The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) would like to highlight articles recently released in a special edition of the American Journal of Health Education (AJHE), Making the Case for Health Education with an Emphasis on Updated NCHEC Responsibilities and Competencies. For this special issue, Editor in Chief, Dr. James Eddy, sought submissions in the role of the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) in the design, implementation, and the evaluation of health education and health promotion programs. The call for manuscripts was announced in April 2020 and articles were submitted by July 2020.
“I applaud Dr. Eddy at AJHE for dedicating a special issue that emphasizes the work of health education specialists using the Competencies,” said Linda Lysoby, NCHEC Executive Director. “I encourage all Certified Health Education Specialists to seek publication of their incredible and important work, in particular to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic. Publication in peer-reviewed journals will assist in the advancement our profession and will serve to highlight our Areas of Responsibility.”
This special issue consists of six commentary and three research articles that discuss and highlight the work of health education specialists, with an emphasis on work centered on the Areas of Responsibilities, Competencies, and Sub-competencies for health education specialists. The articles in the issue highlight Competency-based work of health education specialists in a variety of facets, including a commentary on the founding vision of NCHEC, as well as research and evidence-based recommendations on specialized topics, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and HPV vaccine beliefs among various populations. The special issue allows readers to examine how the work of health education specialists is grounded in the context of the Areas of Responsibility.
“Since 2020, authors of articles published in AJHE have been asked to provide, in the Translation to Health Education Practice Section of the manuscript, information on how their study articulates with NCHEC Responsibilities, Competencies and Sub-competencies,” said Dr. Eddy. “The Editorial Board of AJHE, SHAPE America and I firmly believe that this integration of NCHEC Responsibilities, Competencies and Sub-competencies into each manuscript enables the reader to clearly conceptualize best process and best practice in Health Education.”
The publisher of AJHE, Taylor and Francis, has allowed open access for this special issue. The issue can be viewed here. The articles are also available through SHAPE America for members and non-members to earn continuing education contact hours for self-study, at a cost of $5. To purchase and complete the self-study for continuing education contact hours, please log in or create an account with the SHAPE America Online Institute here.