FARMINGTON — Nicole Ditata, a program coordinator for Healthy Community Coalition based in Farmington, is among the first individuals to earn certification as a master certified health education specialist.

The newly created advanced-level certification awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc., signifies that Ditata has met the national standards for individual health education practitioners. The MCHES certification attests to the individual’s knowledge and understanding of the health education areas of responsibility at an advanced level and assists employers in identifying qualified health education practitioners.

The MCHES credential indicates that an individual has met three components: academic and experience requirements, passing of a certification assessment, and compliance with ongoing continuing education requirements. This achievement is considered a milestone in an individual’s professional development and a testament to the individual’s commitment to continuous improvement in the health education profession.

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