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 any of the following positions, or any position related to health education, consider learning more about Certified Health Education Specialists and their expertise:
- Health Educator
- Wellness Coordinator
- Public Information Specialist
- Outreach Coordinator
- Health Information Specialist
- Health Fundraiser and Event Planner
- Grant Writer
Certified Health Education Specialists are assets to any organization employing health education workers for a number of reasons, but here are the most commonly cited examples of the ways Certified Health Education Specialists have been able to bring more to their roles than non-certified health education professionals.
1. Certified Health Education Specialists Have Unique Skill Sets
As an employer, adding a Certified Health Education Specialist to your team means adding a health education worker who has taken the initiative to pursue additional certification and who also has real-life knowledge, planning, implementing, and advocating for health education programs and promotions.
Certified Health Education Specialists are required to demonstrate competence in each of the following seven areas of responsibility:
- Area I: Assess Needs, Resources and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
- Area II: Plan Health Education/Promotion
- Area III: Implement Health Education/Promotion
- Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
- Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
- Area VI: Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
- Area VII. Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession
“The value of a Certified Health Education Specialist is in their unique training,” said Kristin Behler, MPH, MCHES®, Director of Health Promotion and Wellness for Populytics/BeneFIT Wellness Corporation. “They bring a distinct skillset to the table, including a broad perspective on public and community health. This type of specialist training is not often found in a clinical background.”
2. CHES® Professionals are Passionate About Their Work
According to employers who dedicate time and effort into seeking out Certified Health Education Specialists during the interview process, Certified Health Education Specialists tend to be far more passionate about their work than their uncertified counterparts. Those who take the initiative to pursue elective yet strenuous certification in their field tend to go above and beyond in their roles for others as well. According to employers, Certified Health Education Specialists are also often those who are always positive, energetic, and full of ideas.
“I’ve traveled across the country to a variety of health education-related conferences over the years, and what strikes me again and again is how committed CHES® and MCHES® are to their profession, and to the basic underlying desire to help others, both at the community and individual level. It’s not just a job, it’s who they are. It’s truly inspiring.” Jessica Wessner, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
3. CHES® Professionals are Dedicated
Health education workers who have completed their Certified Health Education Specialist training and certification tend to be more dedicated professionals. Their dedication to their craft is proven through their efforts to combine their knowledge and expertise with as much professional development as possible, and according to employers who’ve hired Certified Health Education Specialists, these workers tend to be more dedicated to their individual roles, exhibit a desire to work well with others, demonstrate leadership capabilities and responsibility, take initiative, and have a basic underlying desire to improve the lives of those around them.
“We know that CHES®/MCHES® individuals have the required level of competency as well as the dedication and drive to pursue continuing education to keep them at the forefront of their profession.” Kelly Brennan, M.Ed., MCHES®, CIC, CCP, Director of Health Education and Consulting for Geneia
How do I become a Certified Health Education Specialist?
We’ve discussed the benefits of hiring a Certified Health Education Specialist, but what does becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist mean for you? The advantages of pursuing certification for health education specialists are the same reasons employers benefit from hiring certified health workers. As employees who are dedicated enough to their profession to pursue additional training and certification, the value of Certified Health Education Specialists cannot be overstated. Interested in becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist? Here are a few more resources you may find helpful.
How to Market Your CHES® Certification for a Job Interview
Employers who Hire/Recognize CHES® and MCHES®
CPH vs CHES® Certification
Guide to Health Education Careers