Pointing Out Health Supporting Behaviors

Point out health supporting behaviors or health related knowledge in order to build rapport. By doing this, the patient knows you are on their side, and makes the connection between other health supporting behaviors and behaviors that will support their sexual and reproductive health in a way that is aligned with their own values. 

Examples of Healthy or Responsible Behaviors or Health Related Knowledge:

  • Insightful questions

  • Condom use

  • Adherence to a birth control method

  • Exercise

  • Diet improvement

  • Smoking cessation

  • Weight loss

  • Ways in which the person is knowledgeable about health-related topics:

    • Whenever they know about contraception, STDs or health

    • If the person is in the field (an RN, MA, dental assistant…)

    • If they are studying biology or any science

  • Notice and point out as many things as possible to the patient that are "positives."


  • “It’s great that you were so strong in standing up for yourself (fill in a situation…)”

  • “You are obviously smart…. (give a concrete example)”

  • “You’ve clearly thought about this a lot…so what do you make of this situation?”

  • “You ask really great questions…”

  • “Not many people (your age) act so responsibly about using a condom every time."

  • “You are clearly interested in protecting yourself.”

Los Angeles, CA
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