CHES Exam Prep Course

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CHES Exam Prep Course

The eight-module series is an interactive, distance-based course designed for students and health education professionals who wish to expand their knowledge, skills, and abilities to become certified in the health education field. Activities are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding and equip future health education specialists with the knowledge that can be applied to real-life situations or within health education planning within the entry-level, HESPA II 2020 competencies. Current content in the topics of Needs Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation and Research, Advocacy, Communication, Leadership & Management, and Ethics and Professionalism. This course is designed to offer 8 CECH (8-entry) or 1.0 per module. All modules contain knowledge checks for the requirement of NCHEC continuing competencies. For learners completing all 8 modules, a pre and post-test will be completed to assess the effectiveness and applicability of the course.

  • Area of Responsibility VII: Leadership and Management

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    Area of Responsibility VII: Leadership and Management Module

    Area of Responsibility VII: Leadership and Management Module

    In the seventh module, learners will be able to gain knowledge and skills to effectively engage stakeholders in health education projects as well as prepare others to provide health education and promotion. At the end of this module, participants will be able to: 1) Coordinate at least two relationships with partners and stakeholders in the field of health education and promotion. 2) Describe at least three facilitation methods for others in health education.

    Speaker: Gigi Holder, LCSW, MPH, CHES®

    Gigi Holder, LCSW, MPH, CHES®

    Program Director, Child Access to Mental Health and Psychiatry

    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Gigi Holder currently serves as the program director for the Child Access to Mental Health and Psychiatry (CHAMP) program operated out of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson. In this role, Gigi operates the day-to-day activities which vastly involve providing resources and referrals, and education to primary care providers across the state when they call the consultation phone line to speak to a mental health specialist regarding the care of their pediatric patients. The mission of CHAMP is to address the lack of mental health resources across Mississippi by allowing for same-day, peer to peer consultation between a medical provider and a social worker, child psychologist, or child psychiatrist so that behavioral and emotional concerns can be addressed without the need for unnecessary referral delay for services.

    Prior to this position, Gigi completed a 2-year postgraduate fellowship with the Mississippi Thrive! Child Health and Development Project was comprised of a multidisciplinary team conducting developmental assessments for children up to age 6 at the Center for Advancement of Youth (CAY) at UMMC. As a clinician, she continues to provide therapy services to families with children aged 2 to 7 regarding behavioral concerns as well as exposure to trauma events for young children and adolescents. 


    Gigi earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Education from the University of Arkansas in her hometown of Fayetteville, AR, and later received a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from the Dual Degree Program at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Through all of this, her involvement with SOPHE has remained steadfast from maintaining her CHES credentialing to serving in leadership roles in both the House of Delegates and on the Board of Trustees for National SOPHE.