Written By Finnegan Pierson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
General health is a broad subject encompassing many topics. Nutrition, diet, exercise and preventative care are just a few of these topics. To help nonmedical individuals learn more about general health, we must make it easy to access reputable information.
This means making it readily available for those looking for it, as well as encouraging those who are not necessarily looking for it to read it anyways when they come across it.
It is common for young children to learn through interaction. Activities, games, projects and more can help their minds grasp new concepts. Sparking curiosity and then building off that foundation can help anyone learn more about any topic. The health field is no different.
Companies are using data preparation to create interactive and informative smartphone apps to teach the general population more about overall health. When data is presented well, it can be analyzed and learned from, helping to introduce more people to the idea of health literacy.
Interactive apps and interfaces that allow individuals to learn at a detailed or personal level can capture the interest of individuals to teach them about their bodies and wellbeing.
2. Social Media
Social media platforms have millions of users globally. Users often scroll through for updates from family and friends or see the latest news or trends from celebrities and influencers.
Some of the top hospitals are using social media to provide their followers with science-based, information on a variety of health-related topics. These short stories can lead to more in-depth blogs where a medical professional explains the issue.
Expanding on the popularity of health topics from reputable sources can help spread accurate and informative health facts. Social media can present the information in a quick and catchy way, snagging the attention of followers young and old.
This information can reach a broad audience, especially younger adults who may not know the importance of preventative health. Social media is a great way to get people who may not visit a primary care provider to learn about their overall health or instill health knowledge in a more diverse crowd.
One group alone cannot promote health literacy. It takes a collaborative effort from many parties. Schools must begin teaching health education from a young age to instill healthy habits and lifestyle choices while allowing for a solid foundation to start.
Communities must work to increase health literacy in rural areas and other places in need. Collaborative teaching efforts to expand access to resources and promote healthy learning are essential.
4. Multilingual Education
In America, English may be the native language, but there are many other languages spoken as a first language or as the only language in some homes. English may not be especially easy to comprehend when the writing is complex or filled with medical jargon.
Interpreters and interpretational services are readily available within medical facilities, but patients and their family members may be overwhelmed hearing the information aloud.
Ensuring access to multilingual educational resources for patients can help them learn about their conditions or needs in their native language.
Pamphlets, websites and other written forms of information should be translated as widely as possible, especially in each of the known languages of the patient population of that specific practice. This may improve comprehension and clarity for the patient.
Education on general health is limited for lost individuals. Strong relationships with a primary care provider can help to teach patients more through preventative care. However, expanding on other avenues for education is essential. There are many people who do not like going to the doctor or who avoid doing so because they do not have insurance.
There are plenty of others who want to be more educated on general health. By increasing access to high-quality, reliable, accurate health information, we can help build a foundation of understanding of public health. Written materials should be thoroughly explained in words that are easy to understand and translated into other languages for accessibility.
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Finnegan Pierson loves business and has a passion for Health and technology. Even more interesting is the combination of the two. As a freelance writer, Finn hopes to influence others so they can have positive life experiences.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.
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