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Change Agents Webinar: Health Behavior Change - A Practical Approach to Improving Patient Engagement

Join us for a free webinar featuring Ozlem Equils, field based medical director at Pfizer Inc. and pediatric infectious disease physician on Monday, April 10, 2017, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. MT, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT. 

The evolving health care landscape places an increasing emphasis on effective patient-provider communication and shared decision making. Recent health care legislation and evolving payment models have accelerated the need for health care providers to work collaboratively with patients and motivate and guide them towards meaningful behavior change. Effective communication that includes the practice of active listening and providing information that is easy to understand may contribute to better outcomes. Dr. Equils will address common communication challenges and share effective communication strategies that will help health care providers build greater rapport with patients. She will also discuss the importance of supporting behavior changes and promoting preventive measures such as annual flu vaccines, pneumonia vaccines, etc. 

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Participants in this webinar will:

  • Learn communication strategies to facilitate patient health behavior change
  • Build an effective partnership and rapport with patients
  • Learn how to apply motivational interviewing skills
  • Develop a shared plan for change with patients

Ozlem Equils is a pediatric infectious diseases physician and an adjunct associate professor of pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC)/UCLA. Dr. Equils is currently employed by Pfizer Inc. as a field based medical director, and is also a member of the Arizona Dept. of Health subcommittee on Antimicrobial Stewardship and Utah Adult Immunization Committee. Dr. Equils is a steering committee member for the Immunization Coalition of LA County and she is in the leadership committee for AAP-CA Chapter 2 HPV Quality Improvement Project. Dr. Equils also serves as a member of the Biosafety Committee at CSMC that oversees the safety of all biological research.

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