The Tennessee Population Health Consortium started developing lay Health Coach-Community Health Worker (CHW) training programs in 2016 as part of its Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-funded Management of Diabetes in Everyday Life (MODEL) Program. Since then, faculty and staff in the Consortium have been in the process of developing CHW certification programs to strengthen, share, and disseminate training resources and opportunities to stakeholders across Tennessee. The programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of non-clinical and clinical staff across a continuum of training needs and interest. The following programs will soon be available:
- Motivational Interviewing Certification Program
- Chronic Care and Lifestyle Management Certification Program
- Health Coach Certification Program
- Community Health Worker Certification Program
- Patient Navigator Certification Program For information on the programs, please click here.
- To download a PowerPoint presentation about the programs, please click here.
Overview: For the Tennessee Heart Health Network we will train lay health coaches through the Consortium to help attain our goals of improving cardiovascular disease outcomes for Tennesseans. We will teach motivational-interviewing health counseling approaches best proven to improve health behaviors around healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco use, and to improve health outcomes.
Interventions: We will provide professional health coaching training to participating primary care clinics, to existing lay staff members or new staffers hired to serve as health coaches. These trained lay health coaches would then work directly with clinic patients.
Program Goals: Over 30 health coaches, 150 medical students, and over 100 resident physicians will complete Consortium training programs in Health Coaching and Patient Navigation over the next 3 years.