Credentialing Excellence in Health Education


The NCHEC Winter 2017 Bulletin is here!

Catch up on the latest edition of NCHEC News - Winter Bulletin 2017.  

Read our 2016 winning essay contest entry, view our Leadership News, and catch articles on the value of certification, liability insurance for health professionals, as well as spotlights on the latest from employers of CHES and MCHES and other certified individuals in the field!

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 0 comments
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December 2016 Published CHES & MCHES







NCHEC would like to congratulate CHES and MCHES who have contributed to the field of health education & promotion through the publication of journal articles in December, 2016. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!


If you would like to submit a name and article for our list, please email

Published CHES/MCHES


  • Armstrong, Shelley, PhD, CHES

American Journal of Health Education, Nov-Dec 2016

“Digital Health Education for the Fully Online College Student: An Exploratory Study”


  • Balog, Joseph, CHES

American Journal of Health Education, Nov-Dec 2016

Feature Article: “Public Health, Historical and Moral Lessons for the Preparation of School Health Educators: The Case of Childhood Obesity and the Need for Social Responsibility”


  • Banas, Jennifer, EdD MSEd, CHES

       Journal of School Health, December 2016

       “Adolescent Healthcare Brokering: Prevalence, Experience, Impact, and Opportunities”


  • Burcin, Michelle, PhD, MPH, MCHES

American Journal of Health Education, Nov-Dec 2016

“Digital Health Education for the Fully Online College Student: An Exploratory Study”


  • Cardenas, PhD, CHES

Journal of School Health, December 2016

“Perceptions of Peer Sexual Behavior: Do Adolescents Believe in a Sexual Double Standard”


  • Kittleson, Mark, PhD, MCHES, FAAHB, FAAHE

Journal of School Health, December 2016

“Perceptions of Peer Sexual Behavior: Do Adolescents Believe in a Sexual Double Standard”


  • Pettit, Michele, PhD, MCHES

         American Journal of Health Education, Nov-Dec 2016

“Weight Matters: Health Educators’ Knowledge of Obesity and Attitudes Toward People Who Are Obese”


  • Rasberry, Catherine, PhD, MCHES

Journal of School Health, December 2016

“School-Based HIV/STD Testing Behaviors and Motivations Among Black and Hispanic Teen MSM: Results from a Formative Evaluation”



Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 0 comments
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NCHEC Ambassadors - Registration Open

NCHEC Ambassador Program is Now Open

The role of the NCHEC Ambassador is to promote the value of the CHES/MCHES credential by educating students on the importance of attesting to a national standard. Ambassadorswill promote the CHES and MCHES credentials at their respective campuses using marketing and presentation materials provided by NCHEC. 

  • Do you hold the CHES or MCHES certification?
  • Are you in a university faculty position?
  • Can you promote the value of certification among students?

If so, register today for your 2016 - 2017 Toolkit!  Read more about the Ambassador Program requirements here.  

Ambassadors will be asked to do the following:
  • Send 2-3 short email messages throughout the year to students eligible to sit for the exam (email templates will be provided).
  • Distribute NCHEC Brochures and FAQ’s.
  • Make at least one presentation (Powerpoint will be provided to you) which includes the value of CHES and MCHES certification, the history of the credentials, reasons to certify, how to apply, the benefits of the CHES/MCHES credentials, testimonials and more. The presentation kit includes a script to assist in delivering the NCHEC message.
Continuing Education Credit for each year of participation as an Ambassador will be awarded.

NCHEC expects to expand the program to every university in the country offering a health education program in the next few years.  If you are interested in becoming an NCHEC Ambassador, please fill out the form on this page and submit.  We will get your welcome materials sent out to you as soon as possible.

Ambassador Toolkit

  • A large poster describing eligibility requirement,
  • 25 copies CHES/MCHES brochures,
  • 25 copies – Why Employ a CHES/MCHES health education specialist,
  • A sign-up sheet for collecting information on program attendees,
  • A reporting form to be returned to NCHEC annually for activity tracking and CECH submission purposes,
  • A flash drive with power point presentation,
  • A copy of the Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialist – 2015,
  • A token of appreciation: CHES/MCHES water bottle.
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, December 12, 2016 | 0 comments
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What’s in an Advisor Letter? A Guide for Students

If you are registering for the CHES examination as a full-time student, an advisor letter must be submitted at some point during the application process.  Although the advisor letter is not necessary at the time of payment, it must be acquired and uploaded/mailed/emailed before the exam final deadline.

The goal of an advisor letter is to demonstrate:

  • That the applicant is enrolled in 9 or more credits (which secures the student rate)
  • When the student is expected to graduate
  • The student’s current major
  • That a faculty member has deemed the student in good standing for the exam

The letter should be drafted on letterhead by a faculty member actively involved in the student’s educational process. Its purpose is to verify that the student will be completing the necessary credits for certification and will possess a conferred degree within 90 days of taking the examination – a standard that is required for our NCCA and IAS accreditation.

Sample Advisor Letter

Don't Procrastinate

If you are hesitant to ask an advisor or faculty member for this letter... don't be!  In most cases, they will already be familiar with the concept and the purpose behind the request.  If not, you can print this sample letter and provide it as reference for your advisor.  Composing an advisor letter should only take about 5 minutes of time. Remember that it is required in order to be able to sit for the certification exam as a student.  

Don't forget to submit your official transcript along with your application or advisor letter!  

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 0 comments
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2017 NCHEC Leadership Election Results

Congratulations to the Division Board Directors who were elected to service beginning in 2017! 

Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice: Dawn Bleyenburg, Kadi Bliss, and Kelly Miller; Division Board for Professional Development: Davondra Brown; Division Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists: Kathleen Allison, Dianne Kerr, and Marietta Orlowski.

In addition, we would like to share our appreciation for the many years of service by Jim McKenzie, Miguel Perez, Chris Eisenbarth, Janice Clark, and Nicolette Powe as they complete their NHCEC terms in 2016.  A sincere thank you to all for your hard work and dedication to NCHEC and to the boards. Our organization’s success is a direct result of the many volunteer hours given by such outstanding individuals!

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, November 18, 2016 | 0 comments
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Winning Entry 2016 Essay Contest

Congratuations to Chelsea Moxlow, our 2nd Annual Essay Contest Winner for 2016!

Ms. Moxlow submitted an essay that incorporated the topic of “CHES/MCHES Certification: Where has it taken me?  Her winning essay earned her a $100 Amazon gift card as well as print/online publication.  Read her full essay below!

Honorable Mention awarded to: Debbie Barr 

Eleven CHES and MCHES submitted excellent quality essays in this competition. NCHEC highly values each submission and sends a warm thank you to all contest participants. All entries will be receiving a special Starbucks thank-you item from NCHEC in the mail!


Certification = Confidence

~Chelsea Moxlow

How has my CHES/MCHES certification influenced my career path?  In a word: confidence. 

I was certified as a CHES in 2009 and, as a new graduate, I felt I had a leg up when applying for jobs.  When a position description listed out the responsibilities, I knew I could handle the bulk, if not all, of them.  Plan a health education program? No problem.  Serve as a health education resource person?  Piece of cake.  Moreover, I walked into those interviews radiating confidence from within because I had those four little letters to back up my resume: CHES, which attested for my knowledge and skills before I even answered the first interview question. 

When I landed my dream health education/promotion job in 2013, I was able to immediately capitalize on the seven areas of responsibility by expanding the health education program that I was running for a local health department.  I took what was a very bare-bones approach and turned it into a gold standard program, from assessing needs and assets for data-driven decision making to conducting comprehensive evaluations in an effort to show positive change to stakeholders to promoting and advocating for the health education/promotion profession.  We don’t just make decisions as a means to an end anymore; we make deliberate decisions based on best practices to ensure high quality services to our clients.

I upped the ante in 2015 when I passed the MCHES exam.  My confidence in what I can do and where I can take my department grew even more.  It’s not only a benefit to me professionally (getting accepted to present at conferences and participate in research is definitely a boost to my résumé), but it also has value for my employer – a confident employee is key in health education/promotion work.  Local public health can be a fast-paced environment that demands that high-quality decisions be made every day to ensure excellence in service.  Additionally, health educators must be able to keep up with the future of health education/promotion.  For example, the similarities between the health education competencies and the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) domains made my additional duties as my department’s Accreditation Coordinator seamless (and so far successful!).  Like I said in a presentation at a professional conference, “While many professionals can do some of the things required by PHAB, health educators can do all of these things.”

My certification has taught me the importance of being a people-person grounded in evidence-based practices, which is exactly how the seven areas of responsibility are defined.  The confidence that came with that certification was the (very delicious) icing on the cake.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 2 comments
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