HIRING CHES ® AND MCHES ® CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS Standard of Professional Excellence
PRACTICE SETTINGS FOR CHES ® OR MCHES ® PROFESSIONALS Below are examples of the many roles that CHES® and MCHES® professionals can fill in varying career sectors:
GOVERNMENT • Program Analyst • Health Educator • Information Specialist
HEALTHCARE/HOSPITALS • Case Manager • Outreach Coordinator • Patient Educator
UNIVERSITY • Campus Wellness Coordinator • Professor • Alcohol Educator/Counselor COMMUNITY/NONPROFIT • Program Coordinator • Health Promotion Specialist • Prevention Specialist
SCHOOLS • District Wellness Coordinator
• Head Start Specialist • Curriculum Developer
BUSINESS • Wellness Specialist
• Worksite Safety Educator • Health Media Consultant
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PATHWAY TO HIRING AN CHES®/MCHES® PROFESSIONAL
Incorporate CHES®/MCHES® preferred or required into your job description. STEP 1
Post job on nchec.org/job-postings. STEP 2
WHAT IS THE CHES ® /MCHES ® CERTIFICATION?
The CHES® and MCHES® credentials are certifications issued by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the highest quality standards in health education credentialing for over 30 years. NCHEC certifications meet national and international standards in credentialing though both the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the International Accreditation Services (IAS). ADDING CHES ® OR MCHES ® PROFESSIONALS TO YOUR TEAM CAN: Improve outcomes Increase patient or community knowledge Streamline workflow Improve the social determinants of health Build strong partner relationships Improve patient or consumer satisfaction
Ask the interview questions: • As a certified individual, what extra skills can you bring to the organization? • What does obtaining a professional certification mean to you? • In what ways are you committed to ongoing professional development?
Support your certified employee’s continued professional development and training eorts needed to maintain the credential.
Kathy Janes Jinkins, Associate Director of Patient Education, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Kristin Behler, Director of Health Promotion and Wellness, BeneFIT Corporate Wellness/Populytics
“The use of CHES®/MCHES® certified employees supports our mission by educating patients to make informed decisions and to better communicate with their medical team about their diagnosis and treatment which results in better outcomes for patients. By using credentialed individuals to deliver these messages, it strengthens the message to patients
“The CHES® and MCHES® certifications are the gold standard for health education, which we greatly value. As we focus on delivering high-quality and high-value care to the populations we serve in a competitive and constantly evolving environment, the CHES® and MCHES® credentials ensure we are achieving that
goal. Due to the continuing education requirements of CHES® and MCHES®, I know our consultants are staying current in this ever-evolving landscape.”
and the community and shows MD Anderson’s belief that well-prepared, well-credentialed employees make a dierence.”
WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE A CHES ® OR MCHES ® PROFESSIONAL? Professionals who hold the CHES® or MCHES® credential have gone beyond meeting university degree requirements and have voluntarily completed a national-level certification exam. They are committed to continued professional development, and have demonstrated a mastery of the Eight Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists. Their varied skillsets include: • Program development, management, and implementation • Motivational interviewing and behavior change methods
• Survey design, research and evaluation • Health literacy and health communication • Coalition building and advocacy for policy/ systems-level change
• Leadership and management • Assessment and data analysis • Ethics and Professionalism
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