About Us


The Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) was formed in 1972 and represents over 30,000 individuals committed to the advancement of the field of health education.  As a coalition, we draw strength from our collective size and multiple perspectives.

Our Mission

To mobilize the resources of the health education profession in order to expand and improve health education, regardless of setting.

What We Do

  • We facilitate national level communication, collaboration and coordination among the member organizations.
  • We provide a forum for the identification and discussion of health education issues.
  • We formulate recommendations and take appropriate action on issues affecting member interests.
  • We serve as a communication and advisory resource for agencies, organizations and persons in the public and private sectors on health education issues.
  • We serve as a focus for the exploration and resolution of issues pertinent to professional health educators.

CNHEO and Advocacy

Advocacy was identified as a key need for further development of the health education profession in the CNHEO report Marketing the Health Education Profession – Knowledge, Attitudes and Hiring Practices of Employers.

Advocacy is a critical competency of the health education specialist and an essential strategy in profession-wide efforts to foster improvements in individual and population health in all settings.

The World Health Organization defines advocacy for health as a combination of individual and social actions designed to gain political commitment, policy support, social acceptance, and systems for a particular health goal or program. Building effective political alliances with Congressional representatives and other policymakers is critical to strengthen and expand the resource base for behavioral/social sciences research, health education programs and practice, professional preparation in health education, and workforce employment.

By 1998, the CNHEO developed a core advocacy agenda to speak with one voice on priority issues and legislation related to health education and that same year the first Health Education Advocacy Summit was held in Washington, D.C.

Member organizations


Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) The mission of SOPHE is to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion and to promote the health of society. www.sophe.org


American College Health Association (ACHA) ACHA strives to be the principal advocate and leadership organization for college and university health. www.acha.org


American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health.www.apha.org



Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) building on principles and practices of health promotion and education, DHPE strengthens public health capacity in policy and in systems change to improve the health of all and achieve health equity.www.dhpe.org


American School Health Association (ASHA) mission is to build the capacity of its members to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and youth. www.ashaweb.org