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SOPHE Annual Meeting: April 3-6th 2018, Columbus Ohio

Conference Highlights

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. 


NCHEC Exhibit

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!



NCHEC Sessions

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!

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, April 16, 2018
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What Does a Health Education Specialist Do?

For those working in the field of health education and promotion, the question "what does a health education specialist do?" is often heard from friends or colleagues who might not yet have a firm concept of the professional role of the CHES® or MCHES®. Although the term "specialist" signifies a niche or singular role, this is truly not the case. CHES® and MCHES® work in many varying career sectors and carry out a multitude of tasks that require specific knowledge and competency gained through years of academic and professional preparation. 

"I'm excited about my current position because I get to do a little bit of everything," says Trisha Zizumbo, MSA, CHES®, of the Oakland County Michigan Health Department. "One day I could be working on healthy eating and getting people to go to farmer's markets, and the next day, there's a Hepatitis A outbreak and I'm right in there. It's a wide-variety field."

Watch the full video about job roles for Certified and Master-Certified Health Education Specialists.


Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, April 2, 2018
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I'm Certified...Do I Need Liability Insurance?

The need for liability insurance for health-related professions has become a topic of importance in recent years. Often, the thought leaves more questions than answers for many certified individuals embarking on the road to self-employment and/or professional consulting.

How much coverage do I need? In an interview with Advance Healthcare Network, malpractice attorney Martin L. Khoury, Esq, offered this advice to those in the field: “The greater the amount of independent judgment a professional must exercise in the performance of his or her duties, the greater the need to be separately insured.”
What should a policy cover? According to Khoury, “A good policy should offer you protection against covered allegations of professional malpractice. Malpractice defense costs are typically paid in addition to the limits of liability. A good policy should also offer some additional coverages without additional cost for representation.”
How much will it cost? The risks attributed to each health care professional differ from one practitioner to another, as well as state to state, and determine the rate of the premium. But the average cost for a policy is only $150-250 a year for up to $1 million in coverage per covered claim. A carrier should help you look at your job duties, and the risk involved, to determine the best level of coverage.
What do other CHES and MCHES do?  Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES®, is the founder of Associates for Health, a health consulting firm, and teaches/guides clients through all aspects of health decisions. When asked about self-employed practitioners in regard to insurance, Joanna responded, “Anyone going into private practice needs liability insurance. It's a fact of life and part of the cost of having your own business.” She has found the liability group Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO) to be accessible online, quick and easy, with an annual cost of about $360.
Table 1. Potential Liability Providers for Health Professionals

Provider Website Coverage
Trust Risk Management Services Allied Program for Professional and General Liability
Lockton Affinity Health Health and Safety Education
CM & F Group Allied Health Professionals
HPSO Health Professionals
Insureon Healthcare Business
CPH & Associates Wellness Professionals

**NCHEC does not endorse any company in Table 1; it is supplied for resource purposes only.

In summary, if a CHES® or MCHES® is looking into private practice, liability insurance should be considered. A professional certification should be protected to the same degree as a home or car. It should be regarded as a career investment and protection for future income and security.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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NCHEC Conference Schedule 2018

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at these upcoming National conferences across the country. Let your employer know that continuing professional development and networking is key to an organziational success!

Conference Schedule 2018
Organization Details Dates Location
 Society for Public   Health Education     (SOPHE)  April 4-6, 2018  Columbus, OH
 American College   Health Association   (ACHA)  May 29-June   2, 2018  Washington,   DC 
 National   Assoication of   County & City   Health Officials   (NACCHO)  July 10-12,   2018  New Orleans,   LA
 American School   Health Association  October 4-6,   2018  Indianapolis, IN
 American Public  Health Association  November 10- 14, 2018  San Diego, CA
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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NCHEC Announces 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award Winners

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) has announced the results of the 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award in recognition of one individual and two organizations displaying exemplary commitment to the advancement of the Health Education Profession and of the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) credentials.  The NCHEC Outstanding Service and Leadership Award was first instituted in 2016 to highlight career achievements in the implementation of programs and policies that promote the role of certified health education specialists within communities, populations, and/or organizational structure.

Dr. Mary V. Brown, PhD, MCHES®, was selected as the award winner in the individual category for her significant commitment as an advocate for the profession of Health Education and Promotion, and for being a valuable resource to students entering the field, a champion of communities, and a strong supporter of the CHES® and MCHES® certifications. As Chair of her Department at Utah Valley University, Dr. Brown continues to promote NCHEC credentialing through professional development, CHES® preparation classes and study sessions, and curriculum development that meets the Areas of Responsibility, Competencies, and Sub-competencies that provide the foundation for the CHES® and MCHES® certification exams. Dr. Brown received glowing endorsement by the President of the Utah Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (USOPHE) as well as the Utah County Health Department, and has served as a community volunteer with the Utah Public Health Association, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and within her own county.

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award winner in the organizational category. NCHEC was pleased to recognize SOPHE’s significant commitment to Health Education and Promotion through the implementation of programs and policies in support of the Certified Health Education S pecialist and the profession as a whole.  In 2017 alone, SOPHE provided more than 35 webinars with approximately 2,000 attendees, many in collaboration with national public/private organizations.  SOPHE's outstanding 2017 CHES resolution advocates that all positions with primary health education responsibilities require CHES® or MCHES® and has supported advocacy initiatives in Washington D.C. and beyond. In addition, CEO Elaine Auld authored a paper for the Health Promotion & Practice journal publication detailing the important role of CHES® professionals in health care reform. It is notable that each staff member at SOPHE has a professional development budget to support maintenance of their CHES®/MCHES® credential or earning CHES® competencies. 

Populytics/BeneFIT Corporate Wellness was selected as the 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. BeneFIT’s organizational mission is to provide high-value health promotion and strategic wellness solutions for sustainable employee health behaviors and healthy worksite cultures. During the hiring process, the organization indicates the following job application requirement: “CHES® (Certified Health Education Specialist) or MCHES® required or must obtain CHES® within one year.” The company compensates for exam fees, renewal/recertification and continuing education opportunities. Populytics' BeneFIT Corporate Wellness services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lehigh Valley Health Network, and provides programming ranging from individualized health coaching, health fairs and screenings, to specialty services.

The 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award proved to be a great success, and has provided an opportunity to highlight the career and industry achievements made by these individuals and organizations to others in the profession of Health Education and Promotion.  NCHEC will be announcing the opening of nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award later this year. 

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Curricular Mapping of Health Education Courses with HESPA Competencies and Sub-competencies

In this live "how-to" session, faculty can learn about aligning university coursework with the latest Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis Competencies and Sub-competencies: Thursday, Feb. 8th, 12-1 pm EST. Representatives from Truman State, Governors State, Virginia Tech, and Austin Peay will provide examples.

Register here.

Session Objectives:
1. Describe the steps in conducting a complete HESPA curriculum mapping process
2. Identify the need for curricular mapping using HESPA Competencies and Sub-competencies to create curricular improvements and changes
3. Discuss the importance of the HESPA model for professional preparation and practice

Registration has been expanded due to the volume of interest in this webinar. 

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, February 2, 2018
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