Keavagh Clift

"The progress that individuals can make over the course of the [WorkStrong] program can be life changing for some and set them on a new path with a fresh outlook on life."

Keavagh Clift is the Program Coordinator for Breathe Free UC Davis and Health Promotion Specialist for Occupational Health. She is also a Wellness Coach for the Occupational Health WorkStrong program.

When did you join the University?
I joined UC Davis in September 2014

What's your day-to-day role in stewarding university resources?
I plan, coordinate, and facilitate all aspects of the campus wide Smoking and Tobacco Free policy including strategic planning, communication, education, outreach and assessment. In addition, I serve as a Wellness Coach for employees in the UC Davis WorkStrong program. In this role, I coordinate care with the Occupational Health Physicians, Registered Dietitian and Clinical Psychologist for optimal patient care while motivating employees to make lasting lifestyle changes focused on improving their health and wellness through weekly wellness coaching sessions.

What's an example of how you delight customers?
As a wellness coach for the WorkStrong program, I feel I have been successful when I can support a client in reaching their vision and goals for optimal health and well-being. The progress that individuals can make over the course of the program can be life changing for some and set them on a new path with a fresh outlook on life. Remaining open minded and empathetic is crucial throughout the behavior change process.

What do you like best about working at UC Davis?
I love that my position allows me to interact and collaborate with students, faculty and staff, both on an individual level and a broader community level.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A challenge is keeping the relevance of the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy alive while mitigating contentious feelings on both sides of the policy. Relying on an education and outreach based strategy for enforcement of the policy has created frustration amongst some members of the campus community; efficient and effective communication is essential. Working with various departments represented on the campus Smoke and Tobacco Free Steering Committee as well as the systemwide Smoke and Tobacco Free Task Force has allowed me to strategize on multiple levels to sustain the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy.

Tell us one thing about yourself that most people wouldn’t know. 
I was born in England and moved to the US as a teen. I have since lived in Minneapolis, France, South Korea, Chicago and now, Sacramento.

What’s something you like to do when you’re not at work?
I really enjoy cooking, traveling and running. I have traveled throughout South America, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe. I am part of a running group in Sacramento that meets on Thursday evenings and I completed my first half marathon in March.