Health coaching clinic

What is Health Coaching?

Health coaching is typically conducted in the context of disease prevention and/or chronic condition self-management. Health coaching is suitable for interdisciplinary teams of health professionals within chronic disease prevention, early intervention, rehabilitation, and other chronic condition self-management programs as well as to support optimal health and wellness.

Health coaching can be used as a stand-alone health behavior change intervention, and there is also a growing demand for health organizations to use dedicated clinical health coaches as part of their chronic disease management programs.

Health coaching techniques enable efficient use of consultation time by focusing on what patients can actively do to improve their health. Health Coaches support clients’ responsibility for their own health management. Consultations can be face-to-face, telephonic, via videoconferencing, and within a group setting.

In summary, Health coaches motivate patients toward readiness to change, assist them to make real-world, long-lasting behavioral changes, inclusive of their actions, thoughts, and emotions, and empower patients to achieve better health outcomes.

The Health Coaching Clinic provides health coaching services for individuals throughout their life. Our l health coaches provide a continuum of services including disease prevention, illness management, and improving health and wellness. Additionally, the Health Coaching Clinic prepares student learners to become healthcare leaders and conducts research, and connects community members to studies. Our programs and services advance 21st-century health care via the integration of high-quality, Evidence-Based health coaching practice into community, clinical, and organizational settings.

One of the Health Coaching Clinic’s objectives is to train high-quality, nationally recognized health coaches through the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Health Coaching program. Our students have the opportunity to be involved in evidence-based, quality health coaching-related research and work with individuals as a part of our community-engaged health coaching services all overseen by board-certified Health and Wellness Coaches and Clinical Instructors.

 

  • ⦁ Train high quality, nationally recognized health coaches
  • ⦁ Engage in evidence-based, quality health coaching-related research
  • ⦁ Provide community-engaged health coaching services, training, and mentorship

As part of the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition (BHAN), College of Health Sciences, the Health Coaching Clinic is a three-pronged program that integrates coaching training, research, and practice. Housed on STAR campus, the Health Coaching Clinic is a state-of-the-art coaching facility including counseling rooms with built-in observation technology, biometric assessment capacity, online, telemedicine format capabilities, patient simulation, healthcare theatre, and group coaching space. As part of the UD Health, our facility has ancillary billing, electronic medical record, and scheduling support. The Health Coaching Clinic incorporates BHAN’s nationally recognized Graduate Health Coaching Certificate program.

Our Staff

Michael Mackenzie, PhD

Academic Director

Dr. Mackenzie is an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior Science at University of Delaware. Dr. Mackenzie has worked in research, clinical, and leadership roles in the fields of oncology, mental health, rehabilitation and education since 2000.Dr. Mackenzie is Program Director for UD’s International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC)-approved Graduate Certificate in Clinical Health Coaching. Dr. Mackenzie’s work in the area of clinical health coaching focuses on health coaching in cancer survivorship

Tara Leonard, MS, NBC-HWC

Clinical Director

Tara is a nationally recognized clinical health coach, a consultant to the ICHWC, and inaugural director of the Health Coaching Clinic located on the STAR campus. Tara oversees all clinical health coaching activities.

 

 

 

 

 

Current Health Coaching Programming

We provide a variety of health coaching options for individuals who are in need or desire health coaching services. We also partner and take referrals from other health clinics and medical professionals to help better serve patients and achieve higher quality health outcomes.

One on One Health Coaching:

Clients bring to the coach information and recommendations from their treatment providers and work with the coach to decide which ones to enact and most importantly how to do so in a way they can gain and sustain the skills necessary to improve their overall health outcomes. Our health coaches also help connect the client with both internal and external resources and referrals appropriate to the needs of the client. This program option is available on a limited basis.

ANEW (Aligning Nutrition Exercise and Wellbeing):

A program aimed at helping individuals improve their health through nutrition, exercise, and wellbeing group coaching sessions. These sessions increase overall understanding of personal nutrition and exercise and support healthy lifestyle change through targeted goal setting. Certified Health Coaches, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist present education in a group format with ongoing coaching support throughout the 10-week program.

Employee Wellness Programming:

The clinic offers Health Coaching programs focused on physical activity, nutrition, and wellbeing in an employee wellness environment. Employees may participate in both wellness programming as well as individual health coaching.

Biometric Screening and Health Coaching session:

Health Coaches perform a basic biometric screen including blood pressure and a lipid panel (non-fasting blood glucose and non-fasting cholesterol). Screening results are discussed with the client and the remainder of the hour-long session is focused on client-driven goal setting for improved overall health outcomes. Referrals to appropriate health professionals may be offered if needed.

You can contact our clinic by emailing us at: health-coaching@udel.edu

Diabetes Prevention Program:

PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES WITH THE PreventT2 @ UD PROGRAM 

What is the PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program?

PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. As part of a PreventT2 group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress. Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles. PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 4 months, then once or twice a month for the second ½ of the year to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

You can contact our clinic by emailing us at: health-coaching@udel.edu

Clinic / Hours

To learn more about how you can connect with a health coach, schedule a coaching session, or see our various service options please visit the health coaching clinic page

HEALTH COACHING RESEARCH

The Health Coaching Clinic is involved in a number of ongoing research efforts to study the effectiveness and enhance the training of health coaches as well as work with board-certified (NBHWC) coaches who are alumni of our program. Please contact us at 302-831-3891 or email health-coaching@udel.edu for more information.

 

ANEW (Aligning Nutrition Exercise and Wellbeing):

August 2017-Ongoing

This study focuses on an integrated, team-based health coaching model’s impact on health outcomes. ANEW is a program aimed at helping women improve their health through nutrition, exercise, and wellbeing group coaching sessions. Sessions focus on increasing overall understanding of personal nutrition and exercise and supporting healthy lifestyle change through targeted goal setting. Certified Health Coaches, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist present education in a group format with ongoing coaching support throughout the 10-week program.

 

Wellness Coaching for Cancer Survivors:

March 2018 - current

The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of health coaching for improving the health, fitness, and overall wellbeing of cancer survivors. Clinical Health Coaches conduct 5 coaching sessions over a three-month period to set goals associated with improving overall health. The coaching sessions are client-centered and focus on areas of wellbeing decided upon by the participant.

In response to health care challenges, and in light of the need to create a rigorous program that meets the needs of health care professionals, in 2011 the University of Delaware formed a collaborative team representing physicians, nurses, psychologists, behaviorists, nutritionists, and pharmacists from major medical institutions and programs to create a post-baccalaureate certificate program in health coaching.  Working together the team identified competencies required of these nouveau professionals to best address the needs of the health care population, and how to best fit within the clinical setting.

HEALTH COACHING COMPETENCIES

Below is a list of competencies performed by Health Coaches trained in the University of Delaware’s Health Coaching Graduate Certificate program:

  • Assess patient predisposing, reinforcing, environmental, and enabling factors that influence client health behavior
  • Engage patients in behavior change protocols, goal setting, and program development
  • Develop and implement behavior change and chronic disease management programs via shared decision making with the patient
  • Make appropriate referrals for patients who need more focused care
  • Track and assess patient progress in behavior change
  • Consult with patients about what they can actively do to improve their health
  • Motivate patients to adopt behaviors that improve their health
  • Educate patients about relevant health-related issues and concerns
  • Develop patient skills to enhance self-management and ongoing healthy behaviors
  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team of health professionals within chronic disease prevention, early intervention, rehabilitation, and other chronic condition self-management programs.
  • Promote patient responsibility for their own health management
  • Communicate with other health professionals as required to maintain quality of care
  • Utilize Information Technology to monitor, motivate, and improve patient adherence to program plans
  • Maintain and utilize patient records as required

It was also deemed important that every student in the program have a supervised practicum experience in a clinical setting to develop their didactic skills.

The program is unique in its use of a Health Care Theater based final exam requiring students to demonstrate their competencies with a patient actor under the observation of program faculty.Learn more about our Health Coaching Certificate.