Melissa Grim, PhD, MCHES® and Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES® were selected as Co-editors for the Eighth Edition of The Health Education Specialist: A Companion Guide for Professional Excellence. Grim and Escoffery previously served as co-editors of the two previous editions of the publication. To be reflective of the findings of the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis II (HESPA II 2020), this updated edition will include revisions to the previous work and include eight chapters that will relate to the now Eight Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists.
Dr. Grim currently is a Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance at Radford University in Virginia. Additionally, she served for two terms as Deputy Editor of one of SOPHE’s journals, Health Promotion Practice. “It is exciting to be involved in helping the next generation of Health Education Specialists prepare for the CHES® exam. It can be overwhelming for aspiring CHES® to structure their preparation for the exam. The companion guide provides that structure and serves as a summary to begin their preparation,” states Dr. Grim.
Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES®, is an Associate Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health. She has been a CHES® for over 19 years. Her research interests are evaluation, cancer prevention and control and dissemination and implementation research. She has authored over 115 articles and author/co-authored over three textbooks. She teaches courses on community assessment and program planning for MPH and doctoral students. She has been active in planning and presenting CHES® preparation courses over 2 decades. Dr. Escoffery, said, “This opportunity to develop a study guide for health education and promotion is an exciting opportunity for me to share and describe contemporary competencies for Health Education Specialists and to build the capacity of our profession to address public health concerns.”
We are very pleased about the expertise and dedication that Dr. Grim and Dr. Escoffery have contributed to the eighth edition of the publication. They have selected a highly skilled and experienced team of CHES® and MCHES® authors that will produce a high quality publication for use by professional preparation practice programs, future Health Education Specialists, and more. The publication will be released in the summer of 2020.
The new Companion Guide is ecommended for use in preparation for the revised MCHES® exam effective April 2021 and revised CHES® exam effective October 2021.