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Qualifications of Health Education Specialists: SOPHE Resolution Released

The critical role of the Health Education Specialist practicing in today's expanding field of Health Education and Promotion has never been more necessary.  NCHEC applauds the efforts of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) in reaching out to employers, policy-makers and the public to increase awareness of the competencies of Health Education Specialists and their value to the practice of promoting individual, family, organizational and community health across many settings and diverse populations.

The resolution highlights the unique skills and capabilities of the Health Education Specialist and recognizes the significance of NCHEC certification in professional practice and the field as a whole. The CHES® and the MCHES® certifications are the only fully accredited programs with the capacity to demonstrate competency as a Health Education Specialist. 

The press release from SOPHE is found below:


SOPHE releases a resolution on Qualifications of Health Education Specialists

Updated resolution provides employer recommendations for all position descriptions with primary health education responsibilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is committed to educating policy-makers on national and state legislative issues related to the health of society. As health educators, constituents, and community members, your involvement in the policy formation processing is critical.

In a joint collaboration with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., SOPHE is proud to announce its newly revised and adopted resolution on the Qualifications of Health Education Specialists.

SOPHE recommends to employers that all position descriptions with primary health education responsibilities state preferences for candidates with competence demonstrated through:

  1. Graduation from a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited school or program at the doctoral, masters, or undergraduate levels.
  2. Graduation from an accredited program for teacher education in health education at the masters and baccalaureate levels.
  3. Graduation from formerly SABPAC approved health education program at the baccalaureate level.
  4. Credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) at the entry level or Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) at the advanced-level of health education.

Read the full resolution here.

 

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Contact: Fatema Gharzai | 202.408.9804 | fgharzai@sophe.org

About Society for Public Health Education 

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a nonprofit professional organization founded in 1950 to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion and to promote the health of society. SOPHE's 4,000 international and chapter members work in various public and private organizations to advance health education theory and research, develop disease prevention and health promotion programs, and promote public policies conducive to health. For more information visit www.sophe.org.

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9/11/2017 at 04:10 PM by Amy

Once we are approved for health insurance, the field will be legitamite. Nurse or no nurse. Rd or no Rd. We can help people create healthy lifestyles and should be accepted by insurance to ensure job security and the future of the field. Not enough jobs at this point. Once we can work in a doctors office, for corporate insurance, or on our own, we will be legit.


9/12/2017 at 08:41 AM by Lisa Tuma

This is definitely a step in the right direction. It is unfortunate that many employers still think that our position is one for RN's. Where nurses do clinical work with patients, we educate on prevention and healthy lifestyles and communities. Two completely different fields. This is where I hope that SOPHE can concentrate public knowledge on our qualifications and job descriptions. Employers need to recognize that an RN is not required for what we do. Just as a CHES/MCHES is not required for what nurses do in the clinical setting.


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