Why does the U.S. health index rank so low in comparison to other industrialized nations, yet we spend more on health care than any other industrialized nation? Well, this is a very complicated issue and requires multiple strategies to correct. However, there are two large reasons often cited by the experts. One, because of our lack of awareness of current, valid health information. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 12% of U.S. adults have proficient health literacy.
The second and most apparent reason, is in our current health system we do not have adequately trained health practitioners who are also trained in health behavior change and health coaching. Health behavior change is not one size fits all. Thus, strategies for such must be analyzed and developed for each individual’s motivations, obstacles, health dysfunctions, implementing health behavior change strategies specific, and with collaboration, for that individual.
Dr. Hartje has taken the time to continue his education beyond being a clinical practitioner, with additional studies in health behavior change and health coaching. In addition to his Doctor of Chiropractic degree/license, he also holds a Masters of Science in Health Sciences and Health Education. Dr. Hartje has been an adjunct health studies instructor at Portland Community College for many years. He has also developed curriculum and taught a Prevention/Wellness Course at National University of Natural Medicine. Please view Conditions Treated/Services for more information regarding the health coaching services we provide.