Public Health & MI

Ep 23 – Public Health Interventions & MI

Ep 23 – Public Health Interventions & MI

Given the challenging times to public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are grateful to have Jane Groves on the podcast. Jane lives in the Scottish Highlands. She has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) sinceJane Groves Bio Pic 2007. She is currently Chair of the UK & Ireland MINT Chapter, and the MINT committee Motivational Interviewing Across Cultures. She has worked as a public health and health improvement specialist in the National Health Service in Scotland and England for over 30 years, working in partnership with many different agencies and professionals both locally and nationally to change public health strategy, culture, and practice. Her work has covered areas such as health inequalities; community participation and co-production; using asset-based approaches; sexual health; child health; sexual health, and mental health. Now retired from the NHS, she provides training in many aspects of health improvement, including Motivational Interviewing; mental

health; principles and practice of health improvement, and brain-friendly learning and training design. She has developed and supported learning communities for trainers and for people working to improve the health of individuals, communities, and populations. She has championed a perspective which includes tackling the factors which cause health inequalities, such as discrimination, inequity, poverty, and powerlessness.

0:00 – Opening/introduction

4:00 – Jane’s introduction

8:00 – Social welfare responses to COVID-19

14:15 – A population health perspective: Individual behaviour AND social


17:15 – Understanding health disparities

21:45 – MI as a way to empower individuals

23:00 – Meaning and purpose as vehicles for behaviour change

27:00 – An example of a public health intervention – Breastfeeding

31:45 – Helping others as a way to help ourselves

34:45 – How MI can inform health care interventions

39:00 – Helping people own their own health care messaging

44:25 – The Rainbow Model of Health – Understanding the wider context

53:30 – Lessons to learn – Old and new

57:00 – Jane’s experience doing genealogy as a public health scientist

1:00:29 – End of recording


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