The Social Science Program Specialist (Whole Health Coach) position under the Whole Health Department at the Tomah, Wisconsin VA Medical Center works to facilitate and empower the Veteran to develop and achieve self-determined goals related to health and wellness. Major Duties Developmental Level- GS-7: The incumbent serves in a developmental capacity at the GS-7 grade level. Key functions will be similar to those described at the full performance level (GS-9) of the target position. However, during the developmental assignment, full performance range and level of selected functions will not be completely delegated to the employee until proper orientation and training have been completed and the Social Services Program Specialist (Whole Health Coach) has demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to accomplish the work at the full performance level. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Duties at the Full Performance Level GS-9 include: -Contacts eligible participants for enrollment and explain the health coaching process. -Provides health coaching for Veterans in order to reduce or eliminate high-risk behaviors while increasing healthy ones. -Conducts interventions for Veterans using one-on-one, couple, or group modalities in outpatient and inpatient settings. -Conducts Whole Health Facilitated Groups; participate in MOVE, smoking cessation, diabetes management, hypertension clinics, mental health, and other inpatient and outpatient groups as appropriate. -Provides follow-up care through telephone clinics or secure messaging between face-to-face appointments. -Actively guides Veterans in the exploration of core elements of personal health planning through individual and group-based programs. -Encourages and assists Veterans with the adoption of habits that are conducive to a higher quality of life and in alignment with the Veteran's goals. Identifies habits and behaviors that are harmful to the quality of life and related to chronic illness. -Develops treatment plans focused on behavioral interventions based on current scientific knowledge and research that improve quality of life and reduce risk for chronic disease, or that reverse or slow progression of chronic disease. -Utilizes motivational interviewing and health coaching techniques and processes to assist members in developing a realistic plan to accomplish their goals. -Collaborates with internal and external resources for supporting the Veteran's Whole Health Journey by developing resource lists for well-being support within the facility and in the local community. -Provides eligible Veterans and family members with information regarding lifestyle management. -Tracks and supports patient progress using Microsoft office software, VISTA, CPRS, Intranet and Internet as well as other applicable software. -Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm Position Description: Social Science Program Specialist (Whole Health Coach) PD 17178A Telework: Not available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.