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Confronting Diabetes: Prevention and Management Webinar Series Episode 2: Engaging Patients in Diabetes Self-Management Through Health Coaching

August 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Episode 2: Engaging Patients in Diabetes
Self-Management Through Health Coaching

Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time: 12:00- 1:00 PM CST
1:00- 2:00 PM EST
10:00- 11:00 AM PST     


Successful transition from fee-for-service to value-based health care requires organizations to re-tool staff with new skills in patient-centered, coordinated and team-based care. Team care is especially important when supporting high-risk patients and those with multiple chronic conditions. This is highly evident in diabetes care, where 95% of care is self-care (AHRQ, 2014).

About 21 million Americans have diabetes, and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates the rate of increase for the disease at 7% to 8% annually. “I don’t know any other chronic disease that’s growing at 8% each year. That’s why we’re sounding the alarm,” says John Anderson, MD, president of medicine and science for the ADA.

“What everyone has been finding is that patients often don’t do what you tell them to do,” says Richard Waltman, MD, a family and geriatric practitioner in Tacoma, Washington, and a Medical Economics editorial consultant. “So the key is to get them to tell themselves what to do. What I’ve learned to do is to give patients the data [of their condition], show them the benefits of treatment, and ask them what they want to do. That way it becomes their plan.”  (Medical Economics, June, 2013)

Self-care is at the center of “health” for these individuals and health coaching is emerging as a foundational strategy in improving self management. Health coaches support Patient-Centered Medical Home principles by applying population health strategies to identify and provide proactive health coaching and care management for patients at highest risk for hospitalization or emergency room services. Learn how coaches may influence positive patient health outcomes and drive improved quality measures in patient experience.


  • Define health coaching within diabetes care
  • Explore the opportunity for health coaches to impact diabetes health management
  • Describe the importance of building relationship with patients through the “Spirit of Motivational Interviewing”
  • Discuss the need for health coach training opportunities


Kathy Kunath is a registered nurse, and focused her early professional years on the care of critically ill patients. She managed a cardiac rehabilitation program for 13 years, developing creative community health outreach programs to highlight innovative treatment options and lifestyle management programs for chronic diseases.
Kathy joined the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium in 2004. She has maintained the coordination and expansion of this program into the current “Clinical Health Coach Training Program.”  Kathy also continues to serve as a consultant and facilitator in operationalizing chronic disease management programs with a variety of hospitals and healthcare organizations.


August 10, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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