Submitted by: PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Bellingham-based PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics recently recognized its first group of caregivers earning health coach certification as a result of its Integrated Nutrition Pathways Scholarship program. The program, which awards scholarships to PeaceHealth caregivers to become a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is the first of its kind to be offered by a health system in the United States.

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Through IIN’s advanced online learning platform, caregivers spent six months to a year completing a comprehensive program focused on nutrition and holistic health. 

At the event, PeaceHealth also gifted six health coach scholarships to these local community partners: Whatcom Council on Aging – Meals on Wheels; Foothills Food Bank & Community Food Partnership; Common Threads; Mercy Housing Northwest; Unity Care Northwest; and the Whatcom Family YMCA. These organizations will now be able to offer a full scholarship to one of their employees or a member of the community on behalf of PeaceHealth.

“We are extremely excited to offer this important health benefit to our dedicated caregivers — and now members of our community,” said Meghan McCarthy, PeaceHealth’s system director of community health. “I truly believe this program is positively changing the fabric of our communities.  It’s just one more example of how PeaceHealth is innovating and partnering to improve the health of our communities beyond our hospital and clinic walls.”

PeaceHealth’s Nutrition Pathways Scholarship program is available to any of its more than 16,000 caregivers. PeaceHealth simply asks participants to “pay it forward” by sharing their new knowledge and expertise with friends, family and colleagues who may benefit. 

A total of 77 graduates across PeaceHealth were honored, and more than 150 caregivers have received scholarships since the program launched last January. Local graduates include:

  • Sherri Alleva, RN, Complex Care Manager- Outpatient.
  • Stephanie Boersema, LPN, Chronic Disease Coordinator.
  • Cynthia Davidson, Surgery Scheduler.
  • Cheryl Greathouse, RN, Complex Care Manager- Outpatient.
  • Dana Ince, LPN, Chronic Disease Coordinator.
  • Stephanie Schlatter, RN, Complex Care Manager- Outpatient.
  • Molly Watson, Director of Volunteer Services.
  • Carrie Viens, Learning Technologies Analyst.

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition was founded in 1992 and is the largest nutrition school in the world. Visit the IIN’s website for more information about the health coach certification program.

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