The Role, Strengths and Challenges of Health Educators in Toronto Hospitals

By Miriam George.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The objective of this qualitative research was to investigate hospital based health educators’ roles, strengths and challenges in the multicultural city of Toronto. Data collection was generated from one focus group and 15 individual interviews with health educators presently practicing in hospital settings for more than two years. The research results evidence a strong demand for health educators in health care settings; however, their effectiveness is primarily impeded by lack of organizational support and innovative educational materials. The results emphasize effective, culturally appropriate and technology focused health education to provide relevant health information to a multicultural community such as Toronto.

Keywords: Health Education, Educator Roles, Educators, Health Materials, Educational Needs

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.445-456. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 665.866KB).

Dr. Miriam George

Assistant Professor, Renison School Of Social Work, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Miriam George Ph.D is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo’s Renison School of Social Work. Dr.George has fifteen years of social work practice experience in India and Canada. Dr.George’s research interests include Cross-Cultural Psychiatry, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Clinical Social Work Practice, Human Rights and Refugee Trauma, Post Colonialism and Psychological Distress, International Social Work and Women’s Rights.

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