Imagine YOU®, created and developed by Ellen Barnett, MD, PhD, turns the idea of motivation and willpower upside down by asking people why they want better health in the first place.
In over 30 years working as a family physician, Dr. Barnett has found that rather than focusing on patients' goals from a disease or diagnosis perspective, it is essential to identify patients' personal health goals in order to identify and leverage their most pertinent source of motivation to move toward making healthier choices.
The Imagine YOU method is grounded in three basic principles supported by research in medicine, cognitive psychology, and education:
Imagine YOU is being used with a wide variety of audiences including at-risk youth, homeless populations, youth transitioning out of foster care, cancer survivorship groups, medical clinics, senior groups, wellness programs, and more. To date, over 900 individuals across the age and economic spectrum in Sonoma County have created an Image of Health and are using it to guide their daily choices.
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Imagine YOU is led by a certified Imagine YOU Leader in a group workshop setting or in a 1:1 conversation. Learn more about becoming a certified Imagine YOU Leader.
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Imagine YOU is a program of the Integrative Medical Clinic Foundation (IMCF). IMCF is spearheading the What Matters Most awareness building effort in Sonoma County, which aims to shift the conversation in healthcare from "What's the matter?" to "What matters to you?" Read more about IMCF's involvement in this effort here.