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"The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
~ Malcolm Forbes

Striving for Excellence as a Health Care Educator?
HCEA is currently exploring the feasibility of a national certification for health care educators. To that end, we have begun developing a competency framework. Conversations continue with recognized accrediting organizations to establish this national certification program in the coming year. HCEA will post new information as it becomes available.
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Nominate a deserving educator for the
"HCEA Healthcare Educators Spotlight" Awards  TODAY!

The Health Care Education Association (HCEA) is seeking nominations for its "Healthcare Educators Spotlight" awards, which recognize and celebrate significant achievements in the field of healthcare education. Recipients will be honored at the HCEA conference in September 2017 and their work will be highlighted on the HCEA website and in an E-Blast.   
Awards have been established in the following categories:

  Jean W. Raines Distinguished Service Award
  Excellence in Practice Award - Professional
  Excellence in Practice Award - Patient/
     Community Education
  Outstanding Research Award

The deadline for nominations is June 9, 2017.

Click here to learn more about these awards.

Click here to submit a nomination.  (PDF) - also available in Word .docx

Please contact Sandy Cornett, PhD, RN at

We Need Your Help: Volunteers Needed to Develop Patient Education Practice Guidelines
The Health Care Education Association (HCEA) is developing clinical practice guidelines to advance the delivery of efficient and effective health education for patients and their families. Designed for patient educators, these guidelines will include evidence-based best practices for optimizing patient care through education.

HCEA will work on select components of guideline development:
  Review of the literature
  Evaluation and synthesis of the evidence
  Development of evidence-based guidelines

We are looking for volunteers with skills in the following areas:
  Project management
  Database management
  Practice guideline development
  Library Sciences (MLS)

To learn more and how to sign up, please click here

for the next HCEA Conference
coming September 6-8, 2017
in Salt Lake City, Utah

Save the Date for the HCEA 2017 Conference

HCEA is excited to announce the 2017 conference, "Reaching New Heights in Patient Powered Care", being held in Salt Lake City, UT September 6 - 8, 2017.

This year's theme focuses on how educators can empower patients and families while they navigate through the ever changing health care environment.

We encourage you to present at the 2017 conference to an audience of patient educators, staff educators and other professional peers, gain exposure of your work and advance your career. Share your patient education innovative ideas, quality improvement initiatives and research!

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HCEA "Healthcare Educators Spotlight" Award
(Deadline for nominations is June 9, 2017.)

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The Board of Directors wants and needs to hear from you!  Where do YOU want HCEA to go in the future?
How can HCEA add value to YOUR professional life?
What changes would YOU like HCEA to make?

Please feel free to contact any of our Board members.
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The Health Care Education Association (HCEA) is committed to lifelong learning, and we feel that one of the best ways to learn is through the personal experiences of our members.

Our vision is to improve quality of life for all people through excellence in health care communication, education, and engagement. We want to hear how you, as an HCEA member, are making our vision a reality through the work in your organization. Please use this form to briefly tell us about your project or initiative. We will contact you for more information and permission to share your story on our website and in our monthly member eBlasts.


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