Community Health Education (CHE)
Saving the Most Lives & Preventing the Most Suffering–The 70%
Saving the Most Lives & Preventing the Most Suffering–The 70%
THE 3 CHE (Pronounced “Chay”) SYSTEMS: 1. CHE (Community Health Education). 2. CHE&S (CHE+Health Screening). 3. CHE&S+Church/Community Health Fairs.
OVERVIEW (3 Safe & Effective Evidence-Based Systems for Congregations, Communities and Long & Short-Term Missions):
1. The WHO has long emphasized the importance of “primary prevention and health promotion in preventing up to 70% of the disease burden.”
2. All 3 systems are based on the Health Promotion & Prevention (HP&P) /Primary Care System developed by missionary researchers in the 1960s, adopted by WHO’s Declaration of Alma-Ata1978 and reconfirmed in WHO’s Primary Health Care-Now more than ever2008 and Declaration of Astana2018
3. All 3 systems have been utilized by churches and other Faith-Based Organizations in collaboration with Ministries of Health since the 1960’s (For examples see Best Practices in Global Health Missions Church & Healthcare and Health promotion & education).
4. Each is based on WHO Biblically-based International Standard & Guideline (IS&G) systems that have received WHO’s highest possible evidence-based rating for effectiveness: See above references and WHO’s Interventions on Diet & Physical Activity-WHAT WORKS
5. All 3 systems meet the requirements of WHO’s Building From Common Foundations-The WHO & Faith-Based Organizations in Primary Healthcare and WHO QOL: Spirituality, Religiousness and Personal Beliefs to enable the local church (or other Faith Based Organization) to re-assume its responsibilities for the health & healing of its community.
6. All 3 systems are easily integrated into existing curative care systems and are especially safe and effective alternatives to the drug-based approach to short-term missions (STMs).
7. All 3 systems support the World Council of Churches’ Health-Promoting Churches. Reflections on Health and Healing for Churches on Commemorative World Health Days and Health-Promoting Churches Vol II. A handbook to accompany churches in establishing and running sustainable health promotion ministries. Both volumes have also been endorsed by the Director General of the WHO.
8. As documented above, until the last generation, most healthcare, even at the hospital tertiary care level, was provided by Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs).
–Although most FBOs do not have the resources to provide quality curative care, there remains no other organization better qualified to provide health promotion & prevention-the 70%.
–From a US and WHO IS&G evidence-based standpoint, the local congregation is now: “The world’s most qualified & underused healthcare resource.”
OVERVIEW: SLOW MOTION DISASTERS & CHE&S–6 SLIDE SUMMARY All 3 CHE systems summarized in 6 slides.
SYSTEM 1: CHE (Community Health Education). The HEPFDC is most often utilized by both secular and faith-based organizations for implementing US and WHO International Standard & Guideline evidence-based CHE. CHE:
1. addresses the 70% of diseases that are preventable (Note: Because of the increased burden of disease due to lifestyle over the past 15 years, 70% is now considered a low estimate).
2. includes WHO & HHS evidence-based guidelines & Illustrations for the leading causes of deaths & suffering in the US and globally available free in 9 languages from the DOWNLOAD FREE page
3. is used in both long-term and short-term settings in the US and globally from hospital/clinic to church/community/family levels of care .
4. enables congregations (or other Faith Based Organizations), both US and globally, to reassume their responsibilities for the holistic health of their communities.
5. These systems have now also been adopted by the rapidly growing field of Lifestyle Medicine. See section III on the NUTRITION PROGRAMS tab.
SYSTEM 2: CHE&S (CHE + Health Screening). Adds provider/patient health screening with Holistic Patient-Centered Care to the CHE approach. CHE&S:
1. assists churches (or other Faith Based Organizations) and communities, both urban and rural, in the US and globally, in their efforts to resolve their most important healthcare problems.
2. facilitates and enables a truly compassionate physician/patient relationship even in the short-term setting.
3. is the best system we have found for Integrating community health into primary care practice “The future of health care generally, and primary care specifically, depends on the integration of personal health care and public health at the level of the local community.” The Lancet Sept 13 2008.
4. is especially important when assisting churches and communities in their efforts to resolve the epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and the prevention of pandemics.
5. although we carry no drugs (except for those we have committed to provide the community long-term), short-term mission CHE&S also provides critically needed pharmacy and other curative care services.
6. is used in both long-term and short-term settings and is often combined with Church/Community Health Fairs.
7. WHO & U.S. HHS evidence-based teaching materials and tools for evaluating CHE&S effectiveness are also included.
CHE&S Evidence-Based Guidelines Include:
A. CHE&S GUIDELINES(23 page) Comprehensive WHO & HHS based CHE&S guidelines for U.S. as well as global long & short-term missions.
CHE&S-Flow Chart (1 page)
B. CHE&S PATIENT RECORD—How it can be used
C. “THE 3 THINGS” (CHE&S for Non-Communicable Diseases-NCDs)
D.OTHER NCD CHE&S GUIDELINES & MATERIALS
SYSTEM 3: CHE&S + Church/Community Health Fairs. Multiplies Community Leadership “The Entire Congregation has a Part to Play”
1. A joyful, collaborative, Family-Centered approach for assisting communities in resolving their most important healthcare problems.
2. This IS&G evidence-based system is the most effective we have found for assisting churches/communities in resolving their most important healthcare problems.
3. Health fairs enable even small congregations to follow the health and healing example of Jesus and “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16
4. Probably more than any other activity, health fairs enable more congregation members (from teenagers to grandparents to healthcare professionals) to accomplish the above.
5. Local musicians, learning and exercise games for children, healthy food booths, etc. enable joyful collaborative community participation as well.
For Additional Participatory Health Education Approaches & Resources See the Participatory Approaches Page.
FOLLOW-UP (for all 3 systems is the same):
–With the Ministry of Health and/or Local Providers for Curative Care.
–With the Local Church/Faith-Based Organization for Ongoing Health Promotion & Prevention, Monitoring & Support.
–As most problems require further education and support, Follow-up Church-Based Group Sessions are nearly always requested by the patients.