Wednesday, February 1, 2012

INTERNSHIP: UMD Health Coaching-Fall 2012

Meet Rachel Gilberston. She’s the UMD’s Staff  Health Coach through UPLAN.

What does Rachel do as a the UMD health coach
As the UMD Health Coach, I work on the forefront of Employee Health and Wellness. My job is to stay up to date on current health trends and the impact of worksite wellness. I work one-on-one with clients, facilitate weekly Health Improvement Program meetings, create UMD wellness initiatives, and promote the University of 
Minnesota's wellness programs for all campuses.

Internship opportunities/description 
                         (Health Education Majors) 

  • Plan, Organize, and Prepare Health Improvement Program (HIP) meetings. Assist in weekly meetings.
  • Maintain contact with HIP guest presenters. 
  • Assist in the Employee Wellness Program Fall 2012 health challenge planning, promotion, implementation, and evaluation. This may include calculating weigh-in results, sending weekly informational and results emails, and providing support and encouragement to participants
  •   Participate (as needed) in weight management program, presentations, health fairs, and other appropriate meetings (departmental, campus, etc.)
  • Document individual information and maintain the files within HIPAA and University guidelines to assure participant's privacy and confidentiality of information
  • Assist in the development and ongoing use of Health Coaching program materials, promotions, and evaluations. 

Other majors are applicable
Rachel claims,  "l'll accept any major/minor as long as they are interested in learning about Health Coaching and can offer ideas and ways of improving and expanding the current program. My goal is that internship opportunity offers an experience that aligns with future goals/careers that students are passionate about."

National Certification in the areas of health, fitness, nutrition, or other health areas.   

Senior level student in a Health Education or Psychology major with one or more years of experience in a related health field. Eligible for internship credit. Proficient with word processing, email, internet.

Examples of other Majors
1) Health Care Management Major: Helping to update Health Coaching and Quick Care policies and procedures along with creating more efficient ways of scheduling appointments and tracking client progress.

2) Psychology Major: Setting up and observing health coaching meetings, providing follow up resources to clients.

How many spot available for the fall? 
1-2 maybe 3. 

A little bit about Rachel
Rachel is a Health Education (Community) grad and had some trouble finding a job after graduation. With much hard work, Rachel teamed up with UMD to become the UPlan Health Coach/Health Educator.  

Is this a growing occupation?
Absolutely! Here are some proof of when Rachel started out, compared to the current date. 

2007: 4 clients when program started in October
2008: 39 clients completed the program
2009: 45 clients completed the program
2010: 62 clients completed the program
2011: 54 clients completed * I have to do some final calculations for this number as some started in 2011 but are still finishing their program.

I've implemented a variety of ways to increase my capacity to see approximately 100 clients starting in 2012.

Why is this occupation growing?
Many employers/ executives/ social institutions are realizing that when employees are healthy there are less sick days (raising productivity), and money is saved. Health Insurance plans are offering deductions as incentives to work with a Health Coach. 

UMD's UPLAN (health insurance) offers wellness points. The more points you have the more money you save on your health premium.
The Wellness Point Goals are based on the level of coverage
1) 300 wellness points = $300 reduction in 2013 insurance premiums
2) 400 wellness points = $400 reduction in 2013 insurance premiums

Wellness coaching=150 points 

Results of the University Wellness Program
University Wellness program (including all campus locations) has a 1.09:1 return on investment based on 2008 reports(*For each dollar the University spends on the UPlan Wellness Programs, they cover the cost and make 9 cents.)

Based on the annual Wellness Assessment, the average health risk per repeat participant went from 3.1 down to 2.7 which is a decrease of 11.1%.

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