Online Program

Support and promote the public health education profession through certification

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 1:35 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Melissa A. Rehrig, MPH, MCHES, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, Whitehall, PA
Maximizing system change to accommodate national public health priorities requires a trained and competent health education workforce. Employing nationally certified individuals for the role of the health education specialist in various sectors such as community, non-profits, healthcare and school settings is one approach in supporting the current and future workforce. The nationally accredited Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential, is one measure of professional competence of the health education workforce. In addition, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC) inaugurated a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) credential in 2011. Both certifications have 3 components: health education professional preparation, passing a certification assessment, and then maintaining continuing education requirements. In addition, the MCHES eligibility requires 5 years of health education experience in the field prior to sitting for the examination. The presentation will reveal testimonials from specific employers in different work settings that prefer to hire health education specialists with the CHES and/or MCHES designation and, in some instances, require the certification. Examples of how CHES and/or MCHES work within the Competencies and Sub-competencies in the workplace will be disclosed. Also, details of organizational policies in place to hire nationally recognized CHES and MCHES will be shared. Lastly, information will be shared on recent policy changes by the National Board of Certified Diabetes Educator (NBCDE) to recognize MCHES has a discipline eligible for the Certified Diabetes Educator and how that will enable third-party billing.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss testimonials from specific employers in different work settings that prefer to hire CHES/MCHES Describe organizational policies and recruitment strategies in hiring health education specialists

Keyword(s): Certification, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As the Deputy Executive Director of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC),Inc I overee the projects related to communicating messages about health education certification and NCHEC to various audiences. I serve as the staff liaison to NCHEC’s Marketing Committee, the publication editor of NCHEC NEWS Bulletin, and the production editor for printed, electronic, and other marketing materials. Also, I oversee the strategic planning and leadership for on special Division Board projects.
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.