How To Become a Health Education Specialist

How do you become a health education specialist? The U.S. Department of Labor defines health educators as those that provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Health educators, also known as health education specialists, are active in communities large and small across the United States addressing needs for health education programs, planning effective programs, analyzing community... Read More
Posted by Melissa Opp at Thursday, June 25, 2020
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3 Ways to Use NCHEC’s Health Education and Promotion Program Directory (HEPPD)

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. VIEW THE HEPPD DIRECTORY  → 1. Find the Right Health-Related Undergraduate Program For You The HEPPD... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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NCHEC Seeks Public Member Applicant for the Board of Commissioners

The National Commissioner for Health Education Credentialing is currently seeking nominations to fill an open position as the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Public Member, with a three-year term beginning in January, 2021.  NCHEC Public Member applicants cannot be associated with the health education and promotion field, in order to maintain an impartial, outside view of the organization's internal processes. Public Members cannot be a(an): current or previous member of the... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, June 22, 2020
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CE Corner: How to Find Free Credits and Maintain Your CHES®/MCHES® Online

After obtaining your CHES® or MCHES® certification, your focus will shift from exam mode into the maintenance of your certification. One of the biggest questions NCHEC receives is “How do I meet my Continuing Education requirements easily and affordably?” As many conferences have transitioned to virtual or have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finding continuing education credits online is more important than ever. One convenient and affordable way to get... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, June 18, 2020
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Spotlight on COVID-19: An Interview with Shawn T. Moore, CHES®

"COVID-19 has presented a unique opportunity for health education. Now more than ever, people are aware of the need for preventative health and wellness. From the individual perspective to emergency health preparedness… this opportunity will allow for health educators to gain public trust and will fuel community efforts for positive change."   NCHEC: What is your current job title and where do you work? Shawn: I am an Integrative Health Practitioner,... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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Spotlight on COVID-19: An Interview with Dr. Tapati Dutta, MCHES®, Fort Lewis College

Tapati Dutta, PhD, MCHES®, is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Fort Lewis College (FLC) is a Native American-serving Non-Tribal institution and lies within the Rocky Mountain Region. FLC’s students are from rural and reservation areas representing diverse population groups. What is your area of expertise?  My taught courses cover the intersecting areas of global health disparities, health systems and policies, community... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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COVID-19 Spotlight: An Interview with Career and Life Coach: Kyle Elliot, MPA, CHES®

CHES® Career Profile: Career and Life Coach Have you ever struggled to feel as though you know which direction to take regarding life choices? Are you feeling discontent in your current career or attempting to determine which career path you would like to take? Working with a life coach or career coach can provide you with the support, guidance, and direction you need to take the next step.  Career and life coaches are an essential component of the health education... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, June 8, 2020
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Spotlight on COVID-19: An Interview with Saharra Dixon, MA, CHES®

My name is Saharra Dixon and I am a CHES® and Community-engaged Theatre Artist. As a Health Educator, my main area of practice is using the arts in health and theatre to promote health education. I received my BS in Health Behavior Science and Public Health from University of Delaware and my MA in Applied Theatre from NYU. Currently, I also work as a Sexual Health Educator at CAMBA, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY and I recently picked up some part-time work as a Lead Investigation Specialist with... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, June 5, 2020
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COVID-19 Spotlight: Dawn Snyder, MPH, CHES®, Prevention Manager

CHES® Career Profile: Prevention Manager Many practicing CHES® and MCHES® currently find their specialist abilities shining more than ever as they pivot their skills to adjust to the changing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dawn Snyder, a Prevention Manager for Broward House of Florida , has put her CHES® competencies to work through an amazing endeavor - a drive-thru coronavirus antibody-testing site in Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida. We... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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COVID Spotlight: Kaitlin Cartoccio, MCHES®, Community Programs Coordinator, Bernards Township Health Department, New Jersey

MCHES® Career Profile & COVID Spotlight: Community Programs Coordinator Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly evident to the public just how critical the role of our nation’s health education specialists has become. NCHEC is extremely proud of the many health CHES® and MCHES® who serve as essential personnel in the continual fight against this global pandemic. They have assumed critical roles in the identification, control,... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, June 1, 2020
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