HEALTH EQUITY AND INCLUSION
With you, our team can make a difference.
Wellcoaches is committed to antiracism, which is sustained action to help people outgrow racist ideas, actions, and policies. We believe that racial diversity in our hiring practices and in selecting global partners is invaluable. The Wellcoaches team includes Black, Hispanic, and Asian members. And, the Wellcoaches community is diverse, comprised of coaches of every race and from nations around the world. Leveraging that strength, we are collaborating to offer pro bono coaching and coach training that supports BIPOC. We are exploring paths to help BIPOC including schools, healthcare, education, and places of worship.
Carol Scott, MD
Chief Medical Officer for Health Equity and Inclusion
Meet Carol Scott, MD, MSEd, FACEP, Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Chief Medical Officer for Health Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
Carol is a community-based practicing Emergency Physician in Baltimore. She trained in Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, completed training in Internal Medicine at Duke University and earned a master’s degree in Education at Johns Hopkins University. Formerly an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she is board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Scott is not a newcomer to understanding health equity and health care disparities in medicine. Her service includes; Association of American Medical Association (AAMC) Minority Faculty Advisory Committee, reviewer for the first Cultural Competency Curriculum for the Society of General Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine Section Chair for the National Medical Association. As a thought leader in this field, she coauthored of “Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities; An Emergency Medicine Perspective”, published in Academic Emergency Medicine Journal more than a decade ago. Also, she authored the first Cultural Competency Chapter in Rosen’s Textbook of Emergency Medicine. Her experience also includes working as Physician Hospital Surveyor for the Joint Commission on Healthcare Accreditation (JCAHO). She has been cited in the Wall Street Journal for innovative training programs to improve physician cultural competency. With over two decades of experience, her insights and work in training and coaching have been cited or featured in The Washington Post, SELF, Fast Company, O magazine and Huffington Post. She received the "Educator of the Year" Award from the National Association of Women Emergency Physicians.
In additional to her medical practice, she is a professional Patient Advocate and Wellness Coach. In working with families, Carol provides ‘just in time’ advocacy, navigation and support with a new diagnosis or health crises. She has a special interest in prevention and optimizing chronic disease care. She helps families outperform family health legacies with a goal of ‘zero preventable adverse health events’ through personal high reliability wellness.
"Given that psychological safety is so fundamental to well-being, we have to ask if it is possible to truly promote well-being in the absence of a more diverse health and well-being workforce." - Sara Johnson, Equity, Justice, and the Role of the Health Promotion Profession in Dismantling Systemic Racism
We must recognize the lack of diversity, and the lack of access to resources, in our own industries. To this end, Wellcoaches has joined with leaders from ACE, ACSM, ACLM and the NBHWC to collaborate in addressing increasing racial diversity within our industries and providing opportunities for education in underserved communities.
Alliance for Resources and Equity (CARE)
A new mission based on medical science, social science and spirituality.
In conjunction with the Union of Black Episcopalians in Baltimore, Maryland, we developed a 12-session training for community members to become a Kindred Coach.
Participants learn how to prevent, better manage, or even reverse the impact of medical conditions including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, stress, depression and COVID-19 fatigue syndrome. With guest experts including clergy, practicing front line physicians, faculty from University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and others, students will be trained in how to assess treatment options, risks and benefits before consenting to a procedure. They learn how to use latest personal medical technology to their advantage and how to optimize and ‘decode’ a doctor visit. Students discover how to identify, de-stigmatize, and access treatment when needed for spiritual, emotional, and mental health.
After completion of the training, and learning peer coaching skills, participants will be registered with Kindred Coaches™ to actively work voluntarily with communities within the diocese.
Thank you to Carol Scott, Karen Mercer, Shannon McCullough, Sheryl Ricard and Charles Inniss for your vision for this project!
In partnership with Mecklenburg County Detention Center in North Carolina, we are supporting 30 residents to improve their communication skills so they may provide peer support to others within the Detention Center. Providing skills for mindful listening and inquiry enables peer coaches to build a trusting relationship with other residents while encouraging them to display empathy and compassion; leverage the science of positive emotions and discover strengths; and, uncover the motivation and confidence to set healthy goals.
Thank you to Marcus Kirkman and Sheryl Richard for your commitment to this project!
Mecklenburg County Detention Center
In support of Defy Ventures' post-release program, Wellcoaches is providing training and certification to five program participants who wish to establish a career in health and wellness coaching as part of their re-entry. Upon certification, they will work with clients who are seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. In the course of their work, these new health and wellness coaches will learn to display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change. Coaches honor that each client is an expert on their life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.
Thank you to Sue Saso, DeJuan Lewis, and Qa'id Aqeel for your vision!
Do you have a community we could support?
In our commitment to anti-racism, we want to provide opportunities for coaching in under-served communities and have a desire to build a more diverse community of coaches.