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Press Release: NCHEC Hosts Korea Health Promotion Institute Visit to United States

Whitehall, PA (August 15, 2018) – The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.  received international visitors today at the organization’s headquarters in eastern Pennsylvania. Ms. Hyunim Bae and Ms. So-Hyun Park have traveled from the Korea Health Promotion Institute located in Seoul, South Korea in an effort to glean knowledge and guidance as they learn more about NCHEC’s long-standing national Health Education Specialist certifications known as CHES® and MCHES®. 

The driving goal of the visit is to study NCHEC’s history and processes for creating a high-quality and marketable certification, as well as methods to augment the future of the health education and promotion profession.  According to Ms. Bae, “the main concerns are to make our health education professional certification a national gold standard and to enhance the application of certification in the workplace.” NCHEC certifications are accredited both nationally and internationally through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the International Accreditation Service (IAS) under ISO 17024. Achieving both NCCA and IAS accreditation signifies NCHEC’s dedication to providing valid and reliable processes for development, implementation, maintenance, and governance of its CHES® and MCHES® certification programs.

Ms. Bae and Ms. Park have a busy three-day schedule planned on the east coast. On Tuesday, August 14, they visited NCHEC Division Board member Nigel Thomas, MCHES®, Assistant Director of The 1199SEIU Funds, in New York, New York. On Wednesday, the team will travel to NCHEC headquarters in Whitehall, PA, in order to meet with NCHEC Executive Director, Linda Lysoby, MCHES® and Deputy Executive Director, Melissa Opp, MCHES®, as well as the NCHEC staff.

On Thursday, NCHEC staff will accompany their international visitors to a meeting with Populytics/BeneFIT Corporate WellnessSM, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lehigh Valley Health Network that provides wellness programming ranging from individualized health coaching, health fairs and screenings, to specialty services. The goal of this visit is to enhance the visitors’ understanding of the function of Certified Health Education Specialists in the US workforce, and to learn more about our nation’s worksite wellness career sector. 

Recently, Populytics/BeneFIT Corporate Wellness was selected as NCHEC’s 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership award winner in the employer/organizational category.  The company was recognized for its significant commitment to the profession through the implementation of supportive organizational programs and policies, a core foundational focus on continuing professional development, and the continued advancement of its staff members who hold the CHES® or MCHES® certifications.

Ms. Bae and Ms. Parks hope to return to Korea later this week after having gained some valuable insight into the workings of the CHES® and MCHES® credentials, including the crucial role of Certified Health Education Specialists within the current climate of the health education and promotion profession.



Founded in 1988, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional practice of Health Education/Promotion by promoting and sustaining a credentialed body of Health Education Specialists.  The purpose of NCHEC is to certify health education specialists, promote professional development, strengthen professional preparation and practice, and support and promote the health education/promotion profession. (See

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