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National Health Coach Pilot Project

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To improve care for American Indian/Alaska Native patients, the National Health Coach Pilot Project will deliver health coach training to community and health professionals in Indian Country. Upon completion of the pilot project in 2024, the IHS will use the results and feedback from participants to assess the feasibility of establishing a health and wellness coach and behavior change approach at the clinical and community levels. The pilot project will also assist IHS in evaluating the integration of health coaching concepts into programmatic priorities, including behavioral health, mental health, substance abuse, community health, and diabetes efforts.

The pilot project includes two cohorts of 50 participants, with the first cohort completing their six-month training from April to October 2022. Eligible participants include community and health care professionals working across tribal communities and clinical settings who provide health information and patient education to Native patients and communities. Priorities will go to community health workers, community health representatives, and health educators, though other disciplines are welcomed to apply.

In addition to aligning with the IHS Strategic Plan FY 2019-2023 goals and objectives below, integrating health and wellness coaches into patient-centered, team-care model goals and objectives can benefit both the IHS and the American Indian and Alaska Native population.

Goal 1: To ensure that comprehensive, culturally appropriate personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.

  • Objective 1.1: To ensure that comprehensive, culturally appropriate personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
  • Objective 1.3: Increase access to quality health care services.

Goal 2: To promote excellence and quality through innovation of the Indian health system into an optimally performing organization.

  • Objective 2.2: Provide care to better meet the health care needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

For more information about the project, please download the National Health Coach Pilot Project brochure. [PDF - 3.7 MB]