Delgado to Debut Health Coach Certificate Program on May 1
NEW ORLEANS – Delgado Community College will host an event at 1542 Tulane Ave. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. to announce the Health Coach Certificate Program, a new healthcare program in the Division of Workforce and Professional Development at Delgado.
Details were shared in press release.
With a $550,000 award from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), Delgado is working towards development of the program with a proposed start in the fall of 2019.
The Health Coach Certificate Program is being designed to meet credentialing agency standards, a requirement for student eligibility to be tested for board certification through the National Board of Medical Examiners. The program is part of a comprehensive plan to serve as a bridge for a proposed, but not yet approved, associate degree in Health Navigation.
LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is a partner with Delgado through active engagement with providing technical assistance in the curriculum design, development and implementation of the comprehensive plan.
Graduates will play a vital role in improving patient health outcomes in the greater New Orleans area. Health coaches are behavior change specialists trained in techniques to partner with patients for identifying health goals that put them on a path to management of chronic conditions. Health navigators, as members of the care team, work with patients to focus on overcoming barriers to accessing care while also identifying any physical, emotional and cultural needs.
The plan sets in motion a model pathway for intensifying healthcare workforce and professional development in the greater New Orleans area to improve the social and economic conditions of graduates as well as health outcomes for residents.