Assessing Readiness for Change in Clinical and Community Education Interventions
Transforming our own habits is notoriously challenging and changing clinical practice habits even more so. But my guest today shares strategies that CME practitioners can apply to education design and implementation based on understanding clinician readiness to change.
Sara Johnson PhD is a leading expert in behavior change science. Along with Dr. Kerry Evers, she is co-President and CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Solutions, a behavior-change consulting firm and solution provider that empowers people to experience life-changing breakthroughs in health and well-being. Sara also co-edits the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP) and contributes to the Knowing Well, Being Well practitioner-focused section focusing on emerging trends in health promotion and well-being.
Sara’s been refining the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of change for over two decades and in our conversation she explains how to apply the five stages of change (pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance) to understand readiness for change as a foundation for clinician-focused education as well as multi-level community-based education.
To this end, Sara shares insights from the Communities United Together for Health enterprise, a multi-level initiative addressing health disparities around diabetes in Black communities, inspired by a collaboration with Dr. Stephen Thomas from the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity.
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