Multidimensional educational posts for social media

Source(s): Izmir Metropolitan Municipality

Today, we face with disasters as a result of the increase in population density, overuse of technology in every aspects of life, concentration in industry, dense housing, dominating consumption culture and as well as damaging the nature.

Disasters such as earthquake and flood have started to cause damage in large scales due to the constant increase in population density and increased number of residential areas.

One of the main solutions against disasters is that accomplishing the process of adapting our lives in harmony with the nature. Adopting and actualising sustainable policies by governments, institutions and local authorities will have a greater impact rather than individual efforts.

Policies, plans, frameworks and actions that are targeting to reduce disaster risks and building resilience to disaster will accomplish with local, national and international collaborations.

As The Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Department of Public Health, we design our works to protect and promote health, which is defined as “a complete physical, mental and social well-being state and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” by following the guidance of Framework for Phase VII of the World Health Organization European Healthy Cities Network.

Our aim is to contribute to the ideal of “Health Individual, Healthy Izmir, Healthy World”.

Our objective is to provide services on “Protective, Preventive, Promoting and Supportive Health Care”

Including the groups with special needs who are having difficulties to access health care, we try to reach out everyone who lives in Izmir. We prioritize the contributions to a life that is full of health and quality, which can be achieved via life style changes, increased awareness of on healthy life style and developing health literacy.

We adopt a method, which has an integrated and holistic approach that involves integrating a few aspects of the topics and utilizing active learning strategies where it is necessary to have multidisciplinary team. We embrace principles such as inclusion, participation, equality and sustainability when conducting our works. We reach out people via two main forms of educational activities. One is called “Face to face and Multidimensional Educational Model” that we come together with groups in their neighbourhood. The other one is called “Distant and Multidimensional Educational Model” via online facilities.

  1. Face to face and Multidimensional Educational Model: We organise educational activities to increase health literacy and awareness. We visit the groups that have limited access to city centre, in their own district, town or neighbourhood. We come together with them in our central education units.
  2. Distant and Multidimensional Educational Model: To make reach of our activities to many people that live in İzmir
    • We utilize online video conferencing programmes and organize educational meetings.
    • We also publish posts and videos that include health information on various topics, on our social media accounts.

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, we conduct educational activities with the use of Distant and Multidimensional Educational Model on various health and disasters related topics such as disaster risks reduction, forming collective awareness on disasters related issues, reducing the damage the nature, reducing negative outcomes of disasters, building disasters resilient and healthy living quarters.

Following part of the document, we would like to share some of our educational materials with you; that are designed to post on our social media accounts in order to disseminate health information and support health literacy of local community in İzmir. We wish that all these works are done become more visible and policies, related applications become actualized as a result of these joint efforts and international collaboration attempts.

As it is stated in Sendai Framework; efforts and actions for reducing risk reduction are less damaging, more preventive, effective and economic compare to actions are done during and after the disasters.

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