The Johns Hopkins Lifestyle Medicine Program will be housed in the Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) within the Department of Medicine. GIM’s mission is to provide the best clinical care to patients, educate and mentor the next generation of physicians, and improve health and healthcare through innovative research. The Lifestyle Medicine Program emphasizes evidence-based medicine to prevent and treat obesity, prediabetes, and hypertension through counseling on nutrition, physical activity, and behavior change, as well as medication management. Clinical services include both individual and group visits. Group-based services include a partial meal replacement program, weight-loss classes based on the Look AHEAD trial modules, pre-bariatric surgery groups, as well as the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Reporting to the Program Director and Clinic Manager, the Lifestyle Health Coach will be responsible for delivering group weight loss curricula (lifestyle groups, partial meal replacement program groups, pre-bariatric surgery groups), group-based National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) curriculum, as well individual and group instruction regarding blood pressure self-monitoring and lifestyle change. Under the direction of the Program Director, the Coach will participate in program implementation, data monitoring and reporting, and quality control management. This position will directly interact with patients of various age and race, as well as physicians and other healthcare staff. In addition, the position may require interaction with referral networks to enhance awareness of and referrals to the Lifestyle Medicine Program.
Under the direction of the Program Director, the Coach will lead the group weight loss curricula (lifestyle groups, partial meal replacement program groups, pre-bariatric surgery groups), group-based NDPP curriculum, as well individual and group instruction regarding blood pressure self-monitoring and lifestyle change. Other duties will include assisting the Program Director, GIM faculty and staff with the evaluation process and quality control management of the programs.
Lifestyle Health Coach Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as coach for all curricula in the Lifestyle Medicine Program, which includes group-based NDPP curriculum, group weight loss curricula (lifestyle groups, partial meal replacement program groups, pre-bariatric surgery groups), individual and group instruction regarding blood pressure self-monitoring and lifestyle change, as well as any other future curricula.
Assist individuals in identifying steps to achieve behavior goals in one-on-one and group settings.
Develop and maintain a coaching relationship with participating patients.
Use effective engagement skills to retain individuals in the program.
Communicate effectively through multiple modalities. Respond to individuals’ online and/or telephonic communications within one business day.
Use the electronic health record (EPIC) and an electronic health coaching application to manage scheduling, preparing for and documenting coaching sessions for accurate reporting, reviewing patient tracking data, and communicating with patients.
Maintain a master schedule of the in-person group classes offered across the Lifestyle Medicine Program.
Assist in scheduling patients in group sessions and collect payment for program services, as needed.
Participate in case management and quality assurance meetings with Program Director or other designated GIM faculty and staff, as required. Behavioral case management meetings are used to evaluate patient behavior, identify problems, and implement corrective actions.
Meet regularly with the Program Director or other designated GIM faculty to receive performance feedback.
Assist in the maintenance and management of inventory of meal replacement products and other products relevant to the Lifestyle Medicine Program.
Assist in coordination of activities related to research protocols recruiting and/or managing patients in the Lifestyle Medicine Program. Activities may include data collection, management, and reporting.
Maintain compliance with JHU operational policies, applicable laws and regulations and those governing privacy and data security (HIPPA regulations).
Group Weight Loss Curricula
Become familiar with the group weight loss curricula and the Manual of Operations for the group weight loss programs at Johns Hopkins.
Become trained in delivering the group weight loss programs.
Organize and maintain program materials and delivery of these programs.
Deliver and follow the curricula and adjust to meet the needs of the participants.
Become familiar with the NDPP curricula, the NDPP Recognition Program Standards, and the Manual of Operations for the NDPP at Johns Hopkins.
Become trained as a certified Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Lifestyle Coach.
Organize and maintain program materials and delivery of the DPP program with adherence to a CDC-approved curriculum.
Deliver and follow the NDPP curriculum and adjust to meet the needs of the participants.
Maintain internal tracking mechanisms during recruitment and enrollment phases, as well as internal tracking systems for evaluating and reporting program outcomes.
Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Curricula
Become familiar with the blood pressure self-monitoring and lifestyle change curricula and the Manual of Operations for this program at Johns Hopkins.
Become trained in delivering both group and individual patient instruction on blood pressure self-monitoring.
Organize and maintain program materials and delivery of this program.
Deliver and follow the curricula and adjust to meet the needs of the participants.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in a health-related field such as Nutrition, Health Science, Behavioral Psychology, Kinesiology, or other related degree.
One year of experience in at least one of the following areas: nutrition counseling and education and/or weight management counseling and/or experience providing advice on diet intake and physical activity for individuals with diabetes or other cardio-metabolic conditions and/or working with individuals to improve health and facilitate behavior change. Familiarity with motivational interviewing and knowledge of the principles of behavior change.
Desired Experience and Education:
Board certified through the National Board Certification for Health & Wellness Coaches, and/or Master’s Degree in a health-related field.
Three years of experience conducting behaviorally oriented diet/exercise groups and counseling sessions and clinical experience with prediabetes/diabetes, hypertension, and/or obesity. Able to deliver behavioral intervention specific to the group weight loss curricula, National Diabetes Prevention Program, and blood pressure self-monitoring. Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint. Past experience with electronic health record system desired.
Classified Title: Lifestyle Interventionist Working Title: Lifestyle Health Coach Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CE Starting Salary Range: $18.26-$22.35 (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 24-MD:JH at Greenspring Station Department name: 10002809-SOM DOM General Internal Medicine Personnel area: School of Medicine
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