13. InspireHealth – Weight Stigma in Oncology Nutrition; How does Supportive Nutrition Care Fit In?


Project Title

Weight Stigma in Oncology Nutrition: How does Supportive Nutrition Care Fit In?

Organization Name

InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care


Oncology, Weight stigma, Patient-centered care, Interdisciplinary research, Interviews

Related Course Concepts

Food justice, Food security, Social class/income inequality, Gender and/or sexual orientation, Cultural identities, Racism, Colonialism, Indigenous food sovereignty

Organization Information

Organization Name

InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care

Mission and Vision of Organization

Mission We inspire people affected by cancer to enhance their quality of life and well-being by integrating wisdom and evidence-informed practices that support mind, body and spirit. Vision Health care that supports patient choice, inspires engagement, and promotes physical and emotional health.

Guiding Principles + Values

Values We value the connection between mind, body and spirit We are guided by a wisdom-based, evidence-informed approach We are respectful and open in our communication We embody mindfulness, compassion, and peace We cultivate a caring community

Contact Information

  • Primary Contact Person(s): Erin Roman
  • Email: [[1]]
  • Phone: 250-204-2121  
  • Address: Cumberland, BC - Office - Vancouver, BC
  • Website: www.inspirehealth.ca  

Preferred Method of Contact

  • Best method(s) to contact: Email
  • Best day(s) to contact:Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
  • Best time(s) to contact: Mornings

Preferred Platform(s) for Remote Collaboration

  • Email, Zoom
  • No

Project Description

Context: What challenge or issue does the project aim to address?

Students should gain an understanding of the clinical environment of nutrition and cancer care. Doing a bit of research behind weight loss recommendations within cancer care would be beneficial. This project aims to bring to light the research around weight stigma within an oncology context. Best practices and infographics or a presentation around how to see this stigma, HAES approaches, etc. would be beneficial.

Main Project Activities

  • Research on weight stigma in oncology.
  • Interviewing nutrition team for their experiences.
  • Perhaps consulting physicians on IH team for their experiences as well.
  • Creating resources as a team.

Expected Project Deliverable(s)

A presentation and/or infographic.

Intended Project Outcome

Increased conversation within the nutrition team and IH as a whole around weight stigma within the context of oncology and oncology nutrition.

Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)

  • Communication Reliability Flexibility Ability to use Zoom Organized Ability to contribute to team projects

Student Assets and Skills (to be developed through the project)

  • Learning about patient-centred care. Learning about an interdisciplinary approach. Researching and gaining knowledge around how to provide patient care that sees the human for who they are and not their disease or weight.

Are there any mandatory attendance dates (e.g. special event)?


Is a criminal record search (CRS) required?


If a criminal record search is required, when should the process be initiated?  


Preferred Days of Week and Hours

Whenever is best for students

Related Community Service Opportunities for Students

Required Reading

Project/Partner Orientation Materials

Students should review these materials prior to the first partner meeting:

Additional Project/Partner Orientation Materials

The following will be provided at the first community partner meeting:

  • Zoom orientation with nutrition team lead and nutrition team. Cultural agreement and confidentiality agreement. Reviewing additional resources.

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

I hope students will learn about...

  • Patient-centred care, weight stigma in care, supportive oncology nutrition

I think students will come to appreciate...

  • Patient-centred care

Through this project, students will develop...

  • humanistic medicine skills

Organizational Outcomes

How does the student project contribute to your organization's mission and long-term vision?

Ensuring we are always checking on what appropriate patient-centred care looks like. For this project in particular, how does weight stigma affect our patient care, is it present? How are we looking at supporting those that have experienced weight stigma. Working together as an organization to ensure we are supporting patients and their goals.

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