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NCHEC Conference Schedule 2018

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at these upcoming National conferences across the country. Let your employer know that continuing professional development and networking is key to an organziational success!

Conference Schedule 2018
Organization Details Dates Location
 Society for Public   Health Education     (SOPHE)  April 4-6, 2018  Columbus, OH
 American College   Health Association   (ACHA)  May 29-June   2, 2018  Washington,   DC 
 National   Assoication of   County & City   Health Officials   (NACCHO)  July 10-12,   2018  New Orleans,   LA
 American School   Health Association  October 4-6,   2018  Indianapolis, IN
 American Public  Health Association  November 10- 14, 2018  San Diego, CA
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 0 comments
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NCHEC Announces 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award Winners

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) has announced the results of the 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award in recognition of one individual and two organizations displaying exemplary commitment to the advancement of the Health Education Profession and of the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) credentials.  The NCHEC Outstanding Service and Leadership Award was first instituted in 2016 to highlight career achievements in the implementation of programs and policies that promote the role of certified health education specialists within communities, populations, and/or organizational structure.

Dr. Mary V. Brown, PhD, MCHES®, was selected as the award winner in the individual category for her significant commitment as an advocate for the profession of Health Education and Promotion, and for being a valuable resource to students entering the field, a champion of communities, and a strong supporter of the CHES® and MCHES® certifications. As Chair of her Department at Utah Valley University, Dr. Brown continues to promote NCHEC credentialing through professional development, CHES® preparation classes and study sessions, and curriculum development that meets the Areas of Responsibility, Competencies, and Sub-competencies that provide the foundation for the CHES® and MCHES® certification exams. Dr. Brown received glowing endorsement by the President of the Utah Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (USOPHE) as well as the Utah County Health Department, and has served as a community volunteer with the Utah Public Health Association, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and within her own county.

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award winner in the organizational category. NCHEC was pleased to recognize SOPHE’s significant commitment to Health Education and Promotion through the implementation of programs and policies in support of the Certified Health Education S pecialist and the profession as a whole.  In 2017 alone, SOPHE provided more than 35 webinars with approximately 2,000 attendees, many in collaboration with national public/private organizations.  SOPHE's outstanding 2017 CHES resolution advocates that all positions with primary health education responsibilities require CHES® or MCHES® and has supported advocacy initiatives in Washington D.C. and beyond. In addition, CEO Elaine Auld authored a paper for the Health Promotion & Practice journal publication detailing the important role of CHES® professionals in health care reform. It is notable that each staff member at SOPHE has a professional development budget to support maintenance of their CHES®/MCHES® credential or earning CHES® competencies. 

Populytics/BeneFIT Corporate Wellness was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership award winner in the employer/organizational category.  The company was recognized for its significant commitment to the profession through the implementation of supportive organizational programs and policies, a core foundational focus on continuing professional development, and the continued advancement of its staff members who hold the CHES® or MCHES® certifications. BeneFIT’s organizational mission is to provide high-value health promotion and strategic wellness solutions for sustainable employee health behaviors and healthy worksite cultures. During the hiring process, the organization indicates the following job application requirement: “CHES® (Certified Health Education Specialist) or MCHES® required or must obtain CHES® within one year.” The company compensates for exam fees, renewal/recertification and continuing education opportunities. Populytics' BeneFIT Corporate Wellness services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lehigh Valley Health Network, and provides programming ranging from individualized health coaching, health fairs and screenings, to specialty services.

The 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award proved to be a great success, and has provided an opportunity to highlight the career and industry achievements made by these individuals and organizations to others in the profession of Health Education and Promotion.  NCHEC will be announcing the opening of nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award later this year. 

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 0 comments
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Curricular Mapping of Health Education Courses with HESPA Competencies and Sub-competencies

In this live "how-to" session, faculty can learn about aligning university coursework with the latest Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis Competencies and Sub-competencies: Thursday, Feb. 8th, 12-1 pm EST. Representatives from Truman State, Governors State, Virginia Tech, and Austin Peay will provide examples.

Register here.

Session Objectives:
1. Describe the steps in conducting a complete HESPA curriculum mapping process
2. Identify the need for curricular mapping using HESPA Competencies and Sub-competencies to create curricular improvements and changes
3. Discuss the importance of the HESPA model for professional preparation and practice

Registration has been expanded due to the volume of interest in this webinar. 

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, February 2, 2018 | 0 comments
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SOPHE 2018 – Join Us in Columbus This Spring!

NCHEC will be joining a diverse group of health education and health promotion professionals in Columbus, Ohio at the SOPHE 69th Annual Meeting on April 4-6th, 2018.  The conference will focus on the impact of health education, including innovations, partnerships and programs. This scientific conference will expand the knowledge capital and skills of our health promotion workforce. Let your employer know that this form of professional development is one of the most powerful and promising investments for effective practice and research in 2018 and beyond.

Conference Highlights will include:


Don’t forget to register for the 3rd annual CHES® and MCHES® Complimentary Breakfast event when you complete your SOPHE conference registration. The breakfast is open to those maintaining an active CHES® or MCHES® certification, and is a positive way to kick off the conference with some professional and personal networking, as well as the latest news and events from NCHEC staff and board members. There is a lot happening in 2018, and we’d love to share it with you, as well as fuel your first session with a healthy breakfast! The breakfast will be held on Thursday, April 4th from 8:15-9:15 am.


SOPHE 2018 will offer a wide variety of sessions that go well beyond the standard oral presentation sessions.  There will be three models for sessions: IGNITE: Quick, inspiring presentations that will spark discussions; ROUNDTABLE: Small group presentations that allow for collaboration and discussion focused on issues related to health education; SKILL BUILDING: Skills-based workshop style learning sessions; and DEEP DIVE: Interactive, deep dive, advanced-level sessions with experts focused on Evaluation; Health Equity and Justice; and Opioids and HIV.  


Plan to visit NCHEC’s exhibit both to network, learn about programs and initiatives, and get the latest swag.  Many other exhibitors from the industry will be present as well.


Earn more than a quarter of your 5-year CHES® recertification CECH’s in just 2 ½ days! Administrative fees for continuing education are included in the conference registration fees. 

Other conference highlights: 

  • STUDENT WORKSHOP.  This special session is geared toward students and new professionals. The focus will be on activities and skill building that you will need to enter and sustain a successful career.
  • POSTER PROMENADE.  In addition to the many concurrent presentations each day, SOPE also provides the opportunity for you to view over 150 invited poster presentations, and speak to the authors. Each conference day, SOPHE will highlight a small number of posters that will be available for CE credit, during the Poster Promenade.
  • AWARDS CEREMONY.  The SOPHE 2018 Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on Thursday, April 5th. Attend to hear the impact that individuals are making in the field.  

    REGISTER TODAY on SOPHE's website and don't miss out on the amazing professional opportunities available at this conference.  We'd love to see you there!

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 0 comments
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The Difference Between "Certification" and "Certificate"

The nationally and internationally accredited Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Master Certified Health Education (MCHES®) certifications are measures of professional competence of the health education workforce. Both certifications have three components: health education professional preparation, passing a certification examination, and then maintaining continuing education requirements.  Recently, a number of assessment-based certificate programs in health education/promotion and related areas have emerged across practice settings. These programs range from certificates offered in health or wellness coaching to tobacco specialist, wellness specialist, or prevention specialist, among several others.    Many of these programs are advertised as a “certification” program, but are essentially an “assessment-based certificate” program. 

As more of these programs become available, it is important for the public to be able to distinguish between assessment-based certificate programs and quality professional certification programs. 

The Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s (ICE) document Defining Features of Quality Certification and Assessment-based Certificate Programs highlights the similarities and differences between quality certification and assessment-based certificate programs.  This document, which can be found on the ICE Website focuses on 12 key aspects of certification and assessment-based certificate programs

Some key distinctions between the two programs are illustrated below.

Reference:  Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), Defining Features of Quality Certification and Assessment-based Certificate Programs, 2010.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, December 28, 2017 | 0 comments
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NCHEC Ambassadors 2016-2017: Thank you for your Service

In 2016, the Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice (DBPPP) launched the NCHEC Ambassador program to facilitate communication between university health education programs and the NCHEC organization. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the participating Ambassadors worked to promote the value of certification as a CHES® or MCHES®, and the importance of credentialing to the profession.  These Ambassadors have played a vital role in supplying students in their departments with information about the discipline-specific certification that can help to differentiate them as candidates in the job market upon graduation.

NCHEC Ambassador Dr. Mindy Menn, University of Central Arkansas, displays CHES® and MCHES® information in her hallway.Ambassador eligibility is based on a number of factors including possessing an active CHES®/MCHES® credential and representing a campus with an expanding number of exam applicants.  All Ambassadors receive toolkits including promos and presentation materials to assist with messaging. Ambassadors are eligible to receive (1) continuing education credit per year of participation.

For more information on becoming an NCHEC Ambassador, contact Cynthia Narh, MCHES®,
NCHEC wishes to extend a warm thank you to the following NCHEC Ambassadors for participating in the 2016-2017 academic year:

Ada Santaferra Martinez


Kathleen Allison

Lock Haven University

Alan D. Rowan

Florida State University

Katy Maxemow

Indian River State College

Alyssa Lederer

Tulane University

Keely Rees

University of Wisconsin

Amanda Lynch

University of Cincinnati

Kelly Parsley

Carroll College

Amar Kanekar

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Kerry John Redican

Virginia Tech

Amy Sidwell

Fairmont State University

Kiameesha Evans

Monmouth University

Angela Bailey

Bridgewater State University

Kim Kato

Walden University

Anna Nelson

Loma Linda University

Kimberly Price

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Antonio J. Gardner

Mississippi State University

Kirsten Rodgers

Georgia College and State University

Ashley Monson

Wisconsin Public Health Association

Larry Olsen

A.T. Still University

Barry Brock

Barry University

Leigh Elizabeth Szucs

Texas A&M University

Bethany Kies

Colorado State University

Leslie Crocker

Virginia State University

Bojana Beric-Stojsic

Long Island University

Lisa Beck

Ball State University

Brittny Bratcher

Texas Southern University

Manuella B. Crawley

Cleveland State University

Brittny Bratcher

University of Texas at Austin

Marcilyn Colón Colón

UPR Medical Sciences Campus

Caile E. Spear

Boise State University

Mardie Burckes-Miller

Plymouth State University 

Carla Janae Brown

Arizona State University

Marshae McNeal

Louisiana State University

Carolyn Rodgers

Governors State University

Megha Madan

Emory University

Carrie Rosario

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Melissa Book McAlexander

Notre Dame de Namur University

Chandrika Johnson

Fayetteville State University

Melva Thompson-Robinson

University of Nevada

Chantal Matthews

Old Dominion University

Michael VanGossen

McNeese State University

Charity Bishop

Indiana University

Michelle L Cathorall

Southern Illinois University

Chinwe O. Okeke

Concordia College

Micki Hrncir

Arizona State University

Chris Eisenbarth

Weber State University

Mindy Menn

Texas Woman's University

Chris Hirschler

Monmouth University

Monae Byrne

Metropolitan State University

Christine Cortalano

Icahn School of Medicine

Pam Hoalt

Malone University

Craig Demmer

Lehman College

Patricia Frye

Jackson State Univsity

Crystal Moseley

Lincoln University

Patricia Rhynders

Trident  University

D. Randy  Black

Purdue University

Patsy Barrington

University of West Florida

Danna Ethan

Lehman College

Paula Walker King

Columbus State University

Darleen Peterson

Claremont Graduate University

Pouran Faghri

University of Connecticut

Darson Rhodes

The College at Brockport

Rachel Abbott

Georgia Southwestern State University

Deborah Fortune

North Carolina Central University

Rebecca Foco

University of Massachusetts

Debra L. Fetherman

The University of Scranton

Regina Knox

West Central Alabama Area Health Education Center

Deneen Long-White

Salisbury University

Robert Clegg

California Health Sciences University

Eileen McDonald

Johns Hopkins Bloomburg SPH

Robert E. Braun

Otterbein University

Emily R Bes

The  University of Southern Mississippi

Ronald Black Jr


Emily Wilson

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Sandra Minor Bulmer

Southern Connecticut State University

GinaMarie Piane

National University

Sara Fehr

Texas A&M University

Glendola Mills

Morgan State University

Sara S Plaspohl

Armstrong University

Helen Hopp Marshak

Loma Linda University

Spencer L. Willis, Jr.

Texas A&M University

Holly T. Moses

University of Florida

Starr Eaddy

St. Francis College

Irene Pintado

Mississippi University for Women

Sue Forster-Cox

New Mexico State University

J. Sunshine Cowan

University of Central Oklahoma

Thomas M. Davis

University of Northern Iowa

Janea L Snyder

University of Arkansas

Toby R Levin

Monroe College

Janice L. Clark

Truman State University

Wendy Ramirez

California State University

Jennifer L. Tripken

Marymount University

Wynn  Gillan

Southeastern Louisiana University

Jill Lassiter

Bridgewater College

Yuba Gautam

Northern Michigan University

Joanne  Sommers

Bowling Green State University



Kate Hendricks Thomas

Charleston Southern University



Posted by Jessica Wessner at Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 0 comments
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