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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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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

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, August 24, 2017
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Vote Now: NCHEC Leadership Election 2018

The NCHEC 2018 Board Election is now open - and we want your participation in the course of our future leadership!  

CHES® and MCHES® can cast a ballot by logging into Votenet online.  It's quick and simple to vote, simply log in using the information below:
  • Username:  email associated with CHES®/MCHES® account
  • Password:  CHES®/MCHES® certification number

Information on each candidate on the 2018 election ballot can be found after logging into the Votenet site.  Positions are open for the Board of Commissioners, the Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice, the Division Board for Professional Deveopment, and the Division Board for Certified of Health Education Specialists.

View 2018 ballot here.


Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, July 31, 2017
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NCHEC Seeks Public Member Nomination for BOC

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), the nationally recognized certifying organization that credentials health education specialists, is seeking nominations for a public member to serve on its governing body. The attached sheet describes the qualifications for the public member, whose 3-year term will commence upon appointment.

We invite you to submit nominations or applicants may self-nominate. Please confirm the willingness of the nominee to be a candidate and affirm that the nominee is eligible based on the requirements on the attached sheet.

Public Member, NCHEC Board of Commissioners

Eligibility and Responsibilities

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt credentialing organization. The mission of NCHEC is to enhance the professional practice of Health Education by promoting and sustaining a credentialed body of Health Education Specialists. To meet this mission, NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice.

NCHEC is the largest credentialing body for the health education profession.  Founded in 1988, it is the result of the vision and volunteer energy of many dedicated health education professionals who helped to shape the foundations and develop the structure that is the current NCHEC. Currently, NCHEC has more than 13,000 active Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®).

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc seeks a public member to serve on its 11 member governing body for a three-year term beginning November 15, 2017. The Board of Commissioners meet monthly for a two hour conference call and one (1) weekend face-to- face meeting annually, and assume responsibilities and committee work as assigned. The public member will have full voting privileges as a member of the Board of Commissioners.  The Commission does not pay an honorarium, but does cover all travel costs.

A public member acts as a representative of the general public, one who represents the direct and indirect users, or has at some time been a consumer, of a CHES®/MCHES®’s skills/services.  The ideal candidate for public member should have previous experience with boards. The public member may be a professional, but should not have similar credentials to CHES®/MCHES®. In addition, he/she and his/her immediate family may not be health education professionals, employees or employers of health educators, employees or contractors for NCHEC, or employees of any credentialing organization. 

Commissioners on NCHEC’s Board of Commissioners must avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest, and must sign a conflict-of-interest statement and ensure that their activities and interests do not conflict with their obligations to the Commission. Any questions regarding potential conflicts of interest should be directed to the Executive Director.

Linda Lysoby, MS, MCHES®, CAE; NCHEC Executive Director
NCHEC, 1541 Alta Drive, Suite 303, Whitehall, PA 18052
Phone: 888-624-3248, ext 13     Fax: 800-813-0727
Nominations should be mailed to NCHEC, 1541 Alta Drive, Suite 303, Whitehall, PA
18052, faxed to 1-800-813-0727, or scanned and emailed to by September 12, 2017
Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, July 28, 2017
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Passion as a Practice: Why Health Education is My First Choice

Time and time again my colleagues want to know what steered me to take the CHES® exam, wondering how this certification has impacted abilities within my career and where I think it will lead me. The answer is this: every facet of my skillset, efficacy of practice and individual potential are strengthened because of continued education. To maintain CHES® certification I know I must accumulate Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH), however I believe this requirement stands for something deeper. Philosophically, I find it vital to my success (and happiness) to pursue a career that challenges me to ask questions and seek answers, which I find through professional development and CECH opportunities.

As a Health Education Specialist (HES), my scope of work encompasses prevention efforts in a multitude of ways, but is specific to policy and communications in the arenas of school health and family and child wellness; I also have personal interests in reproductive rights and research. Yet, I understand the nature of public health is there will always be work to be done. As Thomas Frieden, M.D., MPH, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “It’s easy to miss public health successes - you don’t see the heart attacks that don’t happen, the years added to the lives of those who quit smoking, or the flu death avoided because of vaccines.” Our nation’s pursuit of health equity will not be seen immediately. However, when policy is put into practice and families are equipped with the wherewithal to make mindful decisions for their families, healthier behaviors and lifestyles can span generations; for this, I choose to be a HES.

Moving forward, my career objective is to practice the Seven Areas of Responsibility with emphasis on serving as a resource person by advocating research for health promotion and education. A long-term goal to complement this will be to obtain MCHES® certification. In the outcome, my indication of attaining advanced-level competency will be measured my ability to speak upon evidence-based theory along with boots on the ground field experiences.


Jordan Buckley obtained her CHES® certification in 2016. She is originally from central Pennsylvania, having completed a Bachelor of Science in Public Health: Health Promotion and a Master of Public Health concentrated in Community Health, and now works with Society for Public Health Education in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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CHES® Profile: Ashley Monson

Ashley Monson, BS, CHES®, currently works as an Association Director and Project Manager for medical and health membership associations in Wisconsin. Her work involves the use of all seven Areas of Responsibility. Ashley works with her clients to access membership needs and capacities. From there she works with them to plan and implement those priorities for the year. Throughout the process, Ashley uses process, impact and outcome evaluation measures to track progress. Ashley is often called upon as a resource for health education discussions and planning. By becoming CHES®-certified, Ashley feels that her credibility has increased among the field of public health workers in her state.

Ashley has been involved with NCHEC contests and social media endeavors, and was a 2016 entrant in the CHES®/MCHES® Essay Contest.  Recently, she was invited to serve on the NCHEC Marketing Committee and volunteers her time each month in the effort to promote the value and recognition of CHES®/MCHES® in the field of health education and promotion.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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Should I Prescreen for Eligibility?

You've heard of the prescreen option...but do you really need to?  Here's the scoop on the difference between a prescreen and a traditional application, and why a prescreen may be the right place to start.

Prescreen vs. Application

prescreen application is often used in place of a regular application, if you are in any way unsure of coursework eligibility.  In fact, there are several benefits to using the prescreen service that you may not be aware of: 

  • You will not need to resubmit an additional application if you are eligible. You simply log back into the account you create, and complete the exam payment and select a test site location.
  • Prescreen applications receive priority during the review process - so your results will be received within about 2 weeks or less. Traditional applications may take longer.
  • If you are not currently eligible, you will learn exactly how many credits you are missing, as well as sample course titles to help you select additional classes. You can pick up these credits online if you wish.
  • The cost of the prescreen ($25) is subtracted off of your application fee if you are eligible, so you will not end up paying more than the cost of original exam fee.  You will not have to pay the full exam fee until after you know that you are eligible.

The date of your prescreen application will be considered your exam application date, so you will not incur a higher exam fee due to a deadline cutoff.

You can apply for a prescreen review online here. Make sure to click the "New Prescreen Applicants" option.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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