The Clinical Health Coach is a trained healthcare professional committed to serving patients and healthcare organizations by using population health processes and techniques. They are professionals who value patients as an untapped resource in healthcare and who are devoted to the practice of team care, the active use of community resources and the tenets of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).
Clinical Health Coaches are behavior change specialists who know how to partner with patients to identify health goals that put them on the road to confident self-management of their chronic condition(s). They are also care management facilitators who reinforce the best practices of the healthcare provider with patient-centered resources to improve health, reduce risk and achieve the most desirable outcomes for their patients.
The Clinical Health Coach training online program uses the extensive experience that the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium has accumulated over years of onsite training sessions to create a curriculum ideally suited to the clinical setting. As such, the Clinical Health Coach is trained to pay particular focus on patients with chronic conditions, engaging and activating them so they can successfully self-manage their care once they walk out the door of the healthcare provider. By using Clinical Health Coach practices, patients leave confident and assured that they have their own achievable health plan of action that matches their interests, their values and their culture.