Motivational Interviewing Techniques for Health Center Providers Serving Pacific Islander Populations

April 26, 2018
9am HST / 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT

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Join us for this second session of our Pacific Islanders and Diabetes Learning Community: Addressing and Improving Health Center Strategies series, which aims to increase knowledge and capacity of health centers to effectively meet the needs of Pacific Islander patients with diabetes. After this session, participants will:

  1. Define Motivational Interviewing (MI),
  2. Understand the “spirit” of MI and why the techniques require tailoring for Pacific Islander patients, and
  3. Identify strategies to decrease resistance and increase change for Pacific Islander patients.

Speaker: Nia Aitaoto PhD, Center for Pacific Islander Health, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences

Dr. Nia Aitaoto is the co-Director of the Center for Pacific Islander Health and an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ College of Medicine. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at New York University’s College of Dentistry, John A. Burns School of Medicine (University of Hawaii), and the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health. She has a PhD in community and behavioral health from the University of Iowa, MPH in community health development and MS in epidemiology, both from the University of Hawaii in Manoa. Dr. Aitaoto is a principal investigator of several research studies in Hawaii and the Pacific and has over 15 years of experience in the health and education field focusing on cancer, diabetes, cultural competency, physical activity, nutrition, medication adherence and tobacco related initiatives. Dr. Aitaoto also specializes in providing technical assistance, data assessment and evaluation support to ministries of health and community groups in Hawaii, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of Belau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

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