We recently met Dr. Kenji Taylor when he reached out to us to learn more about PreventScripts. After several email exchanges with Dr. Taylor, we were inspired by his interest in combining public health and medicine to help patients turn back disease or prevent disease altogether. Dr. Taylor helped start the CUT Hypertension Program at UPENN that works with barbershops to train community health coaches to identify hypertension in African Americans males. Clearly Dr. Taylor believes one of the core tenants for behavior change... "meeting the patient where they are". In a Doximity Opmed article published earlier this year, Dr. Taylor shares his thoughts on how family practitioners can help patients accomplish their health goals. We are impressed with his deep understanding of patient-centered care and the use of motivational interviewing for effective behavior change.
"The most impactful way I’ve found to motivate patients with their health is understanding what is important to them. For some patients, families and relationships are highly motivating and can be really potent motivators for change. Other people are highly intrinsically motivated or driven by numbers or specific goals. When I can get to the core of what is important to my patients, we use that together to motivate them towards improving their health and wellbeing."
We look forward to working with Dr. Taylor in the future. We hope more medical residents are choosing to explore how to incorporate prevention into their practices. Many primary care physicians go into medicine to truly heal patients. What better way than to prevent disease in the first place?
Brandi Harless, MPH
Chief Executive Officer