health educators

health educators

The health educators’ 7 Areas of Responsibility define the role of the health education specialist. These Responsibilities were verified through the 2010 Health Educator Job Analysis Project. There are two levels of certification: CHES is the entry-level for which you will be prepared by the time you graduate from this program. It means "certified health education specialist". MCHES is the advanced level. It means "master certified health education specialist".

The CHES and MCHES designation after a health educator’s name is one indication of professional competency and commitment to continued professional development.

The 7 Areas of Responsibility are described in detail at http://www.nchec.org/credentialing/responsibilities/

Foundation for this assignment

A Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) is someone who has met the standards of competence established by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (NCHEC) and hassuccessfully passed a national exam that is based on the 7 Areas of Responsibility. The CHES designation after a health educator’s name is one indication of professional competency and commitment to continued professional development. There is also an advanced level of certification, MCHES (Master Certified Health Education Specialist) for those with a higher level of expertise.

Self-reflection and application of the module materials is improtant, especially when establishing a foundation for the course. Before completing the assignment, read the expectations below.

Task for this assignment — write a 2-page paper that includes the following information:

1. Discuss a time when you felt that your level health literacy was not adequate to understand a health issue you or a loved one were facing. You do not have to reveal personal medical information that you are not comfortable sharing.

Describe how you dealt with the situation — did you take steps to improve your health literacy? If so, what did you do? How has that action affected your health behaviors?

If not, why not? How has that decision affected your health behaviors?

2. In one paragraph, summarize how this assignment has helped you in developing proficiency in the Health Education Areas of Responsibility. Be specific in mentioning the Area and its associated Competencies.

SLP assignment expectations, in order to earn full credit:

You will be assessed on your ability to apply your understanding of the module materials to your future career as a health educator. Your papers will be evaluated on the following factors:

Precision – follow all instructions and answer each part of the assignment.
Breadth – show broad knowledge of the module?s topic.
Depth – go into detail to show more critical thought about the specific assignment.
Clarity – the extent to which you elaborate and include discussion or examples as asked.
Critical thinking – thinking that goes beyond simple description, repetition, or quotation, and comes to a relevant conclusion.
Application – the extent to which you apply the information to a real-life situation related to the assignment.
You must clearly show that you have read the module homepage and ALL required background materials.

You are welcome to do research in addition to — but not instead of — the required readings.

Wikipedia is not an acceptable source of information.

Please write your paper in your own words, based on what you have learned in the module. That is the only way I can evaluate your level of understanding.

Even though this paper is primarily about your personal experience, use scholarly sources to support your positions. Be sure to cite your references in the text of all papers and on the reference list at the end. For examples, look at the way the references are listed in the modules and on the background reading list.