Allina Health and NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center launch health coach training partnership

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 4/29/2016 — 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, Community Medicine and Wellness Physician Coordinator for NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center.

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.

About NorthPoint 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 or on Facebook.

About Penny Georgeā„¢ Institute for Health and Healing

Founded in 2003, the Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing's mission is to combine leading medical practice with ancient healing wisdom to optimize health and wellness in the whole person—mind, body and spirit.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.