Team members offer a variety of educational programs to Doylestown Health Associates, community members and local businesses.
Two members of our Wellness and Outreach team are making a difference in the lives of Doylestown Health Associates as well as community members and employees of local businesses.
Their efforts were recently recognized with a win in a national video contest highlighting health education efforts. Congratulations to Ashley Benton and Kellye Remshifski for receiving top honors in the national 2019 CHES® and MCHES® Video Contest.
Kellye Remshifski, M.S., CHES®, CHC, is our Wellness and Outreach Manager and Ashley Benton, CHES® is the Education Outreach Liaison responsible for employee, community and corporate wellness. They orchestrate many of the wellness activities for Doylestown Health Associates, including Lunch and Learns, wellness challenges and a variety of health education activities.
"I really like helping people, especially with health-related behavior changes," says Ashley. "I like being a resource to people."
"Getting at the root cause of issues is why I got into health promotion in the first place," says Kellye. "I want to disseminate facts versus fiction when it comes to health education."
For their programs, Ashley and Kellye rely on the Eight Dimensions of Wellness theory that focuses on physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational, financial, and environmental components of overall well-being.
One of the goals of programs geared toward Doylestown Health Associates is to "give them tangible knowledge to impact their lives so they don't have to rely on the Internet," notes Kellye.
Lunch and Learn topics range from a closer look at popular diets to saving for retirement. These programs, which take place at Doylestown Hospital, are free and open to members of the community.
When it comes to planning programs for community members, Ashley and Kellye look to the Community Needs Assessment report for topics that people are looking to learn more about, like mental health and addiction. The monthly five-part "Tackling Addiction" series starts with "Addiction 101" on January 15, 2020 at 5 p.m. at Doylestown Hospital. Learn more about this free series of discussions that addresses the interrelated issues of substance abuse and mental health.
Ashley and Kellye also take their educational programs out into the community by partnering with local churches, senior centers and libraries. Learn more about upcoming classes and events.
Corporate wellness is another part of Doylestown Health's wellness outreach. Programs are tailored to each business and can include everything from nutrition and fitness to suicide prevention. Doylestown Health also offers certain health screenings and flu shots for local businesses large and small.
"Many people don't know where to go for good health and wellness information," says Ashley. "We take our resources to them – it's very helpful."
The video contest was sponsored by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). The organization's goal is the promotion of health education specialists through the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) credentials. These credentials mean a health education worker has taken the initiative to pursue additional certification and has real-life knowledge planning, implementing, and advocating for health education programs and promotions.
For the national video contest, entrants were asked to film themselves speaking about the benefits of certification in their professional and personal lives and their roles as health education specialists. Ashley and Kellye's encouraging message secured the first place award, and the video is being shown on NCHEC's YouTube Channel.
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 239 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.