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Motivational Interviewing Training Part 1: Follow Up Postpartum Visits, Smoking, and COVID Vaccine Hesitancy

June 22, 2022

The Healthy Start TA & Support Center (TASC) hosted this training in partnership with the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA). This was the first session in a two-part training focused on motivational interviewing (MI), a client/patient-centered communication style that is effective in behavior change. MI can be utilized in situations where clients are ambivalent about various issues such as postpartum visits, smoking, as well as COVID vaccine hesitancy. During this training, participants practiced many of the aspects of MI: cultivating an accepting/nonjudgmental spirit, open ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries, and elicit change talk.


Prantik Saha, Columbia Irving Medical Center