Our mission is to improve quality of life by facilitating evidence-based health behavior change for communities, organizations, and individuals. As experts on health behavior change, we believe passionately in the power of education and awareness – by increasing the knowledge base, skills, and mindfulness of individuals or organizations, we can purposefully and effectively bring about positive change.

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Breast and cervical cancer screenings and heart health tests can save lives. Colorado’s Women’s Wellness Connection and participating WISEWOMAN clinics provide these services free of charge to eligible women and can help on the path to treatment and a healthy lifestyle.

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September 27, 2018

Motivational Interviewing: Enhancing Healthy Change

Reflect on how you feel when a patient or client does not follow your well-intended, evidence-based, even profound health-promoting recommendations. Do you feel frustrated, angry, impatient? Do you label the person “non-compliant” or “difficult?”

Perhaps what we have here is a failure to communicate. I just completed a course on Advanced Motivational Interviewing (MI) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. It was hosted by skilled facilitators from the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program and attended by counselors, tobacco cessation specialists, psychologists, health coaches, and physicians. We worked collaboratively in teams to discover how to improve our abilities to communicate, facilitate change, and unlock motivation.

Read the full article here.

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April 23, 2018

Peer-to-Peer: Behavioral Health Groups Help Smokers Quit

Ray McKelligott took two drags of a “snipe” cigarette after months of not smoking, and moments later was in the hospital, his heart failing. It was a nearly impossible habit to kick after almost 30 years puffing two packs a day.

“Skull and crossbones, baby,” he said. “Two drags—boom, I was gone. That’s how deadly cigarettes are.”

McKelligott, who’s also been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, now maintains the strength to stay healthy by encouraging others who desire to quit, serving as a peer advocate at Butte County Behavioral Health’s The Hub in Paradise and facilitating a smoking cessation group held noon-1 p.m. every Thursday.

Health professionals have found programs led by former smokers-turned-advocates to be a vital part of an effort to decrease smoking rates among disenfranchised populations, including those with mental illness.

Read more here.

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Physician Burnout: A Public Health Crisis

CHRISTINE GARVER-APGAR, Ph.D., Research Director

What is burnout? Burnout is a work-related syndrome involving emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and a sense of reduce personal accomplishment and effectiveness. It often arises from chronic stress associated with emotionally intense work demands, particularly when the resources to address those demands are inadequate. Rates of burnout are markedly higher among physicians than people in other careers, even after adjusting for work hours and other factors. In fact, recent national studies in the U.S. of both physicians-in-training and practicing physicians find rates of burnout symptoms reaching epidemic proportions – approaching or exceeding 50%.

Why is it important? Burnout matters because it is associated with negative consequences for patient care (e.g. increased medical errors and malpractice suits), the physician workforce and healthcare system costs (e.g. reduced productivity and increased turnover), and for physicians’ own care and safety (e.g. increased risk of substance abuse and suicidal ideation).

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Registration Open for Upcoming BHWP Trainings

Registration is currently open for several BHWP trainings. The trainings are held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

Our next DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Program, Advanced Techniques training is scheduled for December 10-11, 2018.

This one and a half day training covers tobacco fundamentals, tobacco addiction, tobacco cessation strategies, and a motivational intervention for tobacco cessation. Trainees will also be trained to facilitate the DIMENSIONS Tobacco Free Group curriculum—a 6-week tobacco cessation group. The Advanced Techniques training is a train-the-trainer model, meaning participants will leave the training with the materials and knowledge to train others at their organization.

Our 2019 Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change trainings are also scheduled! The Level I training will be held on March 4-5 and the Level II on July 29-30. 

Do you want to improve the quality of your communication with patients? Or support your patients to successfully change their health behaviors? As a healthcare provider, you may feel frustrated when working with patients that seem “resistant” or “non-compliant” when it comes to behavior change. This can even affect your experience of connection, effectiveness, and job satisfaction. If you are interested in improving your patient interactions and increasing your ability to effectively support patients towards health behavior change, Motivational Interviewing (MI) training can help.

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