Health Education Specialists in Health Care

Professionals with CHES® and MCHES® Certifications

Individuals who hold the CHES® and MCHES® certifications have the versatility and skillsets to practice in many different career settings, across the country and even overseas. Job settings were identified in the 2015 Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) include the following: Community/non-profit, Healthcare/Hospitals, Government, School Health, Academia/Universities, and Business/Worksite. Job titles in the hospital and healthcare sector can vary. Some common titles include Community Benefits Manager, Outreach Manager, Patient Educator or Program Manager, Wellness Coordinator, and RN/Health Educator. Health Education Specialists in the Health Care setting may perform the following duties:

  • Deliver and assess health education programs 
  • Coordination and outreach 
  • Enrollment and initial health assessments
  • Motivate others to initiate behavior change
  • Communicate/liaise with primary care physicians, hospitals and other health care providers
  • Plan for health education interventions
  • Translate of medical and health education material for dissemination to client/patient

Meet Suzette Pierre Ste-Rose

(RN, MPH, CHES®: Patient Educator/Medical Resource Manager)

Suzette is a Registered Nurse who decided to pursue a Master's degree in Public Health. She obtained her CHES® certification in April of 2013. Her job duties include:

  • Serve as a health coach and disease manager
  • Behavior change techniques
  • Program planning and implementation
  • Patient education

Meet Angela Bailey

(M.S.Ed, MPH, CHES®: Community Benefits Manager)

Angela became certified as a health education specialist (CHES®) in 1997. Angela's job duties include:

  • Supervise staff, graduate assistants, practicum students, and interns
  • Oversee grants; manage budgets, plan, implement and evaluate programming
  • Act as a resource, educate community members and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the SIH Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Work with schools, churches, worksites, and community partners to create policy, system and environmental changes to improve health
  • Provide educational presentations to a variety of audiences
  • Participate in and/ or provides leadership for various committees and coalitions such as the Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network, Diabetes Today Resource Team, Cancer Action Team

Meet Chesley Cheatham

(M.Ed., MCHES®: Community Outreach Manager, UH Seidman Cancer Center)

Chesley became CHES® certified in 2003, and MCHES® certified in 2011. She currently serves on the NCHEC Board of Commissioners, as well as the Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice. Chesley's job duties include:

  • Community health needs assessments
  • Implementation strategies
  • Collaboration
  • Health education program evaluation


Meet Suzanne Lineberry

(MPH, MCHES®, CHC: Director of Quality Improvement and Practice Support)

Suzanne was certified as a health education specialist (CHES®) in 2006 and subsequently sat for the MCHES® exam in 2012. Her job duties include:

  • Community health education/promotion programming and evaluation
  • Project management
  • Coalition building
  • Grant writing, consultation with primary care practices
  • State health initiatives



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