266143 A Summative Report of Applications Submitted to the Experience Documentation Opportunity for the Master Certified Health Education Specialist Credential

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Beth Chaney, PhD, MCHES , Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Blossom Paravattil, MPH, CHES , National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., Whitehall, PA
Linda Lysoby, MS, MCHES , Executive Director, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, Whitehall, PA
Melissa A. Rehrig, MPH, MCHES , National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, Whitehall, PA
Lori Elmore, MPH, CHES , Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice Coordinator, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc., Whitehall, PA
Stephen Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA, MHum, MCHES , Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Background: The purpose of this presentation is to provide a summative report of the applications submitted to the Experience Documentation Opportunity (EDO), implemented by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC). Methods: The EDO was a onetime, 6-month opportunity for health education specialists holding the entry-level certification (Certified Health Education Specialist CHES) for 5 or more continuous years, with active status, to submit documentation to verify practice at the advanced level to become a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), the new advanced certification. The EDO process was an efficient way to verify a professional's level of practice. Applicants were required to submit a resume to verify years of practice at the advanced level; moreover, NCHEC required applicants to include a unique testament of practice forms from by individuals who could verify the applicant's practice at the advanced-level. These materials went through a rigorous review process, to be described during the presentation. Results: A total of 862 applications were submitted to NCHEC; 819 were approved, 36 denied, and 7 withdrew. Frequency distributions indicate which advanced-level Sub-competencies were used the most and least for applications. The process resulted in a relatively high (95%) pass rate, as 819 of 862 total applications were conferred MCHES. Results of the EDO process provide unique and valuable information regarding characteristics of the first cohort of MCHES, as well as a direct assessment of advanced-level practice in the field of health education. Implications of the process will be discussed during the presentation.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
Discuss and summarize the Experience Documentation Opportunity (EDO) as an efficient mechanism for conferring the inaugural cohort of Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES). Discuss the results and implications of the EDO for the field of health education and possibly other professions. Name the most common Sub-competencies used by advanced level health educators, as evidenced by the EDO review process

Keywords: Certification, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author on the content as I am the Chair of the Board of Commissioners for NCHEC, and was involved in the development of the MCHES policies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.