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How To 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 data, and encouraging healthy lifestyles,... Read More
Posted by Melissa Opp at Thursday, June 13, 2019
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EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: GatorWell Health Promotion Services

Since its inception in 1972 GatorWell has applied health promotion strategies to educate University of Florida students on health and wellness topics relevant to the college experience. The driving mission is to empower students to be both healthy and well through prevention with the assistance of a talented team of Health Promotion Specialists. GatorWell is a strong supporter of hiring staff with a CHES® or MCHES® certification behind their name, and currently has five... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, May 3, 2019
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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... Read More
Posted by Melissa Opp at Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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What Does a Health Education Specialist Do?

For those working in the field of health education and promotion, the question "what does a health education specialist do?" is often heard from friends or colleagues who might not yet have a firm concept of the professional role of the CHES ® or MCHES ® . Although the term "specialist" signifies a niche or singular role, this is truly not the case. CHES ® and MCHES ® work in many varying career sectors and carry out a multitude of tasks that require... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, April 2, 2018
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#NHEW National Health Education Week: October 16 - 20, 2017

It's that time of year.... the third week of October brings along that fall feeling AND National Health Education Week (#NHEW)!   For more than 20 years, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has celebrated NHEW, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, with the joint purpose of increasing national awareness on major public health issues and promoting a better understanding of the role of health education.  As a long-time... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, October 13, 2017
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Passion as a Practice: Why Health Education is My First Choice

Time and time again my colleagues want to know what steered me to take the CHES® exam, wondering how this certification has impacted abilities within my career and where I think it will lead me. The answer is this: every facet of my skillset, efficacy of practice and individual potential are strengthened because of continued education. To maintain CHES® certification I know I must accumulate Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH), however I believe this requirement stands for... Read More
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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