WIPHL Trains Seven New Health Educators

In January, WIPHL trained seven new health educators to deliver behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) at five Wisconsin clinics. The training consisted of more than 60 hours of learning and practicing Motivational Interviewing, screening, brief assessment, behavioral activation, and care coordination skills.  The health educators also learned about evidence-based tobacco cessation approaches, collaborative care for depression and information on how alcohol and drugs impact health. This training met the criteria to bill Wisconsin Medicaid for SBIRT services, and at the end of the two-week training program, all seven health educators passed written and simulated patient exams.

Health educators meet with patients who screen positive on questionnaires for alcohol, drug use and other behavioral risks and conduct further assessment to deliver interventions or make referrals, as appropriate.

This new group of health educators will be working at:

  • Family Health / La Clinica, Wautoma
  • Sargeant Internal Medical Clinic, Medical College of Wisconsin,Wauwatosa
  • Richland Medical Center, Richland Center
  • University Health & Counseling Services, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater
  • Watertown Area Cares Clinic, Watertown

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