A certified health education specialist (CHES) is responsible for providing educational content related to health topics on behalf of their organization. They are in charge of interacting with a wide variety of people and groups, explaining heath concepts in a clear and effective manner. Some of their main responsibilities include participating in training sessions and seminars to educate the public on common health issues, answering participants' questions and concerns as they arise, and working with other health professionals to share information, present and fulfill organizational goals within a specified timeframe. Additionally, these specialists work with community leaders to engage the target population on issues such as nutrition, exercise, and disease prevention and control.
Certified health education specialists analyze available data to draw conclusions on current health trends and guide programming. They are responsible for increasing individual participation in health programs, assessing public knowledge and providing incentives to modify lifestyles. They use health reports, statistics and census information to explain public concerns in health education to community and organizational leaders, as well as participate in marketing activities such as providing content for organizational publications.
A bachelor's degree in health education or another relevant field and status as a certified specialist are required for this job. Previous experience in a health education environment is generally required or preferred as well. Certified health education specialists must be able to use a personal computer to create reports, modify spreadsheets, and develop presentations.
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Tasks
Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.
Promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by assisting individuals and groups to adopt healthy behaviors.
Collect and analyze data to identify health education needs prior to planning, implementing, and evaluating programs.
Develop and present health education and promotion programs such as training workshops and conferences.