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J Sch Health. 2001 Dec;71(10):477-82.

Health educators' role in promoting health literacy and advocacy for the 21st century.

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  • 1Purdue University, 1362 Lambert, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1362, USA.


This article discusses the relationship between health literacy and advocacy for health and health education, cites achievement of advocacy as a critical outcome of health education, and identifies health advocacy competencies for both students and health educators. The paper also delineates a role for health education in developing health-literate citizens and in training health educators to advocate for health and health education. The article draws on recent initiatives in comprehensive school health education and coordinated school health programs to identify content and strategies for developing health advocacy skills among elementary, middle, and senior high school students. The article provides a variety of approaches and strategies for developing advocacy skills among preservice and inservice health educators.

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