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#NHEW National Health Education Week: October 16 - 20, 2017

It's that time of year.... the third week of October brings along that fall feeling AND National Health Education Week (#NHEW)!  For more than 20 years, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has celebrated NHEW, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, with the joint purpose of increasing national awareness on major public health issues and promoting a better understanding of the role of health education. 

As a long-time partner and supporter of SOPHE goals and initiatives, NCHEC is launching a week-long series of social media posts, blogs, and career profiles of several CHES and MCHES in support of SOPHE's #NHEW campaign.  Make sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to catch the latest posts and share the news with friends and colleagues!

#NHEW Certified Health Education Specialist Profiles of the Week

Taime Spann Griffin is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Certified STD/HIV Instructor.  As an educator, her duties include addressing:  

  • childhood obesity
  • sex education
  • recreational and health activities
  • exercise philosophy
  • kinesiology
  • human development and
  • educational psychology

Taime has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Health.  She obtained her CHES® certification in April of 2016.

Rebecca Hollenbach is a Certified Health Education Specialist and is currently an Analyst with the Center for Health Equity at the Louisville Metro Government. Her job role includes:

  • Completing annual health equity reports
  • Research methods, statistical analyses, longitudinal data analyses
  • Writing manuscript for publication of results
  • Communication plans utilizing analytics and social media strategies

Rebecca obtained her CHES® certification in April of 2016.  She achieved recognition for obtaining the highest score in her exam cohort.

Laura Colbert is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and is currently the Director of Outreach and Partnerships with Georgians for a Healthy Future, aconsumer health care policy and avocacy organization.  Her current job role includes:

  • Coalitions and strategic partnerships
  • Public health education
  • Community health engagement efforts

Laura obtained her CHES® certification in April of 2010 and her MCHES® certification in October of 2016.  She achieved recognition for obtaining the highest score in her exam cohort.

Ronenia Jenkins is a Certified Health Education Specialist with over ten years of experience and is the Employee Wellness Program Administrator at Nova Southeastern University. 

Her job and volunteer roles include: 

  • offering wellness consultations for employers seeking to provide wellness programs for employees
  • volunteer service on three non-profit boards
  • community service wherever possible!

Ronenia Jenkins is a native from Broward County, FL and holds a BS degree in Community Health/Health Education from Florida Gulf Coast University and a MPH degree from Florida International University. Ronenia is in graduate school and seeking to obtain a second graduate degree for a Master’s of Science in Health Law.  She currently holds four certifications:

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®)
  • Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC)
  • Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS)
  • Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS)

She promotes the importance of becoming CHES® to future Health Educators as it boosts credibility in the profession. She was awarded the “Caring Award” from Cigna Healthcare for her volunteerism throughout the years. On the weekends, you can find her reading, fishing and/or motorcycle riding.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at 9:18 AM
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10/16/2017 at 09:05 AM by Ranjeeta Nair

Hi, I have a masters in public health with concentration in health education. A certification in health policy and management in masters level. I waa involved in education for HIV/AID and tobacco education at my current work place. Would like to become an aids/HIV educator. Do I need to have any kind of licensing in this area? I am hoping to take my MCHES sooner. Thank you

10/16/2017 at 09:20 AM by Philene S. Herrera

Thank-you for sharing the Profiles, its amazing! I would like to know where does one become a Certified STD/HIV Educator. I oversee the HIV Prevention Program in Indian Country, specifically the Navajo Nation, we have 4 HIV Health Educators and 20 Health Educators in the Health Education Program, another Program I manage. I would be grateful for your feedback.

10/21/2017 at 03:31 PM by Mike Bertulfo

Often the local health department can sponser the HIV cert, which is backed by the state. At least this was the case in Florida when I was certified.

10/24/2017 at 11:00 AM by Vanessa Farrell

Hi Jessica, Great article highlighting the array of roles and responsibilities of individuals within the Health Education Profession who are also CHES and MCHES credentialed. I am so proud to be part of this distinguished group! A few years ago, I was job hunting and I reached out to Ronenia Jenkins highlighted within this article and she was so helpful, resourceful and kind. I did not know Ronenia, so it was a cold call. The only thing we had in common was our CHES certification, so I used that as an intro to the conversation and we immediately bonded. Thank you Ronenia! Keep up the great work at NOVA Southeastern University and all the best to the other Health Educators highlighted in this article! Health Educators ROCK!!! Best, Vanessa I. Farrell, MPH, MCHES Territorial Director of Communicable Diseases United States Virgin Island Department of Health Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI ****Certified Health Coach*****

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