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#NHEW National Health Education Week: October 16 - 20, 2017

It's that time of year.... the third week of October brings along that fall feeling AND National Health Education Week (#NHEW)!  For more than 20 years, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has celebrated NHEW, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, with the joint purpose of increasing national awareness on major public health issues and promoting a better understanding of the role of health education. 

As a long-time partner and supporter of SOPHE goals and initiatives, NCHEC is launching a week-long series of social media posts, blogs, and career profiles of several CHES and MCHES in support of SOPHE's #NHEW campaign.  Make sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to catch the latest posts and share the news with friends and colleagues!

#NHEW Certified Health Education Specialist Profiles of the Week

Taime Spann Griffin is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Certified STD/HIV Instructor.  As an educator, her duties include addressing:  

  • childhood obesity
  • sex education
  • recreational and health activities
  • exercise philosophy
  • kinesiology
  • human development and
  • educational psychology

Taime has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Health.  She obtained her CHES® certification in April of 2016.

Rebecca Hollenbach is a Certified Health Education Specialist and is currently an Analyst with the Center for Health Equity at the Louisville Metro Government. Her job role includes:

  • Completing annual health equity reports
  • Research methods, statistical analyses, longitudinal data analyses
  • Writing manuscript for publication of results
  • Communication plans utilizing analytics and social media strategies

Rebecca obtained her CHES® certification in April of 2016.  She achieved recognition for obtaining the highest score in her exam cohort.


Laura Colbert is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and is currently the Director of Outreach and Partnerships with Georgians for a Healthy Future, aconsumer health care policy and avocacy organization.  Her current job role includes:

  • Coalitions and strategic partnerships
  • Public health education
  • Community health engagement efforts

Laura obtained her CHES® certification in April of 2010 and her MCHES® certification in October of 2016.  She achieved recognition for obtaining the highest score in her exam cohort.

Ronenia Jenkins is a Certified Health Education Specialist with over ten years of experience and is the Employee Wellness Program Administrator at Nova Southeastern University. 

Her job and volunteer roles include: 

  • offering wellness consultations for employers seeking to provide wellness programs for employees
  • volunteer service on three non-profit boards
  • community service wherever possible!

Ronenia Jenkins is a native from Broward County, FL and holds a BS degree in Community Health/Health Education from Florida Gulf Coast University and a MPH degree from Florida International University. Ronenia is in graduate school and seeking to obtain a second graduate degree for a Master’s of Science in Health Law.  She currently holds four certifications:

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®)
  • Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC)
  • Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS)
  • Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS)

She promotes the importance of becoming CHES® to future Health Educators as it boosts credibility in the profession. She was awarded the “Caring Award” from Cigna Healthcare for her volunteerism throughout the years. On the weekends, you can find her reading, fishing and/or motorcycle riding.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, October 13, 2017
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2017 Service & Leadership Award: Nominations Open

It's that time of year again! NCHEC is excited to announce our 2nd 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, 2017.

Get the 2017 Application.


MD Anderson, 2016 Organizational Winner, Service & Leadership Award

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2016 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 2017.

Organizations 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 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. James F. McKenzie, 2016 Winner, Individual Category


Click here to download the Service & Leadership Award Application in pdf format.  Email completed application and supporting documenation to
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, October 9, 2017
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Careers in Health Education and Promotion

One of the most exciting aspects about a career in the health education and promotion field is the wide range of job settings from which a health education specialists can choose employment. Although the term "specialist" may appear to imply a niche skill, quite the opposite is true! CHES® and MCHES® are equipped to handle a wide variety of positions and possess many skillsets that allow for versality in the workplace.

Job settings for health education specialists that were identified in the 2015 Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) include the following: Community/non-profit, Health Care/Hospitals, Government, School Health, Academia/University, and Business/Worksite.

Companies that Hire CHES® and MCHES®

Employers in all settings across the nation are recognizing the value of CHES® and MCHES® certification - and they are hiring staff because of it! For a list of employers who prefer or require applicants to be certified, click here.  If you don't see your company here, let us know.... if they prefer certified individuals for new positions, email us and get on the list.**

**This list gathered from employers posting job opportunities online that require/prefer the CHES® credential. It is not an exhaustive list.


What are employers saying about the CHES® and MCHES® certifications?

We thought you would want to know what employers think about the importance of NCHEC certification to their organizations:

"CHES® is the gold standard that is recognized across the board."
     ~A. Jonson, Kaiser Permanente
”Montefiore Health System has required the CHES credential for its health education positions since 2006. The credential has served as a means of highlighting talented individuals with a broad understanding of the health education profession and its application within the diverse communities that we serve as an academic medical center.”
     ~Dr. Nicole Harris-Hollingsworth, Assistant Vice President, Community & Population Health
"We find that CHES® prepared educators are well-rounded and they bring a different perspective to prgram design and information delivery. In the health education space, this is an important credential that we value."

     ~Terrina Thomas, Director of Community Health and Prevention, Sentara Healthcare

Find more testimonails from employers here.

Job Search Tools

Don't forget to try out our for the latest CHES-preferred job listings.  We also recommend - don't forget to use CHES as a keyword!

Interview Techniques

Looking for ways to stand out among other candidates? Your CHES® or MCHES® certification can give you an edge over your competition, but do you know how to maximize your certification in order to snag the position?  Check out our graphic Ways to Market your CHES® Certification for inspiration and ideas.
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Top Ten List of CHES® Candidate-Producing Professional Preparation Programs

NCHEC is pleased to announce the top ten schools with the most candidates for the CHES® examination in 2015 and 2016.  Congratulations to these universities for their dedication to promoting the importance of certification in their professional preparation program. Their commitment to comprehensive curriculum, as well as to the credentialing process, serves to strengthen the profession of health education. 

This list is designed to highlight the positive work of universities which encourage their student to support the credentialing process. If you have the opportunity to interact with students in professional preparation programs, encourage them to take the CHES® exam. We hope to see your school on “the list” soon.

2015 Top Ten Schools with the most students qualifying to take the CHES® examination (alphabetic order)

California State University - Northridge

East Carolina University

Emory University – Rollins School of Public Health

James Madison University

New Jersey City University

Truman State University

University of North Carolina-Greensboro

University of Florida-Gainesville

University of Puerto Rico

University of Utah

University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse

**note: there are 11 universities named in 2015 due to a tie


2016 Top Ten Schools with the most students qualifying to take the CHES® examination (alphabetic order)

California State University - Northridge

Liberty University

New Jersey City University

Texas A & M University

Truman State University

University of Florida-Gainesville

University of North Carolina-Greensboro

University of Puerto Rico

Utah Valley University

Walden University

Thank you for contributing to the professional preparation of certified health education specialists!


Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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NCHEC Achieves Re-Accreditation from the International Accreditation Service (IAS)

NCHEC Achieves Re-Accreditation from the International Accreditation Service (IAS)

WHITEHALL, Pa. September 1, 2017 — The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) has earned re-accreditation as a Personnel Certification Body by the International Accreditation Service (IAS). NCHEC received initial accreditation from IAS in 2015.  An audit of the non-profit organization’s structure and standards process was conducted in-house on June 14-15, 2017 by IAS, and as a result, re-accreditation was granted.

“The IAS accreditation is what sets NCHEC’s certifications apart from competitors,” said Linda Lysoby, MPH, MCHES®, and Executive Director of NCHEC. “This prestigious recognition demonstrates our firm and ongoing commitment to not only meeting the highest credentialing standards of practice for the health education/promotion profession – but embracing the principles of continuous improvement within our organization.”

Accreditation provides a global benchmark for personnel certification programs to ensure consistent, comparable and reliable operations worldwide. The IAS accreditation program for Personnel Certification Bodies is based on ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012 Conformity Assessment –– general requirements for bodies operating certification of persons.

“The IAS accreditation is confirmation that NCHEC’s policies and procedures comply with the highest international standards of practice for certifying agencies,” said Kerry Redican, PhD, CHES®, and current Chair of NCHEC Board of Commissioners. “This is a recognition that our organization is very proud to announce to the public and all stakeholders in the field of health education and promotion.”

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 Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®), designed for entry-level health education specialists, and the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®), targeted to advanced-level practitioners. In addition to ISO 17024 accreditation, the CHES® and MCHES® programs maintain third-party accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). For more information about NCHEC’s certification programs, visit

A recognized accreditation body since 1975, IAS is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation. IAS is one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States and a signatory to several international mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs). In addition to NCHEC, IAS accredits more than 800 organizations. For more information about IAS accreditation program for Personnel Certification Bodies, visit



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.  Therefore 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

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, September 15, 2017
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The NCHEC Fall 2017 News Bulletin Has Arrived!

Check out some great new articles and read the latest from NCHEC leadership.  Great things are happening in our CHES® and MCHES® Community!

NCHEC News Fall 2017

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, September 4, 2017
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