Equity and Injustice

NCHEC, as the certifying body for health education professionals, strongly believes that communities have the power to change. Many certified health education specialists work tirelessly to mobilize communities and promote, improve, and protect the health of all people. While this battle will be hard-fought, we are committed to being part of a positive movement, standing side-by-side with those impacted by injustice and assist to eliminate systemic racism.

NCHEC understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, manages conflicts of interest and ensures the objectivity of its certification activities. NCHEC does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or other legally protected status. NCHEC adheres to a formal application review process in accordance with established criteria. This process provides assurance to the public that the eligibility review is impartial and fair.

The NCHEC organization would not be the certification body it is today without the expertise of our volunteer boards. We welcome all CHES® and MCHES® to apply for open positions on our volunteer committees and boards. Included in NCHEC’s strategic plan is evaluation of diversity and inclusion on our boards and the health education certified community as a whole. We recommit to our established way of business to foster inclusion. At no time will NCHEC tolerate racism, sexism, ageism, or discrimination of any kind.

Certified Health Education Specialists value equity in society and embrace a multiplicity of approaches in their work to support the worth, dignity, potential, quality of life, and uniqueness of all people.[1]Racism and marginalization and resultant loss of life is not acceptable.

[1]Reference Code of Ethics for the Health Education Profession®. (2020). Coalition for National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO). [Document]. http://cnheo.org/ethics-of-the-profession.html.

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