Janette Hird

  • Milton, US-GA
  • 404-275-1024
  • janette.hird@gmail.com
Janette Hird



Collaborative, flexible team player with a passion for helping people and wanting to make a difference. Empathetic health coach professional with the ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and age groups. 

Areas of Expertise


Active Listening Health Care Industry Knowledge Positive Psychology
Behavioral Change Coaching MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) SMART Goal Setting
Collaborative Motivational Interviewing Team Player

Work History

Work History
Jan 2013 - Present

Health and Wellness Coach, Emory Trained


I offer professional support, encouragement and insight to help clients achieve optimal health and wellness goals on their terms. I trained and received certification through  Emory University's  Health & Wellness Coach Program.

To help clients achieve their self-realized health and wellness goals, I:
• Explore what is most important to them and allow them to choose their course of action.
• Guide them through a process to maximize the possibility of their success.
• Partner with them to identify obstacles to change, and create strategies for moving forward toward their goals.
• Work with the whole person, listening to their concerns and asking powerful questions to help motivate them to make the changes they desire.
• Support them in tracking their weekly progress and hold them accountable for their commitments.
• Provide additional resources for making healthy behavior changes.

Nov 2010 - Jul 2015

Experienced Communications and Research Professional - Healthcare

Self Employed

Information Professional with expertise in qualitative and quantitative  research , particularly relating to health care, insurance and pharmaceutical marketing

Examples of previous projects:
.•Employee Value Proposition (EVP) development: Why do Pediatric Nurses choose peds? How do they negotiate the emotional demands? How do peds RNs prevent and/or avoid burnout? How do peds nurses stay engaged when the work can be emotionally draining. - Conducted focus groups, one-on-one interviews  and  secondary research which provided insights into pediatric nurses and the notion of compassion fatigue for the development of an award winning EVP Branding Campaign.

•Corporate wellness program development: Conducted focus groups, one-on-one interviews and secondary research on -  structures of corporate employee wellness programs, how various aspects of the corporate environment affect program success and what program components work best in different types of environments.

•Developed candidate profiles for health care recruitment purposes based on ethnographic interviews, psychographics, demographics,  candidate goals and motivations.

• Produced a weekly Health Care Newsletter covering industry trends, current news and health care related recruitment reports.

Mar 2011 - Present

Contract Account Planner

The Robin Shepherd Group

Contract Account Planner on Merial. Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Responsible for discovering actionable insights from qualitative and quantitative research.

Sep 1999 - Oct 2010

Healthcare Research Manager


Information Professional with expertise in qualitative and quantitative  research, particularly relating to advertising, marketing, human resources and health care.  Responsible for discovering actionable insights from qualitative and quantitative research. Developed and maintained reference and information database.  Discerned authority and accuracy of sources.


2015 - Present

Health & Wellness Coach Program

Emory University

Certification - Emory University Health & Wellness Coach Program

BS - Psychology

State University of New York College at Geneseo

Studied Special Education/Child Psychology -Graduate Program

University of South Carolina -Columbia


Jul 2015 - Present

Positive Psychology

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Jan 2015 - Present

Health & Wellness Coach

Emory University
Apr 2015 - Present

Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), Lay Leader

Stanford University
May 2015 - Present

Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) - Diabetes, Lay Leader

Stanford University
Feb 2014 - Present

Content Strategy for Professionals: Engaging Audiences

Northwestern University
Aug 2014 - Aug 2016

Advanced First Aid  CPR  AED

American Heart Association
Feb 2015 - Feb 2017

HIPAA Awareness for Healthcare Professionals Certification



Canine Assistants, National Volunteer Program, Team Leader
Noah’s Team Atlanta/GA, Canine Assistants Special Educator
July 2015

Canine Assistants’ National Volunteer Program, Noah’s Team, is designed to raise awareness and educate children and adults, on a national level, about service dogs and the amazing ways in which they assist people who have physical disabilities, seizures or other special needs. This is accomplished by teams of volunteers who are engaged in various activities in their local communities: presentations for schools, businesses, organizations and clubs; animal assisted therapy and education at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and schools; and fundraisers to benefit Canine Assistants' various programs and future recipients (i.e. service dog teams).
Georgia/Atlanta Team Leader,  Certified Canine Assistant Special Educator, C.A.S.E.


Canine Assistants,  Volunteer Animal Assisted Education and Therapy                 
June 2013
Canine Assistants is a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs to enhance and improve the lives of children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs.   My volunteer work includes Health Coaching Canine Assistants recipients and caregivers, training service dogs, providing Animal Assisted Therapy to community organizations, conducting informational, educational presentations, K9 Kids reading program and fundraising.

Stanford Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), Lay Leader                      
April 2015
Atlanta Agency on Aging
The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders.

Stanford Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) - Diabetes, Lay Leader    
May 2015
Atlanta Agency on Aging
The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is given 2 and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as churches, community centers, libraries and hospitals. People with type 2 diabetes attend the workshop in groups of 12-16. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders.