InSOPHE's Continuing Education committee provides workshops and trainings for professional health educators to improve their skills in a variety of areas such as leadership, organization, cultural competency and advocacy. These workshops are provided an average of twice a year (once in the spring and in the fall) with the opportunity to earn continuing education hours for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). Continuing education hours awarded at each workshop range from 1.5 to 2.0 CECH's. InSOPHE has collaborated with organizations such as the Indiana Public Health Association to provide advocacy workshops that also offer CHES hours. Events like this are offered in addition to the spring and fall workshops.
There are many ways to find out about upcoming CHES credits. Sometimes they are hard to come by in Indiana, but there are also many self-study opportunities that are available for you to do right from the comfort of your own home.
- National SOPHE - Go there and click on Continuing Education Opportunities and Training. Under this link you will find upcoming conferences and events. You can search by geographic area to find opportunities close to home.
- American Public Health Association (APHA) - Go there and click on Continuing Education. This site lists some opportunities through their organization as well as links to a number of different organizations. This is an excellent resource for a diverse collection of CHES opportunities.
- US Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS) - Go there and type "CHES" in the search box. Here you will find a variety of self-study opportunities. Just read to find out how you can get credits from the comfort of your own living room.
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) - Go there to find information on continuing education opportunities for Health Educators. This site has a number of self-study programs that you can complete on a number of different topics.
If you are interested in joining the continuing education committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org today.