Happy National Health Education Week!

Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN

Since 1995, National Health Education Week (NHEW) has been celebrated during the third full week of October. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), this celebration focuses national attention on a major public health issue and promotes consumers’ understanding of the role of health education in promoting the public’s health.

At OncoLink, we celebrate health education everyday!  We know that being educated about your illness (or a loved one’s illness) is empowering.  It can provide some reassurance during a chaotic time, allow you to become an active member of your care team, make educated treatment decisions and get through treatment with a little less uncertainty.  We hope that people dealing with a cancer diagnosis – whether new or ongoing – will find the support and resources they need on OncoLink.

This year, National Health Education Week is focusing on educating the public about the Affordable Care Act and it’s implementation.  OncoLink will be addressing the ACA for people with a cancer diagnosis at this week’s webinar / workshop.  If Medicare Open Enrollment for people with a cancer diagnosis is more relevant for you, we’ve got that covered too!  We hope you will join us for one of these informative live webinars – or check back after the event to watch a replay.

In honor of NHEW, I encourage you to seek out educational programs here on OncoLink, at your local cancer center or support center (such as Gilda’s Club/ Cancer Support Community, etc.).  These programs can be great tools to add to your cancer survival toolbox.

I wish u knew video…Knowledge is Power
Cynthia Griffo, Director of Communications and Education at the Abramson Cancer Center, shares that learning as much as you can about your cancer diagnosis gives you the tools you need to make treatment decisions.