Health Advocate Programs are the Way Forward for a Healthier Lifestyle.
Navigating the healthcare industry regardless of one’s age, education, and background can be very intimidating, which gives rise to health advocate programs.
By Georgianna Donadio, MSc., PhD.
Wellesley, Massachusetts, June 2023 – Whole health coaches, along with patient health advocates, have earned the rightful title of unsung heroes of the health insurance industry. They do so by taking upon their shoulders the responsibility of caring for patients beyond treatment. Hence more and more individuals are looking forward to enrolling in professional health advocate programs to bring a paradigmatic not only in the lives of people with deteriorating mental and physical health but also to the whole of society as well.
“One of the topmost factors that slow down the entire treatment process and hinder the patients from reaching their full potential is the incomprehensibility one is going through. Be it in the form of making an appointment, managing previous medical records, or whatnot, a person who’s struggling to keep up with their mental and physical well-being is unable to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle,” stated Dr. Georgianna Donadio, Chair of the NIWH Advisory Committee. “However, by enrolling in a professional health advocate program, many whole health coaches and patient health advocates have started getting the benefit of serving patients in an effective and efficient manner. Moreover, such programs enable the professionals to opt for a nursing career later in the future”, she further added.
Apart from providing the necessary care to give a major boost to clients’ well-being, whole health coaches help patients provide the information required to make sound decisions. By putting the clients at the center and educating them regarding the medical conditions they’re suffering from, health coaches ensure the patients aren’t alone when it comes to making decisions. This is one of the most fundamental teachings of any health advocate program.
In addition to enlightening the clients regarding their well-being, health coaches also play a crucial role in educating the healthcare provider so that you can manage the condition better. In short, patient health advocates act as intermediaries between the health professional and the client.
“A professional whole health coach is one that works collaboratively as a valuable member of the care team to assist the healthcare professional in treating clients effectively and efficiently. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that these patient navigators bring more to the table than one could imagine – all thanks to their practice and learning they’ve acquired from health advocate programs,” said Conor MacCormack, Director of NIWH Program Services Department. “Furthermore, upon completing the certification, it opens many windows of opportunity for the graduates to opt for. One of the biggest upsides one could get after getting the license is the ability to work on one’s own terms. Aside from the flexibility the advocates enjoy, they can fit into any type of organization and provide their services. From schools, and community colleges to universities, giant corporations, and everything in between, patient health advocates can rightly be called jack of all trades.” he added.
Anyone who has had the opportunity to go through the healthcare system is fully aware of the fact of how complicated the entire process can be. It’s no secret that individuals who are struggling to maintain their physical, mental, and emotional well-being are already under a lot of stress and sometimes can’t even function properly. As a result, they’re more likely to commit errors that add up in further degenerating their health.
“As insignificant as it may sound, there’s no doubt in the fact that health advocate programs play a significant role when dealing with the subject of providing treatment beyond care, but the intricacies of the healthcare system have made it pretty challenging for many patients to get the right treatment at the right time,” said Donadio. “However, that’s not the case anymore; since health coaching has started booming, many whole health programs have started getting the attention they deserve. A great number of institutes have initiated various health coaching programs solely due to the reason to produce whole health coaches and patient health advocates of the highest quality.” she further added.
Expert health coaches take all the necessary steps into consideration and ensure that they streamline the healthcare processes effectively and efficiently. Besides being the catalysts to speed up the treatment process, accredited health advocates trained in reputable institutes bring innovative ways to the table that play a significant role in treating patients better by a huge margin.
Not only do they come up with healthy diet plans, but they also work side by side with their clients and empower them to take full control of their physical and mental well-being. By coming up with a client-centric approach, health coaches make sure to collaborate with healthcare professionals to treat their clients successfully.
In addition, a well-versed health advocate who has been in the healthcare industry plays a vital role in bridging the gap between health insurance professionals and the client by translating complicated medical terms to the client and transcribing their condition to the doctor simultaneously.
All in all, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that health advocate programs are the way forward for a happier and healthier lifestyle. The reason is that such programs have produced many gifted health coaches and advocates, who have mastered the art of educating and serving patients, work effortlessly almost every day to make the world a better place.
The National Institute of Whole Health (NIWH) is a content provider of evidence-based, Whole Health Education curriculums, a research organization in the field of Whole Health Education and Behavioral Engagement with Pure Presence and an educational organization that conducts professional development and accredited continuing education programs in Whole Health Education for credentialed health professionals. Since its inception in January 1977, the NIWH has held a compelling vision for American healthcare to include demystified health information to promote self-care and disease prevention.