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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Ellen Wurzbach, RN, MSN, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book begins with an overview of the field of community health education, including definitions and recommendations, followed by an exploration of the issues pertinent to the health educator. Successive chapters address personnel management; funding programs; assessing and mobilizing the community; culturally competent program development and promotion; creating effective materials; program evaluation; and health education in different settings.
Purpose: This is a manual to support the community health educator. It is a practical reference tool that guides the health educator through planning, implementation, promotion, and the evaluation stages of program development, with special attention paid to populations bound by shared risk, exposures, and behaviors.
Audience: This guide was written for those in community health, but it could also be used with advanced community health students to teach community program planning.
Features: The illustrations are pertinent and of appropriate content, quantity, and quality. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents is very helpful and detailed. The overall appearance of the book is appropriate. The unique features of the book are the numerous useful management tools presented throughout the text and the health education tools found in the appendix.
Assessment: This is a very useful reference for not only the professional health educator, but also for more advanced students of community health nursing. The content is very thorough and well written. It provides a comprehensive overview of developing health promotion and education programs, along with numerous useful forms. I highly recommend this text for libraries, community health agencies, health educators, and advanced students of community health nursing.