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BalancedView is an evidence-informed, interactive, online resource designed to reduce weight bias and stigma among medical, mental health, allied health and public health professionals to improve patient outcomes across British Columbia. Launched by the Provincial Health Services Authority in March 2015, BalancedView provides health professionals with practical knowledge, skills and tools to work collaboratively with patients to promote healthy weights while fostering positive mental health and overall well-being.
A facilitator’s guide was developed as a supplemental tool to support further in-person learning in a group setting. Facilitators do not have to be experts in the areas of weight bias and stigma, nor do they have to be experts in facilitation. The guide provides a variety of activities which relate to the learning objectives for each module of BalancedView. Activities can be adapted to suit the needs of each group.
In addition, to provide an opportunity for enhanced learning around the BalancedView resource, a monthly webinar series has been developed. Each webinar will address one module of BalancedView, providing an opportunity for group learning and discussion about the resource content. The webinars feature a guest speaker to deepen the learning provided within BalancedView and interactive activity based on the BalancedView facilitator’s guide.
On November 24th, the Module 2 webinar will take place from 2-3pm PST. For this webinar, we are thrilled to feature guest speakers Lucas Crawford and Carmen Ellison. Both Lucas and Carmen were interviewed as part of the creation of the Patient Voices video, featured in Module 2 of BalancedView.
Lucas and Carmen will provide a firsthand account of some of the challenges they have experienced when accessing the health care system, as well as opening up dialogue to explore how care providers can become more aware of weight stigma in their workplace and take steps to address it. During the webinar we will also discuss the importance of advocacy, on behalf of both patients and health care providers, as a tool for improving quality of care and effecting meaningful change in BC’s health care system. Join the discussion by participating in the webinar! Click here to register.
BalancedView is available free of charge to all health professionals in BC. To access BalancedView visit: www.balancedviewbc.ca