Health Education/Health Promotion

Health Education/Health Promotion designs, conducts, and evaluates activities that help improve the health of all people by meeting the mission of the Ashland County-City Department (ACCHD). These activities take place in a variety of settings that include schools, communities, health care facilities, businesses, colleges, and government agencies.

The profession of health education is based on seven (7) areas of responsibility. These are:

  • Assess individual and community needs for health education
  • Plan effective health education programs
  • Implement health education programs
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of health education programs
  • Coordinate the provision of health education services
  • Act as a resource person in health education
  • Communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources

The Division communicates to the general public via Facebook through the Ashland County-City Medical Reserve Corps (ACCMRC) page at "Ashland Reserve".  The Division communicates to the general public via Youtube through the ACCMRC's channel entitled, "AshlandOhioMRC".  Nearly 60 videos are available for viewing and embedding.   The Division is prepared to broadcast in stereo at 480p.  A suite of 480p cameras and editing software is maintained for 24/7 communication on a wide variety of health-related topics.

With these areas of responsibility, the Division Director is involved in various community initiatives and activities including the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Continuum of Care-Homeless Coalition, the Alcohol and Other Drug Committee of the Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board, the Ashland County Healthcare Coalition, the Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Task Force, the collegiate and state Tobacco Cessation Initiative, the local Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), Samaritan Regional Health System Care Collaborative, Public Relations/Public Information, Emergency Preparedness, and working with the Ashland County-City Medical Reserve Corps Unit 1181 volunteers.

Additionally, division staff work with all divisions within the ACCHD to promote services that improve the public’s health. You are likely to see ACCHD staff and the ACCMRC at numerous community events, such as Public Health Day, Family Fun Day, the Loudonville Health Fair, the Ashland Senior Health Fair, the Ashland County Fair, the Loudonville Street Fair and Community Flu Clinics.

For more information contact:
Ray Herbst, R.S., R.E.H.S.
419-282-4295
rherbst@ashlandhealth.com

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