Program Director

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Shelly’s insights as a Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator have provided a unique perspective on the challenges of negotiating behavior change.  Additionally, she has passion for making systems level improvements to health care and a commitment to promoting the use of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in health care settings.  In her current role, Shelly manages HIP’s coalitions working to increase opioid safety (SafeRx Santa Cruz County) and integrate behavioral health with primary care through community collaboration (Integrated Behavioral Health Action Coalition).  She has provided leadership on various projects of the Safety Net Clinic Coalition and convened and engaged with tri-county audiences for HIP’s consulting roles for Central California Alliance for Health. Prior to joining the HIP team, Shelly held leadership positions in local multi-sector community collaboratives focused on diabetes and pediatric obesity.  Shelly earned a Bachelor’s degree in both Nutrition/Dietetics and Spanish language from the University of New Mexico, and a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science from San Jose State University.

 SHELLY BARKER MS, RD, CDE