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Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis - An Invitation from the Leaders of NCHEC and SOPHE

Wednesday, May 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
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 You are invited to participate in an exciting opportunity to significantly impact the future of the health education profession. It is imperative that competencies central to professional preparation, professional development, and credentialing remain contemporary and reflective of current health education practice.

In keeping with best practice recommendations from the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA), work is beginning on the next practice analysis of the health education profession under the guidance of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Inc. (NCHEC). To accomplish this work, we are looking for volunteers to be part of the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA). This study will serve to update and validate the description of practice of entry- and advanced-level health education specialists and shape the blueprint for their credentialing.

Volunteer health education specialists are needed from a variety of work settings and experience levels to commit to one of several study activities that include serving on the Practice Analysis Task Force (PATF); participating in a telephone interview; completing an email-based independent review of the updated description of practice; or participating in a pilot test of the online survey instrument. The time commitment will vary depending on the specific volunteer opportunity.

It is anticipated that all work should be completed by the end of 2014 and the results released in 2015. Volunteers selected for the Task Force would be required to attend the first in-person meeting on July 26-27, in Washington, DC (expenses paid).

Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for one of these volunteer opportunities by clicking on the link below and completing all information no later than June 3, 2013.

This invitation is being disseminated widely in the health education community; therefore, we apologize in advance if you receive multiple copies.

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

M. Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES
Chief Executive Officer
Society for Public Health Education

Linda Lysoby, MS, MCHES, CAE
Executive Director
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

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