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HEALTH EDUCATOR: My Day Is Pretty Exciting

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Linda shares her story about being a health educator. She talks about her typical day, what led her to a career in health education, and what she would have liked to have known when she first started on her path.

School: Miami University of Ohio - University of California Berkeley
Degree: Public Health - Psychology - Speech Communications
Job Title: Health Educator
Employer: Alameda Alliance for Health

Job Summary: Healthcare Social Workers

Job Description

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, People skills, Public speaking ability, Empathy, Organizational skills

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m='11710'>other</span> <span m='12020'>folks</span> <span m='12450'>who are</span> <span m='12590'>trying</span> <span m='12860'>to</span> <span m='12910'>figure</span> <span m='13100'>out</span> <span m='13190'>how</span> <span m='13370'>to</span> <span m='13470'>give</span> <span m='13910'>services,</span> <span m='14800'>health</span> <span m='15050'>education</span> <span m='15580'>services</span> <span m='16200'>to</span> <span m='16309'>the</span> <span m='16420'>community.</span> <span m='17830'>I'll</span> <span m='18090'>spend</span> <span m='18430'>time</span> <span m='18900'>at</span> <span m='19180'>work</span> <span m='19680'>in</span> <span m='19790'>work</span> <span m='20140'>meetings,</span> <span m='20720'>planning</span> <span m='21240'>with</span> <span m='21390'>other</span> <span m='21630'>staff</span> <span m='22080'>folks</span> <span m='23520'>how</span> <span m='23830'>we're</span> <span m='24010'>going</span> <span m='24330'>to</span> <span m='24470'>maybe</span> <span m='24810'>do a</span> <span m='25010'>mailing</span> <span m='25700'>for</span> <span m='25910'>our</span> <span m='26060'>members</span> <span m='26840'>to</span> <span m='26990'>tell</span> <span m='27330'>them</span> <span m='27610'>that</span> <span m='27760'>they</span> <span m='27890'>should</span> <span m='28140'>go</span> <span m='28310'>get</span> <span m='28530'>their</span> <span m='28700'>immunizations,</span> <span m='29700'>get</span> <span m='29880'>their</span> <span m='30080'>vaccines,</span> <span m='31020'>or</span> <span m='31610'>how</span> <span m='31740'>to</span> <span m='31850'>take</span> <span m='32080'>care</span> <span m='32390'>of</span> <span m='32439'>their</span> <span m='32560'>diabetes.</span> </p><p><span m='33810'>I</span> <span m='33970'>also</span> <span m='34230'>spend</span> <span m='34510'>some</span> <span m='34650'>time</span> <span m='34950'>online</span> <span m='35480'>looking</span> <span m='35760'>for</span> <span m='35940'>new</span> <span m='36070'>resources</span> <span m='36840'>and</span> <span m='36930'>updating</span> <span m='37830'>our</span> <span m='38010'>resource</span> <span m='38335'>listing.</span> <span m='40390'>And</span> <span m='40620'>I</span> <span m='40750'>also</span> <span m='41070'>actually</span> <span m='41340'>do</span> <span m='41470'>a</span> <span m='41520'>little</span> <span m='41720'>bit</span> <span m='41850'>of</span> <span m='41950'>design</span> <span m='42440'>work.</span> <span m='42710'>I</span> <span m='42770'>end</span> <span m='43080'>up</span> <span m='43230'>working</span> <span m='43580'>creating</span> <span m='44000'>flyers</span> <span m='44880'>and</span> <span m='45340'>working</span> <span m='45770'>with</span> <span m='45920'>designers</span> <span m='46680'>and</span> <span m='46820'>printers</span> <span m='47600'>to</span> <span m='48330'>create</span> <span m='48710'>new</span> <span m='48830'>materials</span> <span m='50360'>to</span> <span m='50540'>talk</span> <span m='50830'>to</span> <span m='50910'>our</span> <span m='51040'>members</span> <span m='51650'>about</span> <span m='51950'>all</span> <span m='52200'>sorts</span> <span m='52500'>of</span> <span m='52590'>topics.</span> </p><p><span m='53220'>So</span> <span m='53580'>my</span> <span m='53690'>day is</span> <span m='54000'>pretty</span> <span m='54210'>exciting</span> <span m='54630'>because,</span> <span m='55560'>for</span> <span m='55690'>example,</span> <span m='56200'>today</span> <span m='56680'>in</span> <span m='56790'>the</span> <span m='56850'>morning,</span> <span m='57270'>I</span> <span m='57380'>was</span> <span m='57570'>at</span> <span m='57680'>a</span> <span m='57740'>meeting</span> <span m='58030'>talking</span> <span m='58550'>with</span> <span m='58710'>folks</span> <span m='59000'>about</span> <span m='60610'>young</span> <span m='61580'>folks</span> <span m='61880'>zero</span> <span m='62180'>to</span> <span m='62290'>five</span> <span m='62800'>and</span> <span m='62860'>what</span> <span m='63090'>services</span> <span m='63540'>they</span> <span m='63730'>need.</span> <span m='64599'>I</span> <span m='64760'>was</span> <span m='65069'>on</span> <span m='65290'>a</span> <span m='65360'>committee</span> <span m='65880'>for a</span> <span m='66110'>cardiovascular</span> <span m='66980'>disease,</span> <span m='67480'>folks</span> <span m='67710'>with</span> <span m='67820'>heart</span> <span m='68080'>conditions.</span> <span m='68770'>And</span> <span m='68890'>now</span> <span m='69040'>I'm</span> <span m='69240'>at</span> <span m='69340'>a</span> <span m='69390'>breastfeeding</span> <span m='70270'>event.</span> <span m='70690'>So</span> <span m='71160'>lots</span> <span m='71390'>of</span> <span m='71460'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='71770'>It</span> <span m='71900'>was</span> <span m='72070'>an</span> <span m='72410'>odd</span> <span m='72790'>kind</span> <span m='72990'>of</span> <span m='73080'>career</span> <span m='73370'>path.</span> <span m='73580'>But</span> <span m='73700'>I</span> <span m='73750'>started</span> <span m='74065'>off</span> <span m='74380'>doing</span> <span m='74620'>a</span> <span m='74670'>little</span> <span m='74860'>bit</span> <span m='75080'>of</span> <span m='76200'>more</span> <span m='76420'>like</span> <span m='76620'>social</span> <span m='77000'>work</span> <span m='77820'>and</span> <span m='78010'>realized</span> <span m='78670'>that</span> <span m='79010'>working</span> <span m='79670'>one-on-one</span> <span m='80040'>with</span> <span m='80340'>folks</span> <span m='80830'>was</span> <span m='81070'>rewarding</span> <span m='81385'>but</span> <span m='81700'>extremely</span> <span m='82220'>stressful</span> <span m='82720'>for</span> <span m='82870'>me.</span> <span m='84010'>And</span> <span m='84230'>so</span> <span m='84600'>I</span> <span m='84810'>found</span> <span m='85290'>out</span> <span m='85490'>that</span> <span m='85650'>folks</span> <span m='85930'>were</span> <span m='86300'>helping</span> <span m='87150'>individuals</span> <span m='87880'>improve</span> <span m='88220'>their</span> <span m='88370'>health</span> <span m='88660'>by</span> <span m='88890'>looking</span> <span m='89300'>at</span> <span m='89480'>the</span> <span m='89550'>bigger</span> <span m='89830'>picture,</span> <span m='90310'>thinking,</span> <span m='90720'>OK,</span> <span m='90940'>what</span> <span m='91160'>do</span> <span m='91240'>we</span> <span m='91360'>do</span> <span m='92010'>like</span> <span m='92220'>a</span> <span m='92280'>class</span> <span m='93000'>or</span> <span m='93240'>a</span> <span m='93410'>program</span> <span m='94080'>or</span> <span m='94950'>a</span> <span m='95090'>mailing</span> <span m='95660'>out</span> <span m='95810'>of</span> <span m='95910'>information,</span> <span m='96650'>how</span> <span m='96850'>do</span> <span m='96930'>we</span> <span m='97170'>change,</span> <span m='97820'>or</span> <span m='98410'>a</span> <span m='98530'>new</span> <span m='98780'>community</span> <span m='99310'>program.</span> <span m='99840'>How</span> <span m='100000'>do</span> <span m='100060'>we</span> <span m='100160'>help</span> <span m='100410'>people</span> <span m='100630'>be</span> <span m='100740'>healthier</span> <span m='102580'>before</span> <span m='103180'>they</span> <span m='103280'>get</span> <span m='103500'>really</span> <span m='103800'>sick</span> <span m='104210'>and</span> <span m='104840'>do</span> <span m='105040'>it</span> <span m='105540'>kind</span> <span m='105710'>of</span> <span m='106020'>at</span> <span m='106170'>a</span> <span m='106220'>global</span> <span m='106610'>scale</span> <span m='107280'>instead</span> <span m='107650'>of</span> <span m='107740'>just</span> <span m='108090'>one-on-one?</span> <span m='108970'>And</span> <span m='109150'>so</span> <span m='109905'>that's</span> <span m='110210'>kind</span> <span m='110340'>of</span> <span m='110450'>what</span> <span m='110580'>I</span> <span m='110650'>ended</span> <span m='110930'>up</span> <span m='111170'>doing.</span> </p><p><span m='111510'>So</span> <span m='111700'>I</span> <span m='112420'>went</span> <span m='112650'>to</span> <span m='112710'>school</span> <span m='113150'>in</span> <span m='113230'>psychology.</span> <span m='114160'>And</span> <span m='114300'>then</span> <span m='114470'>I</span> <span m='114540'>worked</span> <span m='114840'>in</span> <span m='114940'>a</span> <span m='115000'>shelter</span> <span m='115480'>for</span> <span m='115650'>a</span> <span m='115710'>while.</span> <span m='116340'>Then</span> <span m='116560'>I</span> <span m='116610'>worked</span> <span m='116940'>for</span> <span m='117070'>a</span> <span m='117150'>community</span> <span m='117660'>program</span> <span m='118170'>as</span> <span m='118280'>a</span> <span m='118340'>community</span> <span m='118760'>organizer</span> <span m='119210'>and</span> <span m='120540'>basically</span> <span m='120580'>met</span> <span m='120860'>a</span> <span m='120910'>bunch</span> <span m='121200'>of</span> <span m='121330'>folks</span> <span m='121680'>who were</span> <span m='121860'>doing</span> <span m='122170'>things</span> <span m='122430'>I</span> <span m='122520'>thought</span> <span m='122770'>were</span> <span m='122890'>very</span> <span m='123230'>cool.</span> <span m='123700'>I'm like,</span> <span m='123980'>I</span> <span m='124110'>want</span> <span m='124310'>to</span> <span m='124360'>be</span> <span m='124500'>a</span> <span m='124600'>trainer.</span> <span m='125210'>I</span> <span m='125260'>want</span> <span m='125450'>to</span> <span m='125520'>do</span> <span m='125680'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='126330'>And</span> <span m='126450'>they</span> <span m='126570'>all</span> <span m='126740'>had</span> <span m='126920'>this</span> <span m='127090'>degree</span> <span m='127470'>called</span> <span m='127690'>a</span> <span m='127730'>public</span> <span m='128090'>health</span> <span m='128389'>degree.</span> <span m='129190'>And so</span> <span m='129680'>I</span> <span m='130050'>left</span> <span m='130289'>out</span> <span m='130660'>and got</span> <span m='130860'>into</span> <span m='131390'>public</span> <span m='131650'>health</span> <span m='131870'>school</span> <span m='132280'>and</span> <span m='132470'>studied</span> <span m='132880'>it.</span> <span m='133150'>And now</span> <span m='133420'>that's what I've</span> <span m='133812'>been doing.</span> </p><p><span m='134990'>So</span> <span m='135290'>what</span> <span m='135430'>I</span> <span m='135520'>know</span> <span m='135880'>now</span> <span m='136200'>that</span> <span m='136320'>I</span> <span m='136390'>wish</span> <span m='136740'>I</span> <span m='136800'>would've</span> <span m='137090'>known</span> <span m='137570'>when</span> <span m='137790'>I</span> <span m='137890'>started</span> <span m='138340'>my</span> <span m='138460'>career,</span> <span m='140230'>I</span> <span m='140330'>guess</span> <span m='140660'>that</span> <span m='141240'>I</span> <span m='141320'>needed</span> <span m='141600'>to</span> <span m='141670'>be</span> <span m='142070'>patient</span> <span m='142930'>in</span> <span m='143450'>kind</span> <span m='143740'>of</span> <span m='143810'>finding</span> <span m='144950'>what</span> <span m='145400'>pieces</span> <span m='145960'>of</span> <span m='146070'>my</span> <span m='146210'>career</span> <span m='146750'>I'd</span> <span m='146920'>really</span> <span m='147140'>like</span> <span m='147370'>to</span> <span m='147480'>do.</span> <span m='148330'>Am</span> <span m='148450'>I</span> <span m='148600'>really</span> <span m='148880'>someone</span> <span m='149180'>who</span> <span m='149270'>wants</span> <span m='149560'>to</span> <span m='149650'>be</span> <span m='149770'>a</span> <span m='149830'>trainer</span> <span m='150290'>in</span> <span m='150390'>front</span> <span m='150620'>of</span> <span m='150700'>people?</span> <span m='151190'>Am I</span> <span m='151320'>someone</span> <span m='151660'>who'll</span> <span m='151680'>want</span> <span m='151880'>to</span> <span m='151930'>be</span> <span m='152050'>sitting</span> <span m='152400'>at</span> <span m='152510'>the</span> <span m='152630'>desk</span> <span m='152980'>a</span> <span m='153080'>lot,</span> <span m='153760'>creating</span> <span m='154200'>things</span> <span m='154480'>on</span> <span m='154660'>the</span> <span m='154770'>computer?</span> <span m='155165'>Do</span> <span m='155560'>I</span> <span m='155670'>want</span> <span m='155940'>to</span> <span m='156010'>be</span> <span m='156110'>in</span> <span m='156230'>a</span> <span m='156310'>lot</span> <span m='156540'>of</span> <span m='156600'>meetings</span> <span m='157050'>or</span> <span m='157140'>not?</span> <span m='158190'>And</span> <span m='158360'>it's</span> <span m='158520'>just</span> <span m='159090'>over</span> <span m='159450'>the</span> <span m='159680'>years</span> <span m='160105'>and the</span> <span m='160530'>experience</span> <span m='161250'>kind</span> <span m='161420'>of</span> <span m='162340'>getting</span> <span m='163100'>those</span> <span m='163390'>skills</span> <span m='163970'>and</span> <span m='164140'>finding,</span> <span m='164510'>oh,</span> <span m='164690'>this</span> <span m='164890'>is</span> <span m='164950'>what</span> <span m='165080'>I</span> <span m='165180'>really</span> <span m='165450'>like</span> <span m='165780'>best</span> <span m='166040'>or</span> <span m='166440'>this</span> <span m='166660'>is</span> <span m='166790'>what</span> <span m='166940'>I</span> <span m='166990'>like</span> <span m='167370'>best</span> <span m='168160'>and</span> <span m='168410'>also</span> <span m='168730'>understanding</span> <span m='169105'>that</span> <span m='169480'>those</span> <span m='169640'>skills</span> <span m='170020'>can</span> <span m='170180'>be</span> <span m='170270'>applied</span> <span m='170960'>to</span> <span m='171230'>different--</span> <span m='171830'>you</span> <span m='172250'>get</span> <span m='172440'>those</span> <span m='172620'>basic</span> <span m='173060'>skills.</span> <span m='173470'>But you</span> <span m='173630'>can apply</span> <span m='173900'>them</span> <span m='174170'>all</span> <span m='174560'>sorts</span> <span m='174810'>of</span> <span m='174870'>different</span> <span m='175130'>topics.</span> </p><p><span m='176670'>First</span> <span m='176930'>I</span> <span m='176970'>worked</span> <span m='177210'>with</span> <span m='177290'>children</span> <span m='178270'>and</span> <span m='178680'>immigrants</span> <span m='179250'>and</span> <span m='179320'>refugees.</span> <span m='179950'>And</span> <span m='180080'>then</span> <span m='180220'>I</span> <span m='180280'>worked</span> <span m='180530'>with</span> <span m='180630'>seniors</span> <span m='181120'>and</span> <span m='181220'>people</span> <span m='181430'>with</span> <span m='181510'>disabilities.</span> <span m='182400'>And now</span> <span m='182690'>I'm</span> <span m='182850'>working</span> <span m='183100'>again</span> <span m='183380'>with</span> <span m='183730'>families</span> <span m='184510'>and</span> <span m='184950'>seniors.</span> <span m='185590'>And</span> <span m='185750'>so</span> <span m='186450'>it's</span> <span m='186650'>just</span> <span m='186910'>fun</span> <span m='187200'>to</span> <span m='187270'>see</span> <span m='187450'>how</span> <span m='187850'>those</span> <span m='188130'>different</span> <span m='188460'>skills</span> <span m='188860'>you can</span> <span m='188950'>just</span> <span m='189410'>apply in</span> <span m='189870'>so</span> <span m='190000'>many</span> <span m='190200'>different</span> <span m='191400'>places</span> <span m='191950'>and</span> <span m='192330'>with</span> <span m='192560'>different</span> 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