Health Education Led Program (HELP)
Are you a student who wants to make a difference in someone’s life? Are you interested in health topics and health education? Do you like to perform, and through fun performances share information about important health resources?
If so, please consider volunteering for the Health Education Led Program, or HELP. The program was funded as part of the Healthy Living initiative proposal that seeks to increase the health awareness of the City of Spartanburg, and especially those in Spartanburg’s Southside community. You don’t have to have a medical background, just a willingness to learn some basics about the ten most common diseases that affect the community, as well as the resources people can access for more information.
The 10 leading causes of death in the United States are listed below:
- Heart Disease
- Chronic lower respiratory disease
- Kidney Disease
- Blood poisoning
Maybe you know someone – a friend, family member, church member – who died because they didn’t have information about the symptoms, prevention measures, or resources available to them? Would you like to be a health-led educator?
You’ll be taught the basics of each of the chronic diseases including facts and statistics, signs and symptoms, basic preventions and local, national and internet resources and health hotlines. Participants will demonstrate their knowledge of the leading cause of chronic illnesses’ description, symptoms, and preventions by successfully passing the health examination with a score of 85% or above. Then the health-led educators will create their own performance to showcase their talent through dance, song as well as acting (skit) when promoting health awareness.
As a health-led educator, you will be visiting church groups and other gatherings and you’ll be performing a short skit that highlights each of the major causes of death. The skit is entertaining, yet delivers a powerful “non-preachy” message about health awareness. A sample skit can be found on page 63 of the HELP Handbook.
To volunteer to be a HELP educator, be sure you have the time to devote to learning as much as you can about the diseases, as well as to practice and deliver the skits. Contact Scarlett Conway for more information. Also, check out the HELP Handbook for lots of additional information about the program.