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Origins of the Competencies Update Project

The national health educator Competencies Update Project (CUP) was initiated in March 1998 by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) as a followup to the 1978-1981 Role Delineation Project. NCHEC assumed the responsibility as the fiscal and administrative organization for the research. The initial purpose of the CUP was to determine the current role of entry-level health educators by assessing what they do in practice.

During April 1998, preliminary discussions took place at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) national conference. During this preparatory phase, it was determined that it would be important to assess the validity of the recently-developed graduate Competencies, later termed the advanced-level Competencies. Because of the active support by NCHEC, the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) also assumed a major leadership role in the research project. They contributed the highest levels of support funding, and eventually became the copyright holders for CUP.

In order to have the project clearly viewed as research conducted on behalf of the health education profession, as was intended in the original Role Delineation Project, a CUP-identified mailing address and Web site were established under the auspices of NCHEC. In this manner, over the five-year lifespan of CUP, health educators have engaged in research and contributed their support to this project, which was intended to impact professional preparation, certification, and professional development.

For Additional Information, Contact:
_Gary D. Gilmore, MPH, PhD, CHES
_Chair Phone: (608) 785-8163 e-mail: gilmore.gary@uwlax.edu
_Larry K. Olsen, DrPH, CHES e-mail: LKOUMP53@msn.com
_Alyson Taub, EdD, CHES e-mail: alyson.taub@nyu.edu



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