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Public Policy Involvement by Health Educators

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Objective: To determine the public policy involvement of health educators. Methods: Mail survey to a random sample of 700 health educators (80% response rate). Results: Respondents performed a mean of 4.84 (SD=3.16) public policy activities and rated their overall involvement as 2.54 (SD=1.22; range 1 to 5). Factors predictive of public policy involvement included public policy efficacy expectations, total number of perceived benefits, employment setting, years as a health educator, and age. Conclusion: Health educators are involved in public policy activities, although there is opportunity for increased involvement.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Family Practice, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. 2: College of Health and Human Services, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. 3: Department of Public Health and Rehabilitative Services, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH.

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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