Job Description

Job Title: Lead Health Coach Specialist -Tobacco
Job ID: 88355520
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: Gen Med IP Smoking
Location: 3459 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Provides bedside behavior change support to patients admitted to UPMC hospitals. Works with patients who are tobacco users, or former tobacco users, to modify their lifestyle risks as it relates to their tobacco use and treatment being offered and provided through UPMC.

  • Accurately document patient interactions in agreement with team standards and goals.
  • Serve as a team lead, which includes acting as a mentor to new team members and existing staff, providing feedback to Manager related to performance management, and assisting in the development of new programs/policies/procedures.
  • Use a masterly level of skills to deliver tobacco cessation interventions, including the assessing patients? readiness, using motivational interviewing strategies to explore motivation for change and enhancing readiness, as well as providing appropriate medication recommendations and community referrals.
  • Participate in health promotion activities for UPMC staff, patients, and community members.
  • Participate as necessary in clinical research trials and quality improvement initiatives run through the Tobacco Treatment Service, including planning, writing, recruiting, data collection and analysis.
  • Actively maintain awareness of and competence in interventions for tobacco use, improving compliance to medication and/or medical regimens, and others as indicated.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of UPMC/community health resources and work collaboratively with interdepartmental and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Provide specialty core expertise in tobacco use disorder and treatment.
  • 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)
  • Provide timely feedback to primary care physicians about members' progress toward their smoking goals.
  • Interact with inpatient pharmacists as needed, as well as with several bodies involved in patient education and other outreach programs associated with UPMC on a regular basis.
  • Learns and keeps current with UPMC and community health resources related to smoking cessation
  • 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.
  • Document all encounters in CERNER and contact the primary physician-led team to make recommendations for medication and additional counseling related to tobacco cessation.
  • Competently employs motivational strategies for encouraging individuals to explore motivation for change and enhance readiness.
  • Generates daily report in CERNER (Powerchart) 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
  • Attends and actively participates in group meetings with the Director at least weekly to review progress and discuss cases as needed.
  • Contacts patients who have already been discharged to gather information on long term smoking status.


  • Master's degree in psychology, health education, nutrition, exercise physiology, counseling, social work, public health or a related field required. 
  • 3 years of health coach-related experience required. 
  • Lead Health Coach Specialist are able to demonstrate core skills at the mastery level in the proficiency of delivering tobacco cessation counseling and pharmacotherapy recommendations as measured by standard clinical quality assurance review criteria. 
  • Health Coach I's would demonstrate core skills at the mastery level by completing the advanced training course for Motivational Interviewing, achieving inpatient counseling goals for one year, and the ability to train new staff as supervised by the Tobacco Treatment Service Medical Directors. 
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn a client-centered counseling approach that emphasizes nonjudgmental empathetic interaction and collaborative development and implementation of behavior change plans- emphasis on motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral techniques. 
  • Nonsmoker 
  • Detail-oriented individual with excellent organizational skills. 
  • High level of oral communication skills Intermediate proficiency with MS Word and Outlook and ability to learn new computer-based documentation skills.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Psychologist or RN preferred

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    Salary Range: $27.43 to $46.22 / hour

    Union Position: No

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