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Health Coach Spec - Tobacco

  • Job ID: 077380360
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Monday- Friday, Daylight
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • Department: Gen Med IP Smoking
  • Location: 3459 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $24.78 to $42.84 / hour


Functions as a Health Coach Specialist with the UPMC Tobacco Treatment Service to provide telephonic and in-person health behavior change support to patients admitted to and treated by UPMC hospitals and facilities.

University of Pittsburgh Physicians is hiring a Health Coach Specialist to work with their Tobacco Treatment Team at Monefiore hospital. This position will work Monday - Friday during daylight hours. No evenings, weekends, or holidays required! The Health Coach Specialist will have the opportunity to learn and grow with this team!

Experience working with tobacco treatment programs is preferred, but not required. 


  • Develop and maintain awareness of and competence in the use of motivational interviewing.
  • Competently employs motivational strategies for encouraging individuals to explore motivation for change and enhance readiness.
  • Attends and actively participates in group meetings with the Director at least weekly to review progress and discuss cases as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Health Care team.
  • Adopt one or more ongoing QI initiatives, this includes overseeing the manipulation and presentation of collected data, such as tracking the proportion of counseled patients who made quit attempts, and quit rates at 6 months.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of interventions for tobacco use, including improving compliance to medication and others as indicated.
  • Engages in educating clinical staff on the most up-to-date science on available tobacco treatment interventions
  • Generates daily report in electronic health record to generate the most up-to-date list of patients who smoke and who were admitted to Montefiore and Presbyterian Hospitals in the prior 24-48 hours. Using that list you will work with the other Tobacco Treatment Specialists (TTS) to approach and counsel these patients. (TTS counselors must be willing to work with the full spectrum of patients, including those who are not currently motivated to quit smoking.)
  • Document all encounters in electronic health record and contact the primary physician-led team to make recommendations for medication and additional counseling related to tobacco cessation.
  • Contacts patients who have already been discharged to gather information on long term smoking status
  • Learns and keeps current with UPMC and community health resources related to smoking cessation (patient education, programs, clinical education, and other relevant resources).
  • Communicate daily with other counselors and coordinators to collect incoming referrals and gather appropriate information on referrals (full name, location, availability of patient, diagnosis when available)



  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, health education, nutrition, exercise physiology, counseling, social work, public health or a related field required.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn a client-centered counseling approach that emphasizes nonjudgmental empathic interaction and collaborative development and implementation of behavior change plans.
  • Non-smoker.
  • Detail-oriented individual with excellent organizational skills.
  • High level of oral communication skills. Intermediate proficiency with MS Word and Outlook.
  • Ability to learn new computer-based documentation skills.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34




Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.  

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