With the intention of improving the
health of North Minneapolis residents, Allina Health will train approximately
40 staff members from the medical clinic and human services department at
Northpoint Health & Wellness Center in patient engagement and motivational
skills. In addition, four NorthPoint employees will participate in an 18-week
online curriculum to become a Certified Wellcoach® through Wellcoaches™.
The General Mills Foundation supplied
the grant funding to support training in integrative health and wellness
coaching, plus mentoring and outcomes measurement.
“Integrative health and wellness coaching
provides a mechanism to empower patients and has shown to improve diabetes,
weight management and risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said Sue
Masemer, Fitness Operations manager for Penny George Institute for Health and
Healing, part of Allina Health.
Penny George Institute for Health and
Healing integrative health and wellness coaches, Molly McShane and Kate Dusek,
will facilitate two two-day training sessions for NorthPoint staff members May
2 and 3 and May 9 and 11. The training
will include information on how health coaching tools can be used in a clinic
setting, building rapport with your clients, understanding a client’s readiness
to change, appreciative inquiry, and goal setting. There will be ample time throughout the
training for staff members to role play and practice their new skills.
"We are excited to provide the
opportunity for our staff to receive training in health coaching and support
for implementing this tool into our clinical practice. Coaching provides
proven and effective strategies to support our patients and clients in making
the long term lifestyle changes that will help them address chronic disease and
contribute to their overall health and well-being," says Nicole Winbush, MD,
Medicine and Wellness Physician Coordinator for NorthPoint Health & Wellness
Wellness coaching offers a way for
individuals to make lifestyle changes that affect their ability to successfully
manage stress, eat healthy, be active, sleep well and stay motivated. A coach
engages participants one-on-one to identify barriers to achieving health goals,
discover personal motivation, develop strategies, create a personalized plan to
meet health goals, and develop self-motivation self-confidence, self-awareness
and resilience skills.
Health & Wellness Center
NorthPoint Health & Wellness
Center (NorthPoint) is a comprehensive health and human services agency located
in the heart of North Minneapolis. For over 47 years, NorthPoint has provided a
wide range of medical, dental, behavioral health and human services to the
residents of North Minneapolis. NorthPoint is administered through a
partnership between Hennepin County Government and a Community Board of
Directors comprising NorthPoint’s patients and people who live and/or work in
the community. NorthPoint strives to improve the physical and
socio-economic health of the North Minneapolis community through an integrated
model of health and human services. The organization’s mission is “Partnering
to Create a Healthier Community’ and serves 25,000 patients and clients
annually. For more information, visit us at northpointhealth.org or on Facebook.
About Penny George Institute for Health and
Founded in 2003, the Penny George Institute is the largest integrative health
center embedded in a health system in the country. Penny George Institute is a
national leader in holistic care and part of Allina Health, the largest health
system in Minnesota. Through Penny George clinics, fitness center and services
for hospitalized patients, thousands of individuals have been helped on their
path to health or healing.