Credentialing Excellence in Health Education


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SOPHE 2018 – Join Us in Columbus This Spring!

NCHEC will be joining a diverse group of health education and health promotion professionals in Columbus, Ohio at the SOPHE 69th Annual Meeting on April 4-6th, 2018.  The conference will focus on the impact of health education, including innovations, partnerships and programs. This scientific conference will expand the knowledge capital and skills of our health promotion workforce. Let your employer know that this form of professional development is one of the most powerful and promising investments for effective practice and research in 2018 and beyond.

Conference Highlights will include:


Don’t forget to register for the 3rd annual CHES® and MCHES® Complimentary Breakfast event when you complete your SOPHE conference registration. The breakfast is open to those maintaining an active CHES® or MCHES® certification, and is a positive way to kick off the conference with some professional and personal networking, as well as the latest news and events from NCHEC staff and board members. There is a lot happening in 2018, and we’d love to share it with you, as well as fuel your first session with a healthy breakfast! The breakfast will be held on Thursday, April 4th from 8:15-9:15 am.


SOPHE 2018 will offer a wide variety of sessions that go well beyond the standard oral presentation sessions.  There will be three models for sessions: IGNITE: Quick, inspiring presentations that will spark discussions; ROUNDTABLE: Small group presentations that allow for collaboration and discussion focused on issues related to health education; SKILL BUILDING: Skills-based workshop style learning sessions; and DEEP DIVE: Interactive, deep dive, advanced-level sessions with experts focused on Evaluation; Health Equity and Justice; and Opioids and HIV.  


Plan to visit NCHEC’s exhibit both to network, learn about programs and initiatives, and get the latest swag.  Many other exhibitors from the industry will be present as well.


Earn more than a quarter of your 5-year CHES® recertification CECH’s in just 2 ½ days! Administrative fees for continuing education are included in the conference registration fees. 

Other conference highlights: 

  • STUDENT WORKSHOP.  This special session is geared toward students and new professionals. The focus will be on activities and skill building that you will need to enter and sustain a successful career.
  • POSTER PROMENADE.  In addition to the many concurrent presentations each day, SOPE also provides the opportunity for you to view over 150 invited poster presentations, and speak to the authors. Each conference day, SOPHE will highlight a small number of posters that will be available for CE credit, during the Poster Promenade.
  • AWARDS CEREMONY.  The SOPHE 2018 Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on Thursday, April 5th. Attend to hear the impact that individuals are making in the field.  

    REGISTER TODAY on SOPHE's website and don't miss out on the amazing professional opportunities available at this conference.  We'd love to see you there!

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, January 11, 2018
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The Difference Between "Certification" and "Certificate"

The nationally and internationally accredited Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Master Certified Health Education (MCHES®) certifications are measures of professional competence of the health education workforce. Both certifications have three components: health education professional preparation, passing a certification examination, and then maintaining continuing education requirements.  Recently, a number of assessment-based certificate programs in health education/promotion and related areas have emerged across practice settings. These programs range from certificates offered in health or wellness coaching to tobacco specialist, wellness specialist, or prevention specialist, among several others.    Many of these programs are advertised as a “certification” program, but are essentially an “assessment-based certificate” program. 

As more of these programs become available, it is important for the public to be able to distinguish between assessment-based certificate programs and quality professional certification programs. 

The Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s (ICE) document Defining Features of Quality Certification and Assessment-based Certificate Programs highlights the similarities and differences between quality certification and assessment-based certificate programs.  This document, which can be found on the ICE Website focuses on 12 key aspects of certification and assessment-based certificate programs

Some key distinctions between the two programs are illustrated below.

Reference:  Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), Defining Features of Quality Certification and Assessment-based Certificate Programs, 2010.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, December 28, 2017
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NCHEC Ambassadors 2016-2017: Thank you for your Service

In 2016, the Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice (DBPPP) launched the NCHEC Ambassador program to facilitate communication between university health education programs and the NCHEC organization. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the participating Ambassadors worked to promote the value of certification as a CHES® or MCHES®, and the importance of credentialing to the profession.  These Ambassadors have played a vital role in supplying students in their departments with information about the discipline-specific certification that can help to differentiate them as candidates in the job market upon graduation.

NCHEC Ambassador Dr. Mindy Menn, University of Central Arkansas, displays CHES® and MCHES® information in her hallway.Ambassador eligibility is based on a number of factors including possessing an active CHES®/MCHES® credential and representing a campus with an expanding number of exam applicants.  All Ambassadors receive toolkits including promos and presentation materials to assist with messaging. Ambassadors are eligible to receive (1) continuing education credit per year of participation.

For more information on becoming an NCHEC Ambassador, contact Cynthia Narh, MCHES®,
NCHEC wishes to extend a warm thank you to the following NCHEC Ambassadors for participating in the 2016-2017 academic year:

Ada Santaferra Martinez


Kathleen Allison

Lock Haven University

Alan D. Rowan

Florida State University

Katy Maxemow

Indian River State College

Alyssa Lederer

Tulane University

Keely Rees

University of Wisconsin

Amanda Lynch

University of Cincinnati

Kelly Parsley

Carroll College

Amar Kanekar

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Kerry John Redican

Virginia Tech

Amy Sidwell

Fairmont State University

Kiameesha Evans

Monmouth University

Angela Bailey

Bridgewater State University

Kim Kato

Walden University

Anna Nelson

Loma Linda University

Kimberly Price

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Antonio J. Gardner

Mississippi State University

Kirsten Rodgers

Georgia College and State University

Ashley Monson

Wisconsin Public Health Association

Larry Olsen

A.T. Still University

Barry Brock

Barry University

Leigh Elizabeth Szucs

Texas A&M University

Bethany Kies

Colorado State University

Leslie Crocker

Virginia State University

Bojana Beric-Stojsic

Long Island University

Lisa Beck

Ball State University

Brittny Bratcher

Texas Southern University

Manuella B. Crawley

Cleveland State University

Brittny Bratcher

University of Texas at Austin

Marcilyn Colón Colón

UPR Medical Sciences Campus

Caile E. Spear

Boise State University

Mardie Burckes-Miller

Plymouth State University 

Carla Janae Brown

Arizona State University

Marshae McNeal

Louisiana State University

Carolyn Rodgers

Governors State University

Megha Madan

Emory University

Carrie Rosario

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Melissa Book McAlexander

Notre Dame de Namur University

Chandrika Johnson

Fayetteville State University

Melva Thompson-Robinson

University of Nevada

Chantal Matthews

Old Dominion University

Michael VanGossen

McNeese State University

Charity Bishop

Indiana University

Michelle L Cathorall

Southern Illinois University

Chinwe O. Okeke

Concordia College

Micki Hrncir

Arizona State University

Chris Eisenbarth

Weber State University

Mindy Menn

Texas Woman's University

Chris Hirschler

Monmouth University

Monae Byrne

Metropolitan State University

Christine Cortalano

Icahn School of Medicine

Pam Hoalt

Malone University

Craig Demmer

Lehman College

Patricia Frye

Jackson State Univsity

Crystal Moseley

Lincoln University

Patricia Rhynders

Trident  University

D. Randy  Black

Purdue University

Patsy Barrington

University of West Florida

Danna Ethan

Lehman College

Paula Walker King

Columbus State University

Darleen Peterson

Claremont Graduate University

Pouran Faghri

University of Connecticut

Darson Rhodes

The College at Brockport

Rachel Abbott

Georgia Southwestern State University

Deborah Fortune

North Carolina Central University

Rebecca Foco

University of Massachusetts

Debra L. Fetherman

The University of Scranton

Regina Knox

West Central Alabama Area Health Education Center

Deneen Long-White

Salisbury University

Robert Clegg

California Health Sciences University

Eileen McDonald

Johns Hopkins Bloomburg SPH

Robert E. Braun

Otterbein University

Emily R Bes

The  University of Southern Mississippi

Ronald Black Jr


Emily Wilson

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Sandra Minor Bulmer

Southern Connecticut State University

GinaMarie Piane

National University

Sara Fehr

Texas A&M University

Glendola Mills

Morgan State University

Sara S Plaspohl

Armstrong University

Helen Hopp Marshak

Loma Linda University

Spencer L. Willis, Jr.

Texas A&M University

Holly T. Moses

University of Florida

Starr Eaddy

St. Francis College

Irene Pintado

Mississippi University for Women

Sue Forster-Cox

New Mexico State University

J. Sunshine Cowan

University of Central Oklahoma

Thomas M. Davis

University of Northern Iowa

Janea L Snyder

University of Arkansas

Toby R Levin

Monroe College

Janice L. Clark

Truman State University

Wendy Ramirez

California State University

Jennifer L. Tripken

Marymount University

Wynn  Gillan

Southeastern Louisiana University

Jill Lassiter

Bridgewater College

Yuba Gautam

Northern Michigan University

Joanne  Sommers

Bowling Green State University



Kate Hendricks Thomas

Charleston Southern University



Posted by Jessica Wessner at Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Last Paper-based CHES®/MCHES® Exam Administration: April 2018

There's one remaining opportunity to sit for the CHES® or MCHES® examination while still in paper-based format at our current University test site locations. Make sure to let your students and colleagues know about the upcoming change to computer-based testing! 

Register here for the April 2018 Paper-based exam.

CBT Transition

The transition to a computer-based testing format will occur beginning with the next registration cycle that opens on May 1, 2018. Eligible exam candidates will be able to utilize professional, secure, technology-enabled testing centers across the United States, as well as some locations abroad. Candidates will also benefit from an expanded range of testing dates and locations, as well as instant pass/fail results for the CHES examination.

Learn more about the benefits of CBT testing here.

Exam eligibility will continue to be determined through the NCHEC office. 

For more information on exam eligibility, click here.
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, December 8, 2017
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2018 NCHEC Leadership Election Results

Congratulations to NCHEC Leadership elected to service beginning in 2018! 

Board of Commissioners: Bill Potts-Daetma; Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice: Jennifer Taylor; Division Board for Professional Development: Sandra 'Liliana' Hernandez; Division Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists: Theresa Blanco, Kristen Hildreth, Ninfa Pena-Purcell, Cherylee Sherry, and Melody Knight.

In addition, we would like to share our appreciation for those who have completed terms of service in 2017: Nancy Clifton-Hawkins, Amy Hedman-Robertson, Gwyn Ashcom, Shana Pack, Melody Knight and Jennifer Taylor.  A sincere thank you to all for your hard work and dedication to NCHEC and its boards. Our organization’s success is a direct result of the many volunteer hours given by such outstanding individuals!

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, November 13, 2017
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2017 NCHEC Video Contest - Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Christen Jackson, CHES®, NCHEC's Video Contest Winner 2017!

What do the words creativity, enthusiasm, and passion for health education bring to mind?  Contest winner Christen Jackson's submission has it all.  Her winning video earned her a $100 Amazon gift card as well as print/online publication and quite a bit of appreciation from the NCHEC organization!  Entries were judged by the NCHEC Marketing Committee based on creativity, compelling messaging, and demonstration of the value of CHES® or MCHES® certification.

View Christen's winning submission on YouTube:

Honorable Mention awarded to: Anita Sego, PhD, MCHES® and her group from University of Central Arkansas.

Anita is an assistant professor of Health at the University of Central Arkansas in the Department of Health Sciences

Honorable Mention awarded to: Michael Hodges, MHS, CHES®, Bloomfield Health and Human Services

Michael is an Accreditation Coordinator who led the process to establish Bloomfield as New Jersey's first nationally accredited health department through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). 

Twelve CHES® and MCHES® submitted some excellent videos in this recent competition. NCHEC highly values each submission and sends a warm thank you to all contest participants. All entries will be receiving a special Starbucks thank-you item from NCHEC in the mail!

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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