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ERIC Number: EJ822073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
The National Health Educator Competencies Update Project: Celebrating a Milestone and Recommending next Steps to the Profession
Airhihenbuwa, Collins O.; Cottrell, Randall R.; Adeyanju, Matthew; Auld, M. Elaine; Lysoby, Linda; Smith, Becky J.
Health Education & Behavior, v32 n6 p722-724 2005
For more than 60 years, the health education profession has worked to develop, implement, and refine guidelines for preparing and training health educators. Among the seminal works documenting this dedication to, and quest for, quality assurance in professional preparation and practice are guidelines for professional education of health educators (1943), criteria and guidelines for accreditation of graduate programs in community health education (1969), guidelines for teacher education (1969) and safety and school health (1974), a framework for competency-based curricula for entry-level health educators (1985), and standards for the preparation of graduate-level health educators (1997) (American Association for Health Education [AAHE], National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. [NCHEC], Society for Public Health Education [SOPHE], 1999). In 1989, the NCHEC granted the first credential for certified health education specialists (CHES), which today number more than 12,000. These accomplishments have been the work of many health education pioneers with both the grist and guts to passionately pursue a vision that ultimately raised the stature of health education as a true profession. This article talks about the National Health Educator Competencies Update Project (CUP), an ambitious study in late 1998 conducted to reverify the entry-level health education responsibilities, competencies, and subcompetencies and to verify the advanced-level competencies and subcompetencies. This article presents the four recommendations issued by the Boards of NCHEC, SOPHE, and AAHE to the profession. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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