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23-24 Health Coach Cohort_edited_edited_

The purpose of this program is twofold:

1. To provide self-management support for patients with chronic health conditions. Changing health behavior is difficult for anyone. Many of our patients face economic and social adversities that create additional barriers to productive self management of chronic illnesses and health related behaviors. Health coaches work side-by-side with primary care physicians to provide self-management support to a cohort of patients.

2. To increase representation in the healthcare workforce by groups who have been historically underrepresented in medicine by recruiting and mentoring health coaches who reflect the ethnic, racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of our patient population.


About the program:

Highland is a community based, university affiliated safety-net teaching hospital in Oakland, California. The mission of our residency training program is to provide high-quality, biopsychosocially oriented, culturally relevant care to vulnerable populations, and to inspire and teach students and residents to do the same.

Started in 2009, our health coach program was the first of its kind in the United States. Health coaches are trained in self-management support and motivational interviewing techniques, and are supervised by primary care faculty and residents. Coaches are part of an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, nurses and medical assistants. Upon completion of service, we are happy to provide coaches with a letter of recommendation.

"I am part of the team where I not only feel supported but also have the opportunity to potentially make a difference in patient health outcomes on a weekly basis."

 - Former Health Coach

"I realized that developing relationships with patients is invaluable to successfully deliver inclusive care in primary care medicine. This has become one of the main reasons for my interest in medicine, as I am able to utilize my culture and background to deliver more inclusive care."

 - Former Health Coach

"I have improved my presentation skills through the weekly case discussions. While presenting in front of groups has been one of my greatest fears, I have been able to work towards overcoming this to be the best version of myself prior to applying to medical school."

 - Former Health Coach

"My work at Highland Hospital places me at the intersection of community health and individual well-being, and health coaching has taught me about the numerous competing factors in a patient's overall health."

 - Former Health Coach

Responsibilities include:

  • Volunteer commitment of one academic year (September-June)

  • 4.5 hours per week

  • Applicants MUST be available to attend 8 hours of in-person training on Friday, September 13th, 2024

  • Applicants must be available for volunteering from 8:30 AM - 1 PM OR 12:30 PM - 5 PM on Mondays OR Tuesdays

  • Coaching will begin the week of September 16th, 2024

Email materials or questions to Dr. Davida Flattery: dflattery@alamedahealthsystem. org by the deadline: Monday, April 1st, 2024


How to Apply:

Please submit the following:

1. Curriculum Vitae 

2. A personal statement in which you discuss your career goals, what draws you to health coaching, what you have to offer to patients, and any related volunteer, work, or personal experience. (~750 word limit)

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