February is Children's Dental Health Month, and it's a good time to stress how important the mouth is. It's important to train health educators and lay health workers in key oral health skills so they can tell clients and patients how oral health can indicate—or even cause—serious issues.
Hashtags have changed the way we communicate online. They are extremely useful for spreading news about important initiatives, calling attention to amazing people and stories and forging new relationships. (Wondering what a hashtag is?)
At their root, hashtags are about education. They keep a wide, largely unknown audience informed. Many health educators have realized it's a useful way to expand health promotion efforts.
This seems obvious, but I'll say it anyway: not everyone who works at your organization speaks English natively. They might not even speak English at all.
It's a point that's worth noting, because we as English speakers tend to forget that. We're spoiled that so many people speak English, and it's easy to overlook the unique needs of people who weren't born sharing our language.
Proper access to family planning guarantees healthier communities. Unintended pregnancies are linked to a host of negative health outcomes. Mothers are more susceptible to depression and have a higher risk of physical violence. Babies are more likely to be under weight and have birth defects. The inability to plan for and space births means that all family members can suffer, particularly if they're among a young or marginalized population.
It's exciting to look forward into a new year, but it's also inspiring to look back. It was a big year for us at Talance, with new course announcements, new partners and clients, and updates to our learning management system technology. We kept you informed in the blog, but you might have missed something. We're looking back at the top 10 articles we published last year. Have a closer look at our most popular: