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Project L/EARN News and Events » Zupenda Davis receives Award

NCHEC Announces the Certification of Zupenda M. Davis, MCHES

April 2011. Zupenda M. Davis is among the first group to earn the certification as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). Davis, a 1994 alumna of Project L/EARN and 1996 graduate of Rutgers University, earned her MPH from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is currently in the DrPH program at Drexel University.

The newly created advanced-level certification, MCHES, awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., (NCHEC) signifies that Zupenda has met the national standards for individual health education practitioners. The MCHES certification attests to the individualís knowledge and understanding of the Health Education Areas of Responsibility at an advanced-level and assists employers in identifying qualified health education practitioners.

NCHEC developed the advanced-level certification in response to recommendations from the profession that were supported by research indicating the presence of distinct levels of practice in the health education work setting, said William Chen, Chair of NCHECís Board of Commissioners. Congratulations to this very first class of MCHES.

The MCHES certification indicates advanced-level knowledge and skills and is a commitment to the advancement of the health education profession and continued professional development, added Linda Lysoby, MS, CAE, MCHES, Executive Director of NCHEC. This has been a long awaited step in the field of health education, and itís so exciting.

The MCHES credential indicates that an individual has met three components: academic and experience requirements, passing of a certification assessment, and compliance with ongoing continuing education requirements. The certification is voluntary, meaning that one chooses to earn this credential which is national in scope. The MCHES certification is based on generic Responsibilities, Competencies, and Sub-competencies that have been verified as necessary for advanced-level practice in health education by a national job analysis process, the most recent being the 2010 National Health Educator Job Analysis Project.

This achievement is considered a milestone in an individualís professional development and a testament to the individualís commitment to continuous improvement in the health education profession. For further information about NCHEC certifications, visit www.nchec.orgor contact NCHEC at 888-624-3248 or

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