Four outstanding students were selected by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) to receive registration fees and study materials for the October 2022 CHES® examination
The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., (NCHEC) has announced the names of four recipients for the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship for the October 2022 CHES® examination. This award, first instituted in 2019, is designed to assist full-time undergraduate or graduate students with the fees associated with the examination. Applicants for this award were to demonstrate both financial need and a passion for their chosen field of Health Education and Promotion during their academic careers. NCHEC sponsors this scholarship opportunity, offered twice yearly, and the awards process is administered by the Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (SOPHE) Awards Committee.
The names of the October 2022 scholarship recipients are: Kaleigh Bryan; Katelyn Brown; Meagan Echevarria; and Aishwarya Potluri.
Kaleigh Bryan is a recent graduate from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in public health with a concentration in community health and a minor in sociology. She begins her career as a care services coordinator at the ALS Association’s Arizona Chapter this month..
“The CHES® certification will assist me to provide quality care to better the health of the community. Through preparing for this exam, I have learned how to plan, implement, and evaluate health education materials to offer the community. This certification stands for more than what I have learned – it shows how seriously I take my job as a health educator and promoter. Everything I do is for my community and for the legacy of my mom- a woman who worked endlessly to better her community too.”
Katelyn Brown is a senior community health student at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She is an active volunteer serving in various capacities with Impact Retreat, Sisterhood of Aggie Mentors, Texas Runners Against Cancer, and CHI St. Joseph’s Hospital Systems. Currently, Katelyn is an intern with Texas A&M’s Living Well Team.
“My certification as a health education specialist supports my experiences and knowledge to walk alongside clients to improve their overall well-being through maintenance or prevention plans. Also, the experience I've gained through my coursework and through my internship with Living Well sets the bar for gaining other certifications.”
Meagan Echevarria is a study administrator in the Department of Outcomes Research at City of Hope in Duarte, California. She helped to develop and launch several studies focused on understanding the late effects of cancer treatment and conducted a program evaluation of the vaccination clinic. Megan is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.
“Earning a Certified Health Education Specialist credential would exemplify my mastery of health promotion and education in the community benefit space. Furthermore, following my mentors' advice, I’m pursuing this credential to open career opportunities within my institution to allow me to continue the work I had begun during my master's program.”
Aishwarya Potluri is a dentist and currently a doctoral candidate at Georgia Southern University in Statesville, Georgia. She is a teaching assistant at the university with an interest in refugee health in communities and bringing change in underserved communities using health education as a tool. Aishwarya received her master’s degree in healthcare administration from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
“I believe that providing evidence-based advocacy through research and partnerships would help me succeed in my career to improve communities one at a time. Taking the CHES exam with the help of the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship is a huge step for me to achieve my goal of eliminating health disparities and inequities locally and globally through public health education.”
The Helen P. Cleary Scholarship launched in March of 2019, and continues on a bi-annual basis. The next application period for the Helen P. Scholarship will run from September 19-23, 2022, for the April 2023 CHES® examination. For more information about the Helen P. Cleary Scholarship, please visit www.nchec.org/scholarships, or www.sophe.org.
Established in 1988, NCHEC is the only accredited U.S. certifying agency for the health education/promotion industry. NCHEC is a highly recognized and well respected non-profit credentialing organization administering two professional credentialing programs including the CHES®, designed for entry-level health education specialists, and the MCHES®, targeted to advanced-level practitioners. For more information about NCHEC’s certification programs, visit www.nchec.org.
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a 501 (c)(3) professional organization founded in 1950 to support leaders in health education and promotion to advance healthy and equitable communities across the globe. SOPHE contributes to the health of all people and the elimination of health disparities through advances in health education theory and research; excellence in professional preparation and practice; and advocacy for public policies conducive to health. For more information, see www.sophe.org.