Pre-Medicine and Pre-Health Professions Health Coach
The health coach internship allows University of Mount Union pre-med and pre-health students to meet their learning objectives by getting involved with the healthcare of the future by regularly meeting with patients with chronic conditions who have a history of frequent hospitalizations. Health coaches serve a preventive role by helping patients to maintain their current medications, adhere to testing regiments and, possibly, find other underlying causes for the patients’ problems. The students become part of the Alliance Community Care Network, an Alliance Community Hospital-wide effort comprised of a physician-directed team of nurses, counselors, social workers, nutritionists and ancillary support personnel. The goal of the program is to reduce hospital stays and emergency room visits by these “high-risk” patients, thus reducing healthcare costs.