The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing was one of the gold sponsors at SOPHE’s 69th Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio this April 4-6th. The theme of the conference centered on igniting changing and fostering innovation in the field of Health Education and Promotion. It was a fantastic conference packed with exciting sessions and workshops, awards programs, socials, competitions, roundtables, varying exhibitors, a poster promenade, and more.
The 3rd Annual CHES®/MCHES® Appreciation Breakfast
NCHEC welcomed over 185 active CHES® and MCHES® to kick of the conference with a complimentary meal, conversation and networking, and a presentation by current board members Ronenia Jenkins, Kerry Redican, and Chesley Cheatham, on current NCHEC activities.
The breakfast continues to grow yearly, and is a superb representation of practicing CHES® and MCHES® from across the country and from many different job sectors.
The staff at NCHEC enjoyed meeting with over 850 conference registrants over a very busy three day period! Thanks to all who took the time to stop by and chat with us about certification and the upcoming changes to computer-based testing, continuing competency, and grab some conference swag!
On Thursday afternoon, NCHEC representatives presented two sessions focused on training the next generation of Health Education Specialists. NCHEC’s Division Board for Professional Development Director, Chesley Cheatham, spoke about the upcoming changes to how NCHEC will measure the continuing competency of CHES® and MCHES®. NCHEC’s Board of Commissioners Chair, Dr. Kerry Redican, and NCHEC staff member Melissa Opp, were on hand to present information about the launch of a new computer-based test for the certification exams. Attendance at NCHEC sessions was standing room only.
Eta Sigma Gamma
While at SOPHE, NCHEC was delighted to participate in the Eta Sigma Gamma awards ceremony, where students majoring in Health Education programs across the country showcased their talent and passion for the field. The NCHEC-sponsored Major of the Year Awards were presented by immediate past Chair of the NCHEC Board of Commissioners Dr. Dixie Dennis. NCHEC’s Executive Director, Linda Lysoby, was also acknowledged at this event when she received the ESG Honor Award, which is presented to an individual or organization that has made major contributions to the health education profession through service, education, and/or research. It is the highest award given by Eta Sigma Gamma.
Next year's SOPHE annual meeting will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 26 - 29, 2019. Mark your calendars!