National Health Educator Job Analysis Survey

The National Commission for Health Education, in cooperation with the American Association for Health Education and the Society for Public Health Education, is sponsoring a national survey to verify the workplace competencies of health educators.

If you are a health education practitioner or faculty member, we need you! The survey will help us update the competencies that form the foundation for health education credentialing, professional preparation, and professional development. According to certification best practices, the competencies must be re-verified every five years.

A critical component of this project is to identify a diverse sample of health educators to take the survey. A random sample of health educators who register by April 15, 2009 will be selected to complete the online survey. Survey participants will be eligible for a drawing for one of ten gift certificates to a well-known bookstore chain.

If you are willing to participate, please take a few minutes now to register for the survey at



Call for Photos

Celebrate your CHES credential through pictures!
NCHEC is currently looking for pictures of CHES in action to showcase on the new Web site. If you have pictures of yourself on the job whether it is a worksite, non-profit organization, classroom, or government position, send it to NCHEC.

Directions for submitting a photo
Please fill out the following photo release form for each identifiable individual included in the photo.
Fax it to the NHEC office at: 800-813-0727
Please email the picture directly to nchec@nchec.org
The photo must be in either a JPEG or GIF format. When emailing the picture include Call for Photos and your name in the subject line.

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Health Educator Job Analysis Update

The national Health Educator Job Analysis project, which was announced in May of 2008, was initiated in August and is currently in progress. This 16 month project, guided by experts from the Professional Examination Service (PES) and the project steering committee (AAHE, SOPHE, and NCHEC leadership), is designed to meet recommendations from the National Organizations for Competency Assurance (NOCA) for periodic analysis.

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2009 Election Results
NCHEC would like to welcome the newly elected board members!

Board of Commissioners
Elizabeth Chaney, Ph.D, CHES

Division Board for Professional Development
Karen Coleman, MS, CHES
Melanie E. King, RN, MEd, CHES

Division Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists
Betty C. Jung, RN, MPH, CHES
Roberta Ogletree, HSD, MEd, BSEd, CHES

Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice
Carol Delong Pyles, RN, EdD, CHES
Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA, CHES

CHES Exam Receives “Gold Standard” NCCA Accreditation
WHITEHALL, PA. - August 8, 2008 – The health education profession’s most sought credential, the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), has received the “gold standard” endorsement by the leading body in testing accreditation.

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Call for Comments: NCHEC Position Statement about Advanced Certification
On April 28, 2007, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) voted to implement an advanced-level of certification. The name of the advanced level certification will be Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). During the April 25-28, 2008 face-to-face NCHEC Board of Commissioners meeting, the specifics of the advanced-level certification were discussed and agreed upon. NCHEC is extending the written comment period regarding the MCHES until November 3, 2008. Details on submission procedure can be found in the position statement

Please note: This is only a call for comments, the MCHES designation is not available at this time.

NCHEC Position Statement about MCHES

CHES Bulletin - Winter 2009
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CHES Bulletin - Fall 2008
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Read NCHEC's letter in opposition to proposed changes in DOL "health educator" classification

The system used by the Depts of Labor and Commerce to conduct the occupational census, the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system, currently lists “health educators” as a separate occupation under the category "Community and Social Services Occupations" (http://www.bls.gov/soc/soc_f0a0.htm).

The SOC 2010 revision proposes to “compound” the definition of health educator to include community health workers (http://www.bls.gov/soc/).

Rebuttal to 2010 SOC – Proposed change to 21-1091.

Research Studies Being Conducted for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC)

Research studies are being conducted to provide NCHEC and the Health Education Profession with information to strengthen professional preparation, strengthen the CHES credential, market the CHES credential, and allow the public to better understand who those are who hold the CHES credential.

During Spring Semester 2008 (January 2008 through April 2008), James F. McKenzie, PhD, MPH, CHES, Professor at Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, IN, and member of NCHEC's Division Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists (DBCHES), is spending his sabbatical conducting several research studies for NCHEC. Dr. McKenzie, working with one of his colleagues from BSU, Denise M. Seabert, PhD, CHES, is conducting three studies:

  1. Use of Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Examination Data by Professional Preparation Programs.
  2. Who holds the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential and why?
  3. Why do Certified Health Education Specialists allow their CHES certification to lapse?

If you are selected to participate in one of the studies, your cooperation would be greatly appreciated by both NCHEC and the researchers. The studies are expected to be completed by summer 2008. If you have any questions about how NCHEC plans to use the results of the studies, you may contact Linda Lysoby, Executive Director, NCHEC, 1541 Alta Drive, Suite 303, Whitehall, PA, 18052-5642, (888) 624-3248, ext. 13, llysoby@nchec.org.

Health Educators are 1 of Only 2 New Occupations in the DOL Handbook
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CUP Findings Impact CHES Exam
Preview the Percentage of Questions from each Area on the Revised CHES Exam — Effective October 2007.

Percentage of Questions from Each
Area of Responsibility on the Revised CHES Exam

Download Our Informational Fliers
April 25, 2008

Comparison of Areas of Responsibility
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Revised Retired Status Policy
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Interested in taking the CHES Exam? Click Here
Next Exam Date — April 25, 2008

2008 Exhibits Schedule

Society for Public Health Education
www.sophe.org October 23-25, 2008 San Diego, CA
American Public Health Association
www.apha.org October 25-29, 2008 San Diego, CA
American School Health Association (ASHA) Annual Conference www.ashaweb.org November 11-15, 2008 Tampa, FL
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