FREE training in a 12-week course is provided and starts March 2020!
Here’s what health coaches say about the program:
“This program is a great opportunity to learn and connect to our community. It’s taught me not only how to connect effectively to my patient, but also how to take care of myself better.”
“My experience in the Health Coach Program has been, to say the very least, extraordinary. Learning how to meet the needs of my patient has taught me how to literally walk in someone else’s shoes. Looking at a patient as a whole and not just someone with a condition has been a life changing experience for me.”
By participating in the FREE 12-week course, you will gain:
- Knowledge about chronic illnesses including diabetes, COPD, heart disease, and high blood pressure
- Active listening and communication skills, including motivational interviewing
- Familiarity with local community resources
- Experience serving as part of a Primary Health Care team
- Skills for empowering patients
After completion of the course, you may be eligible to serve as a volunteer Health Coach through Valley’s Highlands Primary Care Clinic. Our Health Coaches serve for eight months and work one-on-one with their assigned patient – encouraging and supporting the patient while he/she learns how to navigate the health care system, access community resources, and improve their self-management skills.
Coaches call patients at least once per week and meet in-person at least once per month. In-person visits may occur in the patient’s home, a coffee shop, at a clinic, or at a community resource such as the YMCA, farmer’s market, or community center. Coaches also get together weekly for our team meeting, beginning after the 12-week course is completed. Learn more about the volunteer health coach role—see the program flyer.
For more information and TO APPLY please contact Laurie King RN, Health Coach Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.690.6667