RIC Event: Health Coaching and Wellness Planning to Increase Client Engagement in Self-Management: A Conversation with Judith Cook

Event Start Date: September 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM EDT
Event End Date: September 10, 2019 - 4:30 PM EDT



This conversation is also available as a podcast on SoundCloud and iTunes.


The Institute of Medicine describes self-management as “the tasks that individuals must undertake to live well with one or more chronic conditions.”[1] The concept of self-management is inclusive of a wide range of behaviors that individuals might focus on to maintain or improve their health – such as diet, exercise, sufficient sleep, social outlets, and stress reduction. Health coaching and wellness planning programs have been shown to increase participants’ self-management skills, as well as quality of life and achievement of health goals.[2] As such, self-management can be especially effective for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, 72 percent of whom have two or more chronic conditions.[3]

This event provided a platform for attendees to engage directly with speaker Judith Cook, PhD and to ask questions related to how health coaching and wellness planning can increase the engagement of individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid in self-management activities. Dr. Cook answered questions about the topic during the conversation.

Speaker Biography:

Judith Cook, PhD is an internationally recognized authority on mental health services research, specifically the study of clinical and rehabilitation outcomes of individuals receiving community-based care. She designs and implements innovative programs to enhance the health and behavioral health of vulnerable populations. She works with federal, state and local authorities on behavioral health service system redesign and alternative financing strategies. Her recent work focuses on randomized controlled trials of evidence-based practice treatments for serious mental illness, and outcomes of individuals with co-occurring mental illness and chronic medical conditions. She consults with federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Government Accountability Office, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Veteran’s Administration.                                          

Intended Audience:

This event is intended for a wide range of stakeholders – health plans, providers, and other health care professionals who serve individuals dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid – to address gaps in coordinating care for individuals with chronic conditions.

[1]Institute of Medicine (US), Committee on the Crossing the Quality Chasm. (2004). The 1st annual crossing the quality chasm summit: a focus on communities. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US). Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK215518/

[2]Klein, S. (n.d.). Case study: health plan-led coaching program leads to improved outcomes and cost savings. The Commonwealth Fund. Retrieved from https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/newsletter-article/case-study-health-plan-led-coaching-program-leads-improved-outcomes

[3]Fox, M. H. & Reichard, A. (2013). Disability, Health, and Multiple Chronic Conditions Among People Eligible for Both Medicare and Medicaid, 2005-2010. Atlanta (GA): Preventing Chronic Disease (US). Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3780711/ doi: 10.5888/pcd10.130064.


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