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May 12, 2023 - 35th Annual WVNEC Symposium at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV. 


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Registration is currently closed for the program.


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March 15, 2023 - Stigmatization:  Not for Anyone!

Stigma has recently garnered increased scholarly scrutiny and media attention in light of its notable negative effects on a number of health outcomes.  When patients are stigmatized by the healthcare system, it becomes harder to earn their trust and get their consent to undergo treatment that may benefit them. Patients are stigmatized because clinicians hold a set of negative beliefs about them. Unfortunately, patients can be stigmatized because they have chronic pain, are obese, misuse drugs, are disabled, or refuse to comply with the recommended treatment. This case-based webinar will present a woman who has obesity, substance use disorder, and paraplegia. She has found it very difficult to get the respectful, complex care she needs. Participants will see the harmful effects of stigmatization through her eyes, learn why it is so important to eliminate stigmatization in healthcare, and receive practical strategies on how to do so. 


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WVNEC would really appreciate your input and requests concerning educational opportunities.  What do you want to learn, discuss, or practice? Do you want lectures, case discussions, policy sharing?  Whatever it is, let us know, and we will do what we can to make distance learning/sharing as interesting and educational as possible.

For additional information or suggestions for future webinars, contact Linda McMillen at lmcmillen@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-293-7618.