National Health Education Standards Task Force

SHAPE America is proud to champion and safeguard the National Health Education Standards (NHES), which serve as the foundation for high-quality, school-based health education programs.

The National Health Education Standards Task Force was created in 2021 with input from partners in the health education space following SHAPE America’s acquisition of the NHES copyright from the American Cancer Society in 2020.

Task force members represent diverse stakeholders in school-based health education including leading national health education organizations, state departments of education, HETE programs, and K-12 practitioners.

The task force will be responsible for revising the National Health Education Standards. Throughout the revision process, they will seek and welcome review from organizations in the health education space. There will also be opportunities for individuals to offer public feedback.


Nadine Marchessault, MEd, NBCT, Co-Chair, Health Education Specialist, Hawaiʻi State Department of Education

Sarah Toth, PhD, MEd, MCHES®, Co-Chair, Assistant Professor of Health Science, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Holly Alperin, EdM, MCHES, Program Coordinator & Clinical Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education, University of New Hampshire

Angela Beale-Tawfeeq, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Rowan University, New Jersey

Laurie Bechhofer, MPH, FASHA, HIV/STD Education Consultant, Michigan Department of Education

Mary Connolly, Senior Faculty and Program Chair, Skills Based Health/Social Emotional Learning Program, Cambridge College, Massachusetts

Nana Donkor, MSEd, Health Education Instructional Supervisor, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland

Angela Glymph, PhD, Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning, Peer Health Exchange

Jamie Hurley, Health and Physical Education Principal Consultant, Colorado Department of Education

Michelle Ireland, MA, MCHES®, Health Education Teacher, Hanover Public Schools, Massachusetts

Brittany McBride, MPH, Associate Director, Sex Education, Advocates for Youth

Susana Mercado, Health Education Practitioner

Kaulana Molina, MS, NBCT, Health Education Practitioner, Hawaiʻi

Jessica Napier, Health Education Practitioner/Assistant Principal, Kentucky

Amanda Nichols, MEd, Lead Professional Learning Facilitator, RMC Health

Lisa K. Perry, MEd, Senior National Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Kandice Porter, PhD, MCHES®, Professor of Health Promotion, Kennesaw State University, Georgia

Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education, City School District of New Rochelle, New York

Andrew Snyder, MAT, Education Programs Professional for Health, Physical Education and STEM, Nevada Department of Education

Erin N. Sweeney, PhD, MEd, MCHES®, Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education Program, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Leigh Szucs, PhD, CHES, Health Scientist, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NHES Town Hall Meeting

In May 2021, SHAPE America hosted a National Health Education Standards Town Hall meeting to garner initial thoughts from the field about the revision process. Health educators and other school health education stakeholders were invited to provide direct feedback about potential changes to the NHES. Share your thoughts by completing this form.

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