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Health Education as a Tool for Social Justice and Health Equity

Health Education as a Tool for Social Justice and Health Equity
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Author(s): Sarah Benes (Merrimack College, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 23
Source title: Social Justice and Putting Theory Into Practice in Schools and Communities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Susan Trostle Brand (University of Rhode Island, USA) and Lori E. Ciccomascolo (University of Rhode Island, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9434-5.ch005


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All youth deserve access to effective health education that provides them with the tools they need to maintain or improve their health and the health of others. Health education, in school and community settings, can be a tool for addressing social justice and health equity across race and class. Effective health education can increase awareness and understanding of the many factors, including social determinants of health and power structures, that impact health and wellness. More importantly, health education can affect change by empowering students to address not only their own health but the health of others, their communities, and beyond. This chapter reviews the current literature, focusing on practical applications for school and community settings, and presents strategies for implementing health education that supports health and wellness at interpersonal, intrapersonal, and community levels.

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