Gary-Gilmore-photoGary D. Gilmore, M.P.H., Ph.D., MCHES, is a public health epidemiologist and public health educator who developed this experience to serve as a practical, meaningful learning experience for emerging health educators and health promotion specialists who want to become more fully aware of, and connected to, the health education 7 Areas of Responsibility and the health education competencies. Additionally, the experience is designed to assist individuals in preparing for the CHES and MCHES examination (a thoughtful, meaningful review with examples, not a "crash course").  

He has been a part of the national health education credentialing process since its inception beginning with the seminal Bethesda, Maryland conference in 1978, the meeting in which the profession decided to go forth with a national certification process.  He has served on the Board of Commissioners, and as Vice Chair, of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing; he was a member of the National Graduate Competencies Implementation Committee; he chaired the National Competencies Update Project during its eight years of existence, which verified the health education competencies and sub-competencies and resulted in the formulation of the hierarchical model that guides the distinct levels of health education competencies and sub-competencies today.

During a portion of his Fulbright Scholar experience at the All-India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health in Calcutta (Kolkata), India during 1999–2000, he was involved in teaching public health and medical professionals about the value of incorporating the health education competencies into community-based public health programs throughout West Bengal and beyond.  

He has served in his Joint Appointment role (in directing the Graduate Community Health/Public Health Programs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and serving as Community Health Program Director in Extended Learning at that same institution) for 46 years.

In addition to teaching in the nationally-accredited community health education and health promotion undergraduate and graduate programs, he also oversees the institution's role as a Multiple Event Provider (MEP) for Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECHs) as authorized by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.