The Stratford Crier is proud to announce Be Well, a new monthly collaboration with the Stratford Health Department. The column will offer informed insight into issues ranging from physical and emotional well-being to matters impacting communal health and services available to town residents.
Edited by Stratford’s health educator, Walter Owusu, MPH, and Stratford psychotherapist Orna Rawls, LMFT, Be Well will also feature guest experts and health tidbits and will provide a forum for discussion and dialogue.
Today’s inaugural column highlights Stratford’s Health Educator’s work.
A health educator is responsible for promoting and improving public health through education. The work involves designing and implementing health education programs that address various health needs of the people of Stratford. He develops educational materials, conducts workshops and seminars, and engages in community outreach to provide individuals and communities with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their well-being. Some of Walter’s outreach works involve the Know Your Numbers screenings hosted at South End Community Center, Stratford Library and Stratford YMCA.
As the health educator, Walter also collaborates with healthcare professionals, various community organizations in town and other government agencies to coordinate health initiatives and ensure accurate information reaches the public. One of the key collaborations in recent times was the multi-generational Walk N’ Talk series back in May. Walter also plays a crucial role in conducting research and evaluating the effectiveness of health education programs to refine strategies and make evidence-based recommendations.
Overall, the work of a health educator involves educating, empowering and advocating for better health outcomes, contributing to the overall well-being of society.