Hi friends! I’m back from New Orleans after a jam-packed week of activities. As a reminder, I was in New Orleans for the Annual Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Conference. This was a funded travel opportunity through my LEAH Fellowship, and I am so grateful for the opportunity.
One component of the LEAH Fellowship is complete a leadership project that we design and execute. I chose to design a Motivational Interviewing (MI) training for adolescent healthcare providers, and I was lucky enough to pilot it at the SAHM conference this year! I had the opportunity to present to doctors, residents, social workers, and other interdisciplinary professions. I was super nervous, but also really looking forward to using it as an opportunity to grow professionally.
For those of you unfamiliar with MI, here’s a brief rundown: MI is a patient-center, goal-oriented style of communication in which the provider uses open-ended questions to help a patient identity her/his future goals and what behaviors will (or will not ) help them in achieving their goals. Instead of a provider telling a patient what they need to do based on what the provider believes is best, it puts the patient in charge (More to come on this – look for a post coming soon on MI!)
I attended the conference for a total of four days and went to sessions on eating disorder recovery, counseling for adolescent obesity, diagnosing ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder), and more.
We spent the majority of our days in sessions, but we had our evenings free to explore and try some new restaurants. For anyone who hasn’t been to NOLA, let me tell you: THE FOOD IS AMAZING. I was in absolute foodie heaven, and I was able to try a host of new foods including alligator, squid pasta, beignets, and shrimp and grits. A few of my favorite restaurants included:
We also did an evening ghost tour, danced to live music on Frenchman Street, went clubbing on Bourbon Street, worked from coffee shops, soaked up the sun, and caught a handful of beads being thrown at our heads by parade folks 🙂 (My suitcase was 5lbs heavier when I left New Orleans in part because of my new bead collection…)
Overall, I loved the opportunity to spend more time with my fellow LEAH fellows, including the other nutrition fellow (also named Lauren!) I feel like I say this a lot, but I feel so lucky to be surrounded by strong, inspiring women (some of them pictured together below!) They are all so kind, supportive, and simply incredible.
Anmol helped us leave our mark in the Frenchman Market: “LEAH fellows ’17” #nastywomen (pictured above).
I have one more week of school/work/internship commitments before spring break. Whoo hoo! Have a great Monday, friends! It’s a brand new week full of endless opportunity.
- Favorite U.S. city you’ve visited?
- MI – do you use it? Would you use it?
- Weirdest food you’ve ever tried?