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Calling all 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).
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, November 8, 2018

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

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.



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

Press Release: NCHEC Launches Health Education and Promotion Program Directory (HEPPD)

NCHEC Launches Health Education and Promotion Program Directory (HEPPD)

WHITEHALL, Pa. October 15, 2018 — The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) has developed and launched the Health Education and Promotion Program Directory (HEPPD) which serves as a centralized source of information regarding institutions of higher education that offer undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in Health Education and Promotion.

 “NCHEC leadership felt strongly that there should be at least one central source where information about Health Education and Promotion professional preparation programs can be found.   The directory will be helpful to prospective students, practitioners, faculty, and employers to locate programs.” said Dr. Kerry Redican, PhD, CHES®, Chair of the NCHEC Board of Commissioners. “In addition, as it is a web-based system, the directory can be edited at any point thereafter, and any changes to program information can be made quickly by a university department chair.”

The HEPPD includes the university/college name and department, majors, degrees and concentrations offered that pertain to Health Education and Promotion, a brief summary of the program, and any accreditations.   A few items to note regarding the HEPPD (1) there is no cost to entering program data nor for access to the directory and; (2) a program listing in the HEPPD does not indicate automatic qualification for students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination.  Individual transcripts will still need to be reviewed to determine exam eligibility.  NCHEC does not pre-approve university programs.

“We are very pleased to offer this important online resource to the Health Education and Promotion Profession,” said Linda Lysoby, MS, CAE, MCHES®, NCHEC Executive Director.  “It is our hope various stakeholders find it useful when needing to access program information.”

To view the HEPPD visit



Established in 1988, NCHEC is the only accredited U.S. certifying agency for the health education/promotion industry. NCHEC is a highly recognized and well respected credentialing organization administering two professional credentialing programs including the CHES®, designed for entry-level health education specialists, and the MCHES®, targeted to advanced-level practitioners. For more information about NCHEC’s certification programs, visit
Posted by Melissa Opp at Monday, October 15, 2018

National Health Education Week (#NHEW) is October 15-19, 2018

2018 National Health Week Schedule

Each year, the Society for Public Health Education partners with the Department of Health and Human Services to host National Health Education Week. This year’s event will take place from October 15-19 and will feature activities and workshops beneficial for health education specialists working in a variety of industries. This year’s event will also include workshops and events for specific healthcare industry sectors and special interests topics on issues such as gun violence, technology trends in healthcare, and more.

Monday, October 15 - Advocacy: The Public Health Impact of Gun Violence on Society

As the leading cause of premature death in the United States, gun violence is becoming an issue public policy makers and health education specialists are increasingly more aware of. Join industry leaders as they discuss the implications of gun violence on society and the possible causes of why the United States experiences some of the highest rates of mass shootings and gun violence in the world.

Tuesday, October 16 - Health Equity: The Impact of Inequality Affects All of Us

Everyone deserves the chance to lead a healthy life, regardless of where they were born or what race they identify with. On Tuesday, join us for a discussion on the Health Equity and Accountability Act and the implications of equality among socio-economic backgrounds in healthcare. Learn more about the advantages of healthcare equality on society as we seek to help public policy leaders and healthcare workers understand the importance of advocating for programs that benefit every individual.

Wednesday, October 17 - Emerging Trends in School Health

If you’re a school health educator or advocate, you’ll want to join us on Wednesday to learn more about the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model which highlights the importance of health care services in schools. Learn more about the Center for Disease Controls’ Virtual Health School that serves as an example of how schools can implement beneficial healthcare systems and services, and discover how the latest in e-cigarette technology targets adolescents with a variety of flavors and discreet components. Explore the possible reasons behind why more children and teens are using flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products, and learn more about steps health education specialists can take to help children and adults understand the dangers of tobacco use and nicotine.

Thursday, October 18 - Technology Impact on Health: The Emergence of Mobile Healthcare and Technology

Just how effective are wearable health devices, and what are their effects on healthcare? Join members of the American Journal of Managed Care as they discuss the importance of patient-driven and patient-gathered data points in the ability of providers to create a more comprehensive understanding of patients and their conditions in order to make more educated decisions on treatment options.

Friday, October 19 - The Impact on Environmental Health

Learn more about the dangers of illnesses that can be contracted through public water systems and recreational facilities, including gastroenteritis, hepatitis, respiratory viruses, and other conditions. Discover steps coastal communities and recreational facilities can take to test public pools, oceans, rivers, and lakes for dangerous bacteria and viruses. Health education specialists will also have the opportunity to learn more about the dangers of poor air quality systems in schools and how high rates of asthma are being contributed to a steady increase in environmental dangers such as air pollution.

Who is National Health Education Week for?

Programs such as National Health Education Week serve to provide health education specialists with tools and information they need to create better communities, better hospitals, better schools, and better businesses that provide equal healthcare opportunities and programs for all. National Health Education Week also serves to spotlight important topics in society that impact healthcare and healthcare programs.

What is a Health Education Specialist?

Health education specialists are professional health advocates who work to create and manage programs and partnerships that support healthy living initiatives, healthcare programs, and more. From the creation of free clinics offered by health departments and schools that help individuals cease smoking to helping fund the opening of public parks and recreational facilities, health education specialists are involved in the day-to-day aspects of many private and public sectors.

Health Education Specialists Create Better Communities

One of the main roles of health education specialists is the evaluation of what health programs and services are needed and which are currently working. That community-wide health initiative that led to the creation of new public parks and outdoor fitness equipment? A health education specialist was active in the fruition of that important public service. The free yoga classes offered at the senior center? A health education specialists may be to thank.

Whether it’s working with public policy makers to fund and create public health programs and services or working for private universities, healthcare facilities, and businesses to create healthy workplaces and schools for employees and students alike, health education specialists are an essential part of making healthcare accessible by all individuals, regardless of socio-economic background.

Where Do Health Education Specialists Work?

Health education specialists work in a variety of organizations and industries to promote healthy living and wellness initiatives for both public and private sectors. Some of the organizations that typically employ health education specialists include:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Healthcare Clinics
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Public Health Departments
  • Government Organizations
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Religious Organizations
  • Businesses

What is a Certified Health Education Specialist?

Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) are health education specialists certified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing who have completed additional training in the field of health education and research. In addition to successfully passing a competency-based exam based on the Seven Areas of Responsibility, Certified Health Education Specialists must also demonstrate efficiency and experience in the health education industry and agree to an ongoing commitment to continuing education. To learn more about eligibility requirements for becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist, visit NCHEC’s website.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 OUTSTANDING Service & Leadership Award: Open

It's that time of year again! NCHEC is excited to announce our 3rd annual Oustanding Service & Leadership Award for professionals and organizations active in the field of health education and promotion. Read about last year's winners for ideas and inspiration!  THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION IS DECEMBER 15th, 2018.

Fill Out the 2018 Application Online.


MD Anderson, 2016 Organizational Winner, Service & Leadership Award

The Society for Public Health Education, 2017 Winner: Organizational Category

Do you: 

  • initiate programs that produce a community-wide or state/national impact?
  • promote the CHES® or MCHES® credential within your organization?
  • advance the profession of health education/promotion?

Does your organization:

  • value the certification of CHES® and MCHES® on staff?
  • implement programs or policies that promote the role of certified health education specialists?
  • use the professional knowledge of CHES® or MCHES® to implement programs benefiting the health and welfare of communities/popluations?
  • support the continuing competency/education of staff?  

NCHEC has developed the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award program to recognize CHES® and MCHES® certified individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the health education profession. Organizations employing CHES® and/or MCHES® certified individuals to promote and advance the profession are also eligible to apply for the award.

Individuals applying for the award must hold current active or retired CHES® or MCHES® certifications at the time of application and remain in active or retired status through March of 2018.  In 2018, there will be two indiviudal categories for this award:  Emerging Profession (<5 years) or Establish Professional (>5 years).

Organizations applying can include, but are not limited to, state and local health departments, insurance companies, hospitals and health care providers, universities and/or schools. The person applying from the organization does not need be a CHES®/MCHES®, but the organization must have CHES® and/or MCHES® on staff.

The winning applicant will receive recognition by NCHEC, a commemorative plaque displaying the distinction, as well as a feature in NCHEC’s print bulletin, press releases, and social media sites.

Dr. Mary Brown, 2017 Winner, Individual Category


Click here to view the Nomination Form for the Outstanding Service & Leadership Award.  If you have questions, please
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, October 1, 2018
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