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Community Health Improvement Week 2017 - Profiles

It’s #CHIweek! From June 4 – 10, 2017 we will nationally celebrate the value of community health professionals for their dedication to passionately improving the health of the communities that they serve. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing would like to recognize our CHES® and MCHES®-certified individuals practicing in the field of community and population health.  These certifications are essential tools in effective community benefits programs and population health efforts!

Gina Smith, MA, CHES®, Community Health Improvement Coordinator, is a practicing Certified Health Education Specialist with Yale New Haven Hospital who focuses on community-based health screenings to at-risk populations.  Gina recently presented her findings at the 2017 ACHI Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Meet Chesley Cheatham, MCHES®, Manager of Community Outreach for Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Chesley works to complete Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) and subsequent implementation strategies.  Chesley notes that she uses her MCHES® skills in her day-to-day efforts.  She also completes voluntary service on the NCHEC Board of Commissioners and is the Director of the Division Board for Professional Development, supporting efforts to enhance the Health Education Specialist certifications!

As a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), Nancy Clifton-Hawkins advocates daily for community health and health awareness.   As the Manager for the City of Hope Department of Community Benefit, in Duarte, CA, Nancy focuses her energies on addressing the needs in the local vulnerable community.   Currently she is supporting the planning and implementation of a prostate cancer awareness campaign in the local  African American churches as well as conducting  health needs assessments and their accompanying implementation strategies.   Nancy is an elected member of the NCHEC Board of Commissioners. 

Meet CHES® Angie Bailey, from Southern Illinois Healthcare. As manager of her Community Benefits Department, Angie conducts needs assessments for three hospital healthcare systems and implements plans to address social determinants and priority health issues. The community benefits department provides education and PSE in schools, community, and faith communities. Thank you for your excellent work in community health as a certified health education specialist!

Community health improvement week is a national event that raises awareness, demonstrates impact and celebrates the individuals and organizations that work to improve the determinants of health in their communities. Congratulations to these outstanding CHES® and MCHES® for their hard work and dedication to the profession!


Posted by Jessica Wessner at 15:50

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