OUR STORY

We help people develop the critical skills that enable them to help others make lasting behavior change.

OUR STORY

We help people develop the critical skills that enable them to help others make lasting behavior change.

WHAT WE DO

IWE trains professionals and individuals in evidence-based approaches to change so they can help others make positive, lasting behavior change. We help people develop the critical skills that enable them to guide others toward greater health and well-being.

In addition to wellness coach certification, we offer a rich array of programming to suit the needs of people in schools, healthcare, social service agencies, community organizations, and businesses.

 

HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT

At IWE, we teach a person-centered, strength-based, relationship-focused approach to helping others. We use a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model that takes into account all the factors that contribute to overall well-being.

Too many programs churn out “experts” who focus on telling people what to do and prescribing a particular path. Instead, we believe that each individual is the expert of themselves, and that all change is self-change. Therefore, our students first learn the language of caring so they can build strong, collaborative partnerships with others. Then, they are immersed in the science of behavior change so they can enable people to make changes in their lives and make change stick by using methods that work to deliver the results and fit the individual so that the results are sustainable.

 

OUR VISION

We founded IWE with the mission to promote cultural transformation so that health and wellness become the norm for individuals, communities, and the nation.

Our work is inspired by John F Kennedy’s statement, “Anyone can make a difference and everyone should try.”

We Wrote the Book

Our wellness coach certification is backed by the national occupational competencies and training curriculum that we created to establish wellness coaching as an official occupation recognized by the US Department of Labor (SOC # 21-1094.00).

The competencies and curriculum also serve as the basis for the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship in Wellness Coaching. (Bulletin and Curriculum)

 

WHAT WE DO

IWE trains professionals and individuals in evidence-based approaches to change so they can help others make positive, lasting behavior change. We help people develop the critical skills that enable them to guide others toward greater health and well-being.

In addition to wellness coach certification, we offer a rich array of programming to suit the needs of people in schools, healthcare, social service agencies, community organizations, and businesses.

 

HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT

At IWE, we teach a person-centered, strength-based, relationship-focused approach to helping others. We use a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model that takes into account all the factors that contribute to overall well-being.

Too many programs churn out “experts” who focus on telling people what to do and prescribing a particular path. Instead, we believe that each individual is the expert of themselves, and that all change is self-change. Therefore, our students first learn the language of caring so they can build strong, collaborative partnerships with others. Then, they are immersed in the science of behavior change so they can enable people to make changes in their lives and make change stick by using methods that work to deliver the results and fit the individual so that the results are sustainable.

 

OUR VISION

We founded IWE with the mission to promote cultural transformation so that health and wellness become the norm for individuals, communities, and the nation.

Our work is inspired by John F Kennedy’s statement, “Anyone can make a difference and everyone should try.”

We Wrote the Book

Our wellness coach certification is backed by the national occupational competencies and training curriculum that we created to establish wellness coaching as an official occupation recognized by the US Department of Labor (SOC # 21-1094.00).

The competencies and curriculum also serve as the basis for the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship in Wellness Coaching. (Bulletin and Curriculum)

 

Our Values

INCLUSIVITY AND EMPOWERMENT

Belief that everyone, regardless of educational attainment or professional preparation, can make a meaningful contribution to the health and well-being of their community

CREATIVITY

Infusing our work with intellectual rigor, generosity of spirit, creativity, and play

RESPECT

Unwavering respect for all human beings

EVIDENCE-BASED

Appreciation for the critical roles science and art play in promoting human development and transformational change

Team

Image of David Mee Lee, MD Addiction Specialist and drafter for the competencies and curriculum recognized by the Department of Labor that we use as the backbone for our wellness coach certification course

David Mee-Lee, MD

Co-founder

Image of Dr. Deborah Teplow, cofounder and CEO of IWE and drafter for the competencies and curriculum recognized by the Department of Labor that we use as the backbone for our wellness coach certification course

Dr. Deborah Teplow

Cofounder and CEO

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Megan Yousef, PharmD

Chief Operations Officer

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Veleka Allen, PhD, MPH, CHES

Chief Science Officer

CONTRIBUTORS

Kaylea Algire, MA  |  Aviva Chill, MA, BSN  |  Alberta Godfrey, MA, MBA  |  Deonne Johnson, EdD  |  Jenny Nachbar, PhD  |  Alexis Pilleris, MS

SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD

Aviva Chill, RN, BSN, MA, BA  |  Scott Covert, MS  |  Christine Gilbert, BSN  |  David Marerro, PhD  |  Maureen Martinez, RN, MS  |  Sandra M. Mathoslah, PharmD, MBA  |  Regina St. George, RN, MEd  |  Randi Teplow-Phipps, MD  |  Susan Troupe, GCDF

INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD

Col. Brian Masterson, MD MPH

Command Surgeon at Headquarters
Air Force Reserve Command
Robins Air Force Base, GA

Regan Crump, MSN DrPH

Director, Office of Strategic Planning & Analysis
Veterans Health Administration
Washington, DC

Rebecca A Russell

Chief Human Capital Officer, Military Health System
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)
Washington, DC

Ahmed Calvo, MD MPH

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Advisor,
Office of Health IT and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration,
US Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC

Michael Dinneen, MD

Director, Office of Strategy Management
Military Health System
US Dept of Defense
Washington, DC

Lt. Col. Cecili K. Sessions, MD MPH

Chief, AFMS Personalized Medicine
US Air Force Medical Support Agency (AFMSA) Innovations
Washington, DC

Kennita Carter, MD

Acting Director, Integrative Health Coordinating Center
VHA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Paul Reed, MD

Captain, US Public Health Service
Deputy Director, Operations
Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
Office of the US Surgeon General
Washington, DC

Ivan Walks, MD

CEO, Ivan Walks & Associates
Former District of Columbia (DC) Chief Health Officer (CHO) and Director of the city‘s Department of Health (DOH).
Washington, DC

Eileen Clegg

Founder
Visual Insight
San Francisco, CA

Frank I Moore, PhD

Director, Center for Health Policy Studies
UT Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX

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