Curry Class Note

Karen Ingersoll

Karen Ingersoll (Ph.D. ’92 Clin & School Psych) took a vertical team of students this summer from undergraduate to medical school level to conduct research in the rural province of Limpopo, South Africa. “We were asked last year to develop a project that would help the Ministry of Health implement Motivational Interviewing for community health workers who serve patients with chronic illnesses that require behavioral self-management. This year, we provided 4 days of training for the CHWs in their own clinic sites and are shadowing them and providing coding and coaching to improve their skills over a 6-week period. This is a collaboration between U.Va.’s Center for Global Health, the Limpopo Ministry of Health, and faculty and students at the University of Venda. This work is fulfilling and challenging. On a personal note, I am the proud mama of two teen boys!

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