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Standards of Practice

Objectives

Alignment with the Missions of Higher Education

  • Design health promotion initiatives that support student success as defined by the institution of higher education.
  • Disseminate research that demonstrates the effect of individual health behaviors and environmental factors on student success.
  • Advocate for health as core value of the institution of higher education.

Socioecological-Based Practice

  • Examine and address campus and community health issues at all levels of the socioecological model — interpersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community, and public policy.
  • Focus primarily on transforming the campus and community environments through population-level initiatives.
  • Advocate for campus, local, state, and national policies that address campus and community health.

Collaborative Practice

  • Advocate for campus, local, state and national policies that address campus and community health.
  • Advocate for a shared vision of health as the responsibility of all campus and community members.
  • Seek and cultivate interdisciplinary campus and community partnerships that advance health promotion initiatives.
  • Identify and mobilize stakeholders for collective action to create health-promoting environments.
  • Utilize campus and community resources that maximize the reach and effectiveness of health promotion initiatives.

Cultural Competency

  • Design health promotion initiatives that are proactive, responsive and sensitive to the needs and preferences of a diverse and changing population.
  • Design health promotion initiatives that are guided by values of cultural inclusion, respect, equality and equity.

Theory-Based Practice

  • Design and implement health promotion initiatives that are guided by accepted theoretical frameworks and planning models.

Evidence-Informed Practice

  • Conduct population-based assessments of health status, needs and assets.
  • Conduct environmental assessments of campus and community health needs and resources.
  • Develop measurable goals and objectives for health promotion initiatives.
  • Implement evidence-based health promotion initiatives with fidelity to maximize effectiveness.
  • Use accepted quantitative and qualitative methods for assessment and program evaluation.
  • Disseminate program evaluation results to campus and community stakeholders.

Continuing Professional Development and Service

  • Apply ethical principles to the practice of health promotion.

*Based upon the Standards of Practice in Health Promotion In Higher Education.