August 24, 2017
Tribal Partnerships: A Health Foundation Balances Relationships And Results With Native American Communities
A new article in Health Affairs Blog highlights the use of PAM® and Coaching for Activation® in health programs for tribal members in Eastern Washington.
“One of our tribal initiatives is Health Coaching for Activation, which seeks to improve the health, wellness, independence, and quality of life for seniors living on the reservations. Tribal Health Coaches visit the elders’ homes, conduct assessments, set goals, and provide resources and connections within the community to address a variety of needs, primarily related to social determinants of health. Research has demonstrated a strong link between improvements in patient activation and improved health outcomes in measures related to emergency department (ED) visits, obesity, smoking, blood sugar levels, and more.
With the support of Tribal HHS leadership, we provided training that enabled her to become a certified nursing assistant. She now serves as the Lead Health Coach for her tribe, and the Health Coaching for Activation program has achieved our shared objective of a 20 percent improvement in activation while reducing hospital readmissions by 65 percent. Regardless of the future of this program, she has grown her qualifications, skills, and confidence in important ways.”