Online Program

Health education specialists' role in implementing ACA

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

M. Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES, Society for Public Health Education, Washington, DC
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents new opportunities for health education specialists to broaden their impact and participate in various new models of service delivery geared toward primary prevention and chronic disease management. New models of reimbursement and service delivery call for health educators' skills in coordinating and integrating care for the “whole person”; assisting in navigating the health care system; conducting community needs assessments; building bridges between patients and health/medical care organizations that are required to have patient engagement and feedback; identifying structural barriers to care, and; designing culturally competent and patient-centered programs to improve health outcomes. Health education practitioners, students, and faculty must seize this rapidly unfolding opportunity to participate in their health insurance exchanges and fully utilize their health education skills. This session will describe roles of health education specialists as navigators, as well as major tools developed by SOPHE for National Health Education Week in 2013.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify various pathways for health education specialists to find employment opportunities and market their skills as patient navigators.

Keyword(s): Health Education, Health Literacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee SOPHE's portfolio of professional publications, meetings, cooperative agreements, and advocacy on behalf of health education and health promotion. I have spent some 30 years working in health education, with publications and interests related to credentialing and standards, workforce development, advocacy, public policy, and health equity. She has received numerous awards, including SOPHE’s Distinguished Fellow Award (2008), U of MI Alumna of the Year Award (2010), and the REACH Health Disparities Champion Award.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.