Community Health Promotion

52-Weeks | 350-hour inclusive placement

Course Description

The Community Health Promotion (CHP) entry to practice program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively deliver community health promotion education by providing quality health promotion, prevention and healthy lifestyles in the community.

As a member of the inter-disciplinary Health Care Team, the Community Health Promotion (CHP) worker is responsible for liaising between patients, families, community and health care providers to ensure community members understand their lifestyle and are receiving appropriate care and health education. Community Health Promotion (CHP) workers educate, promote and monitor the community for general health, trends and lifestyles.

Students will have the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge and develop their skills in designated practicum locations. Advanced standing may apply for students who are already working within the Community Health Promotion field and is awarded via a completed and assessed application process on registration. Upon graduation students are awarded the Community Health Promotion Diploma.

 

Admissions Requirements

  • Grade 12 or OSSD Equivalent OR
  • Mature Student Status – Wonderlic Mature Test 16 Passing Grade

Prior to Practicum:

  • Min mark of 60% in theory and practical application of theory
  • Current Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer (Level C) CPR Certification
  • Negative Police Check, including vulnerable sector
  • Medical form from a Canadian licenced physician stating fitness to complete the practicum and absence of communicable diseases.

Field Placement

Students will participate in front line basic Community Health Promotion (CHP) services found within a variety of team and community settings, including liaison, coordination, interventions, screening and facilitation while functioning as part of an inter-disciplinary team. Students will taking on more advanced CHP roles with target client groups including: community needs assessment, supporting implementation of strategic projects and project management activities and further enhancing their skills as members of an interdisciplinary team.

Courses

Health Promotion Fundamentals

In this course students will learn the fundamental of health promotion from the biological, environmental, psychological, physical and medical sciences to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death through education-driven voluntary behavior change activities.

Assessing Health Needs Basics

Students will learn the basics of assessing community health strengths and needs at the foundational level when working with community members and community health partners. Students will learn healthy behaviours and the tools that determine actions needed for health promotion in the community.

Health Promotion Action Essentials

In this course students will learn the process of health promotion at multiple levels of influence. Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over the determinants of health using a multi-pronged approach and thereby improve community health. Students will learn that community participation is essential to sustain health promotion action.

Communicating Health Promotion Information Basics

In this course students will learn the practice of communicating promotional health information through health education with community members and community partners. Students will learn the purpose of communicating health information to influence personal health choices by improving health literacy.

Community Mobilization & Building Community Capacity Introduction

In this course students will be introduced to the concepts of community mobilization and building community capacity. Students will explore ways to facilitate community mobilization and strengthen community capacity around shared health priorities through participatory decision-making processes.

Diversity and Inclusiveness Fundamentals

In this course students will learn the fundamentals of diversity and inclusiveness including the dimensions that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another with mutual respect. Students will also learn how diversity and inclusiveness are applied to promote health and reducing health inequities. They will also learn how to work with communities using processes that value participation of individuals, groups and communities with different perspectives and experiences.

Partnership and Collaboration Strategies Fundamentals

In this course students will learn the fundamentals of partnerships and collaboration to work effectively as a member of an inter-disciplinary team. Students will also learn how these partnerships and coloration enhance the impact and sustainability of health promotion action.

Foundations of a CHP Inter-disciplinary Team

In this course students will learn the essential elements of functioning effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and provision of relevant services and programs within the CHP role. Students will also learn how to establish and maintain clear and appropriate boundaries between personal and professional relationships and the ongoing requirements for continuous professional development.

CHP Basic Skills Practicum (150 Hours)

Students will participate in front line basic CHP services found within a variety of team and community settings, including liaison, coordination, interventions, screening and facilitation while functioning as part of an inter-disciplinary team.

Health Promotion Applied Strategies

This course builds on Health Promotion Fundamentals. Students will build on foundational knowledge of health promotion concepts and begin examine a specific health issue through the social determinants of health and apply a population health approach to a health issue.

Assessing Health Needs Analysis in Action

This course builds upon skills learned in Health Promotion Needs Basics. Students will review Health Promotion Needs Basics and explore more deeply the process of conducting a needs assessment as well as data/information management.

Health Promotion Action Steps Applied

Students will deeply explore processes introduced in the earlier course by developing a logic model, practicing key planning functions including writing objectives and writing a grant proposal and planning an evaluation.

Communicating Health Promotion Information – Interpersonal Skills

This course will build on Health Communication Basics. Students will explore communication theory, health literacy, and social marketing.

Community Mobilization & Building Community Capacity Applied Strategies

This course will build on Community Mobilization and Building Community Capacity. Students will explore numerous strategies for engaging communities as well as participator planning approaches.

Diversity and Inclusiveness Steps in Action

This course will build on Diversity and Inclusiveness. Students will explore the impact of historical and colonial processes and discrimination and racism on the health of indigenous communities. Students will learn how to adapt programs to different cultures and contexts and how to build inclusive communities.

Partnership and Collaboration Strategies Applied

This course will build on Partnership and Collaboration. Students will learn about community coalitions. Students will also learn how to apply the six steps in the collaborative developmental process.

CHP Inter-disciplinary Team in Action

This course will build on CHP Interdisciplinary Teams. Students will discover the importance of aligning with organizational vision, mission and goals, how to engage in lifelong learning to enhance their effectiveness, and how to apply public health ethics to decision making.

CHP Advanced Skills Practicum (200 Hours)

Students will build on their front line basic CHP services found within a variety of team and community settings (Practicum Application Part One), taking on more advanced CHP roles with target client groups including: community needs assessment, supporting implementation of strategic projects and project management activities and further enhancing their skills as members of an interdisciplinary team.