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How to Use In-Person Opportunities to Maintain Your CHES®/MCHES® Certification

Guest Contributors: Davondra Brown, M.Ed., MCHES® and Brittany Chambers, MPH, MCHES®

In-Person CHES®/MCHES®  Continuing Education Options

There are a plethora of ways to meet the CHES®/MCHES® continuing education requirements, specifically through online providers conveniently found on NCHEC’s website. Although we live in a digital era where online opportunities are plentiful, an additional option to obtain Continuing Education Credit Hours (CECH) is attending in-person conferences. These professional meetings typically cover a variety of topics and allow attendees the opportunity to select topics that are most pertinent to their careers. 


Advantages of Attending Continuing Education Opportunities In Person 

Professional meetings provide an experience that may be more conducive to learning complex health education material. For topics that need a more comprehensive approach to the subject matter, an in-person setting allows a dynamic opportunity for the attendee to ask questions in real-time and get immediate feedback from peers and presenters. 

Another benefit of in-person meetings is that they tend to focus on one main theme. A significant amount of information is presented from a variety of angles and perspectives. This fosters a comprehensive understanding of the subject and helps in developing one’s professional view point. 

NCHEC’s CHES® and MCHES® Appreciation Breakfast

Attending a conference also helps health education specialists stay abreast of the latest developments and best practices in the field. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) annual conference is another great in-person opportunity, and also provides CECH for CHES® and MCHES®. In addition, NCHEC sponsors a breakfast specifically for credential-holders, which is a bonus layer of comradery and fun. 

READ MORE: 2017 CHES® and MCHES® Breakfast Appreciation Highlights

2019 Society for Public Health Education Advocacy Summit

For instance, the 2019 Society for Public Health Education’s Advocacy Summit chose the Opioid Epidemic as a main theme.  For the first two days, there were informational plenaries and breakout sessions, while the last day was jam-packed with visits to Congress. Thoughts and opinions were framed by the presentations of real-life experiences, data and analysis, and then were advocated for through dialogue and interpersonal conversations. Talk about professional development!

LEARN MORE: 2020 Annual SOPHE Conference


Where to Find In Person NCHEC Continuing Education Opportunities

There are a number of professional meetings for certified health education specialists to choose from. For example, the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual meeting is the largest yearly gathering of public health professionals and is a registered Category I Provider of CHES® and MCHES® CECH. Because of the large number of attendees and the nature of the content, it allows for networking and immediate connections with other CHES®/MCHES®

READ MORE: How to Easily Find Credits to Maintain Your CHES®/MCHES® Certification Online


How to Find NCHEC Events

To find upcoming in-person events to attend, visit the NCHEC Credit Activities page and under the ‘Event Type’ you can choose ‘Conference/Workshop/Seminar’. To optimize use of the page, you can also select multiple options at once to target exact needs (e.g. state, date range, etc.).  


Can I submit an event for approval for NCHEC CECH?

If a professional meeting has not been pre-approved by NCHEC, the good news is that it can still be submitted for review and potentially accepted as Category II credits. For current CHES®/MCHES®, there is a portal on the site for the self-submission of non-preapproved continuing education contact hours. Read more about how to submit Category II hours

How to Submit Events for NCHEC CECH Approval

To claim CECH in Category II, you need to record the program information and how the activity relates to the Areas of Responsibility and/or advanced-level sub-competencies. As a reminder, a maximum of 30 Category II CECH may be accumulated within each 5-year recertification period.

Health Education Professionals Conference Schedule 2020





Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

March 17 - 20, 2020

Atlanta, GA

IHA Health Literacy

May 13 - 15, 2020

Costa Mesa, CA

American College Health Association (ACHA)

May 24 - 28, 2020

Chicago, IL

Association for Coummunity Health Improvement (ACHI)

June 15 -17, 2020

Cleveland, OH

National Assoication of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)

July 7 - 9, 2020

Denver, CO

American School Health Association

September 30 - October 2, 2020

Albuquerque, NM

American Public Health Association

October 24 - 28, 2020

San Francisco, CA

We hope that you make the 2020 year one that is full of professional development and growth!


Posted by Jessica Wessner at 08:49

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