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Advancing Diversity in Health and Well-Being Coaching Award

Application deadline for March 2024 cohort is December 4, 2023, 8:00am EST. 

Duke Health & Well-Being (DHW) is excited to announce the launch of the Hinge Health Advancing Diversity in Health and Well-Being Coaching Award to support students from diverse backgrounds interested in pursuing a career in health coaching. Thanks to Hinge Health‘s generous donation, Duke Health & Well-Being will be able to provide financial support (up to full tuition and NBHWC exam fees) for the Duke Health and Well-Being Coach Training (DHWCT) program.  

Duke Health & Well-Being is committed to support the training of new Health and Well-Being Coaches in increasingly diverse environments and populations. DHW strives to eliminate the gap in attracting, serving, and graduating underrepresented populations while promoting an inclusive educational environment that rewards professional excellence. We encourage applicants who come from diverse backgrounds and/or aim to work with underrepresented groups to apply.  

Press release from Hinge Health coming soon!


Preference will be given to US Citizens or green card holders who, through their application materials, demonstrate a commitment to dismantling barriers to the profession that have made it inaccessible to historically underrepresented racial and ethnic communities.  

By applying for this award, you will commit to:  

  • Attending the entire course, including the live group sessions held weekly for three hours over the first 17 weeks, the e-Learning courses, pre- and post-work, mentoring sessions, and written/oral exams. You will expect to commit about 2 hours per week on these assignments, in addition to the 3-hour live webinar sessions. You also understand that in order to complete the course you may only miss two of the live, weekly webinar sessions. 
  • Sitting for the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC) credentialing exam after completing this course.   
  • Releasing your information for the purposes of follow up, marketing, and communication with/from the donor or program staff. 

Application Process:  

  • Applications will be reviewed to determine eligibility and completeness. An internal review team will determine who to move forward. 
  • Valid, financial need will be confirmed. Once finalists are determined, additional documentation (e.g. tax statements, income, dependents) will be requested and a virtual interview scheduled. 
  • At this time, award applications will only be accepted for the DHWCT Distance Learning option. 
  • Award recipients will be notified at least one month prior to the cohort start date. 

Additional Information:  

  • Award applications are good one year from date of submission after which you will need to re-apply. 
  • All applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and will need to be submitted at least three months prior to the cohort you’d like to join. Application deadline for March 2024 cohort is December 4, 2023, 8:00am EST. 
  • To be considered, your application must be complete with all supporting documentation. 
  • If your application is declined, you will need to re-apply for a future cohort. 

How to Apply

To apply for financial assistance from this program, please prepare and submit the following via the link below: 

  • Financial Need: describe your financial need and how this financial aid will help you. Include number of dependents, monthly household income (including spouse, alimony, social security, etc.), and assets.  
  • Scheduling: Identify which DHWCT cohort you would like to apply to. You may visit the website for upcoming dates.   
  • Supporting documents (pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, or mp4) to include:  
    • Resume/CV 
    • Personal statement about health and well-being coaching to include:  
      • Description of your qualifications, interest in this program, and how this training will assist you with your future professional plans. 
      • Description of what aspect of health and well-being coaching you are most interested in.  
      • Description of what specific skill development you hope to learn from your participation. 
    • Personal statement specific to advancing diversity in the health coaching field to include:  
      • What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity? How have you demonstrated that commitment, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it after DHWCT?  
      • What specific community or communities do you hope to work with after completing the DHWCT? How will you go about reaching these communities?  
      • What are some concerns/obstacles you have about providing health coaching to diverse populations or communities, and what is your plan to address them? 
      • How has your education, background or previous experience prepared you for working with a diverse population? 

Ready to apply? Access the online application here 

You can learn about other financial assistance opportunities here.  

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