Ariel (pronounced R-E-L) has over a decade of experience working on health promotion and health system redesign, primarily with safety net health care organizations in Oregon and across the United States. Her areas of expertise include patient-centered communication, bi-directional primary care and behavioral health integration, and value-based payment and care transformation. Ariel has an MPH in Health Promotion, and draws on many professionals skills in her work, including quality improvement, facilitative leadership, visual thinking, human-centered design, and popular education. She is a faculty member in the Parsons School of Design Continuing and Professional Education certificate program in Human-Centered Healthcare.
Ariel learned motivational interviewing while working as a health coach at a worksite wellness program developed at the Oregon Health and Science University; she has since trained hundreds of professionals from a variety of disciplines in motivational interviewing and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Over the last five years, a major focus of her work has been leading the development of Empathic Inquiry, a guidance model for patient-centered and trauma-informed social needs screening in health care settings.
Empathy is her North Star and she is passionately committed to rehumanizing healthcare, for both patients and the workforce.