Health coaching clinic

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What is Health and Welness Coaching?

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

Health and Wellness 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 and Wellness Coaches as part of their disease management programs.

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

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

The Health Coaching Clinic provides Health and Wellness Coaching services for individuals throughout the lifespan. Our Health and Wellness 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 and Wellness Coaching practice into community, clinical, and organizational settings.

One of the Health Coaching Clinic’s objectives is to train high-quality, nationally recognized Health and Wellness Coaches through the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Health Coaching program. Our students have the opportunity to be involved in evidence-based, quality health and wellness 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 and wellness coaches
  • Engage in evidence-based, high quality research related to health and wellness coaching
  • Provide community-engaged health and wellness 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 Health and Wellness 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.

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 302-831-3891

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, health promotion professionals, 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.

Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated Faculty engage in research, teaching and/or service with the Health Coaching Clinic and Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching Program.

Tara Leonard, MS, NBC-HWC

Clinical Director

Tara Leonard is the Clinic Director at UD Health’s Health Coaching Clinic. She is a practicing Health Coach and a Clinical Instructor in UD’s Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching Certificate program in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. Tara holds an MS in Health Promotion and is a board-certified Health and Wellness Coach through the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC). Within the Health Coaching Clinic, Tara works collaboratively with researchers, clinicians, and community partners to offer health and wellness coaching services to individuals seeking improved health outcomes, and trains student learners to become healthcare leaders.

Laura Lessard, PhD, MPH

Laura Lessard, PhD, MPH is Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. Her work focuses on the implementation and impact of policy interventions in child care settings, including health and wellbeing policy. She co-leads the Child Care Workforce WellBeing Initiative, which includes the Shining the Light on You program for family child care educators. Shining the Light on You uses Health and Wellness Coaching principles, practices and is co-facilitated by Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches.

Marc Lodyga, PhD

Dr. Lodyga is the Assistant Chair of Teaching and Undergraduate Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. He earned his B.S and M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University and his Ph.D in Health Education from Southern Illinois University. He is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching. His research interests are health behavior theory, health coaching best practices, and multi-level program planning. He is especially interested in examining constructs of motivational and behavioral theories with special consideration to evidence-based interventions that decrease risky health behaviors.

Elizabeth M. Orsega-Smith, PhD

Dr. Orsega-Smith, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. He earned his B.S. In Exercise and Sports Science from the Pennsylvania State University, M.S. from East Stroudsburg University, and PhD in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University. Her program of research focuses on the psychosocial determinants of health,specifically in the older adult population. Additionally her research is grounded in community engagement working with partners such as local senior centers and cooperative extension..She has presented at a wide variety of national conferences including Society of Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, and Gerontological Society of America.

Freda Patterson

Dr. Patterson is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition where she directs an externally funded Sleep and Circadian Health Research Program and teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes.

Laurie Ruggeiro

Laurie Ruggiero, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. She is a clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist. Her work focuses on developing/tailoring and evaluating health behavior change interventions designed to promote healthy lifestyles, especially in underserved populations. She has developed and tested multiple health behavior change interventions, incorporating motivational and behavior change theory and strategies focused on diverse areas and populations, such as diabetes self-care, healthy coping, diabetes prevention, weight loss, and smoking cessation.  

Current Health and Wellness Coaching Programming

We provide a variety of Health and Wellness 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 and Wellness 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 and wellness coaches and coaches in training 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 and Wellness Coaches, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologists 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 and Wellness Coaches and coaches in training 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 or calling us at: 302-831-3891

Clinic / Hours

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