Individuals living with chronic health conditions spend very little time with health professionals, most of the time they are managing on their own.
Health Coaching is a FREE one-one web based support program to help you manage your conditions and get the most out of life.
What is a Self-Management Health Coach?
A coach provides support and guidance to help you make the healthy changes you want to work on such as managing your health condition(s) and its complications, finding helpful community resources and taking action to live a healthy life. Their expertise stems from their shared experience with chronic conditions.
How are Health Coaches Trained?
Coaches complete a three-day training workshop where they learn self-management support and communication skills. Specifically, they learn how to teach others how to problem solve, make action plans and to make difficult decisions. Most coaches will already be familiar with self-management strategies through the community self-management programs. During the 3 month period coaches receive ongoing education, assistance and support from the Program Coordinator.
What does participating in Health Coaching involve?
- Participate in weekly web based support for 3 months
- Help you access community services and programs
- Provide education about self-management strategies
- Provide social and emotional support
- Work with you to develop plans and goals to improve your health
How do I know what the Coach tells me is correct?
Self-management Health Coaches are not health professionals, but they have been trained to help you in the day to day management of your health condition. Your coach will have a similar chronic health condition or have family members or friends who do. Therefore, they have firsthand knowledge of the challenges that you may be facing. Your coach can help explain your options and the best ways of working with your health care team.
What technology do I need in order to participate?
- Access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone with an internet connection
- Access to a telephone line if connecting from a home computer
Is there a cost to participate?
No, health coaching is free and available to residents of Ontario.
What are the next steps after I register?
You will be contacted within three days by a member of our team to discuss health coaching further and ensure it is a good fit. Depending on your and our coaches’ availability, you will then be paired with a coach and start sessions as soon as possible.
If you would like to register for a health coaching click here or call 1-844-301-6389 for more information.