UNCG launches health coach training initiative

Posted on October 03, 2013

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The UNCG Department of Public Health Education was featured in today’s edition of the Triad Business Journal.

Read the full article here.

“Responding to a shift in health care that focuses on prevention and takes a team-based approach to caring for patients, UNC-Greensboro’s Department of Public Health Education has launched a health coach training program aimed at hospitals and physician practices. The role of a health coach is a relatively new one in clinical settings, but one that’s gaining increased attention as providers work on new ways to help patients change their lifestyles, take their medications and stick to care plans. The idea is the bridge the gap between care a doctor orders and the patient’s willingness to comply. That’s increasingly important as providers shift to being paid based on outcomes, not just volumes.”

“Assistant Professor Bill Evans said that the training program was crafted from a more general program designed to train wellness coaches, with the health coach training tailored for clinical settings such as hospitals and physician practices. “There is a need to educate the whole health care team about communicating with patients differently,” Evans said.”

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