Marketing health educators to employers: survey findings, interpretations, and considerations for the profession.

Health promotion practice

PubMedID: 19809003

Gambescia SF, Cottrell RR, Capwell E, Auld ME, Mullen Conley K, Lysoby L, Goldsmith M, Smith B. Marketing health educators to employers: survey findings, interpretations, and considerations for the profession. Health Promot Pract. 2009;10(4):495-504.
In July 2007, a market research report was produced by Hezel Associates on behalf of five sponsoring health education profession member organizations and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. The purpose of the survey was to learn about current or potential employers' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors toward health educators and the health education profession and their future hiring practices. This article presents the background leading up to the production of this report, the major findings of the survey of employers, recommendations from the market research group regarding core messages, and implications for the profession having discovered for the first time information about employers' understanding of professionally prepared health educators. The article discusses the umbrella and key messages that may be incorporated into a marketing plan and other recommendations by the firm that should assist health educators in marketing the profession. Furthermore, this article presents reactions by leaders in this field to these messages and recommendations and concludes with next steps in this project and a call for the overall need to market the profession of health education.