266738 Understanding of the Application of Advanced Practice Health Educator Sub-competencies by Certified Health Education Specialists

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Stephen Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA, MHum, MCHES , Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
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
Michael Perko, PhD, MCHES, FAAHE , Public Health Education, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Ellen Edmonds, PhD, MCHES , Dept of Health Sciences, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
Michael McNeil, EdD, MS, CHES , Assistant Director Alice! Health Promotion, Columbia University, New York, NY
Background: Between 15 October 2010 and 15 April 2011the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing offered a one-time opportunity to certified health education specialist to provide documentation that they are practicing at an advanced level. This Experience Documentation Opportunity (EDO) provided unique insight into how the certified health education specialist understands and can apply (via documentation) competencies required in the field. Methods: Eligible CHES needed to provide a) detailed explanation of advanced practice aligned with four separate advanced Sub-competencies; 2) written testimony from two recommenders that applicant is practicing at an advanced level; 3) documentation that supports activities; and 4) resume clearly showing advanced practice for five years. Results: Presentation will show 1) which advanced Sub-competencies are not well understood by health educators, i.e. cause for concern by review panels; 2) nature of concern on the description of the advanced activity; 3) level and nature of concern with supporting documentation. Overall the health education specialists' EDO applications were in good order, but there were enough missives to warrant continuing education in select areas. Implications: Given these results from the EDO process, it is evident that more needs to be done to improve the understanding of Sub-competencies for health education specialists. This EDO review showed that some health education specialists, even those at the advanced level, failed to articulate how a Sub-competency is used in practice. Such shortcomings are less likely to be identified via the standard testing process and demonstrate areas of need for continuing education in the field.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Ethics, professional and legal requirements

Learning Objectives:
List the 10 advanced Sub-competencies that caused most concern for review panels of the experience documentation opportunity for certified health education specialists asking for certification to advanced status Explain the extent and nature of concerns that review panels had with applicants’ brief description of advanced practice activities submitted for the EDO process Discuss and provide ideas for continuing education needs of health education specialists to improve their understanding of advanced Sub-competencies

Keywords: Certification, Quality Assurance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was on the Division Board of Professional Preparation and Practice of the credentialing entity when the Experience Documentation Opportunity (EDO) was implemented. I am familiar with the policies and procedures of the EDO and the appeal process.
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.