A verb is a word that expresses an action or a state of being. Health is typically described as a noun, but I challenge you to rethink this. Shift what you know, believe and think about health, think of it as a verb; it is not done to you, but rather YOU are an active participant in it.
Nurse health coaching. A care coordinator, a social worker, an advocate, a counselor, a coach, a resource, a nutritionist and so many other things rolled into one title. Someone with medical knowledge who helps you explore you and teaches you to be a participant in your own life and health.
Health reform is a hot topic in our current political climate. No matter where you fall in the health debate it is easy to see that how healthcare is paid for is changing. Reimbursements are shifting away from a fee for service system towards a pay for improved outcomes.
Better. Health coaching believes that “better” is whatever better means for you. This is very rarely a linear process, but rather a staged process of change. Most of us have something in our lives that we know isn’t contributing to health. The list of these behaviors or actions is endless. We all have addictions in our lives, addictions to work, addictions to food, addictions to perfectionism, addictions to drugs, addictions to alcohol, addictions to danger, addictions to screens, addictions to chocolate, addictions to soda, addictions to conflict, addictions to avoiding conflict at all cost, and the list goes on and on.
Think of something in your life that you would want to change. Now imagine what life would look like in the future if you were able to change this behavior? What is possible? How would your world change?
Our Promise Nurse health coaches work one-on-one with individuals and their families in the clinic setting to evaluate health needs, environment and barriers to better health. In doing so, they help their patients establish a plan and guide them and their families along the way to achieve the plan. They also work closely with local and state resources to ensure that each person receives the support that they need.
One of the services our Population Health team here at Promise offers is Health Coaching. We offer free, high quality health coaching for individuals and families. All of the health coaching centers around you as the patient – your goals, needs, and input. Another service we offer is Nutrition Counseling. The health coaches at Promise Community Health Center provide healthy eating counseling through education on My Plate, the Mediterranean Diet, and 5-2-1-0. One other service we offer is Weight Loss Support. The health coaches at Promise Community Health Center are here to provide focused, long term support to help you identify your why and help you reach your goals. Our Population Health team also offers High Blood Pressure Assistance. The Population health team at Promise Community Health Center works in collaboration with your provider care team and our Pharm D to ensure that your blood pressure is managed. Our health coach visits are free to you and allow you to learn what may be leading to your elevated blood pressure, how to monitor it in your home and what you can do to improve your numbers.
The Promise Community Population health team believes your health begins at home and is a family affair! Our Population Health team here at Promise offers Family/Kids Nutrition Support. Our team works closely with parents and kids to help provide education, resources and support on how to build a healthy lifestyle. Our Population Health team also offers Prediabetes Prevention/Education, along with Diabetes Care. Through collaborative efforts with the medical team, Promise Community Health Center is screening and identifying patients at high risk for prediabetes. When identified as having prediabetes, the Population health team will provide education, support and referral to Diabetes Prevention programs. The nurse health coaches at Promise Community Health Center work in collaboration with the provider care teams and Pharm D to provide you evidence-based education, support and access to the resources you need to live a long, vibrant life.