Credentialing Excellence in Health Education


Healthy People 2030: Call for Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding the Healthy People 2030 objectives. The public comment period has been open since December 3, 2018 and closes at 5pm Eastern, Thursday January 17, 2019. I sincerely hope you have seen these and commented as a health education professional. may need to copy and paste this link into your browser.

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., has commented on behalf of health education specialists as follows (as of January 14, 2019):


Increase the proportion of local public health agencies that use Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals in continuing education for personnel.

In addition to the core competencies for Public Health Professionals, the Health Education Specialists Practice Analysis core competencies are essential for public health education. See These responsibilities and competencies have been refined and re-verified by four previous health education practice analysis studies and are required for recertification for the more the more than 15,000 certified health education specialists who work daily to improve the nations’ health.


Increase use of core competencies and discipline-specific competencies to drive workforce development efforts.

The Health Education Specialists Practice Analysis core competencies are essential for public health education. See These responsibilities and competencies are included in many job requirements and have been refined and re-verified by four previous health education practice analysis studies. They required for recertification for the more the more than 15,000 certified health education specialists who work daily to improve the nations’ health.


Monitor the education of the public health workforce - degrees conferred, schools and programs of public health and related disciplines, and curricula.

The Health Education and Promotion Program serves as a centralized source of information regarding institutions of higher education that offer undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in Health Education and Promotion.   This is a web-based directory created in order to enable faculty, prospective students, researchers, employers, and others to access information about professional preparation programs in Health Education and Promotion, as well as data on the number and location of programs, the program’s accreditation status, the number of graduates, and more. See This should be used as baseline data.

NCHEC encourages health education specialists to visit the HP2030 link here: and comment for anything that applies to your work and area of expertise. The deadline is fast approaching (Thursday January 17, 2019).

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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Health Education Professionals: Take the HESPA II Survey Today

Calling all Health Education Professionals: CHES®/ MCHES® and Non Certified!

The Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis II (HESPA II) is being conducted to re-validate the contemporary practice of entry-level and advanced-level health education specialists and to re-define the core knowledge and competencies for health education/promotion practice:

In appreciation for the time you dedicated to participate in the survey, NCHEC and SOPHE are offering the following incentives:

  • Interested individuals will be placed in a random drawing for the chance of winning one of twenty - $50 Visa gift cards available.
  • Additionally, all CHES®/MCHES® certified individuals will be awarded 1.0 Category I Continuing Education Contact Hour (CECH).
  • Deadline to participate in this profession-defining survey is: January 31, 2019
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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Continuing Competency Requirement 2019: What you need to know


Continuing Competency entails the demonstration of specified levels of knowledge, skills, or ability not only at the time of initial certification but throughout an individual’s professional career. The NCHEC recertification requirements will demonstrate the Continuing Competency of a Certified or Master-certified Health Education Specialist, as well as demonstrating a career commitment to the professional development and growth that represents an NCHEC credential.


If you are due to begin a new recertification cycle in April 2019, or pass the exam in April 2019, Continuing Competency (CC) requirements will begin with you. CHES® and MCHES® will have 5 full years to complete their CC requirements (5 out of 75 credits must be CC). So the earliest that CC requirements will be due is March of 2024. CC requirements will be phased in during subsequent recertification/exam cycles (ie. October 2019 will be next up). All CHES® and MCHES® will be notified by NCHEC via USPS mail and email before the start of their CC requirement phase.


CHES® and MCHES® will need 5 CC CECH during the course of their 5-year cycle.  These 5 credits will be part of your 75 total CECH. The total number of continuing education credits you need will not increase.  CC credits will be available as either Category I CECH OR Category II CECH. You will not need both. A measurement of a CHES® or MCHES®’s continued competence during his/her 5-year recertification cycle will include either:

1) an assessment/quiz by provider of Category I CECH OR
2) an evaluation of job duties by a supervisor (Category II CECH).  


Category I CC opportunities will be searchable on the NCHEC website beginning in April 2019 (visit Continuing Education Credit Activities on Many of the Category I CECH that you are already familiar with will count as CC credits (ie. Self-studies, webinars and professional readings with end-of-study assessments, workshops and teach-backs, demonstration of skills, etc.) Category I CC credits will be reported for you by the NCHEC provider.A Category II CC credit option will be available:  a 5-credit (CECH) Performance Assessment from your employer (with a self-employed option).

Want to know what the Category II Performance Assessment looks like?  Visit: to view a draft form. The performance assessment is the first time that CHES® will be able to claim 5 full CECH for work experience!


CC measurements will prove the commitment and professional development of a professional, and is required due to changes in national and international accreditation standards. CC requirements are a quality assurance measurement for organizations and consumers receiving the services of CHES® and MCHES®. NCHEC is dedicated to meeting public expectations about the competence of practitioners in the field of health education and promotion. A measurement of the continued competence of a credential holder will provide value to the CHES® and MCHES® certifications.

More information: visit or call the office at 1.888.624.3248.


Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, December 26, 2018
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3 Reasons to Hire a Certified Health Education Specialist

What are the advantages of hiring a Certified Health Education Specialist?

When it comes time to add a new staff member to your team, what qualities do you look for in a potential employee? Employers most often seek dedicated individuals who go above and beyond in their roles -  workers who arrive on time, demonstrate initiative, have a willingness to help others, and are always willing to dedicate their time to improving their skills and expertise. If you are in the process of hiring any of the following positions, or any position related to health education, consider learning more about Certified Health Education Specialists and their expertise:

  • Health Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Public Information Specialist
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Health Fundraiser and Event Planner
  • Grant Writer

Certified Health Education Specialists are assets to any organization employing health education workers for a number of reasons, but here are the most commonly cited examples of the ways Certified Health Education Specialists have been able to bring more to their roles than non-certified health education professionals.

1. Certified Health Education Specialists Have Unique Skill Sets

As an employer, adding a Certified Health Education Specialist to your team means adding a health education worker who has taken the initiative to pursue additional certification and who also has real-life knowledge, planning, implementing, and advocating for health education programs and promotions.

Certified Health Education Specialists are required to demonstrate competence in each of the following seven areas of responsibility:

  1. Area I: Assess Needs, Resources and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
  2. Area II: Plan Health Education/Promotion

  3. Area III: Implement Health Education/Promotion 

  4. Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
  5. Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
  6. Area VI: Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
  7. Area VII. Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession

“The value of a Certified Health Education Specialist is in their unique training,” said Kristin Behler, MPH, MCHES®, Director of Health Promotion and Wellness for Populytics/BeneFIT Wellness Corporation. “They bring a distinct skillset to the table, including a broad perspective on public and community health. This type of specialist training is not often found in a clinical background.”

2. CHES® Professionals are Passionate About Their Work

According to employers who dedicate time and effort into seeking out Certified Health Education Specialists during the interview process, Certified Health Education Specialists tend to be far more passionate about their work than their uncertified counterparts. Those who take the initiative to pursue elective yet strenuous certification in their field tend to go above and beyond in their roles for others as well. According to employers, Certified Health Education Specialists are also often those who are always positive, energetic, and full of ideas.

“I’ve traveled across the country to a variety of health education-related conferences over the years, and what strikes me again and again is how committed CHES® and MCHES® are to their profession, and to the basic underlying desire to help others, both at the community and individual level. It’s not just a job, it’s who they are. It’s truly inspiring.” Jessica Wessner, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

3. CHES® Professionals are Dedicated

Health education workers who have completed their Certified Health Education Specialist training and certification tend to be more dedicated professionals. Their dedication to their craft is proven through their efforts to combine their knowledge and expertise with as much professional development as possible, and according to employers who’ve hired Certified Health Education Specialists, these workers tend to be more dedicated to their individual roles, exhibit a desire to work well with others, demonstrate leadership capabilities and responsibility, take initiative, and have a basic underlying desire to improve the lives of those around them.

“We know that CHES®/MCHES® individuals have the required level of competency as well as the dedication and drive to pursue continuing education to keep them at the forefront of their profession.” Kelly Brennan, M.Ed., MCHES®, CIC, CCP, Director of Health Education and Consulting for Geneia

How do I become a Certified Health Education Specialist?

We’ve discussed the benefits of hiring a Certified Health Education Specialist, but what does becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist mean for you? The advantages of pursuing certification for health education specialists are the same reasons employers benefit from hiring certified health workers. As employees who are dedicated enough to their profession to pursue additional training and certification, the value of Certified Health Education Specialists cannot be overstated. Interested in becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist? Here are a few more resources you may find helpful.



How to Market Your CHES® Certification for a Job Interview

Employers who Hire/Recognize CHES® and MCHES®

CPH vs CHES® Certification

Guide to Health Education Careers



Posted by Melissa Opp at Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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2018 NCHEC Leadership Election Results


Congratulations to NCHEC Leadership elected to service beginning in 2019! 


Board of Commissioners: Anna Torrens-Armstrong 

Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice: Cynthia Karlsson, Tilicia Mayo-Gamble 

Division Board for Professional Development: Keyonda Smith, Brittany Chambers, Kirsten Rodgers

Division Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists: Amy Hedman-Robertson and Moya Brown-Lopez.

In addition, we would like to share our appreciation for those who will complete terms of service in 2018:

Christine Abarca, Alicia Carranza, Chesley Cheatham, Dixie Dennis, Brian Gordan, Nicole Lindsey, Kerry Redican, and Nigel Thomas.  

A sincere thank you to all for your hard work and dedication to NCHEC and its boards. Our organization’s success is a direct result of the many volunteer hours given by such outstanding individuals!

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, November 1, 2018
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2018 CHES®/MCHES® Video Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of 2018 CHES® and MCHES® “A Day in the Life” Video Contest. Entrants were asked to film themselves speaking about the benefits of certification in their professional and personal lives, their roles as health education specialists, and the positive experiences they had gained as a result of NCHEC certification. Entries were judged by the NCHEC Marketing Committee based on creativity, compelling messaging, and demonstration of the value of CHES® or MCHES® certification. Arielle’s encouraging and inspiring message secured her the first place ranking. You can view Arielle's winning video as well as the runner up videos on NCHEC’s YouTube Channel (, search NCHEC).

Arielle currently works as a community health specialist in Delaware, Ohio. In her role, she functions as the health educator for the disease prevention unit responsible for reducing the incidence of communicable disease through prevention, surveillance, and outbreak control. According to Arielle, “every day as a health education specialist is different and unique; foodborne outbreaks, mosquito-borne illnesses, lead poisoning… and each problem involves a team approach to develop a unique solution!”

Watch the winning video HERE.


Honorable Mention awarded to: Sarah Lasker, MCHES®

Sara received her master’s degree in Health Education with a specific certification in the area of disordered eating. She is one of only eleven MCHES who is dually certified as a Certified Diabetes Educator. She also runs her own business, Healthy and Hygge: Your Life and Wellness Coach. Hygge is the Danish concept of Wellness and Sara works to create strategies for getting clients into shape and to form new and healthier habits.

Watch Sara's video HERE.


Honorable Mention awarded to: Jody Hanson, CHES®

Jody is a Health Education Specialist who works with U.S soldiers, their dependents, and DOD civilians in 7 main areas of health and wellness. She teaches health classes in a group setting, but also works one-on-one with individuals doing fitness testing, nutrition testing, and also health coaching to help our military become better soldiers and to become better individuals at home, and while they are deployed.


A warm thank you to all of the CHES® and MCHES® who submitted excellent videos in this recent competition. NCHEC highly values each submission and sends a warm thank you to all contest participants. We hope many more of you will participate in this event in 2019!

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, October 29, 2018
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