Personal Statement For Health Education

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MY CHOSEN PROFESSION I have been an occupational therapy assistant for over 5 years. During my career I have gained knowledge about health and fitness. I have also learned about health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and so on. I have always enjoyed working with people of various ages and conditions, and I want to share my ideas and knowledge to others as well. In order to do so, I have decided to pursue my bachelor of science in health science. I want to focus on being a health educator to promote a healthy lifestyle in communities.
Health Educator
Overview of the profession “Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals
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“A Certified Health Education Specialist has to pass a special exam. It is for entry-level health educators with a bachelor’s degree. They have to maintain their certification with 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014, para.18).
Current issues relevant to the profession There are many issues a health educator will come across. Many public health issues include HIV/AIDS, immunizations, and heart disease. Heart disease is one of the most important topics the Unites States is concerned about. Heart disease is one of the main causes of death in the U.S. It is very important that the public is made aware of the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and treatment options. One of the duties I perform as an occupational therapy assistant is help patients recover from strokes. This is the main diagnosis I have seen every place I have worked. Exercise and diet play an important role in managing heart health. As a health educator I would be able to collect important information about heart disease and teach people how to live healthy in order to prevent medical
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This will determine if I have the qualities needed to become a health educator. It will also give me the opportunity to speak to them personally and ask for advice. Additionally, I plan to search for health educator positions online. This will help me learn requirements that are typically needed to obtain the position. It will also give me a head start on what is needed to become a health educator.

How Kaplan Career Services can assist with obtaining career goals I learned that Kaplan’s Career Service can help me with deciding which area would be best for me when I become a health educator. They can also help me with what I mentioned above such as looking for positions as a health educator. What I found most interesting is that they provide so much help for free such as “Mock interviews, resume reviews, career fairs, and access to Career Network” (Kaplan University, 2014). They provide all the tools needed to start your career search. It is helpful because one of my goals is to decide which area I want to pursue when I

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