OUR STORY

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

OUR STORY

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

What We Stand For

 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

At the Institute for Wellness Education:

We believe…in the democratization of wellness.

We believe…everyone can make positive, lasting change to boost their own wellbeing—and inspire and guide others.

We believe…everyone, regardless of educational achievement, professional role, or work experience, can make a difference.

We believe…everyone from the grassroots and front-lines to the executive suite has a role to play in transforming our culture so that everyone has a voice, a choice, and the ability to exercise that choice.

We believe…today’s “expert knows best” helping model, whether in healthcare or other settings, limits individual self-efficacy and community empowerment.

We believe…together, we can do better.

 

WHAT WE DO

We offer a best-in-class health and wellness coach training program that turns the “expert” model on its head. We believe that each person is the expert of themselves, and that all change is self-change.

We offer a rich array of programming in the art and science of behavior change for people at home, in schools, healthcare and social service agencies, community organizations, and businesses. Our courses help individuals maximize their own well-being so they can live life to the fullest, and serve as models to inspire others.

We also train people as wellness coaches to act as guides to help others marshal, increase, and add to their existing strengths, skills, and resources so they can achieve goals that count for them.

Our work is based on solid science and integrity. We teach a person-centered, biopsychosocial-spiritual model that accounts for all the factors that contribute to well-being. Our approach is strength-based, relationship-focused, and outcomes-driven.

 

OUR PROGRAM

Affordable. Accessible. Appropriate.

Socioeconomic status must not be a barrier to learning. We make tuition costs manageable, and give special consideration to people working in community-based settings.

Our online courses and live training sessions are easy to access for students anywhere in the world through any device.

Our program is flexible to fit the needs of people worldwide regardless of setting, scheduling, or target goals.

Our training is rigorous because everyone deserves a chance to thrive. The skills students develop through our training help them transform lives.

Everyone a Coach

Health and wellness coaching isn’t just an occupation. Our program improves the effectiveness of anyone in a position to influence others, from community activists, clergy, and teachers and students, to business and clinical professionals.

The National Standard

Students train with the experts who “wrote the book.” We created the national occupational competencies and training curriculum the US Department of Labor used to establish wellness coaching as an official US occupation 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 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 assertion that “Anyone can make a difference and everyone should try.

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

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

CREATIVITY

Our work is characterized by intellectual rigor, generosity of spirit, creativity, and play.

RESPECT

We respect and value all human beings.

EVIDENCE-BASED

We honor the critical roles science and art play in promoting human development and transformational change.

Our Team

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David Mee-Lee, MD

Co-founder

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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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