Free Webinar Series on Patient Self-Management

How Health Coaches Support the Care Team

June 19, 2013 02:15 am News Staff

Heads up to busy family physicians looking for ways to engage patients in their own care: It's time to register for round two of a three-part TransforMED webinar series that digs into the topic of patient self-management.


The webinar, titled "Health Coaching: Practical Lessons from the Field," is scheduled for June 26 from 1-2 p.m. CDT, and is available through TransforMED's Delta-Exchange network, which is free for AAFP members.

Health coaches can be real assets when it comes to improving the health of high-risk patients who often require additional clinical support. Webinar participants will learn the value of using a health coach to stretch the limited time physicians have to spend with patients.

Event co-host Lauren Scherer, M.S., serves as the medical home developer at Indiana University Health Goshen Physicians in Goshen, Ind., and has five years of experience developing a successful patient-centered medical pilot at the Indiana clinic. She leads the integration of registered nurse health coaches into the primary care team there.

David Margolius, M.D., a resident in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will share the webinar hosting duties.

Together, Scherer and Margolius will explain how health coaches function within the primary care team and share lessons learned from their own experiences using medical assistants and RNs as health coaches. The pair will allow time for questions.

The webinar will be archived for those who cannot participate live. In addition, the first webinar in the series, "Motivational Interviewing: Can I Really Influence My Patient's Motivation to Change?" is now available in the Delta Exchange archive file(

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