Collaborating for Health: Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care

Webinar Date: 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:00am to 9:00am

One of the central features of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home model is a recognition that the health care delivery system alone cannot improve the health of the population. In order to have a real impact on population health, we have to shift our paradigm to partnering with patients to improve self-management of illness and wellness through the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits.

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach to helping people change behavior by strengthening a person’s own motivation for and commitment to change. As a brief intervention model, this counseling method is well-suited to the busy environment of primary care and has been widely adopted as an effective strategy for facilitating self-management support.

This webinar will provide attendees a(n):

  • Introduction to the core concepts of motivational interviewing
  • Family practice physician’s story about bringing this patient-centered communication style into her interactions with patients about health behavior change.


Presented By:

Ariel Singer, MPH
Technical Assistance Curriculum Manager
Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA)

Ariel guides OPCA in teaching patient-centered communication, motivational interviewing and implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). She works with clinic staff members to enhance patient-centeredness, integrate motivational interviewing to support patients in adopting healthy behaviors, and design and measure efficient systems that improve outcomes. Ariel was trained in the use of MI for health promotion while working as a health coach at Health Management Services (HMS), an OHSU-developed worksite wellness program. As a health coach at HMS, she provided motivational interviewing-based health coaching to nearly 800 clients on a wide variety of health promotion topics, including smoking cessation and self-management of chronic health conditions. Ariel is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.


Jennifer Micek, MD
Umpqua Community Health Center

Dr. Micek is a family practice physician at the Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg, Oregon. She received her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Since May of 2013, Dr. Micek has been providing care for the Expanded Care Clinic, a service created as a partnership between the Umpqua Health Alliance and the Umpqua Community Health Center, to serve the county’s Oregon Health Plan members who are the highest users of health services. Dr. Micek has been learning and practicing motivational interviewing since 2011. 


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