Preparing for the Certified Health Education Specialist Exam: Podcast with LaTonya Bynum
JPHMP presents Public Health Perspectives, a podcast series targeted towards strengthening the future public health workforce. We will explore the narratives of public health care professionals and gain insight on career paths that shape the profession. In our journey, we will use JPHMP’s 21 Public Health Case Studies on Policy & Administration, which provides case studies that help students and practitioners connect with real life experiences. These case studies explore core problems, stakeholders, steps taken, challenges, results, conclusions, and discussion questions for analysis that can be used to strengthen the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation criteria that form the foundation of public health degrees.
In this episode of Public Health Perspectives, LaTonya Bynum shares insights into preparing for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination, which measures knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists delineated by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists 2015. According to the CHES website, a Certified Health Education Specialist is someone who has met required academic preparation guidelines, successfully passed a competency-based exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., and satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential.
LaTonya Bynum is the Healthcare Technical Writer for the Health and Life Sciences Department of DXC Technology, a global end-to-end IT company. Recently, she earned her MPH with an emphasis in Health Policy and Management from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In addition, she holds a bachelor of science degree in Health Education with a concentration in Community Health and Spanish. LaTonya has several trainings, certifications, and accolades which speak to her degree of professionalism and credibility in the field.
Ms. Bynum enjoys analyzing data and conducting research to write scientific papers. She has co-authored several papers regarding falls and comorbid conditions, diabetic retinopathy, eye care services, and this fall will publish her first lead author paper on depression. Her research interests include rural health, health disparities, and community health.
Last year, Bynum founded U.R.A. Resource Center, LLC, a public health consulting firm specializing in creative/technical writing, public speaking, and research/data analysis.
She has worked in public health for more than a decade and uses her transferable skills to provide excellence in service to students, organizations, and community leaders.
Music presented in this program comes from The Gentle Art of Squinting by Taylor Arnold and Jordan Wilson and includes the tracks “Hilltop Cloudwatch” and “Coming Home.” Listen to the complete album here.
For further reading, consider these related articles from the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice:*
- A Strong Public Health Workforce for Today and Tomorrow
- Public Health Leadership and Management in the Era of Public Health 3.0
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Camelia Singletary, MPH, received her master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Her research interests include exploring the implementation of school physical activity programs in combination with nutritional components. She is also interested in analyzing the adoption of physical activity and healthy eating skills from a social-cognitive perspective. As a public health communicator at JPHMP Direct, she hopes to create linkages between evidence-based research, public health coursework, and health certification competencies.