Special Issue "Health Education and COVID-19 Pandemic: Towards a Holistic Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022.
2. College of Education, Ana G. Méndez University, Cupey Campus, San Juan, PR 00926, USA
Interests: health education; sustainability; health literacy; environmental education; media education; theory of education; holistic education
Interests: health education; life-long education; social work; social services; long-term care; sustainable development
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Interests: health education; clinical psychology; social welfare; psychological care; healthy aging
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In the last decades, health education has been gaining importance within the different training plans of different academic degrees (education, teacher training, medicine, environmental studies, etc.). However, it is in the COVID-19 pandemic when it is acquiring all its true value, which is the training of citizens in all aspects related to health and healthcare. But it is not an isolated issue, in any way. It is a holistic problem that must effectively integrate economic, environmental, and social considerations. We must not forget that sustainability encompasses our physical well-being through a healthy environment, as well as its social and economic dimensions.
When we talk about health education, we refer to a process of interpersonal communication aimed at providing the necessary training to carry out a critical and preventive analysis of health problems. It seeks to make individuals and social groups responsible for behavioral decisions that have direct or indirect effects on physical and mental health, both individually and collectively. As presented by the World Health Organization (WHO), it must understand consciously created learning opportunities that involve a form of communication aimed at improving health literacy, including improving knowledge and developing personal skills that lead to individual and community health.
Health education, in short, through rigorous information, promotes the motivation of personal skills and self-esteem and allows the effective implementation of current health recommendations. It is one of the fundamental pillars for the implementation of social, economic, and environmental changes that favor health. Also, its generalization in educational systems allows new generations to adopt healthy lifestyles that allow and benefit social and sustainable development and progress. It is essential for public health.
In the scenario of the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which produces COVID-19 disease, the value of health education is undeniable. It is a valuable means and instrument to deal not only with this plague but with others that may arise in the future. It sensitizes and raises awareness among citizens, from the grassroots, in all actions necessary to stop the spread of a pathogen. It involves decision making in all three spheres of ecological, social, and economic sustainability.
This Special Issue welcomes research papers and reviews of research studies focused on health education, particularly to help address the COVID-19 pandemic and other future health emergencies. For its multidisciplinary nature, research on health promotion, hygiene, control of unhealthy behavioral factors or lifestyles, prevention of prevalent diseases, health equity, actions for environmental sanitation, etc. may also be presented. These lines of action will allow us to prevent future scenarios such as that produced by the most important pandemic of the 21st century. This Special Issue covers but is not limited to the following topics:
- Health education
- Holistic sustainability
- COVID-19 pandemic
- Public health
- Health equity.
- Environmental sanitation
- Health literacy
- Disease prevention
- Healthy lifestyles
- Health promotion
Prof. Dr. José Gómez-Galán
Prof. Dr. Jose Ángel Martínez-López
Dr. Cristina Lázaro-Pérez
Manuscript Submission Information
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- health education
- holistic sustainability
- public health
- environmental sanitation
- health literacy
- healthy lifestyles
- health promotion
- health equity