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Press Release: NCHEC Launches Health Education and Promotion Program Directory (HEPPD)

NCHEC Launches Health Education and Promotion Program Directory (HEPPD)

WHITEHALL, Pa. October 15, 2018 — The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) has developed and launched the Health Education and Promotion Program Directory (HEPPD) which serves as a centralized source of information regarding institutions of higher education that offer undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in Health Education and Promotion.

 “NCHEC leadership felt strongly that there should be at least one central source where information about Health Education and Promotion professional preparation programs can be found.   The directory will be helpful to prospective students, practitioners, faculty, and employers to locate programs.” said Dr. Kerry Redican, PhD, CHES®, Chair of the NCHEC Board of Commissioners. “In addition, as it is a web-based system, the directory can be edited at any point thereafter, and any changes to program information can be made quickly by a university department chair.”

The HEPPD includes the university/college name and department, majors, degrees and concentrations offered that pertain to Health Education and Promotion, a brief summary of the program, and any accreditations.   A few items to note regarding the HEPPD (1) there is no cost to entering program data nor for access to the directory and; (2) a program listing in the HEPPD does not indicate automatic qualification for students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination.  Individual transcripts will still need to be reviewed to determine exam eligibility.  NCHEC does not pre-approve university programs.

“We are very pleased to offer this important online resource to the Health Education and Promotion Profession,” said Linda Lysoby, MS, CAE, MCHES®, NCHEC Executive Director.  “It is our hope various stakeholders find it useful when needing to access program information.”

To view the HEPPD visit



Established in 1988, NCHEC is the only accredited U.S. certifying agency for the health education/promotion industry. NCHEC is a highly recognized and well respected credentialing organization administering two professional credentialing programs including the CHES®, designed for entry-level health education specialists, and the MCHES®, targeted to advanced-level practitioners. For more information about NCHEC’s certification programs, visit
Posted by Melissa Opp at Monday, October 15, 2018

National Health Education Week (#NHEW) is October 15-19, 2018

2018 National Health Week Schedule

Each year, the Society for Public Health Education partners with the Department of Health and Human Services to host National Health Education Week. This year’s event will take place from October 15-19 and will feature activities and workshops beneficial for health education specialists working in a variety of industries. This year’s event will also include workshops and events for specific healthcare industry sectors and special interests topics on issues such as gun violence, technology trends in healthcare, and more.

Monday, October 15 - Advocacy: The Public Health Impact of Gun Violence on Society

As the leading cause of premature death in the United States, gun violence is becoming an issue public policy makers and health education specialists are increasingly more aware of. Join industry leaders as they discuss the implications of gun violence on society and the possible causes of why the United States experiences some of the highest rates of mass shootings and gun violence in the world.

Tuesday, October 16 - Health Equity: The Impact of Inequality Affects All of Us

Everyone deserves the chance to lead a healthy life, regardless of where they were born or what race they identify with. On Tuesday, join us for a discussion on the Health Equity and Accountability Act and the implications of equality among socio-economic backgrounds in healthcare. Learn more about the advantages of healthcare equality on society as we seek to help public policy leaders and healthcare workers understand the importance of advocating for programs that benefit every individual.

Wednesday, October 17 - Emerging Trends in School Health

If you’re a school health educator or advocate, you’ll want to join us on Wednesday to learn more about the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model which highlights the importance of health care services in schools. Learn more about the Center for Disease Controls’ Virtual Health School that serves as an example of how schools can implement beneficial healthcare systems and services, and discover how the latest in e-cigarette technology targets adolescents with a variety of flavors and discreet components. Explore the possible reasons behind why more children and teens are using flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products, and learn more about steps health education specialists can take to help children and adults understand the dangers of tobacco use and nicotine.

Thursday, October 18 - Technology Impact on Health: The Emergence of Mobile Healthcare and Technology

Just how effective are wearable health devices, and what are their effects on healthcare? Join members of the American Journal of Managed Care as they discuss the importance of patient-driven and patient-gathered data points in the ability of providers to create a more comprehensive understanding of patients and their conditions in order to make more educated decisions on treatment options.

Friday, October 19 - The Impact on Environmental Health

Learn more about the dangers of illnesses that can be contracted through public water systems and recreational facilities, including gastroenteritis, hepatitis, respiratory viruses, and other conditions. Discover steps coastal communities and recreational facilities can take to test public pools, oceans, rivers, and lakes for dangerous bacteria and viruses. Health education specialists will also have the opportunity to learn more about the dangers of poor air quality systems in schools and how high rates of asthma are being contributed to a steady increase in environmental dangers such as air pollution.

Who is National Health Education Week for?

Programs such as National Health Education Week serve to provide health education specialists with tools and information they need to create better communities, better hospitals, better schools, and better businesses that provide equal healthcare opportunities and programs for all. National Health Education Week also serves to spotlight important topics in society that impact healthcare and healthcare programs.

What is a Health Education Specialist?

Health education specialists are professional health advocates who work to create and manage programs and partnerships that support healthy living initiatives, healthcare programs, and more. From the creation of free clinics offered by health departments and schools that help individuals cease smoking to helping fund the opening of public parks and recreational facilities, health education specialists are involved in the day-to-day aspects of many private and public sectors.

Health Education Specialists Create Better Communities

One of the main roles of health education specialists is the evaluation of what health programs and services are needed and which are currently working. That community-wide health initiative that led to the creation of new public parks and outdoor fitness equipment? A health education specialist was active in the fruition of that important public service. The free yoga classes offered at the senior center? A health education specialists may be to thank.

Whether it’s working with public policy makers to fund and create public health programs and services or working for private universities, healthcare facilities, and businesses to create healthy workplaces and schools for employees and students alike, health education specialists are an essential part of making healthcare accessible by all individuals, regardless of socio-economic background.

Where Do Health Education Specialists Work?

Health education specialists work in a variety of organizations and industries to promote healthy living and wellness initiatives for both public and private sectors. Some of the organizations that typically employ health education specialists include:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Healthcare Clinics
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Public Health Departments
  • Government Organizations
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Religious Organizations
  • Businesses

What is a Certified Health Education Specialist?

Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) are health education specialists certified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing who have completed additional training in the field of health education and research. In addition to successfully passing a competency-based exam based on the Seven Areas of Responsibility, Certified Health Education Specialists must also demonstrate efficiency and experience in the health education industry and agree to an ongoing commitment to continuing education. To learn more about eligibility requirements for becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist, visit NCHEC’s website.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 OUTSTANDING Service & Leadership Award: Open

It's that time of year again! NCHEC is excited to announce our 3rd annual Oustanding Service & Leadership Award for professionals and organizations active in the field of health education and promotion. Read about last year's winners for ideas and inspiration!  THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION IS DECEMBER 15th, 2018.

Fill Out the 2018 Application Online.


MD Anderson, 2016 Organizational Winner, Service & Leadership Award

The Society for Public Health Education, 2017 Winner: Organizational Category

Do you: 

  • initiate programs that produce a community-wide or state/national impact?
  • promote the CHES® or MCHES® credential within your organization?
  • advance the profession of health education/promotion?

Does your organization:

  • value the certification of CHES® and MCHES® on staff?
  • implement programs or policies that promote the role of certified health education specialists?
  • use the professional knowledge of CHES® or MCHES® to implement programs benefiting the health and welfare of communities/popluations?
  • support the continuing competency/education of staff?  

NCHEC has developed the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award program to recognize CHES® and MCHES® certified individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the health education profession. Organizations employing CHES® and/or MCHES® certified individuals to promote and advance the profession are also eligible to apply for the award.

Individuals applying for the award must hold current active or retired CHES® or MCHES® certifications at the time of application and remain in active or retired status through March of 2018.  In 2018, there will be two indiviudal categories for this award:  Emerging Profession (<5 years) or Establish Professional (>5 years).

Organizations applying can include, but are not limited to, state and local health departments, insurance companies, hospitals and health care providers, universities and/or schools. The person applying from the organization does not need be a CHES®/MCHES®, but the organization must have CHES® and/or MCHES® on staff.

The winning applicant will receive recognition by NCHEC, a commemorative plaque displaying the distinction, as well as a feature in NCHEC’s print bulletin, press releases, and social media sites.

Dr. Mary Brown, 2017 Winner, Individual Category


Click here to view the Nomination Form for the Outstanding Service & Leadership Award.  If you have questions, please
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, October 1, 2018

New Contest Open: Infographic 2018

Do you like to design visuals and graphics? Are you enthusiastic about certification and the profession of health education and promotion? 

Whether you are a student pursuing a degree, or a professional in the workforce, participate in this fun new contest to win Amazon giftcard prizes and online recognition for your original design!

  • Category I:  Certified as CHES or MCHES
  • Category II: Student or aspiring Health Education professional

Below are the requirements for the infographic submissions:

  • Infographics must be submitted in pdf or jpeg format through email with “Infographic Contest Submission” in the subject line to by December 31st.
  • Include a short written summary of what your infographic accomplishes (body of your email is acceptable)
  • Include any and all references/citations/sources used in your infographic
  • Sign an agreement stating NCHEC owns the copyright, can publish the infographic on its Web site and/or social media outlets, and use in future outreach strategies
  • One entry per individual
  • All entries must be orginal work created by the entrant; images must have copyright permission/use permission
  • Entries must be submitted by the December 31st deadline
To help stimulate ideas, consider these themes/ideas (not required):
  • Steps to Becoming CHES® or MCHES® Certified
  • Why I Chose CHES® or MCHES® Certification
  • What Being CHES® or MCHES® Means to Me
  • How I Prepared for My CHES® or MCHES® Exam – and Passed!
  • Ways for CHES®/MCHES® to Network
  • How I Found my CHES® or MCHES® Job Opportunity!
Student Category theme/idea suggestions:
  • Why I Want to Become CHES® or MCHES® certified
  • How CHES® or MCHES® certification can help during a job interview
  • My career strategy (include CHES® or MCHES® certification)

Useful tools:

  • Free infographic creator:
  • Royalty-free images:

Contact Jess Wessner at with any questions

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, September 13, 2018

An International Perspective: NCHEC Hosts Korea Health Promotion Institute Visit to United States

Representatives from the Korea Health Promotion Institute in Seoul, South Korea, spent the third week of August 2018 on the East Coast in search of guidance regarding the certification of Health Education Specialists. Hyunim Bae, MPH, from the Institute’s Department of Community Health, reached out to NCHEC staff earlier this spring and suggested the visit in an effort to learn more about our organization’s long-standing national Health Education Specialist certifications known as CHES® and MCHES®.

“The driving goal of their visit was to study NCHEC’s history and processes for creating a high-quality and marketable certification,” said Melissa Opp, Deputy Executive Director of NCHEC, “as well as methods to augment the future of the Health Education and Promotion profession in the Republic of Korea.  We were quite happy to host Ms. Bae and her colleague Ms. Parks, and to arrange a series of site visits that could provide some insight as to what our Certified Health Education Specialists do in the states, especially in the arena of worksite wellness.”

The visit began in New York City with Nigel Thomas, Assistant Director of 1199SEIU Funds, an organization committed to caring for the healthcare workers who care for others through programs and services that invest in this workforce to improve patient care and the healthcare industry. Mr. Thomas is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) who currently serves as a Director on NCHEC’s Division Board for Professional Development. “It was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about the challenges of health education specialists in South Korea,” said Thomas. “Some of the challenges are unique; some we share here in the United Stat

Day two of the journey brought the representatives to NCHEC headquarters, located in Whitehall, PA, where they met with NCHEC staff members, and delved into the history of the CHES® and MCHES® certifications. Of particular interest was the rigorous eligibility process for CHES® and MCHES® candidates, as well as the national NCCA and international IAS/17024 accreditation standards that provide the backbone to the validity and consistency of these certifications. In the Republic of Korea, there is a current increased focus on expanding the role of the health education specialist into new jobs and career sectors created by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. According to Ms. Bae, “the main concerns we now face are to make our health education professional certification a national gold standard and to enhance the application of certification in the workplace.”  

On day three, NCHEC staff accompanied Ms. Bae and Ms. Parks to an onsite meeting in Allentown, Pennsylvania, 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 was to learn more about the function of Certified Health Education Specialists in our nation’s worksite wellness career sector. Over the past decade, corporate wellness initiatives have gained traction in the US as a standard part of company culture, and organizations like Populytics/BeneFIT have succeeded in incorporating the skillsets of CHES® and MCHES® into their workforce.  In fact, they now require the CHES® or the MCHES® certification as part of their hiring process.  

“The value of a Certified Health Education Specialist is in their unique training,” said Kristin Behler, MPH, MCHES®, Director of Health Promotion and Wellness for Populytics. “They bring a distinct skillset to the table, including a broad perspective on public and community health. This type of specialist training is not often found in a clinical background.”  Of the four CHES® and MCHES® present at the Populytics meeting, all have moved into leadership or managerial roles within the organization. The company was recognized by NCHEC with an Outstanding Service and Leadership Award in 2017 for its core foundational focus on continuing professional development, and the continued advancement of its staff members who hold the CHES® or MCHES® certifications.

The tour wrapped up Thursday afternoon, when Ms. Bae and Ms. Parks headed back to New York City for some sight-seeing opportunities before their return flight to Seoul. NCHEC is working toward submitting an abstract for a joint-poster presentation with the Korea Health Promotion Institute at the International Union for Health Education and Promotion (IUHPE) 23rd world conference in New Zealand in April 2019. The theme of this conference is to provide an unparalleled opportunity to link and demonstrate the contribution of health promotion to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to acknowledge the way SDGs contribute to improvements in health and wellbeing.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, August 30, 2018

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

Regional businesses can fully leverage the power of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) employer health care resources by accessing them through one convenient source, Populytics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lehigh Valley Health Network. Populytics is a technology company that supports population health by serving as the data engine that drives health care. We provide employers with insights, transparency and pathways to improve employee health. Additional services include corporate wellness programs, emotional wellness resources, occupational health services and fitness centers. Learn more at

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, August 16, 2018
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