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Prominent Health Education Providers Awarded National Accreditation Status

Saturday, November 15, 2008 General News J E 4
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MILWAUKEE, Nov. 14 The National Association of HealthEducation Centers (NAHEC) is proud to award accreditation status to fourprominent U.S. health education providers and advocates: Clarion UniversityHealth Science Education Center (Clarion, PA), Ruth Lilly Health EducationCenter (Indianapolis, IN), Children's Health Education Center (Milwaukee, WI)and CentraState Healthcare System's Star and Barry Tobias Health AwarenessCenter (Freehold, NJ).

"The education these organizations provide is important to the long-termhealth literacy in the communities they serve. I am pleased to be able tohighlight their high standards and effectiveness in delivery of crucial healtheducation in their communities," said David Midland, Executive Director ofNAHEC.

National Association of Health Education Center's accreditation bringsnational recognition to a health education program for its commitment toexcellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continuedinstitutional improvement. The NAHEC Accreditation Program serves as thefield's primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and publicaccountability. Developed and sustained by health education professionals,the program reflects, reinforces, and promotes best practices, institutionalethics, and the highest standards of health education program operations.

"With increased healthcare costs, more attention needs to be focused onimproving health literacy as a strategy that has proven its return oninvestment," noted Accreditation Commission Chair Nancyann Falvo, Ph.D. "Ihope that by highlighting these outstanding organizations, more attention willbe given to the link between increased health education and decreasedpreventable illness and injury."

The Accreditation process, which includes an extensive self-study and peerreview process, ensures that accredited members are credible and accountablein their educational programming and delivery. The process certifies thatinstitutions have undergone a rigorous process of self-assessment as well asreview by their peers and they fulfill their obligations to the public as setforth in their individual missions.

"It is an honor and privilege to be recognized by the prestigious NationalAssociation of Health Education Centers," said Maryann Roper, RN, MA,Executive Director of the Health Awareness Center. "The award validates theefforts put forth by our highly qualified team of nurses, dieticians, andeducators who strive to provide quality health education programs to ourschools, community, and businesses."

For more information about NAHEC or its Accreditation Program, visithttp://www.nahec.org.

About the National Association of Health Education Centers (NAHEC)

Established in 1989, the National Association of Health Education Centers(NAHEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting anational network of organizations that provide health education programs.Through this network, over 3.9 million children and adults receive healtheducation that empowers them to actively participate in creating healthiercommunities. For more information about the National Association of HealthEducation Centers, visit http://www.nahec.org.

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information,visit http://www.ereleases.com.Contact: Meg Miller Marketing & Communications Director (414) 390-2195 mmiller@nahec.org

SOURCE National Association of Health Education Centers
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