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Health Literacy and Adolescents: Some Novel Approaches

Children and young people (ages:7-18) need support in staying healthy. This is especially true when it comes to how they understand health information and when they think about what it means to be “healthy”. We call this their “health literacy”. Health literacy means their ability to understand and use information about their health.

Professor Deborah Begoray (University of Victoria) and Assistant Professor Patti Ranahan (Concordia University) conducted a webinar about new perspectives on health literacy and innovative programs that help young people and youth-serving professionals to use and understand health information. This webinar will be of interest to people working in health, education, child and youth care, social work and other interested groups.


Deborah Begoray (University of Victoria)
Patti Ranahan (Concordia University)


Informed Decision Making and the BRAIN worksheet (Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, Next steps)

Do you have an important health decision to make? Learn about one method that can help with making an informed decision. The BRAIN worksheet was developed in collaboration with a number of groups, including members of the Patient Voices Network (PVN). It helps you to think about the Benefits, Risks, and Alternatives to a decision. It asks you what your gut or intuition says and helps to you clarify the next steps that make sense to you. Join us to learn about the tool and how it might be of use to you or people you know or work with.

New “Checking in on my Plan” Worksheet February 2016:

Based on feedback from our BAP Community of Practice, CCMI has developed a worksheet to assist in guiding a follow-up or check-in, particularly if they will not be coming back to check in with the person who helped them make the plan. Once a person has made a plan, they can take this worksheet home and use it to do a check-in on their own or with someone else.

The tool is now in a testing mode, and we would appreciate any feedback that you might have on the tool (its form, possible usage).

Here is the most recent version of the tool.  Please download it and use it in your daily practice: Checking_on_My_Plan_Worksheet_2016_02_03 

If you have questions about the tool or want to give us feedback please write to info@centrecmi.ca

The More We Get Together: A conversation about Health Literacy -November 2015:

These days it seems that the term Health Literacy is everywhere. But what is Health Literacy and why is it important? In this webinar recorded on November 5th, 2015, we explore these questions and engage in a conversation that looked at how a Health Literacy lens can improve health work. Through concrete, practical examples we also describe how Health Literacy can be incorporated into health and literacy work. This webinar will be of interest to practitioners in health and literacy fields as well as anyone interested in how Health Literacy affects and can improve practice.

The webinar was presented through a partnership between the BC Health Literacy Network , The Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation; and Decoda Literacy Solutions.


Connie Davis, MN, ARNP
Leona Gadsby, Decoda Literacy Solutions


Self-Management and Self-Management Support Whiteboard Video-October 2015: 

Self-management support is the systematic provision of education and supportive interventions by the health care system to increase patients’ skills and confidence in managing their health problems, including regular assessment of progress and problems, goals setting and problem solving support. (Institute of Medicine, 2003)

Self-management refers to the underlying philosophy that every patient has the ability to play an active and central role in managing their own care and mitigating the effects of their illnesses.  Self-management encompasses all of the decisions that a patient makes and the behaviors that they display in managing their own care.


New BAP video demonstrations-Sept 2015

Check out our video page to see new videos in English, Punjabi and Cantonese (with English subtitles).  Thank you to our community partners for help with the filming!

New Versions of BAP Materials Now Available 

We are excited to announce that the BAP Flow Chart and Guide available in Russian!  All other languages have been updated as well.

Language BAP Flow Chart BAP Guide
English BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide
French BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide 
Punjabi BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide 
Chinese-Simplified Characters BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide 
Chinese- Traditional Characters BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide
Spanish BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide 
Russian BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide


Stepped Care Model for Self Management Support With Examples–May 2015

Here is our perspective on the stepped care diagram.  We are reaching out to our collaborators with examples of tools for each step in the diagram.  Do you have questions or suggestions?  Please write to info@centrecmi.ca

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Informed Decision Making Tool: BRAIN (Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, Next Steps)–March 2015

As a patient or family member, it’s important to participate in health care decisions to the degree that you wish. One way to participate in decisions about your care is to use your BRAIN. This simple tool will help you guide a conversation with a health care team member so that you have the information you need to make informed decisions.  CCMI is grateful to the patient partners who collaborated in developing this tool.


Motivational Interviewing: A Conversation Style to Improve Engagement: February 2015

Patients as Partners Knowledge-Building Webinar presented by CCMI

Presented on: Thursday February 12th,

Motivational interviewing is a person-centred conversation style that helps to engage the person and increase their own motivation. One of the key strengths of motivational interviewing is the emphasis on the person’s priorities, values and interests.

The principles of motivational interviewing have been successfully applied for about 30 years in a variety of fields that require behavior or lifestyle changes. These principles are especially important as part of a self-management system for people with chronic conditions.

For more information pelase watch the webinar below presented by Connie Davis, co-director of CCMI. The webinar covers the following topics:
• Motivational interviewing as an approach to improve engagement and increase motivation
• The underlying “Spirit” of Motivational Interviewing
• The four processes of motivational interviewing – engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning

New Action Planning Tool November 2014:

CCMI has collaborated with Patient Voices Network Volunteers (https://www.patientsaspartners.ca/network) to create a tool to help patients and clinicians work at making an action plan fro behaviour change using the concepts form Brief Action Planning (BAP).

The tool is now in a testing mode.  We would appreciate any feedback that you might have  on the tool (its form, possible usage).

Here is the most recent version of the tool.  Please download it and use it in your daily practice: BAP_Goal_Setting_Worksheet_2014-11-17

If you have questions about the tool or want to give us feedback please write to sam.burnett@centrecmi.ca


BAP White Paper Update September 2014

In the months since the initial White Paper was published, hundreds of individuals have been trained in Brief Acton Planning (BAP). We continue to learn from their diverse experience in the field and are committed to integrating new insights as they arise. This update reflects enhanced content and clarifications of BAP, although the essential steps remain the same. 

BAP White Paper Updated on 2014-09-30


Brief Action Planning (BAP) with Families–September 2014

This video, created in a collaboration with the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Peoria, the American Cancer Society and CCMI depicts BAP being used with a mother and son.


Embedding tools in an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)–July 2014

Dr. Bruce Hobson, a CCMI collaborator, has made two videos showcasing how to incorporate new tools into an existing EMR.
This video demonstrates what BAP can look like in an EMR:

This video demonstrates what a poverty screening tool might look like in an EMR–the model for the tool was taken from Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice’s Poverty screening tool. THis video has no audio but serves as a clear example of how a poverty screening tool can be incorporated into an existing EMR.



New Poverty Screening Tool–June 2014

CCMI has worked with the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family practice and the Advocacy Centre and to develop a poverty screening tool.

Put Patient Poverty on Your Radar:

BC Poverty Screening Tool

Kootenay Area Poverty Screening Tool

Look for more information about this tool here at the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice Webpage


BAP Webinar by Connie Davis presented by the CIRPD–May 2014

Click the link below to access Connie Davis Presenting on BAP in a webinar entitled “Brief Action Planning: Helping People Take Active Roles in Their Health and Wellness” organized by the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD).



Changes to BAP–March 2014

BAP has recently undergone an update.  Here is an overview of the main changes:

1) The BAP flow chart has some wording changes. The new language is to “check on progress” rather than “follow up” with the patient. When checking in with the patient, the clinician speaks to the “completion”, “partial completion”, or “non-completion” of the plan rather than to how “successful” the patient was with the plan. This is to move away from the connotations associated with being or not being “successful”.

2) The “Listening Guide” is now called the “Skills Checklist” and includes a guide for things to look for in the “Spirit of Motivational Interviewing”.

3) The fidelity manual was updated. It includes updated requirements for those wishing to go on to become trainers, standardized patients, or coders.

The updated materials are available on the CCMI website.


JCOM Article–February 2014

Read about BAP in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management  (JCOM)

In the January volume of JCOM’s monthly journal, Gutnick et al. have cast a spotlight on BAP.

The article is “a review of the theory and research supporting BAP and the questions and skills that comprise the technique with provision of a clinical example.”[1]

The article concludes that: “BAP is a useful self-management support technique for busy medical practices to promote health behavior change and build patient self-efficacy for improved long-term clinical outcomes in chronic illness care and disease prevention.”[2]

We invite you to download the entire article free here: Gutnick et. al PDF


Brief Action planning (BAP) Translations–December 2013

CCMI has translated the BAP Flowchart and BAP guide into Punjabi, French, Spanish and Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters.

To access the translations please visit the BAP page on our website.



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