete physical, social and mental well-being” that allows a person to live his or her life to the fullest.” (Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, WHO, Geneva. 1986).
  2. Health is a fundamental right that should be upheld by the people and the government especially. The government has a crucial role in ensuring that all its people should be provided and accorded with community and health programs and services to ensure human productivity and development.
  3. One of my favourite learning from this course is that wellness and health has seven dimensions according to University of California, Riverside – physical, social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational and intellectual. These dimensions should be nourished and taken care of equally since all are interconnected and interdependent with one another.
  4. Health Belief Model (HBM) is a great strategy to use to educate, make people aware of the pros and cons of a program and empower them into action (info gathering, mobilization and assessment).
  5. In planning a health program or health education, it is important to know the target audience and learners since each set or classification of population (people classified either according to common demography, needs and wants lifestyle, economic and financial capabilities, educational attainment etc.)  has their own distinct needs and characteristics that require specific health approach and intervention. What might be good to community A might not be to community B hence proper in-depth analysis and first-hand methodologies of assessment must be done to “prescribe” a fitting solution.
  6. It is important to incorporate health education and curriculum in school (apart from the info dissemination by government, NGOs and private sectors) because Classroom (a typical and probably the greatest example where people converge to socialize and learn) is one of the places in our community where we spent considerable amount of time to meet and develop healthy relationship with our peers and teachers, learn new things and expand our current skill set, and the place where our capabilities are being challenged for us to grow as a mature and educated person. It is also a place and an environment where germs, virus and bacteria can spread easily because of the foot traffic present, rooms which are wet and humid (conducive for bacteria’s growth), varying weather affecting our physical health, lack of personal hygiene of some people, lack of measures and materials to promote cleanliness and other factors making school a cradle for diseases.
  7. Emergency risk management is “everybody’s business” – There are many emergency preparedness and resiliency measures that require cooperation and connection between groups of people for it to be successful. In a bigger picture, a barangay or community’s emergency preparedness program will be effective if a notable number of houses will not follow proper garbage segregation, the pile of garbage accumulated from their home and other houses locate on adjacent barangay will contribute to flooding of their area. Everybody or majority should work hand-in-hand consistently and think these emergency risk measures and health guidelines as partnership or group work not as an individual effort.
  8. In designing, implementing and assessing a health program, the PRECEDE – PROCEED model (Dr. Lawrence Green) will come very helpful since this participatory model provides a logical and organized structure that allows us to more likely develop a doable plan that addresses the laid specific issues. More importantly, it considers all the factors that affect the planning and execution phase of a health or community program.