About HCEA

Health Care Education Association is a multi-disciplinary professional organization comprised of health care educators who are committed to improving healthcare outcomes through evidence-based education.



We are educators from across the continuum of care.

Our focus is geared toward patient, family and consumer health education, health literacy, patient engagement, patient-centered care and documentation.



HCEA Mission

Increase the value and impact of patient education within all health care organizations.

HCEA Vision

A community of professionals working across organizations and disciplines to revolutionize patient education and empower individuals to achieve health goals.

HCEA Core Values

  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Evidence-based
  • Patient-centered
  • Advocacy
  • Innovation
  • Life-long learning
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Collaboration

 HCEA Strategic Goals:

Strategic Goal #1: National Leadership
Establish and maintain national leadership among all patient education professionals –– not only HCEA members. Activities that support this strategy are also visible and accessible to non-members.

Strategic Goal #2: Membership Value
Provide tangible membership value by supporting HCEA members in the achievement of their professional goals through member-exclusive benefits. Activities that support this strategy are exclusive to HCEA members.

Strategic Goal #3: Organizational Sustainability
Achieve long-term organizational sustainability through structure and processes tailored to our member-driven, volunteer-led nonprofit association.

Strategic Goal #4: Advocacy
Participate in advocacy and action on national issues relative to patient education, in all settings including inpatient, outpatient, community health, consumer health, etc.