NCHEC is working with other leaders in the Health Education
profession to examine major challenges of advancing health education specialist
in ACA implementation. The Patient Protection and Affordable
Care Act (ACA) of 2010 created a roadmap for exciting new opportunities in
primary prevention and chronic disease management service delivery systems.
Health education specialists
are well positioned to contribute to ACA’s goals of improving quality,
controlling health care costs, and improved population health. However,
challenges exist in terms of widespread recognition of the health education
specialist as a distinct occupational classification and their capacities.
On May 21, 2015, a dozen
leaders from NCHEC, the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), and the
American Public Health Association’s Public Health Education & Health
Promotion Section (APHA-PHEHP) met in Washington, DC to examine the major challenges of advancing health education
specialists (HES) in ACA implementation.
Click here to read the meeting