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NCHEC Releases Revised Study Companion Based on Recent HESPA II 2020 Practice Analysis

June 14, 2021- NCHEC has released The Health Education Specialist: A Companion Guide for Professional Excellence, 8th edition. This newly revised guidebook contains revised Responsibilities, Competencies, and Sub-competencies from the latest Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA II 2020) model.

Melissa Grim, PhD, MCHES® and Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES®, served as Co-editors for the eighth edition of the Companion GuideGrim and Escoffery also served as co-editors of the previous edition of this publication, which has served as an excellent resource in assessing health education knowledge and in preparation for the national examinations.   

This updated edition includes revisions to this previous work and now includes eight distinct chapters that correlate to the expanded Eight Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists. The companion guide includes both entry- and advanced-level Competencies and Sub-competencies, and will serve as the latest study tool for health education specialists preparing for the April 2022 MCHES® and October 2022 CHES® examinations.

“We were pleased to again have Drs. Grim and Escoffery at the helm of this project,” said Linda Lysoby, NCHEC Executive Director. “Their combined expertise allowed them to effectively build a skilled team of experienced CHES® and MCHES® authors to write this publication, with the goal of assisting both students and professionals in exam preparation.”

In addition to exam preparation, the publication can also be used to assess the health education knowledge of both certified and non-certified practitioners. Instructors in professional preparation programs may find the format and organization of this book to be a useful supplement to textbooks and classroom lectures. Employers can encourage their staff to utilize this guide as a tool to determine whether additional professional development in specific areas is needed in order to keep up with emerging trends and new developments in the field of Health Education and Promotion. The Eighth Edition of this Companion Guide is available through the NCHEC Website at

NCHEC would like to extend sincere gratitude to the following editors,  contributing authors  and copy editor for their hard work and dedication to the publication. Contributors to the eighth edition of Health Education Specialist: A Companion Guide for Professional Excellence, 8th edition, are listed below.


Melissa Grim, Ph.D., MCHES® and Cam Escoffery, Ph.D., MPH, CHES®

Contributing Authors:

C. Suzette McClellan, MPH, MCHES®; Linda E. Forys, EdM, MCHES®; Angela D. Mickalide, PhD, MCHES®; Anna Torrens Armstrong, PhD, MPH, MCHES®, CPH; Phyllis K. Stoll, MPH, MCHES®; Cynthia A. Karlsson MS, MPH, CHES®; Ty J. Oehrtman, MS, MCHES®; Alexis Blavos, PhD, MCHES®; Carol Cox, PhD, MCHES®; Beth H. Chaney, PhD, MCHES®; Mike L. Stellefson, PhD, MCHES®; Samantha R. Paige, PhD, MPH, CHES®; William Potts-Datema, DrPH, MS, MCHES®; Cam Escoffery, Ph.D., MPH, CHES® Michelle L. Carvalho, MPH, MCHES®

Copy Editor:

Dixie Dennis, PhD, MCHES®

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